Loie [Fuller], like myself--both red-headed--knew that ambition is a horse
that more than one can ride. I grabbed that idea 'way back in the seventies
when Artemus Ward came down lecturing Virginia way. Art was a success and I
liked the lordly nonchalance with which he spent two or three hundred dollars
on a tear. I helped him spend plenty, I assure you, but when Art and the brown
taste in my mouth had gone, I took stock. 'Sam,' I said to myself, quite familiar-like,
'Sam, your mental adipose is as good as his, and in originality you can beat
him dead.' After these encouraging remarks, I set to work making good.
- quoted in Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, by Henry W. Fischer (1922).