Mark Twain Quotes

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I can live for two months on a good compliment.

No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.

Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better know by his pen name of Mark Twain, is often recognized as one of America’s greatest humorists.  Novelist and writer William Faulkner called him the “father of American literature.”  While he was in California in 1865, his literary skills struck gold with the story of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Writer’s Magic

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Galaxy of words

Waiting to be tapped

Crafting from stardust

Pleasantly gift-wrapped


Visionary words

Stirring with brilliance

Enchanting journey

Story’s resilience


Wizardry of words

Taking center stage

Spellbinding verses

Poetry’s new age


Writer’s gifted words

Singing with passion

Finding fresh magic

Vocal compassion


Endless cache of words

Weaving life’s heartbeat

Drafting each new page

Adventure’s front seat


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Words Count (Haiku Series #171)

Quick Reversal

Holding back anger

Bitterness evaporates—

Speak with tenderness

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Being Yourself

Truth and honesty

Always being neighborly—

Words share life’s blessings

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Nothing Tastes Better

Choosing words wisely

Filling each one with kindness—

Sweeter than honey

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God’s Perspective

From Psalm 8:4-6:  “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.  You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.”

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People judging people each day

Empty, hurtful words hunting prey


Frozen in polarizing world

Harshest, cruelest comments unfurled


Selfish thoughts swarm to harm and crush

Discolor with darkest paintbrush


Critique our words and appearance

One voice moves their disappearance


Self-esteem sinks in stormy seas

Rising up with God’s gentle breeze


God’s perspective always matters

His truly counts, others scatter


Listen to Father in Heaven

Divine thoughts arrive to leaven


Life’s identity rests with God

Truest actions, never be flawed


Hear marvelous news from above

God values us, unselfish love


Always, always remember this

God’s perception, never amiss


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From Psalm 8:1-2:  “Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.”

Words Count

From James 3:5-6:  “How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!   And the tongue is a fire.  The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

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Children sometimes hearing these words

Sticks and stones may break someone’s bones

But, cruel words shall not hurt thee

Sadly, words can harm like thrown stones


Taming his rough tongue, mankind fails

Harsh words lash out, crushing others

Steers life toward ominous clouds

Disrespecting earthly brothers


Mothers teaching, “Now bite your tongue”

How often must we all forget?

Allowing words to run amuck

Their cold misdeeds, sin’s rising debt


Practice daily, Christ’s “Golden Rule”

Taming tongue, words chosen rightly

No longer curse, but life’s blessing

Words count, so use them politely


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From James 3:10-12:  “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.  Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs?  No more can salt water yield fresh.”

Power of Words

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Words used every day

Little or much to say


Used in positive ways

Conveying life’s essays


Mindful, powerful voices

Daily, humble choices


Impacting other lives

Celebrate with high fives


Disciplined purpose speaks

Positivity seeks


Sharing tender kindness

Truthful, without blindness


Careful to help and heal

Offering a square deal


Words paying it forward

True and straightforward


Thoughtful expressions said

Weaving with tender thread


Replace evil with good

Words plain and understood


Honest lyrics in song

Carried through all day long


Life unfolds from our text

Watchful where words go next


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This poem was written several days before January 6, 2021.  Its intention was to praise and encourage the positive power of words.  The events taking place in Washington, DC on January 6 showed the negative power of words.  How will our future words speak?