For the Love of Mark Twain, Soren Kierkegaard and William Shakespeare – A Study of Poetry and Philosophy

Best Mark Twain, Soren Kierkegaard, Shakespeare Quotes

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Do You Also Believe Mark Twain’s Pieces of Advice Are Timeless?

Many years may have passed since Mark Twain’s death. However, his works still live on. In fact, they’re even discussed in many classrooms all over the world. The wisdom he wrapped up in his humorous and wonderful stories don’t go unnoticed, and is still a must-read for many people all over the globe.

However, more than this, his many famous lines also still ring in our ears—clear as day. He taught us many things about life, love, adventure, death, society, and many more. His wisdom encompasses everything we face in life. And if there’s one thing we should remember, it’s to live a full life no matter what. Be kind. Be adventurous. Be involved. And love yourself and the whole of humanity.

Kierkegaard’s theology focuses on the single individual in relation to a known God based on a subjective truth. … Christendom, in Kierkegaard’s view, made individuals lazy in their religion. Many of the citizens were officially “Christians”, without having any idea of what it meant to be a Christian. -Wikipedia

Mark Twain Quotes on Life “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well.” Mark Twain

Tomorrow May Never Come- HT Wagner

Yesterday awash

Walked by too fast

Today is now – 

Singing the song of now

Tomorrow 

Not known – 

Hope is the ticket to all we create

Create thoughts that grow hope

Expansion – physiology of the mind

 Negative thought that enhances the horror

of life not lived

** “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”   M. Twain

Where is the Light? HT Wagner

Reading a gift given

Reading 

a light

Blaring Bold

Living in Light 

Mind-Heart 

Not known to those who read but do not heed

I was thirsty and you gave me water to drink

What you did to the least

You did on to Me

** “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” M. Twain

Remembering – HT Wagner

Finding all

Only truth we seek

to Swim in

Truth is in the given like a Present polished

Untruth

A lie masks denial

Denial paves the road to Hell

A life not worth living 

Lost in the sad fog of a whisper

‘The Migration of new immigrants 

The Citizens of Neural layers of the Mind

Worth knitting for the next life worth living 

A thick blanket of Mindfulness 

Hope

Happiness

and life made easier 

by the positive thought we knit!

** “Classic—a book which people praise and don’t read.-M Twain

Classic-HT Wagner

Definitive wholeness

Diminutive existance

The Whole brain growing in a positive way

Displacing the low brain 

of the animal fare

Eve – knowledge she craved 

Dissatisfied  with what was given

She forged a path to knowledge

The senses denied

And the Modern Mind was initialized 

Her sin

Our gain

Grace to Eve for striving to be more!!

** “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” M. Twain

Majority-HT Wagner

Following the Crowd or Democracy?

Mindlessness

Not owning your being or

Thinking for yourself

Stop drop and reflect!!

Loosing Soul – HT Wagner

Soul or Psyche

Reason for Being

Consciousness

Mental abilities

Perception and Memory

What negates?

Take away

Make away

Changing nature of Soul 

Feeling soft

Care and Feeding

Growing soul 

Prayer 

Positive thought

Mindfulness – Thickening of the Cortex of the Soul

Layer upon Layer

  • “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” … Kierkegaard

Broken Rosary – HT Wagner from ‘As the Fog Lifts”

A petal from my Rosary fell

At least it knew my hand would save it

Sacred food

Precious stop to hold a prayer

Now—not there

Savor

Savior

Hold on to the Empty Space

Reserved Parking

For a place “up there”

Holy Space-HT Wagner from ‘Prayerbook & Other Notions’

Prayer

Layer upon layer

Waiting for the Narrow Gate to open

The air is thin

Ordinary and plain spoken

Heart broken

The touch comes from nowhere

The Living Presence shapes in the form of a gift

The air changes to amber

Listening-

The sounds peal

Hearing the tumult 

The upheaval moves near

Knowing the soft loud rustle

The diminutive, almost imperceptible Force 

Settles in my soul

Nestles next to my being

Present in every way

My place in this prayer is suspended

Divinity inundates

Like a butterfly

Hold only for a heartbeat

But once held

Can never be the Same

Would walk a thousand miles

to hold the Butterfly again

Deus Always Love Eternal

 “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” … Kierkegaard

Living Life Forward – HT Wagner

Standing on the launch pad

Ready for the bell to toll

Ready to go on

Leaving the past behind

Hope cannot be grasped

Somewhere there is a light

To make things all bright and beautiful

to make whole world come alive

Sadness wells and walks by

Desiring to be the living

Desiring to be Thee

Label linger

Stratify

Regress and repress

“What labels me, negates me.” ― Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard > Quotes – https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6172.S_ren_Kierkegaard

