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35 Famous Mark Twain Quotes to Inspire You

Dan Western



35 Famous Mark Twain Quotes to Inspire You

Mark Twain, also known by his full and proper name as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American author.

He lived from the years 1835 – 1910, living a long and rich life. There are so many quotes that remain from Mark Twain’s life, that really do make us think about the attitudes we have towards life.

We’ve put together this incredibly dense collection of famous Mark Twain quotes:


35 Famous Mark Twain Quotes

1. “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

2. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” – Mark Twain

3. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

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

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

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

7. “Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain

8. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain


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9. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain


10. “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

11. “When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.” – Mark Twain

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12. “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

13. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

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

15. “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” – Mark Twain

16. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” – Mark Twain

17. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain


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


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

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

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

22. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

23. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

24. “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” – Mark Twain


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25. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain


26. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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

28. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain

29. “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain

30. “Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” – Mark Twain


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31. “The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.” – Mark Twain


32. “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain

33. “Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain

34. “Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.” – Mark Twain

35. “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain



Some of these Mark Twain quotes really make you think don’t they? If you have a favorite quote from the list, let us know in the comments below, and share it using the share buttons below.

Which are your favorite Mark Twain quotes? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."



  1. Anjie

    Jun 24, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Dan, good job!! Thanks for sharing these quotes as they motivate and motivate you each time you ponder over them.

    • Dan Western

      Jun 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you Anjie, I’m glad Mark Twain’s wisdom is motivating you!

  2. Paul Maguchu

    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

    “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain. There are many but that I have found to be relevant but this one is just transformational to me especially at this moment! Thank you Sir you are helping a lot!

    • Dan Western

      Jun 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Paul, awesome quote and glad it’s so applicable to you right now!

  3. okeh

    Jun 25, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Thanks Dan. More grease to your elbow. My best quote is ” the lack of money is the root of all evil”.

  4. Boyett

    Oct 24, 2016 at 2:45 am

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

  5. Tommy Williams

    Apr 25, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    “The are two important days in a man’s life, the day he is born and the day he finds out why”-Mark Twain.


    Nov 21, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    The best way to get ahead is to get started

  7. Steve Fingerhut

    Nov 27, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Number 20 because we are living thru it. Of course I’m referring to this President . But it’s not entirely fair because he is very good at doing his thing. One problem is to much Turkey puts us to sleep and no Turkey makes the body die.

  8. Dan

    Dec 9, 2020 at 5:25 am

    I have 3 USPatents and all have military uses and have been used after the 18 year life of a patent, so not sued by patent infringement. And all my ideas for patents have come from Situational awareness, of how to improve everything around me, Including better friends, that I enjoy being around and trust! And was in the US Army for 5 years, and had an honorable discharge before the patents were applied for! And In times like now political differences can make or break friendships Thank You

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