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#1 RRBum

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Posted 04 April 2003 - 04:17 PM

"The loud little handful will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first.... The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: "It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war."

Then the few will shout even louder.... Before long you will see a curious thing: anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it...

Next, the statesmen will invent cheap lies...and each man will be glad of these lies and will study them because they soothe his conscience; and thus he will bye and bye convince himself that the war is just and he will thank God for a better sleep he enjoys by his self-deception." -- Mark Twain
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Posted 04 April 2003 - 04:21 PM

http://www.litrix.co...ge/mstra009.htm
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Posted 04 April 2003 - 04:29 PM

Governer George Wallace: There ain't a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.

They shot him down right after he said this.
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Posted 21 December 2003 - 03:46 AM

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 11:35 AM

Timelessly relevant.
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#6 Drakul

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 02:33 PM

Originally posted by punta
Timelessly relevant.




`They hanged the lady, and I threw a stone at her, although in my heart I was sorry for her; but all were doing it...'

Statements like this caused Mark Twain to fall out of favor in his later years. He was `too cynical'

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