  • “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” Kierkegaard

Freedom of Speech – HT Wagner

Freedom Begins in the Mind & Heart

Mind – A shield for the Heart

A platform –

like Shakespeare’s Stage with players who spoke 

the payment of thoughts well knit 

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” Shakespeare

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” Shakespeare

“Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” Shakespeare

 “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”            M. Twain

** “I was educated once—it took me years to get over it.”  M. Twain

Learning and Life-HT Wagner

One can Learn 

Or one can choose to disregard learning

and just drift through life 

Picking and choosing what is seen

but what matters not

Education and Schooling differ –

The Ideal Life – HT Wagner

Without stress-

Without wear –

But with care-

Mindfully-Mind blowing,

Mind growing –

Whatever you make to be-

** “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head.” M. Twain

The Storm of Thoughts – HT Wagner

Thought tracks a-blazing

Amazing

Fast track or bust

a flurry of energy

animation

Only Lost in the void of the cosmos

Nothingness – not a friend

Just a blank space in the great continuum of breath

The breath of life longing for itself

** “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” M. Twain

Rote Learning – HT Wagner

By the Book Learning

Canned and mind-numbing

Prosaic and stuffy

Displaces the Creative Mind

** “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience—this is the ideal life.” M. Twain

Wine – a Street Sweeper on a Snowy Day – HT Wagner

Alcohol use –

Alcohol abuse –

A crippling blizzard that paralyzes

Frozen free Way

The Way of the Cross obliterated

The Snowy Way become a death trap

Thoughts waid wasted like the death trap of a highway

littered with brokenness

** “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” M. Twain

Living Fully – HT Wagner-From When the Fog Lifts

Massive Disruption

Trauma

Life altering

Begs

Borrows and Steals…

the Deep Well of Love

Goes dry

But Just for a while

to Regenerate

Repair 

Make amends 

for the Lack

The Ebb of the Tide

of Tomorrow

All things are transient

All things are new.

Become stale quickly

When denied the oxygen

The breath of life

Without which there is no tomorrow

No reason to Live another day

Those who yearn

Lust of the stage of this earth

are only pawns

in the Great Chess Game

Where the Kings & Queens

Make noble 

Fake not

Break not

Bring the liar 

to their knees

To say Yes to the Great Amen…

** “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” M. Twain

Anger is an Acid – HT Wagner

The dance of the interplay of soldiers sending signals

to announce what movement-

to defend and regulate controls of living mind –

Anger is an acid

Persistent – long standing –

Corrodes – the container that was designed to protect

Mark Twain

When a person experiences anger the brain causes the body to release stress hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline. These chemical help the body control the heart rate and blood pressure. The release of these chemical also helps regulate the pancreas which controls the sugar balance in our blood (Boerma, 2007)

Lost Memory – HT Wagner from ‘As the Fog Lifts”

