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50 Great Quotes by Mark Twain

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Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Clemens and was a well known American author and humorist. He has written two of the famous novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which was latter known as “The Great American Novel”. Here are some of the inspiring quotes by Mark Twain.

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  1. “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain
  2. “Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself.” – Mark Twain
  3. ““Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain
  4. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.” – Mark Twain
  5. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain
  6. “The average American may not know who his grandfather was. But the American was, however, one degree better off than the average Frenchman who, as a rule, was in considerable doubt as to who his father was.” – Mark Twain
  7. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
  8. “Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.” – Mark Twain
  9. “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain
  10. “There has been only one Christian. They caught him and crucified him–early.” – Mark Twain
  11. “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” – Mark Twain
  12. “There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he less savage than the other savages.” – Mark Twain
  13. “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain
  14. “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” – Mark Twain
  15. “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” – Mark Twain
  16. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” – Mark Twain
  17. “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain
  18. “Of the demonstrably wise there are but two: those who commit suicide, and those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied with drink.” – Mark Twain
  19. “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” – Mark Twain
  20. “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” – Mark Twain
  21. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain
  22. “Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.” – Mark Twain
  23. “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” – Mark Twain
  24. “Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.” – Mark Twain
  25. “If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.” – Mark Twain
  26. “I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge, because I have so much more of it.” – Mark Twain
  27. “All generalizations are false, including this one.” – Mark Twain
  28. “I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge, because I have so much more of it.” – Mark Twain
  29. “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards.” – Mark Twain
  30. “It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” – Mark Twain
  31. “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards.” – Mark Twain
  32. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain
  33. “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” – Mark Twain
  34. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain
  35. “Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.” – Mark Twain
  36. “Never put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain
  37. “To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.” – Mark Twain
  38. “The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.” – Mark Twain
  39. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  40. “Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.” – Mark Twain
  41. “The Public is merely a multiplied ‘me.’” – Mark Twain
  42. “Classic: A book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain
  43. “The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.” – Mark Twain
  44. “My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.” – Mark Twain
  45. “Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.” – Mark Twain
  46. “Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’” – Mark Twain
  47. “Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” – Mark Twain
  48. “Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain
  49. “When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.” – Mark Twain
  50. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

Exceeding are some of the great quotes by famous American author Mark Twain. If you have more quotes by Mark Twain do share in the comments section.