Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear--
not absence of fear.Mark Twain
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When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear
and life stands explained.Mark Twain
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All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence,
and then success is sure.Mark Twain
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There were two 'Reigns of Terror', if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our shudders are all for the horrors of the momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief terror that we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror -- that unspeakable bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.Mark Twain
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The cat,
having sat upon a hot stove lid,
will not sit upon a hot stove lid again.
But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.Mark Twain
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