Thursday, April 21, 2005

This Date in History

On April 21, 1910, Samuel Clemons, "Mark Twain," died at age 74 in his New England home. Doctors said that he died of angina pectoris. Those who knew him said that he died of a broken heart, that "all heart went out of him and his work when his daughter Jean died."

My favorite Mark Twain quote is the one to your right in the "About" section of the sidebar. In memory of one of America's best humorists (if not THE best), here are a few of my favorite Twain quotes:

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

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


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