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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Source Notes: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (chapter 22, "Tom's Confidence Betrayed--Expects Signal Punishment") (1876). Tom here realizes the difficulty of keeping the vows, of the Cadets of Temperance, that he "abstain from smoking, chewing, and profanity."
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a famous and popular American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer.
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