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Mark Twain Inspirations


Mark Twain

Mark Twain

If you're wondering about some of the inspirations of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), here's what he had to say about it!

Mark Twain wrote in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer":

"...part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in."

In "Old Times on the Mississippi," Twain wrote about early ambitions (not literary):

"When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was, to be a steamboatman."

He also wrote:

"I have never tried, in even one single little instance, to help cultivate the cultivated classes. I was not equipped for it either by native gifts or training. And I never had any ambition in that direction, but always hunted for bigger game--the masses. I have seldom deliberately tried to instruct them, but I have done my best to entertain them, for they can get instruction elsewhere."

In a petition to the Queen of England (requesting an exemption from the English tax on royalties), in 1887, Twain wrote:

"Authorship is not a trade, it is an inspiration; authorship does not keep an office, its habitation is all out under the sky, and everywhere the winds are blowing and the sun is shining and the creatures of God are free."

In a letter to George Bainton, Mark Twain wrote:

"Let us guess that whenever we read a sentence & like it, we unconsciously store it away in our model-chamber; & it goes, with the myriad of its fellows, to the building, brick by brick, of the eventual edifice which we call our style."

Read more about the quotes and sayings, and other stuff from Mark Twain.

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