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Mark Twain
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Circumstances make man, not man circumstances. Mark Twain
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This morning arrives a letter from my ancient silver-mining comrade, Calvin H. Higbie, a man whom I have not seen nor had communication with for forty-four years. . . . [Footnote: Roughing It is dedicated to Higbie.] . . . I shall allow myself the privilege of copying his punctuation and his spelling, for to me they are a part of the man. He is as honest as the day is long. He is utterly simple-minded and straightforward, and his spelling and his punctuation are as simple and honest as he is himself. He makes no apology for them, and no apology is needed. Mark Twain
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There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency - and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency - and a vice. Mark Twain
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Every person is a book, each year a chapter, Mark Twain
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There are some few people I respect and admire, but I don't think much of the species. Mark Twain
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Don't explain your author, read him right and he explains himself. Mark Twain
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All kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out. Mark Twain
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Education that consists in learning things and not the meaning of them is feeding upon the husks and not the corn Mark Twain
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I felt it was my duty to praise all of God's works with fervent enthusiasm. At the same time I killed flies in my house in a spirit of hatred, exasperation and contempt. My praise to God for all his works was dishonest, the act of killing the fly was honest. Mark Twain
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If your only tool is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. Mark Twain
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The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it's that they know so many things that just aren't so. Mark Twain
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Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time. Mark Twain
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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one. Mark Twain
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Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. 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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Wilson stopped and stood silent. Inattention dies a quick and sure death when a speaker does that. Mark Twain
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What a man wants with religion in these breadless times, surpasses my comprehension. Mark Twain
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I always did hate for anyone to know what my plans or hopes or prospects were?for, if I kept people in ignorance in these matters, no one could be disappointed but myself, if they were not realized. Mark Twain
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My interest in my work dies a sudden and violent death when the work is done. Mark Twain
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when the human race is not grotesque it is because it is asleep and losing its opportunity. Mark Twain
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Persons who think there is no such thing as luck good or bad are entitled to their opinion, although I think they ought to be shot for it. Mark Twain
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He [George Washington Cable] has taught me to abhor and detest the Sabbath day and hunt up new and troublesome ways to dishonor it. Mark Twain
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It is a mystery that is hidden from me by reason that the emergency requiring the fathoming of it hath not in my life-days occurred, and so, not having no need to know this thing, I abide barren of the knowledge. Mark Twain
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None but the dead have free speech. Mark Twain
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The fact is, the king was a good deal more than a king, he was a man; and when a man is a man, you can't knock it out of him. Mark Twain
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The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money. Mark Twain
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Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. Mark Twain
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The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. Mark Twain
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How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it. Mark Twain
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The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise, and which the other kind of eye couldn't detect. Mark Twain
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If books are not good company, where shall I find it? Mark Twain
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I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together. Mark Twain
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But it is a blessed provision of nature that at times like these, as soon as a man's mercury has got down to a certain point there comes a revulsion, and he rallies. Hope springs up, and cheerfulness along with it, and then he is in good shape to do something for himself, if anything can be done. Mark Twain
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Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it. Mark Twain
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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain
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What a curious kind of fool a girl is. Never been licked in school. What's a licking? Mark Twain
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Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. Mark Twain
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When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy-that it is builded upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them. Mark Twain
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In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. Mark Twain
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I take my only exercise acting as a pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly. Mark Twain
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Wheresoever she was, there was Eden. Mark Twain
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Many public-school children seem to know only two dates-1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don't know what happened on either occasion. Mark Twain
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I don't want no better book than what your face is. Mark Twain
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What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those of other things, are his history. These are his life, and they are not written. Everyday would make a whole book of 80,000 words - 365 books a year. Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man - the biography of the man himself cannot be written. Mark Twain
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So I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it but I couldn't find honest employment. Mark Twain
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History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme a lot. Mark Twain
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The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people but if we tried to shut up the insane we would run out of building materials. Mark Twain
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Enthusiasm is caught, not taught. Mark Twain
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Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read. Mark Twain
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It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse-races. Mark Twain
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When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain
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