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

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PRINCIPLES

We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.
- More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

You cannot have a theory without principles. Principles is another name for prejudices.
- "Literature" speech,
May 4, 1900

Whereas principle is a great and noble protection against showy and degrading vanities and vices, poverty is worth six of it.
- "The $30,000 Bequest"

Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
- Following the Equator

 

Mark Twain statue
Mark Twain statue in Riverview Park,
Hannibal, Missouri.
Photo by Dave Thomson, 2005


Principles aren't of much account, anyway, except at election time. After that you hang them up to let them season.
- "The Anti-doughnut Party" speech, 1901

"I was obliged to eat [apples], I was so hungry. It was against my principles, but I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed..."
- "Extracts from Adams's Diary"

 

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