Mark Twain Quotes

It is easier to stay out than get out.

Mark Twain

We can secure other people's approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that

Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain

If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.

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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.

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

Mark Twain

There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory

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Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience 4000 critics

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It is my custom to keep on talking until I get the audience cowed

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Who is this Renaissance? Where did he come from? Who gave him permission to cram the Republic with his execrable daubs?

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Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.

Mark Twain

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy

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Therein lies the defect of revenge: it's all in the anticipation; the thing itself is a pain, not a pleasure; at least the pain is the biggest end of it.

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Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

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.

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