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Autobiography Of Mark Twain, Volume 1 Literary Quotes(2010) - Mark TwainRating Mail
...when you recollect something which belonged in an earlier chapter, do not go back, but jam it in where you are. Discursiveness does not hurt an autobiography in the least.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: Advice to his brother Orion, p. 8.]
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You cannot lay bare your private soul and look at it. You are too much ashamed of yourself. It is too disgusting. For that reason I confine myself to drawing the portraits of others.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 16]
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...an Autobiography is the truest of all books; for while it inevitably consists mainly of extinctions of the truth, shirkings of the truth, partial revealments of the truth, with hardly an instance of plain straight truth, the remorseless truth is there, between the lines, where the author-cat is raking dust upon it which hides from the disinterested spectator neither it nor its smell...—the result being that the reader knows the author in spite of his wily diligences.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: pp. 21–22]
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His grammar is foolishly correct, offensively precise. It flaunts itself in the reader's face all along, and struts and smirks and shows off, and is in a dozen ways irritating and disagreeable. To be serious, I write good grammar myself, but not in that spirit, I am thankful to say. That is to say, my grammar is of a high order, though not at the top. Nobody's is. Perfect grammar—persistent, continuous, sustained—is the fourth dimension, so to speak: many have sought it, but none has found it.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 120]
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We have been housekeeping a fortnight, now—long enough to have learned how to pronounce the servants' names, but not how to spell them. We shan't ever learn to spell them; they were invented in Hungary and Poland, and on paper they look like the alphabet out on a drunk.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 121]
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....it is not wise to keep the fire going under a slander unless you can get some large advantage out of keeping it alive. Few slanders can stand the wear of silence.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 161]
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For many years I believed that I remembered helping my grandfather drink his whisky toddy when I was six weeks old, but I do not tell about that any more, now; I am grown old, and my memory is not as active as it used to be. When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying, now, and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the latter. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 210]
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All creatures kill—there seems to be no exception; but of the whole list, man is the only one that kills for fun; he is the only one that kills in malice, the only one that kills for revenge.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 312]
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We are always anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: upon being told he had a good head for business, p. 378]
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Persons who think there is no such thing as luck—good or bad—are entitled to their opinion, although I think they ought to be shot for it.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 380]
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Howells applauded, and was full of praises and endorsement, which was wise in him and judicious. If he had manifested a different spirit I would have thrown him out of the window. I like criticism, but it must be my way.
[Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith: p. 441]
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