[PW] Quote: Some people are troubled by the things in the Bible they can’t understand. The things that trouble me are the things I can understand. (Attributed to Mark Twain 1915)
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Sun Sep 24 03:58:06 PDT 2017
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> On September 23, 2017 at 3:04 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> A correspondent asked me to explore a version of the quotation in the
> subject line. I did not see a version on Barbara Schmidt's wonderful
> “Twain Quotes” website. Wikiquote listed the saying in the "Unsourced/
> Possible Fakes" section of the Mark Twain webpage with a first
> citation in 1971.
> Random House Webster's Quotationary (2001) and The Times Book of
> Quotations (2000) included instances with 1987 and 1975 citations.
> I've located an instance attributed to Twain in 1915. He died in 1910.
> The phrasing has been highly variable over the decades, and my current
> conclusion rejects the ascription to Twain. Here is a link:
> Earlier citations and insights would be welcome. Thanks.
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