Quoting Mark Twain: “We are strangely and wonderfully made”

Some of Mark Twain’s writings were collected in 1909 but not published until 1962, as Letters from the Earth. Opening it at random, I found this:

“We are strangely made. We think we are wonderful creatures. Part of the time we think that, at any rate. And during that interval we consider with pride our mental equipment, with its penetration, its power of analysis, its ability to reason out clear conclusions from confused facts, and all the lordly rest of it; and then comes a rational interval and disenchants us. Disenchants us and lays us bare to ourselves, and we see that intellectually we are no great things; that we seldom really know the things we think we know; that our best-built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows.”

Letters from the Earth, chapter “The Great Dark,” from HarperPerennial edition of 1991, ISBN 0-06-092105-6, page 258

See also
People’s beliefs and convictions
Mark Twain on writing crisply.


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