Flimsy Sanity: Mark Twain Groupie

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Mark Twain Groupie

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Mark Twain

Mark Twain was as famous in his time as Elvis. Few writers are still funny after over a century and time spent reading Twain is a wonderful diversion. The Gilded Age, a critical examination of politics and corruption in the United States during the nineteenth century, could have been written today with just a few changed names and events.


  • At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I volunteer at the nursing home and every sentence starts with "we".

  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    nice blog, i found it through keirs place.

    i like mark twain too.

  • At 6:29 AM, Blogger Women on the Verge said…

    Twain is one of my writing role models... it's truly an art form to be able to get people to see how ridiculously they behave and have them coming back for more...

    nice post!


  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger Graeme said…

    The guy is a damn genious

  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger Graeme said…

    how ironic that I would spell genius wrong. Guess who isn't one?!?

  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger United We Lay said…

    Preschools and schools use "we" a lot. "We" don't hit our friends. "We" use our inside voices in the classroom. Twain is awesome. He has a lot of great ideas about government and politics.

  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger Bart said…

    On my short list of those "who would you like to have dinner with" type questions. He's such a literary legend, yet doesn't always get put up on the same pedestal as some of the others. Shame.


  • At 3:36 PM, Blogger Keir said…

    Great quote. I need to keep that in mind myself!


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