Before he became a writer, Twain worked as a printer. He became very popular after publishing “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” a short humorous story. He was also very successful as a public speaker. Twain was a good friend to many influential people of his time (artists, presidents, European royalty and industrialists).
Mark Twain Quotes
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.
That’s the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don’t care, individuals do.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
My kind of loyalty was to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
My body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it. If I do harm … it is I who suffers, not the state.
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world – and never will.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak.
There is no distinctly native American criminal class – save Congress.
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 cost nothing to be a patriot.
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.