The following famous quotes from Mark Twain, author of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince & The Pauper, are found in Complete Speaker’s and Toastmaster’s Library: Remarks of Famous People, by Jacob M. Braude. 1965. Prentice-Hall, Engelwood Cliffs, N.J.

  1. Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest.
  2. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.
  3. Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
  4. I think a compliment ought always to preceded a complaint, where one is possible, because it softens resentment and insures for the complaint a courteous and gentle reception.
  5. If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
  6. One should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sat on a hot stove lid! She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again – and that’s well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more.
  7. Adam was but human – this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.
  8. A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
  9. Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
  10. You can’t depend on your jugment when your imagination is out of focus.
  11. The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig leaf.
  12. The lack of money is the root of all evils.
  13. When some men discharge an obligation, you can hear the report for miles around.
  14. An injurious truth has no merit over an injurious lie. Neither should ever be uttered. The man who speaks an injurious truth, lest his soul not be saved if he do otherwise, should reflect that that sort of soul is not strictly worth saving.