One hundred eighty-six years ago today, Samuel Clemens — AKA Mark Twain — was born, and his words still ring true today. Here’s a small sample of his pithy quotes, on topics ranging from love & marriage to foolishness & being fooled to anger, and, of course, humor.
(to Olivia, on their impending marriage)…it makes of two fractional lives a whole, it gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each whereby to perform it, it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living, and something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine; a new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth, a new mystery to life; and Livy it will give a new revelation to love, a new depth to sorrow, a new impulse to worship. In that day, the scales will fall from our eyes & we shall look upon a new world. Speed it!
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a man and a dog.
When the rich rob the poor it’s called business. When the poor fight back it’s called violence.
It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place.