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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ― Mark Twain “The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” --Mark Twain “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” --Mark Twain “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” --Mark Twain “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” --Mark Twain “Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any.” --Mark Twain "The worst kind of ignorance ain't so much not knowin' as 'tis knowin' so much that ain't so." --Henry Wheeler Shaw (Josh Billings) The 20th century gave us Will Rogers, and the 21st has given us Jon Stewart--a different kind of animal, of course, but in the honorable tradition of holding up a mirror to our self-portraits to reveal our acne-ridden souls . . . still we shall overcome. Unless we keep smashing mirrors. I have no idea how much Samuel Clemens owes to Henry Wheeler Shaw, nor for that matter how much Shaw and Wilde owe to them both. Or how much Rogers and Stewart owe to them all. Frankly, I don't really give a damn how much plagiarism has been committed. Can (hu)man live by aphorism alone? It will be interesting to see how relevances are perceived, and how pivotal this seemingly "minor" case, at root, really is. The mirror! The MIRROR!
— May 21, 2015 6:07 p.m.

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