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25 Fabulously Cranky Mark Twain Quotes

5 December 2013

From Flavorwire:

Mark Twain was born on this day [November 30] in 1835. He lived until his 70s, which he considered “the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity.” The writer regarded old age with the same acerbic wit that made him the greatest humorist of his time. Tragedy always seemed to be knocking at Twain’s door. He lived through the death of three children and his wife, and financial troubles weighed heavy on him — but for Twain, “humor [was] the great thing, the saving thing after all.”

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“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

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“Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.”

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“Whenever a copyright law is to be made or altered, then the idiots assemble.”

Link to the rest at Flavorwire


6 Comments to “25 Fabulously Cranky Mark Twain Quotes”

  1. I love Mark Twain. And the letter about his engagement at the very end is so sweet and adorable.

  2. I’m still looking for the source of my favorite Twain quote:

    “No editor likes the taste of a story until he has peed in it first.”

  3. I love the last one. I’m pretty sure he’s talking about pirates. :)

  4. Awesome. Twain’s facility with words – and wit – is awesome. :)

  5. Twain was just modern enough that we still have nearly all of his words, but old enough that it’s all public domain. Just right.

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