Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB
Well, we can’t meet “THE” Twain—Mark Twain, that is. But at least we can still hear his voice:
- A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.
- They spell it Vinci and pronounce it Vinchy; foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.
- I was gratified to be able to answer promptly; and I did. I said I didn’t know.
- The educated Southerner has no use for an r, except at the beginning of a word.
- The Northern word “guess”—imported from England, where it used to be common, and now regarded by satirical Englishmen as a Yankee original—is but little used by Southerners. They say “reckon.”
- War talk by men who have been to a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
- Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
- Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR.
- An experienced, industrious, ambitious, and often quite picturesque liar.
- Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.
- Weather is a literary specialty, and no untrained hand can turn out a good article on it.
- One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
- When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
See you day-after-tomorrow for “Saturday’s Softcover”!