What is Mark Twain's central idea in "Advice to Youth"?

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Is it not amazing that anyone would ask Mark Twain, America's curmudgeon, to address a group of young girls?  As so cogently put on the site listed below, it did, indeed, "turn the conventional moral lecture on its head."

Yet, in his satire --as is usually the case with satire--Twain does give some solid moral advice.  The main point is what the previous poster has succinctly written, conventional wisdom is often hypocritical and phony:  Getting up with the lark does not make one a better person, obeying one's parents simply...

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