Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, publisher and entrepreneur. He is considered the ‘greatest American humorist of his age’ and ‘the father of American literature’. Mark Twain’s best know novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).
He wrote many inspirational quotes throughout his long succesful life and career and I have listed below what I consider to be the top 25 best Mark Twain quotes on love, life, travel, education, writing and truth to help inspire and motivate you through your day. Enjoy them!
1/ If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
2/ I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.
3/ It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.
4/ Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.
5/ It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
6/ Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
7/ I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
8/ The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.
9/ A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
10/ I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
11/ The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
12/ A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.
13/ 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.
14/ Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
15/ Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
16/ 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.
17/ The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
18/ To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
19/ All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
20/ 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.
21/ If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.
22/ Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
23/ 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.
24/ Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
25/ The more I learn about people the more I like my dog.
I hope you enjoyed these Mark Twain quotes. I’ll post more soon!