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“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

Mark Twain

Another dead guy who’s dry wit I rather enjoyed.


  • *G* I came across this one while reading email the other day.

    Timothy Leary – “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

    Love it.


  • TracyS
    August 16
    5:03 pm

    I like both quotes. I think the second one applies to forgiveness too. Forgiveness if more for the person doing the forgiving that the one being forgiven. It’s getting that acid out of you.


  • Randi
    August 16
    5:56 pm

    I love Mark Twain, but always wished he was more woman-friendly. ;(


  • Sam
    August 16
    5:59 pm

    I like a lot of his quotes. He got very cranky/cynical/darker as he aged. His last couple short stories were very depressing.



  • There’s one by him about how women should be the ones to have harems, since men–sexually–don’t really need several women to be satisfied, but women, on the other hand, can be satisfied several times a session, lol.

    I love Twain. He did get dark and bitter there at the end. Much of his heart died with his wife and once she was gone, the end became a tragedy. Very sad that his humor was a cassualty of his pain.


  • Michelle Monkou
    August 18
    1:42 pm

    I love these quotes. I think that I can appreciate (even if I don’t agree with) Mark Twain now as I head into my mature phase of life.


  • DS
    August 18
    4:45 pm

    Love Mark Twain’s review of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer. Let the people who complain of mean girl reviewers try to top that from a romance blog.


    Cooper’s gift in the way of invention was not a rich endowment; but such as it was he liked to work it, he was pleased with the effects, and indeed he did some quite sweet things with it. In his little box of stage-properties he kept six or eight cunning devices, tricks, artifices for his savages and woodsmen to deceive and circumvent each other with, and he was never so happy as when he was working these innocent things and seeing them go. A favorite one was to make a moccasined person tread in the tracks of a moccasined enemy, and thus hide his own trail. Cooper wore out barrels and barrels of moccasins in working that trick. Another stage-property that he pulled out of his box pretty frequently was the broken twig. He prized his broken twig above all the rest of his effects, and worked it the hardest. It is a restful chapter in any book of his when somebody doesn’t step on a dry twig and alarm all the reds and whites for two hundred yards around. Every time a Cooper person is in peril, and absolute silence is worth four dollars a minute, he is sure to step on a dry twig. There may be a hundred other handier things to step on, but that wouldn’t satisfy Cooper. Cooper requires him to turn out and find a dry twig; and if he can’t do it, go and borrow one. In fact, the Leatherstocking Series ought to have been called the Broken Twig Series.


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