Mark Twain Quotes on Man (101 Quotes)


    People talk about beautiful relationships between two persons of the same sex. What is the best of that sort as compared with the friendship of man and wife where the best impulses and highest ideals of both are the same? There is no place for comparison between the two friendships; the one is earthly, the other divine.


    The old man laughed loud and joyously, shook up the details of his anatomy from head to foot, and ended by saying such a laugh was money in a man's pocket because it cut down the doctor's bills like anything

    Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.

    To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was tautology


    A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.

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

    The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it

    Some men worship rank, some men worship heroes, some men worship power, some men worship God, and over these ideals they dispute -- but they all worship money.

    Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval - a thing which, to the general run of the human race, is more dreaded than wolves and death.

    A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

    Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions.

    From his cradle to his grave a man never does a single thing which has any first and foremost object but one -- to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for himself.

    I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.

    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.

    The noblest work of God Man. Who found it out Man.

    Manifestly, dying is nothing to a really great and brave man

    Four years at West Point and plenty of books and schooling will learn a man a great deal, It won't learn him the river.

    Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty -- the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself.

    He gossips habitually he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue

    By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.

    Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.

    The average man don't like trouble and danger.

    I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious -- except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

    Time and tide wait for no man. A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around Man waits not for time nor tide.

    By his father he is English, by his mother he is American -- to my mind the blend which makes the perfect man.

    When it comes down to pure ornamental cursing, the native American is gifted above the sons of men.

    If there is one thing that will make a man peculiarly and insufferable self-conceited, it is to have his stomach behave itself, the first day at sea, when nearly all his comrades are seasick

    It is often the case that the man who can't tell a lie thinks he is the best judge of one

    My father was an amazing man. The older I got, the smarter he got.

    Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

    Man is the master of the unspoken word, which spoken, is master of him.

    In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.

    Men think they think upon the great political questions, and they do but they think with their party, not independently they read its literature, but not that of the other side

    I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the lower animals (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.

    I don't give a damn for a man who can spell a word only one way.

    If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

    India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only

    A group of men in evening clothes looks like a flock of crows, and is just about as inspiring.

    A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows

    Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.

    Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let them label you as they may.

    I knew I should not find in any philosophy a single thought which had not passed through my own head, nor a single thought which had not passed through the heads of millions and millions of men before I was born

    When a man is known to have no settled convictions of his own he can't convict other people

    Pilgrim's Progress, about a man who left his family, it didn't say why. The statements was interesting, but tough.

    You try to tell me anything about the newspaper business Sir, I have been through it from Alpha to Omaha, and I tell you that the less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.

    I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me he can't be any worse.

    Behold the fool saith 'Put not all thine eggs in the one basket' which is but a manner of saying, 'Scatter your money and your attention' but the wise man saith, 'Put all your eggs in the one basket and watch that basket'

    I have not a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming vices.


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