300+ Mark Twain Quotes to inspire you in life

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), more widely known as Mark Twain, was a well known American writer born in Florida, Missouri. He worked mainly for newspapers and as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before he became a writer. He married in 1870, and raised his family in Hartford, Connecticut. In later life he invested and lost the money that his writing had made, and toured the world giving lectures that brought him enough money to pay his debt and recover his fortune. Clemens was best known for his works in fiction, and especially for his use of humour. His first published story, in 1865, was The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be Clemens’ best work. This story of a white boy who helps a black man escape slavery in the southern United States is known for its humanity. Clemens’s style was usually informal and humorous. This made him different from many important 19th century writers whose books he disliked. For example, he greatly disliked Jane Austen’s works, such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and famously remarked, “She makes me detest (hate) all her people, without reserve.” Actor Hal Holbrook plays Mark Twain on stage in a one-man show called Mark Twain Tonight. Halley’s Comet appeared in the sky during the year Twain was born and the year he died. This periodic comet comes back every 74 years, which is how long he lived. We bring you the compilation of the best Mark Twain Quotes, hope you like it.

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300+ Mark Twain Quotes to inspire you in life

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.— Mark Twain

Virtue has never been as respectable as money.— Mark Twain

There ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. -Mark Twain

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. -Mark Twain

A verb has a hard enough time of it in this world when it is all together. It’s downright inhuman to split it up. But that’s what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it a way over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German.— 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

This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixtyfour.— Mark Twain

Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his  mouth.— Mark Twain

Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.— Mark Twain

The trouble isn’t that there are too many fools, but that the lightning isn’t distributed right.— Mark Twain

Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.— Mark Twain

It is the difference of opinion that makes horse races.— Mark Twain

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.— Mark Twain

Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him. -Mark Twain

The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong; he can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.— Mark Twain, Speech in NYC, Jan. 22, 1906

Time cools, time clarifies no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.— 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

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Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.— Mark Twain

Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.— Mark Twain

July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days  of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.— Mark Twain

Love is a madness; if thwarted it develops fast. -Mark Twain

I can live two months on a good compliment.— Mark Twain

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. -Mark Twain

In prayer we call ourselves ‘worms of the dust’, but it is only on a sort of tacit understanding that the remark shall not be taken at par. -Mark Twain

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake.— Mark Twain

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All say, “How hard it is that we have to die”a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.— Mark Twain

A man is accepted into church for what he believesand turned out for what he knows.— Mark Twain

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it  and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stovelid. She will never sit down on a hot stovelid again  and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.— Mark Twain

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

Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.— Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -Mark Twain

On his deathbed Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuse are for all  the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.— Mark Twain

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The holy passion of Friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.— Mark Twain

A house without a cat, and a wellfed, wellpetted, and properly revered cat, may be  a perfect house, perhaps, but how can it prove its title from The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson— Mark Twain

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. -Mark Twain

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

Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.— Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.— Mark Twain

He liked to like people, therefore people liked him. -Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. -Mark Twain

[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.— Mark Twain

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

To cease smoking is the easiset thing I ever did. I ought to know, I’ve done it a thousand times.— Mark Twain

Necessity is the mother of taking chances. -Mark Twain

There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.— Mark Twain

Ethical man – a Christian holding four aces. -Mark Twain

Are you so unobservant that you do not yet realize that sanity and hapiness are an impossible combination?— Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger

Necessity is the mother of “taking chances.” -Mark Twain

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Giving up smoking is easy…I’ve done it hundreds of times.— Mark Twain

Name the greatest of all inventors: Accident. -Mark Twain

I am an old man and have a great many troubles, But most of them never happened.— Mark Twain

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.— Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.— Mark Twain

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.— Mark Twain

I cannot keep from talking, even at the risk of being instructive.— Mark Twain

If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not bea christian.— Mark Twain

Last week I stated that this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that statement.— Mark Twain

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I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spenser is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself. -Mark Twain

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

I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith. It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces— Mark Twain

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world— Mark Twain

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

Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.— Mark Twain

Youth, large, lusty, loving Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination— Mark Twain

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I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. -Mark Twain

Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.  Notebook, 1898— Mark Twain

Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made— Mark Twain

I have a prejudice against people who print things in a foreign language and add no translation. When I am the reader, and the other considers me able to do the translating myself, he pays me the quite a nice compliment but if he would do the translating for me I would try to get along without the compliment. (A Tramp Abroad,1880)— Mark Twain

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.— Mark Twain, Following the Equator

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.— Mark Twain

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. -Mark Twain

We all have thoughts that would shame the devil.— Mark Twain

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered  either by themselves or by others.— Mark Twain

