Mark Twain is often lauded as the “the greatest American humorist of his age.” His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and made him a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty alike. Even more importantly it left us with a lasting legacy of fantastic one liners, and unique insights into all facets of human endeavour. One that recently got us thinking came to light in Mark Twain’s Letters, Vol. 2 of 2 where he tackles the idea that there’s no such thing as a truly original idea. Here’s what he had to say
“The kernel, the soul — let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances — is plagiarism.”
It’s part of a pretty convincing argument. To read the rest, check out the link above.