"The Ideal life"


"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
~ Mark Twain

Happy 176th Birthday to Samuel Langhorne Clemens!  I know most of us are used to seeing pictures of a white-haired Twain, but I wanted to choose a younger photo, especially after coming across this quote: "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."  Odd that a man who dreamt of a backwards life is immortalized as an octogenarian!  

I was first introduced to Twain's writing when I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in sixth grade and I really fell in love with his work after reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was a junior in high school (okay, I admit, the musical Big River plays a large part in my obsession with that novel).

Do you have a favorite Mark Twain book or quote?

4 Response to ""The Ideal life""

  1. Man of la Book says:
    December 1, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    I always liked A Connecticut Yankee in King's Arthur Court. Yesterday was also my daughter's birthday, she turned seven :)

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

  2. lisa :) says:
    December 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Great choice! And how neat that your daughter share's Twain's birthday - hopefully she will grow up enjoying his work!

  3. kimba88 says:
    December 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I love this work and I enjoyed reading about his life. Thanks for sharing this..I hope they make his books digital.

  4. Enbrethiliel says:
    December 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    +JMJ+

    His advice to writers--"Kill all your darlings"--is still unsurpassed.

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