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Twain

Twain

November 30th, 2012

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain to you and me, would be celebrating his 177th birthday today. Halley’s Comet was visiting the earth when Twain was born, and he predicted that he would “go out with it” as well. Amazingly, he died the day following the comet’s next return. Here are a few memorable quotes from one of history’s greatest wits (and clear winner of the Movember challenge):

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”

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