Mark Twain quote about diamonds from Following the Equator - It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.
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It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.
 Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897). copy citation

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Author Mark Twain
Source Following the Equator
Topic diamonds second-hand
Date 1897
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2895/2895-h/2895-h.htm

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“He knew that, whether he was to blame or not, the company owning the vessel would discharge him and make a devotion—to—passengers' safety advertisement out of it, and his chance to make a livelihood would be permanently gone.
XXXIV.
Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.
—Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.
November 27. To-day we reached Gisborne, and anchored in a big bay; there was a heavy sea on, so we remained on board.
We were a mile from shore; a little steam-tug put out from the land; she was an object of thrilling interest; she would climb to the summit of a billow, reel drunkenly there a moment, dim and gray in the driving storm of spindrift, then make a plunge like a diver and remain out of sight until one had given her up, then up she would dart again, on a steep slant toward the sky, shedding Niagaras of water from her forecastle—and this she kept up, all the way out to us.” source

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