Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “The Great American Novel“.
Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, Twain worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother, Orion Clemens. 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 the Virginia 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, and was even translated into 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.
Other quotes by Mark Twain
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.