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

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HONOR

Williams from Marceau

Illustration from The New York Times
December 25, 1904
...honor is a harder master than the law.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Public shows of honor are pleasant, but private ones are pleasanter, because they are above suspicion.
- Letter to Will Bowen, 12/19/1888

On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

Honor knows no statute of limitations.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography

...honor is a harder master than the law. It cannot compromise for less than 100 cents on the dollar and its debts never outlaw.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

It pleased me beyond measure when Yale made me a Master of Arts, because I didn't know anything about art...I rejoiced again when Missouri University made me a Doctor of Laws, because it was all clear profit, I not knowing anything about laws except how to evade them...And now at Oxford I am to be made a Doctor of Letters--all clear profit, because what I don't know about letters would make me a multi-millionaire if I could turn it into cash.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography

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