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Today’s Quote


“We can say nothing but what hath been said . . . Our poets steal from Homer . . . . Our storydressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best.”

-Robert Burton



Time Check

May 14, 1904 – In St. Louis, the Olympic games were held. It was the first time for the games to be played in the USA.

May 14, 1985 – The first McDonald’s restaurant became the first fast-food business museum.

May 14, 1998 – The final episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” aired after nine years on NBC.

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May 14, 2012

Hey America,

I am currently in a state of great frustration because I have been experiencing some problems for the first time with the website. Since I have gotten this far without an issue I don’t feel it is necessary for me to complain as I consider myself blessed because I am by no means a technical person when it comes to computers. However I taught myself how to do all of this so I should be able to diagnose a small problem like this.

At any rate, I get some great input from a lot of my readers and many suggestions for blog ideas as well.

It just so happens that today I was inspired by an article that was shared with me. In fact, almost everything you guys send me is great and I’m taking this moment to thank you, you know who you are…

But due to the timing of this incident along with the great article, I felt it necessary to share it because my writing time has been limited and I want you all to get the opportunity to see it.

It’s a great passage. Here it is. Hope you enjoy!

This letter is written by Mark Twain in reference to his friend who was accused of plagiarizing. (1903)

Oh, dear me, how unspeakably funny and owlishly idiotic and grotesque was that ‘plagiarism’ farce! As if there was much of anything in any human utterance, oral or written, except plagiarism! 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. For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily use by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them; whereas there is not a rag of originality about them anywhere except the little discoloration they get from his mental and moral calibre and his temperament, and which is revealed in characteristics of phrasing. When a great orator makes a great speech you are listening to ten centuries and ten thousand men – but we call it his speech, and really some exceedingly small portion of it is his. But not enough to signify. It is merely a Waterloo. It is Wellington’s battle, in some degree, and we call it his; but there are others that contributed. It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a telephone or any other important thing – and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite – that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.

Hope you liked it. It definetly makes you think whether you agree or disagree. Something I love about Twain is the fact that he is always so convincing no matter what he has to say. He really seems to get back to the root of things better than most people. And there isn’t much that is more real than that.

Have a great week,


The Real Times

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