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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is extensively quoted. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists and European royalty. Twain enjoyed immense public popularity. His keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."
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- Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
- Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
- All generalizations are false, including this one.
- To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.
- To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
- When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
- It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
- I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
- The human race was always interesting and we know by its past that it will always continue so, monotonously.
- A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
- A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
- In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
- A crank is someone with a new idea -- until it catches on.
- History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal.