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Quotation by Mark Twain
"A Cat Tale" Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) Adam, in "Wednesday" Extracts from Adam's Diary (1893) "Advice for Good Little Girls" Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992) "Advice to Youth" Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992)
A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razorstrap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. Quoted in Greatly Exaggerated, "Gifts," ed. Alex Ayres (1988).
This was Twain's reply to a lady who asked Twain if he thought a book was the most useful gift one could give.
Surprise me with a
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