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

By Rachel Mulcahy

Chances are you have a tattered copy of a Mark Twain book resting on your bookshelf that you thumb through from time to time when you need to be reminded of simpler times. Twain’s nostalgia-fueled stories are often filled with grand adventure and arduous life lessons. Mark Twain is one of the most beloved and prolific writers of his time, and he's known for his quick wit and deep wisdom. His words tend to carry infinite weight and evoke boundless curiosity. We gathered Twain’s most influential quotes to browse through for when you need a spark of inspiration. May his words build your confidence and encourage you to chase your dreams.

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Famous Mark Twain Quotes

  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
  • “With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
  • “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.”
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
  • “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
  • “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
  • “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
  • “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.”
  • “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
  • “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
  • “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  • “It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others — and less trouble.”
  • “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
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Mark Twain Quotes About Travel

  • “There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.”
  • “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.”
  • “Take the universe as a whole, and it is a very clever conception and quite competently carried out, but I don’t think much of this globe as a work of art. It would have been better to take more time to it and do it right, it seems to me, than to rush it through, helter-skelter, in six days, just for reputation.”
  • “I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
  • “It liberates the vandal to travel — you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.”

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Funny Mark Twain Quotes

  • “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”
  • “Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink — under any circumstances.”
  • “The funniest things are the forbidden.”
  • “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
  • “′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”
  • “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”
  • “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
  • “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”