Author: Sherry Helms
Today is the 178th birth anniversary of Mark Twain. A genius American author and humorist who is best known for his masterpiece, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its follow-up, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Known for his excellent works, sharp wit and brilliant quotes, the author inspired many great authors, including Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway.
To celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday today, we have compiled here 20 dazzling quotations by him.
1) Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
2) Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
3) It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.
4) Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
5) Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
6) If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
7) Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
8) I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
9) A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
10) 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.
11) 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.
12) The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
13) The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
14) Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
15) I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
16) Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
17) Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
18) The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.
19) I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.
20) Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Tell us in the comment section if we missed your favorite that continues to motivate you.