Mark Twain Trail Quote of the Day – Friday – January 5, 2024


“You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions, or its office holders.  The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.  To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags  —  this is loyalty to unreason, it is pure animal; it belongs to monarchy, was invented by monarchy, let monarchy keep it.”  Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, 1889