15 Powerful Quotes from Mark Twain
If you check the annals of history and carefully search for giants in English literature, you will easily come across a phenomenal writer from America – Mark Twain. Twain’s humor can crack your ribs even on a bad day.
He orchestrated a plethora of adventures for his readers – from “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” he was a writer with a Midas touch. A therapeutic touch that makes you laugh and think at the same time.
Mark Twain was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Interestingly, we share the same first name – Samuel. Unknown to many, Mark Twain is a pen name while the brain behind the pen is Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
He was famous in literary circles for his outstanding use of satire and humor both in prose and speech. Though some of his entrepreneurial adventures never turned out prosperous, he was one of the few writers who became wealthy through the proceeds of the pen.
As you read some of his inspiring quotes, you should consider reading at least one of his books if you are yet to do so. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will be a good place to start.
The Fifteen balls of energy
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heels that has crushed it.”
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have the remember anything.”
“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.”
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”
“I never let schooling interfere with my education.”
“Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Bonus Quote: “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
I am sharing these quotes because they have deeply inspired me to do more with my life. These quotes cover a range of life issues that we encounter in our daily endeavors. The words of the wise are truly treasured pearls; they guide us when in doubt of which path to follow.
It is your turn to share with me. I am curious! Which one of these quotes is your favorite?
Also published on Medium.