Famous Mark Twain Quotes

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink – under any circumstances.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.

Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.

I can live for two months on a good compliment.

The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

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

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

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

I don’t believe any of you have ever read Paradise Lost, and you don’t want to. That’s something that you just want to take on trust. It’s a classic … something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible.

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

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

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

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.

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

Jim said that bees won’t sting idiots, but I didn’t believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn’t sting me.

I couldn’t bear to think about it; and yet, somehow, I couldn’t think about nothing else.