QUOTES: Twain On Fathers (13 February 2007)...
I hope that everything is going well for everyone. I've been keeping busy with life and it's been making sure that things don't get too boring. The other day ago, a friend and I were discussing parents, which brought to mind a quote from Mark Twain that my mother loves to recall... she even writes it into the syllabus for her college classes. At any rate, it's a gem and well worth sharing. Enjoy!
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"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
- Attributed by Reader's Digest, Sept. 1937.
This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but until the attribution can be verified, the quote should not be regarded as authentic.
Twain is best known for his characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn...
But my favorite Twain work beyond a doubt is "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."
It has one of the earliest examples of the use of a time travel plot device in literature and the novel is full of entertaining comedy... one of Twain's great talents was a very witty intuitive sense of humor.
I also highly recommend another writer from roughly the same period named Ambrose Bierce. If you've never checked out his "The Devil's Dictionary," you're missing out.
Have a kick-back Tuesday!