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Not by Adam himself, but by his temperament — which he did not create and had no authority over.

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The people themselves are the final judges. Quoting a schoolchild in "English as She Is Taught" All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure.

Here today and gone tomorrow. He is the only Religious Animal. Does God want its society? I suppose it is, I dunno. This seems a hard fate. Answering a toast, "To the Babies," at a banquet in honor of General U. His own daughters were grown—his favorite, Susy, was dead by then—and he was lonely. His wife, after all, had nicknamed him Youth, and his most memorable fictional characters, of course, are the adolescent Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Its name is public opinion. As I slowly grow wise I briskly grow cautious. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more. A dream -- a shadow -- a ripple on the water -- a thing for invisible gods to sport with for a season and then toss idly by -- idly by.

Some think it the voice of God. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.

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They might be his daughters; or they might be his lovers. I'm sure that there are people out their who understood Twain's message and it is for The article also mentions that "anyone who has ever met him knew it [that he was troubled]".

Sometimes his book would enrage people so much that they felt they had to ban them.

That it took a hundred million years to prepare the world for him is proof that that is what it was done for. That is the life that is best worth living. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. Let us all be content with the tried and safe old regular religions, and take no chances on wildcat. I, not the State. His notes about Helen Allen reveal a yearning to be more than protector, mentor and grandfather. An odd resurfacing of the angelfish obsession occurred in , just weeks before his death, in letters and notebook entries regarding the fifteen-year-old Helen Allen, a moody young woman who fascinated him. He is the only animal that has the True Religion — several of them. Mark Twain Speaking , ed. I suppose that at those solemn times when we wake in the deeps of the night and reflect, there is not one of us who is not willing to confess that he is really only a soap-bubble, and as little worth the making. Twain, after all, was instantly recognizable, even before he decided to wear only white. When a great orator makes a great speech you are listening to ten centuries and ten thousand men — but we call it his speech, and really some exceedingly small portion of it is his. Stuart Miller, ISBN The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

Speech to Eastman College Now what I contend is that my body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it.

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Quote by Mark Twain: “There has been much tragedy in my life; at leas”