Mark Twain Poems
- Genius Genius, like gold and precious stones, is chiefly ...
- Warm Summer Sun Warm summer sun, Shine kindly ...
- O Lord, Our Father O Lord, our father, Our young patriots, ...
- To Jennie Good-bye! a kind good-bye, I bid you now, my ...
- Those Annual Bills These annual bills! these annual ...
- The Aged Pilot Man On the Erie Canal, it was, All on a ...
- A Sweltering Day In Australia The Bombola faints in the hot ...
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 (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure ... more »
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''“If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything.”''
''“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ''
''“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”''
''“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
''“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” ''
Genius, like gold and precious stones,
is chiefly prized because of its rarity.
Geniuses are people who dash of weird, wild,
incomprehensible poems with astonishing facility,
and get booming drunk and sleep in the gutter.
Genius elevates its possessor to ineffable spheres
far above the vulgar world and fills his soul
with regal contempt for the gross and sordid things of earth.
It is probably on account of this
that people who have genius
do not pay their board, as a general thing.
Geniuses are very singular.
If you see a ...