Mark Twain quote about cowardice from Following the Equator - There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
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There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
 Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897). copy citation

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Author Mark Twain
Source Following the Equator
Topic cowardice temptation protection
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 had the Tasmanian's spirit and endurance, and a notable share of military science besides; and so he rose against the oppressor, did this gallant «fanatic,» and started a war that was not brought to a definite end until more than a generation had sped.
CHAPTER XXXVI.
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
—Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.
Names are not always what they seem. The common Welsh name Bzjxxllwep is pronounced Jackson.
—Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.
Friday, December 13.” source

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