67 Best Inspiring Mark Twain Quotes

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

-Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

-Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

-Mark Twain

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

-Mark Twain

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

-Mark Twain

“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”

-Markus Zusak

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

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

-Mark Twain

“Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.”

-Markus Herz

“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

-Marlene Dietrich

“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

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”

-Markus Zusak

“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

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

-Mark Twain

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

-Mark Twain

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

-Markus Zusak

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

-Mark Twain

“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

-Mark Twain

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

-Mark Twain

“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

“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

“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.”

-Mark Twain

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

-Mark Twain

“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”

-Markus Zusak

“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

“It kills me sometimes, how people die.”

-Markus Zusak

“I am haunted by humans.”

-Markus Zusak

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

-Mark Twain

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.”

-Mark Twain

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

-Mark Twain

“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

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

-Mark Twain

“Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”

-Markus Zusak

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

-Mark Twain

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”

-Markus Zusak

“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”

-Markus Zusak

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

-Mark Twain

“Even death has a heart.”

-Markus Zusak

“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.”

-Markus Zusak

“A DEFINITION NOT FOUND
IN THE DICTIONARY
Not leaving: an act of trust and love,
often deciphered by children”

-Markus Zusak

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

-Mark Twain

“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

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

-Mark Twain

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

-Mark Twain

“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist’s suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers…She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on…”

-Markus Zusak

“The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”

-Mark Twain

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

-Mark Twain

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”

-Markus Zusak

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

-Mark Twain

“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.”

-Markus Zusak

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

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

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

-Mark Twain

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

-Mark Twain

“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”

-Mark Twain

“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”

-Markus Zusak

“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.”

-Markus Zusak

“A small but noteworthy note. I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they’re running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.”

-Markus Zusak

“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”

-Mark Twain

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