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A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
- [Advantage : Effort]
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
- letter Dec. 2, 1887, to Mrs. Foote, in B. Casseres's "When Huck Finn Went Highbrow"
Always do right. That will gratify some of the people and astonish the rest.
- [Deeds : Right]
At bottom he was probably fond of them [Americans], but he was always able to conceal it.
- in the "New York Times" on Dec. 10, 1899, about Thomas Carlyle
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Every generalization is dangerous, especially this one.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, "I don't know."
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
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.
Life does not consist mainly--or even largely--of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.
The Innocents Abroad.
- title of a book [Travelers]
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
The report of my death was an exaggeration.
- in the "New York Journal" on June 2, 1897
There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush". It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.
There are grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.
Travel is fatal to prejudice.
Warm summer sun, shine friendly here;
Warm southern wind, blow kindly here;
Green sod above, rest light, rest light--
Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.
- lines on the tombstone of Susie Clemens (modification of Richardson's)
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