"A party without cake is just a meeting."
--Julia Child (1912-2004)
famous American chef, author and TV personality

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910), was an American writer, journalist and humorist, who won a worldwide audience for his stories of the youthful adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Clemens was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, of a Virginian family. He was brought up in Hannibal, Missouri. After his father's death in 1847, he was apprenticed to a printer and wrote for his brother's newspaper. He later worked as a licensed Mississippi river-boat pilot. The Civil War put an end to the steamboat traffic and Clemens moved to Virginia City, where he edited the Territorial Enterprise. On February 3, 1863, 'Mark Twain' was born when Clemens signed a humorous travel account with that pseudonym. In 1864 Twain left for California, and worked in San Francisco as a reporter. He visited Hawaii as a correspondent for The Sacramento Union, publishing letters on his trip and giving lectures. He set out on a world tour, traveling in France and Italy. His experiences were recorded in 1869 in The Innocents Abroad, which gained him wide popularity, and poked fun at both American and European prejudices and manners. The success as a writer gave Twain enough financial security to marry Olivia Langdon in 1870. They moved next year to Hartford. Twain continued to lecture in the United States and England. Between 1876 and 1884 he published several masterpieces, Tom Sawyer (1881) and The Prince And The Pauper (1881). Life On The Mississippi appeared in 1883 and Huckleberry Finn in 1884. In the 1890s Twain lost most of his earnings in financial speculations and in the failure of his own publishing firm. To recover from the bankruptcy, he started a world lecture tour, during which one of his daughters died. Twain toured New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa. He wrote such books as The Tragedy Of Pudd'head Wilson (1884), Personal Recollections Of Joan Of Arc (1885), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) and the travel book Following The Equator (1897). During his long writing career, Twain also produced a considerable number of essays. The death of his wife and his second daughter darkened the author's later years, which is seen in his posthumously published autobiography (1924). Twain died on April 21, 1910.
Quotes by Mark Twain

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"I can live for two months on a good compliment."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"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."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name it means trouble."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
from his 1897 book 'Following the Equator'

"Everybody's private motto: it's better to be popular than right."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author -- on pupularity

"One mustn't criticize other people on grounds where he can't stand perpendicular himself."
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
U.S. humorist, novelist, short story author

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