36 Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain is most famous for “The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer”. He was a great author, novelist, satirist and quotist. Is that a word? Here are 37 great samples of his quotes.

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

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The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow.

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The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.

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His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.

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Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilt.

The signs of excessive indulgence in this destructive pastime are easily detectable. They are these: A disposition to eat, to drink, to smoke, to meet together convivially, to laugh, to joke, and tell indelicate stories— and mainly, a yearning to paint pictures.

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He begged hard, and said he couldn’t play—a plausible excuse, but too thin; there wasn’t a musician in the country that could.

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I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.

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Training- training is everything; training is all there is to a person. We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature; what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training. We have no thoughts of our own, no opinions of our own; they are transmitted to us, trained into us.

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I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others need no preparation and got none.

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Wherever he found his speech growing too modern — which was about every sentence or two — he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding sore,” “and it came to pass,” etc., and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass” was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.

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There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardise.

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The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.

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Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

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The difference between a right word and an almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.

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You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of you imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there.

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I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.

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Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.

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Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

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Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one… that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.

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The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of graceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.

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Loose and forbear!

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Looking’ his last’ upon the scene of his former joys and his later sufferings, and wishing ‘she’ could see him now, abroad on the wild sea, facing peril and death with a dauntless heart, going to his doom with a grim smile on his lips.

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I am willing to be a literary thief if it has so been ordained; I am even willing to be caught robbing the ancient dead alongside of Hopkinson Smith, for he is my friend and a good fellow, and I think would be as honest as any one if he could do it without occasioning remark; but I am not willing to antedate his crimes by fifteen hundred years. I must ask you to knock off part of that.

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