Mark Twain

Whether they were heroes, poets, scholars, or leaders, the brightest minds in human history have thought and written about values and their meanings. Here are some inspirational quotes by Mark Twain.

ambition

“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.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

believe in yourself

“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.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

courage

“Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

live your dreams

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

loyalty

“My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to...its office holders.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

loyalty

“Independence is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

patience

“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

right choices

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

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

teaching by example

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

unity

“It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

forgiveness

“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 bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

unity

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

love

“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler--and less trouble.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

common ground

“We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground - for we have all been babies.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

determination

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

right choices

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

encouragement

“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.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

encouragement

“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.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

believe in yourself

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

spread your wings

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

common ground

“We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground - for we have all been babies.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

kindness

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

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

smile

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910);
[Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist