A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907.. 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.