Mark Twain Quotes.

There are certain people, such as Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde and Mickey Mouse who had a way with words. I guess it is inherited and genetic. Mark Twain was such a man.

Here’s a few of his bon mots:

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

Let’s hope they display some intelligence and reason in the ensuing years!

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Says a lot for democracy! Being in a minority can be a little tiring and frustrating.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
The truth hurts.
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
And it will be here long after we’re all gone!
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Fortunately education had improved – or at least it had until this mob got their hands on it.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Lies, untruths and statistics. The facts are deployed to tell whatever story they choose.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Wonderful!
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
The choice of reading matter develops the brain – or not! The most popular newspapers act to reduce IQ.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
I’ll test this out at the next Town Council meeting.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
There is an infinite set of possibilities!
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16 thoughts on “Mark Twain Quotes.

  1. Q: The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
    C: The choice of reading matter develops the brain – or not! The most popular newspapers act to reduce IQ.

    You are confusing IQ with cognitive intelligence. They are not the same thing.

      • But cognitive intelligence has nothing to do with IQ!
        IQ is simply a measurement scale – a highly variable measurement at that, as the tests themselves are highly variable, that simply compares like for like with a similar (usually age) group of people.

      • It is all about appearance. IQ measures your ability to do certain types of tests which people equate with how intelligent you are. There are many different types of intelligence. Some of the kids I taught from the rough areas were as sharp as nails even though academically they were not very good. Some of the brightest, most academic were ponderous and dense. There is no adequate measure. It is all spurious.
        I was being a bit flippant (with an edge) by suggesting that reading tabloids such as the Express, Sun and Mail made you stupid. Though I do believe that the constant drip of propaganda and extreme bullshit has a profound effect on people’s reasoning ability.

      • I bet you did spot such differences.
        Hence, why we have the expression “street smart”.
        The top swot pupils would probably be low scorers.

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