Mark Twain – Book quotes.

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida. His real name was Samuel L. Clemens. His family had financial difficulties which only got worse after his father’s death. He spent his childhood on the Mississippi River.

Marvelous nature, steaming boats and tradesmen etcged on his memory along with much death he had to withness. Years later theses contradictories reflected inThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

To help his mother to overcome financial struggle he got a job as a printer and editor at a little newspaper. Later he became a pilot and enjoyed his job but the Civil War broke out in 1861. Clemens joined Confederate Army but only for several weeks.

Twain left for California and Nevada in search of better life. Then he started working as a reporter and adopted his pen name. His story “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” was only a beginning of his success. The Innocents Abroad, a book where he vividly described American sights, became a bestseller.

Quotes:

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

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

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

“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.”

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

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

“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”

“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.”

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

“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 man.”

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

“The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

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

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”

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

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

“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.”

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”

“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.”

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

“Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

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