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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    I recently came across the Mark Twain quote, “When in doubt, tell the truth.” It gave me pause, because it timelessly suggests why Donald Trump has no scruples when it comes to telling the truth: he is never in doubt about anything he thinks (or wants to think).

    That recalls another Twain quote in response to news of his death in 1897 — “the report of my death is an exaggeration”– of which exaggeration he removed all doubt by living until 1910. He could still be living today, judging by these quotes indicating it’s no exaggeration to propose that Twain had more than a passing insight into the likes of Donald Trump:

    When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly upend a man’s moral constitution and make a fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?

    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 half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.

    All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

    A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

    Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

    Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

    I hear you loud and clear, Mark Twain. News of your death is indeed an exaggeration.




    • The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap 9:14 am on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So much great wisdom & humor. Tku.

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      • mistermuse 10:43 am on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        When it comes to Trump, Twain would probably be rolling over in his grave if he were alive today. 😦

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    • arekhill1 12:57 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Twain lived through the Gilded Age, Sr. Muse. No doubt it was as bizarre and crooked as this one.

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      • mistermuse 1:30 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, you supply the time machine, and I’ll happily transport Trump back to the Gilded Age. 🙂


    • D. Wallace Peach 4:34 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Amazing how applicable Twain’s words are today. I guess we survived the liars and fools of his day – maybe we’ll survive the ones of today.

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        It’s little short of astounding to me that no matter how ‘advanced’ a nation becomes over time, there’s still a sizable segment of the population which blindly falls for, and ‘pledges undying allegiance’ to, a self-serving demagogue as morally bankrupt as Trump. It seems that “the liars and fools” of one era are interchangeable with the liars and fools of any era. Only the trappings are different.

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    • moorezart 1:26 am on April 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • literaryeyes 12:39 am on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I think we have an imbecile who means what he says, for a moment, then what he says the next moment, and smart people who are enabling him, and using him, and trying to fool us. Fortunately a sizeable portion of the population is not fooled. If only we could open more eyes…

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, although “using him” works both ways (no one beats Trump at using others). Others use Trump because he furthers their ideology/beliefs, while Trump uses others to further HIM. And, while a sizable portion of the population is not fooled, if they don’t vote in overwhelming numbers (at least in certain states and districts), it’s not going to matter because of gerrymandering. Comes November, “We’ll see what happens” (as The Donald is fond of saying).

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    • eths 5:20 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t resist posting this on Facebook.

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    • mistermuse 7:33 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I’m not sure Mark Twain would want to be on Facebook, so let’s just keep your posting between us. Hopefully, that other Mark (Zuckerberg) will keep his ‘trap’ shut too. 🙂


    • oldpoet56 2:32 pm on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice read, I enjoyed it so I am going to reblog this article for you.

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      • mistermuse 6:05 pm on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Coincidentally, I am writing another post in the same vein, with Shakespeare doing the honors in place of Mark Twain. As You Like It (Twain’s), I hope you also like Shakespeare’s.


    • oldpoet56 2:32 pm on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Truth Troubles.

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  • mistermuse 9:53 pm on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    No article about Mark Twain would be complete without quotes by Mark Twain. –mistermuse.

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    Thank you, mistermuse, for calling attention to the lack of Mark Twain quotes (outside of two questions to Dorothy on an ocean liner) in the previous post, THE UNIVERSAL MARK TWAIN. But, for all we know, such absence may have been on purpose: merely the first leg of a two-port voyage, with Port II awaiting ship with its cargo of such quotes. In fact, unless our eyes believe us, we seem to be putting into port forthwith:

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

    God created war so that Americans would learn geography.

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

    Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

    I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.

    What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.

    One frequently finds out how really beautiful a beautiful woman is after considerable acquaintance with her.

    I am silent on the subject [the afterlife] out of necessity. I have friends in both places.

    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.

    Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.







    • scifihammy 11:42 pm on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes 🙂


    • mistermuse 7:54 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      We — Mark and me — thank you.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 8:26 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wise and witty quotes from a gentleman who must have lived “billions and billions” of years before he was born.” We can read the wisdom in his wonderful words.


