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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Quotes from the novel by Mark Twain

Related Quotes:   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  Mark Twain
"TOM!"
No answer.
"TOM!"
No answer.
"What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!"
No answer.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Opening lines of book, Aunt Polly calls Tom, Chapter 1.
Spare the rod and spile the child, as the good book says. I'm a-laying up sin and suffering for us both, I know. He's full of the old scratch, but laws-a-me! He's my own dead sister's boy, poor thing, and I ain't got the heart to lash him somehow. Every time I let him off my conscience does hurt me so; and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks.
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Aunt Polly on Tom, Chapter 1.
He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though--and loathed him.
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Tom thinking, Chapter 1.
Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.
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Chapter 2.
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.
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Tom's discovery, Chapter 2.
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
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Chapter 2.
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
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Chapter 5.
The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod — and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and thinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving.
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At Sunday church sermon, Chapter 5.
Huckleberry was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town because he was idle, and lawless, and vulgar, and bad - and because all their children admired him so, and delighted in his forbidden society, and wished they dared to be like him.
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Chapter 6.
You only just tell a boy you won't ever have anybody but him, ever ever ever, and then you kiss and that's all. Anybody can do it.
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Becky to Tom, Chapter 7.
The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
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Chapter 8.
They said they would rather be outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States forever.
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Tom and Joe Harper, Chapter 8.
Five years ago you drove me away from your father's kitchen one night, when I come to ask for something to eat, and you said I warn't there for any good; and when I swore I'd get even with you if it took a hundred years, your father had me jailed for a vagrant. Did you think I'd forget? The Injun blood ain't in me for nothing. And now I've got you, and you got to settle, you know!
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Injun Joe to Dr. Robinson, Chapter 9.
She was a subscriber to all the "Health" periodicals and phrenological frauds; and the solemn ignorance they were inflated with was breath to her nostrils. All the rot they contained about ventilation, and how to go to bed, and how to get up, and what to eat, and what to drink, and how much exercise to take, and what frame of mind to keep oneself in, and what sort of clothing to wear, was all gospel to her, and she never observed that health journals of the current month customarily upset everything they had recommended the month before. She was as simple-hearted and honest as the day was long, and so she was an easy victim. She gathered together her quack periodicals and her quack medicines, and, thus armed with death, went about on her pale horse, metaphorically speaking, with "hell following after."
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Of Aunt Polly, Chapter 12.
Oh, they just have a bully time - take ships, and burn them, and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there's ghosts and things to watch, it, and kill everybody in the ships - make 'em walk a plank. they don't kill the women - they're too noble. And the women's always beautiful, too.
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Tom about pirates, Chapter 13.
There was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only "hooking," while taking bacon and hams and such valuables was plain simple stealing — and there was a command against that in the Bible. So they inwardly resolved that so long as they remained in the business, their piracies should not again be sullied with the crime of stealing.
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Tom and friends Huck and Joe, Chapter 13.
Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindnesses to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and remorse were being indulged: and best of all, the departed were the talk of the whole town, and the envy of all the boys, as far as this dazzling notoriety was concerned. This was fine. It was worth being a pirate, after all.
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Tom, Huck and Joe feel like heroes, after learning the town thinks they are drowned, chapter 14.
As the service proceeded, the clergyman drew such pictures of the graces, the winning ways, and the rare promise of the lost lads, that every soul there, thinking he recognized these pictures, felt a pang in remembering that he had persistently blinded himself to them always before, and had as persistently seen only faults and flaws in the poor boys.
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Funeral service for Tom, Huck and Joe, Chapter 17.
What a hero Tom was become now! He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger, as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him. And indeed it was; he tried not to seem to see the looks or hear the remarks as he passed along, but they were food and drink to him.
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On his return from pretending to be a pirate on the island Tom is treated like a hero, Chapter 18.
I could forgive the boy, now, if he'd committed a million sins!
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Aunt Polly about Tom, Chapter 19.
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.
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Chapter 22.
Tom was a glittering hero once more. There were some that believed he would be President yet, if he escaped hanging.
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Tom is a hero after giving evidence against murderer Injun Joe, Chapter 24.
Huck Finn's wealth, and the fact that he was under the Widow Douglas's protection, introduced him into society - no, dragged him into it, hurled him into it - and his sufferings were almost more than he could bear. whithersoever he turned, the bars and shackles of civilization shut him in and bound him hand and foot.
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Chapter 35.
When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop--that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.
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Conclusion.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a 1876 novel about a boy growing up in a town on the Mississippi River. It was written by American writer and homorist Mark Twain. Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, and died on April 21, 1910.


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