| To a man all things are possible but one--he
cannot have a hole in the seat of his breeches and keep his fingers out
of it. A man does seem to feel more distress and more persistent and distracting
solicitude about such a thing than he could about a sick child that was
threatening to grow worse every time he took his attention away from it.
- Letter to William Dean Howells, 27 June 1878
...it has never been my way to bother much about things which you can't cure.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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