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Try these famous Mark Twain quotes!
A master of wit, Twain is a quote lover’s delight.
Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Twain was an American writer, lauded by The New York Times as the “greatest humorist [the United States] has produced.”
So get ready to laugh! But beware –
Mark Twain quotes can be sharp and sarcastic.
I know you’ll enjoy them. But first, a quick bit of housekeeping…
About my Mark Twain quote pictures
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Mark Twain quotes about travel
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
There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage. ~Mark Twain
Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those. ~Mark Twain
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. ~Mark Twain
Funny Mark Twain quotes
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. ~Mark Twain
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. ~Mark Twain
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~Mark Twain
I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. ~Mark Twain
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. ~Mark Twain
I am as prompt as a clock, if I only know the day a thing is wanted—otherwise I am a natural procrastinaturalist. ~Mark Twain
In my experience, previously counted chickens never do hatch. ~Mark Twain
To create man was a fine and original idea; but to add the sheep was a tautology. ~Mark Twain
Put all your eggs in one basket – and watch that basket! ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes on truth
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ~Mark Twain
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. ~Mark Twain
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. ~Mark Twain
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it. ~Mark Twain
I don’t mind what the opposition say of me so long as they don’t tell the truth about me. But when they descend to telling the truth about me I consider that this is taking an unfair advantage. ~Mark Twain
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes on life
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. ~Mark Twain
There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. ~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
Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. ~Mark Twain
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~Mark Twain
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ~Mark Twain
When angry, count four. When very angry, swear. ~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
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races. ~Mark Twain
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up. ~Mark Twain
Each person is born to one possession which outvalues all his others – his last breath. ~Mark Twain
It is the epitome of life. The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. ~Mark Twain
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes about politics
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ~Mark Twain
God created war so that Americans would learn geography. ~Mark Twain
Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain
If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it. ~Mark Twain
The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. ~Mark Twain
Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God. ~Mark Twain
In truth I care little about any party’s politics—the man behind it is the important thing. ~Mark Twain
Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes on history
A historian who would convey the truth must lie. Often he must enlarge the truth by diameters, otherwise his reader would not be able to see it. ~Mark Twain
Herodotus says, “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: The conscientious historian will correct these defects.” ~Mark Twain
The minor events of history are valuable, although not always showy and picturesque. ~Mark Twain
Many public-school children seem to know only two dates – 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion. ~Mark Twain
The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes on death
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
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
Death is the starlit strip between the companionship of yesterday and the reunion of tomorrow. ~Mark Twain
I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. ~Mark Twain
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. ~Mark Twain
I think we never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead – and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead, and they would be honest so much earlier. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes about cats
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. ~Mark Twain
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
A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful. ~Mark Twain
A man’s treatment of a dog is no indication of the man’s nature, but his treatment of a cat is. It is the crucial test. None but the humane treat a cat well. ~Mark Twain
When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction. ~Mark Twain
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes on love
Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. ~Mark Twain
To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. ~Mark Twain
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
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. ~Mark Twain
Love is not a product of reasonings and statistics. It just comes – none knows whence – and cannot explain itself. ~Mark Twain
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. ~Mark Twain
True love is the only heart disease that is best left to “run on” – the only affection of the heart for which there is no help, and none desired. ~Mark Twain
Love is a madness; if thwarted it develops fast. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes about dogs
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
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. ~Mark Twain
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s. ~Mark Twain
The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog. ~Mark Twain
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain quotes on education
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. ~Mark Twain
′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. ~Mark Twain
Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else. ~Mark Twain
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain
If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed. ~Mark Twain
Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. ~Mark Twain
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards. ~Mark Twain
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. ~Mark Twain
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. ~Mark Twain
Inspirational Mark Twain quotes
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). ~Mark Twain
Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other. ~Mark Twain
The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop. ~Mark Twain
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. ~Mark Twain
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter. ~Mark Twain
Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. ~Mark Twain
Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. ~Mark Twain
Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe. ~Mark Twain
Mark Twain writing quotes
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
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
I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. ~Mark Twain
My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water. ~Mark Twain
The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it. ~Mark Twain
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. ~Mark Twain
More Mark Twain quotes
What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce. ~Mark Twain
Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. ~Mark Twain
I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up! ~Mark Twain
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. ~Mark Twain
It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt. ~Mark Twain
Short Mark Twain Quotes [tweetable!]
Here are 10 famous Mark Twain quotes on an infographic from sassipior.com – and typed out for you, ready to click and tweet!
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 Click to tweet this!
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
Buy land, they’re not making it any more. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
Let us live so that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. ~Mark Twain Click to tweet this!
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For reference – Mark Twain was born November 30, 1835 and died April 21, 1910.
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