How I do admire a man who can sit down & whale away with a pen just the
same as if it was fishing -- or something else as full of pleasure & as
void of labor.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 3 November 1878
You would teach me fishing? Go to -- you make me shudder. I haven't
caught a fish -- for "sport" -- in 42 years. I'd rather lose a finger-joint,
than see the poor devil struggle. Why, I don't get any real satisfaction --
that is, any lasting satisfaction -- out of seeing a man in pain. Except
the missionary the other day.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 28 August 1901
| You see, in our house there was a sort of
family prejudice against going fishing if you hadn't permission. But it
would frequently be bad judgment to ask. So I went fishing secretly, as
it were -- way up the Mississippi.
- Speech, 7 March 1906
Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly,
don't tell them where they know the fish.
|Illustration courtesy of Dave Thomson|
1942 musical portrait of Mark Twain by Jerome Kern
from the Dave Thomson collection.
Selections from this album are now available on the CD KOSTELANETZ AND HIS ORCHESTRA
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