Mark Twain Quotes (355 quotations)

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1. [He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity. - Mark Twain

2. [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weaponlaughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecutionthese can lift at a colossal humbugpush it a littleweaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. - Mark Twain

3. [Mankind] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it. - Mark Twain

4. 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. - Mark Twain

5. A banker: the person who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it rains. - Mark Twain

6. A classic is a book which people praise and don't read. - Mark Twain

7. A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. - Mark Twain

8. A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. - Mark Twain

9. A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain

10. A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain

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

12. A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose. - Mark Twain

13. A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. - Mark Twain

14. A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. - Mark Twain

15. A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. - Mark Twain

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

17. A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape. - Mark Twain

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

19. Adam and Eve had many advantages but the principal one was that they escaped teething. - Mark Twain

20. Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. - Mark Twain

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

22. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. - Mark Twain

23. All say, "How hard it is that we have to die" - strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live. - Mark Twain

24. All say, 'How hard it is to die' - a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live. - Mark Twain

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

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