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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16 thoughts on “Be Good, Be Good…

      1. 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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      2. 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.


      3. 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. 🙂


  1. 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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