Quotation by Mark Twain

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. (Originally published 1870). A Mysterious Visit, Complete Humourous Sketches and Tales, ed. Charles Neider (1961).

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