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RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
There are two kinds of Christian morals, one private and the other public.
These two are so distinct, so unrelated, that they are no more akin to each other than are archangels and politicians.
During three hundred and sixty-three days in the year the American citizen is true to his Christian private morals, and keeps undefiled the nation's character at its best and highest; then in the other two days of the year he leaves his Christian private morals at home and carries his Christian public morals to the tax office and the polls, and does the best he can to damage and undo his whole year's faithful and righteous work.
Without a blush he will vote for an unclean boss if that boss is his party's Moses, without compunction he will vote against the best man in the whole land if he is on the other ticket.
Every year in a number of cities and States he helps put corrupt men in office, whereas if he would but throw away his Christian public morals, and carry his Christian private morals to the polls, he could promptly purify the public service and make the possession of office a high and honorable distinction.
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  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 7,314 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I finished his autobiography, Volume 1 last fall, and damn near everything in it still applies today. I remember many comments like the one above. What a mind, voice of American Truth. Those interested should pay special attention to his remarks regarding Jay Gould, and think closely on the phenomenon of todays Neo-Conservative point of view.
    WARNING:  The above post may contain thoughts or ideas known to the State of Caliphornia to cause seething rage, confusion, distemper, nausea, perspiration, sphincter release, or cranial implosion to persons who implicitly trust only one news source, or find themselves at either the left or right political extreme.  Proceed at your own risk.  

    "There is nothing so in need of reforming as another person's bad habits."   Mark Twain
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    I've always enjoyed his works. A brilliant mind way ahead of his time, even to the point of being misunderstood in his day.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Mark Twain's thoughts on Adam.


    Adam was but human--this explains it all.
    He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden.
    The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    To be vested with enormous authority is a fine thing, but to have the on-looking world consent to it is a finer.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Early last century William James noted that whenever two people meet, there are really six people present.


    There is each as he sees himself, each as the other person sees him, and each as he really is. Times two.
  • phobicsquirrelphobicsquirrel Posts: 7,349
    I have enjoyed a lot of Mark Twain's work.
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    The better to stay on-topic, comment withdrawn
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    And yet there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.


    Jane Austen
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    It hath been often said that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.


    Henry Fielding
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning. - by Marcus Manilius, Roman poet
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    xmacro:
    We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning. - by Marcus Manilius, Roman poet



    Touche.
    Finally A counter quote.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Yet birth, and ****, and illness, and death are changeless things, and when one of these harsh facts springs out upon a man at some sudden turn of the path of life, it dashes off for the moment his mask of civilization and gives a glimpse of the stranger and stronger face below.


    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • beatnicbeatnic Posts: 4,133
    Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.

    C.S. Lewis
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.


    Oscar Wilde
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want? - - Sigmund Freud
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Women will never be figured out but.....
    What are we in the infinite universe?


    Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.


    H. G. Wells
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    Presumptuous Man! the reason wouldst thou find,
    Why form'd so weak, so little, and so blind?

    . . .

    So Man, who here seems principal alone,
    Perhaps acts second to some sphere unknown,
    Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal:
    'Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.

    Then say not Man's imperfect, Heaven in fault;
    Say rather Man's as perfect as he ought;
    His knowledge measured to his state and place;
    His time a moment, and a point his space:

    Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, Epistle I, Verse II
  • phobicsquirrelphobicsquirrel Posts: 7,349
    I call for a thread name change, we'll call it, the QUOTE Thread.
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    Nah, leave it. If it needs to change, Dueling quotes is better - the quote that follows needs to reference the one before it
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    phobicsquirrel:
    I call for a thread name change, we'll call it, the QUOTE Thread.



    Here here concider it done good sir.
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.


    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. - Isaac D'Israeli
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    The chief proof of man's real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness.


    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance.
    Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit, touch it and the bloom is gone.
    The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.
    Education produces no effect whatsoever.
    If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.

    Oscar Wilde
  • Russ55Russ55 Posts: 2,765 ✭✭
    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. - George Carlin
  • beatnicbeatnic Posts: 4,133
    Remember. Where ever you go. There you are.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 10,387 ✭✭✭✭✭
    A smart man knows what to say.
    A wise man knows whether or not to say it.
    In Fumo Pax
    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • Ken_LightKen_Light Posts: 3,539 ✭✭✭
    Russ55:
    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. - George Carlin
    I love this. I'm using this is my statistics class when we talk about the normal curve.
    ^Troll: DO NOT FEED.
  • bigjohn125bigjohn125 Posts: 476
    “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” ? Heraclitus
  • RBeckomRBeckom Home or out and about somewhere.Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular.


    Rudyard Kipling
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