Mark Twain Quote Collection

Mark Twain (actual name Samuel Langhorne Clemens) , was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Lets take a look at various quotes

mark twain Quotes 1

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.

Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.

Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.

The Public is merely a multiplied “me.”

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.

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

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

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

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

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.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

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

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

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

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

Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.

Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.

The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.

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

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

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

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.

The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.

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

As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.

There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.

We Americans… bear the ark of liberties of the world.

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

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

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

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

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

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

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

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

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

All right, then, I’ll go to hell.

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain’t so.

Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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

Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial “we.”

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

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

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

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

It is easier to stay out than get out.

There are lies, damned lies and statistics.

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

I never let schooling interfere with my education.

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.

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.

Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Better a broken promise than none at all.

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

It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.

I can live for two months on a good compliment.

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

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

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

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

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

I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.

Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

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

I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.

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.

I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

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

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

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

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

When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.

I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.

We are all alike, on the inside.

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.

Prosperity is the best protector of principle.

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

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

mark twain Quotes 2

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

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

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

No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.

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

Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

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.

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.

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

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

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

Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.

Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Golf is a good walk spoiled.

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

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

Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.

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

The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

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

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.

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

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.

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

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.

By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.

Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

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

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.

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

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

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.

He is now rising from affluence to poverty.

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.

Man – a creature made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.

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

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

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

A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.

The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.

‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.

Such is the human race, often it seems a pity that Noah… didn’t miss the boat.

The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.

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

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.

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

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

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

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.

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

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

The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.

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

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

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

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

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.

When in doubt tell the truth.

I have made it a rule never to smoke more that one cigar at a time.

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

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

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.

The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.

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

The lack of money is the root of all evil.

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

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

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

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

What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.

God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.

What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.

The educated Southerner has no use for an ‘R’, except at the beginning of a word.

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.

We have the best government that money can buy.

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

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

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

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