The voice of America

Twain_1 From The Guardian:

He was born, obscurely, Samuel Clemens in 1835, the year Halley’s comet appeared in the Victorian skies. When, as Mark Twain, he died in 1910, the comet was once again describing a fiery track through the heavens, and he was now more famous than any American writer had ever been.

As Ron Powers puts it in his exhilarating new biography: ‘His way of seeing and hearing things changed America’s way of seeing and hearing things … he was the Lincoln of American literature.’

‘Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.’

‘If you must gamble your lives sexually, don’t play a lone hand too much.’

‘Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.’

‘Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.’

‘It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practise either.’

More here.

Like what you're reading? Don't keep it to yourself!
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Reddit
Reddit
Share on LinkedIn
Linkedin
Email this to someone
email