The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain and Will Rogers—A Guest Post by Rube
Howdy folks. Well, I recently came into the possession of a couple books about two of our more modern day philosophers—Mark Twain and Will Rogers. They might not qualify to be philosophers like them fellers of ancient days such as Aristotle, or Confucius, or Plato or Socrates, but I reckon as how they still qualify as philosophers, anyhow.
And you know what, folks? I made an interestin’ discovry about them two fellers. I reckon as how the three of us have somethin’ sort of in common. That Mark Twain feller was born exactly 100 years before the year I was born, and in the same month, too. Our birthdates are just three weeks apart. Will Rogers died in the same year I was born—five days after I was born. Just a little trivia I thought I’d throw out for you to ponder. But I digress from the original point of this post.
As I said, earlier, because they lived closer to our time, these two fellers has been hailed as modern day philosophers of sorts . Now, I gotta say this about Mr. Rogers. I agree with a lot of what he said about Congress and our government even though he admitted to bein’ a Democrat(but I won’t hold bein’ a Democrat agin him; we all have our own little vices). 🙂
Fer instant, one of the things I like that he said about Congress was: “The difference between death and taxes is, death don’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
How could anyone argue with that one? (I even noticed that my friend Will has that one posted at the bottom of his emails, along with one from Mark Twain.)
Then Mr. Rogers had one I purely liked about man’s nature. He said, “There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves,” meanin’, I suppose, some folks has ta learn things, the hard way. Another of his quotes that I like is: “What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.” I suspect he mighta made that one sometime during the tumultus decade of the 1920s, but it might be fittin’ fer today, also.
Another of my favorites that is purty fittin’ fer today’s world is: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” I reckon as how that one could easily be applied to our present Congress when they’re out there a tryin’ to buy votes. And the last one I’ll cite that is purty fittin’ fer today is this one. “There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches.” I reckon as how that one pretty much applies to our own politicians today .
Now let’s move on to that Mark Twain feller. I reckon as how his humor was a bit more bitin’ than that Mr. Rogers feller. Fer instant, there is the quote Will also has at the bottom of his emails: “Diapers and politicians need to be changed often, and for the same reason.” I reckon as how a person don’t have to give much thought as to what the reason was he was a talkin’ about. 🙂
It’s a purty good thing Mr. Clemins lived durin’ the time he did. With all the political correct nonsense we have to put up with today, he’d a been tarred and feathered and carried out of town on a rail fer sayin’ what he did. Fer instant here are a few of his quotes about mankind. They’re also a mite bitin’ but in my opinion, purty true.
“Man is the reasoning animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute.”
“Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.”
“Of course no man is entirely in his right mind at any time.”
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.”
Here are a few of his comments about sin.
“Adam was the author of sin, and I wish he had taken out an international copyright on it.”
“A sin takes on new and real terrors when there is some chance that it is going to be found out.”
“The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.” (I reckon as how that one is a classic of human nature.)
“Adam did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.”
Now here are a couple of Mr. Twain’s quotes that I like to apply to the present Republican leadership in our Congress.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”
And I reckon as how these next two applt to the present U. S. Congress, also; Republicans and Democrats, alike:
“There are not enough morally brave men in stock. We are out of moral-courage material.”
“It’s better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”
And this is one of my favorite of Mr. Twain’s quotes. I reckon as how them liberal Progressives in the country oughta think about this fer a spell.
“It’s not best that we should think alike; it’s difference of opinion that makes horses races.
Ya see folks, I reckon as how them liberal progressives are totalitarians, which means they ain’t satisfied until everbody embraces everthing they believe in. This would make fer a very dull and stoic society much like them Eloi people in the movie Time Machine that was made from that writer feller H. G. Wells’ book by the same name.
So when men like that feller Mr. Trump says it like it is, people shouldn’t get their shorts all bunched up and demand he apologize or try to destroy him financially; they should give him a listen and maybe think about what he’s a syain’, and consider that there might be some truth lurkin’ around what he says.”
With that, I’ll bid you all adieu until next time.
I guess y’all have heard Will has a new novel out entitled SHADOW REVOLUTION. You can read about it by clicking on the “Book” page at the top of this website, and also read some excerpts. It’s also available for purchase in Kindle and print versions at www.amazon.com, and at barnes&noble.com in print version only.
Breaking news! This book will soon be available on e-devices Nook, i-pad, Google, and kobo, as well as Kindle.