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A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907.[1][2][3]. Credit: A.F. Bradley,


Mark Twain once attended a meeting at which one of the speakers was raising money. Twain, deeming the cause a worthy one, decided to donate $40. As the speaker droned on, however, he decided to cut his contribution in half.

With no end in sight, Twain cut his intended offer again, to $10.

Eventually, a collection basket was passed around. When it finally reached him, Twain removed a dollar and passed it along.

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