Soul complaining loudly

Someone Heard it

Helplessness saw my state

But lost the will to rescue

I crave a community of soul mates

That would see me though my fears

And help me over this wall-

** “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” M. Twain

Wrinkles and Washed Out Ways – HT Wagner

Wrinkles talk and tell tales of Time

What was and what what never to be

Corrugation

Character Creased

Folds friendliness

Fondness forever

Age accumulated

Speak harshly of trials

Call out Tales of tragedy

Reverberate resolutely

Speaks softly of wisdom smiling

Good sense

Common sense

Sixth sense

Perception to know it all

Wrinkles an epic tale of existence

Being well lived

** “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” M. Twain

Righteousness – HT Wagner

Doing the right thing

Is doing the hard thing-

Sometime takes the breath away

or Crushes the Life out of Haters

another place another time

Good men

Grow on Christmas trees

Ornaments that dangle & dance

Broadcast hope

** “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” M. Twain

Perception – HT Wagner

Impression

Awareness

Real or Imagined

Still command the tides of the mind

Scary thing grow in the place of truth

Lie, cheat

Displaces

Fight the Good Fight

Roads not taken

Never better than

a Mind awash with truth

a conscious clear

A Compass of Conscious awareness

Well thoughtout centeredness

** “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” M. Twain

Trying to Remember- HT Wagner – From ‘As the Fog Lifts

How I made the words flow

All I see is bright eyes

Clutching tightly to their covers

Beckoning does not rouse them

I hope they are searching through

Their little lost dreams

So I can make them come true

** “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” M. Twain

The Banyan Tree – HT Wagner
Friday, March 16, 2012
Meditation on the beach…

The Banyan Tree

The Olive tree…
Grows new wood from the old wood…​
The Banyan lives by sending another root or shoot
Without ever pausing…
Its bid for eternity based on steady,
Almost in-perceptibly
Persistent drive to recreate …

** “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.” M. Twain

** “Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” M. Twain

Living the Life of the Mindless

Sucking up and

Being in the Lost land of the binary fare

the language – banal and brazen

bold and shameless

Booze the fluid of the blood

Where pathos is the path to hide

Other – never there

Self is the only Way

Truth is a lie

Covered with covertness – not openly acknowledged or displayed

Truth – treads not on the feelings of others

more important than what is real

Reality exists only in – what is hidden

Everyone knows the deception but no one talks about it

The lowly is the highest form of being

The hints mean – denotes – is non existent

No one know or even cares

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds”  St Paul

Renewing the binary mind is ‘doing the same stupid thing and expecting different results’- Einstein

Never to tread on the parcel of life not known – the heavenly fare

Many Cares – HT Wagner -From ‘As the Fog Lifts

Warm coffee

Warm fireplace

Warm cat…purring

Urge to write 

Mind, once so strong

Now confused

It sees too much 

Loves too little

Hurts 

** “The heart is the real fountain of youth.” M. Twain“

What the World Need now is Love – HT Wagner – My Version-

Love finds itself under a basket

Hidden from the Light

Darkness surrounds – Covets

Covers

Many cares steals the Light

Many fears ruin

Dishonesty not its Friend

Friends Forever

Find favor

Not only a Flavor

But the wholeness of Being

Often easier to pretend

and not able to Carve out the real Heart

The Sacred Heart

** “Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.” M. Twain

** “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.” M. Twain

Accidents Happen – HT Wagner

By accident Inventions become

Research

Rote

Retrofit

Intentional

Sometime accidents make headlines

Some make history

Mishaps

Misfortune

Catastrophe

or the next greatest find-

February 6, 2022

The Next Greatest of all Inventions – Enmity HT Wagner

The Engine of the Fall – Enmity

God so loved the World that He sent his only Son

To be hated for no reason

Motive or cause

In-laws

The other side

Mutual hostility

Prejudice

Preconceived

Bigotry – Bias

Immunity

Turning the other cheek-

Genesis Chapter 3 – In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve , the first humans God created, disobey God by eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge . This is known as original sin . Christians believe that because of God’s gift of free will , humans have the ability to choose to sin lead to the Fall – mutual hostility between persecutor and persecuted

** “Let men label you as they may, if you alone of all the nation decide one way, and that way be the right way by your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country, hold up your head for you have nothing to be ashamed of.” M. Twain

** “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” M. Twain

Irreplaceable – HT Wagner

Irreplaceable

Priceless

The Lair of the Soul

Where wild species live

The Fighting Spirit

Undeniable flight of the unknown

Not spoken

Unbroken

Harness the Wind and Beyond

Myth making

Bigger Grander

The Greatest Gift

Mark Twain Quotes on Politics and Society M. Twain

** “Loyalty to country—always. Loyalty to the government—when it deserves it.” M. Twain

Loyalty – HT Wagner

Allegiance to a force unknown

A devoted bond

Forged in the arms of a person so loyal

Trusted –

Confidence assured –

Caregiver badge of courage

Convictions linger-

** “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” M. Twain

Comfort Zone – HT Wagner

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Alive and well

Outside the Comfort Zone

A life lived only Inside the Comfort Zone

Is Safe – ‘where dreams go to die’

