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Autobiography of Mark Twain

The world lost Mark Twain, real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), one hundred years ago but his words, wit and wisdom live on. Can there be anyone who loves literature who has not read one of his books?

His impact on the literary world is still felt and his humor is as sharp as ever. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Huckleberry Finn (1884), The Prince and the Pauper (1881) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and his travel books remain must-reads but his bibliography is extensive and always worth investigation.

Meet Mark Twain

The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

The Autobiography of Mark Twain

”There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.”

The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrims' Progress by Mark Twain

The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrims' Progress

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”

Roughing It by Mark Twain

Roughing It

“A crowded police docket is the surest of all signs that trade is brisk and money plenty”

The Gilded Age by Mark Twain

The Gilded Age

“No country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law, and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.”

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain”

A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

A Tramp Abroad

“After a few months’ acquaintance with European ‘coffee,’ one’s mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with its clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed.”

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

“When I am king, they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

Life on the Mississippi

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn

“The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that’s what an army is - a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness”

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

Pudd'nhead Wilson

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer Abroad

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”

Following the Equator by Mark Twain

Following the Equator

“When in doubt tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.”

Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Is Shakespeare Dead?

“The thug is aware that loudness convinces 60 persons where reasoning convinces but one.”

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