George Santayana stated that “to knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.” No one believed that philosophy more than Mark Twain. Twain has the knack of annoying the pompous and knocking the haughty ones off their high horses.

There is one anecdote of Twain that illustrates it:  

Mark Twain, while checking in at a lavish hotel in Canada, noticed that the arrival just ahead of him had written on the hotel register, “Baron von Blank and valet.” Mark Twain was not to be outdone by this show of elegance. He wrote: “Mark Twain and valise.”


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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10 Responses to Elegant-Sounding

  1. I like Mark Twain, too! Since I do homeschool with my 16 year old daughter and 16 year old niece, we’ve been able to study him a little.

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  2. K.N.Liddington says:

    Thanks for the like Edmark, I look forward to reading your blog, Mark twain knew how to tell it as it is. 🙂

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  3. Bel says:

    Love Mark Twain! 😂

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  4. George says:

    You have to love the man’s mind and sense of humor..:)

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