Friday, July 5, 2019

Quote of the Day (Mark Twain, Offering a Presidential Candidate’s Early Attempt at ‘Spin’)

“The rumor that I buried a dead aunt under my grapevine was correct. The vine needed fertilizing, my aunt had to be buried, and I dedicated her to this high purpose. Does that unfit me for the presidency? The Constitution of our country does not say so. No other citizen was ever considered unworthy of this office because he enriched his grapevines with his dead relatives. Why should I be selected as the first victim of an absurd prejudice?”— American novelist, journalist, and satirist Mark Twain (1835-1910), “A Presidential Candidate,” in Collected Tales, Sketches,Speeches and Essays, 1852-1890, edited by Louis J. Budd

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