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I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
  —  Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2018 Three Things
2017 Love Yourself
Deliver The Revolution
2016 Once Eccentric
2015 Trusted Desperation
2014 Orange October (V) – Giants Win Game 3
Who Am I To Teach?
2013 Deliver Us Something Larger
2012 Bore, n.
2011 Attaining High Office

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When in doubt tell the truth.  It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.
  —  Mark Twain
[Confound me, Mr. President.  Please…
I’m NOT really #LyingDonald’s “enemy“.   I respect the office too much and dismiss him too readily to consider #IncompetentTrump to be an “enemy” or even my enemy.  I simply oppose everything he personally represents:  greed, disregard for the rule of law, anti-intellectualism, illiteracy, authoritarianism, racism, fascism, and I resist the direction he proposes to take this country which I love…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2018 You Cannot Pretend
2017 A Long Shadow
2016 Learning, Experience, Chances or Money
2015 The Critical State
2014 Dawn, n.
2013 Ouch!
2012 Just Lookin’ Around
Still Growing
2011 But Do You Want To?

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When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
  –– Mark Twain (attributed to)
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
   ––  Oscar Wilde
[Happy Birthday, James!  —  Mum and Dad (KMAB)]
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On This Day In:
2018 Enjoy The Sunsets As Well As The Sunrises
2017 Enjoy
2016 I Got A Feeling
2015 Fiction Leading To History
2014 A Self-Correcting Process
2013 None But He Knows
2012 99% Are Demanding
2011 All In The Family
Take Your Pick

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The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
  —  Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2018 As I Recall
2017 Truly Generous
2016 Choose Your Destiny
2015 Fast And Firm
2014 Neither Head Nor Heart
2013 Lonely, Foolish, Love Songs
Batting 1.000
Coward, n.
2012 At Least A Little More Difficult
2011 Speaking Of Fear

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Worry is a waste of imagination.
  —  Walt Disney
Most of my life’s worst experiences never actually happened.
  —  Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2017 Still Working
Gold In The Morning Sun
2016 Power Inside
2015 Sometimes I Feel Small
2014 It Slipped Away
2013 Corollary
2012 Working Retired
2011 The Web Is Not Authoritative! (Really?)

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Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
   — Mark Twain
[It is so hard to maintain respect for an Office when the occupant is so clearly unfit for it.  And yet, by our system, he was duly elected…  With the “help” of Crosscheck, that is… (sarcasm intended).  Oh, well, at least the crazies can’t say I’m blaming the Russians for Trump – clearly, it was the Republicans seeking to ruin America, after all.  LOL  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2017 A Bad Sale
2016 Be Happy!
2015 Are You Feeling Cold?
2014 Never Asked
2013 In Praise Of Change
2012 John Carter Of Mars
Circular
2011 How Much And When

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You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
  —   Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2016 Still Walking
2015 Steps
2014 To Be Greatly Good
2013 Limited Capacity
2012 Two Ear Ticklers
Justification
2011 To Avail The Nation

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Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful.  Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.
  ―  Thomas Jefferson
There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account.  There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.
   —  Mark Twain
[Hopefully you did not wake too late this morning or regain consciousness too painfully from last night…  Happy New Year, all!!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Happy New Year — 2015!
2014 Happy New Year – 2014!
2013 Another New Year’s Thought (In Case It Rains)
Happy New Year – 2013!
2012 Best Wishes For 2012!
Where Did You Spend New Year’s Eve?
2011 Happy New Year (2011)!!

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The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
  ―  Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2014 Disguised Blessings
2013 Be
2012 The Only Way to Win
2011 Honest Writing

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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.
   —  Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2014 Alone And Free
2013 Superstition Is Your Way
2012 Escape Hatches
2011 Sing Like No One Is Listening

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Hi Princess,
Here’s three quotes for you:
I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.
   –  Mark Twain
From a speech given on 23 September 1907
[A good day!  —  KMAB]
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
   ―  Napoléon Bonaparte
[Be heard!  —  KMAB]
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
   ―  Muhammad Ali
[Make every day count…   —  KMAB]
Happy Birthday!
We love you always,
Mum and Dad

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On This Day In:
2014 Optional
2013 Happy Birthday, Rebecca
2012 Be Not Old
2012 National League Western Division Champions!!!
2011 What Kind Of Work Do You Do?
2010 Another Loser… And Come November

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Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
    –    Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2014 The History Of Warriors
2013 A Cult Of Ignorance
2012 Counting Valor
Understanding Faith
2011 I Can Hear You Now
2010 Inception

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
   —   Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2014 Idiot, n.
2013 Temporary Reality
2012 The Great Objective
2011 Read A Book

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Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
  —  Mark Twain
[Personally, I agree with Will Rogers: see  Dog-gone Heaven  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Fond Memory?
2013 Distress, Hope, Trust
2012 Creating Interlocking Fragility
2011 Four Stories And A Gospel
What Have You Burned Lately?

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Dubbed “Prospero’s Precepts”, these eleven rules culled from some of history’s greatest minds can serve as a general-purpose guideline for critical thinking in all matters of doubt:
1.   All beliefs in whatever realm are theories at some level.  (Stephen Schneider)
2.   Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own.  You may both be wrong.  (Dandemis)
3.   Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.  (Francis Bacon)
4.   Never fall in love with your hypothesis.  (Peter Medawar)
5.   It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.  Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.  (Arthur Conan Doyle)
6.   A theory should not attempt to explain all the facts, because some of the facts are wrong.  (Francis Crick)
7.   The thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that is most interesting.  (Richard Feynman)
8.   To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.  (Charles Darwin)
9.   It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.  (Mark Twain)
10.  Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.  (Thomas Jefferson)
11.  All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.  (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  —   Peter Surrock
From his book: “AKA Shakespeare: A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question
[Found at a site I like to visit every now and then:   http://www.brainpickings.org/
The specific post was found at:  http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/04/01/aka-shakespeare/
Well worth a visit…   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Friends
2013 Learning Bitter
2012 Remembrance, Minstrels & Going Off To War
May I Have More Happiness, Please?
2011 There Is No God, But God
2010 Another Running Book…

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