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The Best Mark Twain Quotes

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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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    If you have nothing to say, say nothing.

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

    Mark Twain
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    The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

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

    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 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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    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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    Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.

    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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    The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

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

    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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    It is easier to stay out than get out.

    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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    Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

    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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    Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

    Mark Twain
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    Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

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

    Mark Twain