Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it's time to pause and reflect.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

I've come loaded with statistics, for I've noticed that a man can't prove anything without statistics.


Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.


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

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.

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.


By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.


Necessity is the mother of "taking chances".


To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence.


The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.


A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.


Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.


Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

Write what you know.

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