one of all time favorite authors. sometimes i feel as if i'd listened to him really speak when i watch hal holbrook playing him. (hal holbrook, another great man) his use of sarcasm and satire, wit and wisdom, love and passion are gifts he was given and used to the most extreme extents. he lived his purpose and destiny all his life. so i'm just going add some of my favorite quotes of his to refer back to often. the A's of mark twain....
There are no accidents, all things have a deep and calculated purpose; sometimes the methods employed by Providence seem strange and incongruous, but we have only to be patient and wait for the result: then we recognize that no others would have answered the purpose, and we are rebuked and humbled.- "The Refuge of the Derelicts" published in Fables of Man
It is always the way; words will answer as long as it is only a person's neighbor who is in trouble, but when that person gets into trouble himself, it is time that the King rise up and do something.- Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc
...the citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
I am silent on the subject because of necessity. I have friends in both places.- quoted in Mark Twain, His Life and Work, Will Clemen
Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection--that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement. Affection speech, 1907tion speech, 1907
Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.- "The Lowest Animal"
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.- What is Man?
..armaments were not created chiefly for the protection of the nations but for their enslavement.- Letter to Baroness von Suttner, 2/17/1898 (quoted in Carl Dolmetsch, Our Famous Guest)