Mark Twain Quotes

1835 - 1910

Born in Florida, Mo, US, Mark Twain's true name was Samual Langhorne Clemens.

He wrote many excellent books; to name only a few The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Tramp Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and a true classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Many of his words contain wisdom which can be applied today.

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

Trouble   |  

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

Honesty   |  

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

Funny Quotes   |  

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

Humor   |  

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first."
Mark Twain

Complaining   |  

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


"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
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Imagination   |  

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

Doubt   |  

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

Cheer   |  

"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits."
Mark Twain

Habit   |  

"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

Quotes about Life   |  

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

The Birth of Ideas   |  

"Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Mark Twain

Choices   |  

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

Great   |  

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

Confidence   |  

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

Fear   |  

"It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races."
Mark Twain

Diversity   |  

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
Mark Twain

Book   |  

"Necessity is the mother of taking chances."
Mark Twain

Obstacles: Our Best Motivators   |  

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
Mark Twain

Wisdom   |  

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

Character   |  

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
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Health   |  

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."
Mark Twain
Funny Quotes about Life   |  

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