To be great, truly great, you have to be the kind of person who makes the others around you great.

-Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain
...the circumstances and the atmosphere always have so much to do in directing a conversation, especially a German conversation, which is only a kind of an insurrection, anyway.
Mark Twain

A sin takes on a new and real terror when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out.

Mark Twain
A gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years.
Mark Twain

The vast majority of the race whether savage or civilized, are secretly kind at heart and shrink from inflicting pain, but in the presence of the aggressive and pitiless minority they don't dare to assert themselves.

Mark Twain
It is noble to teach oneself; it is still nobler to teach others.
Mark Twain

I have learned that there lies dormant in the souls of all men a penchant for some particular musical instrument an an unsuspected yearning to play on it, which are bound to wake up an demand attention someday. Therefore you who rail at such that disturb your slumbers with unsuccessful and demoralizing attempts to subjugate a guitar, beware! For sooner or later your own time will come.

Mark Twain
The first time a student realizes that a little learning is a dangerous thing is when he brings home a poor report card.
Mark Twain

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. Mark Twai

Mark Twain
An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one's self-respect.