For the first decade of his life, Samuel Langhorne Clemens—better known by his pen name, Mark Twain—was quite sickly. This made the rest of his childhood in the riverside village of Hannibal, Missouri all the more idyllic, and inspired some of today’s most famous and beloved Mark Twain quotes.
Although his family was nearly destitute and suffered several tragedies, people and landmarks from his youth are fondly remembered in his works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
During his early life, Twain worked as a typesetter, a journalist/cartoonist, an itinerant laborer, and a riverboat pilot before finally declaring himself a “literary person” and focusing on his writing.
Mark Twain became well-known for his humorous stories, drawings, and eventually, “literature of a low order.”
Twain may have poked fun at his own achievements, but he is remembered to this day, more than a century after his death, as one of the most beloved American authors. Here are 20 of Mark Twain’s most humorous and noble quotes on life and love.