Question of the Week #52: Happy Birthday Mr. Twain
Today is American icon Mark Twain's birthday. Do you have a favorite Twain character, quote, or book? (Maybe you love Tom Sawyer for his famous fence-painting trick, or a quote like "I've never let my schooling interfere with my education.") Share it here.
Or if Twain isn't your thing, which other American legends do you like?
How to narrow it down to just one? I am sure every quote posted here will be a good one so I will just go with the first one that popped into my head:
"Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education" from Puddnhead Wilson
I am also fond of the quote:
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first"
...but in all of the books I have read I never came across it and never found any source other than it being attributed to Twain so I do not know if it was really his or not.
Nov 30, 2009 1:05 pm
Although it was hard to pick just one quote from the link provided, I really liked this one the best: Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. --Mark Twain.
Dec 1, 2009 1:27 pm
I enjoyed Tom Sawyer in the way that he let his imagination come through in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with all of the ways that he came up to save Jim. He also know how to get others to do his work for him as seen in the famous fence painting scene in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Dec 5, 2009 6:24 pm
Thanks, for the links. I like the right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Because it reminds me of another funny man-Jack Benny. And I so enjoyed Who Is Mark Twain? because it was great to get to read more Twain.
Dec 6, 2009 6:36 am
I love Mark Twain. I have a favorite quote in mind, but I can't think of the exact wording. He said once that we should keep all of our childhood toys, and play with them well into adulthood. That's what he did.
Dec 7, 2009 6:32 am
I'm going to go with this one:
There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.
Dec 8, 2009 10:12 am
I like this one
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Dec 8, 2009 8:33 pm
I came across this quote by Twain the other day, and I absolutely loved it: "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who can not read."
Dec 14, 2009 1:05 pm