Sunday, May 17, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Mark Twain Sunday

Today's Mark Twain Sunday is all about WORDS

"A powerful agent is the right word: it lights the reader's way and makes it plain; a close approximation to it will answer, and much traveling is done in a well-enough fashion by its help, but we do not welcome it and applaud it and rejoice in it as we do when the right one blazes out on us. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt: it tingles exquisitely around through the walls of the mouth and tastes as tart and crisp and good as the autumn-butter that creams the sumac-berry."- "William Dean Howells"

"The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." - Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888

"It is always the way; words will answer as long as it is only a person's neighbor who is in trouble, but when that person gets into trouble himself, it is time that the King rise up and do something." - Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." - Mark Twain's Speeches

"Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself." - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Cheers! - Jason

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