251 Mark Twain Quotes on Love, Life and Travel

Mark Twain was an American humorist, journalist, lecturer and novelist best known for his travel narratives.

Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri where he dreamt of being a riverboat pilot.

After his father’s death he worked in print and writing eventually becoming a riverboat pilot.

His Civil War service was brief; he later became a reporter and wrote under the name Mark Twain.


His story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” made him famous.

Twain known for books like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” lost much of his earnings in bad investments and toured to repay debts. He died in 1910 in Connecticut.

Here are some of the top Mark Twain quotes for you.

Best Mark Twain Quotes

1. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ (Mark Twain).

2. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” ~ (Mark Twain).

3. “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).

4. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” ~ (Mark Twain).

5. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~ (Mark Twain).

6. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” ~ (Mark Twain).

7. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~ (Mark Twain).

8. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ~ (Mark Twain).

9. “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” ~ (Mark Twain).

10. “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ~ (Mark Twain).

11. “Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Top Mark Twain Quotes

12. “Always obey your parents – when they are present.” ~ (Mark Twain).

13. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” ~ (Mark Twain).

14. “The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor.” ~ (Mark Twain).

15. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell.” ~ (Mark Twain).

16. “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).

17. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ~ (Mark Twain).

18. “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

19. “Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.” ~ (Mark Twain).

20. “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

21. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” ~ (Mark Twain).

22. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ~ (Mark Twain).

23. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ (Mark Twain).

24. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ~ (Mark Twain).

25. “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).

Famous Mark Twain Quotes

26. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ (Mark Twain).

27. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ (Mark Twain).

28. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~ (Mark Twain).

29. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~ (Mark Twain).

30. “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.” ~ (Mark Twain).

31. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~ (Mark Twain).

32. “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ~ (Mark Twain).

33. “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” ~ (Mark Twain).

34. “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” ~ (Mark Twain).

35. “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” ~ (Mark Twain).

36. “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.” ~ (Mark Twain).

37. “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.” ~ (Mark Twain).

38. “Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ (Mark Twain).

39. “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).

40. “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ (Mark Twain).

41. “Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

42. “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” ~ (Mark Twain).

43. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” ~ (Mark Twain).

44. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Powerful Mark Twain Quotes

45. “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” ~ (Mark Twain).

46. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” ~ (Mark Twain).

47. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” ~ (Mark Twain).

48. “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ~ (Mark Twain).

49. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” ~ (Mark Twain).

50. “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” ~ (Mark Twain).

51. “I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

52. “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” ~ (Mark Twain).

53. “When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.” ~ (Mark Twain).

54. “The truth hurts, but silence kills.” ~ (Mark Twain).

55. “Life is short, break the rules.” ~ (Mark Twain).

56. “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

57. “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” ~ (Mark Twain).

58. “Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” ~ (Mark Twain).

59. “No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.” ~ (Mark Twain).

60. “Don’t wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

61. “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” ~ (Mark Twain).

62. “Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” ~ (Mark Twain).

63. “Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” ~ (Mark Twain).

64. “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.” ~ (Mark Twain).

65. “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

66. “Data is like garbage. You’d better know what you are going to do with it before you collect it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Great Mark Twain Quotes

67. “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” ~ (Mark Twain).

68. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” ~ (Mark Twain).

69. “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” ~ (Mark Twain).

70. “I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!” ~ (Mark Twain).

71. “I have spent most of my life worrying about things that have never happened.” ~ (Mark Twain).

72. “Behind every successful man, there is a woman – And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two.” ~ (Mark Twain).

73. “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” ~ (Mark Twain).

74. “Never miss an opportunity to shut up.” ~ (Mark Twain).

75. “A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful.” ~ (Mark Twain).

76. “A good lawyer knows the law; a clever one takes the judge to lunch.” ~ (Mark Twain).

77. “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” ~ (Mark Twain).

78. “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” ~ (Mark Twain).

79. “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ~ (Mark Twain).

80. “If you want to change the future, you must change what you’re doing in the present.” ~ (Mark Twain).

81. “Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.” ~ (Mark Twain).

82. “Go to bed early, get up early-this is wise.” ~ (Mark Twain).

83. “The secret of making progress is to get started.” ~ (Mark Twain).

84. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” ~ (Mark Twain).

85. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” ~ (Mark Twain).

86. “Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.” ~ (Mark Twain).

87. “One must travel, to learn.” ~ (Mark Twain).

88. “Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.” ~ (Mark Twain).

89. “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” ~ (Mark Twain).

90. “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Wise Mark Twain Quotes

91. “It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.” ~ (Mark Twain).

92. “A tax is a fine for doing well, a fine is a tax for doing wrong.” ~ (Mark Twain).

