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

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GRATITUDE

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson

...gratitude is a debt which usually goes on accumulating like blackmail; the more you pay, the more is exacted. In time, you are made to realize that the kindness done you is become a curse and you wish it had not happened.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography

I don't care much for gratitude of the noisy, boisterous kind. Why, when some men discharge an obligation, you can hear the report for miles around.
- quoted in Best Stories of the World, T. L. Masson, 1913

...I was gratified to see that he was not a swine who trampled calmly over pearls, mistaking them for pebbles.
- Letter to W. D. Howells, 8/22/1874

Clemens portrait

Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson


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