Like a safe with tumblers spinning – never to open-

Taking risk grows the mental RR tracks to new territory –

New Horizons to be

Dealing with Change becomes the new normal

Inside the comfort zone

Is the price to pay-

Outside the comfort zone – Mediocrity –

February 6, 2022

Convictions – HT Wagner

Declaration of Guilt

Wrong doing

Blameworthiness

Found guilty

To be tried

A trial

Speaking

Convicted in Love

Doomed and Fated

** “We have the best government that money can buy.” M. Twain

** “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” M. Twain

Winds Of Change – HT Wagner

The Storm Winds stalk creation

to make things new

High pressure

Low pressure

Tornados creep nonchalontly throughout

Laying waste to what once was whole

Renewal depends

on a Violent Bent

That lead the Way of Progression

Forward Movement from demolition

Peace of Mind

Power of Thoughtfulness

‘Blows straight into the face of time
Like a storm wind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind’ – Klaus Meine – Scorpions

Procrastination – HT Wagner

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” M. Twain

Procrastination

Brings Clarity

or stalls Progress

or Prioritization

Postones Poverty

“It is wiser to find out than suppose.” M. Twain

Supposing – Presumption – HT Wagner

Manufacturing the supposed truth

Man lays waste to the Truth

Imagination and Presumption

Not the same

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is ‘out of focus.’” M. Twain

Imagination Out of Focus – HT Wagner

Mind’s eye

Power of an emerging mental image

Not Present

Not Perceived

Not reality-yet

Cortical – Subcortical brain belt

“mental workspace”

Insight

Mindsight – Creation unveiled

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” M. Twain

Imagination – HT Wagner

Fanciful Created Power

Quiet Calm

Novelty Newness

Neural bonds form

Runs in the Family of Man

No for Imagination

Would Man be beyond the animal fare

Tariff

Coinage of future waves

Ripples of Rapture

Romance

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.” M. Twain

Joy to the World – HT Wagner

Exhilaration

Exuberation L-

Fruits of Holy Spirit –

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV

Humility – Freedom from pride and vanity

Success and satisfaction

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” M. Twain

Prosperity – HT Wagner

Wealth or Welfare

Same thing when money is the object

Poverty is in the beholding

Wealth may be right before the mind

Cowering

Stopped gap

Waiting for the soulful storm to pass

Ferverant

Heartfelt

57. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” M. Twain

Courage – HT Wagner

The Red Badge of –

Mastery of what is released in the blood –

Toxins of hate

The hormones that destroy life

Knit a life without compassion

Block Chain of Professional Progress

Storing nuggets of the After Life

That is only kbit by Love

** “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” M. Twain

Getting Started – HT Wagner

** “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” M. Twain

Looking at the Stars and Seeing the Light

** “Honor is a harder master than law.” M. Twain

** “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Travel, Adventures, and Happiness

**. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness; and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” M. Twain

** “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” M. Twain

** “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.” M. Twain

** “To eat is human; to digest, divine.” M. Twain

Modern Faux Food – HT Wagner

GMO Factory Food – Empty

Over Processed – now undigestible

Once tasted

Appears authentic

Only to wake to find

That all was not there

Sweet Dairy – Dirty with dead bacteria

Unholy Oil – unreliable

Altered by the Fire of man-maded-ness

Sheer Madness –

Shelf Life assured

Profit Promised

Starvation for the bones

Blood barren

No food for the Sad Soul

Big Business

Big Government

Become obese & unhealthy

When will they ever learn

Dead bacteria can only be stored in Fat Cells – so bare

Medicare Makers all

** “There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.” M. Twain

** “All good things arrive unto them that wait and don’t die in the meantime.” M. Twain

** “There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land and work again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” M. Twain

** “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.” M. Twain

** “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” M. Twain

** “They spell it ‘da Vinci’ and pronounce it ‘da Vinchy.’ Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.” M. Twain

** “One must travel to learn.” M. Twain

76. “Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven and hell, and I have only a vague curiosity about one of those.” M. Twain

** “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” M. Twain

** “It liberates the vandal to travel––you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.” M. Twain

** “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” M. Twain

More Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes

** “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” M. Twain

** “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” M. Twain

** “Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” M. Twain

** “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” M. Twain

** “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” M. Twain

** “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” M. Twain

** “We ought never to do wrong when people are looking.” M. Twain

** “There are basically two types of people—people who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” M. Twain

** “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” M. Twain

** “Prosperity is the best protector of principle.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Writing

** “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very.’ Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” M. Twain

