The curious relationship between Mark Twain and Halley’s Comet

Mark Twain was an American humorist and writer, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, he wrote highly successful works such as ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ or ‘A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’, but is best known for his novel ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and its sequel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’.

He worked as an apprentice to a printer and as a typesetter, and was involved in writing articles for his older brother Orion’s newspaper. After working as a printer in various cities, he became a pilot navigator on the Mississippi River, worked with little success in gold mining, and returned to journalism. As a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, ‘The Famous Jumping Frog of Calaveras County’ (1865), which became very popular and attracted national attention to himself, and his travel books were also well received. Twain had found his vocation.

He achieved great success as a writer and speaker. His wit and satire received praise from critics and colleagues, and he became friends with American presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

He lacked financial acumen and, although he made a lot of money from his writing and lectures, he wasted it on various businesses and was forced to file for bankruptcy. With the help of businessman and philanthropist Henry Huttleston Rogers he finally solved his financial problems.

Twain was born during one of Halley’s Comet visits to Earth and predicted that “I’ll go with him too”; died on the comet’s next return to Earth, 74 years later, on April 21, 1910 in Stormfield, New York.

William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.”

Some of the best Mark Twain quotes

“If you respect the importance of your work, it will probably return the favor.”

Don’t go around saying the world owes you its livelihood. The world owes you nothing. I was here before.

“Neither the life, nor the liberty, nor the property of any man is safe when the legislature is assembled.”

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. Wow, but I’m being repetitive.

«At the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and despised. However, when his cause is successful, the shy man joins him, because then being a patriot no longer costs anything.

Stay away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Little people always do, but the truly magnificent make you feel that you, too, can be magnificent. ”

“You pick up a starving dog, make it fat, and it won’t bite you. That is the most remarkable difference between a dog and a man.

“Alcohol is bad, but water is even worse: it kills you if you don’t drink!”

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet spills on the heel that crushed it.”

“Man is the only animal that eats without being hungry, drinks without being thirsty, and speaks without having anything to say.”

«Nobody gets rid of a habit or a vice by throwing it out of the window at once; You have to take it up the ladder, step by step ».

“You can’t trust your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

“A man with a new idea is a madman until the idea succeeds”


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