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Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit [more author details]
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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
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
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Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad
[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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