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Daemon
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 1:08:54 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Will it be irreverent to Mark Twain to admonish him: Respect for the liberty of others is the only way to champion liberty.
That way there is no need for its defense.
MTC
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 8:41:54 AM
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Here are other quotations by Twain in which he uses "irreverence" to give you a more rounded view:

True irreverence is disrespect for another man's god.
- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

Irreverence is another person's disrespect to your god; there isn't any word that tells what your disrespect to his god is.
- No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger

When a thing is sacred to me it is impossible for me to be irreverent toward it. I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.
- "Is Shakespeare Dead?"

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
- Notebook, 1888

You might say Irreverence is Twain's God. Peronally, I find his irreverence as refreshing as a slap in the face by a cold wave. Go on, Twain! Be irreverent. Maybe we'll all learn something. The world is filled with people and their pompous conceits, their follies, and their sacred cows just waiting for a bath in Twain's acid wit. Too bad he's not around today.


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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 11:10:28 AM
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MTC wrote:

Here are other quotations by Twain in which he uses "irreverence" to give you a more rounded view:

True irreverence is disrespect for another man's god.
- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

Irreverence is another person's disrespect to your god; there isn't any word that tells what your disrespect to his god is.
- No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger

When a thing is sacred to me it is impossible for me to be irreverent toward it. I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.
- "Is Shakespeare Dead?"

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
- Notebook, 1888

You might say Irreverence is Twain's God. Peronally, I find his irreverence as refreshing as a slap in the face by a cold wave. Go on, Twain! Be irreverent. Maybe we'll all learn something. The world is filled with people and their pompous conceits, their follies, and their sacred cows just waiting for a bath in Twain's acid wit. Too bad he's not around today.




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