The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his Options
teachersalah
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:27:29 AM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 5/23/2018
Posts: 20
Neurons: 3,566

Can someone explains to me the meaning of today's quote? It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

FounDit
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:39:17 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/19/2011
Posts: 9,019
Neurons: 48,368
teachersalah wrote:

Can someone explains to me the meaning of today's quote? It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.


You don't say what is confusing about it, but the idea is that some people are never happy. They are always complaining, and seem to enjoy doing so. Twain was a humorist who used the idea of too many toads in a piece of coal as something a complainer would find annoying (if there were toads in the coal, no one would be able to see them, so the person is complaining just to be angry over something).


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Squawk Box
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:17:47 PM

Rank: Member

Joined: 1/5/2017
Posts: 44
Neurons: 1,062
Location: Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
teachersalah wrote:

Can someone explains to me the meaning of today's quote? It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.


Since he was not able to find fault with the coal, he invented one. If the whole bucket or pile of coal, were made of prehistoric frogs; it would be irrelevant, since it would still be coal. It would still burn, and the complainer is finding fault, where there is none. It is built into him to complain, and he cannot be satisfied..
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.