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

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"Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising."

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"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them."

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"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

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"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."

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"It is easier to stay out than get out."

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"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."

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"I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting."

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"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

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"What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before."

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

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"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."

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"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

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"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."

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"It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it."

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"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."

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"The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane."

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"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."

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"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."

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"Familiarity breeds contempt - and children."

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"Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others."

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"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."

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"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."

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"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."

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"The lack of money is the root of all evil."

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"The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all."

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"There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce."

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"There are lies, damned lies, and statistics."

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"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work."

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

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"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."

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"We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it."

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"We are all alike, on the inside."

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"We have the best government that money can buy."

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"We had the sky up there, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they was made or just happened."

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"When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not."

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"When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself."

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"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

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"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."

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"Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions."

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"Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."

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"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."

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"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."

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"Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever."

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"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

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"I can live for two months on a good compliment."

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"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions."

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"Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired."

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"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

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"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed."

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"Necessity is the mother of taking chances."

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"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."

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"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."

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"Prosperity is the best protector of principle."

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"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

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"In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards."

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"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 a man."

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"I never could tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe."

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"I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position."

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"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."

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"It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech."

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"Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain."

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

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"Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce."

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"Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own."

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"Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it."

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"Sacred cows make the best hamburgers."

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"'Familiarity breeds contempt - and children."

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"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."

by Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906)

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"'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read."

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"'When angry, count four; when very angry, swear."

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"'One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives."

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"[Mankind] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it."

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"[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."

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"[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity."

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"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."

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"A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother"

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"A Classic is something that everyone wants to have read but nobody wants to read."

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

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"A classic is a book which people praise and don't read."

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"A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs."

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"A house without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted, and properly revered cat, may be a perfect house, perhaps, but how can it prove its title --from The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson"

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"A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

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"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

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"A man is accepted into church for what he believes--and turned out for what he knows."

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"A man with a new idea is a crank -- until the idea succeeds."

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"A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose."

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"A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar."

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"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."

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"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."

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"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds"

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"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

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"A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."

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"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape."

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"A verb has a hard enough time of it in this world when it is all together. It's downright inhuman to split it up. But that's what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it a way over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German."

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"Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often."

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"Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him"

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"Adam was but human - this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent."

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"Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principle one was that they escaped teething."

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"After all these years I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her."

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