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  1. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain
  2. The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.” — Mark Twain
  3. The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain
  4. The educated Southerner has no use for an ‘r’, except at the beginning of a word.” — Mark Twain
  5. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” — Mark Twain
  6. The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” —Mark Twain
  7. The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” — Mark Twain
  8. The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” — Mark Twain
  9. The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.” —Mark Twain
  10. The lack of money is the root of all evil.” — Mark Twain
  11. The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.” — Mark Twain
  12. The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” — Mark Twain
  13. The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.” — Mark Twain
  14. The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.” — Mark Twain
  15. The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.” — Mark Twain
  16. The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.” — Mark Twain
  17. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” — Mark Twain
  18. The Public is merely a multiplied ‘me.’” — Mark Twain
  19. The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.” — Mark Twain
  20. The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” — Mark Twain
  21. The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” — Mark Twain
  22. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.” — Mark Twain
  23. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain
  24. The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.” — Mark Twain
  25. The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.” — Mark Twain
  26. The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” — Mark Twain
  27. The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.” — Mark Twain
  28. There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” — Mark Twain
  29. There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” — Mark Twain
  30. There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.” — Mark Twain
  31. There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.” — Mark Twain
  32. There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.” — Mark Twain
  33. There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” — Mark Twain
  34. There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” — Mark Twain
  35. There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.” — Mark Twain
  36. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.” — Mark Twain
  37. Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” — Mark Twain
  38. To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.” — Mark Twain
  39. To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.” — Mark Twain
  40. Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” — Mark Twain
  41. Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain’t so.” — Mark Twain
  42. Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” — Mark Twain
  43. Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” — Mark Twain

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