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40 Mark Twain Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective

Samuel L. Clemens (known by his pen name as Mark Twain) was raised in Missouri, the setting for two of his most famous novels. Mark was an intrepid adventurer and throughout his life he traveled far and wide, yearning for new experiences.

He first piloted a steamboat, he then fought in the civil war and finally he branched out towards California to follow the lure of the American West. In 1861, he hopped aboard a stagecoach determined to move towards the promise of gold and the opportunity to bring his family out of poverty. Here, he worked as a successful journalist and then soon after began to write his own novels.

Most famously, he authored the novels the ‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and the ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, which are often called the first ‘Great American Novels’ and are still used as study texts for schools across America. With his modern and compelling American literature, Twain became known as one of the most exciting storytellers in contemporary literature with his engaging, satirical and punchy narrative voice.


Mark Twain Famous Quotes:

1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

2. “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.”

3. “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”

4. “The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

5. “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.”

6. “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.”

7. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

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8. “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.”

9. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

10. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

11. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

12. “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head.”

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

14. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

15. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”

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

17. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

18. “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

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

20. “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.”

21. “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

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

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

24. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

31. “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.”

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

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33. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

34. “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

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

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

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

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

39. “If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.”

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

41. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

42. “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 man.”

43. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

44. “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.”

45. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”



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