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

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HARTFORD MANSION

To us our house was not unsentient matter--it had a heart & a soul & eyes to see us with, & approvals & solicitudes & deep sympathies; it was of us, & we were in its confidence, & lived in its grace & in the peace of its benediction. We never came home from an absence that its face did
not light up & speak out its eloquent welcome--& we could not enter it unmoved.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, quoted in Mark Twain: A Biography

...combination Mississippi River steamboat and cuckoo clock.
- quote attributed to Clemens by Friedrich Eckstein in Our Famous Guest, Dolmetsch

It wouldn't do to call it "mongrel" for that would be offensive to some. I guess we'll call it "eclectic"--the word describes everything that can't be otherwise described.
- interview "Mark Twain Encountered," New York Herald, Dec. 8, 1884

Hartford mansion 1800s
Photo of Hartford home, 1800s from
Dave Thomson collection


Hartford mansion today
Hartford mansion as it looks today.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Bochynski.


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