Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Clemens] American author, humorist

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Get the facts first. You can distort them later. - Mark Twain


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


He was a very inferior farmer when he first begun, and he is now fast rising from affluence to poverty. - Mark Twain


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain


Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. - Mark Twain


We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter. - Mark Twain


We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read. - Mark Twain


George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie. - Mark Twain


Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don't even know if you owe. - Mark Twain