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Excellent Mark Twain Quotes

April 30, 2013

Mark Twain (who’s actual name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens), the author of such classic stories as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), had a fantastic sense of humour and sharp wit.

Apart from the already mentioned novels I am still to read any other writings of his. But I have read and heard many quotes attributed to the man.

Mark Twain portrait

I thought I would include some of my favourite. In no particular order here they are:

1)      “Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

A nice pithy quote. I wouldn’t go so far as to say uncertainly leads to misery, perhaps some form of realisation you cannot possibly know everything  that tends to lead to a great shrinking of ones ego. But I would agree with Mr Twain that ignorance is a bedfellow of inflated certainly and unmoved convictions.

2)      “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

The quote speaks for itself. It is similar to the first quote in some way. Sometimes when you meet new people and you are building a character profile of them in your head, many niceties that been exchanged, maybe even a flow of opinions and ideas was shared. But then just as jarringly as a needle scratching off a record that one passing sentence sends your opinion gage of that person in the negative territory. Anyway Good quote let us keep going.

3)      “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

A good quote about lying, especially of the compulsive flavour. I am sure we all has that moment in our lives were a lie came back to bite us because something you said in one situation was exposed through something else.

On the same subject and perhaps expressed in a much more eloquent manner by Walter Scott the quote ‘what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive’ states the same thing.

4)” The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

Putting the old biblical phrase on its head. I think I would have to agree that a lack of money can lead to misery especially if it’s health related, relationship stress if a family cannot meet the basic living expenses, suffering on a wider scale such as the thousands of causes that are woefully underfunded etc.

5)” Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

Another famous phrase twisted. Quotes like this are what I was referring to when I mentioned the man had excellent capacity for wit.

6) “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”

I like this quote from Mr Twain as a great example of his ability to observe and then express in a witty way everyday occurrences of the human condition that goes unnoticed by the common folk.

7) “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

Just a great quote about living a full life.

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