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.


Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.     

Mark Twain

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.     

Mark Twain

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.     

Mark Twain

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders.     

Mark Twain

Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.     

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

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

Mark Twain

It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.     

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

There are too many stars in some places and not enough in others.     

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

When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.     

Mark Twain

Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now.     

Mark Twain

Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.     

Mark Twain

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.     

Mark Twain

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.     

Mark Twain

Independence .... is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.     

Mark Twain

To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.     

Mark Twain

If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

If you beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time.     

Mark Twain

It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.     

Mark Twain

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.     

Mark Twain

You cannot depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.      

Mark Twain

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.     

Mark Twain

Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest.     

Mark Twain