- Series: NTC Reference
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (April 22, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809229870
- ISBN-13: 978-0809229871
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Quotable Mark Twain: His Essential Aphorisms, Witticisms & Concise Opinions (NTC Reference) 1st Edition
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From the author of the encyclopedic Mark Twain A to Z comes Mark Twain, accident ("the greatest of all the inventors") to Zola ("The manliest man in France"). This is certainly not the first compilation of Twain witticisms. Nor is it the second or third. But of the 1,800-plus quotations included in The Quotable Mark Twain, more than half do not appear in any other collection. This is because the book's editor, R. Kent Rasmussen, is a committed Twain-ophile who has read and reread nearly everything Twain ever wrote. In these pages Rasmussen offers up Twain's trenchant and provocative words on such wide-ranging subjects as fried chicken ("the art cannot be learned north of the line of Mason and Dixon, nor anywhere in Europe"), Hinduism ("It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient"), the multiplication table ("that odious and confusing and unvanquishable and unlearnable and shameless invention"), and stealing ("It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected"). A browser's bonanza. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
R. Kent Rasmussen has published two books on Mark Twain: Mark Twain's Book for Bad Boys and Girls and Mark Twain A to Z, which won a special citation by the Reference and Adult Services committee of the American Library Association as one of the best reference books published in 1995.
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The more I read this book, the more I realize the value of Twain's experience and his words. Although not schooled, Twain is by far one of the most educated personalities in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
His extensive travels around the world and around the US allowed him to come up with witty yet profound truths about people, life and nature, along with a plethora of other subjects, ranging from Alligators to Zeus...
A great bed time book and wonderful reference companion.
Janet C White
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lots of quotes that ARE pretty good.