Quotation by Mark Twain

We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. speech, Nov. 1879. "The Babies," Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923).

Twain spoke at a banquet in which the fifteenth toast was, "The babies—as they comfort us in our sorrows, let us not forget them in our festivities."
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