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

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Never let formal education get in the way of your learning. 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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128 7
If you have nothing to say, say nothing. Mark Twain

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. 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 do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. 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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Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain

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

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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. 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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71 4
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain

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85 6
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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Be virtuous and you will be eccentric. 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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Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. Mark Twain

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65 4
It is easier to stay out than get out. Mark Twain

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We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks, if we agree with him. Mark Twain

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There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can. 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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Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. Mark Twain

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59 4
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water. 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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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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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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Virtue has never been as respectable as money. Mark Twain

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I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. 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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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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To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler and less trouble. Mark Twain

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Prosperity is the best protector of principle. Mark Twain

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Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. Mark Twain

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54 4
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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I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it. Mark Twain

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60 5
Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living. Mark Twain

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45 3
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. Mark Twain

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45 3
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. Mark Twain

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59 5
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. Mark Twain

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Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. 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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35 2
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. Mark Twain

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50 4
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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In statesmanship get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities. Mark Twain

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42 3
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain

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There was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity's mind and were willing to reveal it. 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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Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. Mark Twain

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What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut. Mark Twain

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What do we call love, hate, charity, revenge, humanity, forgiveness? Different results of the master impulse, the necessity of securing one's self-approval. Mark Twain