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  • #1
    Mark Twain
    “Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

    Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh--not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”
    Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings

  • #2
    Anton Chekhov
    “Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.”
    Anton Chekhov

  • #3
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #4
    David Hume
    “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.”
    David Hume

  • #6
    David Hume
    “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”
    David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

  • #7
    Daniel C. Dennett
    “I'm the guy who reputedly denies that people experience colors or pains, and thinks that thermostats think — just ask my critics.”
    Daniel C. Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

  • #8
    Alexandre Dumas-fils
    “The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits.”
    Alexandre Dumas-fils

  • #9
    Albert Einstein
    “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #10
    Albert Einstein
    “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #11
    Albert Einstein
    “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Albert Einstein
    “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #14
    Albert Einstein
    “Black holes are where God divided by zero.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #15
    Albert Einstein
    “It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #16
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #17
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    Mark Twain

  • #18
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #19
    Mark Twain
    “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
    Mark Twain

  • #20
    “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
    Anonymous

  • #21
    Markus Herz
    “Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you'll die of a misprint.”
    Markus Herz

  • #22
    Mark Twain
    “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
    Mark Twain

  • #23
    “Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”
    Benjamin Franklin Wade

  • #24
    Mark Twain
    “Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #25
    Mark Twain
    “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    Mark Twain

  • #26
    Mark Twain
    “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
    Mark Twain

  • #27
    Mark Twain
    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”
    Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

  • #28
    Mark Twain
    “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
    Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

  • #29
    Mark Twain
    “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”
    Mark Twain

  • #30
    Mark Twain
    “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”
    Mark Twain

  • #31
    Mark Twain
    “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    Mark Twain



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