When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude
for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales. I scratch my head with
the lightning and purr myself to sleep with the thunder.
- Life on the Mississippi
It is the epitome of life. The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
- Letter to Edward Dimmitt, 7/19/1901
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