MARK TWAIN Quotes

Frankness is a jewel; only the young can afford it.

Mark Twain

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

Mark Twain

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

Mark Twain

The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

Mark Twain

A good legible label is usually worth, for information, a ton of significant attitude and expression in a historical picture.

Mark Twain

You perceive I generalize with intrepidity from single instances. It is the tourist's custom.

Mark Twain

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.

Mark Twain

If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.

Mark Twain

Kings cannot ennoble thee, thou good, great soul, for One who is higher than kings hath done that for thee; but a king can confirm thy nobility to men.

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

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Mark Twain

It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.

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
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