Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mark Twain on Politics and Religion

“In the two things which are the peculiar domain of the heart, not the mind—politics and religion—[the human being] does not want to know the other side. He wants arguments and statistics for his own side, and nothing more.” Mark Twain’s Notebook, Chapter XXVII

Statement by Satan, the Devil’s Nephew:
“Oh, it’s true. I know your race. It is made up of sheep. It is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs land follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong; but no matter, the crowd follows it. The vast majority of the race, whether savage or civilized, are secretly kind-hearted and shrink from inflicting pain; but in the presence of the aggressive and pitiless minority they don’t dare to assert themselves.
. . .you will always be and remain slaves of minorities.” The Mysterious Stranger, Chapter IX

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