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Mark Twain Quotes

Here are some very interesting quotes by Mark Twain who was also known as the 'Father of American Literature'.
Anju Shandilya
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2019
Mark Twain was immensely popular because of his incisive satire and keen wit that earned praise from many critics.
Famous Quotes
"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."
"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain."
"But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?"
"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it."
"Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person."
"I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough."
"An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before."
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."
"Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time."
"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."
"There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce."
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
"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."
"Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand."
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
"The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession."
"There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry."
"We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read."
"He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covets a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain."
"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them."
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."
"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
"Words are only painted fire; a book is the fire itself."
"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."