What Did Mark Twain Say About These?

Samuel L. Clemens, or better known as Mark Twain, has been one of my favorite writers ever since I was in primary school. Amongst some of his most popular works are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I immensely loved the adventures of these two buddies for their encounters. The stories brought me into a world of extraordinary boyhood.

Other enjoyable works of his included A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Prince and the Pauper, A Tramp Abroad and many more.

In addition, Mark Twain is well known and quoted for his refined sense of wit and satire, often poking fun at the establishment or a roast at the state of affairs. They are also thought-provoking, leaving me to ponder about his wisdom and my reconciliation with the ways of the world.

Here’s what Mark Twain said about these…

about Achievement

When we do not know a person–and also when we do–we have to judge his size by the size and nature of his achievements, as compared with the achievements of others in his special line of business–there is no other way.
– in Christian Science

about Leadership
A statesman gains little by the arbitrary exercise of ironclad authority upon all occasions that offer, for this wounds the just pride of his subordinates, and thus tends to undermine his strength. A little concession, now and then, where it can do no harm is the wiser policy.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

about Life

Meantime I have made more than 40 sea voyages & numerous land trips, & have gone clear around the globe once. This seems a hard fate. No, not seems–it was a hard fate. I made all those journeys because I could not help myself–made them with rebellion in my heart, & bitterness. Human life is maliciously planned with one principal object in view: to make you do all the different kinds of things you particularly don’t want to do.
– Notes added in April, 1909 to Letter to W. D. Howells of 11/17/1878

We recognize that there are no trivial occurrences in life if we get the right focus on them.
Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again knows their full value.
– Notebook, 1902

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.
– “The Refuge of the Derelicts” – 1905

Each person is born to one possession which outvalues all his others- his last breath.
Following the Equator, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar

about Teaching

To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler–and less trouble.
– Doctor Van Dyke speech, 1906

about Dreams

A dream that comes only once is oftenest only an idle accident, and hasn’t any message, but the recurrent dream is quite another matter–oftener than not it has come on business.
– “Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes”

about Patience

All good things arrive unto them that wait–and don’t die in the meantime.
– Letter to Orion and Jane Clemens, 4/3/1889


I hope these words of his gave you as much insights as it has benefited me.

Be well, Learn well, Excel well.

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