| The proverb says, "Born lucky, always
lucky," and I am very superstitious. As a small boy I was notoriously
lucky. It was usual for one or two of our lads (per annum) to get drowned
in the Mississippi or in Bear Creek, but I was pulled out in a 2/3 drowned
condition 9 times before I learned to swim, and was considered to be a cat
- Letter to Henry H. Rogers, 2 January 1895
It is strange the way the ignorant and inexperienced so often and so
undeservedly succeed when the informed and the experienced fail.
HARPER'S WEEKLY, March 18, 1905
They do say that when a man starts down hill everybody is ready to help him
with a kick, and I suppose it is so.
- Letter to San Francisco Alta California, printed March 15, 1867
A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to you than the ninety-and
-nine which you had to work for, and money won at faro or in stock snuggles
into your heart in the same way.
- "The Shrine of St. Wagner"
All people have had ill luck, but Jairus's daughter and Lazarus had the worst.
- Notebook, 1898
Indeed, none but the Deity can tell what is good luck and what is bad before
the returns are all in.
- Letter to Samuel Moffett, 6 August 1904
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