- ‘Mark Twain: A Life‘ by Ron Powers
- ‘Mark Twain: The Complete Novels‘ by Mark Twain
- ‘On the Decay of the Art of Lying‘ by Mark Twain
- ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations‘ by Mark Twain
- ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn‘ by Mark Twain
Inspirational Quotes by Mark Twain (American Humorist)
Where a blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief.
A man’s house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential—there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster.
Topics: Grief, Grieving, Bereavement
One may make their house a palace of sham, or they can make it a home, a refuge.
I never could keep a promise. I do not blame myself for this weakness, because the fault must lie in my physical organization. It is likely that such a very liberal amount of space was given to the organ which enables me to make promises that the organ which should enable me to keep them was crowded out. But I grieve not. I like no half-way things. I had rather have one faculty nobly developed than two faculties of mere ordinary capacity.
We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read.
Topics: Law, Justice
Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.
We never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead—and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead and then they would be honest so much earlier.
Topics: Nature, Death
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
From his cradle to the grave, a man never does a single thing which has any first and foremost object save one—to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for himself.
Topics: Reason, Aspirations
Laughter is the greatest weapon that we humans possess and it’s the one we use the least.
It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient.
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.
Topics: Babies, Family
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.
We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.
It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive.
One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself.
Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don’t even know if you owe.
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