Quotations From MARK TWAIN [SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS]

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  • 11.
    "Classic." A book which people praise and don't read.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 25 (1897).

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  • 12.
    A classic—something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. speech, Nov. 20, 1900, Nineteenth Century Club, New York City. Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923). Here quoting Professor Caleb Winchester. Twain varied the epigram in Following the Equator (1897), ch. 25; "Classic—a book which people praise and don't read."
  • 13.
    What do you think of the human mind? I mean, in case you think there is a human mind.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Satan, in Letters from the Earth, p. 8 (1962).
  • 14.
    We can't always have the beautiful aspect of things. Let us make the most of our sights that are beautiful and let the others go
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. speech, December 6, 1900, to the St. Nicholas Society, New York. Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. William Dean Howells, Harpers (1910).

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  • 15.
    Happiness ain't a thing in itself—it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant.... And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Published in The Complete Short Stories, ed. Charles Neider (1957). Sam Bartlett, in Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, ch. 1 (written 1907).

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  • 16.
    It is easier to stay out than get out.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 18 (1897).

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  • 17.
    A man may have no bad habits and have worse.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 1 (1897).
  • 18.
    The cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Roughing It, ch. 5, American Publishing Company (1871).
  • 19.
    Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 38 (1897).
  • 20.
    There isn't a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 69 (1897).
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