Top 50 Best Inspiring 50 Best Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain Quotes: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist the United States has produced, and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature”. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), the latter often called “The Great American Novel”.

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

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

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

“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.”

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

“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.”

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

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


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

“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

“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.”

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”

“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.”

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce.”

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”


“Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

“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.”

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

“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

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

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.”

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

“I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

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

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ”

“The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”

“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”

“History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”