"The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog" Mark Twain


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Many "historical fact" or picture accounts on Twitter claim that Mark Twain said this, but no source is given e.g. Source: https://twitter.com/oldpicsarchive/status/849581411036168192

According to Wikiquote https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Mark_Twain this quote is unsourced or possible fake.
Example of a book "The Book of Uncommon Quips and Quotations", 2003: https://books.google.fi/books?isbn=8122308406 - attributed to Mark Twain but no source is given
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After searching high and low I, also, cannot find a source to Mark Twain ever stating this.

I did find a reference to Alfonse de Lamartine, making a similar statement to a "Count D'orsey"
book/D'orsey's letters published 1852 link here

Lamartine told me yesterday: The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs

This is the earliest actual source I could, find although there are also claims that a
Madame de Staël 1766-july 1817 said:
'The more I see of men the more I like dogs'.
Plus je vois l'homme, plus j'aimie chiens

I haven't been able to verify that yet. She would obviously predate Lamartine.

Either way, although Twain seems he would have shared the sentiment at times and he might have uttered it at a garden party at one time or other, it seems Lamartine would have predated him, as far as possible origins, as Twain would have been only 14 years old at that time.

There was also a similar usage published 1868.
A. Toussenel: L'esprit des bêtes: Mammifères de France
which translates to
"Rabies, which makes beasts resemble men of religious fanaticism, is not a dog, but a wolf. One will speak in his place. Let us summarize our opinion on the Dog:
The more one learns to know the man, the more one learns to estimate (value, respect) the dog."
*most quotes of him online translate it to "admire the dog".


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Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote The Chronicles of Avonlea, published in 1912. In Chapter VIII, The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's, the "narrator" of the story state, "The more I saw of men, the more I liked cats."

This is the closest I have every read to the Mark Twain quote. Did LMM create this herself or was it an expression of the times?

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