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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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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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It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.

Golf Quotes, by Mark Twain

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To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.

Health Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

Heaven Quotes, by Mark Twain

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

History Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.

Humor Quotes, by Mark Twain

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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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