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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called “the Great American Novel”, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), among many others.

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion’s newspaper. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for theVirginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp California where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, even being translated to classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Though Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that lost a great deal of money, notably the Paige Compositor, which failed because of its complexity and imprecision. In the wake of these financial setbacks he filed for protection from his creditors via a bankruptcy filing, and with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain chose to pay all his pre-bankruptcy creditors in full, though he had no responsibility to do this under the law.

Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it,” too. He died the day following the comet’s subsequent return. He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age, and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.” Wikipedia

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A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

— Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

— Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

— Mark Twain

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

— Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

— Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

— Mark Twain

All generalizations are false, including this one.

— Mark Twain

Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.

— Mark Twain

Always do the right thing. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.

— Mark Twain

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

— Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

— Mark Twain

Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any. (Advice to Youth).

— Mark Twain

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

— Mark Twain

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity — another man’s I mean.

— Mark Twain

Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

— Mark Twain

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

— Mark Twain

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

— Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

— Mark Twain

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

— Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

— Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds upon the heel that crushes it.

— Mark Twain

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

— Mark Twain

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

— Mark Twain

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

— Mark Twain

How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it.

— Mark Twain

Humour is the great thing. The minute it crops up, all our harnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away.

— Mark Twain

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

— Mark Twain

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.

— Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

— Mark Twain

I haven’t a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.

— Mark Twain

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.

— Mark Twain

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

— Mark Twain

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

— Mark Twain

It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

— Mark Twain

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

— Mark Twain

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

— Mark Twain

Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.

— Mark Twain

I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which have never happened.

— Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

— Mark Twain

Let us endeavour to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

— Mark Twain

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

— Mark Twain

Love your enemy, it will scare the hell out of them.

— Mark Twain

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

— Mark Twain

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

— Mark Twain

Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

— Mark Twain

Never put off til tomorrow what can be done the day after tomorrow just as well.

— Mark Twain

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

— Mark Twain

Nothing that grieves us can be called little. A child’s loss of a doll & a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.

— Mark Twain

Only kings, editors, and people with tapeworm have the right to use the editorial ‘we’.

— Mark Twain

Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.

— Mark Twain
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