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.


When in doubt, tell the Truth.     

Mark Twain

Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.     

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

The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.     

Mark Twain

No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one, no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides; other things change, but it remains the same. For me the balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surfbeat is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud wrack; I can feel the spirit of its wildland solitudes, I can hear the splash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.     

Mark Twain

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.     

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

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear     

Mark Twain

Do not offer a compliment and ask a favor at the same time. A compliment that is charged for is not valuable.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Prejudice cannot see the things that are because it is always looking for things that aren't.     

Mark Twain

There are people who exaggerate so much that they can't tell the truth without lying.     

Mark Twain

Better a broken promise than none at all.     

Mark Twain

One can enjoy a rainbow without necessarily forgetting the forces that made it.     

Mark Twain

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.     

Mark Twain

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.     

Mark Twain

The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.     

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.     

Mark Twain

In statesmanship get formalities right, never mind about the moralities.     

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

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

Mark Twain

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.     

Mark Twain

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.     

Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.     

Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.     

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. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.     

Mark Twain

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.     

Mark Twain