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By Mark Twain
QUOTATION: Tom took his whipping and went back to his seat not at all
broken-hearted, for he thought it was possible that he had unknowingly
upset the ink on the spelling-book himself, in some skylarking bouthe
had denied it for forms sake and because it was custom, and had
stuck to the denial from principle.
QUOTATION: Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that
offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had a troublesome
superabundance of that sort of time which is not money.
QUOTATION: The next moment he was showing off with all his
mightcuffing boys, pulling hair, making facesin a word, using
every art that seemed likely to fascinate a girl and win her applause.
QUOTATION: The boys dressed themselves, hid their accoutrements, and
went off grieving that there were no outlaws any more, and wondering what
modern civilization could claim to have done to compensate for their loss.
They said they would rather be outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than
President of the United States forever.
QUOTATION: She was so overcome by the splendor of his achievement that
she took him into the closet and selected a choice apple and delivered
it to him, along with an improving lecture upon the added value and flavor
a treat took to itself when it came without sin through virtuous effort.
And while she closed with a Scriptural flourish, he hooked
QUOTATION: This nightmare occupied some ten pages of manuscript and wound
off with a sermon so destructive of all hope to non-Presbyterians that
it took the first prize. This composition was considered to be the very
finest effort of the evening.... It may be remarked, in passing, that
the number of compositions in which the word beauteous was
over-fondled, and human experience referred to as lifes page,
was up to the usual average.
QUOTATION: He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing
itnamely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it
is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had been
a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now
have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to
do and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
QUOTATION: As the two boys walked sorrowing along, they made a new compact
to stand by each other and be brothers and never separate till death relieved
them of their troubles. Then they began to lay their plans. Joe was for
being a hermit, and living on crusts in a remote cave, and dying, some
time, of cold, and want, and grief; but after listening to Tom, he conceded
that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and
so he consented to be a pirate.
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