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Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to author several novels, including two major classics of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut.

An adventurer and wily intellectual, Mark Twain wrote the classic American novels ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’ He is well know for his words and to know him better we have collected a list of powerful Mark Twain Quotes for you. Hope you will enjoy reading them.

List of Mark Twain Quotes About Life and Truth.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Twain Quotes

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

“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 allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”
“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.”

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

Mark Twain Quotes

“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.”

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

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

Mark Twain Quotes

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


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“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.”

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

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

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

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

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

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

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


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

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

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

Mark Twain Quotes

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
“Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.”

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

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

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

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


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

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

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

“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”

“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”

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

“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.”

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”

“It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.”

Mark Twain Quotes

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

“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 right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

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

“A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”

“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”

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

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

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.”

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”

“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”

“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.”

“Comparison is the death of joy.”

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

“Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now.”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

“Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.”

“A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.”

“Do something everyday that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”

“Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.”

“The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.”

“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing.”


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