[Ads-l] The lightning ain=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=99t_?=distributed right. Mark Twain

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 16 04:24:30 EDT 2020


> "I wish to God the lightning would strike me; but I've wished that fifty
thousand times and     > never got anything out of it yet."

That sounds like something that would be said by a man who could also
complain,

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 7:03 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> This is not a match but maybe somewhat related.
>
> "...violent rages...declaring himself...as an idiot, he said, 'I wish to
> God the lightning would strike me; but I've wished that fifty thousand
> times and never got anything out of it yet. I have missed several good
> chances. Mrs. Clemens was afraid of lightning, and would never let me bare
> my head to the storm.'"
>
> SG
>
>
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/Mark_Twain_a_Biography/nB05AQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=lightning%20
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> https://www.google.com/books/edition/Mark_Twain_a_Biography/nB05AQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=lightning%20
> >
> Mark Twain, a Biography<
> https://www.google.com/books/edition/Mark_Twain_a_Biography/nB05AQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=lightning%20
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> Subject: The lightning ain’t distributed right. Mark Twain
>
> A librarian in Texas asked me about a quip attributed to Mark Twain.
> The earliest instance I found appeared in a 1927 book titled "More
> Maxims of Mark" compiled by Merle Johnson. Twain died in 1910, but
> scholars apparently believe that the sayings in this slim volume are
> authentic Twainisms.
>
> Johnson's book was published as a fifty copy limited edition, and a
> friend accessed / photographed it in the Rubenstein Rare Book Library
> at Duke University. The quotation was on page 13.
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> THE TROUBLE AIN'T THAT THERE IS TOO MANY FOOLS, BUT THAT THE LIGHTNING
> AIN'T DISTRIBUTED RIGHT.
> [End excerpt]
>
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> Feedback and earlier evidence would be welcome,
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-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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