Mark Twain on Worthless Second-Hand Beliefs

In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

—Mark Twain, Autobiography

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  • vasaroti

    A fine quote, with the caveat that today a brass farthing would probably fetch something on eBay.

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • Reginald Selkirk

    No mention of whether the Twain coins will feature the phrase “In God We Trust.” But we all know he didn’t.

  • john m

    Religion is the shadow of an imagined reality!