Do something every day that you don’t want to do this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain— Mark Twain

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

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

Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it. -Mark Twain

Get the facts first. You can distort them later.— Mark Twain

Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain.— Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -Mark Twain

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The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession.— Mark Twain

I was born modest; not all over, but in spots. -Mark Twain

God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board— Mark Twain

Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it….— Mark Twain

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

I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.— Mark Twain

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.— Mark Twain

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.— Mark Twain

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Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.— Mark Twain

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.— Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness.— Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. -Mark Twain

Make money and the whole world will conspire to call you a gentleman. -Mark Twain

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.— Mark Twain

I was born modest; not all over, but in spots. -Mark Twain

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. -Mark Twain

300+ Mark Twain Quotes to inspire you in life

So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear  not absence of fear.— Mark Twain

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. -Mark Twain

In the first place God made idiots; that was for practice; then he made school boards.— Mark Twain

It isn’t so astonishing, the number of things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren’t so. -Mark Twain

Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.— Mark Twain

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.— Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter— Mark Twain

Some people get an eduction without going to college the rest get it after they get out.— Mark Twain

It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. -Mark Twain

Once you’ve put one of his books down, you simply can’t pick it up again. (talking about Henry James)— Mark Twain

Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption.— Mark Twain

Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience of 4000 critics.— Mark Twain

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.— Mark Twain

I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.— Mark Twain

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

300+ Mark Twain Quotes to inspire you in life

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.— Mark Twain

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation. -Mark Twain

Behold, the fool saith, Put not all thine eggs in the one basket,  which is but a manner of saying, Scatter your money and your attention, but the wise man saith, Put all your eggs in the one basket and  watch that basket— Mark Twain

To be busy is man’s only happiness. -Mark Twain

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.— Mark Twain

Sacred cows make the best hamburger.— Mark Twain

I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.— Mark Twain

It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.— Mark Twain

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I wish to become rich, so that I can instruct the people and glorify honest poverty a little, like those kind- hearted, fat, benevolent people do. -Mark Twain

From his cradle to the grave, a man never does a single thing which has any first and foremost object save one-to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for himself. -Mark Twain

There is no such thing as the Queen’s English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares— Mark Twain

His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket, and there was hardly a hole in  it anywhere.— Mark Twain

You can tell German wine from vinegar … by the label. -Mark Twain

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.— 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

In our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.— Mark Twain

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The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.— Mark Twain

Man a creature made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired. -Mark Twain

Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than on all other days of the year put together. This proves, by the numbers left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.— Mark Twain

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.— Mark Twain

I have witnessed and greatly enjoyed the first act of everything which Wagner created, but the effect on me has always been so powerful that one act was quite sufficient; whenever I have witnessed two acts I have gone away physically exhausted; and whenever I have ventured an entire opera the result has been the next thing to suicide.— Mark Twain

In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at secondhand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at secondhand from other nonexaminers, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.— Mark Twain

Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.— Mark Twain

I find that the further I go back, the better things were, whether they happened or not.— Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. -Mark Twain

At the beginning of a great national change, the patriot is a scarce man: scorned, ridiculed and forgotten. When his cause succeeds, however, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.— Mark Twain

An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before.— Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. -Mark Twain

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. -Mark Twain

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough. -Mark Twain

There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land again after a cheerful, careless voyage. -Mark Twain

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.— Mark Twain

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Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.— Mark Twain

Fleas can be taught nearly anything a congressman can.— Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.— Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. -Mark Twain

Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. -Mark Twain

The billiard table is better than the doctor.— Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -Mark Twain

It is a wise child that knows its own father, and an unusual one that unreservedly approves of him. -Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.— Mark Twain, Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887

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Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.— Mark Twain

It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it.— Mark Twain

Put all thine eggs in one basket and – watch that basket. -Mark Twain

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact— Mark Twain

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you the one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.— Mark Twain

To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is noblerand less trouble.— Mark Twain

You can tell German wine from vinegar by the label.— Mark Twain

What a good thing Adam had – when he said a good thing, he knew nobody had said it before. -Mark Twain

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When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. -Mark Twain

The Creator made Italy with designs by Michelangelo. -Mark Twain

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.— Mark Twain

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it  namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.— 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

Golf is a good walk spoiled. -Mark Twain

When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.— Mark Twain

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. -Mark Twain

The pause – that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, howsoever felicitous, could accomplish it. -Mark Twain

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.— Mark Twain

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress— Mark Twain

In statesmanship get formalities right, never mind about the moralities. -Mark Twain

