Mark Twain Quotes (939 quotes)
Autobiographical Dictation (1906). - Various
Actually Twain attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), but the quotation wasn't found in Disraeli's works.
More Maxims of Mark (1927) edited by Merle Johnson
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
As quoted in: Reader's Digest, September 1937
“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”
The Lowest Animal
New England Weather, speech to the New England Society (December 22, 1876)
“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), Chapter 6, "Swimming in Glory", "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar" - Sometimes misquoted as "Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsMark Twain
Born: November 30, 1835
Died: April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Occupation: Author, writer, lecturer
Bio: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called the Great American Novel.
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“In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.”