Mark Twain

1835 - 1910

A Quote by Mark Twain on acting, art, cats, chance, choice, day, death, feeling, jobs, judaism, justice, motherhood, painting, play, water, work, and zest

"So just you march right outdoors and start whitewashin' the fence. It will keep you out of mischief for a while at any' rate." "But, Ma," Sam protested, "this is Saturday." "Now do as I say!" Sam shuffled outside. Slowly he carried the long-handled brush and the whitewash to the sidewalk. There he looked at the board fence, 30 yards long and higher than his head. He dipped his brush and started stroking. The brush got heavier and heavier, and he had painted only half a board when he heard John Robards coming down the street, acting the parts of boat, captain and engine bells of the Big Missouri, drawing nine feet of water. Sam, now painting with zest, paid no attention to the vocal steamboat. He touched up each brushstroke, gazing at his work as if he were an artist. "I'm goin' swimmin'," John said, "but I reckon you can't, 'cause you got work to do, huh?" "You call this work? A boy doesn't get a chance to whitewash a fence every day," replied Sam, gingerly brushing a board with care. John watched for a few moments, then could stand it no longer. ''Here, Sam, let me whitewash a little." Sam explained that he would not dare entrust the job to anyone else. "I'll give you the core of my apple," John pleaded. "I'd like to, John, but . . ." "The whole of it?" Sam turned over the brush, took the apple and sat down in the shade, watching John, happily honored, whitewash furiously. Boy after boy came by that afternoon, all heading for the swimmin' hole. Yet each one stayed to outdo the others in the craft of whitewashing - paying Sam well for the chance. The afternoon was still young when Sam ran out of whitewash. The fence had three coats on it, and Sam had acquired an enormous stock of payments - part of a Jew's harp, a brass doorknob, a dead cat, 12 marbles, the handle of a knife and a kitten with one eye. When he called his mother to inspect the job, she allowed that she had underestimated her boy and, feeling self-reproach for it, gave him a choice apple and sent him off to play.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Boyhood experiences that prepared him for his books.

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A Quote by Mark Twain on satisfaction

If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on god, practice, and schools

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on facts, investment, and science

In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore, in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long, seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on heaven, joy, secrets, and sorrow

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on approval, hunger, and passion

It may be called the Master Passion, the hunger for self-approval.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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A Quote by Mark Twain on body

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It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: spoken by Huck Finn, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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A Quote by Mark Twain on grief, joy, and value

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on people and understanding

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on facts, inferiority, and superiority

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: What Is Man?(1906)

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