Saturday, July 21, 2007

Just When You Think You've Heard it All

Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Wisdom in Ten Words
This country has produced some of the greatest wordsmiths of all time, poets, playwrights and novelists alike, but for expressing an obvious but often overlooked truth in a single sentence that will stick with you for a lifetime I think most, Wilde and Shaw possibly excepted, must still bow down to an American, specifically one Mr Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

I thought I knew all the best of his wry observations on l'état humain but it seems like I've missed a classic:

Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

It's as true today as when the ink was still wet from its first writing.

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