This is interesting, because it illustrates perfectly what happens
when searching for the authentic Twain quotation.
Barb Schmidt's wonderful _www.Twainquotes.com_ (http://www.Twainquotes.com)
has, of course:
"I was born modest; not all over, but in spots." -- from A Connecticut
And then there is:
"I was born modest, but it didn't last." This, I believe, is an editorial
made for the stage by Hal Holbrook. And it works, of course. So well, in
over the last 55 years, that it seems to have passed into the Twain lexicon
However, and this seems to me to be the original and one that works equally
"I was born modest, but it wore off." -- from the "Layman's Sermon," 1906.
I could be wrong, but then it's easy to do that when trying to nail down
elusive "authoritative" version. Anyone with better instincts or info can
as they see necessary. That is what is most appealing about the Twain
Eventually, we get it right. Or beat it to death trying. And that's
Pardon the editorial.