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“There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory as it is—in our country particularly and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree—it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime—the invention of Hell. 60 more words



When I was a teenager on the verge of starting college full time, my parents did quite a bit to prepare me for adulthood. Most of the lessons had started in childhood, and I learned many more from overheard conversations while they counseled other people or by watching their own lives. 329 more words


Writers, Fakers, Authors, Ghostwriters...cue Mark Twain rolling over in his grave

I had a chat with an author this week – Diccon Bewes, author of various books (http://www.dicconbewes.com/). As we munched on rather lousy fish and a rather juicy burger, I asked Diccon his opinion about the debate over “writer” vs. 544 more words

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
~Mark Twain~



Twain very neatly made one
In seventy-five years:
A perfectly formed, egg-shaped arc
Around the earth, riding the tail of
A comet, which Halley himself was only… 118 more words

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

-Mark Twain