Mr. Natural

Can you guess what well-known personage made the following statement?

“I don’t like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees!”

The personality who said this would have been a natural writer. In a handful of words, he (ok, I’m giving you a hint, it was a man) not only manages to create an unforgettable, totally original  image that instantly conveys a complex activity — but he does so in a way that makes you burst out laughing. (The humor comes mainly because the two frames of reference, preaching and bee-keeping, are so discordant, yet when you think of the image, so perfectly apt.  The joke is that maybe they aren’t so dissimilar after all.)   It describes perfectly and lampoons brilliantly in the same phrase.

Now that I’ve written that last sentence, I realize I  could only be referring to one of two people: Mark Twain, and the man who actually uttered this remark.

One more hint:

Lincoln silhouette

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