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10 Mark Twain Quotes That Resonate Today

The incomparable Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1935. Known as the father of American Literature and one of the greatest humorists of all time, he was one of the lucky few authors to achieve some success during their life rather than posthumously.

You’ve likely read (or been assigned to readThe Adventures of Huck Finn. Or maybe Tom Sayer is your favorite.

In any case, the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain lives on and is just as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago.

Take a look at how his legacy has endured. Here are 10 Mark Twain quotes that still resonate today.

  • Mark Twain Quotes That Resonate Today 1 of 11
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  • Read Good Books 2 of 11
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    "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." So true. But what about the man who spends all of his free time reading Facebook statuses? I wonder.

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  • Life Rules 3 of 11
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    "Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that made you smile." I think that about covers it.

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  • Tell the Truth 4 of 11
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    "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Wise words.

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  • Nothing That Can’t Happen 5 of 11
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    "Apparently, there is nothing that cannot happen today." The possibilities are endless!

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  • Imagination 6 of 11
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    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." I don't actually know what this means, but I feel inspired by it.

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  • Travel 7 of 11
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    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." YES, PLEASE. MORE TRAVEL FOR EVERYONE.

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  • The Two Most Important Days 8 of 11
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    "The 2 most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." I'll take copies of this for all of my kids' rooms, and my own.

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  • The World Owes You Nothing 9 of 11
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    "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." Could this be the antidote to entitlement? I hope!

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  • Pirates! 10 of 11
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    "Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." Never stop hoping.

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  • Clothes Make the Man 11 of 11
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    "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society." You know what? It's true.

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