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The Insight and Wisdom of Mark Twain


“Twain’s humor is indestructible. Trying to make a study of the rhythms of prose last year, I analyzed a paragraph from the jumping frog story—laboring over it, dissecting it, counting beats, grouping phrases, reducing it to a mere drum score—and even after all that mauling, every time I read it, it was as fresh-flowing and lively and amusing as ever, or more so. The prose itself is indestructible. It is all of a piece. It is a living person speaking. Mark Twain put his voice on paper with a fidelity and vitality that makes electronic recordings seem crude and quaint.”

—Ursula K. Le Guin



Mark Twain was a great philosopher who had strong opinions about all aspects of life. He believed that everyone can achieve greatness. He encouraged people to begin small and go from there.


Referred to as the "father of American literature". He is known for his wit, humor, and insight. During the early 20th century, he wrote numerous works of fiction, including such classics as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His profound words continue to resonate in the hearts of readers today and have influenced generations of writers.


Mark Twain had a tragic life, and at times he suffered financial hardships. He also had to deal with the death of several loved ones. He wrote numerous short stories, essays, and autobiographical pieces. His work helped popularize the American point of view in fiction.


He was a popular public speaker. He wrote travel writing, sketches, and essays. As well as a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. He worked odd jobs to support his family. He was a friend to presidents, royalty, industrialists, and artists.


Mark Twain died in 1910 and is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. His works are considered to be among the most influential books in the history of American literature. His quotes are as relevant today as they were when he said them in 1890.




Mark Twain Quotes to inspire you


"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."



"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."



"Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement."



"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."



"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."



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



"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."



"When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy--that it is builded upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them."



"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so."



"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one."






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