|To ask a doctor or builder or sculptor for his
autograph would be in no way rude. To ask one of those for a specimen of
his work, however, is quite another thing, and the request might be justifiably
refused. It would never be fair to ask a doctor for one of his corpses to
remember him by.
- quoted in "Mark Twain on Autographs," Chicago Daily Tribune, March 24, 1902, p. 12.
It is wonderful how that little "per" does take the stuffing out
of an autograph.
- Letter to W. D. Howells, October 27, 1879
The sane man readeth first but the ass signeth without looking.
- inscription in copy of Innocents Abroad to Judge John N. Nickerson. Quoted in "Our Friend Mark Twain" by Helen Nickerson Upson in
The Redding Times, June 2, 1960. Online at http://twainproject.blogspot.com/, November 14, 2009.
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