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A collection of Mark Twain quotes about life, love, politics, travel, education, future, truth, success, failure and more.

98 Great Mark Twain Quotes To Live By

Quick Facts

Famous As: Author and Humorist

Born On: November 30, 1835

Died On: April 21, 1910

Born In: Florida

Died At Age: 74

Samuel Langhorne Clemens is fondly remembered by his penname 'Mark Twain'. Twain's wit and satire that reflected in his speech, prose and writings made him popular worldwide. A creative adventurer with clever intellect, Twain has written about 11 novels, 26 short stories, 11 story collections, 14 essays, 6 essay collections, 10 non-fiction, 6 speeches 3 autobiographies and letters throughout his writing career. The 'Greatest American Humorist' of late 18th century was a passionate lecturer, publisher and entrepreneur. He started his entrepreneurial journey with a printer and went on to write newspaper articles for his brother. He also worked as a riverboat pilot at the Mississippi River before turning to journalism for Territorial Enterprise. His literary talents and humor earned the attention of several critics, peers, artists, industrialists and royalties. William Faulkner labeled him as the 'Father of American Literature'. His works not just entertained, but inspired many individuals, especially teens and youngsters. Mark rose to fame with his best pieces-- 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' (1885), 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876) and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1867). He was born shortly after Halley's Comet was spotted near earth. He predicted he would die with its return. Surprisingly, his prediction was accurate since he passed away a day after the comet returned. Mark Twain gave amazing thoughts and sayings through his books and teaching. Many of his lines are a great inspiration for all of us. We have collected some of the best inspirational quotes given by Mark Twain.

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If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).

Mark Twain

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

Mark Twain

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.

Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.

Mark Twain

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Mark Twain

Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.

Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

Mark Twain

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Mark Twain

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Mark Twain

I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

Mark Twain

God created war so that Americans would learn geography.

Mark Twain

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.

Mark Twain

But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?

Mark Twain

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.

Mark Twain

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

Mark Twain

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

Mark Twain

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

Mark Twain

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.

Mark Twain

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce.

Mark Twain

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.

Mark Twain

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Mark Twain

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Mark Twain

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 man.

Mark Twain

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain

Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.

Mark Twain

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.

Mark Twain

If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.

Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

Mark Twain

I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.

Mark Twain

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

Mark Twain

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

Mark Twain

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

Mark Twain

The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.

Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

Mark Twain

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Mark Twain

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

Mark Twain

A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.

Mark Twain

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Mark Twain

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Mark Twain

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.

Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Mark Twain

Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.

Mark Twain

I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.

Mark Twain

When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.

Mark Twain

I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!

Mark Twain

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.

Mark Twain

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

Mark Twain

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

Mark Twain

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

Mark Twain

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

Mark Twain

After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.

Mark Twain

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

Mark Twain

The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.

Mark Twain

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Mark Twain

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

Mark Twain

The Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.

Mark Twain

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.

Mark Twain

The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man's.

Mark Twain

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.

Mark Twain

I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.

Mark Twain

Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

Mark Twain

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

Mark Twain

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.

Mark Twain

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

Mark Twain

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

Mark Twain

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

Mark Twain

There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages.

Mark Twain

My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.

Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

Mark Twain

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

Mark Twain

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.

Mark Twain

I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.

Mark Twain

All right, then, I'll go to hell.

Mark Twain

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Mark Twain

If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.

Mark Twain

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be—a Christian.

Mark Twain

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

Mark Twain

Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.

Mark Twain

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.

Mark Twain