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

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LIGHTNING

The fear of lightning is one of the most distressing infirmities a human being can be afflicted with. It is mostly confined to women, but now and then you find it in a little dog, and sometimes a man.
- "Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning"

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
- Letter, 8/28/1908

The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn't leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether--Well, you'd think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.
- "The Weather," Mark Twain's Speeches

The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
- Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888

Clemens with stand up hair

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