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Mark Twain

(1835-1910) [Samuel Clemens] American Author, Humorist


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Work like you don't need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you've never been hurt.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

A man is accepted into church for what he believes - and turned out for what he knows.

Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything.

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.

Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

Etiquette requires us to admire the human race.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.

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

Love your enemy, it will scare the hell out of them.

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

The man who does not read good books is at no advantage over the man who can't read them.

The truth is a precious commodity. That's why I use it so sparingly.

We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove. We have two opinions: one private, which we are afraid to express; and another one - the one we use - which we force ourselves to wear to please [people], until habit makes us comfortable in it, and the custom of defending it presently makes us love it, adore it, and forget how pitifully we came by it. Look at it in politics.

We can secure other people's approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it.

When in doubt tell the truth.

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.