93. “The world doesn’t owe you anything. It was here first.” ~ (Mark Twain).

94. “Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.” ~ (Mark Twain).

95. “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else.” ~ (Mark Twain).

96. “If you have nothing to say, say nothing.” ~ (Mark Twain).

97. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” ~ (Mark Twain).

98. “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).

99. “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” ~ (Mark Twain).

100. “Good exercise for the heart: reach out and help your neighbor.” ~ (Mark Twain).

101. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” ~ (Mark Twain).

102. “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?” ~ (Mark Twain).

103. “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” ~ (Mark Twain).

104. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ~ (Mark Twain).

105. “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” ~ (Mark Twain).

106. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~ (Mark Twain).

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

108. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Profound Mark Twain Quotes

109. “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.” ~ (Mark Twain).

110. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ (Mark Twain).

111. “They did not know it was impossible so they did it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

112. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~ (Mark Twain).

113. “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ~ (Mark Twain).

114. “Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.” ~ (Mark Twain).

115. “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.” ~ (Mark Twain).

116. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

117. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” ~ (Mark Twain).

118. “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” ~ (Mark Twain).

119. “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ~ (Mark Twain).

120. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~ (Mark Twain).

121. “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” ~ (Mark Twain).

122. “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” ~ (Mark Twain).

123. “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” ~ (Mark Twain).

124. “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” ~ (Mark Twain).

125. “Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” ~ (Mark Twain).

126. “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.” ~ (Mark Twain).

127. “There is nothing so annoying as having two people talking when you’re busy interrupting.” ~ (Mark Twain).

128. “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

129. “Success is a journey, not a destination. It requires constant effort, vigilance and reevaluation.” ~ (Mark Twain).

130. “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.” ~ (Mark Twain).

131. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” ~ (Mark Twain).

132. “A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.” ~ (Mark Twain).

133. “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.” ~ (Mark Twain).

134. “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).

135. “Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” ~ (Mark Twain).

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

137. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.” ~ (Mark Twain).

138. “Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” ~ (Mark Twain).

139. “There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.” ~ (Mark Twain).

140. “A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

141. “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” ~ (Mark Twain).

142. “The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.” ~ (Mark Twain).

143. “It’s easy to make friends, but hard to get rid of them.” ~ (Mark Twain).

144. “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Meaningful Mark Twain Quotes

145. “It usually takes me two or three days to prepare an impromptu speech.” ~ (Mark Twain).

146. “Don’t dream your life, but live your dream.” ~ (Mark Twain).

147. “My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.” ~ (Mark Twain).

148. “Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any.” ~ (Mark Twain).

149. “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” ~ (Mark Twain).

150. “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” ~ (Mark Twain).

151. “An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

152. “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” ~ (Mark Twain).

153. “To someone with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” ~ (Mark Twain).

154. “Some of the worst things in my life never even happened.” ~ (Mark Twain).

155. “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.” ~ (Mark Twain).

156. “If I had more time, I would have written less.” ~ (Mark Twain).

157. “There is no security in life, only opportunity.” ~ (Mark Twain).

158. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” ~ (Mark Twain).

159. “To stand still is to fall behind.” ~ (Mark Twain).

160. “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” ~ (Mark Twain).

161. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” ~ (Mark Twain).

162. “There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.” ~ (Mark Twain).

163. “We regret the things we don’t do more than the things we do.” ~ (Mark Twain).

164. “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” ~ (Mark Twain).

165. “If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away.” ~ (Mark Twain).

166. “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” ~ (Mark Twain).

167. “I’m in favor of progress; it’s change I don’t like.” ~ (Mark Twain).

168. “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).

169. “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” ~ (Mark Twain).

170. “You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your ’friends.” ~ (Mark Twain).

171. “There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” ~ (Mark Twain).

172. “There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angelship.” ~ (Mark Twain).

173. “Don’t wait the time is never just right.” ~ (Mark Twain).

174. “Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to good use.” ~ (Mark Twain).

175. “Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.” ~ (Mark Twain).

176. “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Insightful Mark Twain Quotes

177. “You can’t reason someone out of something that they weren’t reasoned into in the first place.” ~ (Mark Twain).

178. “We are all ignorant; just about different things.” ~ (Mark Twain).

179. “The inability to forget is far more devastating than the inability to remember.” ~ (Mark Twain).

180. “Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night.” ~ (Mark Twain).

181. “Great things can happen when you don’t care who gets the credit.” ~ (Mark Twain).

182. “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

183. “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” ~ (Mark Twain).

184. “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).

185. “There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought -a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!” ~ (Mark Twain).

186. “Supposing is good, but finding out is better.” ~ (Mark Twain).

187. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” ~ (Mark Twain).

