Thursday Thirteen

Out of the writing cave, and into the fire of figuring out what to write next. I’m dying to write again, immediately. Haven’t felt this way in so long. In any case, with manuscript delivered almost on time, I’m in a jolly mood, so I give you thirteen things you probably have heard. From my favorite author, Mark Twain:

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before.

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity — another man’s I mean.

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.

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One thought on “Thursday Thirteen

  1. Penny Dune says:

    Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.

    Wonderful! Glad to hear your fingers are itching to keep writing. Go, go, go!

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