If you have read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, then you probably know of Mark Twain. Revered as the greatest humorist of the United States, here we have the most memorable Mark Twain quotes of all time.
But before we get into this wholesome collection, how about a brief background of the man Mark Twain? Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on 30 November 1835 in Florida, Missouri as the sixth of seven children.
His family moved to Hannibal, Missouri when he was four. It's the town that inspired the fictional St. Petersburg town in his novels. Slavery was also legal in Missouri which is another theme that was common in his works. Twain left school at the fifth grade after his father died.
He became a printer's apprentice where he worked as a typesetter. He was also contributing articles and humorous sketches to the Hannibal Journal a newspaper owned by his brother, Orion Clemens. He went on to become a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi river.
His humorous short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was published in 1865. It brought him international fame and was translated to French. His unique style weaved with wit and satire in both prose and speech made him popular with critics.
Twain earned a lot of money from his works and lectures although he made poor investment decisions losing most of it. He filed for bankruptcy but later overcame his financial woes with his friend Rogers' help and paid back his creditors.
Mark Twain was married to Olivia Langdon and they had three daughters and a son who died young. Twain was born shortly after a Halley's comet appeared and he correctly predicted that he would go out with it.
Here are the most memorable Mark Twain quotes of all time from the popular humorist!