Selected quotes from Mark Twain.

There are several people that you might call my heroes. People who’s wit and wisdom and way of looking at the world are worthy of emulation. Mark Twain is probably one of my all time favorites and not because of his famous stories, but because of his speeches and his way of approaching life. I thought for this entry I’d pick out a few of my favorite quites by Mark Twain for no other reason than it seemed like a good idea at the time.

“…the citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.” – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

“Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection—that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement.” – Affection speech, 1907

“Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.” – Notebook, 1898

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Life on the Mississippi :pirate:

“The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example.” – A Tramp Abroad

“Citizenship should be placed above everything else, even learning. Is there in any college of the land a chair of citizenship where good citizenship and all that it implies is taught? There is not one—that is, not one where sane citizenship is taught. There are some which teach insane citizenship, bastard citizenship, but that is all. Patriotism! Yes; but patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest.” – Speech, 5/14/1908

“There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he less savage than the other savages.” – Following the Equator

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” – quoted in More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

“The happy phrasing of a compliment is one of the rarest of human gifts and the happy delivery of it another.” – Mark Twain’s Autobiography

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).” – Notebook, 1904

“Be good and you will be lonesome.”

3 thoughts on “Selected quotes from Mark Twain.

  1. what the… is that a PIRATE SMILIE? 

    Good quotes there. Sometimes wisdom comes in easy to understand words. Who knew?

  2. You so need a smilie “key”, Les. It’s not fair – what if your readers have need a pirate smilie in another post and can’t figure the keystrokes? *laughing*

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