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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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About Mark Twain

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

Ignorance Quotes, by Mark Twain

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When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Intellect Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Only kings, editors, and people with tapeworm have the right to use the editorial "we."

Kings Quotes, by Mark Twain

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All I say is, kings is kings, and you got to make allowances. Take them all around, they're a mighty ornery lot. It's the way they're raised.

Kings Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.

Learning Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Be good and you will be lonely.

Lonliness Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Loyalty 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.

Mistakes Quotes, by Mark Twain

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My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mothers Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living.

Obscurity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

Originality Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.

Perseverance Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

Possibilities Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The very ink in which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

Prejudice Quotes, by Mark Twain

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To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Promises Quotes, by Mark Twain

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I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.

Quantity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.

Sarcasm Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

Smile Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.

Truth Quotes, by Mark Twain

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

Truth Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Let us endeavor to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Undertakers Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Be good and you will be lonesome.

Virtue Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Curiosity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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

Birth Quotes, by Mark Twain

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There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.

Boys Quotes, by Mark Twain

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