Mark Twain om galenskap

”When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
(Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1898)

Mark Twains råd om livet

”Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink – under any circumstances.”

(Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1935)

Mark Twain om val

”If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times.”

(Mark Twain’s Autobiography)

Mark Twain om moral

”We get our morals from books. I didn’t get mine from books, but I know that morals do come from books – theoretically at least.”

(Sagt vid öppnandet av ”The Mark Twain Library” i Redding, Connecticut)

Mark Twain om vädret

The American Claimant

Den amerikanske författaren Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910) tröttnade på alla långrandiga beskrivningar av väder i romaner. Han bestämde sig därför för att skriva en hel roman utan att alls ta med något om vädret i berättarflödet. I stället finns all väderinformation i ett tillägg längst bak i boken. Läsaren uppmanas att regelbundet titta där. Boken heter ”The American Claimant” och utkom 1892.
Enligt Mark Twain var detta dessutom den första bok som skrivits med hjälp av diktering med fonograf.

Mark Twains egen förklaring till varför han skrev boken på detta vis är dessutom mycket spirituell. Den återges här i sin originalversion.

”No weather will be found in this book. This is an attempt to pull a book through without weather. It being the first attempt of the kind in fictitious literature, it may prove a failure, but it seemed worth the while of some dare-devil person to try it, and the author was in just the mood.

Many a reader who wanted to read a tale through was not able to do it because of delays on account of the weather. Nothing breaks up an author’s progress like having to stop every few pages to fuss-up the weather. Thus it is plain that persistent intrusions of weather are bad for both reader and author.

Of course weather is necessary to a narrative of human experience. That is conceded. But it ought to be put where it will not be in the way; where it will not interrupt the flow of the narrative. And it ought to be the ablest weather that can be had, not ignorant, poor-quality, amateur weather. Weather is a literary specialty, and no untrained hand can turn out a good article of it. The present author can do only a few trifling ordinary kinds of weather, and he cannot do those very good. So it has seemed wisest to borrow such weather as is necessary for the book from qualified and recognized experts-giving credit, of course. This weather will be found over in the back part of the book, out of the way. See Appendix. The reader is requested to turn over and help himself from time to time as he goes along. ”

The American Claimant är en humoristisk roman om en excentrisk amerikansk uppfinnare som hävdar att han är den rättmätiga arvtagaren till den brittiska titeln Earl av Rossmore. Boken är också en satir över klassamhället.

The American Claimant kan laddas ned som gratis e-bok via Project Gutenberg.

Mark Twain om julen

“The approach of Christmas brings harrassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.”
(Mark Twain, “Following the Equator”, 1893)

Mark Twain om tidiga morgnar

”Wisdom teaches us that none but birds should go out early, and that not even birds should do it unless they are out of worms.”
(Mark Twain, ”New Year’s Day”, 1866)

Mark Twain om nykterhet

”Temperate temperance is best. Intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance, while temperate temperance helps it in its fight against intemperate intemperance. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.”
(Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1896)

Mark Twain om mat

”Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
(Mark Twain)

Mark Twain om väder

”The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
(Mark Twain)

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