Mark Twain Quotes

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Here's a collection of the best of Mark Twain quotes. Most are very witty and clearly show Mark Twain as the popular humorist and satirist he was.

Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, he is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. Besides being famous for his novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he is known for his great quotations too.

Below is a selection of some of his best quotations. Read through each one slowly and savor the wit and wisdom packed into these short quotes, and you'll see why his quotations are famous quotes.

I enjoy many of his quotes, some made me laugh, some made me pause to think and some are inspiring quotes. I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did!




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

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
-- Mark Twain

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
-- Mark Twain

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

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
-- Mark Twain

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

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
-- Mark Twain

Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
-- Mark Twain

Buy land, they're not making it anymore.
-- Mark Twain

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
-- Mark Twain

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

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
-- Mark Twain

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
-- Mark Twain

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
-- Mark Twain

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
-- Mark Twain

I can live for two months on a good compliment.
-- Mark Twain

I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
-- Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
-- Mark Twain

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know.
-- Mark Twain

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
-- Mark Twain

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

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
-- Mark Twain

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
-- Mark Twain

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

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
-- Mark Twain

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
-- Mark Twain

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
-- Mark Twain

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
-- Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
-- Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
-- Mark Twain

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
-- Mark Twain

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
-- Mark Twain

When in doubt, tell the truth.
-- Mark Twain

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