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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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PESSIMISM

It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

...the man who isn't a pessimist is a damned fool.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

Twain by Gelli
Portrait by Gelli
courtesy of Dave Thomson


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