Mark Twain's quotes (1)


by Souri
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know.   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.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.   In
religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost
every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.   It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.   It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.  
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.  
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.   It is easier to stay out than get out.  
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.  

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.  
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not
understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.     Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.   The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.  
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.   The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.  

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Twain has always been one of my favorites and you've got most of his best right here.  Love it!

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Thanks for sharing and all the nice links.

I guess he was one of the earliest American liberals. You got his quote up there: "Most are bothered by those passages of scripture ..."

Reminds me of my elderly aunt who became very upset, the first time she started to read Koran, not just in Arabic, but its translation too :) 

Arash M-K


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Thanks Souri Khanoom for sharing these remarkable quotes. :)