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Mark Twain’s Rules for Good Writing

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Mark Twain’s 18 rules for writing – part of his response to the fiction of James Fenimore Cooper

Mark Twain (1835-1910) is the writer who once observed, ‘The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.’ (We include that pithy gem in our selection of Mark Twain’s best one-liners.) In his essay, ‘Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses‘ (1895), Twain took the author of The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans to task for his flawed writing style. Scathingly, but hilariously, he writes:

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Taxes vs Taxidermy – One-liner Wednesday

“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.” – Mark Twain

This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/04/22/one-liner-wednesday-like-a-rolling-stone/


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Politics & Diapers – One-liner Wednesday

In honor of Election Day yesterday:

“Politicians and diapers should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason”

(Actual source of the quote is unknown. It has been attributed to various sources, including Mark Twain.)

 

 

This is part of One-liner Wednesday:

http://lindaghill.com/2014/11/05/one-liner-wednesday-grammar-is-funny-like-that/


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We’re All Mad – One-liner Wednesday

“When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain

Part of One-liner Wednesday: http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/one-liner-wednesday-now/