42 Mark Twain Quotes
1835 – 1910
Born in Florida, Mo, US, Mark Twain’s true name was Samual Langhorne Clemens. He wrote many excellent books, many of which are considered classics. 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.
How often in our lives do we worry and fret over trouble that has not even happen? As Mark Twain’s quote reflects many times what we worry about never occurs. Worrying about things resolves nothing!
- The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
How true Mark Twain’s words are. We all have a purpose and when we discover that purpose our life has meaning!
- 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 save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy–that it is builded upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them.
- What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.
- The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.
Words of Encouragement
- Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other.
- There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it.
- If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
Truth and honesty two values that can define our character. Mark Twain’s quote may make you smile but the wisdom in it is so true.
- Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. Mark Twain
- Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.ï¿½
- An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.
- 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.
Poems about Life
- 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.
Being angry and upset resolves nothing. You may think it hurts others and sometimes it does. But it hurts you more than it could ever hurt someone else. Don’t let anger ruin your day, ruin your relationships – in all situations try and understand the point from the other person’s perspective. Talk a walk, write it down, be calm rather than be angry!
- Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.
- Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.
- The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
Have you ever stopped and listen to children. They are so innocent. They tell it like it is. We need more child in all of us!
- Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
- Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.
- Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.
Each and every day is a new day. Yesterday is finished, tomorrow has not yet arrived. But today is a fresh start. Your attitude will determine the type of day you have. If you carry yesterdays mistakes and failures, if you worry about what will happen tomorrow, you will miss out on the opportunities and happiness that today brings.
- Drag your thoughts away from your troubles – by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
- Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
- Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.
- You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
- As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
- The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
I can remember my Mother saying, there is always someone who is worse off than you. How true those words are. The best way to stop yourself from feeling down is just what Mark Twain suggests – go help someone else. Our troubles do not seem so bad when we help others who are struggling. feel down
- Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.
- 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.
- The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Quotes about Ideas
Determination and willpower are powerful. With passion and a belief ideas can come to life.
- Humans beings can be awful cruel to one another.
- Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Name the greatest of all the inventors. Accident.
- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.
- It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.
- The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
Love this quote as it can apply to many areas of our life. A person who is well educated but doesn’t apply his knowledge doesn’t succeed. The same goes for the person who has lots of ideas and dreams but takes no action is the same as one who dreams not.
- Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
- 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.
- A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
- Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
Funny Quotes about Life
You have two choices in every situation – you can see the funny side of life or you can see the side that will make you want to cry. Humor and being able to laugh at yourself and situations will add years to your life! Finding the good in everything is a positive way to live.
- Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.