Solely In Black and White: Quote of the Week: Be Careful What you Read.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Quote of the Week: Be Careful What you Read.

Sage advice applicable throughout the ages:   
Be careful about reading health books. You might die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain
 I wonder what he would have said about all these shidduch blogs… :D :p


  1. From what I know, Mark Twain was an anti-semite, so he probably wouldn't be too fond. :P

  2. I think it may not be quite so clear whether Twain was anti-semitic or not. There is the famous piece "Concerning the Jews," which is most famously known for the last section:

    "To conclude. - If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one per cent. of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star-dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.

    He has made a marvellous fight in this world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.

    The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"

    You can get the full version here:

    Apparently a YU professor wrote a whole book about this (it looks like something I should definitely read):

    In general though, Twain has some really great quotes.

  3. SG, you have sorely missed the point :-)

    Great line, SiBW. And very important point to file away...

  4. SIS, thanks. I was starting to worry no one understood the implied message. ;)

  5. Shades - the fact that he wrote that (excellent) piece of work doesn't negate from his hate towards the Jews.
    I once heard (maybe read?) that there's a part of the "concerning the Jews" essay that most people don't quote. You know, the anti-semitic part.

    SIBW - I got the point. Just being cynical :)


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