"Truth," Mark Twain Instructs, "Is the Most Precious Thing We Have. Economise It."

February 9, 1895

Add to History Board Share Print
Back to The Collection
Manuscript
See full images and transcript
"Truth," Mark Twain Instructs, "Is the Most Precious Thing We Have. Economise It."
Autograph Quotation Signed
1 page | SMC 1696

Quick Reference

  • Theodor Herzl

    Background

    For those who quote Mark Twain far more than Shakespeare, this aphorism is as dear as a First Folio: “Truth,” Twain instructs, “is the most precious thing we have. Economise it.”

    It is said that during Clemens' stay in fin de siecle, and violently anti-Semitic, Vienna, this saying actually caused Clemens to be labeled a Jew.


    Autograph Aphorism Signed ('Mark Twain"), 1 page, duodecimo, Paris, February 9, 1895.
    Read More

    all pages and transcript

    Page 1/1

    Page 1 transcript
    Truth is the most precious thing we have.  Economise it.

    Truly Yours

    MARK TWAIN

    Paris,  Feb. 9/95.