Mark Twain Quotations

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

-It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

-I am an old man and have known a great many troubles but most of them never happened. (I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.)

-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.

-We lavish gifts upon them (our children), but the most precious gift-our personal association, which means so much to them-we give grudgingly.

-The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

-Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered–either by themselves or by others.

-The first thing I want to teach is disloyalty till they get used to disusing that word loyalty as representing a virtue. This will beget independence–which is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.

-Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world–and never will.

-One learns through the heart, not the eyes or intellect.

-Virtue has never been as respectable as money.

-Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

-When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

-If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.

-The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

-When in doubt, tell the truth.

-It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

-I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

-Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

-Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sales. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

-I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

-The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

-The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

-How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it.

-Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

-Man is the only animal that blushes — or needs to.

-Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

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

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

-Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
Mark Twain