|No god and no religion can survive ridicule.
No church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in
a fair field and live.
- Notebook, 1888
There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson
Sense of ridicule is bitterer than death & more feared.
-- met commit suicide daily to escape it.
- Mark Twain's Notebooks and Journals, Vol. 3, p. 346.
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