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Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Mark Twain was born as Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and grew up nearby the Mississippi River. His father died in 1847, leaving the family with little financial support, and Clemens became a printer's apprentice, eventually working for his brother, Orion, who had set himself up as a newspaper publisher. Through all his years in the printshop, Clemens tried his hand at composing humorous pieces. By 1856, he received a commission from the Keokuk Saturday Post for a series of comical letters reporting on his planned travels to South America. But on his way down the Mississippi, Clemens temporarily abandoned his literary ambitions to fulfill a dream he had since he was a boy. He apprenticed himself to become a riverboat pilot, and spent the next three years navigating the Mississipi River.
When the Civil War closed traffic on the river in the spring of 1861, Clemens returned to Orion again. In 1862 he was employed as a writer by the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, signing for the first time his works "Mark Twain."
With "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," published in 1865 by The Saturday Press of New York his style made its first appearance. In 1867 Clemens reported on a grand tour of Europe and the Mideast in Innocents Abroad (1869) which later became his first best-seller.
On his return to the United States, he married Olivia Langdon, and established with her in Harford, Connecticut, where Clemens finally turned from journalism to literature. The element of self-conscious irony would become the hallmark of Clemens' best work, especially evident in the novels set in his boyhood world beside the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer (1876) and his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).
Toward the end of his life, Clemens passed through a period of deep depression, due to his wife's and two of his daughter's death. He died at his home in Redding, Connecticut, in 1910.

a man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar - Mark Twain
all you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure - Mark Twain
any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary - Mark Twain
civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities - Mark Twain
don\'t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live - Mark Twain
education consists mainly of what we have unlearned - Mark Twain
if you tell the truth you don\'t have to remember anything - Mark Twain
it is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare - Mark Twain
it takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you - Mark Twain
it\'s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled - Mark Twain
I\'ve never let school interfere with my education - Mark Twain
kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see - Mark Twain
man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to - Mark Twain
nothing so needs reforming as other people\'s habits - Mark Twain
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the human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter - Mark Twain
the man who doesn\'t read good books has no advantage over the man who can\'t read them (Mark Twain)
the man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds - Mark Twain
the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don\'t want, drink what you don\'t like, and do what you\'d rather not - Mark Twain
truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it - Mark Twain
what gets us into trouble is not what we don\'t know. It\'s what we know for sure that just ain\'t so - Mark Twain
when I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not - Mark Twain
when you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to stop and reconsider - Mark Twain