Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was a famous American writer.

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  • "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."[1]    
Simple: A lie spreads much faster than truth.
What it means: People talk about lies more than the truth.
  • "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."[2]    
Simple: A man who lifts a cat by pulling the cat's tail learns something. There is no other way to learn that.
  • "New Year's Day - Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."[3]    
Simple: New Year's Day is the time when you can try to start doing something good, but after a week fail at them.
  • "There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress." [3]    
Simple: There are no native American criminals except for Congress.
  • "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." [3]
  • "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." [3]
Simple: Do not say that the world owes you something because the world was here before you.
  • "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."[3]   
Simple: No one's life, liberty or property are safe while Congress is making laws.


  1. "Political Communication Ethics". Google Books. Retrieved on November 22, 2008
  2. "And I Quote". Google Books. Retrieved on November 22, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Mark Twain, Selected Writings of an American Skeptic. ISBN 0879751908. 

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