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Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit [more author details]
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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 of them.
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Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you: the one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.
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Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)
Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.
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Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
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Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
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Mark Twain, in Christian Science
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
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Mark Twain, Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887
Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption.
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Mark Twain, Mark Twain In Eruption
Of all the creatures that were made, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood he is the only one--the solitary one--that possesses malice. That is the basest of all instincts, passions, vices--the most hateful. He is the only creature that has pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. Also--in all the list he is the only creature that has a nasty mind.
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Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Autobiography
We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
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Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Autobiography
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
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Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Autobiography
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 cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
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Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Notebook, 1935
The report of my death was an exaggeration.
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Mark Twain, New York Journal, June 2, 1897
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
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Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
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Mark Twain, Notebooks (1935)
Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
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Mark Twain, Notebooks (1935)
What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
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Mark Twain, Notebooks (1935)
An enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
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Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson
The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
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Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
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Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
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Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)
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