Mark Twain
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

- Mark Twain

Obscurity and competence - that is the life that is best worth living.

- Mark Twain

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

- Mark Twain

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Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

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It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

- Mark Twain

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

- Mark Twain

I can live for two months on a good compliment.

- Mark Twain

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval - a thing which, to the general run of the race, is more dreaded than wounds and death.

- Mark Twain

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A crowded police court docket is the surest of all signs that trade is brisk and money plenty.

- Mark Twain

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

- Mark Twain

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

- Mark Twain

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

- Mark Twain

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

- Mark Twain

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; this is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

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If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance.

- Mark Twain

Talking of patriotism; what humbug it is; it is a word which always commemorates a robbery. There isn't a foot of land in the world which doesn't represent the ousting and re-ousting of a long line of successive owners.

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Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

- Mark Twain

In statesmanship get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities.

- Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

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Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them.

- Mark Twain