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Mark Twain

“As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out. . . . don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.”

— quoted in “12 Timeless Writing Tips from Mark Twain


Mark Twain

“The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean; I know this by my own experience, and to this day I cherish an unappeasable bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again this side of the grave.”

–Letter to Asa Don Dickson, November 21, 1905


“History does note repeat itself, but it rhymes an awful lot.”

— often attributed to Mark Twain, mentioned (as a “timeworn truism”) by Norman Solomon in his well worth reading “The Ghost of Hubert Humphrey


Mark Twain

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

–Mark Twain, from The Art of Authorship, quoted by Bartleby

 

 


Mark Twain

“We do not remember the exact date of the invention of stoves, but it was some years ago.”

–Mark Twain

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Quoted by Steve Mirsky in “Anti Gravity,” Scientific American, Dec. 2014


THE BOOK OF MORMON, n. Chloroform in print.

–Mark Twain

(Slightly rephrased–originally a comment in Roughing It: “It is chloroform in print.”)


“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

–Mark Twain

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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