Mark Twain Quotes on Life (32 Quotes)


    Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life. There was a song in every heart; and if the heart was young, the music issued at the lips. There was cheer in every face and a spring in every step. The locust-trees were in bloom, and the fragrance of the blossoms filled the air. Cardiff Hill, beyond the village and above, it was green with vegetation, and it lay just far enough away to seem a Delectable Land, dreamy, reposeful, and inviting.

    Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

    Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.

    The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

    Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.


    All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

    You can't make a life over. Society wouldn't let you if you would.

    Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon And does not hear her.

    There are no mistakes in life, there are only lessons to be learned Adivce to the Youth.

    We recognize that there are no trivial occurences in life

    I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.

    There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.

    To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

    I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way, by sticking strictly to a scheme of life which would kill anybody else....I will offer here, as a sound maxim, this That we can't reach old age by another man's road.

    Experience of life (not of books) is the only capital usable in such a book as you have attempted one can make no judicious use of this capital while it is new

    There is no security in life, only opportunity.

    The law of God, as quite plainly expressed in woman's construction, is this There shall be no limit put upon your intercourse with the other sex sexually, at any time of life. During twenty-three days in every month (in the absence of pregnancy) from the time a woman is seven years old till she dies of old age, she is ready for action, and competent. As competent as the candlestick is to receive the candle. Competent every day, competent every night. Also, she wants that candle -- yearns for it, longs for it, hankers after it, as commanded by the law of God in her heart.

    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born -- a hundred million years -- and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together.

    When I reflect upon the number of disagreeable people who I know who have gone to a better world, I am moved to lead a different life.

    What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.

    I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.

    When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales. ... Life on the Mississippi

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

    I never did a thing in all my life, virtuous or otherwise that I didn't repent of within twenty-four hours

    There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering for

    Obscurity and a competence -- that is a life that is best worth living.

    The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.

    I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which have never happened.

    We must annex those people. We can afflict them with our wise and beneficent government. We can introduce the novelty of thieves, all the way up from street-car pickpockets to municipal robbers and Government defaulters, and show them how amusing it is to arrest them and try them and then turn them loose -- some for cash and some for ''political influence.'' We can make them ashamed of their simple and primitive justice. We can make that little bunch of sleepy islands the hottest corner on earth, and array it in the moral splendor of our high and holy civilization. Annexation is what the poor islanders need. ''Shall we to men benighted, the lamp of life deny''

    Only when a republic's life is in danger should a man uphold his government when it is wrong. There is no other time.

    It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.


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