Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

American Writer, Humorist

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Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it.

Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

Morals are an acquirement... no man is born with them.

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

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

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.

Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God. Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.

I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Hunger is the handmaiden of genius.

Human nature is the same everywhere: it defies success, it has nothing but scorn for defeat.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.

Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

Children have but little charity for each other’s defects.

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence and then success is sure.

Each person is born to one possession which outvalues all the others - his last breath.

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

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American Writer, Humorist