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Mark Twain

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Born

Samuel Langhorne ClemensNovember 30, 1835 Florida, Missouri, U.S.

Died

April 21, 1910 Redding, Connecticut, U.S.

Resting place

Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York, U.S.

Pen name

Mark Twain, Josh, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass

Occupation

Writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, lecturer

Spouse

Olivia Langdon Clemens

Children

4 including Susy, Clara and Jean

Relatives

John Marshall ClemensOrion Clemens

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens , known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , the latter often called "The Great American Novel".

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing 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 lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. His humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published in 1865, based on a story that 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 French. 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.

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Never let your schooling interfere with your education. - Mark Twain

Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

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

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

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I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough. - Mark Twain

I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.

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It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times. - Mark Twain

Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times.

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If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. - Mark Twain

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

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The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and seal. - Mark Twain

The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and seal.

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Get the facts first. You can distort them later. - Mark Twain

Get the facts first. You can distort them later.

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There are three kinds of lies: lies, d--n lies, and statistics. - Mark Twain

There are three kinds of lies: lies, d--n lies, and statistics.

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Always do right - It will please many people, and amaze the rest. - Mark Twain

Always do right - It will please many people, and amaze the rest.

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. - Mark Twain

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

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Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. - Mark Twain

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

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I've dealt with many crises in my life, but few will ever happen. - Mark Twain

I've dealt with many crises in my life, but few will ever happen.

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Anyone with a new idea is a crank... until the idea succeeds. - Mark Twain

Anyone with a new idea is a crank... until the idea succeeds.

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But who prays for Satan? Who in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most. - Mark Twain

But who prays for Satan? Who in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most.

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