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Gretchen Martin <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:38:14 +0000
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That resembles Twain's distinction between work and play in Tom Sawyer, Ch. 2: "If he [Tom] had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do" (33).  

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From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Fred Harwood
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 5:48 PM
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Subject: Re: GEICO quotes Twain

Seems very widely attributed. Anyone?

On Feb 22, 2012, at 3:41 PM, Terry Ballard wrote:

> We were driving home on Monday when we heard that lovable lizard on 
> the radio say "Mark Twain said that the secret to success is making 
> your vocation your vacation." We looked at each other - "CLINK." Most 
> Twain misquotes at least sound like him. I dutifully checked it out in 
> Google Books, and found about 3 dozen hits. When limited to books 
> published before 1920, that goes down to zero. Mark Twain never said that.
> --
> Terry Ballard
> Assistant Director of Technical Services for Library Systems The New 
> York Law School
> 185 West Broadway, New York, NY, 10013
> 212-431-2106
> Author of the forthcoming book "Google this"
> "My memory has a mind of its own."

Fred Harwood
Linwood Cottage