Mark Twain Quotes

The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

Mark Twain

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

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

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.

Mark Twain

Time and tide wait for no man. A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years; but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around: Man waits not for time nor tide.

Mark Twain

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.

Mark Twain

Humor is tragedy plus time

Mark Twain

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.

Mark Twain

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain

A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.

Mark Twain

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

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Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

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

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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.

Mark Twain
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