Mark Twain Love Quotes and Famous Sayings
#1 Following the Equator, 1897, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Ch. XXI
1. Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
#2 Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1935, Albert Bigelow Paine
2. Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
#3 Following the Equator, 1897, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Ch. XLVIII
3. Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
#4 Chapter XXXI: In Vienna, Notebook
4. When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. [S]
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is extensively quoted. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
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Famous Sayings by Mark Twain
#1 Mark Twain and I by Opie Read
1. A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
#2 Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1887, Letter to Cordelia Welsh Foote of Cincinnati, written on 2 December 1887
2. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure.
#3 Following The Equator p. 459, 1897
3. 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 druther not.
#4 Speech to Eastman College, 1901
4. Honesty is the best policy — when there is money in it.
#5 To the Young People’s Society, Greenpoint Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, 16 February 1901
5. Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
#6 Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar
6. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word.
#7-8 More Maxims of Mark, 1927, Merle Johnson
7. Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.
8. Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
#9 Letter to Gertrude Natkin, 2 March 1906
9. Compliments make me vain: & when I am vain, I am insolent & overbearing. It is a pity, too, because I love compliments. I love them even when they are not so. My child, I can live on a good compliment two weeks with nothing else to eat.
#10 The Innocents Abroad, 1869, Vol. II, Conclusion
10. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
11. To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.
#12 Notebook entry, January or February 1894, Mark Twain’s Notebook, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine, 1935, p. 240
12. If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
#13 Quoted here in Facebook
13. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
#14 Letter to Clara Spaulding, 20 August 1886
14. There isn’t time–so brief is life–for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving–and but an instant, so to speak, for that.
#15 Following the Equator, 1897, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Ch. LXVI
15. Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
#16 The Czar’s Soliloquy
16. … the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
#17 Concerning the Jews (Harper’s Magazine, September 1899)
17. I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.
#18 Mark Twain on Common Sense: Timeless Advice and Words of Wisdom from America’s Most-Revered Humorist
18. The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
#19-20 What Is Man?, 1906
19. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
20. Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. It is a trait that is not known to the higher animals.
#21-22 Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894
21. If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
22. Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry
#23-24 Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1935, Albert Bigelow Paine
23. The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.
24. Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
#25 Christian Science, 1907
25. No one doubts—certainly not I—that the mind exercises a powerful influence over the body.
#26 Mark Twain, a Biography
26. Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
#27 Letter to William D. Howells, 2 April 1899
27. The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.
#28 Mark Twain in Eruption: Hitherto Unpublished Pages About Men and Events, 1940, Bernard DeVoto
28. It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
#29 Autographed card appearing on internet auction site, February 2002
29. Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
#30 Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1898
30. When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.