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Mark Twain
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Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: the one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it. Mark Twain
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If husbands could realize what large returns of profit may be gotten out of a wife by a small word of praise paid over the counter when the market is just right, they would bring matters around the way they wish them much oftener than they usually do. Arguments are unsafe with wives, because they examine them; but they do not examine compliments. One can pass upon a wife a compliment that is three-fourths base Mark Twain
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Where every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are impossible. Mark Twain
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Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of. Mark Twain
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If the man doesn't believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can't burn him. Mark Twain
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I don't mind what the opposition say of me so long as they don't tell the truth about me. But when they descend to telling the truth about me I consider that this is taking an unfair advantage. Mark Twain
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It is not worth while to strain one's self to tell the truth to people who habitually discount everything you tell them, whether it is true or isn't. Mark Twain
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July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so Mark Twain
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I find no change of consequence in grown people, I do not miss the dead. It does not surprise me to hear that this friend or that friend died at such and such a time, because I fully expected that sort of news. But somehow I had made no calculation on the infants. It never occurred to me that infants grow up...These unexpected changes, from infancy to youth, and from youth to maturity, are by far the most startling things I meet with. Mark Twain
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If there is a God, he is a malign thug. Mark Twain
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There has been much tragedy in my life; at least half of it actually happened. Mark Twain
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The miracle or the power that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application and perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit. Mark Twain
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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Mark Twain
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Look at you in war...There has never been a just one, never an honorable one, on the part of the instigator of the war. Mark Twain
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He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that. Mark Twain
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Indeed, none but the Deity can tell what is good luck and what is bad before the returns are all in. Mark Twain
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There is not a single human characteristic that can be safely labeled as American. Mark Twain
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A friend is someone who stays in when the rest of the world has gone out. Mark Twain
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Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else. This is not advice, it is merely custom. Mark Twain
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A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law. Mark Twain
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Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense. Mark Twain
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He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages. Mark Twain
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There are no grades of vanity; there are only grades of ability in concealing it. Mark Twain
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Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
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If you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward. You will never get her full confidence again. Mark Twain
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Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed. Mark Twain
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It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Overnight success is a fallacy. It is preceded by a great deal of preparation. Ask any successful person how they came to this point in their lives, and they will have a story to tell. Mark Twain
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He had an uncommon fondness for cats. As an old man summering in New Hampshire, Twain even rented kittens from a nearby farm to keep him company until he returned home. "If man could be crossed with the cat," said Twain, "it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." There's always something about your success that displeases even your best friends. Mark Twain
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Every improvement that is put upon the real estate is the result of an idea in somebody's head. The skyscraper is another idea; the railroad is another; the telephone and all those things are merely symbols which represent ideas. An andiron, a wash-tub, is the result of an idea that did not exist before. Mark Twain
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Yes, even I am dishonest. Not in many ways, but in some. Forty-one, I think it is. Mark Twain
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As a rule, we go about with masks, we go about looking honest, and we are able to conceal ourselves all through the day. Mark Twain
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Doesn't make any difference who we are or what we are, there's always somebody to look down on. Mark Twain
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Weather is a literary specialty, and no untrained hand can turn out a good article on it Mark Twain
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It is wiser to find out than to suppose. Mark Twain
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I never could do anything with figures, never had any talent for mathematics, never accomplished anything in my efforts at that rugged study, and to-day the only mathematics I know is multiplication, and the minute I get away up in that, as soon as I reach nine times seven- [He lapsed into deep thought, trying to figure nine times seven. Mr. McKelway whispered the answer to him.] I've got it now. It's eighty-four. Well, I can get that far all right with a little hesitation. After that I am uncertain, and I can't manage a statistic. Mark Twain
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Stripping away the irrational, the illogical, and the impossible, I am left with atheism. I can live with that. Mark Twain
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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain
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There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. Mark Twain
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When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain
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Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. Mark Twain
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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Mark Twain
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If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat. Mark Twain
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All emotion is involuntary when genuine. Mark Twain
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Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. Mark Twain
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It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Mark Twain
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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Mark Twain
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I can live for two months on a good compliment. Mark Twain
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There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. Mark Twain
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As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake. Mark Twain
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All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure. Mark Twain
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We have the best government that money can buy. Mark Twain
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'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read. Mark Twain
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Prosperity is the best protector of principle. Mark Twain
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I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain
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Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream. Mark Twain
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Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish. Mark Twain
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Good judgment comes from experience. And where does experience come from? Experience comes from bad judgment. Mark Twain
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The easy part of being an artist is figuring out the message that everyone else is ready to hear. The hard part is waiting for the proper lull to make the announcement. Mark Twain
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The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise... Mark Twain
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My idea of our civilization is that it is a shoddy, poor thing and full of cruelties, vanities, arrogances, meannesses and hypocrisies. Mark Twain
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We must put up with our clothes as they are - they have their reason for existing. They are on us to expose us - to advertise what we wear them to conceal. They are a sign; a sign of insincerity; a sign of suppressed vanity; a pretense that we desire gorgeous colors and the graces of harmony and form; and we put them on to propagate that lie and back it up. Mark Twain
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To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich. Mark Twain
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Genius, like gold and precious stones, is chiefly prized because of its rarity. Mark Twain
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Recipe for a long life: Only smoke while awake. Only run when being chased. Mark Twain
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Every man feels that his experience is unlike that of anybody else and therefore he should write it down- he finds also that everybody else has thought and felt on some points precisely as he has done, and therefore he should write it down. Mark Twain
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Our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows Mark Twain
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Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growths Mark Twain
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The rain ...falls upon the just and the unjust alike; a thing which would not happen if I were superintending the rain's affairs. No, I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, but if I caught a sample of the unjust outdoors, I would drown him. Mark Twain
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Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it. Mark Twain
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Conformity-the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority. Mark Twain
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