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

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ENERGY

 

What is a government without energy? And what is a man without energy? Nothing--nothing at all. What is the grandest thing in "Paradise Lost"--the Arch-Fiend's terrible energy! What was the greatest feature in Napoleon's character? His unconquerable energy! Sum all the gifts that man is endowed with, and we give our greatest share of admiration to his energy. And today, if I were a heathen, I would rear a statue to Energy and fall down and worship it!
- Letter to Orion Clemens, 6/1860

 

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