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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Mark Twain (1835–1910)
QUOTATION: We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.
ATTRIBUTION: MARK TWAIN (Samuel L. Clemens), A Tramp Abroad, vol. 2 (vol. 4 of The Writings of Mark Twain), chapter 14, p. 189 (1879, reprinted 1968).
SUBJECTS: Knowledge