It is my ... hope and aspiration that all of us
... may eventually be gathered together
in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss
-- except the inventor of the telephone.

Mark Twain, ca. 1878.

It is my heart-warm and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us -- the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved ... the hated, the civilized, the savage ... may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss -- except the inventor of the telephone.

Mark Twain,
by Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns,
Alfred A. Knopf Publisher, New York, 2001,
pages 138-139.