Recently I read Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Mark Twain that was not for school … Classic, huh? Anywho, I finally read a book by him not by force and I enjoyed it. It was an interesting story, but much more so when you consider when he wrote it. Each chapter started with a little maxim from a work being done by one of the characters in the book (Pudd’nhead himself).
The following quotes are all from those pre-chapter maxims.
Tell the truth or trump – but get the trick.
Adam was but human – this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was, that they escaped teething.
Remark of Dr. Baldwin’s, concerning upstarts: We don’t care to eat toadstools that think they are truffles.
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.