馬克．吐溫故事 - 古德明
When Mark Twain was editor of a small Missouri newspaper, he got a letter from a subscriber stating that he had found a spider in his paper, and asking if this was an omen of good or bad luck. Twain wrote: "Finding a spider in your paper is neither good luck nor bad. The spider was merely looking over our paper to see which merchant was not advertising so that he could go to that store, spin his web across the door, and lead a life of undisturbed peace ever afterward."
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French novelist Paul Bourget once said, "Life can never become entirely dull to an American. When he has nothing else to do he can always spend a few years trying to discover who his grandfather was." Mark Twain replied, "Yes, but I reckon a Frenchman has his little standby for a dull time too; he can always amuse himself by trying to find out who his father was."
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