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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."

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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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