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Mark Twain

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling. He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility. Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".

Quotes of Mark Twain

“Substitute damn every time youre inclined to write very; your editor will it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isnt.”

“If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything.”

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not mans.”

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”

“The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow.”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“Classic - a book which people praise and dont read.”

“Classic - a book which people praise and dont read.”

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well".

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

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