Mark Twain Quote


Source/Notes: Earliest attribution was found in "Impact of Federal Policies on Employment, Poverty, and Other Programs, 1973", p. 447: "He who swings a cat by the tail, learns things that one can only learn by swinging a cat by the tail." A similar quotation has also been attributed to Twain in "Weekly Underwriter, Volume 104" (1921): "The man who takes an angry cat by the tail will learn a lesson, but if he tries it on a it on a tiger, he is likely to get more lesson than is in anyway good for him"
Source/Notes: Attributed. Earliest occurrence was found, without attribution, in: "Collier's: Incorporating Features of the American Magazine, Volume 53" (1914), p. 8. This quotation has also been attributed to Rochefoucauld in: "The Rotarian", Jun 1935, p. 38. And to Alexander Chase too, which doesn't make sense, considering he was born in 1926. There is a similar quotation attributed to Alexandre Dumas: "All generalizations are dangerous, even this one."