** “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” M. Twain

** “You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?” M. Twain

** “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” M. Twain

** “If books are not good company, where will I find it?” M. Twain

** “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” M. Twain

** “His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes That Will Make You Think

Involuntary Emotions – HT Wagner

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” M. Twain

Sincerity come in only one shade

Sincerity is binary – Truth unvarnished

Insecurity – many shades when sincerity is abased

Disgraced – Discredited

A spectrum of morose mentality

Insecurity – a lie to hide dishonesty & white lies

Sincerity feels true and soft inside

Insecurity – barbs and nettles-

Timid and terrible

** “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” M. Twain

** “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” M. Twain

“There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.” M. Twain

Honesty Thrives in the Open Land of Self Sincerity HT Wagner

Honesty is a hard burden to carry –

A Cross – at best

It smothers the Beast within

But too few are brave enough to tackle the task

Self is selfish and barely bold

Self is all puffed up pride

Prejudice

Self esteem and honor – the core of the being-

The Foundation of Being

Volatilize the state of a dishonest fare

Volubility the octane of the white lie of hate

** “The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.” M. Twain

** “I don’t like to commit myself to heaven and hell—you see, I have friends in both places.” M. Twain

** “I have never taken any exercise—except sleeping and resting—and I never intend to take any.” M. Twain

** “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered—either by themselves or by others.” M. Twain

** “The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.” M. Twain

** “The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” M. Twain

Capitulation

Surrender – Defeat

Submission to the Will of God

The fatal flesh gets in the Way of the Universe

The Way of the Cross

Skin – finest clothing or tattered torn tenant

Depending on the Nature gift and the Nurture —

Caring demands denial –

Sacrifice obliteration of offering

The Flesh – muscle meat of mankind

best not indulge

Protects or destroys the Soul…

“Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.” M. Twain

** “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” M. Twain

** “I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.” M. Twain

** “Only one thing is impossible for God—to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Values and Morals

** “Honesty—the best of all the lost arts.”

** “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.”

** “Nothing exists; all is a dream. God, man, the world, the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream. They have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you!”

** “With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”

** “I myself have no existence; I am but a dream—your dream, a creature of your imagination.”

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Yesterday a wash

Walked by too fast

Today is now – 

Singing the song of now

Tomorrow 

Not known – 

Hope is the ticket to all we create

Create thoughts that grow hope

Expansion – physiology of the mind

 Negative thought that enhances the horror of life not 

lived

** “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”   M. Twain

Where is the Light? HT Wagner

Reading a gift given

Reading 

a light blaring bold

Living in Light 

Mind-Heart 

not known to those who read but do not heed

I was thirsty & you gave me water to drink

What you did to the least

You did on to Me

** “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” M. Twain

Remembering – HT Wagner

Finding all

Only truth we seek

to Swim in

Truth is in the given 

like a present polished

Truth masks denial

Denial paves the road to Hell

A life not worth living 

Lost in the sad fog of a whisper

‘The Migration of new immigrants 

The Citizens of neural layers of the Mind

Worth knitting for the next life worth living 

A thick blanket of mindfulness 

Hope

Happiness

& life made easier 

by the positive thought we knit!

4. “Classic—a book which people praise and don’t read.-M Twain

Classic-HT Wagner

Definitive wholeness

Diminutive existance

The Whole brain growing in a positive way

Displacing the low brain 

of animal fare

Eve – knowledge she craved 

Dissatisfied  with what was given

She forged a path to knowledge

The senses denied

And the Modern Mind was initialized 

Her sin

Our gain

Thank you Eve for striving to be more!!

** “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” M. Twain

Majority-HT Wagner

Following the Crowd or Democracy?

Mindlessness

Not owning your being or

Thinking for yourself

Stop drop & reflect!!

Loosing Soul – HT Wagner

Soul or Psyche

Reason for Being

Consciousness

Mental abilities

Perception & Memory

What negates?

