Ruminations on Our National Crisis

In America, we hurry — which is well; but when the day’s work is done, we go on thinking of losses and gains, we plan for the morrow, we even carry our business cares to bed with us…we burn up our energies with these excitements, and either die early or drop into a lean and mean old age at a time of life which they call a man’s prime in Europe…What a robust people, what a nation of thinkers we might be, if we would only lay ourselves on the shelf occasionally and renew our edges! 

Otherwise known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was a quotable fellow to say the least. Known as a humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer, his quotes are ingrained into the American lexicon… you will see and read more of him on The Minot Voice.  For more on his life, here’s his Wikipedia page, for an essay proclaiming him as one of the great ‘Dudes’ in history… check this out.

originally published on The Minot Voice: January 8, 2015

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