Top 10 best Mark Twain Quotes


Famous for the classic American novels, “Adventurer of Huckleberry Finn” and “Adventurer of Tom Sawyer”, Mark Twain can rightly be described as a wily intellectual and an adventurer.Mark Twain was born on 30th November 1835, in Missouri. Mark Twain was his pen name while his real name was Samuel L. Clemens. Apart from writing, Mark Twain was also, a lecturer, river board pilot, journalist, investor, and an entrepreneur.He was born to John and Jane Clemens, as the sixth born. During his early days, Mark Twain worked as lawyer, storekeeper, as a land speculator, and as a judge. Despite all his efforts to create wealth, Mark did not manage, at some point; he could not even afford to feed his family. According to one his early friends, they never saw Mark laugh.Between the age of 4 to 17 years, Sam Clemens and his family lived in Hannibal, a town near Mississippi River. This town was an interesting place to grow, there was a library, there were so many steamboats arriving there, there was also many tanners and blacksmiths, who practiced their craft there. However, this town was known for violence. At the age of 9 years, he witnessed a local man murdering a cattle rancher. Also, when he was 10 years, Sam saw a slave die after he was hit by a piece of iron by a white overseer.After his father passing on, when he was 13, they were faced with challenges. This incident led to Samuel dropping out of school, to work as a printer apprentice. After working for two years, he got a job in his brother’s Orion’s newspaper as an editorial assistant and a printer. It is during his working here that he realized he loved writing.Samuel would later leave Hannibal, for another printing job offer at St. Louis, where he would later become a river pilot apprentice. In 1858, Samuel became a licensed river pilot. In fact, it is here that Samuel would get his new pseudonym “Mark Twain” which means, it is safe to navigate.The river trade business was later disrupted by the civil wars, making Clemens shift and started working for several newspapers in the US. Clemens later married Olivia Langdon, whom they had four children. 3 of his children died when they were young. The only Clemens surviving child was Clara, who died at 88 years and had only one daughter. However, her daughter died without a child. Meaning today, Clemens has no known descendant.He died in 1910, having written 28 books and other numerous works. Today, his Hannibal and Calaveras are now open as museums.

10. best Mark Twain Quotes



1. “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.”
2. “The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.”

3. “Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.”

4. “After a few months’ acquaintance with European “coffee,” one’s mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with its clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed.”

5. “People who always feel jolly, no matter where they are or what happens to them—who have the organ of hope preposterously developed—who are endowed with an uncongealable sanguine temperament—who never feel concerned about the price of corn—and who cannot, by any possibility, discover any but the bright side of a picture—are very apt to go to extremes, and exaggerate with 40-horse microscopic power.”

6. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

7. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

8. “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass”

9. “The average American may not know who his grandfather was. But the American was, however, one degree better off than the average Frenchman who, as a rule, was in considerable doubt as to who his father was”

10. “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkeys”

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