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Happy Birthday Mr. Twain

Born in 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel Clemens, widely known by his pen name, Mark Twain, is still one of the most adored and popular writers of all time.

Personally, I loved Mark Twain growing up, and while I haven’t read his books in a while, his stories are still some of my favorites.

So, let’s pay some homage to Mr. Mark Twain on what would have been his 176th birthday.


Some of His Most Known Works:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi (Signet Classics)

The Innocents Abroad

The Innocents Abroad

Twain’s work is impossible to keep track of because of the different kinds of writings he did – novels, travelogues, journalism articles, speeches…etc – and because of the different pen names that he wrote under.  As early as 1995, researchers were still discovering some of his work.


My Personal Favorite Mark Twain Quotes:

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.

Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

The list could really go on and on.


In 1909, Twain was quoted saying:

“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'”

And he got his wish.  In 1910, on April 21, one day after Halley’s Comet’s ‘closest approach to Earth’, Twain died of a heart attack at the age of 74

So, let’s honor this amazing man and writer with a little Happy Birthday:

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday dear Mark Twain,

Happy Birthday to you.


*Note: Check out the links above for more info and to see my sources.  The picture was taken from Wikipedia.*


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