Mark Twain

"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."

"Go to heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."

"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

Mrs. Olivia Clemens

"It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep and never to refrain when awake."

Mark Twain Video

These are the only known videos of Mark Twain. They were filmed by Thomas Edison in 1909 with the use of a kinetoscope.

" First, God made idiots, that was for practice. Then he made schoolboys."

"The lack of money is the root of all evil."

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

" Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason."

"The average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain." -Thomas Edison

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb- that's where the fruit is."

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

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."

"Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference."


Many of the photos used in this book were located on the Internet. I have made every effort to give proper credit to those persons and establishments whose photos these belong to. For allowing me to make this tribute to Mark Twain while using your images, many thanks go out to the following: A.F. Bradley Getty Images Library of Congress Life Magazine Dahl Madsen Mark Twain House & Museum Mark Twain Project TFGFilmlandTape

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  • karen

    really enjoyed these quotes

  • star6240

    Thank you, Karen. Mark Twain was indeed one-of-a-kind.

  • willow3550

    Yep. We need to gave a modern Mark Twain.

  • brajohn1

    Love this

  • star6240

    Thank you, @brajohn1. I'm sure Mark Twain would have many more anecdotes for us if he were alive today.

  • clddsh888

    Don't argue with a fool

  • iPhoneArtGirl

    Such a smart way to use this space... And, of course, a smart man to enlist with you!

  • mombo

    Such great quotes..... Love it

  • Froggo

    Excellent summation of a very astute man. Mark Twain!!


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