The 60 Best Mark Twain Quotes

The 60 Best Mark Twain Quotes

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

Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American writer who is famous for writing novels like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), among many others. Twain was, and still is, a great influence on American literature, considered its father.

Read the best Mark Twain quotes.


1“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.”

2“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.”

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

4“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

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

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

7“When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.”

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

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

10“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”

11"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."

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

13“All kings is mostly rapscallions.”

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

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

16“Do not put off till tomorrow what can be put off till day-after-tomorrow just as well.”

17“Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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

19“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.”

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

21"All generations are false, including this one."

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

23“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

24“A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”

25"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."

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

27"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."

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

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

30“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserve it.”

31"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."

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

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

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

35“Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.”

36“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants is back the minute itbegins to rains.”

37“Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.”

38“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.”

39“Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

40“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.”

41“Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.”

42“Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction. after all has to make sense.”

43"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been."

44“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.”

45"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."

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

47“When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

48“Put all your eggs in one basket — and watch that basket!”

49“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.”

50"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."

51“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.”

52"Grief can take care of it itself, but to get the ful value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with."

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

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

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

56"Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid."

57“The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.”

58“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.”

59“It is curious- curious tha physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

60"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."