188. “How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way.” ~ (Mark Twain).

189. “Make your vacation your vocation.” ~ (Mark Twain).

190.  “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~ (Mark Twain).

191. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” ~ (Mark Twain).

192. “I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places.” ~ (Mark Twain).

193. “Sacred cows make the best hamburger.” ~ (Mark Twain).

194. “Tough times teach trust.” ~ (Mark Twain).

195. “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.” ~ (Mark Twain).

196. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” ~ (Mark Twain).

197. “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heartache, you want it so!” ~ (Mark Twain).

198. “I’m glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again.” ~ (Mark Twain).

199. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ~ (Mark Twain).

200. “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” ~ (Mark Twain).

201. “Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

202. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” ~ (Mark Twain).

203. “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” ~ (Mark Twain).

204. “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” ~ (Mark Twain).

205. “I was born with Halley’s Comet and I expect to die upon its return.” ~ (Mark Twain).

206. “The secret to success: find out where people are going and get there first.” ~ (Mark Twain).

207. “She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.” ~ (Mark Twain).

Valuable Mark Twain Quotes

208. “Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

209. “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” ~ (Mark Twain).

210. “Some people give their problems swimming lessons instead of drowning them.” ~ (Mark Twain).

211. “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” ~ (Mark Twain).

212. “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” ~ (Mark Twain).

213. “Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.” ~ (Mark Twain).

214. “The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow.” ~ (Mark Twain).

215. “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” ~ (Mark Twain).

216. “A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.” ~ (Mark Twain).

217. “If everyone was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.” ~ (Mark Twain).

218. “I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.” ~ (Mark Twain).

219. “When everyone is looking for gold, it’s a good time to be in the pick and shovel business.” ~ (Mark Twain).

220. “The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.” ~ (Mark Twain).

221. “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” ~ (Mark Twain).

222. “For the majority of us, the past is a regret, the future an experiment.” ~ (Mark Twain).

223. “Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.” ~ (Mark Twain).

224. “Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.” ~ (Mark Twain).

225. “Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.” ~ (Mark Twain).

226. “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” ~ (Mark Twain).

227. “There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule.” ~ (Mark Twain).

228. “The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise…” ~ (Mark Twain).

229. “Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.” ~ (Mark Twain).

230. “The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible.” ~ (Mark Twain).

231. “Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.” ~ (Mark Twain).

232. “I was educated once – it took me years to get over it.” ~ (Mark Twain).

233. “Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other. It will unriddle many riddles.” ~ (Mark Twain).

234. “A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors.” ~ (Mark Twain).

235. “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.” ~ (Mark Twain).

236. “Independence is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.” ~ (Mark Twain).

237. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” ~ (Mark Twain).

238. “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” ~ (Mark Twain).

239. “Necessity is the mother of taking chances.” ~ (Mark Twain).

240. “Whatever you say, say it with conviction.” ~ (Mark Twain).

241. “Good fathers not only tell us how to live, they show us.” ~ (Mark Twain).

242. “Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought.” ~ (Mark Twain).

243. “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the “what is next”, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” ~ (Mark Twain).

244. “Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.” ~ (Mark Twain).

245. “The physician who knows only medicine, knows not even medicine.” ~ (Mark Twain).

246. “If work were so pleasant, the rich would keep it for themselves.” ~ (Mark Twain).

247. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ (Mark Twain).

248. “Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” ~ (Mark Twain).

249. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ~ (Mark Twain).

250. “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” ~ (Mark Twain).

251. “Write what you know.” ~ (Mark Twain).

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Short Biography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, is celebrated as a leading American humorist and the “father of American literature.”

Famous for classics like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” often hailed as the “Great American Novel,” Twain’s writing journey began with his upbringing in Hannibal, Missouri, and diverse early careers, including riverboat pilot on the Mississippi.

Full Name Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Born November 30, 1835 Florida, Missouri, U.S.
Died April 21, 1910 (aged 74) Stormfield House, Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York, U.S.
Pen name Mark Twain, Josh, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass
Occupation Writer, Humorist, Entrepreneur, Publisher, Lecturer
Language American English
Period Modern
Genres Adventure fiction, Speculative fiction, Travelogue, Opinion journalism, Literary criticism, Polemic, Essay, Autobiography, Correspondence, Oration
Literary movement American Realism
Years active from 1863
Employers Territorial Enterprise, The Sacramento Union, The Alta California, New-York Tribune
Spouse Olivia Langdon​(m. 1870; died 1904)​
Children 4, including Susy, Clara, and Jean
Parents John Marshall Clemens, Jane Lampton Clemens
Relatives Orion Clemens (brother)

His breakthrough came with the humorous “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865.

