25 Unforgettable Mark Twain Quotes From His Books About Love And The Meaning Of Life

Mark Twain has so funny and wise words about life and love.

Mark Twain was born under the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, on November 30, 1935 in a town called Florida, Missouri. He was one of seven children, but only 4 of them lived past the age of 9.

When he was four years old, his family moved to a town called Hannibal, Missouri. It was a small town on the river, that served as the inspiration for the fictional town St. Petersburg in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

His father, a lawyer and a Judge, died in 1847 when Twain was 11. When he turned 12, he left school to become an apprentice to a printer. A few years later he began to contribute some writings and comics to the Hannibal Journal. The Hannibal Journal was owned by his older brother, Orion.

When Mark Twain turned 18 years old, he began traveling all over the country and joined the International Typography Union.

All of this was supposed to lead him to success in his greatest aspiration: to be a steamboat pilot. He began got his license and began to work as what was referred to as a “cub pilot”. He eventually convinced his younger brother, Henry to come work with him. In 1953, there was an explosion in the boiler room, where Henry sustained many injuries that eventually led to his death a week later. Twain said that he had foreseen his brothers death in a dream and that lean him to study parapsychology, the study of paranormal and psychic activity.

After his brothers accident, Twain was filled with guilt, eventually causing him to quit piloting all together.

He began writing for newspapers before finally getting published. He wrote a few travel pieces before he began work on his first novel. He eventually published The Guilded Age: A Tale of Today, his first attempt at a novel, also Twain’s only collaboration as he co-wrote it with Charels Dudley Warner.

His next major publication was the Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, which made him a household name. After that he went on to write The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court, and many, many more.

He also before he died, published his own autobiography.

Twain was born in 1835, two weeks after Halley’s Comet’s closest approach to earth. He was quoted saying that he came by way of Halley’s Comet, and it would be the greatest disappointment of his life if he didn’t die the same way. He got his wish. Mark Twain died on April 10, 1910 of a heart attack, one day after Halley’s Comets closest approach to Earth.

Mark Twain was one of America’s greatest Novelists, so take a look at some of the most famous Mark Twain quotes that have inspired generations of readers. 

1. Find you purpose.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”Mark Twain

2. Quitting smoking is quite simple.

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”Mark Twain

3. Being kind is universal.

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

4. Don’t tell a lie unless you know you are lying.

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Mark Twain

5. Wrinkles are a display of your past happiness.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Mark Twain

6. Don’t talk about that which you don’t know.

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than open it and remove all doubt.”Mark Twain

7. The beginning of all success is the beginning.

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”Mark Twain

8. Anger will hurt the person who holds it in their heart.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored, than anything on which it is poured.”Mark Twain

9. Being healthy starts with reluctancy.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”Mark Twain

10. Principals only work if you stick to them.

“Principals have no force except when one is well fed.”Mark Twain

11. Fearing death is what gets you to the things you wouldn’t otherwise do.

“Fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at anytime.” Mark Twain

12. Always be truthful.

“If you tell the truth then you don’t have to remember anything.”Mark Twain

13. Lies move quickly.

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

14. Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed.

“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

15. Keep the company of people who value you.

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

16. People hide their darkness.

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

17. Everyone has done wrong, no matter what they say.

“A clear conscious is a sign of a bad memory.”Mark Twain

18. All that matters is how hard you try and how badly you want something.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”Mark Twain

19. Stupidity is not to be trifled with.

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” Mark Twain

20. Man is who brings hate to the world.

“Of all the animals, man is the only one who is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.” Mark Twain

21. Be brave despite your fears.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear… not the absence of it.” Mark Twain

22. Greatness can cause men to crumble.

“To some people it is fatal to be recognized by greatness.”Mark Twain

23. We always want what we cannot have.

“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”Mark Twain

24. The modern world is made up of things we think we need.

“Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.”Mark Twain

25. Spreading joy to others will bring joy into your life

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain 

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