America Is The Greatest, Freest and Most Decent Society In Existence

Among the reasons why I like this blog community that I have over here is that on different occasions, I have been given a good advice or food for thought 🙂 As we speak, I am in dire need of finding the authentic quote from Mark Twain that starts with:

America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It’s an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. (Mark Twain)

I need a bona fide reference and I am particularly interested in finding the 3rd sentence of the above quote : This country offers …

I already checked on google but I get some really bad versions and it does not seem as the authentic quote from Twain.

So, if any of my readers (and there are quite a few) can indicate me a good reference for this quote, it would be great! Yes, it’s for an assignment of mine 🙂

Thanks a bunch and have a great weekend!

PS. The point of this post was and is getting help in identifying the original quote from Mark Twain. Comments pro or con discussing racism and other unrelated stuff shall not be published and are completely moderated. Please read the post entirely before rushing into pro or con debates. Thank you.

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8 Responses to America Is The Greatest, Freest and Most Decent Society In Existence

  1. Can’t help with the Mark Twain thing but I do like the header – is it Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech?

    • Yes, it is Majorelle Gardens 🙂
      But I really need the Twain original quote… somewhere… somehow

      • Is it definitely Twain? There are a lot of references in respect of this quotation to Dinesh D’Souza and his book ‘What is so great about America?’ or perhaps he was quoting Twain?

      • That is the problem: D’Souza is paraphrasing Twain and all the google references point to him without him mentioning that it’s Twain who originally said it. The 3rd sentence poses a problem because I do not have the original quote and D’Souza is paraphrasing there. But it’s Twain the main reference…

  2. Jackie says:

    The quote is attributed to two people – neither one of them Mark Twain. According to this link: http://tinyurl.com/kl4sbuu the author of the quote is Albert F. Chestone and according to an Amazon review I read Dinesh D’Souza’s is the author. Both say it in their books with no attribution to anyone else. It appears D’Souza is the first one to have said it seeing as his book was published in 2002 and Chestone’s was published in 2009.

    • Thank you Jackie! But… I have it as reference quotation in a French book and it’s given to Twain (in French) and I also found it on the web (without the last sentence) also given credit to Twain. So, it’s still not clear. Unfortunately.

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