quote by Mark Twain

The newspaper that obstructs the law on a trivial pretext, for money's sake, is a dangerous enemy to the public weal.That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.

— Mark Twain

Most Powerful Simpleton quotations

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse.

A coxcomb is one whom simpletons believe to be a man of merit.

How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at.

.. color than at the figures which show spirit and movement.

A fool is one whom simpletons believe to be a man on merit.

[Fr., Un fat celui que les sots croient un homme de merite.]

My father was a simple man; my mother was a simple woman; you see the result standing in front of you, a simpleton.

Any simpleton can speak with confidence. Sometimes the greatest fools have the most bravado.

He was uncomplicated and upbeat and easy.

At one point, I might have thought these traits made him a simpleton, but now I think they just translate to happiness.

These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose and cherish: to care, to be fair, to be humble.

With the enormous and steady increase in the volume of our literature, we must rely more and more upon sympathetic selection, judicious editing, and the indexer who knows where to exercise discretion. Any simpleton can write a book, but it requires high skill to make an index.

He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies.

The reasoning man who scorns the prejudices of simpletons necessarily becomes the enemy of simpletons; he must expect as much, and laugh at the inevitable.

It's really a trade-off: you're always having to decide whether you're going to say the more ambitious thing, and lose a little clarity - or are you going to say something really clearly, and sacrifice a little nuance? Get too obscure, and you sound like a pretentious asshole; go overboard with the clarity, and you sound like you're talking down to your audience, or like you yourself are a reductive simpleton.

There are a great many simpletons who know themselves to be so, and who make a very cunning use of their own simplicity.

Perhaps the most embarrassing experience is being caught at a lie by a simpleton who sneers at our asinine cleverness.

Everyone nowadays lives through too much and thinks through too little: they have a ravenous appetite and colic at the same time so that they keep getting thinner and thinner no matter how much they eat.--Whoever says nowadays, "I have not experienced anything"--is a simpleton.

The revolutionary simpleton is everywhere.

Well I don't know how many pounds make up a ton, Of all the nobel prizes that I've never won, And I may be the mayor of simpleton, But I know one thing, And that's I love you.

Indeed it is generally the case that men are readier to call rogues clever than simpletons honest, and are ashamed of being the second as they are proud of being the first.

I am a simpleton at heart. In my personal life, I don't wear makeup.

I know enough about Satan to realize that he will have all his weapons ready for determined opposition. He would be a missionary simpleton who expected plain sailing in any work of God.

It's a foolish culture that entrusts its food supply to simpletons.

We discovered that in connection with these figures the German national simpletons and money-grubbers of the Frankfurt parliamentary swamp always counted as Germans the Polish Jews as well, although this dirtiest of all races, neither by its jargon nor by its descent, but at most only through its lust for profit, could have any relation of kinship with Frankfurt.

A brain you can convince, a simpleton you have to persuade.

Every village has its simpleton, and if one does not exist they invent one to pass the time.

He was endowed with the extraordinary powers of endurance characteristic of madmen and simpletons.

The most perceptive character in a play is the fool, because the man who wishes to seem simple cannot possibly be a simpleton.

One more minute of this, and she’d be a certifiable simpleton.

In human character, simplicity doesn't exist except among simpletons.

You've a right to believe that we're governed by Nature and the hidden Force within her. You can think that the gods, including my Melitele, are merely a personification of this power invented for simpletons so they can understand it better, accept its existence. According to you, that power is blind. But for me, Geralt, faith allows you to expect what my goddess personifies from nature: order, law, goodness. And hope.

The difference between a simpleton and an intelligent man, according to the man who is convinced that he is of the latter category, is that the former wholeheartedly accepts all things that he sees and hears while the latter never admits anything except after a most searching scrutiny. He imagines his intelligence to be a sieve of closely woven mesh through which nothing but the finest can pass.

And if they don't believe us, I can give them the ghost eyes, you can go all big and threatening, Farmer can do his cracknob simpleton, and my lady can don her nobleness. We'll do all right.