• When the Lord finished the world, he pronounced it good. That is what I said about my first work, too. But Time, I tell you, Time takes the confidence out of these incautious opinions. It is more than likely that He thinks about the world, now, pretty much as I think about the Innocents Abroad. The fact is, there is a trifle too much water in both.

    Mark Twain, Dixon Wecter, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1949). “Mark Twain to Mrs. Fairbanks”, San Marino, Calif., Huntington Library