Mark Twain is a familiar and well-loved American author who distinguished himself as someone who had many strong opinions and a lack of reluctance to express them. In following with my last blog in which I discussed having lunch with someone, Mark Twain occurred to me as an excellent candidate for an engaging and informative meal.

Because of the vast number of Twainisms and words to remember, it seems judicious to divide our lunch into two blogs. During the first part of our luncheon, we will approach the subjects of age and playing well with others. The second blog will take place during another meeting.

Good afternoon, Mr. Twain. I’m so very pleased to have an opportunity to spend some time with you. With both of us in our days less concerned with work, it’s always a pleasure to relax.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Well said. If you’re at all like me, you are finding that we never have the time to do everything that’s important or most enjoyable.

Do not put off till tomorrow what can be put off till day-after-tomorrow just as well.

Are you finding that as we age, we find that we don’t have the patience we once had for petty disputes and disagreements?

You can straighten a worm, but the crook is in him and only waiting.

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

Sadly, I agree with you. My observations suggest that being careful about what we express is ultimately wiser than blurting out anything and everything.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

You and I agree once again. If we choose those who are honest and sincere, our lives become much more pleasant.

Never tell a lie, except for practice. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

Mr. Twain, this has truly been a pleasure. Shall we say next week, same place, same time?

Go to Heaven for the Climate, Hell for the company.


One thought on “Mr. Twain

  1. I had no idea he was responsible for all these witticisms! Enjoy your next meeting. Can’t wait to read all about it!


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