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Mark TwainThe author, also known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was born November 30, 1835 and died April 21, 1910. That means 2010 marked both the 175th anniversary of his birth, and the 100th anniversary of his death.

In addition, (as if we needed another reason) 2010 also marked the 125th anniversary of his most oft-quoted and famous work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

As one of the nation's most insightful writers, Mark Twain endures as a unique wit and an American original.

Creator of memorable fictional characters such as Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, the prolific author was also responsible for memorable travelogues, essays, and personal memoirs in such works as Life on the Mississippi as well as the ultimate bestseller during his lifetime, Innocents Abroad.

The quotable Mark Twain

The quotable Mark Twain

• "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely." Innocents Abroad

• "All kings is mostly rapscallions." The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

• "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." Following the Equator

• "Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so." Mark Twain's Notebook

• "Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God." Corn Pone Opinions

• "There are three kinds of lies -- lies, damned lies, and statistics." Autobiography

• "When angry, count four; when very angry, swear." The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

• "Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." The Mysterious Stranger

Finally, readers who have stuck closely to the author throughout his 40-year career are usually rewarded with an added treat. What Is Man?, for example, is regarded by Twain fans as going beyond satirical to almost reach the level of Zen mastery. His most grown-up and biting satires also include his take on religion (Reflections) and, of course, politics (The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Updated) in which he often arrived at the truth far more accurately than newspapers or government leaders.

Interestingly, Mark Twain's most quotable quote "Life is short. Break the rules" has never officially been attributed to him. But it sure sounds like him.

Elsewhere around the Web, learn more about the quotable Mark Twain with a deeper dig into his life and work in words and photos...

More about Mark Twain around the Web:

Mark Twain - Wikipedia - The complete biography including his early life, writing career, a discussion on his outspoken religious and political views, bibliography, related photos, references and resources.

Mark Twain Project - For serious Twain fans and scholars including citable references, photos, unpublished letters, a selection of biographies and related resources.

Mark Twain quotations - The quotable Twain over dozens of pages, browseable by subject matter, including rare newspaper articles and special features, related resources.

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