23 Best Mark Twain Sayings

Mark Twain was a writer and the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. An American writer, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, Twain is often referred to as the father of American literature. Twain lived a remarkable life and was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Mark Twain sayings from his time.

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

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

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

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

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

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

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

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

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

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

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

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

The lack of money is the root of all evil.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

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

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

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

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Here is a mini bio on Mark Twain covering his life and work from ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ to the ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’