25 Lighthearted Lessons from Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

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

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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

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

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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

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

All emotion is involuntary when genuine.

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.

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

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

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