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Quotes of the Day for 30 November 2001 – Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens was born on this day in 1835 at Florida, Missouri and grew up along the Mississippi River. He started setting type in a newspaper shop at age 12, abandoned his writing career at 21 to become a river boat pilot. He later went west, writing for newspapers in Nevada and California. Fortunately for us, he made a series of bad investments that forced him to write a staggering amount. Here is a tiny fraction of the Twain quotes I've collected.

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

Always acknowledge a fault quite frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctively native American criminal class except Congress.

It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing - I used to be a good boy.

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
     - All today's quotes are from Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

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