Top 30 Quotes And Sayings By Mark Twain

1. A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

2. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

Autobiography with letters by William Lyon Phelps (1939)

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

4. The lack of money is the root of all evil.

More Maxims of Mark by Merle Johnson (1927)

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

Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)

6. The only reason why God created man is because he was disappointed with the monkey.

Autobiographical Dictation (1906)

7. Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

The Lowest Animal (1896)

8. 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 a man.

Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)

9. In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Following the Equator (1897)

10. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his INTELLECTUAL superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can DO wrong proves his MORAL inferiority to any creature that CANNOT.What Is Man?

11. Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection – that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement.

Mark Twain’s Essays, Letters, and Speeches

12. One is apt to overestimate beauty when it is rare.

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

13. Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.

Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)

14. Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.

Following the Equator (1897)

15. “Classic.” A book which people praise and don’t read.

Following the Equator (1897)

16. A successful book is not made of what is in it, but of what is left out of it.

Mark Twain’s Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers (1893-1909)

17. To believe yourself brave is to be brave; it is the one only essential thing.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte (1896)

18. There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.

Following the Equator (1897)

19. Prosperity is the best protector of principle.

Following the Equator (1897)

20. One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)

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

Mark Twain’s Notebook (1935, posthumous)

22. Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.

Mark Twain’s Notebook (1935, posthumous)

23. The only very marked difference between the average civilized man and the average savage is that the one is gilded and the other is painted.

Mark Twain’s Notebook (1935, posthumous)

24. Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

More Maxims of Mark by Merle Johnson (1927)

25. Modesty died when clothes were born.

Paine’s Biography of Mark Twain

26. Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain’s Notebook (1935, posthumous)

27. Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

Mark Twain’s Notebook (1902-1903)

28. There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.

Following the Equator (1897)

29. We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.

More Maxims of Mark by Merle Johnson (1927)

30. Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.