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

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FISHING

How I do admire a man who can sit down & whale away with a pen just the same as if it was fishing -- or something else as full of pleasure & as void of labor.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 3 November 1878

You would teach me fishing? Go to -- you make me shudder. I haven't caught a fish -- for "sport" -- in 42 years. I'd rather lose a finger-joint, than see the poor devil struggle. Why, I don't get any real satisfaction -- that is, any lasting satisfaction -- out of seeing a man in pain. Except the missionary the other day.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 28 August 1901

You see, in our house there was a sort of family prejudice against going fishing if you hadn't permission. But it would frequently be bad judgment to ask. So I went fishing secretly, as it were -- way up the Mississippi.
- Speech, 7 March 1906

Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
- More Maxims of Mark, Merle Johnson, 1927

Sam goin' fishin' Illustration courtesy of Dave Thomson

Kern LP
1942 musical portrait of Mark Twain by Jerome Kern
from the Dave Thomson collection.
Selections from this album are now available on the CD KOSTELANETZ AND HIS ORCHESTRA
from amazon.com.

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