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The Wisdom of Mark Twain

My good friend, Dan Garshman, reminded me that November 30 was the birthday of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain (1835). Twain was born in Florida, Missouri. He worked as a riverboat pilot, a miner, and a journalist before becoming an author. Dan also reminded me of some of Twain’s unforgetable quotations.

1.In his unfinished novel, The Mysterious Stranger, Twain wrote, “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is. Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those.”

2.”It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.”

3.”Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.”

4.”Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.”

5.”The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.”

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