1907 photograph of Mark Twain.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910), better known by the pseudonym Mark Twain, was a nineteenth century American writer and lecturer. He was especially notable for his dry humor. His works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He often used his stories and humor to point out inequities in the society around him.

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  • The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. --Cable from London to the Associated Press (1897)
  • I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself. --The History of the Savage Club, speech (1899)
  • The silent colossal National Lie that is the support and confederate of all the tyrannies and shams and inequalities and unfairnesses that afflict the peoples—that is the one to throw bricks and sermons at. --My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It (1900)
  • Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. --To the Young People's Society, Greenpoint Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn (February 16, 1901)
  • Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes time and annoys the pig. --Attributed


Google celebrated Mark Twain's 176th birthday with a Google Doodle (one of their special designs).[1]


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