Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain Quotes

Introduction,

Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American writer, humorist, and lecturer born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth of seven children born to John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens. Mark Twain’s family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, when he was four years old, which would later become the inspiration for many of his literary works.

Twain’s father passed away when he was only 11 years old, and he was forced to leave school and find work as a printer’s apprentice. He spent much of his youth working in various jobs, including a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, which would also later become the setting for his famous novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Twain’s writing career began as a journalist in Nevada, where he wrote for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. He gained national recognition for his humorous stories and soon became a popular lecturer and writer of short stories and novels.

Mark Twain passed away on April 21, 1910, at the age of 74 in Redding, Connecticut, after suffering a heart attack. He left behind a legacy of literary works that continue to be celebrated and enjoyed by readers around the world.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.


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


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


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


The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.


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


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.


The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.


Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.


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
Mark Twain Quotes


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


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


Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.


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


To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.


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


The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.


The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.


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


Golf is a good walk spoiled.

Mark Twain Quotes
Mark Twain Quotes


If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.


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


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


The lack of money is the root of all evil.


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


The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.


The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.


The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.


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

Mark Twain Quotes
Mark Twain Quotes


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.


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


When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.


The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.


Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.


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


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


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


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.


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

Mark Twain Quotes
Mark Twain Quotes


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


If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.


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


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


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


Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.


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.


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


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


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

Mark Twain Quotes
Mark Twain Quotes


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.


The lack of money is the root of all evil.


Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.


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


Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.


Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.


In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.


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


Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.


I can live for two months on a good compliment.


Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.