Monday, June 16, 2008

Forgiveness and Mark Twain

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it."
-- Mark Twain

I love this quote. I love Mark Twain. What an interesting man. Doesn't something by Mark Twain sound like an excellent summer read. Which one should I choose? What is your favorite?

Two more weeks of class and then I can enjoy the beach and a good book while it's still summer. My favorite things.


Blogger Carol said...


I was surprised to see that you are posting during this intense class time! It was fun to see the photos of the raku process.

The Mark Twain quote is beautiful - it touches my heart deeply. Oh, if only I could forgive so quickly and fragrantly.

I haven't really read Twain - not for a very long time. Now I am thinking it might not be a bad idea. I will come back and see what others recommend.

When your classes are done in two weeks, you'll still have a lot of summer to enjoy!

6/16/2008 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

There is no bad Twain! I think my favorite is his posthumously published work, "Letters from the Earth". His daughter tried to surpress them because she thought they weren't in line with people's perception of Twain. I think they are bittingly funny & fantastically scarcastic. Don't know if they'd be good summer reading, unless it's a really really HOT summer (because they might actually be better titled, Letter from Hell).

6/16/2008 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

I always say you can't go wrong with his two classics "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn". Most of his later work was on the dark side. I did a post once where I pretended to interview Clemens and used his own quotes as the responses to my questions. The man was quite a genius!

6/16/2008 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

'a connecticut yankee in king arthur's court' is one i like. ;) thunderstorms with hail here today. perhaps i should power down.

6/16/2008 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger WT said...

I've tried reading 18th and 19th century writers but just find the prose too heavy going. You could try "the little Twain that could".

6/16/2008 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carol- I squeeze in what I can. It's a hard habit to break.

D.K- I haven't read that so maybe I will. I am a fan of sarcasm.

Robert- I think he was too. Loved the interview!

Betmo-We had storms yesterday but I was locked (gladly) in a windowless classroom and missed the whole thing.

WT-(shaking head)Oh WT.

6/17/2008 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Hey Mary....
school girl....hang in there....we are so proud of you...

About Twain...well first off- there is nothing better than sitting and reading him late at night on hot summery nites or down at the beach....

I love his name.."Safe Waters or safe Passage" cool..and that he came and went with Haley's magical and yet orderly...

( his other pen name that he used early on was Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass....)

Okay about FAV's....
well, when my son was little I got a Whole Collection- leather bound Twain Short Stories for $ was such a has great short stories in it, as well as the Original Tom Sawyer tales...Some of the Short stories are wonderful..."A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage", Puddhead favorite short story ( cuz I am a wicked nurse with dark humor) is called "The Invalid's Story:, about how he traveled with his dead friend on a train ( he referred to it - that it was like traveling with Limburger cheese).....Anyways....there is plenty of wonderful Twain waiting for you ;-)

"Be good, too good, and you will just be lonesome"...( mark twain said that - can't you see him saying that with a wink and nod to his daughter....)

take care...

6/18/2008 02:17:00 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

How fun to be so immersed (and feeling a 'good' kinda tired).. if my kids weren't in school, I'd be off and do the same thing (well, going back to school that is).. however, it's not in the cards so I'll wait for a better moment..
great pics and great pottery!

6/19/2008 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

I've been under the weather and I'm into biographies at the moment and I just finished Jim Thompson - The Unsolved Mystery.
Have a great summer Mary:-)

6/19/2008 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

Mark Twain is actually one of my favorite writers, wry and astonishing.

6/20/2008 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Heine said...


6/23/2008 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I'll toss in another vote for "Letters from the Earth." Love them all, but especially that one.

6/23/2008 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Great quote Mary. It's hard to beat Huck Finn, but I also love A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Best to you!

6/27/2008 02:10:00 AM  
Blogger CHEWY said...

Hi Mary,
I came across a tiled guitar somewhere on the internet. I immediately thought of you.

It's the pool and a good book for me.

6/27/2008 08:35:00 AM  

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