PAPYRONAUT JUL - 31 - 2019
THE NOTEBOOKS OF MARK TWAIN
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
In August 1866 Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) attended a performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore in San Francisco. Afterwards he wrote his own version of the plot in his notebook. A sample of his text: "Then the chief woman came back & grabbed the fellow round the neck—Same moment knight in complet[e] armor & with sheet round him rushes in & just saves self from going into orchestra—sensation—hell to pay, in fact."
Mark Twain's entry in a signed copy of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Edward & Charles Sisson of San Francisco on March 12, 1885: "Some people can smoke to excess. Let them beware. There are others [who] can't smoke to excess because there isn't time enough in the day which contains only 24 hours. But never mind about that: The matter which touches me much nearer is the question who got this book from poor Edward & Charles?" Truly Yours, -Mark Twain
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