Quotes by Mark Twain


When in doubt, tell the truth.
– Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
– Mark Twain
A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
– Mark Twain
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
– Mark Twain
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
– Mark Twain
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
– Mark Twain
A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
– Mark Twain
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
– Mark Twain
Adam and Eve had many advantages but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
– Mark Twain
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
– Mark Twain
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
– Mark Twain
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
– Mark Twain
All generalizations are false, including this one.
– Mark Twain
All say, How hard it is that we have to die - a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
– Mark Twain
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.
– Mark Twain
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
– Mark Twain
Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
– Mark Twain
Better a broken promise than none at all.
– Mark Twain
Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
– Mark Twain