Today in History: April 21



In 1911

The master of satire and sarcasm*

Mark Twain gave up the ghost

And his protoplasm.

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

"One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives."

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society."

"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed."

"Familiarity breeds contempt---and children."

"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."

"I didn't attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

"We have the best government that money can buy."

"Be careful of reading health books. You may die of a misprint."

"'Thou shalt not kill'. That's one of the most highly touted (and universal) of the Ten Commandments. It is plain He cannot keep His own commandments."


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  • It seems like the fallout from the Mueller report validates the quotation in the picture, although another version is that "if you are psychotic, you don't have to recall anything."

  • For being gone so long, he's very topical and up-to-date, isn't he?

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