MARK TWAIN Quotes

What is there that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to discover a great thought -- an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightning carry your messages. To be the first -- that is the idea.

Mark Twain

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.

Mark Twain

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.

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 then starting on the first one.

Mark Twain

There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.

Mark Twain

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.

Mark Twain

Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.

Mark Twain

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.

Mark Twain

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.

Mark Twain

He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.

Mark Twain

Almost any man worthy of his salt would fight to defend his home, but no one ever heard of a man going to war for his boarding house

Mark Twain

When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.

Mark Twain

Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.

Mark Twain
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