Famous Mark Twain quotes

Funny Mark Twain sayings

Mark Twain is a seminal figure of American literature, and his classics have stood the test of time to readers and literary enthusiasts throughout the course of history. His characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are introduced to students early in their educational pursuits, and are beloved by both young and old around the world.

Mark Twain firmly believed that education comes not just from formal schooling, but more importantly, from our daily surroundings. Twain was a vocal proponent of traveling the world and experiencing as many different walks of life as possible. By seeking and experiencing different cultures, we can open our minds and hearts to the condition of others around the world, whether living richly or in poverty. Exploration leads to a more encompassing vision of the world as one that we all share, and allows us the realization that we are better when we work together toward a common purpose.

We are all more alike than we are different, but it is in the differences we have that we remain unique. There is room for an unlimited number of great minds in our vast world, and we should never belittle the ambitions of others due to jealousy or envy over their accomplishments. Resentment will poison your soul and ultimately prevent you from great things, and therefore, the key remains to focus on yourself, not the achievements of others.

The quotes and lasting literary works of Mark Twain allow us to keep in mind the importance of exploration and continuous learning in setting and achieving our most courageous goals, without the presence of fear.

famous Mark Twain quotes
  • It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

Mark Twain quotes about life, education, happiness, politics

  • The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

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

  • Round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.

  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

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

  • There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”

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

  • 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.

  • You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help.

  • The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

  • It’s a classic… something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

  • Virtue has never been as respectable as money.

  • How empty is a theory in the presence of fact!

  • You should never do anything wicked and lay it on your brother, when it is just as convenient to lay it on some other boy.

  • There is nothing in the world like persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.

  • Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

  • Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.

  • Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

  • Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

  • A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.