Mark Twain’s Most Inspirational Quotes

Mark Twain – The man, the legend. One of America’s most famous (if not THE most famous) literary souls, publishing more than 30 books in his lifetime, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Aside from having a great mind when putting pen to paper, the man had an absolutely brilliant outlook on life itself, here are just a few of the many, many quotes made famous by the man himself.


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

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

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.”

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.”

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

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

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

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.”


You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

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.”

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

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

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

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

The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ”

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

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

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.”

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.”

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”

If you have any more that mean a lot to you let me know in the comments

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