By Lillian Csernica on May 4, 2013
Day Four: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Nowhere else have I read such a perfect illustration of the importance of finding just the right word. When I was in school I didn’t appreciate Mark Twain’s writing. As I got older and discovered the fine arts of sarcasm and satire, then Twain’s writing and his observations about the human condition held more meaning for me. Twain himself is one of my role models. As a teenager he became a licensed riverboat pilot. He was a confederate soldier in the Civil War. He mined for gold and silver, then went on to become a journalist in San Francisco. He was one of the first people to use this newfangled invention called a typewriter. This was a man who knew very well the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
I want to write stories and novels that say something meaningful about people and the historical periods in which they lived. I hope I can always find the right words.
Rest in peace, Mr. Twain. Thank you for showing me the way.