To my DailyPaul reader guests, :: Post Thanksgiving November 23, 2012
Thanksgiving: You ask me for a sentiment which shall state how much I have to be thankful for this time. For years it has been a rule with me not to expose my gratitude in print on Thanksgiving Day, but I wish to break the rule now and pour out my thankfulness; for there is more of it than I can contain without straining myself. I am thankful -- thankful beyond words -- that I had only $51,000 on deposit in the Knickerbocker Trust, instead of a million; for if I had had a million in that bucket shop, I should be nineteen times as sorry as I am now.
Trusting this paean of joy will satisfy your requirement, I am Yours truly, Mark Twain.
- letter to editor of New York World, 27 October 1907. Reprinted in Word Shadows of the Great by Thomas F. Madigan
Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