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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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There is no such thing as an ordinary life.

They say I work for the angels they never said I was one.

The self-taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a tenth as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers; and, besides, he brags, and is the means of fooling other thoughtless people into going and doing as he himself has done.

Occasionally, merely for the pleasure of being cruel, we put unoffending Frenchmen on the rack with questions framed in the incomprehensible jargon of their native language, and while they writhed, we impaled them, we peppered them, we scarified them, with their own vile verbs and participles.

I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.

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

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.

Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as ignorant as you I wouldn't let on.

I conceive that the right way to write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been a boy. That immensely enlarges the audience.

Vergangenheit ist, wenn es nicht mehr weh tut.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

I could never plan a thing and get it to come out the way I planned it. It came out some other way--some way I had not counted upon.

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

The man who is a pessimist before knows too much if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.