|| Human nature cannot be studied in cities except
at a disadvantage--a village is the place. There you can know your man inside
and out--in a city you but know his crust; and his crust is usually a lie.
- Notebook #20, Jan. 1882 - Feb. 1883
It is human nature that even the most conscienceless thieves do not like
to be pilloried in the Rogues' Gallery.
Isn't human nature the most consummate sham & lie that was ever invented?
Isn't man a creature to be ashamed of in pretty much all is aspects? Is he really
fit for anything but to be stood up on the street corner as a convenience for
dogs? Man, "Know thyself --& then thou wilt despise thyself, to a dead
- Letter to William Dean Howells, August 31, 1884
Such is human-nature. The man who drinks beer at home always criticizes the
champagne, and finds fault with the Burgundy when he is invited out to dinner.
- Letter from Mark Twain, Chicago Republican, May 19, 1868
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