Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Anything that is Worth Learning can be Learned from Twain

I looked up a couple of Mark Twain quotes for my last blog. It's amazing how timeless his wisdom truly was. Besides his two quotes that I used in that post, here are several other quotes that relate to things I have read or thought about in the last couple of weeks:
  • A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
  • I have never let schooling interfere with my education.
  • It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
  • It is easier to stay out than get out.
  • Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
  • Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
  • The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
  • There are three types of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
  • There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.
  • We have the best government that money can buy.
  • Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
The last quote may well some up Twain's philosophy on life. (Not to mention Rothbard's and Mencken's) This one is a major reason that I've started writing this blog:
And last, I found one that pretty well matches my own philosophy:
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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