Mark Twain Quotes & Wallpapers

Mark Twain
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If you have nothing to say, say nothing. Mark Twain

Jesus died to save men - a small thing for an immortal to do - and didn't save many, anyway. But if he had been damned for the race, that would have been act of a size proper to a god, and would have saved the whole race. Mark Twain

Presbyterianism without infant damnation would be like the dog on the train that couldn't be identified because it had lost its tag. Mark Twain

When one's character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the work of disintegration and destruction. Mark Twain

I speak French with timidity, and not flowingly-except when excited. When using that language I have often noticed that I have hardly ever been mistaken for a Frenchman, except, perhaps, by horses; never, I believe, by people. Mark Twain

Demagogue-a vessel containing beer and other liquids. Mark Twain

Geological time is not money. Mark Twain

We can't always have the beautiful aspect of things. Let us make the most of our sights that are beautiful and let the others go Mark Twain

Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else. Mark Twain

We catched fish, and talked, and we took a swim now and then to keep off sleepiness. It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed, only a kind of low chuckle. We had mighty good weather, as a general thing, and nothing ever happened to us at all, that night, nor the next, nor the next. Mark Twain

The writing begins when you've finished. Only then do you know what you're trying to say. Mark Twain

I have been reading the morning paper. I do it every morning-knowing well that I shall find in it the usual depravities and basenesses and hypocrisies and cruelties that make up civilization, and cause me to put in the rest of the day pleading for the damnation of the human race. I cannot seem to get my prayers answered, yet I do not despair. Mark Twain

There is no salvation for us but to adopt Civilization and lift ourselves down to its level. Mark Twain

The peoples furthest from civilization are the ones where equality between man and woman are furthest apart-and we consider this one of the signs of savagery. Mark Twain

Strip the human race, absolutely naked, and it would be a real democracy. But the introduction of even a rag of tiger skin, or a cowtail, could make a badge of distinction and be the beginning of a monarchy. Mark Twain

The secret of making progress is to get started. Mark Twain

Experience is an author's most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes. Mark Twain

Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart; and if the heart was young, the music issued at the lips. There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step. The locust-trees were in bloom, and the fragrance of the blossoms filled the air. Cardiff Hill, beyond the village and above, it was green with vegetation, and it lay just far enough away to seem a Delectable Land, dreamy, reposeful, and inviting. Mark Twain

His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once. Mark Twain

One should never use exclamation points in writing. It is like laughing at your own joke. Mark Twain

There is nothing training can't cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. Mark Twain

But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. Mark Twain

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. Mark Twain

It is better to be alone than unwelcome. - Eve Mark Twain

I am only human, although I regret it. Mark Twain

I have seen slower people than I am and more deliberate... and even quieter, and more listless, and lazier people than I am. But they were dead. Mark Twain

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. Mark Twain

A great, great deal has been said about the weather, but very little has ever been done. Mark Twain

Do your duty today and repent tomorrow. Mark Twain

In religion, India is the only millionaire... the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined. Mark Twain

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

Unused talents gives you no advantage over someone who has no talent at all. Mark Twain

That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do. Mark Twain

He wa'n't no common dog, he wa'n't no mongrel; he was a composite. A composite dog is a dog that is made up of all the valuable qualities that's in the dog breed-kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of all riffraff that's left over. Mark Twain

The old Irish when immersing a babe at baptism left out the right arm so that it would remain pagan for good fighting Mark Twain

If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging? Mark Twain

It takes me a long time to lose my temper, but once lost I could not find it with a dog. Mark Twain

That cat will write her autograph all over your leg if you let her. Mark Twain

What's the use you learning to do right , when it's troublesome to do right and it ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? Mark Twain

For instance, take this sample: he has imagined a heaven, and has left entirely out of it the supremest of all his delights, the one ecstasy that stands first and foremost in the heart of every individual of his race - and of ours - sexual intercourse!It is as if a lost and perishing person in a roasting desert should be told by a rescuer he might choose and have all longed-for things but one, and he should elect to leave out water! Mark Twain

Eventually, I sickened of people, myself included, who didn't think enough of themselves to make something of themselves- people who did only what they had to and never what they could have done. I learned from them the infected loneliness that comes at the end of every misspent day. I knew I could do better. Mark Twain

I saw a startling sight today, a politician with his hands in his own pockets. Mark Twain

He had the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces. Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends. Mark Twain

If you want to change the future, you must change what you're doing in the present. Mark Twain

I was born with Halley's Comet and I expect to die upon its return Mark Twain

Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself. Mark Twain

We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened - Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many. Jim said the moon could a laid them; well that looked kind of reasonable, so I didn't say nothing against it, because I've seen a frog lay most as many, so of course It could be done. Mark Twain

But we love the Old Travelers. We love to hear them prate and drivel and lie. Mark Twain

Don't just sit there and worry. Be proactive. Do something - anything - about what's worrying you so you can gain information, focus and control over the situation. I've suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened. Mark Twain

When your opinions start to coincide with those of the majority, it is time to reconsider your opinions. Mark Twain

I was educated once - it took me years to get over it. Mark Twain

The writing begins when you"ve finished. Only then do you know what you're trying to say. Mark Twain

In our day we don't allow a hundred and thirty years to elapse between glimpses of a marvel. If somebody should discover a creek in the county next to the one that the North Pole is in, Europe and America would start fifteen costly expeditions thither; one to explore the creek, and the other fourteen to hunt for each other. Mark Twain

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog. Mark Twain

Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of this scene Mark Twain

Behind every successful man, there is a woman - And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two. Mark Twain

A good lawyer knows the law; a clever one takes the judge to lunch. Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started Mark Twain

I admire him, I frankly confess it; and when his time is come I shall buy a piece of the rope for a keepsake. Mark Twain

Supposing is good, but finding out is better. Mark Twain

When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat. Mark Twain

We adore titles and heredities in our hearts and ridicule them with our mouths. This is our democratic privilege. Mark Twain

All gods are better than their reputation. Mark Twain

More than once I have been humiliated by my resemblance to God the father; He is always longing for the love of His children and trying to get it on the cheapest and laziest terms He can invent. Mark Twain

Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon. Mark Twain

Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living. Mark Twain

A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat. Mark Twain

We had the sky up there, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they was made or just happened. Mark Twain

Lump the whole thing! say that the Creator made Italy from designs by Michel Angelo! Mark Twain



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