Mark Twain
Quotations


A classic: something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

Put all your eggs in the one basket and--WATCH THAT BASKET.

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned manís character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.

There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me--I always feel that they have not said enough.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.

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

Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

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

True irreverence is disrespect for another manís god.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a childís loss of a doll and a kingís loss of a crown are events of the same size.

Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another manís, I mean.

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.

India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.

We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.

The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.

My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.

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

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.



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