Author Samuel L Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, 1835 -1910, became one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers from the time his first books were released in the late 1860s, early 1870s. Besides his innate ability to describe everyday people and things in such a way as to make them not only noteworthy and interesting, but timeless and treasured, Mark Twain had a way of putting his own personal slant on every day life. Here are just a few of his 'observations'...

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

A person with a new idea is a crank...until the idea succeeds.

Always do the right thing. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

'Classic.' A book which people praise but don't read.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

Golf is a good walk spoiled.

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to share it with.

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

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