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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
by Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Related topics: Cute Whimsey Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Cynical Live-By Life-Lessons Lessons Knowledge

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain PHOTO

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain PHOTO

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

 

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

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

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Habit is habit,
and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.
- Mark Twain

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
- Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

Life is short,
Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly,
Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret
ANYTHING
That makes you smile
- Mark Twain

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.
- Mark Twain

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

Never put off till tomorrow
what you can do the day after tomorrow.
- Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

It's not what you don't know that kills you,
it's what you know for sure that ain't true.
- Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm
to the vessel in which it is stored
than to anything on which it is poured.
- Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with
than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

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

Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.
- Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Never try to teach a pig to sing.
It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.
- Mark Twain

Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community,
and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
- Mark Twain
(paraphrase)

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it.
- Mark Twain

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.
- Mark Twain

Comedy keeps the heart sweet.
- Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

Let your sympathies and your compassion
be always with the under dog in the fight -
this is magnanimity;
but bet on the other one - this is business.
- Mark Twain

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
- Mark Twain

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

The very ink with which all history
is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

Always do the right thing.
It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

Truth is stranger than fiction,
but that is because Fiction is obliged
to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
- Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something
he can learn in no other way.
- Mark Twain

The timid man yearns for full value and demands a tenth.
The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
- Mark Twain

The most permanent lessons in morals are those which come,
not of booky teaching, but of experience.
- Mark Twain

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness.
- Mark Twain

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
- Mark Twain

One cannot have everything the way he would like it.
A man has no business to be depressed by a disappointment,
anyway; he ought to make up his mind to get even.
- Mark Twain

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
- Mark Twain

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
- Mark Twain

Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
- Mark Twain

I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -
you see, I have friends in both places.
- Mark Twain

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
- Mark Twain

The lack of money is the root of all evil.
- Mark Twain


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