Remembering Mark Twain - Our Favourite 5 Quotes

Inspirational novelist, humorist and raconteur Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens 180 years ago today, on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. Before he died at age 74 as a septuagenarian senior citizen on April 21, 1910, Twain was credited with many famous sayings. In celebration of his birthday, enjoy these Favourite 5 Mark Twain Quotes:


Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.” – Autobiography with letters (1939) by William Lyon Phelps

Nothing so needs reforming as other peoples habits.” – Puddn’head Wilson (1894)

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.” – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure.” – Mark Twain’s Notebook (1935 – posthumous)

Classic.” A book which people praise and don’t read.” – Following the Equator (1897)

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Known primarily for his great American classic novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Mark Twain made fortunes from his writing but lost only slightly smaller fortunes on risky investments in technology and innovation. He toured as a humorous speaker and could be said to be the inventor of stand-up comedy. Twain’s works have been studied by today’s North American senior citizens, baby boomers, and generations before and after them.

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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