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.— Mark Twain

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.— Mark Twain

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.— Mark Twain

Buy land. They’ve stopped making it.— Mark Twain

When in doubt, tell the truth.— Mark Twain


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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), more widely known as Mark Twain, was a well known American writer born in Florida, Missouri. He worked mainly for newspapers and as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before he became a writer. He married in 1870, and raised his family in Hartford, Connecticut. In later life he invested and lost the money that his writing had made, and toured the world giving lectures that brought him enough money to pay his debt and recover his fortune. Clemens was best known for his works in fiction, and especially for his use of humour. His first published story, in 1865, was The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be Clemens’ best work. This story of a white boy who helps a black man escape slavery in the southern United States is known for its humanity. Clemens’s style was usually informal and humorous. This made him different from many important 19th century writers whose books he disliked. For example, he greatly disliked Jane Austen’s works, such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and famously remarked, “She makes me detest (hate) all her people, without reserve.” Actor Hal Holbrook plays Mark Twain on stage in a one-man show called Mark Twain Tonight. Halley’s Comet appeared in the sky during the year Twain was born and the year he died. This periodic comet comes back every 74 years, which is how long he lived. We bring you the compilation of the best Mark Twain Quotes, hope you like it.

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300+ Mark Twain Quotes to inspire you in life

If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging?— Mark Twain

I’ve come loaded with statistics, for I’ve noticed that a man can’t prove anything without statistics.— Mark Twain

The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.— Mark Twain

A classic is a book which people praise and don’t read.— Mark Twain

I did it partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again.— 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

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race and finish the farce.— Mark Twain

How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it.— Mark Twain

Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute, but they all worship money.— Mark Twain

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

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.— Mark Twain

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.— Mark Twain

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. -Mark Twain

An enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a goodnatured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.— Mark Twain

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre but they are more deadly in the long run.— Mark Twain

Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.— Mark Twain

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Necessity is the mother of taking chances. -Mark Twain

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. -Mark Twain

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.— Mark Twain

We had the sky up there, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they was made or just happened.— Mark Twain

Get your facts first, and then you can distort ’em as much as you please. -Mark Twain

It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand. -Mark Twain

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself.— Mark Twain

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. -Mark Twain

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When angry count four; when very angry, swear.— Mark Twain

A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.— Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. -Mark Twain

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. -Mark Twain

It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach othersand less trouble.  speech, 1906— Mark Twain

We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.— Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up. -Mark Twain

Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.— Mark Twain

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The rule is perfect in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.— Mark Twain

The best coffee in Europe is Vienna coffee, compared to which all other coffee is fluid poverty.— Mark Twain, Greatly Exaggerated

He would come in and say he changed his mind  which was a gilded figure of speech, because he didn’t have any.— Mark Twain

There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate when he can’t afford it, and when he can.  from Following the Equator— Mark Twain

Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction.— 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

Honesty is the best policy  when there is money in it.— Mark Twain

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.— Mark Twain

I have spent most of my time worrying about thigs that have never happened.— Mark Twain

Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live”; it shows he did not know how to tell them.— Mark Twain

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.— Mark Twain

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. -Mark Twain

Always do right  this will gratify some and astonish the rest.— Mark Twain

We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read.— Mark Twain

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.— Mark Twain

Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.— Mark Twain

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Go and surprise the whole country by doing something right.— Mark Twain

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language. -Mark Twain

Heaven goes by favour; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. -Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.— Mark Twain

It were not best that we should all think alike it is the difference of opinion that makes horse races.  from Pudd’nhead Wilson— Mark Twain

The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.— Mark Twain

Just the omission of — Jane Austen’s books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn’t a book in it.— Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can read.— Mark Twain

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It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.— Mark Twain

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.— Mark Twain

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man – the biography of the man himself cannot be written. -Mark Twain

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.— Mark Twain

We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change places with an easy and blessed facility. -Mark Twain

George Washington as a boy was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth  he could not even lie.— Mark Twain

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. -Mark Twain

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We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency.— Mark Twain

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. -Mark Twain

Everything has its limitiron ore cannot be educated into gold. – 1906— Mark Twain

Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. -Mark Twain

Habit is habit, and not to be thrown out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. -Mark Twain

I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.— Mark Twain

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

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. -Mark Twain

Describing her first day back in grade school after a long absence, a teacher said, It was like trying to hold 35 corks under water at the same time.— Mark Twain

