Framing the Dialogue

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

In author Alex Ayers’ The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain a reasonable attempt is made to categorize many of Twain’s quotes.  Many of the quotes are put into context which is not usually seen in “quote” (like how I did that?) books.  I liked that part and that the most familiar quotes are often misquoted or have something before or after the famous part.  Ayers’ work provides a fuller picture of the quote and tells a fair amount about the man.  I never knew how he got his pen name or what it signified.

If you’re a quote guy like me or a Twain guy or even a Clemmons person, you should pick up a copy for yourself.  What better way to end a review of a quote book than with a few quotes…

 “Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

“Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

“He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.”

“It reminds me of the man who was reproached by a friend, who said, ‘I think it a shame that you have not spoken to your wife for fifteen years. How do you justify it?” “And the husband answered: ‘I didn’t want to interrupt her.’”

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

AND though not a Twain quote, it is a great way to end this review.

“As fate would have it, it happened just that way, just as Mark Twain wanted it. He was born on November 30, 1835, only two weeks after the perihelion of Halley’s Comet on its only visit of the nineteenth century. He died on April 21, 1910, the day after the perihelion of Halley’s Comet on its first visit of the twentieth century.”

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