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

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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

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

We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.

And when he awoke in the morning and looked upon the wretchedness about him, his dream had had its usual effect: it had intensified the sordidness of his surroundings a thousandfold.

The community is eminently Portuguese—that is to say, it is slow, poor, shiftless, sleepy, and lazy.

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

Shall I be car-ri-ed toe the skies, on flow'ry beds of ease, Whilst others fight to win the prize, and sail thro' blood-y.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Why, you simple creatures, the weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire.

SO endeth this chronicle. It being strictly a history of a boy, it must stop here; the story could not go much further without becoming the history of a man. When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop—that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.

It's not as bad as it sounds.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.

The report of my death was an exaggeration.

Stay away from people who belittle your ambition, small people do that, but great people make you like to be great!

Summer is the time when it is too hot to do the job that it was too cold to do last winter.