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  • 61.
    The master minds of all nations, in all ages, have sprung in affluent multitude from the mass of the nation, and from the mass of the nation only—not from its privileged classes.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, ch. 15 (1889).
  • 62.
    There was books too.... One was "Pilgrim's Progress," about a man that left his family it didn't say why. I read considerable in it now and then. The statements was interesting, but tough.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Huck, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch. 17 (1885).

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  • 63.
    An injurious lie is an uncommendable thing; and so, also, and in the same degree, is an injurious truth.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "On the Decay of the Art of Lying," (1882).

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  • 64.
    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.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. speech, Nov. 1879. "The Babies," Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923). Twain spoke at a banquet in which the fifteenth toast was, "The babies—as they comfort us in our sorrows, let us not forget them in our festivities."
  • 65.
    A man can seldom—very, very, seldom—fight a winning fight against his training; the odds are too heavy.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. repr. In Complete Essays, ed. Charles Neider (1963). As Regards Patriotism (written c. 1911, published 1923).
  • 66.
    The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. The Innocents Abroad, ch. 23 (1869).
  • 67.
    It don't make no difference whether you do right or wrong, a person's conscience ain't got no sense, and just goes for him anyway. If I had a yaller dog that didn't know no more than a person's conscience does, I would pison him.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Huck, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch. 33 (1885).

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  • 68.
    Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn't so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line, but no hooks. It warn't any good to me without hooks.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Huck, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch. 3 (1885).

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  • 69.
    Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author and humorist. Notebooks (1935).

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  • 70.
    Our press is certainly bankrupt in the "thrill of awe"Motherwise reverence: reverence for nickel plate and brummagem. Let us sincerely hope that this fact will remain a fact forever; for to my mind a discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. The American Claimant, ch. 10 (1892).

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