98 Mark Twain Quotes: Inspiration, Success & a Great Life

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98 Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes:

 

1. “The two most important days in your life are, the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

2. “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

3. “To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” ― MARK TWAIN

4. “Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

5. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

6. “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

7. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

8. “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

 

9. “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 



 

10. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

11. “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

12. “The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

13. “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

14. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

15. “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

16. “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.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

17. “Plan for the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

18. “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

 

19. “Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

20. “I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

21. “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

22. “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

 

23. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

24. “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

25. “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

26. “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

 

27. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

28. “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

29. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

30. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

31. “Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

32. “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

33. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 



 

34. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

35. “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

 

36. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

37. “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

 

38. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

39. “Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. ” ― MARK TWAIN

 

40. “When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

41. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

42. “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

43. “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

44. “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

45. “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

46. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

47. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

48. “My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

49. “I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

50. “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

51. “The Creator made Italy with designs by Michelangelo.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

52. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

53. “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

54. “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

55. “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

56. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

57. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 



 

58. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

59. “Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

60. “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

61. “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

62. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

63. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

64. “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

65. “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

66. “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

 

67. “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

68. “The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

69. “April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four days.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

70. “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

71. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

72. “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

 

73. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ― MARK TWAIN

 



 

74. “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

75. “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

 

76. “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

77. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

78. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

79. “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

 

80. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

81. “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

 

82. “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

83. “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

 

84. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

85. “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

 

86. “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

 

87. “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

 

88. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

89. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

90. “Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

91. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

92. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 



 

93. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

94. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ― MARK TWAIN

 

95. “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

96. “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”  ― MARK TWAIN

 

97.  “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

 

98. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t ́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

 

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