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Mark Twain

When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition

When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.

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Mark Twain

What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light.

What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light.

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Mark Twain

If the man doesn’t believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can’t burn him.

If the man doesn’t believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can’t burn him.

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Mark Twain

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.

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Mark Twain

No man should [do that] unless he is the King of England — or has a tapeworm.

No man should [do that] unless he is the King of England — or has a tapeworm.

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Mark Twain

I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.

I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.

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It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.