Good intentions, indeed.
But wait, there's more. Consider this quote: “I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one."
Or another quote: "This editor is a critic. He has pulled out his carving-knife and his tomahawk and is starting after a book which he is going to have for breakfast."
Let's not stop there:
"That is a society editor, sitting there elegantly dressed, with his legs crossed in that indolent way, observing the clothes the ladies wear, so that he can describe them for his paper and make them out finer than they are and get bribes for it and become wealthy."
"I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one."
"I hate editors, for they make me abandon a lot of perfectly good English words."
It's a shame that Twain didn't have a better relationship with editors. With a good editor or two, he might have been an even better writer.
Or he might have been in prison or on the gallows for murder.
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