Known as the "greatest American humorist of his age, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — aka Mark Twain — would have celebrated his 144th birthday today. Though his best-known works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was also a prolific letter-writer, speech-giver, and essayist and a short story savant.
To honor the American writer and humorist, the man William Faulkner called "the father of American literature," we've rounded up 20 Twain quotes we hope will inspire you today and maybe remind you to have a little more fun.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. — A Tramp Abroad
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place. — "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us"