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    If you are speaking the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain

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    When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. Mark Twain

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    If you have nothing to say, say nothing. Mark Twain

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    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear. Mark Twain

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    Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. Mark Twain

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    Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size. Mark Twain

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    Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. Mark Twain

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    Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. Mark Twain

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    Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. Mark Twain

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    Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. Mark Twain

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    A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time. Mark Twain

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    Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime. Mark Twain

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    Never let formal education get in the way of your learning. Mark Twain

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    In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that. Mark Twain

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    I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -- you see, I have friends in both places. Mark Twain

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    Be good and you will be lonely. Mark Twain

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    Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law. Mark Twain

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    Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. Mark Twain

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    A banker is a fellow who lends his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. Mark Twain

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    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

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    Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living. Mark Twain

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    My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. Mark Twain

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    I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won t. Mark Twain

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    A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants. Mark Twain

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    A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval. Mark Twain

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    Be virtuous and you will be eccentric. Mark Twain

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    There isn't a single human characteristic that can be safely labeled as American. Mark Twain

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    The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them. Mark Twain

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    Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain

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    Necessity is the mother of taking chances. Mark Twain

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    A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. Mark Twain

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    Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: The one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it. Mark Twain

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    I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. Mark Twain

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    In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents? Mark Twain

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    Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment. Mark Twain

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    A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. Mark Twain

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    If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain

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    Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. Mark Twain

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    When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain

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    As a thinker and planner the ant is the equal of any savage race of men; as a self-educated specialist in several arts she is the superior of any savage race of men; and in one or two high mental qualities she is above the reach of any man, savage or civilized! Mark Twain

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    Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough. Mark Twain

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    Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain

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    We need not worry so much about what man descends from; it's what he descends to that shames the human race. Mark Twain

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    My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water. Mark Twain

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    Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. Mark Twain

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    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

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    Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance. Mark Twain

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    A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be lead by the nose. Mark Twain

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

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    If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain

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