The Mark Twain Trail

Mark Twain Trail Quote of the Day – Monday – March 15, 2021


“If the reader thinks he is done, now, and that this book has no moral to it, he is in error. The moral of it is this: If you are of any account, stay at home and make your way by faithful diligence; but if you are “no account,” go away from home, and then you will *have* to work, whether you want to or not. Thus you become a blessing to your friends by ceasing to be a nuisance to them – if the people you go among suffer by the operation.”  Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872






LUCK by Mark Twain – An 1886 Short Story First Published in Harper’s Magazine in 1891

“LUCK by Mark Twain – full unabridged audiobook short story – Fab Audio Books. “Luck” is an 1886 short story by Mark Twain which was first published in 1891 in Harper’s Magazine. It was subsequently reprinted in 1892 in the anthology Merry Tales; the first British publication was in 1900, in the collection The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg. The story concerns a decorated English military hero, Lord Arthur Scoresby, a total idiot who triumphs in life through good luck.” 

Fab Audio Books – Luck by Mark Twain

Mark Twain Trail Quote of the Day – Wednesday – March 10, 2021


“Statistics – statistics – why statistics are more precious and useful than any other thing in this world, except whiskey – I mean hymnbooks.”  Mark Twain, 1880 Speech




Mark Twain, the drunken father of American literature, Micky Bumbar, Lords of the Drinks


Drinking With Twain:  A Rare Manuscript, Matt Seybold, Center for Mark Twain Studies


Famous Whiskey Drinkers: Mark Twain, Iain Russell,