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Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit [more author details]
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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 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)
Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.
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Mark Twain, quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read, 1940
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
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Mark Twain, Speech in New York, Nov. 20, 1900
It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.
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Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it.
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Mark Twain, The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
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Mark Twain, The Gorky Incident
[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
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Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916)
I asked tom if countries always apologize when they had done wrong, and he says, 'Yes, the little one does.'
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Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad, 1894
I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.
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Mark Twain, Wearing White Clothes speech, 1907
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
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Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906)

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