MARK TWAIN Quotes

Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself

Mark Twain

Use the right word and not its second cousin

Mark Twain

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain

Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it

Mark Twain

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

Mark Twain

It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, lying on our backs, looking up at stars, and we didn't even feel like talking aloud.

Mark Twain

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

I'm glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again.

Mark Twain

There is no other life; life itself is only a vision and a dream for nothing exists but space and you. If there was an all-powerful God, he would have made all good, and no bad.

Mark Twain

Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity - these are strictly confined to man; he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. They hide nothing. They are not ashamed.

Mark Twain

Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain

Frankness is a jewel; only the young can afford it

Mark Twain

It is more trouble to make a maxim than it is to do right

Mark Twain

When one's character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the work of disintegration and destruction.

Mark Twain

Last week I stated that this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that statement.

Mark Twain

Prosperity is the best protector of principle.

Mark Twain
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