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  1. Write what you like; there is no other rule.
  2. Whenever he saw a dollar in another man’s hands he took it as a personal grudge, if he couldn’t take it any other way.
  3. The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.
  4. By nature and doctrines I am addicted to the habit of discovering choice places wherein to feed.
  5. I have been called ‘The American De Maupassant.’ Well, I never wrote a filthy word in my life, and I don’t like to be compared to a filthy writer.
  6. We may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us.
  7. The people of the State of Texas consist principally of men, women, and children, with a sprinkling of cowboys. The weather is very good, thermometer rarely rising above 2,500 degrees in the shade and hardly ever below 212.
  8. I never have time to read now. I did all my reading before I was twenty.
  9. Bohemia is nothing more than the little country in which you do not live. If you try to obtain citizenship in it, at once the court and retinue pack the royal archives and treasure and move away beyond the hills.
  10. It brings up happy old days when I was only a farmer and not an agriculturist.
  11. Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
  12. If men knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they’d never marry.
  13. East is East, and West is San Francisco, according to Californians. Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State.
  14. Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man’s starving!
  15. The Venturer is one who keeps his eye on the hedgerows and wayside groves and meadows while he travels the road to Fortune.
  16. She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).
  17. It’ll be a great place if they ever finish it.
  18. There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.
  19. It couldn’t have happened anywhere but in little old New York.
  20. By rights you’re a king. If I was you, I’d call for a new deal.

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