Mark Twain … wit and wisdom …

Posted on July 5, 2010. Filed under: American Thinkers, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personalities |

Mark Twain remains America’s greatest wit. He also wrote two classics,  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Vastly popular and widely quoted, he was friend to presidents, royalty and the elite, yet he never lost the common touch. Here are some of his observations.

 But who prays for Satan? Who, in these thousands of years, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most? 

  What tiny little parts of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is lived in his head – and is known to none but himself.  

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Don’t part with your illusions because when they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience – that is the ideal life.

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive but it is lightning that does the work. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

When people do not respect us, we are deeply offended. Yet in his private heart no man much respects himself. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.

The lack of money is the root of all evil.

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.

Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities. Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.

Be careful about reading health books – you may die of a misprint.

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