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Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read. (Mark Twain.) 

Hey guys,

I thought today I would post a quote that would perhaps spark some debate. Do you personally agree with Twain?  Do you think people today also “shy” away from classical literature, and if you believe the answer is yes, why do you think so?  Feel free to post your comments below.

Mark Twain photo portrait.

Image via Wikipedia


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9 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

  1. Justin Morgan on said:

    I’d say that Twain hit the nail on the head. Most people have heard of books like Robinson Crusoe, Last of the Mohicans, the Aeneid etc. but outside of school I haven’t known many people to read classical literature. Maybe it’s because they think of classical literature as thick books with difficult and antiquated language.

  2. The reason people shy away from classical literature, in my opinion, is today’s mode of communication, and available media. Every successive generation since Mark Twain has been given more visual access to their world. Events are instantly reported, the internet dramatically shortens research time, and source’s can more easily be found. Why take the time to actually read a classic novel when you can instantly get the critique on line. I read to stimulate my imagination, in today’s world our imagination is stimulated for us.

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