Despite financial ups and downs, including bankruptcy, Twain’s legacy includes his critical stance against colonialism and his posthumous fame linked to Halley’s Comet, which coincided with both his birth and death.

Quick Facts about Mark Twain

  • Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was a leading American writer and humorist.
  • He’s often hailed as “the father of American literature” by figures like William Faulkner.
  • Twain wrote iconic novels like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
  • He hailed from Hannibal, Missouri, which inspired the settings for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
  • Before writing, Twain worked as a printer, typesetter, and riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River.
  • His first major success came with “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865.
  • Twain was known for his wit and satirical style, both in writing and speaking.
  • He later opposed American imperialism, particularly the Philippine-American War.
  • Despite earning a lot from writing and lectures, Twain faced financial ruin due to bad investments.
  • He predicted he would die with Halley’s Comet’s return; he did, one day after its closest approach in 1910.
  • Twain’s early life included an apprenticeship in printing and work on his brother’s newspaper.
  • As a riverboat pilot, he adopted the pen name “Mark Twain,” a term from his piloting days.
  • Tragedy struck when his brother Henry died from injuries sustained in a steamboat explosion.
  • Twain’s western adventures included mining failures and a stint in journalism in Nevada.
  • He achieved fame with humorous works but also wrote serious critiques on society and politics.
  • Twain’s writing spanned fiction, non-fiction, and travelogues, showcasing his diverse talent.
  • Financial troubles led to bankruptcy, but he rebounded through international lecture tours.
  • He held strong anti-imperialist views and voiced opposition to U.S. policies overseas.
  • Twain enjoyed a close friendship with Nikola Tesla, exploring scientific interests.
  • His inventions included a self-pasting scrapbook and ideas for improving garment straps.
  • Twain’s love for science is evident in works like “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
  • He faced criticism for some works but is celebrated for contributions to American literature.
  • Twain’s family life included marriage to Olivia Langdon and the birth of three daughters.
  • Personal tragedies, including the deaths of his wife and daughters, deeply affected him.
  • His later years were marked by travels, lectures, and active social and political commentary.
  • Twain received honorary degrees and was recognized globally for his literary contributions.
  • He was a member of clubs and societies, valuing intellectual and social engagement.
  • His legacy includes a vast body of work, influencing writers and humorists worldwide.
  • Twain’s critique of human nature and society remains relevant, earning him enduring acclaim.
  • Despite controversies and financial woes, Twain’s wit, insight, and storytelling prowess have cemented his place in literary history.

Top Questions about Mark Twain

Q: Who was known by the pen name Mark Twain?

A: Samuel Langhorne Clemens was known by the pen name Mark Twain.

Q: What title is often given to the novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”?

A: “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is often called the “Great American Novel.”

Q: In which city did Mark Twain grow up, a place that later inspired settings in his novels?

A: Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri.

Q: Before becoming a famous writer, what job did Mark Twain hold on the Mississippi River?

A: Before becoming a famous writer, Mark Twain was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River.

Q: What was the title of Mark Twain’s first successful story, published in 1865?

A: Mark Twain’s first successful story was “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Q: Which league did Mark Twain serve as vice president of, expressing his opposition to imperialism?

A: Mark Twain served as vice president of the American Anti-Imperialist League.

Q: How did Mark Twain predict his own death would be related to an astronomical event?

A: Mark Twain predicted his death would be related to Halley’s Comet, saying he would die with its return.

Q: What invention, associated with typesetting, did Mark Twain invest heavily in, leading to financial losses?

A: Mark Twain invested heavily in the Paige Compositor, a mechanical typesetter.

Q: What was Mark Twain’s birth name?

A: Mark Twain’s birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

Q: How did Twain’s personal tragedy with his younger brother Henry influence his interests?

A: The death of his younger brother Henry in a steamboat explosion influenced Twain’s interest in parapsychology.

Q: What genre did Mark Twain’s book “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” help popularize?

A: “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” helped popularize the genre of alternate histories or speculative fiction.

Q: What was the primary reason for Mark Twain’s multiple visits to Canada?

A: The primary reason for Mark Twain’s visits to Canada was to secure Canadian and British copyrights for his books.

Q: What honorary degree was awarded to Mark Twain by Oxford University in 1907?

A: Oxford University awarded Mark Twain an honorary Doctorate of Law in 1907.

Q: Which of Twain’s works was he most proud of, despite its critical reception?

A: Mark Twain was most proud of “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc,” despite its critical reception.

Q: How did Mark Twain address the issue of his bankruptcy?

A: Mark Twain addressed his bankruptcy by embarking on a year-long around-the-world lecture tour to pay off his creditors in full, even though he was not legally required to do so.

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