Happy (Belated) Birthday to Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of the most celebrated writers in American history. He is best known for his works titled The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Some of his other great works were Roughing It, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Mark Twain was in fact his pen name. His full name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. We missed Mr. Twain’s birthday by a few days; he was born on November 30th 1835. That means that Mark Twain would be 177 years old today.

Mark Twain has blessed us with so many amazing, funny, controversial, and fascinating quotes that we would be improper to not post about some of his best quotes. Such an amazing and influential author deserves to be recognized!

On humanity: “There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

On getting through life: “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

On being critical: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

A comical note on the afterlife: “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

On politicians in the US: “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”

One of his famous quips about education: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

On writing: “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

On history: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

There are mountains more quotes from Mark Twain out there on the net. Some are from the man himself, and others are from his wonderful works. Hopefully you took a brief moment to reflect on his influence in American literature and society; he was quite the figure.

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