Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain

Here are some of my favorite Mark Twain quotes.
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Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.



Life Quotes by Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

 

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. There is nothing more satisfying than that sense of being completely "at home" in your own skin. When you achieve that as a natural state of "being", then you can finally look beyond yourself and fully contribute all your talents to the world.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. So many look to eradicate fear from their lives, when that is an impossible task. You can certainly experience moments in absence of fear, however accept that fear will be with you whenever you are in the process of living creatively. The challenge is to go ahead regardless, simply notice the feeling and manage being courageous.

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Mark Twain was born Samuel Longhorne Clemens on the November 30, 1835 in Florida, Mo, and died April 21, 1910

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the "what is next", of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.

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Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. You cannot eliminate habits that no longer serve you. You can only replace them with new habits that support your goals. Moment by moment, you need to live with awareness and structure the habits that you include or exclude in your days.

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Mark Twain, was just one of his pseudonyms, others were Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Rambler, Sergeant Fathom and W. Epaminodas Adrastus Blab

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Overnight success is a fallacy. It is preceded by a great deal of preparation. Ask any successful person how they came to this point in their lives, and they will have a story to tell.

 

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

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. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.

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Mark Twain decided to be a steam boat pilot so in 1857 at age 22 he studied the Mississippi River for 2 years and then received his license in 1859, he continued to pilot the steam boats until the Civil War broke out in 1861.

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. When you make a decision to "be" a particular way, you can count on change and external circumstances to come along which will challenge that decision. Remain vigilant after declaring a major decision and manage yourself in relationship to the goal. Set up structures that support you staying on target.

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. As in the words of Wayne Dyer, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Sometimes to know with certainty that a particular thing is "true", will actually be the very thing that keeps you from attaining the things you seek to achieve.

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

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He married Olivia Langdon and had 4 children Langdon Clemens, Susy Clemens, Clara Clemens, Jean Clemens

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. You can "already know for sure" things that could actually impede progress. Always be on the lookout for the things you did not know, that you did not know. Secondly, work on strengthening personal belief that a particular will be achieved regardless of any adversity that may show up, or evidence to the contrary.

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

We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess. Sometimes we are too close to the scene, to see clearly. We "know" ourselves so well that we cannot see how we are perceived by others. Our opinion of ourselves is only "one" opinion and it may not be the truth.

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.

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The inspiration for his book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a town called Hannibal, Mo.

I can teach anybody how to get, what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want. Once you are crystal clear about the intended end result that you seek to produce, all the ways that it can become a done deal start to reveal themselves to you. There are many who have accomplished exactly what you want to achieve and could show you the way. You are not ready to ask them because you are not clear and you have not determined which questions need answers.

 

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

If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging? Framed in a more positive light, this tells us also that if we wish to accomplish a particular thing then we need to increase our level of desire for that thing and to create or seek out the opportunities and right environment for it to happen without fail.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Mark Twain came up with this name because it means two fathoms deep on the Mississippi  and was called out on the steamboat to indicate the boat was in sufficiently deep water.

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. There is no failure, there are no accidents, and there are no mistakes. They are all learning experiences and stepping-stones. How many times does a baby fall over in the transition from crawling to walking? Do they give up on ever being able to walk simply because of a few tumbles?

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

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. It is said that leaders are readers. However if they read trashy magazines for the majority of their time and they never run with the information that they glean from resourceful books, then they may as well have not taken any time to read at all. It is easier to stay out than get out.

I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never happened. Worrying is not an action! In fact, it is action that alleviates concern and dissipates worries. Take more actions when you feel that worry is creeping in to steal your time. It need not be a huge action, any action in the direction you want to go will do.

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He had 3 inventions patented, a history game meant for improving the memory, an automatically self adjusting vest strap, and a self pasting scrapbook and this is the only invention that made him any money.

When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. See what happens when you "know it all", at any stage of life? Farther down the track you may see clearly how certain personal opinions, held onto too tightly, could be fogging up the view, and providing incorrect insight. Prosperity is the best protector of principle.

The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.

When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.

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When he was a teenager he worked as an apprentice printer.

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.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting.

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

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Mark Twain published more than 30 books throughout his career.

I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't.

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

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.

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Twain was very interested in parapsychology, he foresaw his brother Henry's death in a vivid and detailed dream (which came to pass) and even predicted the timing of his own death with some accuracy.

We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.

A crank is someone with a new idea - until it catches on

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

The 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.

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Haley's Comet was visible in the sky on the night that Mark Twain was both born and passed away.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.

The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't

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Mark Twain loved cats so much so that he even rented kittens from a nearby farm to keep him company.

He had an uncommon fondness for cats. As an old man summering in New Hampshire, Twain even rented kittens from a nearby farm to keep him company until he returned home. "If man could be crossed with the cat," said Twain, "it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." There's always something about your success that displeases even your best friends.

The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.

Man can seldom - very, very, seldom - fight a winning fight against his training; the odds are too heavy.

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Mark Twain received a Doctorate in Letters from Oxford University in 1907.

Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

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

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Mark Twain was vice president of the American Anti-Imperialist League,from 1901 until his death in 1910,.

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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During the Civil War, Mark Twain formed a Confederate militia known as the "Marion Rangers." The militia disbanded after approximately two weeks.

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Get your facts first and then you can distort them as much as you wish.

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As a riverboat pilot, Mark Twain earned from $150 to $250 a month.

When in doubt, tell the truth.

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.



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