Mark Twain Quote
Notebook entry, January or February 1894, Mark Twain's Notebook, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1935), p. 240
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
As quoted in: Morally We Roll Along, Gay MacLaren, Little, Brown, 1938, p. 66, "I Meet Mark Twain"
“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”
As quoted in: Autobiography with letters (1939) by William Lyon Phelps, p. 965
Attributed. Variation: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.". Also attributed to Winston Churchill
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsMark Twain
Born: November 30, 1835
Died: April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Occupation: Author, writer, lecturer
Bio: 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.
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