Take away

Make away

Changing nature of Soul 

Feeling soft

Care & Feeding

Growing soul 

Prayer 

Positive thought

Mindfulness – Thickening of the Cortex 

Layer upon Layer

  • “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” … Kierkegaard

Holy Space-HT Wagner

Prayer

Layer upon layer

Waiting for the Gate to open

The air is thin

Ordinary and plain spoken

Heart broken

The touch comes from nowhere

The Living Presence shapes in the form of a gift

The air changes to amber

listening

The sounds peal

Hearing the tumult 

The upheaval move near

Knowing the soft loud rustle

The diminutive, almost imperceptible Force 

Settles in my soul

Nestles next to my being

Present in every way

My place in this prayer is suspended

Divinity inundates

Like a butterfly

Hold only for a heartbeat

But once held

Can never be the same

Would walk a thousand miles

to hold the butterfly again

Deus Always Love Eternal

 “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” … Kierkegaard

“What labels me, negates me.” 

― Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard > Quotes

  • “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” Kierkegaard

Freedom of Speech – HT Wagner

Freedom Begins in the Mind & Heart

Mind – A shield for the Heart

A platform like

Shakespeare’s Stage with players who spoke 

the payment of thoughts well knit 

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”Shakespeare

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” Shakespeare

“Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” Shakespeare

Learning & Life-HT Wagner

One can Learn 

Or one can choose to ignore learning & just drift through life 

picking & choosing what sees

but matters not

Education & Schooling differ 

 “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”            M. Twain

** “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience—this is the ideal life.” M. Twain

The Ideal life – HT Wagner

A Sleepy Conscious – not dead

One that is true and in accordance with reality

Harsh reality burns sometimes

But in the end – speaks volumes to the growth of being

Found in good books,

Brought on by Good Friends – connected to the soul

Soulmates all

** “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” M. Twain

Fear of life is followed by life lost in loneliness

Brought on by living a lie

White lies

Simple to swallow

But indigestion always follows-

** “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.” M. Twain

** “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” M. Twain

Getting Way ‘I Deserve’ – HT Wagner

Entitlement –

Others beholding to me

My perogative – Selfishness unabated

A mindset of the binary fare

Not the Mind of Christ –

It is not what the government can do for you

but what you can do for others – JFK

** Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” M. Twain

Wrinkles of Old – HT Wagner

As we age

We feel we loose a bit

When in reality

We gain Wisdom Knowledge & Understanding

The Hallmarks of being –

If Illusion remain – existence is a drone

Monotomous defined

Reality defiled

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” M. Twain

Doing the Right thing – HT Wagner

** “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” M. Twain

Doing the right thing is often hard to do

It is a choice

Based on a firm foundation of Faith

Free Will –

God’s Gift to man –

Eve did not discern

But listened to the dark side of creation –

The ancient Binary tool for decisioning

Did what she was told & learned the lesson of ages

How to pause & use the hippocampus to allow thought passage

through the middle filters –

the Narrow gate to the Prefrontal Mind of Christ

Where Compassion is the law of the higher mind –

** “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” M. Twain

Fear of the Unknown – HT Wagner

** “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” M. Twain

Confidence – HT Wagner

** “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” M. Twain

The Day You find out Why – HT Wagner

Navigating the White Waters of Being

River of Life

Tree of Life

Intersects at the moment of time

Where life becomes purpose

Before that life is an unholy boring trail to nowhere

Instead of –

** “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” M. Twain

** “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.” M. Twain

Never Regret what Makes You Smile – HT Wagner

What makes you smile –

All things bright & beautiful

What makes life drag

Is just another opportunity to choose to smile –

The state of the mind

Created by conscious thought

Positivity turns the negative charge to golden landscape

in the mind of the determinedly hopeful

steel trap mind of tomorrow

** “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” M. Twain

Age and Presence of the Positive Fare – HT Wagner

It is truly ‘mind over matter’

