March 17th, 2008


More Twain, because I just can’t get enough

“When a thing is sacred to me it is impossible for me to be irreverent toward it. I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.”

“There is Moral Sense, and there is an Immoral Sense. History shows us that the Moral Sense enables us to perceive morality and how to avoid it, and that the Immoral Sense enables up to perceive immorality and how to enjoy it.”

“We have the notion in our country that Italians never do heavy work at all, but confine themselves to the lighter arts, like organ-grinding, operatic singing, and assassination. We have blundered, that is plain.”

This last quote came as a bit of a comfort to me. CC was telling me the other day about her students being unable to name the date on which this country declared its independence. The following quote from Mr. Clemens at least offers some hope that perhaps things haven’t deteriorated as much as I feared:

“Many public-school children seem to know only two dates – 1492 and the 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.”
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