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Thoughts by Mark Twain

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things 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.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

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Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

 

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm
to the vessel in which it is stored
than to anything on which it is poured.
- Mark Twain

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed) PHOTO

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

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain PHOTO

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- 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

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain PHOTO

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

It's not what you don't know that kills you,
it's what you know for sure that ain't true.
- Mark Twain

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
- Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

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

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

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Mark Twain

Life is short,
Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly,
Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret
ANYTHING
That makes you smile
- Mark Twain

Always do the right thing.
It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

Never try to teach a pig to sing.
It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.
- Mark Twain

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

Let your sympathies and your compassion
be always with the under dog in the fight -
this is magnanimity;
but bet on the other one - this is business.
- Mark Twain

Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community,
and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
- Mark Twain
(paraphrase)

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

Truth is stranger than fiction,
but that is because Fiction is obliged
to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
- Mark Twain

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

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

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.
- Mark Twain

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

Habit is habit,
and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.
- Mark Twain

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

Comedy keeps the heart sweet.
- Mark Twain

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
- Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that
you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

Never put off till tomorrow
what you can do the day after tomorrow.
- Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with
than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

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

The lack of money is the root of all evil.
- Mark Twain

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
- Mark Twain

The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet
and steady and loyal and enduring a nature
that it will last through a whole lifetime,
if not asked to lend money.
- Mark Twain

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,
than to speak and remove all doubt.
- sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, or Samuel Johnson

The proper office of a friend is to side with you
when you are in the wrong.
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
- Mark Twain

Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
- Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence;
then success is sure.
- Mark Twain

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
- Mark Twain

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born
at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
- Mark Twain

I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting
some false and most pernicious notions about consistency -
and to such a degree that the average man has
turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around
and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized,
where it should be his humiliation.
- Mark Twain

Customs do not concern themselves
with right or wrong or reason.
But they have to be obeyed;
one reasons all around them until he is tired,
but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.
- Mark Twain

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume

Only he can take great resolves who has
indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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