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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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Edmund Frederick portrait

Illustration by Edmund Frederick from
"An Interview with Mark Twain," by
Clara Morris for
METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE
March 1904

...what sorry shows and shadows we are. Without our clothes and our pedestals we are poor things and much of a size; our dignities are not real, our pomps are shams. At our best and stateliest we are not suns, as we pretended, and teach, and believe, but only candles; and any bummer can blow us out.
- "The Memorable Assassination"

 


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