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Friday, December 15, 2017

Thomas More - Wikiquote

Thomas More - Wikiquote

And when the devil hath seen that they have set so little by him, after certain essays, made in such times as he thought most fitting, he hath given that temptation quite over. And this he doth not only because the proud spirit cannot endure to be mocked, but also lest, with much tempting the man to the sin to which he could not in conclusion bring him, he should much increase his merit.
  • Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation (1553), Book Two, Section XVI

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mark Twain quotations - Laughter

Mark Twain quotations - Laughter

Will a day come when the race will detect the funniness of these juvenilities and laugh at them--and by laughing at them destroy them? For your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon--laughter. Power, Money, Persuasion, Supplication, Persecution--these can lift at a colossal humbug,--push it a little-- crowd it a little--weaken it a little, century by century: but only Laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.
- "The Chronicle of Young Satan," Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts

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Cartoon from WASHINGTON (D.C.) EVENING STAR, June 29, 1907.

Laughter which cannot be suppressed is catching. Sooner or later it washes away our defences, and undermines our dignity, and we join in it -- ashamed of our weakness, and embittered against the cause of its exposure, but no matter, we have to join in, there is no help for it.
- "Indiantown"
Clemens laughing
autographed inscription
He laughs best who laughs least.
autographed inscription dated Feb. 3, 1909

Thomas Wictor on Twitter: "(5) Why do you people watch TV? Why do you read the thoughts of people too mediocre or corrupt to grasp Donald Trump?"

Thomas Wictor on Twitter: "(5) Why do you people watch TV? Why do you read the thoughts of people too mediocre or corrupt to grasp Donald Trump?"

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