Quoting Mark Twain

October 31, 2008

Harry Truman used to have a sign on his desk, which I’ve liked since I first heard of it, quoting Mark Twain:

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

A while ago (might it have been used by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth?) I came across another Mark Twain quote (or more exactly, a quote attributed to Mark Twain) which I have been using from time to time in workshops to remind people of the dangers of certainty:

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
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3 Responses to “Quoting Mark Twain”

  1. Bob Kalsey Says:

    Thanks for the link to my blog post about the “Twain” quote. I was wondering what accounted for the thundering herds coming to my blog.

    Yours in certainty,
    Bob Kalsey

  2. Tina Marshall Says:

    I found a great post about Mart Twain on Peterman’s Eye that I thought I’d share…

    http://www.petermanseye.com/curiosities/notables-gossip/381-the-first-american-writer

    Cheers!

  3. WildGoose Says:

    Appreciate the link to Truman, and the great quote.


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