Mark TwainMark Twain, [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) American author and humorist

Famous Mark Twain Quote

“I am aware that when even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition... (more)”

Mark TwainMark Twain
~ Mark Twain

Is Shakespeare Dead ? ? ?
From My Autobiography
By Mark Twain

Ratings and Comments

Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

A wonderful insight into the human frailties promoting our dedicated conservation of cherished illusions. I, for one, still like the illusion of Santa Claus and the manger scenes.

E Archer, NYC

I remember reading an essay from Twain within which he hypothesized that the writings of Shakespeare were actually made by Sir Francis Bacon. He dared not share his research popularly other than through his dry wit. He may actually have been right -- but what impact would that have on society's myths? ;-)

Mike, Norwalk

The reason I give it 4 stars is I believe an individual, even if that be 1 in a 1000, may have a complete reversal of belief, or indoctrination if you will. Without a spiritual experience I've known professing religionists to become anti-religionist and vise-versa.


positively spot on (as the Brits say)!!

Jack, Green, OH

I must agree with Mike on this one. The quote does not warrant five stars because it simply is not true. A person does not always follow the path in which he was first indoctrinated. Although that may be a powerful influence, and may apply in more cases than not, it is definitely not an absolute fact. It is certainly not in my own case.


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