Friday, June 3, 2016

Mark Twain...Do yourself a favor

It's hard to think that a man who has a Kennedy Center honor named after him is underrated, but I would contend that Mark Twain is.  There is the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor which has been handed out annually since 1998, but I still contend he is underrated. Maybe I'm just not as well versed as I should be in literary circles, but outside of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, I've gotten to this point knowing very little about the man.  That is a shame. A colossal shame. I've started on The Gilded Age and I am loving it.  This is a man very much worth investigating for all of us.  Outside of his books, I've also enjoyed discovering some of quotes and thoughts.  My favorite so far has been this:

“I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”  - Mark Twain

This seems like quite the simple statement right?  Yet stop and think about it, most of what we worry about is never going to happen.  This just really put things in perspective for me.  I can't help but picture this coming out of the old man and appreciating the wisdom.  Anyway, my goal here is that you'll leave this blog and hopefully do some more digging on Mark Twain and get to know a great American thinker.  Here's a few links to help you get started:

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