We just celebrated his 176th birthday.

This video serves as a beautiful introduction to his mind.

Enjoy these quotes. They are as valid as they were almost 200 years ago:

– A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

– Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

– Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.

– Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

– Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

– I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

– If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

– In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

– It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.

– When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself.

– Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.

Mark Twain was a visionary. He remains part of the soul of the USA

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