Mark Twain Quotes (939 quotes)
Commonly quoted as: First get your facts, then you can distort them at your leisure.
“The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.”
What Is Man? (1906)
Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
Attributed to him in Reader's Digest (September 1937)
Paraphrase. Original: izquotes.com/quote/188080
“In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents?”
What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us?, in How to Tell a Story and Other Essays (1897). - Various
“We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that the savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.”
A Tramp Abroad (1880)
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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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“Sound is naught but broken air, And every speech that is spoken, Loud or privily, foul or fair, In its substance is but air; For as flame is but lighted smoke, So sound is air that is broken.”