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Mark Twain Quotes

(1835-1910), American Humorist, Writer

Man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to.

Category: Blush

People are much more willing to lend you books than bookcases.

Category: Books And Reading

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.

Category: Books And Reading

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading

A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.

Category: Books And Reading

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.

Category: Boys

Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

Category: Cats

Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.

Category: Caution

Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

Category: Certainty

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.

Category: Character

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Category: Cheerfulness

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Category: Civilization

I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -- you see, I have friends in both places.

Category: Commitment

If to be interesting is to be uncommonplace, it is becoming a question, with me, if there are any commonplace people.

Category: Commonplace