81 Mark Twain Quotes About Politics, Adventure And Life

Mark Twin was one of the most influential writers of America, Mark Twain is the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Twain was also a journalist, an inventor and entrepreneur.

Mark Twain Quotes About Politics

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

“It is curious – Curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

“We are all alike, on the inside.”

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.”

“When a person can’t deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.”

“Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.”

“Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.”

“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.”

“A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

“Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.”

“There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.”

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their opinion.”

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

Mark Twain Quotes About Politicians

“The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.”

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation that has integrity.”

“Break the rules.”

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, by any other way you can manage it.”

“The lack of money is the root of all evils.”

“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 rather not.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

“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.”

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). —Notebook, 1904

An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere. —A Tramp Abroad

I am very glad to sign the petition, but I am in terror lest I should be asked to do something, for I don’t do anything now, but rest after 73 years of activity.
—quoted in Mark Twain in the Company of Women,

“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

“When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. You can’t depend upon your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”

“Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

“Get your fact’s first, then you can distort them as you please.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowliness. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail.”

Mark Twain Quotes On Life

“Explore. Dream. Discover.”

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

“Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”

“The worst loneliness is not being comfortable with yourself.”

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

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

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

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

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

“A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”

Mark Twain Quotes Life

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

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

“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.”

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

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

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

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time, and you annoy the pig.”

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

“When angry count to four; when very angry, swear.”

Famous Mark Twain Quotes

“Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.”

“Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.”

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

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 man.

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

“It is wiser to find out than to suppose.”

“Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.”

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.”

Best Of  Twain Quotes

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

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

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

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.

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

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”

“Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.”

“There is no sadder side than a young pessimist.”

“When in doubt, tell the truth.”