Quantum thoughts create matter-

Thought tracks track in the direction of energy flow

Negative – Hateful particles grow in the harshness of being

Choosing positive charges

Affirm construction of a Happy Life

Making laughter a weapon –

Eroding the erosion of discent

** “Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” M. Twain

** “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” M. Twain

** “The heart is the real fountain of youth.” M. Twain

Funny Mark Twain Quotes

** “Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.” M. Twain

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

** “I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” M. Twain

** “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.” M. Twain

** “I was educated once—it took me years to get over it.”  M. Twain

The Over-Refined – HT Wagner

The truth lies in the beholding

Refinement

Can be removing flaws blemishes or defects

Made pure or made-over to hide the defects of character –

The over-refined see life through rose-colored glasses

Pompous – proud –

virtues to hide behind the truth unvarnished

Vulgarity unvarnished –

** “There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.” M. Twain

** “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” M. Twain

Life Stands Explained

** “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Politics and Society M. Twain

** “Loyalty to country—always. Loyalty to the government—when it deserves it.” M. Twain

** “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.” M. Twain

** “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” M. Twain

** “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

M. Twain

** “Let men label you as they may, if you alone of all the nation decide one way, and that way be the right way by your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country, hold up your head for you have nothing to be ashamed of.” M. Twain

** “We have the best government that money can buy.” M. Twain

** “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” M. Twain

** “The signs of excessive indulgence in this destructive pastime are easily detectable. They are these: a disposition to eat, to drink, to smoke, to meet together convivially, to laugh, to joke, and tell indelicate stories—and mainly, a yearning to paint pictures.” M. Twain

** “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” M. Twain

** “Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these.” M. Twain

More Famous Mark Twain Quotes

** “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” M. Twain

** “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” M. Twain

** “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” M. Twain

** “To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.” M. Twain

** “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” M. Twain

** “It is wiser to find out than suppose.” M. Twain

** “All of us contain music and truth, but most of us can’t get it out.” M. Twain

** “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” M. Twain

** “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” M. Twain

** “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” M. Twain

** “No real gentleman will tell the naked truth in the presence of ladies.” M. Twain

** “Honor is a harder master than law.” M. Twain

** “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head.” M. Twain

** “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” M. Twain

** “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Travel, Adventures, and Happiness

** “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness; and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” M. Twain

** “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” M. Twain

** “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.” M. Twain

** “To eat is human; to digest, divine.” M. Twain

** “There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.” M. Twain

** “All good things arrive unto them that wait and don’t die in the meantime.” M. Twain

** “There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land and work again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” M. Twain

** “The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad.” M. Twain

** “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” M. Twain

** “They spell it ‘da Vinci’ and pronounce it ‘da Vinchy.’ Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.” M. Twain

** . “One must travel to learn.” M. Twain

** “Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven and hell, and I have only a vague curiosity about one of those.” M. Twain

** “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” M. Twain

** “It liberates the vandal to travel––you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.” M. Twain

** “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” M. Twain

Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes

** “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” M. Twain

** “Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” M. Twain

** “Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” M. Twain

** “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” M. Twain

** “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” M. Twain

** “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” M. Twain

** “We ought never to do wrong when people are looking.” M. Twain

** “There are basically two types of people—people who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” M. Twain

** “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” M. Twain

** “Prosperity is the best protector of principle.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Writing

** “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very.’ Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” M. Twain

** “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” M. Twain

** “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” M. Twain

** “You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?” M. Twain

** “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” M. Twain

** “Books are the liberated spirits of men.” M. Twain

** “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” M. Twain

** “If books are not good company, where will I find it?” M. Twain

** “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” M. Twain

** “His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes That Will Make You Think

** “Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” M. Twain

** “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” M. Twain

** “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” M. Twain

** “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.” M. Twain

** “The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.” M. Twain

** “I don’t like to commit myself to heaven and hell—you see, I have friends in both places.” M. Twain

** “I have never taken any exercise—except sleeping and resting—and I never intend to take any.” M. Twain

** “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered—either by themselves or by others.” M. Twain

** “The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.” M. Twain

** “The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” M. Twain

** “Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.” M. Twain

** “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” M. Twain

** “I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.” M. Twain

** “Only one thing is impossible for God—to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.” M. Twain

** “The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Education and Knowledge

** “In a good bookroom, you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” M. Twain

** “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” M. Twain

** “Education—the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” M. Twain

** “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” M. Twain

** “It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others—and less trouble.” M. Twain

** “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” M. Twain

** “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.” M. Twain

** “A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.” M. Twain

** “The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.” M. Twain

** Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Death and Pain

** “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” M. Twain

** “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.” M. Twain

** “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.” M. Twain

** “The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow.” M. Twain

Mark Twain Quotes on Love, Relationships, and Friendship

** “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”

** “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

** “Necessity is the mother of taking chances.”

** “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir. Mighty scarce.”

** “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

** “When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”

** “Always respect your superiors; if you have any.”

** “What do we call love, hate, charity, revenge, humanity, forgiveness? Different results of the master impulse—the necessity of securing one’s self-approval.”

