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

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DON QUIXOTE

 

I had rather you read fifty "Jumping Frogs" than one Don Quixote. Don Quixote is one of the most exquisite books that was ever written, and to lose it from the world's literature would be as the wresting of a constellation from the symmetry and perfection of the firmament--but neither it nor Shakespeare are proper books for virgins to read until some hand has culled them of their grossness.
- Letter to Olivia, 3/1/1869

 

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