Fifty Quotes by Mark Twain

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Fifty Quotes by Mark Twain

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”


“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”


“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”


“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”


“The lack of money is the root of all evil.”


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


“Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”


“Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”


“A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”


“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”


“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”


“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”


“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”


“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”


“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”


“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”


“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.”


“Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”


“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.”


“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.”


“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”


“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”


“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”


“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”


“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.”


“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”


“A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.”


“Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.”


“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”


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


“When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.”


“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”


“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”


“Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.”


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


“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”


“Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.”


“'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.”


“When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.”


“The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.”


“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”


“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”


“Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean.”


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


“There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.”


“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”


“What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.”