61 Timeless Mark Twain Quotes Full of Wit and Wisdom

With his sharp wit, keen observations, and insightful commentary on life, Mark Twain has left an indelible mark on the world of literature and beyond. From his iconic novels like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to his countless essays, speeches, and letters, Twain’s words continue to resonate with readers of all generations.

Today, we delve into a curated collection of 61 quotes from Mark Twain, handpicked to inspire, amuse, and provoke thought. Twain’s unique ability to blend humor with social criticism allowed him to expose the follies of his time and explore the timeless aspects of the human condition. As we explore these quotes, we invite you to reflect on the profound wisdom encapsulated within his words and the enduring relevance they hold in our modern lives.

Prepare to embark on a journey of literary brilliance as we uncover some of Mark Twain’s most memorable quotes. From his musings on life and love to his sharp observations on society and politics, Twain’s words serve as a compass, guiding us through the complexities of our existence and offering a refreshing perspective on the world we inhabit.

So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle into a cozy chair, and allow yourself to be transported into the wit-filled realm of Mark Twain. Discover why his profound insights and biting humor have captivated audiences for over a century, and how they continue to echo through the annals of time, leaving an everlasting impact on our literary landscape.

I hope you enjoy these Mark Twain quotes…

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." - Mark Twain

1) “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain

2) “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

3) “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” – Mark Twain

4) “Always respect your superiors; if you have any.” – Mark Twain

5) “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.” – Mark Twain

6) “There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.” – Mark Twain

7) “Be good and you will be lonesome.” – Mark Twain

8) “‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain

9) “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

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"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain

10) “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

11) “Do your duty today and repent tomorrow.” – Mark Twain

12) “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain

13) “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

14) “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain

15) “The funniest things are forbidden.” – Mark Twain

16) “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.” – Mark Twain

17) “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain

18) “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

19) “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

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"Honor is a harder master than the law." - Mark Twain

20) “Honor is a harder master than the law.” – Mark Twain

21) “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” – Mark Twain

22) “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

23) “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

24) “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” – Mark Twain

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

26) “There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” – Mark Twain

27) “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.” – Mark Twain

28) “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

29) “Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.” – Mark Twain

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"Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain

30) “Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

31) “It liberates the vandal to travel––you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.” – Mark Twain

32) “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” – Mark Twain

33) “May you always keep your youth.” – Mark Twain

34) “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain

35) “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

36) “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.” – Mark Twain

37) “Always obey your parents when they are present.” – Mark Twain

38) “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.” – Mark Twain

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

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40) “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.” – Mark Twain

41) “Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.” – Mark Twain

42) “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” – Mark Twain

43) “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” – Mark Twain

44) “You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.” – Mark Twain

45) “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain

46) “Sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain

47) “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.” – Mark Twain

48) “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” – Mark Twain

49) “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.” – Mark Twain

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"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

50) “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

51) “There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist‚ except an old optimist.” – Mark Twain

52) “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime..” – Mark Twain

53) “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.” – Mark Twain

54) “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain

55) “We ought never to do wrong when people are looking.” – Mark Twain

56) “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.” – Mark Twain

57) “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

58) “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

59) “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

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

61) “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.” – Mark Twain

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