Be Good, Be Good…

Be good, be good, be always good,
And now & then be clever,
But don’t you ever be too good,
Nor ever be too clever;
For such as be too awful good
They awful lonely are,
And such as often clever be
Get cut & stung & trodden on by persons of lesser mental capacity, for this kind do by a law of their construction regard exhibitions of superior intellectuality as an offensive impertinence leveled at their lack of this high gift, & are prompt to resent such-like exhibitions in the manner above indicated — & are they justifiable? alas, alas they

(It is not best to go on; I think the line is already longer than it ought to be for real true poetry.)

Mark Twain


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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 You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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16 Responses to Be Good, Be Good…

  1. SenEstOR says:

    Is He….???


  2. Awesome it is….#PoeM…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Keep finding information like this. Many of the Gems that exist are not shared enough. Thank you for your research. Love it.


  4. cagedunn says:

    Reblogged this on Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales and commented:
    This is serious! Don’t laugh … I dare you …

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  5. I always felt this way in some capacity.

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  6. This was a lovely read; to the point I will revisit it later on tonight, to reflect on it more.

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  7. Abigail says:

    Twain seems rather bitter about the unjust treatment of the clever. I suspect that he leaned toward extreme cleverness rather than extreme kindness.

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    • Based on his writings and what his contemporaries said about him, he’s far from being ectreme kind. However, he’s indeed very clever.


      • Abigail says:

        This reminds me of the question asked of parents, “Would you rather that yoir kids be kind or smart?”
        On another note, I don’t know what anyone else’s experience is, but the ads on your site are acting up on my devices. Giant sheets of black have been blocking the content all day. I have to scroll up and down the page a few times to see just half of the post. Do you think that’s part of the glitch that affected your post from displaying?

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      • I’ll have a look at it later on another browser.

        Do you use an adblocer like Ublock Origin?

        For smartphones, the Opera and Dolphin browsers have built in adblockers.


      • Abigail says:

        No, I don’t think my phone has an adblocker. I use the Silk browser.
        I’ll just use the family computer to read your posts for now. 🙂


  8. shoreacres says:

    I was delighted to find Twain’s name at the end, for I already was thinking of him and his line from Following The Equator: “Be good, and you will be lonesome.” Fans of Jimmy Buffett know the line from his song “That’s What Living Is To Me.”

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