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Daemon
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To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
1dreamer
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Good slogan for cigar boxes!Boo hoo!
stentorianmouse
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Maybe it also works the other way around.
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Purposeful reverse psychology.
DHeavyOne
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 7:06:57 AM
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Ok, now......everybody......DON'T think about a pink elephant!

Go!

....he he he.....
sisikou
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 7:44:29 AM
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Quote:
Good slogan for cigar boxes

Put Mark Twain's portrait on cigar boxes. Whistle
He's marvelous!
MTC
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It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he is in love, drunk, or running for office. ~Shirley MacLaine
Christine
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chocolate
DarkMoon
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 12:10:12 PM

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It is said that forbidden fruit has the best/sweetest flavour. Though, once tasted, it becomes an everyday taste.

(edit) I too reckon once we'd been penalized for plucking one forbidden fruit. ;-)


The quote is taken from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:

"TOM joined the new order of Cadets of Temperance, being attracted by the showy character of their "regalia." He promised to abstain from smoking, chewing, and profanity as long as he remained a member. Now he found out a new thing - namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. Tom soon found himself tormented with a desire to drink and swear; the desire grew to be so intense that nothing but the hope of a chance to display himself in his red sash kept him from withdrawing from the order. Fourth of July was coming; but he soon gave that up - gave it up before he had worn his shackles over forty-eight hours - and fixed his hopes upon old Judge Frazer, justice of the peace, who was apparently on his deathbed and would have a big public funeral, since he was so high an official. During three days Tom was deeply concerned about the Judge's condition and hungry for news of it. Sometimes his hopes ran high - so high that he would venture to get out his regalia and practise before the looking-glass. But the Judge had a most discouraging way of fluctuating. At last he was pronounced upon the mend - and then convalescent. Tom was disgusted; and felt a sense of injury, too. He handed in his resignation at once - and that night the Judge suffered a relapse and died. Tom resolved that he would never trust a man like that again."


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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 7:48:08 PM

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Okay, Marge, no deer for a month !

Homer, did you say beer or deer ?



..deer.
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