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.— Mark Twain

Go to bed early, get up early-this is wise. -Mark Twain

Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. -Mark Twain

When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.— Mark Twain

We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.— Mark Twain

I was born modest. Not all over, but in spots.— Mark Twain

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.— Mark Twain

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I have too much respect for the truth to drag it out on every trifling occasion.-Mark Twain

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. -Mark Twain

A man with a new idea is a crank  until the idea succeeds.— Mark Twain

The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible.— Mark Twain

If a person offend you and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures. Simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick.— Mark Twain, “Advice to Youth” Speech, 1882

We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility. -Mark Twain

October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. Others are July, January, April, September, November, May, March, June, December, August  and February.— Mark Twain

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.— Mark Twain

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Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.— Mark Twain

Somewhere between the Angels and the French lies the rest of humanity.— Mark Twain

I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.— Mark Twain

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.— Mark Twain

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner. -Mark Twain

Principles have no real force except when one is wellfed.— Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.— Mark Twain

Deep down in me I know it was a lie, and He know it. You can’t pray a lie-I found that out. -Mark Twain

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I have never examined the subject of humor until now. I am surprised to find how much ground it covers. I have got its divisions and frontiers down on a piece of paper. I find it defined as a production of the brain, as the power of the brain to produce something humorous, and the capacity of percieving humor.— Mark Twain

We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents. -Mark Twain

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again – and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. -Mark Twain

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

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.— Mark Twain

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.— Mark Twain, Speech in New York, Nov. 20, 1900

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. – Mark Twain

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year— Mark Twain

When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.— Mark Twain

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.— Mark Twain

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.— Mark Twain

Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. -Mark Twain

Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience – 4000 critics. -Mark Twain

In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.— Mark Twain

We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it.— Mark Twain

Man  a figment of God’s imagination.— Mark Twain

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I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.— Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.— Mark Twain

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly everybody will side with you when you are in the right. -Mark Twain

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.— Mark Twain

I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell you see, I have friends in both places.— Mark Twain

Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.— Mark Twain

There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.— Mark Twain

The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal— Mark Twain

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Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.— Mark Twain

[Mankind] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it.— Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, Chapter IX

There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn’t because the book is not there and worth  being written  it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.— Mark Twain

I never let schooling interfere with my education.— Mark Twain

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog.— Mark Twain

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

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. -Mark Twain

All schools, all colleges have two great functions to confer, and to conceal valuable knowledge.  Notebook, 1908— Mark Twain

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Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d all have frozen to death. -Mark Twain

There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.— Mark Twain

There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad  morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angel ship.— Mark Twain

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. -Mark Twain

To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn’t rich. -Mark Twain

It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.— Mark Twain

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.— Mark Twain

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.— Mark Twain

The report of my death was an exaggeration. (New York Journal, June 1897)— Mark Twain

I asked Tom if countries always apologised when they had done wrong, and he said: “Yes: the little one does.” -Mark Twain

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.— Mark Twain

It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.— Mark Twain

Man will do many things to get himself loved he will do all things to get himself envied.— Mark Twain

[Humanity] has unquestionably one really  effective  weapon—laughter.  Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug— push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.— Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916)

To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. -Mark Twain

Be good and you will be lonesome.— Mark Twain

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There ought to be a room in every house to swear in.— Mark Twain

If we had less statesmanship we could get along with fewer battleships.— Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.— Mark Twain

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language. -Mark Twain

I conceive that the right way to write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been a boy. That immensely enlarges the audience. -Mark Twain

Cold If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d all have frozen to death— Mark Twain

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don’t know.— Mark Twain

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.— Mark Twain

Familiarity breeds contempt  and children.— Mark Twain

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.— Mark Twain

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.— Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.— Mark Twain

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. -Mark Twain

A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.— Mark Twain

Man is the only animal that blushes  or needs to.— Mark Twain

Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction, after all, has to stick to the possibilities.— Mark Twain

I never write Metropolis for seven cents because I can get the same price for city. I never write policeman because I can get the same money for cop.— Mark Twain

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We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.— Mark Twain

There are those who would mistake us that to stick in a rut is consistency, and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency, and a vice. -Mark Twain

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. -Mark Twain

There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you’re busy interrupting.— Mark Twain

Lord save us all from … a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. -Mark Twain

If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man— Mark Twain

That kind of so-called housekeeping where they have six Bibles and no cork-screw. -Mark Twain

I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time. -Mark Twain

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

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.— Mark Twain

The fragrance of the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -Mark Twain

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.— Mark Twain

I never could tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe.— Mark Twain

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions. -Mark Twain

Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.— Mark Twain

We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty.— Mark Twain

It is easier to stay out than get out.— Mark Twain


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