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We build a fire in a powder magazine, then double the fire department to put it out. We inflame wild beasts with the smell of blood, and then innocently wonder at the wave of brutal appetite that sweeps the land as a consequence.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910. He was characterizing war hawks and hate mongers. Demagogues and newspapers sometimes whipped up public opinion to a point of violence and then many would complain that our people are violent.

Mark Twain, Writer, Founder, Anti-Imperialist League, Speech, October 1907

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Mark Twain
Mark Twain
  • Born: November 30, 1835
  • Died: April 21, 1910
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel".

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