“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.”
“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
“Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.”
“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
“I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.”
“I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.”
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
“If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.”
“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.”
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.”
“Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.”
“Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”
“The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.”
“There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”
“Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.”
“Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”
“When in doubt, tell the truth.”
“Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.”
“Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.”
Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He was born on November 30, 1835. His pen name was Mark Twain. He was an American author. He is most known for his novels. Some of his more well-known novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is now called the "great American novel."
Twain was born in Florida, Missouri. His father was John Marshall Clemens and his mother was Jane Clemens. He was their sixth child. They soon moved to Hannibal, Missouri when Twain was four. This town was the inspiration for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain was very familiar with slavery as Missouri had been a slave state. This is an issue he would later question in his writings. He became a printer when he was eighteen and educated himself with the help of public libraries. He later became a journalist for the Territorial Enterprise. This was where he used his pen name, Mark Twain.
He corresponded with his future wife, Olivia Langdon, in 1868 and they married two years later. They had four children: Langdon, Susy, Clara, and Jean. It was through Olivia that he met abolitionists, socialists, and women's activists. He met Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, and William Dean Howells. The family moved to Hartford, Connecticut and it was during this time that he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Twain was a part owner of a newspaper as well as being a journalist and author. He was very successful and wealthy although he lost a lot of his wealth through bad investments. He tried to supplement his income through the speaking circuit. He was a very talented and popular speaker. He was sought after from nearly everyone. However, most of those seeking him were from comedy clubs and he was very much in demand as a comedian. He was sought after by comedy clubs such as the Authors' Club, Beefsteak Club, Vagabonds, White Friars, and Monday Evening Club of Hartford.
He is also most known for his novels. He combined humor and social criticism to comment on society at the time. Tom Sawyer, the protagonist in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was based on Twain himself as a boy. His other novel, The Prince and the Pauper, was his first work of historical fiction. It was not well received and it is believed that Twain's lack of understanding of English society at the time of the novel was the main reason for its lack of impact. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was what really made him known as a noteworthy American author. It is a required text in most classrooms and is known as the "great American novel."
Twain fell into a depression in 1896 after his daughter's death that led to his eventual decline. Twain died of a heart attack in 1910 in Connecticut.