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forget your perfect offering.
There's a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
--Leonard Cohen

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
-- Abraham Lincoln

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval
-- Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest.
--Mark Twain

Better to keep quiet and let people think you're a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
--Mark Twain


Quotations Assignemnt: Includes five quotations AND a 300-500 word reflection essay regarding one of your quotes. See assignment details and read the example reflection essay at the link below. When you've finished and proofread your quotation reflection essay, it should be submitted as a link on your wiki page.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  -- Mark Twain
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. -- Mark Twain

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Mark Twain Biography
Written by Erin Coulter
On November 30th, 1835, two natural wonders of the world occurred: Halley’s Comet streaked across the sky for the first time in 75 years, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born. Clemens grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri, dreaming of the day he’d become a riverboat pilot. His first job was as a printer’s apprentice, and it was during that time that he discovered love of writing. While Clemens did go on to achieve his dream of being a steamboat captain, he’d already been bitten by the literary bug. He began writing under the pseudonym Mark Twain, which was actually a riverboat term meaning two fathoms (12 feet) deep, a safe depth to navigate a steamboat. Twain first gained fame by writing newspaper articles and short stories, but the works that would solidify him as a literary giant were his novels Tom Sawyer and The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. Twain wrote about topics that were truly American, and he used a wicked wit and provided spot-on, and often controversial, social commentary that made him popular with the public. His commercial success coupled with his trademark white suit, cigar, and disheveled hair made him easily recognizable, and he became one of American’s first celebrities. Twain did not attribute his success, however, to his remarkable writing talent. He claimed, “my books are water; those of great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.” While he enjoyed great success in his career, Twain’s personal life was marked by tragedy. He married and had four children, three of whom he lost very early in their lives. He was also plagued by money troubles throughout his lifetime. At the age of 69, Mark Twain said, “I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together." On April 21st, 1910 Mark Twain died, and Halley’s Comet lit up the sky over the vast Mississippi River.

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Online Biography Link
To View a Video Version of Twain's Biography Click Here

Primary Source Link
Mark Twain was the subject of one of Thomas Edison's first moving pictures. Click here to see the real Mark Twain

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