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

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There is only one expert who is qualified to examine the souls and the life of a people and make a valuable report--the native novelist. ....And when a thousand able novels have been written, there you have the soul of the people; and not anywhere else can these be had.
- "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us"

Clemens in bed writing
Stereoscope photo from the
Dave Thomson collection


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