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    Mark Twain relaxing on a porch in Dublin, New Hampshire, 1905. Taken in 1906, the author relaxes in a rocking chair on a porch in Dublin, New Hampshire, smoking a cigar. Source: New York Times photo archive

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Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. He himself predicted this in 1909, when he said: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it."

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." ~ Mark Twain

Always do right. That will gratify some people and astonish the rest. Mark Twain, portrait uncredited

Mark Twain, portrait from the early-1850s. Quintessential American author. Wildly humorous, brilliantly observant, clever and socially aware. Ahead of his time. If you've never read any Twain, start with Huck Finn.

Mark Twain Birth: Nov. 30, 1835 Florida Monroe County Missouri, USA Death: Apr. 21, 1910 Redding Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

Twain . I realize now, that people who do not like to read, usually, are people who have a hard time reading, or have an attention deficit disorder. Something that should have been dealt with when the child was young...perhaps a brain-eye disconnect. Don't always blame the child, please. It isn't their fault.

"I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835...It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'" Oh, how I love that story.