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326 Famous Quotes by Mark Twain
11/30/1835 - 4/21/1910
Also Known As:  
Samuel Clemens     Samuel Langhorne Clemens     Twain Mark
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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

Courage Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

Courage Quotes, by Mark Twain

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We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.

Justice Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Laughter Quotes, by Mark Twain

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I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.

Sleep Quotes, by Mark Twain

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It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Speech Quotes, by Mark Twain

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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

Speech Quotes, by Mark Twain

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I have not a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming vices.

Vices Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Ambition Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

Authority Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Why is it that people rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the people involved.

Babies Quotes, by Mark Twain

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My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.

Books Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

Cats Quotes, by Mark Twain

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All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

Confidence Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.

Courage Quotes, by Mark Twain

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On with dance, let joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there's any dance to dance or any joy to unconfined.

Dance Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Deceit Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Deceit Quotes, by Mark Twain

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If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Dogs Quotes, by Mark Twain

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An ecstasy is a thing that will not go into words; it feels like music.

Ecstacy Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.

Emotion` Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.

Envy Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Familiarity breeds contempt; and children.

Familiarity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

Fiction Quotes, by Mark Twain

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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Focus Quotes, by Mark Twain

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