Mark Twain

1835 - 1910

A Quote by Mark Twain on evil and money

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The lack of money is the root of all evils.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on ability, books, dignity, effort, god, good, grace, home, labor, learning, pride, reason, satisfaction, spelling, and talent

I have had an aversion to good spelling for sixty years and more, merely for the reason that when I was a boy there was not a thing I could do creditably except spell according to the book. It was a poor and mean distinction, and I early learned to disenjoy it. I suppose that this is because the ability to spell correctly is a talent, not an acquirement. There is some dignity about an acquirement, because it is a product of your own labor. It is wages earned, whereas to be able to do a thing merely by the grace of God, and not by your own effort, transfers the distinction to our heavenly home - where possibly it is a matter of pride and satisfaction, but it leaves you naked and bankrupt.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Additional Notes to His Autobiography, March 27, 1906

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A Quote by Mark Twain on apologies, communication, day, dedication, honesty, privilege, simplicity, and spelling

This morning arrives a letter from my ancient silver-mining comrade, Calvin H. Higbie, a man whom I have not seen nor had communication with for forty-four years. . . . [Footnote: Roughing It is dedicated to Higbie.] . . . I shall allow myself the privilege of copying his punctuation and his spelling, for to me they are a part of the man. He is as honest as the day is long. He is utterly simple-minded and straightforward, and his spelling and his punctuation are as simple and honest as he is himself. He makes no apology for them, and no apology is needed.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Additional Notes to his Autobiography, March 26, 1906

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A Quote by Mark Twain on brevity, emotion, ideas, language, present, and words

What is the real function, the essential function, the supreme function, of language? Isn't it merely to convey ideas and emotions? Certainly. Then if we can do it with words of fonetic brevity and compactness, why keep the present cumbersome forms?

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Spelling & Pictures, speech at annual dinner of Associated Press, NY, Sept. 18, 1906.

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A Quote by Mark Twain on change, laws, money, and work

The law of work does seem utterly unfair - but there it is, and nothing can change it; the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it, the higher shall be his pay in money also.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on danger, home, learning, students, and time

The first time a student realizes that a little learning is a dangerous thing is when he brings home a poor report card.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on defense and liberty

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on cats, lies, and life

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Pudd'nhead Wilson

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A Quote by Mark Twain on death

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Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar (1894)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on love and women

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Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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