This list of the top 50 Mark Twain quotes, includes classic lines from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and his other works. Perfect travel inspiration for your day!
About Mark Twain
The American author Mark Twain is best known for his books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Fun fact: One of the real life inspirations for the character Tom Sawyer was a John Briggs. The surname is the same as mine!
These books have inspired people for generations. Anyone born around the same time as myself will also remember the TV series Huckleberry Finn and His Friends.
It's probably no surprise that Mark Twain quotes come up often in collections of adventure and travel quotes. Their timeless nature is ever-enduring, and their wit and insight still relevant today.
Top 50 Mark Twain Quotes
We've made a list of the best Mark Twain quotes, and matched them with inspiring images. Take your time looking through them, thinking over the meaning of the words. We hope you find them as wonderful as we do!
Let's start off with something not exactly travel related, but something we should all keep in mind…
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
I can live for two months on a good compliment.
“It is curious — curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”
“It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others — and less trouble.”
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. Mark Twain
“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don't read.”
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes
Here's our next section of 10 great Mark Twain quotes and sayings. They'd look perfect on one of your Pinterest boards – What do you think?!
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
“Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Mark Twain Quote Collection
Whilst some of these quotes relate to travel, almost all of them can be applied to different areas of our life. Many are philosophical, and can be interpreted on different levels.
Here's the next section of 10 quotations by Mark Twain.
“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”
“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.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
“I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
“I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”
Mark Twain Famous Quotes
Have you found a quotation that resonates with you yet? They're all pretty good, so maybe there is more than one!
“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”
“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”
“When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”
“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”
“Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.”
“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”
“Everything has its limit — iron ore cannot be educated into gold.”
“What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth.”
“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Best Mark Twain Quotes
This is our last section of quotes. We hope you have enjoyed them as much as we did collecting them!
Interested in more motivational and inspirational travel quotes? Take a look at our other collections at the end of this post.
There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
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