Quotable Mark Twain

“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”

– Mark Twain

I wouldn’t say it’s true of EVERY classic…but definitely some! 😉

11 thoughts on “Quotable Mark Twain

  1. ensign_beedrill

    So I wonder how Mark would feel about a lot of his books now being classics. Hah. Of course, they’re the kind of classics that you want to read.

    1. I thought of that too! Considering Twain’s sense of humor, I’m sure he’d have some witty statement about including his own books in that number. 🙂 Even though I do enjoy reading his books. Must re-read Huckleberry Finn sometime soon…

  2. dianem57

    What a great quote! All about books I “should” read but never seem to get around to actually reading. I know them by reputation, not actual experience.

      1. ensign_beedrill

        *shudder* Steinbeck. I’ve had such horrible experiences with Steinbeck. I feel like I should read Grapes of Wrath, but just having his name on the cover makes me back away in horror.

          1. I read that and East of Eden. The latter was for a summer reading assignment that it turned out I didn’t even have to do because it turned out I got the wrong class’s summer reading list. Uuuuugh.

            1. Ouch! I once slogged through Tess of the D’Ubervilles for summer reading. I was an incoming freshman, and didn’t know yet that no one actually cared that much whether we finished the summer reading. To this day, all my high school friends shudder over Tess.

  3. Carl V.

    I agree, there are certainly some books that I think once in awhile that I would like to be able to say I’ve read, “Moby Dick” comes to mind, but I’ve never felt the compulsion to actually begin.

    But then there are many classics that I love every bit as much as contemporary books that have caught my fancy.

    1. The only time I ever wanted to read Moby Dick was once when a college professor recited the opening paragraph with great emotion. I took a deep breath, the madness passed and the urge has never returned.

      But there are definitely other classics I love–like Twain’s books, in fact.

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