Mark Twain Christmas Thought

I have always been amazed with Mark Twain’s writing skill. He combined words in a manner unlike and superior to any American writer I have read. He makes me think, laugh, and marvel at his wordsmith ability. The following is a letter from Mark Twain, Dec. 23, 1890, to the editor of the New York World newspaper. Thanks to the Wall Street Journal for bringing it to my attention . 

"It is my heart-warm and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us—the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage—may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss—except the inventor of the telephone."
A thought about your job

"If work was always fun they wouldn't have to pay you."
Cecil Tate

A thought on Gambling 

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."
W. C. Fields


A thought on self evaluation

"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges"
Martin Luther King Jr.

A thought on happiness

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln

A thought on shame

"Live in such a way that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip."
Will Rogers

A thought on attitude

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
Harry S. Truman


A thought on  the value of books

"I am a part of everything that I have read"
Theodore Roosevelt

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