Sunday, April 19, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Mark Twain Sunday

Welcome to this week's Mark Twain Sunday here on Minding My Own Beeswax.

Today, our quotes from the man in white are all about

"We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess." - Mark Twain's Autobiography; More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

"I have had an aversion to good spelling for sixty years and more, merely for the reason that when I was a boy there was not a thing I could do creditably except spell according to the book. It was a poor and mean distinction and I early learned to disenjoy it. I suppose that this is because the ability to spell correctly is a talent, not an acquirement. There is some dignity about an acquirement, because it is a product of your own labor. It is wages earned, whereas to be able to do a thing merely by the grace of God and not by your own effort transfers the distinction to our heavenly home-where possibly it is a matter of pride and satisfaction but it leaves you naked and bankrupt." - Mark Twain's Autobiography

"But not many would think of that. They would think of it next day, but that is the difference between talent and the imitation of it. Talent thinks of it at the time." - "Three Thousand Years among the Microbes"

Cheers! - Jason

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