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Mark Twain

1835-1910. U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

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I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.

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It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Happiness ain't a thing in itself --it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.

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Keep away from small 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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We never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead -- and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead and then they would be honest so much earlier.

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We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.

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Sacred cows make the best hamburger.

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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.

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The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.

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If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

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