Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Born: January 01, 1970

Nationality: American

Occupation: Author, writer, lecturer

Biography: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called the Great American Novel.

Source/Notes: Earliest attribution was found in "Impact of Federal Policies on Employment, Poverty, and Other Programs, 1973", p. 447: "He who swings a cat by the tail, learns things that one can only learn by swinging a cat by the tail." A similar quotation has also been attributed to Twain in "Weekly Underwriter, Volume 104" (1921): "The man who takes an angry cat by the tail will learn a lesson, but if he tries it on a it on a tiger, he is likely to get more lesson than is in anyway good for him"

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Source/Notes: Attributed. This quotation has also been attributed to Satchel Paige and Jack Benny
Source/Notes: Attributed. Earliest occurrence was found, without attribution, in: "Collier's: Incorporating Features of the American Magazine, Volume 53" (1914), p. 8. This quotation has also been attributed to Rochefoucauld in: "The Rotarian", Jun 1935, p. 38. And to Alexander Chase too, which doesn't make sense, considering he was born in 1926. There is a similar quotation attributed to Alexandre Dumas: "All generalizations are dangerous, even this one."

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