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The Eternally Timely Mr. Twain

Posted on 2010.02.19 at 14:34
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I’ve quoted Mark Twain in other postings, but I’m particularly struck today at how very modern a person he was, and how little we have changed in the past century. Mr. Clemens, the spotlight is yours:

“We like to read about rich people in the newspapers; the papers know it, and they do their best to keep this appetite liberally fed.”

Twain, referring to George Washington: “He was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He would not even lie.”

Twain on war: “Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”

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