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Mark Twain Quotes and Sayings

Mark Twain Quotes and Sayings About Life, Love, and Learn

Mark Twain, was a famous American writer. He is considered one of the greatest American writers of all time. He was famous for different things like being an entrepreneur, publisher, humorist, and lecturer. If you are searching for Mark Twain Quotes then welcome to the page of the best Mark Twain Quotes collection.

On 30 November 1835 Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, United States. His full name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Twain’s greatest American Novel “The Adventure of Huckleberry” is considered a masterpiece of literature. Teachers across the country teach this book for years to students.

Mark Twain wasn’t a serious writer rather he was a popular writer. This may be the reason not to get a major award for his writing. His adventurous life is inspiring to the youth of our generation, especially in The Innocents Abroad (1869), Roughing It (1872), and Life on the Mississippi (1883), and for his adventure stories of boyhood, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876 ) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Let’s check out Mark Twain Quotes and try to explore more about his vision towards life.

Mark Twain Quotes (BEST)

  1. “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
  1. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
  1. “A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”
  1. “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
Mark Twain Quotes
  1. “There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist‚ except an old optimist.”
  1. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
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  1. “There is nothing in the world like persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.”
  1. “Don’t wake up a woman in love. Let her dream, so that she does not weep when she returns to her bitter reality.”
  1. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”
  1. “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
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  1. “All good things arrive unto them that wait and don’t die in the meantime.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
  1. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
Mark Twain Quotes
  1. “Always obey your parents when they are present.”
  1. “There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.”
  1. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  1. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
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Famous Mark Twain Quotes About Life

  1. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
  1. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, then success is sure.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Life
  1. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
  1. “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.”
  1. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
  1. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Life
  1. “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
  1. “It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others—and less trouble.”
  1. “Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”
  1. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Life
  1. “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.”
  1. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
  1. “There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.”
  1. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Life
  1. “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
  1. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
  1. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
  1. “The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Life

Mark Twain Quotes That Will Change Your Thinking

  1. “It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.”
  1. “Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
  1. “Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
  1. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
Mark Twain's Quotes On The Future
  1. “You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.”
  1. “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”
  1. “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
  1. “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
Mark Twain's Quotes On The Future
  1. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
  1. “No real gentleman will tell the naked truth in the presence of ladies.”
  1. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
  1. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Mark Twain's Quotes On The Future
  1. “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”
  1. “Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink — under any circumstances.”
  1. “Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.”
  1. “Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.”
Mark Twain's Quotes On The Future
  1. “Men are easily dealt with – but when you get the women started, you are in for it, you know.”
  1. “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”
  1. “The only very marked difference between the average civilized man and the average savage is that the one is gilded and the other is painted.”
  1. “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.”
Mark Twain's Quotes On The Future

Mark Twain Quotes About Travel And The World As He Saw It

  1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except Heaven and Hell and I have only a vague curiosity about one of those.”
  1. “There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Travel
  1. “Take the universe as a whole, and it is a very clever conception and quite competently carried out, but I don’t think much of this globe as a work of art.”
  1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
  1. “If you should rear a duck in the heart of the Sahara, no doubt it would swim if you brought it to the Nile.”
  1. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Travel
  1. “What a man wants with religion in these breadless times, surpasses my comprehension.”
  1. “There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”
  1. “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  1. “I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Travel
  1. “Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.”
  1. “Independence …. is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.”
  1. “We chase phantoms half the days of our lives. It is well if we learn wisdom even then, and save the other half.”
  1. “It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Travel
  1. “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
  1. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
  1. “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”
  1. “Do something everyday that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
Mark Twain Quotes About Travel

Mark Twain Wisdom Quotes

  1. “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”
  1. “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
  1. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
  1. “The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.”
Mark Twain Wisdom Quotes
  1. “The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.”
  1. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
  1. “Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”
  1. “Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.”
Mark Twain Wisdom Quotes
  1. “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.”
  1. “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”
  1. “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.”
  1. “He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.”
Mark Twain Wisdom Quotes
  1. “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
  1. “Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.”
  1. “Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.”
  1. “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
Mark Twain Wisdom Quotes
  1. “A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.”
  1. “Do not offer a compliment and ask a favor at the same time. A compliment that is charged for is not valuable.”
  1. “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
  1. “Prejudice cannot see the things that are because it is always looking for things that aren’t.”
Mark Twain Wisdom Quotes

Greatest Quotes From Mark Twain

  1. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
  1. “Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.”
  1. “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
  1. “It’s easy to make friends, but hard to get rid of them.”
Greatest Quotes From Mark Twain
  1. “Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.”
  1. “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
  1. “It’s not the good that die young, it’s the lucky.”
  1. “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”
Greatest Quotes From Mark Twain
  1. “Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
  1. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
  1. “Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.”
  1. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”
Greatest Quotes From Mark Twain
  1. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
  1. “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”
  1. “There are too many stars in some places and not enough in others.”
  1. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
Greatest Quotes From Mark Twain
  1. “A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.”
  1. “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.”
  1. “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”
  1. “Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”
Greatest Quotes From Mark Twain


Mark Twain died on 21 April 1910, in Stormfield, Redding, Connecticut, United States.
His contributions will never vanish. William Faulkner, an American writer called him “The Father of American Literature”.

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