Mark Twain Quotes

The mind is independent of the man. He has no control over it; it does as it pleases. It will take up a subject in spite of him; it will stick to it in spite of him; it will throw it aside in spite of him. It is entirely independent of him.

A baby born with a billion dollars—where is the personal merit in that? A baby born with nothing—where is the personal demerit in that? The one is fawned upon, admired, worshiped, by sycophants, the other is neglected and despised—where is the sense in it?

I could have become a soldier if I had waited; I knew more about retreating than the man who invented retreating.

I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time. I have no other restriction as regards smoking. I do not know just when I began to smoke, I only know that it was in my father’s lifetime, and that I was discreet. He passed from this life early […]

Every little (bit) counts. We are very glad to have it, thin as the slice may be.

There was no place in the land where the seeker could not find some small budding sign of pity for the slave. No place in all the land but one – the pulpit. It yielded last; it always does. It fought a strong and stubborn fight, and then did what it always does, joined the […]

The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder’s moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a priveleged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.

Slang in a woman’s mouth is not obscene, it only sounds so.

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

A sin takes on a new and real terror when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out.