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March, 2010:

Mark Twain again

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it—and stop there—lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more.

via Gemba Panta Rei

Twain also wrote of opera, “that sort of intense but incoherent noise which always so reminds me of the time the orphan asylum burned down.”