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East is East and West is West (and never the twain shall meet)

Said of two things are too different to ever be agreeable or harmonious. The phrase comes from a Rudyard Kipling poem. If you learn young that East is East and West is West, you won't waste time trying to convert people to your views.
See also: and, east, never, shall, twain, west

never the twain shall meet

These two people, things, or groups are so fundamentally different from one another that they will never be able to coexist or think alike. Primarily heard in US. My best friend is a staunch conservative, while my brother is a hardcore liberal, and never the twain shall meet.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain

never the twain shall meet


ne'er the twain shall meet

People say never the twain shall meet or ne'er the twain shall meet when they believe that there are so many differences between two groups of people or two groups of things that they can never exist together. The British education system is notorious for separating the sciences and the humanities. This academic `ne'er the twain shall meet' policy does not always reflect the needs of the real world. Note: People often vary this expression. For example, they say that the twain should meet or the twain are not supposed to meet. Although they recognised differences between East and West, they went on to argue that the twain should and must meet. Note: `Twain' is an old-fashioned word meaning two. This is a quotation from `The Ballad of East and West' (1889) by the English poet Rudyard Kipling: `Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.'
See also: meet, never, shall, twain

never the twain shall meet

two people or things are too different to exist alongside or understand each other.
This phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem ‘The Ballad of East and West’ ( 1892 ): ‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain

never the ˌtwain shall ˈmeet

(saying) used to say that two things are so different that they cannot exist together: People in the area where I grew up were either landowners or farmers, and never the twain shall meet.
Twain is an old word meaning ‘two’.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain
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And Twain himself, though long dead, seems ever more alive today in the controversy ignited by the 2011 issue of a sanitized "Huckleberry Finn" and in the jagged reminiscences of his new autobiography, which, by his own instruction was not to be published until 100 years after his death - presumably so those skewered would suffer no pain.
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1903), and "The Ten Commandments" (1905 or 1906), Twain uses humor and sarcasm to soften somewhat the virulence and bleakness of his attacks.
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More cumbersome is Vogel's logical fallacy of proving a negative, showing us what Twain could have done, in terms of antisemitism, but didn't.
Twain had one big theatrical hit with Colonel Sellers in 1874, but the other works he wrote for the stage are notoriously awful.
In what is sure to be a valuable addition to the library of Twain scholars, even if Mark Twain himself might have disapproved given his disdain for the genre, this volume gathers together all 258 verifiable English-language interviews with the revered American author, only a fourth of which have ever appeared since their original publication in late 19th and early 20th century periodicals.
Where earlier authors looked to England and Europe for aesthetic inspiration and cultural validation, writes Powers, Twain provided a "radically new native voice [that was] diametrically the opposite of Jamesian eloquence [and which] radiated, in its very homespun ardency, a new sort of American truth.