200+ Mark Twain Quotes – Inspirational Quotes On Life

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

The well-known American author and comic Mark Twain is honored for his literary accomplishments and perceptive and inspirational life quotations.

In this article, we delve into the world of wisdom offered by the Most Popular Mark Twain Quotes and how they inspire navigating the complexities of life.

Twain’s wit and wisdom shine through his quotes, touching on humor, adversity, success, and the human condition. His words are timeless, offering valuable lessons and a fresh perspective on life’s journey. Mark Twain’s quotes are a treasure mine of inspiration that continues to captivate and resonate with readers worldwide, whether you want amusement, direction, or reflection.

Explore one of America’s most influential literary personalities’ profound insights as we go through the Most Popular Mark Twain Quotes, uncovering the continuing value of his words in our lives.

Most Popular Mark Twain Quotes

I’ve seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true. – Mark Twain


You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws and thumps about things which the intellect scorns. — Mark Twain


It is easier to stay out than get out. – Mark Twain


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.— Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain


Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile. – Mark Twain


Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. ― Mark Twain


Don’t wakeup women in love. Let her dream, So that she does not weep when she returns to her bitter reality. – Mark Twain

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain


Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. – Mark Twain


 I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. – Mark Twain


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

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain. – Mark Twain


A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. – 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


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

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


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


Always respect your superiors; if you have any. – Mark Twain


Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. – Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain


Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. – Mark Twain


You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.- Mark Twain


When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. – Mark Twain

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain


Human beings can be awful cruel to one another. ― Mark Twain


Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ― Mark Twain


Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. – 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


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


It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. — Mark Twain

The Bible has noble poetry in it… And some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies. – Mark Twain


Don’t dream your life, but live your dream .— Mark Twain


Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life. – Mark Twain


Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. – Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ― Mark Twain


How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it. – Mark Twain


The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

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


I don’t want any better book than what your face is. – Mark Twain


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

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


A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. – Mark Twain


There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist‚ except an old optimist. – Mark Twain


Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. – Mark Twain


Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain 


The man who does not A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. – Mark Twain


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



All kings is mostly rapscallions. – 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


Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.― Mark Twain


Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. ― Mark Twain


Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. – Mark Twain


Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; the truth isn’t. – 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


When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why to save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy–that it is built upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them.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


Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
– Mark Twain


Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.— Mark Twain


Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain


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


It is easier to manufacture seven facts than one emotion. – Mark Twain


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. – Mark Twain


In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. – Mark Twain


The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for. – Mark Twain


Their garment? Have they but one? Ah, good your worship, what would they do with more? Truly they have not two bodies each. – Mark Twain


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


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


What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. – 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


A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. – Mark Twain


May you always keep your youth. – Mark Twain


The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. – Mark Twain


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young. – Mark Twain


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


Don’t let schooling interfere with your education. – Mark Twain


The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding their capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect. – Mark Twain


Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain


The lack of money is the root of all evil. – Mark Twain


Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals. ― Mark Twain


Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ― Mark Twain


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. – Mark Twain


Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. – Mark Twain


If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. – Mark Twain


What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.
– Mark Twain


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


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


How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again!— Mark Twain


Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Mark Twain


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


Jealousy is always born with love but does not always die with it. – Mark Twain


I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. – Mark Twain


A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. – Mark Twain


I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. – Mark Twain


I have found out that there ain’t the no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. – Mark Twain


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


If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. – Mark Twain


I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. – 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


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


Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to. – 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


Spiritual wants and instincts are as various in the human family as are physical appetites, complexions, and features, and a man is only at his best, morally, when he is equipped with the religious garment whose color and shape and size most nicely accommodate themselves to the spiritual complexion, angularities, and stature of the individual who wears it. – Mark Twain


I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. – Mark Twain


Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed 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


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


The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow. ― Mark Twain


God created war so that Americans would learn geography. ― Mark Twain


It is wiser to find out than suppose. – Mark Twain


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 a man. – Mark Twain


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


Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. – Mark Twain


The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe. — Mark Twain


I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time. – Mark Twain


You meet people who forget you. You forget the people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your ‘friends.— Mark Twain


Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.


Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.


Live simple, Love well and take time to smell the flowers along the way. – Mark Twain


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


All generalizations are false, including this one. – Mark Twain


A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory. – Mark Twain


The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.. – Mark Twain


The only reason why God created man is that he was disappointed with the monkey. – Mark Twain


Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. – Mark Twain


It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others — and less trouble. – Mark Twain


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…..Broad, wholesome, charitable views on men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.b– 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


We ought never to do wrong when people are looking. – Mark Twain


Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. – Mark Twain


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


The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain


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


Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. – Mark Twain


Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. ― Mark Twain


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


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Mark Twain


If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed. – Mark Twain


When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old. – Mark Twain


Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growth. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. – Mark Twain


He was sunshine most always-I mean he made it seem like good weather. — Mark Twain


If I cannot smoke cigars in Heaven, I shall not go. – Mark Twain


A little lie can travel halfway ’round the world while Truth is still lacing up her boots.— Mark Twain


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


It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain


Love heightens all senses except the common. – Mark Twain


Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else. – Mark Twain


There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. – Mark Twain


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


There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages. – Mark Twain


There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage. – Mark Twain


Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough. – Mark Twain


Be good and you will be lonesome. – 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


Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. – Mark Twain


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked. – Mark Twain


Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. – Mark Twain


It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. – Mark Twain


Ideally, a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own. – Mark Twain


An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere. – Mark Twain


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


To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I’ve done it a thousand times. – Mark Twain


