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Old 08-17-2014, 08:47 PM   #21
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I imagine that is true. But I like to snuggle up with an e-reader!
I use gutenberg.org with my ereader.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:09 PM   #22
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"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

"Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference."


I'm not positive that these are actual Twain quotes, but good advice imho.
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I downloaded for free what is supposed to be "The Complete Works of Mark Twain" for Kindle from Amazon about 3 years ago; I assume it is still available. It includes "Letters From The Earth".
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As I am agnostic in most matters outside of mathematics and science, my favorite quote of Mark Twain has to be this.

"Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense." -- Mark Twain
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"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."
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My favorite Mark Twain quote: "Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."
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"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."
Some people do not know this quote from Mark Twain: "Put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket".

Mark Twain invested heavily in a small startup that did not pay off. According to a Web site, he suffered a "$150,000 loss -- $4 million in today's dollars -- on the Paige Compositor, an automatic typesetting machine that Twain believed would revolutionize the publishing industry".

He declared bankruptcy at the age of 59. It is said that he eventually paid off all his debts though he was legally cleared of them, an honorable man that he was.
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Mark Twain invested heavily in a small startup that did not pay off. According to a Web site, he suffered a "$150,000 loss -- $4 million in today's dollars -- on the Paige Compositor, an automatic typesetting machine that Twain believed would revolutionize the publishing industry".

He declared bankruptcy at the age of 59. It is said that he eventually paid off all his debts, a honorable man that he was.
Born in 1835, I suspect that he was a casualty of the brief but serious depression caused by the Panic of 1893. It could have been a lot worse had J.P. Morgan (the man, not the legacy firm and not the Gong Show celebrity) didn't step in and add the modern equivalent of many billions of dollars of liquidity into the system.
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Third grade... Tom Sawyer... prompted a love of reading. In the 1940's Mark Twain was still in our era. Except for radio, no different, and we could easily see the whitewashed fence and Becky Thatcher...

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They sprang to their feet and hurried to the shore toward the town. They parted the bushes on the bank and peered out over the water. The little steam ferry-boat was about a mile below the village, drifting with the current. Her broad deck seemed crowded with people. There were a great many skiffs rowing about or floating with the stream in the neighborhood of the ferryboat, but the boys could not determine what the men in them were doing. Presently a great jet of white smoke burst from the ferryboat's side, and as it expanded and rose in a lazy cloud, that same dull throb of sound was borne to the listeners again.

"I know now!" exclaimed Tom; "somebody's drownded!"

"That's it!" said Huck; "they done that last summer, when Bill Turner got drownded; they shoot a cannon over the water, and that makes him come up to the top. Yes, and they take loaves of bread and put quicksilver in 'em and set 'em afloat, and wherever there's anybody that's drownded, they'll float right there and stop."

"Yes, I've heard about that," said Joe. "I wonder what makes the bread do that."

"Oh, it ain't the bread, so much," said Tom; "I reckon it's mostly what they SAY over it before they start it out."

"But they don't say anything over it," said Huck. "I've seen 'em and they don't."

"Well, that's funny," said Tom. "But maybe they say it to themselves. Of COURSE they do. Anybody might know that."

The other boys agreed that there was reason in what Tom said, because an ignorant lump of bread, uninstructed by an incantation, could not be expected to act very intelligently when set upon an errand of such gravity.

"By jings, I wish I was over there, now," said Joe.

"I do too" said Huck "I'd give heaps to know who it is."

The boys still listened and watched. Presently a revealing thought flashed through Tom's mind, and he exclaimed:

"Boys, I know who's drownded -- it's us!"
Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain; CHAPTER XIV Page 3
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Thought about this one the other day, and so true of the boredom of life after a much-anticipated and long-planned adventure!

"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."
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"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."
Hmm... Obviously, Mark Twain's cherished trip was comfortable, much like on a modern cruise ship, and not like the trip the Pilgrims suffered on the Mayflower. Surely, I would have the same sentiment.
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I agree, even a terribly uncomfortable trip where you sleep in ditches has you longing for a return to travel once you get back home to the office. I'd honestly rather be in Siberia than at work...isn't that why I've been a member of this forum for 9 years, after all?
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here's an excellent quote
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Among his best quotes were timeless political commentary.

- Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

- There is no distinctly American criminal class.....except Congress.

- The difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector is that the taxidermist only takes your skin.
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Mark Twain was actually very influential in my decision to stop waiting one more year and to just go for it and RE 14 months ago (age 48), he advised:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

And that's what my wife and I have been doing since then.
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"I'm glad I did it, partly because it was worth doing, but mostly because I'll never have to do it again."....Mark Twain
Which succinctly sums up my one and only parachute jump, back in 1978.
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Which succinctly sums up my one and only parachute jump, back in 1978.
Also describes my one and only marathon and my one and only triathlon.
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Also describes my one and only marathon and my one and only triathlon.
I got one marathon in before my knees gave out completely......glad I did it.....wish I could still run.
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I got one marathon in before my knees gave out completely......glad I did it.....wish I could still run.
Knees are my problem, too. Once every year or so I think to myself, I should just take a short run and see how the knee is doing. All it takes is a mile or so and I realize just how stupid the idea was. Bicycling is ok, but it just isn't as satisfying as running for me. I swim like a rock, so the triathlon was an adventure.
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