    • mistermuse 8:49 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know much about how reincarnation is supposed to work, but Twain may have been a fictional character in The Land Before Time in a previous life.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 9:04 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I know how it works and have been one of those souls that has been reincarnated many times. I believe in this theory since it is the basis for commen sense regarding the “after life.” I am not crazy or full of doubt about it. I once was a skeptic but my studies and research have shown me what to believe and not to believe.


    • mistermuse 10:09 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, far be it from me to have a problem with what you believe, but I AM curious: you’d previously said you’d converted to Judaism — seriously, is it kosher for a Jew to believe in reincarnation?


    • Don Frankel 11:18 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Obviously Muse, Twain is one of my heroes.


    • arekhill1 11:43 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Even the wisdom of Twain can be overtaken by events. Remember, it was years before Kim Kardashian was born that he said “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”


    • mistermuse 3:00 pm on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll have to admit that not everything was better in the good old days — ladies choices in fashion being one such thing.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 9:11 pm on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, I just saw your comment about Jews and reincarnation. Here is the answer. I am a Reform Jew which means I belong to the 3rd branch of major Judaism. First is the Orthodox branch. Those followers strictly follow the Torah and its commandments. You can see them with their curly ear locks and beards; the men wear black suits and hats and skull caps on their heads.They are mainly scholars; they do marry, including their rabbis ( spiritual leaders. )
      The Conservatives keep Kosher in their food and kitchens. Their outfits are not all black which allows them to look more modern. The women do most of the household chores and care for the children. They are a more relaxed version of the Orthodox. The Reform branch are more liberal in allowing their members to use their minds to not only folow the basic rules but to think. A Reform Jew can believe in the “Old Testament God.” Or they can form their own image of “God.” Surprisely, usually adult Reform Jews can become atheists and still be part of a congregation. I can believe in reincarntion because I have investigated it and I will not be ostracized for my personal belief. Being born a liberal intellectual, this suits my character and I feel comfortable in my thoughts and what I may or may not believe. I don’t broadcaswt them, however, in public. Especially when I go to sevices in the Temple. I respect the beliefs of others in my congrgation. this allows for a greater freedom in my thinking.


    • mistermuse 10:47 pm on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting, as our old friend Charlie Chan might say – but I don’t say it off-handedly. I find your comment interesting not only in itself, but also because as an ex-Catholic, I can’t resist observing that Jews should be thankful they don’t have a Pope, who, no matter how liberal or conservative a Catholic is, wouldn’t condone deviation from Church doctrine (at least, not “officially”). It amazes me that a Reform Jew can believe in anything or nothing and still be a Jew – I’m tempted to ask what’s the point of being a Jew, but then it’s no skin off my nose…or any other part of my anatomy. Mark Twain would probably find it all very amusing!


    • Michaeline Montezinos 2:04 pm on December 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      “Being a Jew” as you so candidly put it, is your observation. A concept I could not fully grasp when I was a member of the Catholic Church. Now that I am a Jewess (a female Jew,) I do believe in the Ten commendments and all the accompaning rituals and prayers. As a Jewess who believes in the spiritual life I have accepted, I find my life richer because I am a person who has infused her life with the concepts of family, education and spirituality.
      The fact that as I mature and can change my beliefs is wonderful for me since I am not hindered by rigid rules on how to think. Unlike Catholism and many onther organized religions, Reform Judaism allows me to nourish my intellect. This may have been the problem for you, mistermuse, since you have an high intelligence that seeks the truth and the reality of life. Catholism does not allow basic thinking and questioning of its doctrines. I hope this answers your question.


    • mistermuse 3:27 pm on December 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Your second-last sentence pretty much explains why I left the Catholic Church, though I have since come to realize that I would’ve eventually left anyway, even if questioning of doctrines were allowed. If one no longer believes the whole basis for the Catholic Church, there is no point in being Catholic. Though it’s not my place to apply this to adherents of other religions, those who are disquieted by such adherence might do well to reexamine “where they’re at.” You seem to have found your happy place, Michaeline, so end of story!


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