Who are Samuel Langhorne Clemens?

  • (noun): United States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910).
    Synonyms: Clemens, Mark Twain

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    I repeat, sir, that in whatever position you place a woman she is an ornament to society and a treasure to the world. As a sweetheart, she has few equals and no superiors; as a cousin, she is convenient; as a wealthy grandmother with an incurable distemper, she is precious; as a wet-nurse, she has no equal among men. What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    This nightmare occupied some ten pages of manuscript and wound off with a sermon so destructive of all hope to non-Presbyterians that it took the first prize. This composition was considered to be the very finest effort of the evening.... It may be remarked, in passing, that the number of compositions in which the word “beauteous” was over-fondled, and human experience referred to as “life’s page,” was up to the usual average.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    We can say that the sound is the primary object of the act of hearing, and that the act of hearing itself is the secondary object.
    —Franz Clemens Brentano (1838–1917)

    Happiness ain’t a thing in itself—it’s only a contrast with something that ain’t pleasant.... And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain’t happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)