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    Smile the prudence never to practice =?

    It is by the goodness of God that we have in our country three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

    Mark Twain


    Hello! Could someone else interpret the sentence which I highlight in blue for me? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: the prudence never to practice =?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    It is by the goodness of God that we have in our country three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

    Hello! Could someone else interpret the sentence which I highlight in blue for me? Thanks in advance!
    It means "the good sense never to use our freedom or speech or freedom of conscience". It's meant to be ironic.
    It's obviously a very silly aphorism; some other context would be necessary to explain why he said it. For example, he might have just been heavily criticised for speaking out about something.

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