Quotes for Humans, with Love from Mark Twain

“Secret of getting ahead is getting Started”

On Mark Twain’s Birthday, I’m posting compilation of his famous Quotes. He is considered one of the most famous writers of all time. He was born on 30 Nov 1835, his real name was Samuel L Clemens. At 18, he worked as a Printer then Steamboat pilot, then Miner & Journalist. He wrote over 30 Books and his birth & death are marked by passing of halley’s comet. Halley’s comet was visible in the sky on the night he was born & died. I believe his quotes have power to make you smile. See his Only known Video Footage !

Feburary 16 1909 –the only Mark Twain video taken by Thomas Edison

Silent film footage taken in Feberary 16, 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (CT) at Mark Twain’s estate. Twain is shown walkng around his home and playing cards with his daughters Clara and Jean. The flickering is due to film deterioration, but this is the only known footage of the great author.

  • Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  • Be careful in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
  • Better a broken promise than none at all.
  • By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.
  • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
  • A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
  • Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
  • Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.
  • He is now rising from affluence to poverty.
  • He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.
  • Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
  • I have made a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time.
  • In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
  • It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them..
  • Human is the only creature that blushes – or needs to.
  • Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.
  • Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.
  • Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
  • Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
  • Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
  • Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.
  • Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
  • Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
  • The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.
  • The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.
  • The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.
  • To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
  • Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
  • When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
  • When in doubt, tell the truth.
  • When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
  • When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
  • Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Link for Official website of Mark Twain