Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become greatThe almanac Jan 23, 2009
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fedThe almanac Mar 30, 2008
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become greatThe almanac Jan 23, 2008
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fedThe almanac Mar 30, 2010
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the restThe almanac Oct 05, 2010
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.
He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.