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  • Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 23 (1897).
  • Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 7, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," (1897).

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  • The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Mark Twain's Speeches, introduction, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923).
  • By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 39, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," (1897).
  • The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," ch. 32, Following the Equator (1897).
  • Wit and Humor—if any difference, it is in duration—lightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, and can do damage—the other fools along and enjoys elaboration.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Mark Twain's Notebooks and Journals, vol. 3, notebook 24, April-Aug. 1885, ed. Frederick Anderson (1979).

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  • Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Mental Photographs, motto (1869), repr. In Complete Humourous Sketches and Tales, ed. Charles Neider (1961).
  • No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Satan, in The Mysterious Stranger, ch. 10 (1916).

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  • 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 [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 12, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," (1897).

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  • I have at last, after several months' experience, made up my mind that [New York] is a splendid desert—a domed and steepled solitude, where the stranger is lonely in the midst of a million of his race.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Daily Alta California (June 5, 1867). Mark Twain's Travels with Mr. Brown, ch. 25, eds. Franklin Walker and G. Ezra Dane, Knopf (1940).

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