Mark Twain’s Words of Wisdom

Mark Twain ( 1835-1910) is one of my favorite authors. I loved The Adventures of Tom SawyerAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

But something I enjoyed even more are the short gems he was famous for saying. I know I’m not the only one because some of these are still as popular and relevant today as when he first declared them.

Below are some of my favorite Mark Twain quotes. Enjoy!! 


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.

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

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

We are all alike, on the inside.

The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

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

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

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

Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

Greer Spring