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Mark Twain Quotes

Date of Birth: November 30, 1835    Date of Death: April 21, 1910

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, well known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and one of America's most famous literary icons. Below is a compilation of famous Mark Twain quotes. Who said finding good quotes was difficult? Browse our large collection and inspire yourself and others.





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


Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth.  ~ Mark Twain


All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.  ~ Mark Twain


Some people bring joy wherever they go, and some people bring joy whenever they go.  ~ Mark Twain


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


Golf is a good walk spoiled.  ~ Mark Twain


The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.  ~ Mark Twain


I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.  ~ Mark Twain


Last week I stated that this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that statement.  ~ Mark Twain


There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.  ~ Mark Twain


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


Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.  ~ Mark Twain


Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponent will do it for you."   ~ Mark Twain


When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.  ~ Mark Twain


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


Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.  ~ Mark Twain


My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.  ~ Mark Twain


Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.  ~ Mark Twain


Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.  ~ Mark Twain


Sacred cows make the best hamburger.  ~ Mark Twain


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


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.  ~ Mark Twain


The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.  ~ Mark Twain


Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.  ~ Mark Twain


The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.  ~ Mark Twain


To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.  ~ Mark Twain


An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.  ~ Mark Twain


Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.  ~ Mark Twain


Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.  ~ Mark Twain


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.  ~ Mark Twain


Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.  ~ Mark Twain


Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.  ~ Mark Twain


All things in moderation, including moderation.  ~ Mark Twain


When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.  ~ Mark Twain


When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.  ~ Mark Twain


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


The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.  ~ Mark Twain


The secret to getting ahead is getting started.  ~ Mark Twain


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


Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.  ~ Mark Twain


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


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


Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.  ~ Mark Twain


Denial is much more then an Egyptian River.  ~ Mark Twain


It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense.  ~ Mark Twain


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.  ~ Mark Twain


Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.  ~ Mark Twain


Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.  ~ Mark Twain


Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.  ~ Mark Twain



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