of Twain by Walter Russell,1935 located in the Museum next to
Clemens' Boyhood Home
in Hannibal, MO. Photo from the
Dave Thomson collection.
Moralizing, I observed, then, that "all that glitters is not gold."
Mr. Ballou said I could go further than that, and lay it up among my treasures
of knowledge, that nothing that glitters is gold. So I learned then, once
for all, that gold in its native state is but dull, unornamental stuff,
and that only lowborn metals excite the admiration of the ignorant with
an ostentatious glitter. However, like the rest of the world, I still
go on underrating men of gold and glorifying men of mica. Commonplace
human nature cannot rise above that.
- Roughing It