England has William Shakespeare, the most quoted writer in english, and we have Mark Twain, the second most quoted writer in english. Twain’s english is closer to our modern english and is therefore easier to understand IMHO. As a student, I much preferred to read Twain’s works; Shakespeare was a chore in school.
These are two of the quotable sayings of Twain’s. “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” I still remember my first visit to San Francisco in June, 1963. I drove into town in a rented convertible from Sacramento. As I approached the city on Interstate 80, the temperature dropped steadily. Finally, I stopped and raised the convertible’s top. I was never to put it down again for the four days I spent there.
A second Twain saying, “A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting its shoes on.” And that was before the internet and FOX News. I enjoy Twain’s sayings so much because they are usually short and make their points memorable using humor.
Mark Twain was also the author of The Gilded Age, which I am reading now for the first time. Since many are labeling the present day the Second Gilded Age, I decided to read it and I will write about it when I finish.
- Getting Started by Mark Twain (theprojectreinvention.wordpress.com)
- A Lesson from Mark Twain (liveloveandpray.wordpress.com)
- Mark Twain’s Fourth of July Speech in Keokuk, Iowa July 3, 1886 (biblioklept.org)
- Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality: “All Ideas Are Second-Hand” (brainpickings.org)