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

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mark Twain


"The report of my death was an exaggeration."
Note to London corresondent of the New York Journal, June 1, 1897
"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
"Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"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."
"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."
Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
"I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know."
Letter to William Dean Howells, December, 1877
"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Card sent to the Young People's Society, Greenpoint Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, February 16, 1901
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