1835 - Born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30.
1867 - Twain met Olivia Langdon and were married in February 1870 in Elmira, New York.
1876 - 1889 - He wrote the novel "Tom Sawyer" (1876), "Huckleberry Finn" (1884) and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1889).
1901 - 1910 - Was vice president of the American Anti-Imperialist League.
1906 - Acknowledged his literary paternity of this scatological masterpiece.
- US humorist, novelist, short story author, and wit
- William Faulkner (a fellow author) called Twain the "the father of American literature."
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- "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."
- "Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so."
- "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
- "O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it."
- "When in doubt, tell the truth."