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Great quote from Mark Twain

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by stv, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. stv

    stv Well-Known Member

    So funny, yet so true, yet so funny.
  2. ZeroX

    ZeroX Well-Known Member

    I heart Twain.
  3. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    My favorite is in "Roughing It" when he discusses target shooting with a Pepper box pistol.
  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Twain was a Confederate in some Arkansas unit. After one minor skirmish, he found out there is no "glory" in war and went AWOL. That saved one good writer for us to enjoy.:)
  5. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    The dude could write. I was forced to read him in school and never really got it. Years later, I chose to read him and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  6. wasrjoe

    wasrjoe Well-Known Member

    Twain is one of my favorites.
  7. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

    I still recall reading Tom Saywer at age eight or so and thinking: "These kids had guns of their own!"
  8. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I love Mark Twain :)

    I keep my guns loaded, so they are safe :p
  9. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    Loved Twain from the first time I read him. I was probably 8 or so when my dad told me I ought to read Tom Sawyer. Injun Joe. Becky Thatcher. The cave. The kiss.

  10. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

  11. OldStar

    OldStar Active Member

    No better American writer!

    While Twain was touring in Egypt, his guide showed him a 1000 year old mummy.

    Twain inspected the mummy for several minutes and then turned to the guide and asked "Ah... Is he dead?"

    (The Innocents Abroad)
  12. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    OldStar, you just quoted from one of Twain's greatest works and my favorite passage! I've read The Innocents Abroad about 3 times and that scene in the museum makes me laugh every time. (I think the scene was in Rome.)

    "Is, ah ... is he dead?"

    "Oh sacre bleu! Been dead three thousan' year!"

    Then Twain and friends repeat that a few times more at other mummified folks. He drives the guide crazy. -- Hilarious!
  13. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    I was looking for info on his military service and came across this. I love the way he describes his health. JT

    DEAR SIR,--I have not applied for a pension. I have often wanted a pension--often--ever so often--I may say, but in as much as the only military service I performed during the war was in the Confederate army, I have always felt a delicacy about asking you for it. However, since you have suggested the thing yourself, I feel strengthened. I haven't any very pensionable diseases myself, but I can furnish a substitute--a man who is just simply a chaos, a museum of all the different kinds of aches and pains, fractures, dislocations and malformations there are; a man who would regard "rheumatism and sore eyes" as mere recreation and refreshment after the serious occupations of his day.

    Mark Twain, a Biography volume II Part 2 1886-1900 Page 09

    Mark Twain
    Free Ebooks from the Classic Literature Library © 2004.

  14. OldStar

    OldStar Active Member

    Mal H, the next passage was great too.

    That was where Twain berated the guide for taking advantage of him and his partner (we poor pilgrims) by showing them an old corpse.

    He demanded that the guide should trot out a fresh corpse for them to see.
  15. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    Right! :D

    Twain was truly a genius - of both comedy and humanity.
  16. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    My favorite Twain quote:

    "Soap and education are not a sudden as a massacre, but are more deadly in the long run."

    Also look for a book called "Letters From Earth" It is a collection of several stories. VERY FUNNY!
  17. Chuck Dye

    Chuck Dye Well-Known Member

    If you are a fan of Mark Twain you should read "Letters From The Earth," which was published posthumously. It is definitely by Sam Clemens, not Twain.

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