More about Mark Twain quotations and Barry Popik's great research efforts

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 12 17:00:26 UTC 2012

Barry Popik has performed very valuable work on quotations attributed
to Mark Twain including some sayings mentioned in the recent article
by journalist Carl Cannon:

[Begin excerpt from personal communication]

What is a journalist covering the 2012 election supposed to do when
iconoclastic presidential candidate Buddy Roemer tweets (as he did
last March), “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be
safe – Abraham Lincoln.”
1. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes
you nothing. It was here first.” [Not Twain; Robert Jones Burdette.]
19. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read
the newspaper, you're misinformed.” [Not Twain; no known source.]
I couldn't find a good source, either -- B.P.
23. “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” [Not Twain --
and this line has no known source -- but as “Mark Twain in Eruption”
points out, he did say: “It is not worthwhile to try to keep history
from repeating itself, for man’s character will always make the
preventing of the repetitions impossible.”]

[End excerpt]

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