Samuel Langhorne Clemens

United States
30 Nov 1835 // 21 Apr 1910
Writer / Author


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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do
Words are only painted fire; a book is the fire itself
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained
When in doubt tell the truth
When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."