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'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' Quotes

Mark Twain's Famous & Controversial Classic

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Study Guide Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), is the famous tale of Huckleberry Finn, who journeys down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave, Jim. The wit and wisdom of Mark Twain shines through in this novel. Here are a few famous quotations from the novel:
  • "There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "The average man don't like trouble and danger."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is--a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "All I say is, kings is kings, and you got to make allowances. Take them all around, they're a mighty ornery lot. It's the way they're raised."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "Pray for me! I reckoned if she knowed me she'd take a job that was more nearer her size. But I bet she done it, just the same--she was just that kind. She had the grit to pray for Judus if she took the notion--there warn't no back-down to her, I judge."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "I hain't ever seen her since that time that I see her go out of that door; no, I hain't ever seen her since, but I reckon I've thought of her a many and a many a million times, and of her saying she would pray for me; and if ever I'd a thought it would do any good for me to pray for HER, blamed if I wouldn't a done it or bust."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • "Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that's on its mind and can't make itself understood, and so can't rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving."
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

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