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.


I never let my schooling interfere with my education.     

Mark Twain

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't.     

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

If you have nothing to say, say nothing.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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.     

Mark Twain

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want-oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.     

Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.     

Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.     

Mark Twain

Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.     

Mark Twain

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.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

If you should rear a duck in the heart of the Sahara, no doubt it would swim if you brought it to the Nile.     

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

Be good and you will be lonely.     

Mark Twain

We are all alike, on the inside.     

Mark Twain

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.     

Mark Twain