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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
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