I read this article in The Independent this morning - 100 years after his death, Mark Twain's autobiography is to be published - in full.
I love having something to look forward to (my present carrots which I am going to reward myself with some time very soon are Devil in Disguise by Julian Clary, Under The Dome by Stephen King, Just Me by Sheila Hancock and Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler)
But this – this unexpurgated autobiography has really got me excited and is going to be a carrot of major proportions to look forward to.
And here for your delectation are a few of my favourite Mark Twain quotes. I don't think I'm breaking any copyright laws here, but I'm sure someone will soon let me know if I am.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. MT
I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further. MT
Don’t go round saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. MT
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. MT