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

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RATTLESNAKE

I now perceive why all men are the deadly and uncompromising enemies of the rattlesnake: it is merely because the rattlesnake has not speech. Monarchy has speech, and by it has been able to persuade man that it differs somehow from the rattlesnake, has something valuable about it somewhere, something worth preserving, something even good and high and fine, when properly "modified," something entitling it to protection from the club of the first comer who catches it out of its hole.
- An unpublished letter on the Czar, 1890
Rattlesnake


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