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Mark Twain
Birth name: 
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Date of birth: 
Monday, November 30, 1835
Birthplace: 
Florida, Missouri, U.S.
Country of birth: 
Profession: 
  • Writer
  • Lecturer
About the author: 
Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." 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 became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.
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Quotes: 
  • Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
  • All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  • Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
  • Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
  • Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
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