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Mark Twain Quotes

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

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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.
- Mark Twain

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

 

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it.
- Mark Twain

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

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Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

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

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
- Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

It's not what you don't know that kills you,
it's what you know for sure that ain't true.
- Mark Twain

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
- Mark Twain

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

Habit is habit,
and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.
- 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

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.
- Mark Twain

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

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

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

Life is short,
Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly,
Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret
ANYTHING
That makes you smile
- Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

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

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

Always do the right thing.
It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

Comedy keeps the heart sweet.
- Mark Twain

Never try to teach a pig to sing.
It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.
- Mark Twain

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

Let your sympathies and your compassion
be always with the under dog in the fight -
this is magnanimity;
but bet on the other one - this is business.
- Mark Twain

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain

Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community,
and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
- Mark Twain
(paraphrase)

Never put off till tomorrow
what you can do the day after tomorrow.
- Mark Twain

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

Truth is stranger than fiction,
but that is because Fiction is obliged
to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
- Mark Twain

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- 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.
- Mark Twain

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness.
- Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things
cannot be acquired by vegetating
in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain

The most permanent lessons in morals are those which come,
not of booky teaching, but of experience.
- Mark Twain

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- Mark Twain

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

I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting
some false and most pernicious notions about consistency -
and to such a degree that the average man has
turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around
and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized,
where it should be his humiliation.
- Mark Twain

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Forgiving others is a gift to yourself,
given not because the other deserves pardon,
but because you deserve the serenity and joy
that comes from releasing resentment and anger,
and from embracing universal forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Give yourself the gift of forgiving
everyone you are angry with -
for every action you resent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales


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