The Book That Has It All


One Sunday morning, Mark Twain was listening to a preacher who was giving a dramatic and well thought out sermon. Twain recognized the skill of the preacher though he was bothered by the preacher’s supercilious attitude. So, he decided to take the preacher down a few pegs. As you may be aware, Twain was an old hand when it came to pulling stuck-up people off their pedestals.

After the preacher finished, Twain told the preacher that the sermon was excellent but he has a book at home which contained every word of it.

“Impossible!” the preacher exclaimed. He then said that he would like to see that book if it truly exists.

A few days later, the preacher received a sizable package from Twain. Opening the package, he found a huge unabridged dictionary.

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23 thoughts on “The Book That Has It All

  1. Twain knew words, that’s for sure. I use one of his quotations as a guide to writing: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

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    1. The problem is everytime someone tries to one up Twain, he’d immediately retaliate. So, stories like that are rare but I think that there is a story of two like that though I can’t remember the details and the references. I’ll post it here if I could find it.

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      1. They figure anything they could need, want or desire is out on the internet … some people, like yourself, like the tactile experience of an actual book. Something to savor and something to enjoy and not be dependent on the whims of your internet connection or a power failure.


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