** “Love is not a product of reasonings and statistics. It just comes—no one knows whence, and cannot explain itself.”

** “If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away.”

Mark Twain Quotes on Religion

** “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”

** “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”

** “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

** “Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilt.”

** “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”

** “The higher animals have no religion, and we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter.”

** “If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.”

** “Man is a religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the true religion—several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight.”

** “Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals.”

** . “In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are, in almost every case, second-hand and without examination.”

** “No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.”

** “It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things—freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.”

** “Man is kind enough when he is not excited by religion.”

** . “Zeal and sincerity can carry a new religion further than any other missionary except fire and sword.”

** “God puts something good and lovable in every man His hands create.”

Mark Twain Quotes on Values and Morals

** “Honesty—the best of all the lost arts.”

** . “Each must decide for himself or herself alone what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t.”

** “It doesn’t make no difference whether you do right or wrong. A person’s conscience ain’t got no sense, and just goes for him anyway.”

** “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.”

** “With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”

** “Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”

** “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.”

** “Each of you—for himself or herself, by himself or herself, and on his or her own responsibility—must speak.”

** “It is better to deserve honors and not have them, than to have them and not deserve them.”

** “A little more kindness, a little less speed, a little more giving, a little less greed, a little more smile, a little less frown, a little less kicking, a man while he’s down, a little more ‘We’, a little less ‘I’, a little more laugh, a little less cry, a little more flowers, on the pathway of life, and fewer on graves, at the end of the strife.”

** “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”

** “Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”

** “You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes, you meet those people you can’t forget—those are your friends.”

** “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”

** “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.”

Meaningful Mark Twain Quotes

** . “Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.”

** “You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there.”

** “No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.”

** “The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.”

** “How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!”

** “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”

** . “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”

** “If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.”

** “If you want to change the future, you must change what you’re doing in the present.”

** “When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”

** “To believe yourself brave is to be brave; it is the only essential thing.”

** “Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.”

** “Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them, the rest of us could not succeed.”

** “A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.”

** “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”

Wise Mark Twain Quotes

** “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

** “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

** “You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.”

** “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

** “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”

** “Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.”

** “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”

** “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”

** “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

** “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”

** “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

** “The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

** “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

** “Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.”

** “If we would learn what the human race really is at the bottom, we need only observe it in election times.”

Short but Interesting Mark Twain Quotes

** “All generalizations are false, including this one.”

** “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”

** “Apparently, there is nothing that cannot happen today.”

** “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”

** “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

** “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

** “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”

** “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

** “If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you cannot learn any other way.”

Mark Twain Quotes From ‘The Mysterious Stranger’

** “You are not you—you have no body, no blood, no bones. You are but a thought.”

** “Nothing exists; all is a dream. God, man, the world, the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream. They have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you!”

** “I myself have no existence; I am but a dream—your dream, a creature of your imagination.”

** “I know your race. It is made up of sheep. It is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise.”

** “Someday, a handful will rise up on the other side and make the most noise—perhaps even a single daring man with a big voice and a determined front will do it, and in a week, all the sheep will wheel and follow him, and witch-hunting will come to a sudden end.”

** “Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those.”

** “I have replaced his tin life with a silver-gilt fiction.”

** “For he did not seem to know any way to do a person a kindness but by killing him.”

** “I do not like an injurious lie, except when it injures somebody else.”

** “Every man is a suffering-machine and a happiness-machine combined.”

More Mark Twain Quotes You’ll Love

** “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”

** “Architects cannot teach nature anything.”

** “There is nothing in the world like persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.”

** “We wish to learn all the curious, outlandish ways of all the different countries, so that we can ‘show off’ and astonish people when we get home. We wish to excite the envy of our untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can’t shake off.”

** “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.”

** “Be good and you will be lonesome.”

** “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

** “Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.”

** “Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.”

** “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

** “Frankness is a jewel; only the young can afford it.”

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