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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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HANDSHAKE

A most moving and pulse-stirring honor--the heartfelt grope of the hand, and the welcome that does not descend from the pale, gray matter of the brain but rushes up with the red blood of the heart.
- The Begum of Bengal speech, 1907
Twain handshake
Illustration by Dan Beard for "Travelling with a Reformer"
COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE, Dec. 16, 1893.
From the Dave Thomson collection

 

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