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quotation: Mark Twain (on friendship)

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

Quotation: Mark Twain on patriotism vs. institutionalism

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss


Quotation: Francis Bacon about trust

The greatest trust, between man and man, is the trust of giving counsel. For in other confidences, men commit the parts of life; their lands, their goods … some particular affair; but to such as they make their counselors, they commit the whole.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss


Quotation: Mark Twain

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it—namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss


Quotation: Mark Twain on life and death

All say, “How hard it is that we have to die”—a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Quotation: Mark Twain

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss


Quotation: Mark Twain

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss


Today’s Quotation: Francis Bacon (156101626) – On Fortune

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

My take on this: It’s all up in the air, actually…And of course, Fortune can mean different things, to different folks.

Quotation of the day: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
                                                    Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss
This is what I think about this:

‘Listening to others is an effective way of learning more about their  problems. That will make one think about their own problem, in comparison: Now we have an internal dialogue, that externalize and brings about core feelings that we all have in out make, such as true interest, compassion, motivation to help.  So what may start as ‘good breeding’ may end up being a very healthy way to value your own true needs, and wants, when balanced against of those of others.
Of course it all is , like everything else relative, in an ever dynamically relative perception of the evolving reality.’ ©