Tag Archives: Mark Twain

quotation: “We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there;…”, Mark Twain


We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

Life Savers


Life Savers

Life Savers is an American brand of ring-shaped mints and fruit-flavored hard candy known for its colorful packaging. It was created in 1912 by the father of the poet Hart Crane, Clarence Crane, who was in search of a new summer candy. The pill manufacturer he contracted to press his new line of hard mints found that production improved when the mints were stamped with a hole in the middle. What flavor of the candy exhibits triboluminescence?” More… Discuss

today holiday/celebration: Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee


Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee

Cave Formation at California Caverns in the Si...

Cave Formation at California Caverns in the Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This event is a four-day county fair, established in 1928, at the Frogtown Fairgrounds near Angels Camp, California. It includes the official, original frog-jumping contest based on Mark Twain’s story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” as well as a children’s parade, livestock competitions, a professional rodeo, a demolition derby, fireworks, and art exhibits. About 3,500 frogs are jumped in daily contests leading up to the Grand Finals on Sunday, in which there are 75 to 100 frog contestants. More… Discuss

 

 

 

 

quotation: If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance. Mark Twain


If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

Quotation: Be good and you will be lonesome. Mark Twain


Quotation 

Be good and you will be lonesome.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

today’s image: Mark Twain -The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – published on February 18, 1885



The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published on February 18, 1885, and became one of the writer’s most famous works. Samuel Clemens, born in 1835, first used the pseudonym of Mark Twain when he wrote a humorous travel account in 1863. Books such as Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer made Mark Twain a popular American author because people could relate to his stories of boyhood adventures colored with social commentary. As a satirical, critical voice of the United States, Twain continued to write and lecture across the country and the world. Mark Twain died in 1910.

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quotation: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

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Quotation: Mark Twain, Notebook


Mark Twain“If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be—a Christian.”

Mark Twain, Notebook

quotation: The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. Mark Twain


The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

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quotation: A pure hand needs no glove to cover it. Nathaniel Hawthorne


A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

quotation: Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied. Mark Twain


Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

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quotation: Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age. Ambrose Bierce


Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

quotation: “Familiarity breeds contempt…”: Mark Twain


Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

quote: There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist. Mark Twain


There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.

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quotation: I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. Mark Twain


I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

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quotation: Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world–and never will. Mark Twain


Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world–and never will.

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quotation: James Fenimore Cooper


America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) Discuss

quotation: You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.


 

You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.

 

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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.

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QUOTATION: Andrew Lang


A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself.

Andrew Lang (1844-1912) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Mark Twain


Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.

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QUOTATION: Mark Twain


Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

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QUOTATION: Mark Twain


Virtue never has been as respectable as money.

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Quotation: Mark Twain about training


Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

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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.

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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.

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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: Willa Cather about life


It seems that a man is meant to live only one life in this world. When he tries to live a second, he develops another nature.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

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.

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Quotation: Mark Twain on Humal Behavior


If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Mark Twain – on “Faith and belief”


Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

Quotation of the Day (June 22): Mark Twain


Is the friend of my foe my friend? Mark Twain has a great way of coming up, as always with an answer:

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

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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.’ ©