...rumor will die itself if you will only give it three days. Start any rumor,
and if the public can go with its curiosity unsatisfied for three days something
else will spring up which will make the public forget all about the first one.
- A Bibliography of Mark Twain, Merle Johnson
It has been reported that I was seriously ill--it was another man; dying--it was another man; dead--the other man again...As far as I can see, nothing remains to be reported, except that I have become a foreigner. When you hear it, don't you believe it. And don't take the trouble to deny it. Merely just raise the American flag on our house in Hartford and let it talk.
- Letter to Frank E. Bliss, 11/4/1897
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