148+ EXCLUSIVE Mark Twain Quotes To See Life Differently

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both classics in American literature. Thoughtful Mark Twain quotes will broaden your perspective to strive for more and become the best version of yourself.

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Mark Twain Quotes

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

The report of my death was an exaggeration. – Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. – Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. – Mark Twain

When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. – 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

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Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. – Mark Twain

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Mark Twain

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else. – Mark Twain

Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head. – Mark Twain

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

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. – Mark Twain

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life. – Mark Twain

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

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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

Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. – Mark Twain

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

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked. – Mark Twain

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A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies. – Mark Twain

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

When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction. – Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven. – Mark Twain

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

Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have someone to divide it with. – 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

I am an old man and I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. – Mark Twain

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Never argue with a fool. Onlooker may not be able to tell the difference. – Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. – Mark Twain

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

I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. – Mark Twain

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Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. – Mark Twain

The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it. – Mark Twain

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

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. – Mark Twain

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I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge, because I have got so much more of it. – Mark Twain

Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world. – Mark Twain

Do not put off till tomorrow what can be put off till day-after-tomorrow just as well. – Mark Twain

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. – Mark Twain

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

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. – Mark Twain

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

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so. – Mark Twain

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The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog. – 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

Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God. – Mark Twain

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Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. – Mark Twain

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

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. – Mark Twain

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Mark Twain

Best Inspiring Mark Twain Quotes On Life

  • When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. – Mark Twain
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain
  • All kings is mostly rapscallions. – Mark Twain
  • The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding their capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect. – Mark Twain
  • A good marriage is the union of the two-good forgiveness. – Mark Twain
  • Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain
  • Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. – Mark Twain
  • A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining but wants is back the minute it begins to rains. – Mark Twain
  • Golf is a good walk spoiled. – Mark Twain
  • Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction. After all, has to make sense. – Mark Twain
  • It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. – Mark Twain
  • Put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket! – Mark Twain
  • Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain
  • Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. – Mark Twain
  • After a few months’ acquaintance with European coffee, one’s mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with its clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed. – Mark Twain
  • You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help. – Mark Twain
  • The lack of money is the root of all evil. – Mark Twain
  • It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all. – Mark Twain
  • Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. – Mark Twain
  • Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. – 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
  • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society. – Mark Twain
  • There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. – Mark Twain
  • What’s the use you learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? – Mark Twain
  • Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good. God would permit us to be pirates. – Mark Twain
  • The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for. – Mark Twain
  • The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. – Mark Twain
  • I can live for two months on a good compliment. – Mark Twain

Famous Mark Twain Sayings on Love, Happiness and Education

  • I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the lower animals (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. – Mark Twain
  • Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. – Mark Twain
  • When a humorist ventures upon the grave concerns of life he must do his job better than another man or he works harm to his cause. – Mark Twain
  • There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. – Mark Twain
  • What a man wants with religion in these breadless times, surpasses my comprehension. – Mark Twain
  • I always did hate for anyone to know what my plans or hopes or prospects were, for, if I kept people in ignorance in these matters, no one could be disappointed but myself, if they were not realized. – Mark Twain
  • Men are easily dealt with, but when you get the women started, you are in for it, you know. – Mark Twain
  • A Christian is a person who wants to give up great things in a real life, for mediocre things is an imaginary one, more importantly, they demand you do the same. – Mark Twain
  • Never try to teach a pig to sing, you waste your time, and you annoy the pig. – Mark Twain
  • I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain
  • Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. – Mark Twain
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. – Mark Twain
  • Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most. – Mark Twain
  • Do the thing you fear most, and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain
  • Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain
  • There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked. – Mark Twain
  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. – Mark Twain
  • When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. – 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
  • The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. – Mark Twain
  • The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this. – Mark Twain
  • I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell, you see, I have friends in both places. – Mark Twain
  • If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed. – Mark Twain
  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. – Mark Twain
  • Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired. – Mark Twain

Top Mark Twain Quotes To Live By

  • The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop. – Mark Twain
  • Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. – Mark Twain
  • Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. – Mark Twain
  • Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain
  • Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. – Mark Twain
  • I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping. – Mark Twain
  • Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. – Mark Twain
  • Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it. – Mark Twain
  • Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company. – Mark Twain
  • It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. – Mark Twain
  • It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. – Mark Twain
  • It is wiser to find out than to suppose. – Mark Twain
  • We chase phantoms half the days of our lives. It is well if we learn wisdom even then and save the other half. – Mark Twain
  • Who would find out that I am a natural fool if I kept always cool and never let nature come to the surface? Nobody. – Mark Twain
  • Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. – Mark Twain
  • My mind changes often … People who have no mind can easily be steadfast and firm, but when a man is loaded down to the guards with it, as I am, every heavy sea of foreboding or inclination, maybe of indolence, shifts the cargo. – Mark Twain
  • I am as prompt as a clock, if I only know the day a thing is wanted, otherwise I am a natural procrastinaturalist. – Mark Twain
  • Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself. – Mark Twain
  • The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice. – 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. – Mark Twain
  • Principles have no real force except when one is well fed. – Mark Twain
  • To string incongruities and absurdities together in a wandering and sometimes purposeless way, and seem innocently unaware that they are absurdities, is the basis of the American art, if my position is correct. – Mark Twain

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