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Mark Twain

Mark Twain
When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. -- Ansel Adams When in doubt, tell the truth.
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground -- for we have all been babies.
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
I really owe everything to my parents and their devotion and drive to see to it that their children had the education which led to the opportunities that they never were able to have.
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
Independence is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to...its office holders.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world -- and never will.
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler--and less trouble.
I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.
I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.