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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
I never smoke to excess - that is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
We have the best government that money can buy.
There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.
The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
I can live for two months on a good compliment.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
I make it a rule never to smoke while I'm sleeping.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
All emotion is involuntary when genuine.
Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.
It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
I never let schooling interfere with my education.
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.
The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
When in doubt tell the truth.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
All right, then, I'll go to hell.
If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.
The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.
Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.
No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.
The lack of money is the root of all evil.
God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.
Man was made at the end of the week's work, when God was tired.
The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.
The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
It is easier to stay out than get out.
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here ar
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.
If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we.'
Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.
Everything has its limit - iron ore cannot be educated into gold.
The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
Buy land, they're not making it anymore.
Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
He is now rising from affluence to poverty.
Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.
Better a broken promise than none at all.
As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
It put our energies to sleep and made visionaries of us - dreamers and indolent… It is good to begin life poor; it is good to begin life rich - these are wholesome; but to begin it prospectively rich! The man who has not experienced it cannot imagine th
The Public is merely a multiplied 'me.'
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Optimist: day dreamer more elegantly spelled.
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.
What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.
I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.
A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
We Americans… bear the ark of liberties of the world.
When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.
There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.
Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
We are all alike, on the inside.
Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
In 'Huckleberry Finn,' I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was. He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had.
Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
The educated Southerner has no use for an 'r', except at the beginning of a word.
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.
It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
How lucky Adam was. He knew when he said a good thing, nobody had said it before.
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean.
India has 2,000,000 gods and worships them all. In religion, all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.
The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.