Encouraging Quotes by Mark Twain

Encouraging Quotes by American author and humorist Mark Twain

Mark Twain
Mark Twain

  • “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

  • “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

  • “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

  • “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

  • “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

  • “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

  • “′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

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

  • “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

  • “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

  • “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.”

  • “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

  • “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

  • “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

  • “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

  • “I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

  • “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

  • “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”

  • “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”

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

  • “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

  • “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

  • “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

  • “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

  • “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

  • “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

  • “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.”

  • “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

  • “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

  • “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

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Mark Twain was an American author and humorist who wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).
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