Mark Twain Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Mark Twain quotes, Mark Twain sayings, and Mark Twain proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.     

Mark Twain

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

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.      

Mark Twain

Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.      

Mark Twain

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.      

Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain

A mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart a heart so large that everybody's grief and everybody's joy found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.     

Mark Twain

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

The lack of money is the root of all evil.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.      

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.      

Mark Twain

There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

It is easier to stay out than get out.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.      

Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.     

Mark Twain

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

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

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

Mark Twain

The rain is famous for falling on the just and unjust alike, but if I had the management of such affairs I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, but if I caught a sample of the unjust out doors I would drown him.     

Mark Twain

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.

Mark Twain

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