Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

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Vandaag is het precies 179 jaar geleden dat de Amerikaanse schrijver Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) geboren werd. Enkele quotes van deze schrandere geest:

“Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.”

“When in doubt tell the truth.”

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

“Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.”

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

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

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

“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.”

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.”

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”

“When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.”

“Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

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

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