Mark Twain on Nicotine Nannies – The Moral Statistician

How about a little Mark Twain.

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I came across this old file on my computer and thought I would pass it on to you all. I always enjoy Mark Twain and here he takes on the nannies who would tell us how to live our lives. Incredibly refreshing to read!

Originally published in Sketches, Old and New, 1893

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I don’t want any of your statistics; I took your whole batch and lit my pipe with it.
I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering out how much a man’s health is injured, and how much his intellect is impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course of ninety-two years’ indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner, etc. etc. And you are always figuring out how many…

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5 thoughts on “Mark Twain on Nicotine Nannies – The Moral Statistician

  1. I think we hit the highlights of this the other day on Taki. Great essay and proves that old guys are charming…and cool,

  2. Pingback: Mark Twain on Nicotine Nannies – The Moral Statistician | Manosphere.com

  3. Some more tobacco enthusiasts of note:
    Kurt Vonnegut, H.L. Mencken, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, Charles Bukowski, Rudyard Kipling…

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