I am dead to adverbs; they cannot excite me. To misplace an adverb is a thing
which I am able to do with frozen indifference; it can never give me a pang.
... There are subtleties which I cannot master at all,--the confuse me, they
mean absolutely nothing to me,--and this adverb plague is one of them. ... Yes,
there are things which we cannot learn, and there is no use in fretting about
it. I cannot learn adverbs; and what is more I won't.
- "Reply to a Boston Girl," Atlantic Monthly, June 1880
best collection of Twain's quotes on writers and writing, is Mark Dawidziak's
collection MARK MY WORDS.
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