The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
ISBN: 0060751045
EAN13: 9780060751043
Language: English
Publication Date: May 24, 2005
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.8" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Besides being one of the most treasured writers in American history, Mark Twain was also one of the most quotable. This comprehensive compendium collects over 500 of his best quips and remarks.

Born in Missouri under the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, his pen name, Mark Twain, was river-boat slang for 12 feet of water. Clemens adopted the name Mark Twain after he established his voice as a journalist. Under Mark Twain he wrote the classic fiction satire novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on the nature of slavery and racism at the time.

Mark Twain's social commentary was as friendly as it was poignant. This treasury contains his witticisms about the:

  • Enigmas of life
  • Importance of education
  • Delights (and annoyances) of travel
  • Absurdity of politics
  • Double standards of society
  • Joys of love
  • Ludicrousness of aging
  • And much more
Following a short biography and timeline of his life, the quotes include such wisdom as:

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.--Mark Twain's Autobiography

One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. Read More chevron_right

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