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Quotes from Mark Twain

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

It is easier to stay out than to get out.

A Southerner talks music.

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter- it's the difference between lightning bug and the lightning.

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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.

The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Be always careful not to take too much from an experience. A cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will never again sit upon a hot stove lid. Nor upon a cold stove lid.

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.

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

(source: Wikiquote)

posted by TheBroadroom.Net, Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 5:07 PM (Pacific)