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Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Options
Daemon
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Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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What does he mean by "soap"? How does it make sense?! anybody knows?!
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Mr. Twain did not like to take a bath and he did not fond of the education system also. It's just his funny way of expression on the education system that he dislike. I think he did say something like 'I never let education get into my way of learning'.
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Thanks a million. Applause That was interesting.
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Thank you RoadRunner. It did not make any sense for me also.
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thank you
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Sorry to disagree with your explanation RoadRunner, especially since others were grateful to receive it. Let's be accurate though.
Mr. Twain was not averse to bathing or cleanliness, though he does have quite a few stinging remarks regarding formal education, such as:

"In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards."
- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

CONTEXT reveals the meaning of what he was getting at in today's quote.
From the 5th paragraph of The Facts Concerning the Recent Resignation:

I went next to the Secretary of War, who was not inclined to see me at all until he learned that I was connected with the government. . . .
I told him I had no fault to find with his defending the parole stipulations of General Lee and his comrades in arms, but that I could not approve of his method of fighting the Indians on the Plains. I said he fought too scattering. He ought to get the Indians more together--get them together in some convenient place, where he could have provisions enough for both parties, and then have a general massacre. I said there was nothing so convincing to an Indian as a general massacre. If he could not approve of the massacre, I said the next surest thing for an Indian was soap and education. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run; because a half-massacred Indian may recover, but if you educate him and wash him, it is bound to finish him some time or other. It undermines his constitution; it strikes at the foundation of his being. "Sir," I said, "the time has come when blood- curdling cruelty has become necessary. Inflict soap and a spelling-book on every Indian that ravages the Plains, and let them die!"
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In the long run, the run itself is totally deadly…
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"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." ~Tyler Durden
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JMV wrote:
Sorry to disagree ...


Thank you for disagreeing, and adding more clarity. Very interesting.

Sequim? Yet another beautiful part of Washington! I'll be biking through there next summer.
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Perhaps
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Perhaps
Gary98
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Soheil.n wrote:
What does he mean by "soap"? How does it make sense?! anybody knows?!


I guess he is saying that like soap's getting rid of disease, education will get rid of ignorance (another kind of disease) and have us a better world in the long run.

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Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to pen several novels, including two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut.


Early Life

Writing grand tales about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and the mighty Mississippi River, Mark Twain explored the American soul with wit, buoyancy, and a sharp eye for truth. He became nothing less than a national treasure.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. When he was 4 years old, his family moved to nearby Hannibal, a bustling town of 1,000 people. John Clemens worked as a storekeeper, lawyer, judge and land speculator, dreaming of wealth but never achieving it, sometimes finding it hard to feed his family. He was an unsmiling fellow; according to one legend, young Sam never saw him laugh. His mother, by contrast, was a fun-loving, tenderhearted homemaker who whiled away many a winter's night for her family by telling stories. She became head of the household in 1847 when John died unexpectedly. The Clemens family "now became almost destitute," writes biographer Everett Emerson, and was forced into years of economic struggle—a fact that would shape the career of Mark Twain.
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The Innocents is full of pride in Twain’s native country—a country unmarked by feudal oppression, servility, or landlessness.


Ah, how this country has changed! Not talking
gerry
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All man made
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Sam probably said some bad words in school and had his mouth washed out with soap...
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This man's writing's always makes me laugh.
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