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The Ideal Life: 50 Mark Twain Quotes to Inspire You

by Martha Simmonds

Even though I try to stay as positive as possible, sometimes I just lack some inspiration and motivation. In those moments, reading thought-provoking quotes is quite helpful. And is there anything more uplifting than Mark Twain quotes?

Both in life and death, the rightfully-named Father of American Literature never failed to encourage his readers to live their lives to the fullest. His words are positive, inspiring, witty, and sometimes even rather blunt.

So, if you’re looking for some motivation to go through life or improve it, have a look at my favorite Mark Twain quotes.

50 Mark Twain Quotes to Inspire and Motivate You

Mark Twain Quotes to Help You Achieve a Positive Mindset

#1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

#2. “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.”

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

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

#5. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

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

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

#8. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”

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

#10. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

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

#12. “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”

#13. “Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”

#14. “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

#15. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

#16. “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”

Mark Twain Quotes About Living Your Life to the Fullest

#17. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.”

#18. “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”

#19. “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

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

#21. “Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.”

#22. “Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

#23. “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.”

#24. “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.”

#25. “The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself”

#26. “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.”

The Wisest Mark Twain Quotes About Life, Love, and People

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

#28. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

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

#30. “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

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

#32. “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”

#33. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

#34. “Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

#35. “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”

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

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

#38. “When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

#39. “It is curious — curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

#40. “If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.”

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

#42. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

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

Witty Mark Twain Quotes

#44. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”

#45. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

#46. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”

#47. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough”

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

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

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


Hopefully, you will find these Mark Twain quotes as motivating and inspiring as I did. With his wise words in mind, face your fears, work on your goals, and embark on your new journey in life.

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