Sunday, April 21, 2013

American Minute- Mark Twain - 'When in doubt, tell the truth'

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APR. 21 - Mark Twain - 'When in doubt, tell the truth'  
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"Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning "12-feet-deep," was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who died APRIL 21, 1910.

Growing up on the Mississippi, Clemens left school at age 12 when his father died.

He became a printer's apprentice, then piloted steamboats till the War between the States suspended river traffic.

Samuel Clemens joined the Confederates, but after 2 weeks got discharged to work for his brother Orion, who was secretary to Nevada's Governor.

After an attempt at mining, Clemens became a reporter in Virginia City, Nevada, using the name "Mark Twain" for the first time.

He moved to California, and in 1866, sailed to Hawaii as a reporter.

In 1867, a newspaper funded his voyage to the Mediterranean.

While on this trip, he saw the picture of his friend's sister, Olivia Langdon of Elmira, New York. Immediately upon his return, he met and married her.

In Innocents Abroad, 1869, which established his reputation as a writer, Mark Twain described Syria under the Ottoman Turkish Empire:

"Five thousand Christians...were massacred in Damascus in 1861 by the Turks...

Narrow streets ran blood for several days, and that men, women and children were butchered indiscriminately and left to rot by hundreds all through the Christian quarter...the stench was dreadful.

All the Christians who could get away fled from the city, and the Mohammedans would not defile their hands by burying the 'infidel dogs.'

The thirst for blood extended to the high lands of Hermon and Anti-Lebanon, and in a short time twenty-five thousand more Christians were massacred..."

Mark Twain described Jerusalem under Ottoman Muslim rule:

"Rags, wretchedness, poverty and dirt, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of Moslem rule..."

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Mark Twain the best-selling books : Tom Sawyer (1876), Prince and the Pauper (1882), Life on the Mississippi (1883), Huckleberry Finn (1884), Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1889), and Joan of Arc (1896).

Mark Twain wrote:

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

"Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century."

"When in doubt, tell the truth."

"Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest."

Mark Twain attempted a publishing business which was not successful. He paid off debts by lecturing across America.

Mark Twain persuaded Ulysses S. Grant to write his Civil War memoirs.

Answering Bible skeptics, Mark Twain said:

"If the Ten Commandments were not written by Moses, then they were written by another fellow of the same name."

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