Best 5 Mark Twain Quotations

Here is my best 5 Mark Twain quotations taken from his vast collection of literary works.

I know it is very difficult to pick just five quotations from his trove of wit and wisdom.

His real name is  Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Mark Twain was his pen-name.

This American author-humorist wrote a number of novels, including two major classics of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

best 5 Mark Twain quotationsBefore Twain became a famous writer, he was riverboat pilot, army volunteer, gold prospector, timber prospector, and a journalist.

From then he began his literary career.

Among his humorous writings, can be found in his traveling adventures.

Best 5 Mark Twain Quotations

Let’s go through the best 5 Mark Twain quotations:


“Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.”

(Following The Equator: A Journey Around The World By Mark Twain, Hartford American Publishing Company, 1897, Ch.XXI, Pudd’Nhead Wilson’s Calendar; p.206)

(This quote is also found in: Following The Equator: A Journey Around The World By Mark Twain, Courier Corporation, 2011, Ch.XXI, Pudd’Nhead Wilson’s Calendar; p.206)


“The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.”

(The Letters of Mark Twain, Volumes 5-6 (1901-1906 & 1907-1910) By Mark Twain, 1st World Publishing, 2004, To Edward L. Dimmitt, In St. Louis: Among The Adirondacks Lakes, July 19, 1901; p.16)

(This quote is also found in: Mark Twain’s Letters, Volume 2, Arranged With Comment By Albert Bigelow Paine, Harper & Brothers, 1917, To Edward L. Dimmitt, In St. Louis: Among The Adirondacks Lakes, July 19, 1901 ; p.709)


“Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.”

(The Tragedy of Pudd’nHead Wilson And The Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain, Hartford, Conn., American Publishing Co., 1897, Ch.IX, Puddn’head Wilson’s Calendar; p.111)

(This quote is also found in: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson By Mark Twain, Jazzybee Verlag, 1980, Ch.9, Tom Practices Scophancy, Puddn’head Wilson’s Calendar; p.39)


“Classic” A book which people praise and don’t read.”

(Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World by Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), Hartford, Connecticut, American Publishing Co., 1897, Ch.XXV, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar; p.241)

(This quote is also found in: Following The Equator: A Journey Around The World by Mark Twain, ReadHowYouWant.com, 2008, Ch.XXV, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar; p.276)


“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.” – Mark Twain

(The Tragedy Of Pudd’NHead Wilson And The Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins By Mark Twain, Hartford, Conn. American Publishing Company, 1897, Ch.XVI, Pudd’Nhead Wilson’s Calendar; p.214)

(This quote is also found in: The Tragedy Of Pudd’NHead Wilson By Mark Twain, BookRix, 2018, Section 3, Sold Down The River, Pudd’Nhead Wilson’s Calendar)


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