Mark Twain, “…currency that an idiotic saying can get.”

Mark Twain, 1907. Library of Congress

Mark Twain, 1907. Library of Congress

“It is a curious thing, the currency that an idiotic saying can get. The man that first says it thinks he has made a discovery. The man he says it to, thinks the same. It departs on its travels, is received everywhere with admiring acceptance, and not only as a piece of rare and acute observation, but as being exhaustively true and profoundly wise; and so it presently takes its place in the world’s list of recognized and established wisdoms, and after that no one thinks of examining it to see whether it is really entitled to its high honors of not.”

SOURCE:

1. Twain, Mark “Does the Race of Man Love a Lord?.” North American Review
April, 1902, p. 443 – 444.

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