50 Brilliant Mark Twain Quotes About Life

50 Brilliant Mark Twain Quotes About Life

Last updated on December 27th, 2023 at 11:55 am

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens known by his pen name Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, the U.S. He is an American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who was lauded as the “Greatest humorist the United States has produced.” and became one of America’s best and most beloved writers. He rose to fame for his travel narratives like The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, and for his adventure novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

We have collected the most amazing and inspiring Mark Twain Quotes About Life for you. Sit back and enjoy!

Mark Twain Quotes About Life

“The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

MARK TWAIN, Note to London correspondent of the New York Journal [June 1, 1897]

“How empty is theory in the presence of fact!”

MARK TWAIN, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Chapter XLIII (p. 396), Harper & Brothers. 1899

“Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.”

MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator. Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, 19

“Tell the truth or trump — but get the trick.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894). Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, ch. 1
“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”

“When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson. Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, 10

“Name the greatest of all the inventors: Accident.”

MARK TWAIN, In: Albert Bigelow Paine (ed.), Mark Twain’s Notebook, Chapter XXXIII (p. 374)

“Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any.”

MARK TWAIN, “Advice to Youth”, speech to The Saturday Morning Club, Boston, 15 April 1882. Mark Twain Speaking (1976), ed. Paul Fatout, p. 169

“Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator. Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, 27
“Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.”

“For a forgotten fact is news when it comes again.”

MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator (Volume 2), Chapter XXII (p. 259)

“As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson. Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, 11

“Always dress a fact in tights, never in an ulster.”

MARK TWAIN, Life on the Mississippi, Chapter XXXIV (pp. 29^295), Harper & Row, Publishers. 1951

“By the Shadow of Death, but he’s a lightning pilot!”

MARK TWAIN, Life on the Mississippi, 7
“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.”

MARK TWAIN, Taming the Bicycle (1917)

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson. Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, 15

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

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Ch. XXV – Following the Equator (1897)

“The stars ain’t so close together as they look to be.”

MARK TWAIN, Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1891-1910, Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven (pp. 829-830), The Library of America. 1992
“When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”

“Fire is beautiful; some day it will be useful, I think.”

MARK TWAIN, Eve’s Diary, Tuesday (p. 65), Harper & Brothers. 1906

“In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.”

MARK TWAIN, Christian Science (1907)

“He saw nearly all things as through a glass eye, darkly.”

MARK TWAIN, Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses, 1895

“God’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.”

MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain’s Notebook (1935)
“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.”

“It is a pity we can’t escape from life when we are young.”

MARK TWAIN, p. 120 – Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013)

“It is more trouble to make a maxim than it is to do right.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Ch. III – Following the Equator (1897)

“Some German words are so long that they have a perspective.”

MARK TWAIN, A Tramp Abroad (1880)

“The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, in Following the Equator, 1897
“Against a diseased imagination demonstration goes for nothing.”

“A circle is a round straight line with a hole in the middle.”

MARK TWAIN, Quoting a schoolchild in “English as She Is Taught”.

“All saints can do miracles, but few of them can keep a hotel.”

MARK TWAIN, The quotable Mark Twain: his essential aphorisms, witticisms & concise opinions (ed. 1997)

“Put all your eggs in the one basket, and—watch that basket.”

MARK TWAIN, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 15

“We don’t care to eat toadstools that think they are truffles.”

MARK TWAIN, Mississippi Writings (ed. Library of America, 1876) – ISBN: 9780940450073
“Let us swear while we may, for in heaven it will not be allowed.”

“We all like to see people sea-sick when we are not ourselves.”

MARK TWAIN, The Innocents Abroad, Or, The New Pilgrims’ Progress (ed. 1870)

“In my experience, previously counted chickens never do hatch.”

MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain’s Letters (ed. 1917)

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

MARK TWAIN, The quotable Mark Twain: his essential aphorisms, witticisms & concise opinions (ed. 1997)

“Vote: The only commodity that is peddleable without a license.”

MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain and the Government (ed. 1960)
“None of us can be as great as God but any of us can be as good.”

“Eloquence is the essential thing in a speech, not information.”

MARK TWAIN, The Devil’s Race-track (ed. Univ of California Press, 1980) – ISBN: 9780520037809

“My memory was never loaded with anything but blank cartridges.”

MARK TWAIN, Life on the Mississippi (1874-75)

“Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of this scene”

MARK TWAIN, The Writings of Mark Twain: see Old Catalog -. 23. The man that corrupted Hadleyburg and other essays and stories (ed. 1901)

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”

MARK TWAIN, letter to W. D. Howells, 2 April 1899
“The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.”

“Some of us cannot be optimists, but all of us can be bigamists”

MARK TWAIN, Collected tales, sketches, speeches, & essays: 1891-1910 (ed. 1992)

“You ought never to sass old people- unless they sass you first.”

MARK TWAIN, The Choice Humorous Works of Mark Twain [pseud.]. (ed. 1880)

“Civilizations proceed from the heart rather than from the head.”

MARK TWAIN, A pen warmed-up in hell: Mark Twain in protest (ed. Harpercollins, 1979)

“Every time I reform in one direction I go overboard in another.”

MARK TWAIN, Mark Twain’s Letters, Volume 2: 1867-1868 (ed. Univ of California Press, 1990) – ISBN: 9780520906075
“The best of us would rather be popular than right.”

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