“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.” Here are 48 Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes.

Mark Twain Quotes

1. “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” - Mark Twain

2. “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”- Mark Twain

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

4. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”- Mark Twain

5. “Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.”- Mark Twain

6. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”- Mark Twain

7. “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.”- Mark Twain

8. “The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”- Mark Twain

9. “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.”- Mark Twain

10. “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head.”- Mark Twain

11. “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”- Mark Twain

12. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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

Mark Twain Quotes

13. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”- Mark Twain

14. “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”- Mark Twain

15. “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”- Mark Twain

16. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”- Mark Twain

17. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”- Mark Twain

18. “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”- Mark Twain

19. “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”- Mark Twain

20. “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”- Mark Twain

21. “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”- Mark Twain

22. “The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.”- Mark Twain

23. “With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”- Mark Twain

24. “The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.”- Mark Twain

Mark Twain Quotes

25. “The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”- Mark Twain

26. “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

27. “Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.”- Mark Twain

28. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”- Mark Twain

29. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”- Mark Twain

30. “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”- Mark Twain

31. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”- Mark Twain

32. “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”- Mark Twain

33. “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.”- Mark Twain

34. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”- Mark Twain

35. “Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”- Mark Twain

36. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”- Mark Twain

Mark Twain Quotes

37. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”- Mark Twain

38. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”- Mark Twain

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

40. “Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”- Mark Twain

41. “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”- Mark Twain

42. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”- Mark Twain

43. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”- Mark Twain

44. “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”- Mark Twain

45. “The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.”- Mark Twain

46. “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”- Mark Twain

47. “It is wiser to find out than suppose.”- Mark Twain

48. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”- Mark Twain

 


Best Mark Twain Quotes

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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”- Mark Twain
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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”- Mark Twain
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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”- Mark Twain

Ian Warner

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I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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