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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that... Options
Daemon
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Ray
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 2:25:08 AM

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A very interesting concept, that we might try to get more wisdom out of an experience than is contained in it, and worthy of considerable thought as to instances where it might be applied.
GabhSigenod
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 5:01:48 AM

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Twain speaks to the one's level of sagacity.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
pedro
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 5:35:30 AM

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I have a lot of respect for MT. Human beings are poor risk assessors. People have irrational fears of being struck by lightning, being caught in an air or traffic crash or a terrorist attack that far outweigh their probability. The advent of television heightens this but many will remember the famous 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast that sent hysterical listeners heading for the coast to escape imminent Martian invasion.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 7:17:59 AM
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Hope I get some time to look at Twain's autobiography
nw3bk3y
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 8:05:06 AM

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My favorite Twain quote! I often think of his saying about the cat and the stove, though I forget that it was him that first said it.



“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” -- Chinese proverb
MTC
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 9:08:26 AM
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One "kitten," twice shy.
ycomb
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 12:49:29 PM
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In french : "chat échaudé craint l'eau froide"
Ray
Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011 1:34:07 PM

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M.T. is indeed very quotable. One of my favorites: "Man is nice enough, when he is not excited by religion".
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