“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain

“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.” 
― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” 
― Mark Twain

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

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.” 
― Mark Twain

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” 
― Mark Twain

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those of other things, are his history. These are his life, and they are not written. Everyday would make a whole book of 80,000 words — 365 books a year. Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man — the biography of the man himself cannot be written.” 
― Mark Twain

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” 
― Mark Twain

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” 
― Mark Twain

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” 
― Mark Twain

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” 
― Mark Twain

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” 

― Mark Twain

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” 
― Mark Twain

“What is joy without sorrow? what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.” 
― Mark Twain

“It usually takes me two or three days to prepare an impromptu speech.” — Mark Twain

“When in doubt tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.” 

― Mark Twain

“Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.” 
― Mark Twain

“I do not like work even when someone else is doing it.” 
― Mark Twain

“Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.” 
― Mark Twain

“You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your ’friends” 
― Mark Twain

“I am not given to exaggeration, and when I say a thing I mean it.” 
― Mark Twain, Roughing It

“If you have to swallow a frog, don’t stare at it too long.” 
― Mark Twain

“The pause – that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, howsoever felicitous, could accomplish it.” 
― Mark Twain

“A historian who would convey the truth must lie. Often he must enlarge the truth by diameters, otherwise his reader would not be able to see it.” 
― Mark Twain

“No man is a failure who has friends” 
― Mark Twain