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

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FIRES

Twain at Klapproth's
Mark Twain in Old Crow ad from 1981

In America we prefer to kindle the fire with the kerosene can and chance the inquest.
- "Some National Stupidities"

A village fire-company does not often get a chance to show off, and so when it does get a chance it makes the most of it. Such citizens of that village as were of a thoughtful and judicious temperament did not insure against fire; they insured gainst the fire-company.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson

 

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