With an elementary school education Sam Clemens became a printer, a journalist, a miner, a steamboat pilot, an investor, and, many believe, America’s greatest writer. He was the first writer to allow the American way of speaking English to take its rightful place in literature. He captured America, warts and all. This is the man we honor in Greg White’s “Mark Twain and Friends: A River Journey”.
Mark Twain on Education:
“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
“The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that cannot read books.”
“There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to ‘angel ship.'”
“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other.”
Mark Twain on Slavery.
“The skin of every human being contains a slave.” – Notebook, 1904
“The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder’s moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a privileged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.” – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
“Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another.” – The Lowest Animal
Two blocks from City Hall. One block from Gold Line.