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Quotes and Images From The Works of Mark Twain   By: (1835-1911)

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Aim and object of the law and lawyers was to defeat justice

All life seems to be sacred except human life

Always trying to build a house by beginning at the top

Believed it; because she desired to believe it

Best intentions and the frailest resolution

But it is an ill wind that blows nobody good

But there are liars everywhere this year

Cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want

Children were clothed in nothing but sunshine

Contempt of Court on the part of a horse

Fertile in invention and elastic in conscience

Fun but of a mild type

Grief that is too deep to find help in moan or groan or outcry

Haughty humility

I was not scared, but I was considerably agitated

I had a delicacy about going home and getting thrashed

If the man doesn't believe as we do, we say he is a crank

Imagination to help his memory

Invariably allowed a half for shrinkage in his statements

It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing

It is easier to stay out than get out

It had cost something to upholster these women

Keg of these nails of the true cross

Let me take your grief and help you carry it

Life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death

Man is the only animal that blushes or needs to

Man was not a liar he only missed it by the skin of his teeth

Money is most difficult to get when people need it most

Native canoe is an irresponsible looking contrivance

No people who are quite so vulgar as the over refined ones

No nation occupies a foot of land that was not stolen

Nothing that glitters is gold

Notion that he is less savage than the other savages

Nursed his woe and exalted it

Ostentatious of his modesty

Otherwise they would have thought I was afraid, which I was

People talk so glibly of "feeling," "expression," "tone,"

Pity is for the living, Envy is for the dead

Predominance of the imagination over the judgment

Profound respect for chastity in other people

Prosperity is the best protector of principle

Received with a large silence that suggested doubt

Road, which did not seem to know its own mind exactly

Room to turn around in, but not to swing a cat

Scenery in California requires distance

Seventy is old enough after that, there is too much risk

Sleep that heals all heart aches and ends all sorrows

Slept, if one might call such a condition by so strong a name

Smell about them which is peculiar but not entertaining

Takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you

The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds

To a delicate stomach even imaginary smoke can convey damage

Tourists showing how things ought to be managed

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness

Uncomplaining impoliteness

Very pleasant man if you were not in his way

Virtuous to the verge of eccentricity

Wasn't worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions

We ought never to do wrong when people are looking

We must create, a public opinion, said Senator Dilworthy

Well provided with cigars and other necessaries of life

What's a fair wind for us is a head wind to them

Whichever one they get is the one they want

Worth while to get tired out, because one so enjoys resting

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been

Your absence when you are present



Against nature to take an interest in familiar things Age after age, the barren and meaningless process All life seems to be sacred except human life But there are liars everywhere this year Capacity must be shown (in other work); in the law, concealment of it will do Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people Climate which nothing can stand except rocks Creature which was everything in general and nothing in particular Custom supersedes all other forms of law Death in life; death without its privileges Every one is a moon,... Continue reading book >>

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