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.


Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.     

Mark Twain

By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.     

Mark Twain

Better a broken promise than none at all.     

Mark Twain

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.     

Mark Twain

And what is a man without energy? Nothing - nothing at all.     

Mark Twain

Describing her first day back in grade school after a long absence, a teacher said, It was like trying to hold 35 corks under water at the same time.     

Mark Twain

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.     

Mark Twain

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.     

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

Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies.     

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

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.     

Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.     

Mark Twain

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.     

Mark Twain

There is a great deal of human nature in people.     

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

It's not the good that die young, it's the lucky.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.     

Mark Twain

Wrinkles only show where smiles have been.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.     

Mark Twain

New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.     

Mark Twain

Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.     

Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say it is brave.     

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain