Mark Twain quotes On Education
But he also spoke the truth as he saw it.
" I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't."
We will rely on that commitment from Mark Twain.
Mark Twain will now teach us about our time by reflecting on his.
" The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
"Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge."
" It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them."
"It is easier to stay out than get out."
" If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."
" Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
" A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."
"There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry."
" Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform."
"Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody."
" A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
"The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet."
"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."
"There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."
" The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal."
"Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to."
" I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can't be any worse."
"If you invent two or three people and turn them loose in your manuscript, something is bound to happen to them -- you can't help it; and then it will take you the rest of the book to get them out of the natural consequences of that occurrence, and so first thing you know, there's your book all finished up and never cost you an idea."
" You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
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The Quotable Mark Twain
" When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." - Mark Twain