10 Mark Twain Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

10 Mark Twain Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

You might know Mark Twain as a writer, but he’s also known as a person who said wise things. He said funny, insightful things that people, to this day, say to themselves for various purposes. Those purposes include: inspiration, laughter, mockery, disdain, hatred. I mean, good things too. Twain was funny.   Here are ten of his greatest quotes to make you laugh, think, deride, but mostly laugh.   1. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.   2. Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than …

The Rise and Fall of Mark Twain’s Hypothetical Cocaine Empire

The Rise and Fall of Mark Twain’s Hypothetical Cocaine Empire

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We all know Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a Mark Twain) for his historical and all-American novels. They’re pretty much a part of every required reading list, so, of course, you would think you’ve heard it all about this literary and historical figure, right? Think again.   According to Lit Hub, Twain was maybe, possibly a drug lord.   Image Via Amazon   In a biography about the quirky writer, author Albert Bigelow Paine explains Twain’s reluctance to go to school and his strong desire to read. The one book that struck his fancy and set a fire within him was William Herndon’s …

Nick Offerman Narrates Mark Twain Audiobook in Greatest Human Decision Ever

Nick Offerman Narrates Mark Twain Audiobook in Greatest Human Decision Ever

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In probably the smartest move in literary history, Audible has recruited Nick Offerman to narrate Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.   via GIPHY   The time-traveling romp follows a 19th-century engineer from Connecticut transported back to 6th-century England, where he uses his then-modern expertise to wow King Arthur and his posse. Things go awry in a hilarious fashion, and Twain proves yet again he’s a master of understated, cantankerous wit.   Enter Nick Offerman, whose Parks and Recreation persona may be the closest we’ll get to seeing Mark Twain in a sitcom. Having previously narrated The …

Mark Twain Releases New Book After Just 107 Years!

Mark Twain Releases New Book After Just 107 Years!

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Back in January, Random House Children’s Books announced that an unpublished and unfinished Mark Twain story from 1879 had been found and completed by Philip and Erin Stead, authors of the award winning children’s book A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Now available, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine follows Johnny, a young boy who gains the ability to talk to animals after eating a magical flower, and his newfound animal friends on their journey to rescue the kidnapped Prince Oleomargarine.   Image via Bustle   Prince Oleomargarine originated in a Parisian hotel in 1879, when Twain’s daughters begged him for a story. Taking inspiration from a photograph …