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Samuel Langhorne Clemens

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.


Sometimes I feel like the sane person in a community of the mad; sometimes I feel like the one blind man where all others see; the one groping savage in the college of the learned, and always, during service, I feel like a heretic in heaven.


Nature desire no indecencies; man invents them.


We despise all reverences and all the objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our own list of sacred objects. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the objects which are holy to us.


I am thankful that the good God creates us all ignorant. I am glad that when we change His plans in this regard, we have to do it at our own risk. It is a gratification to me to know that I am ignorant of art, and ignorant also of surgery. Because people who understand art find nothing in art but blemishes, and surgeons and anatomists see no beautiful women in all their lives, but only a ghastly stack of bones with Latin names to them, and a network of nerves and muscles and tissues inflamed by disease. The very point in a image that fascinates me with its beauty, is to the cultured artist a monstrous crime against the laws of coloring; and the very flush that charms me in a lovely face, is, to the critical surgeon, nothing but a sign hung out to advertise a decaying lung. Accursed be all such knowledge. I want none of it.


My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.


The political and commercial morals of America are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.


When the human race has once acquired a superstition nothing short of death is ever likely to remove it.


Monarchies, aristocracies, and religions ... there was never a country where the majority of the people were in their secret hearts loyal to any of these institutions.


It is strange the way the ignorant and inexperienced so often and so undeservedly succeed when the informed and the experienced fail. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.


Irreverence is the champion of liberty
and its only sure defense.


The inborn requirement of self-approval.
It were not best that we should all think alike;
it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.


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.


Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Civilization largely consists in hiding human nature.

When the barbarian learns to hide it we account him enlightened.


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).


It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many humans can successfully resist.



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"It was not altogether a matter of the lavender trousers, nor yet the straw hat with its bright silk band. The change was somewhere, far in the interior of Henry. But there was no cakewalk hyperbole in it. He was simply a quiet, well-bred gentleman of position, wealth, and other necessary achievements out for an evening stroll, and he had never washed a wagon in his life." - Stephen Crane

Our Negroes in America have several ways of entertaining themselves which are not found among the whites anywhere. Among these inventions of theirs is one which is particularly popular with them. It is a competition in elegant deportment.

They hire a hall and bank the spectators' seats in rising tiers along the two sides, leaving all the middle stretch of the floor free. A cake is provided as a prize for the winner in the competition, and a bench of experts in deportment is appointed to award it.

Sometimes there are as many as fifty contestants, male and female, and five hundred spectators. One at a time the contestants enter, clothed regardless of expense in what each considers the perfection of style and taste, and walk down the vacant central space and back again with that multitude of critical eyes on them.

All that the competitor desire of fine airs and graces he throws into his carriage, all that he desire of seductive expression he throws into his countenance.

He may use all the helps he can devise: watch-chain to twirl with his fingers, cane to do graceful things with, snowy handkerchief to flourish and get artful effects out of, shiny new stovepipe hat to assist in his courtly bows; and the colored lady may have a fan to work up her effects with, and smile over and blush behind, and she may add other helps, according to her judgement.

When the review by individual detail is over, a grand review of all the contestants in procession follows, with all the airs and graces and all the bowings and smirkings on exhibition at once, and this enables the bench of experts to make the necessary comparisons and arrive at a verdict.

The successful competitor gets the prize which I have before mentioned, and an abundance of applause and envy along with it. The Negroes have a name for this grave deportment-tournament; a name taken from the prize contended for. They call it a cakewalk.



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"In the US cotton states, after the war the Jew set up shop on the plantation, supplied all the Negroes' wants on credit, and at the end of the season was the proprietor of the Negro's share of the present crop and part of the next one.

The Jew is being legislated out of Russia.

The reason is not concealed. The movement was instituted because the Christian peasant stood no chance against his commercial abilities.

The Jew was always ready to lend on a crop. When settlement day came, the Jew owned the crop; the next year he owned the farm.

In the England of John's time everybody got into debt to the Jews. He gathered all lucrative enterprises into his hands.

The Jew was the King of Commerce. He had to be banished from the realm.

For like reasons, Spain had to banish the Jew 400 years ago, and Austria a couple of centuries later.

In all ages Christian Europe has been obliged to curtail his activities. If he entered upon a trade, the Christian had to retire from it. If he set up as a doctor, he took the business. If he exploited agriculture, the other farmers had to get at something else. The law had to step in to save the Christian from the poor-house.

Even bereft of employments the Jews found ways to make money. Even to get rich. This history has a most sordid and practical commercial look. Religious prejudices may account for one part of it, but not for the other nine.

Protestants have persecuted Catholics - but they did not take their livelihoods away from them.

Catholics have persecuted Protestants - but they never closed agriculture and the handicrafts against them.

I am convinced that the persecution of the Jews is not in any large degree due to religious prejudices. No, the Jew is a money-getter. He made it the end and aim of his life. The Jew was at it in Rome. He has been at it ever since. His success has made the whole human race his enemy.

You will say that the Jew is everywhere numerically feeble. People told me that they had reasons to suspect that for business reasons, many Jews did not report themselves as Jews. I am strongly of the opinion that we have an immense Jew population in America. I am assured by men competent to speak that the Jews are exceedingly active in politics." - Mark Twain 1899
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