Examples of his intelligence and humor are given in these delightful snippets:
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."
"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
So you knew Mr. Clemens was an author, and you knew he said funny, witty things, but did you know that Mr. Clemens was also a patented inventor? He developed the much needed "Mark Twain's Elastic Strap" to tighten men's trousers and women's corsets. He also created the historical trivia game "Mark Twain's Memory-Builder Game", a step away from Trivial Pursuit. But his most successful invention was "Mark Twain's Patent Scrapbook", with dried adhesive on the pages that just needed to be moistened to create stickiness for attaching your pictures. Samuel Clemens was a scrapbooker! I wonder what he would think of the scrapbooking hysteria today?