The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that just aren’t so. — Mark Twain


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


Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason. – Mark Twain


Love is when two people know everything about each other and are still friends. – Mark Twain


Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. – Mark Twain


Familiarity breeds contempt – and children. – Mark Twain


I knew very well why [the words] wouldn’t come. It was because my heart wasn’t right; it was because I wasn’t square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me, I was holding on to the biggest one of all. – Mark Twain


The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his INTELLECTUAL superiority to the other creatures, but the fact that he can DO wrong proves his MORAL inferiority to any creature that CAN NOT. – Mark Twain


There has been only one Christian. They caught him and crucified him–early. – Mark Twain


Take the universe as a whole, and it is a very clever conception and quite competently carried out, but I don’t think much of this globe as a work of art. It would have been better to take more time to it and do it right, it seems to me, than to rush it through, helter-skelter, in six days, just for reputation. – Mark Twain


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


Do your duty today and repent tomorrow. – Mark Twain


Golf is a good walk spoiled. – Mark Twain


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


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


When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved. – Mark Twain


No man that has ever lived has done a thing to please God primarily. It was done to please himself, then God next. – Mark Twain


Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it doesn’t make it right. — Mark Twain


I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places. – Mark Twain


great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great. – Mark Twain


Love is madness, if thwarted it develops fast. – Mark Twain


The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. – Mark Twain


My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water. – Mark Twain


All right then, I’ll go to him. – Mark Twain


Praise is well, the compliment is well, but affection – that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement. – Mark Twain


Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass. – Mark Twain


Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink — under any circumstances. – Mark Twain


By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity — another man’s I mean. – Mark Twain


Books are the liberated spirits of men. – 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


A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies. – Mark Twain


Buy land, they’re not making it anymore. – Mark Twain


Good judgment is the result of experience and experiences the result of bad judgment. – Mark Twain


Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. – Mark Twain


The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money. – Mark Twain


If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.— Mark Twain


Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. – Mark Twain


Sing like no one is listening, Love as you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching and live like its heaven on earth. – Mark Twain


History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. – Mark Twain


Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial we. – Mark Twain


I was mighty downhearted; so I made up my mind I wouldn’t ever go anear that house again, because I reckoned I was to blame, somehow. – Mark Twain


One is apt to overestimate beauty when it is rare. – Mark Twain


Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself. – Mark Twain


The funniest things are forbidden. – Mark Twain


Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. – Mark Twain


If books are not good company, where will I find it? – Mark Twain


Put all your eggs in one basket — and watch that basket! – Mark Twain


The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog. – Mark Twain


The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this. – 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


My experience of men had long ago taught me that one of the surest ways of begetting an enemy was to do some stranger an act of kindness which should lay upon him the irritating sense of an obligation. — Mark Twain


An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one’s self- respect. – Mark Twain


You can’t break a bad habit by throwing it out the window. You’ve got to walk it slowly down the stairs.— Mark Twain


Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work. – Mark Twain


I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. – Mark Twain


The Public is merely a multiplied ‘me. – Mark Twain


Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better. – Mark Twain


Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it. – Mark Twain


To eat is human…to digest‚ divine. – Mark Twain


The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven. – Mark Twain


The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. – Mark Twain


Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold. – Mark Twain


Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever. – Mark Twain


I wish Europe would let Russia annihilate Turkey a little–not much, but enough to make it difficult to find the place again without a divining-rod or a diving-bell. – Mark Twain


It usually takes me two or three days to prepare an impromptu speech. – Mark Twain


There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule. Mark Twain


Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed. – 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


But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. Tom presently began to drift insensibly back into the concerns of his life again. What if he turned his back, now, and disappeared mysteriously?. . [H]e would join the Indians . . . He would be a pirate! That was it! Now his future lay plain before him and glowing with unimaginable splendor. – Mark Twain


I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. – Mark Twain


Character is the architect of achievements. – Mark Twain


Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. – Mark Twain


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


It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. – Mark Twain


A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother. – Mark Twain


Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together. — Mark Twain


Always obey your parents – when they are present. – Mark Twain


To be great, truly great, you have to be the kind of person who makes the others around you great. — Mark Twain


I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t. – Mark Twain


There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a woodpecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound. The boy’s soul was steeped in melancholy; his feelings were in happy accord with his surroundings. – Mark Twain


I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him. – Mark Twain


The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. – Mark Twain


I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. – Mark Twain


Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. – Mark Twain


Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one. – Mark Twain


As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out. – Mark Twain


The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right. — Mark Twain


A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse. – Mark Twain


Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.— Mark Twain


Saturday morning has come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart . . . There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step. The locust trees were in bloom and the fragrance of the blossoms filled the air. – Mark Twain


In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination. – Mark Twain


There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus. – Mark Twain


Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. – Mark Twain


It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected. – Mark Twain


It is the epitome of life. The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. – Mark Twain


I freighted a leaf with a mental message for the friends at home and dropped it in the stream. But I put no stamp on it and it was held for postage somewhere. — Mark Twain


Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live. – Mark Twain


Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead. – Mark Twain


The average woman would rather have beauty than brains because the average man can see better than he can think. — Mark Twain


Tom told me what his plan was, and I see in a minute it was worth fifteen of mine for style and would make Jim just as free a man as mine would, and maybe get us all killed besides. So I was satisfied and said we would waltz in on it. – Mark Twain


It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it. – Mark Twain


When a humorist ventures upon the grave concerns of life he must do his job better than another man or he works harm to his cause. – Mark Twain

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