Mark Twain Quotes : 52 Best Sayings About Life

mark twain quotes sayings about life

Mark Twain was american writer lecturer and novelist. Mark Twain is his pen name, his real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Mark twain has written several novels but among them “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was huge success.

Mark Twain was born in small village Missouri, Florida. Though he later became one of the greatest writer in american literature, his early life was not pleasing at all. Mark changed several jobs before becoming successful writer, he worked as Printer, Riverboat Pilot and Miner but in all these jobs he did not achieve success due to which he turned towards journalism and published short story in 1865 “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” which got him international attention, after that he did not look back.

Mark Twain has made enormous amount of money through his writings but he was really bad at investing money which made him bankrupt, later in several years he cleared all his debts by earning money through his around the world speaking tour.

There is no doubt that Mark twain was one of the greatest humorist of his age and he had a way with words. If you want to know more about his character you can read Mark Twain Books especially “Autobiography of Mark Twain“. There are so many things we can learn from Mark Twain so let’s take look at some of his best sayings about life.

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List of Mark Twain Quotes : 52 Best Sayings About Life

1. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect”

~Mark Twain

2. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

4. “All good things arrive unto them that wait and don’t die in the meantime”

~Mark Twain

5. “Do something everyday that you don’t want to do, this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain”

~Mark Twain

6. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”

~Mark Twain

7. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

9. “ Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement”

~Mark Twain

10. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else”

~Mark Twain

11. “Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing”

~Mark Twain

12. “Comparison is the death of joy”

~Mark Twain

13. “Honesty:-The best of all the lost arts”

~Mark Twain

14. “Prosperity is the best protector of principle”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

16. “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain”

~Mark Twain

17. “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

18. “Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century”

~Mark Twain

19. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often”

~Mark Twain

18. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first”

~Mark Twain

19. “Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul”

~Mark Twain

20. “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt”

~Mark Twain

21. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

23. “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”

~Mark Twain

24. “If everyone was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes”

~Mark Twain

25. “Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

27. “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

29. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval”

~Mark Twain

30. “The lack of money is the root of all evil”

~Mark Twain

31. “A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved”

~Mark Twain

32. “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

33. “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true”

~Mark Twain

34. “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most”

~Mark Twain

35. “When in doubt‚ tell the truth”

~Mark Twain

36. “Be good and you will be lonesome”

~Mark Twain

37. “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds”

~Mark Twain

38. “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar”

~Mark Twain

39. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

42. “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest”

~Mark Twain

43. “There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist‚ except an old optimist”

~Mark Twain

44. “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination”

~Mark Twain

45. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them”

~Mark Twain

46. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

~Mark Twain

47. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself”

~Mark Twain

48. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society”

~Mark Twain

49. “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live”

~Mark Twain

50. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”

~Mark Twain

51. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, Truth isn’t”

~Mark Twain

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

~Mark Twain

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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