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Mark Twain
Mark Twain, who is known to have said, "It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech"

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Samuel L. Clemens (Also Known As Mark Twain) Was Born
November 30, 1835

After some time in Nevada, where he worked as a reporter for the Virginia City newspaper Territorial Enterprise and adopted the pen name of Mark Twain, Clemens moved to San Francisco. It was there that he began to establish a nationwide reputation as a humorist. His wry sense of humor is well known and took many forms.

In 1890, he wrote a letter to Gardiner G. Hubbard, addressed to "The Father-in-law of the Telephone." In it he complained to Alexander Graham Bell's father-in-law about the poor telephone service he received in Hartford, Connecticut, objecting that there was no night service and that he was regularly cut off while practicing his cursing!

Twain is also known for his comments about life and human nature, such as this one, "To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence."

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