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Split a text into sentences shorter than 140 characters.
#!/usr/bin/env python
# encoding: utf-8
"""
Split a text into sentences shorter than 140 characters.
You'll need to first install TextBlob by running:
pip install -U textblob
Then stick your text into the text bit below and run this script:
python tweetables.py
"""
from textblob import TextBlob
text = '''
But if, in the face of all this, you still declare that whaling has no
aesthetically noble associations connected with it, then am I ready to
shiver fifty lances with you there, and unhorse you with a split helmet
every time.
The whale has no famous author, and whaling no famous chronicler, you
will say.
THE WHALE NO FAMOUS AUTHOR, AND WHALING NO FAMOUS CHRONICLER? Who wrote
the first account of our Leviathan? Who but mighty Job! And who composed
the first narrative of a whaling-voyage? Who, but no less a prince than
Alfred the Great, who, with his own royal pen, took down the words from
Other, the Norwegian whale-hunter of those times! And who pronounced our
glowing eulogy in Parliament? Who, but Edmund Burke!
True enough, but then whalemen themselves are poor devils; they have no
good blood in their veins.
NO GOOD BLOOD IN THEIR VEINS? They have something better than royal
blood there. The grandmother of Benjamin Franklin was Mary Morrel;
afterwards, by marriage, Mary Folger, one of the old settlers
of Nantucket, and the ancestress to a long line of Folgers and
harpooneers--all kith and kin to noble Benjamin--this day darting the
barbed iron from one side of the world to the other.
Good again; but then all confess that somehow whaling is not
respectable.
WHALING NOT RESPECTABLE? Whaling is imperial! By old English statutory
law, the whale is declared "a royal fish."*
Oh, that's only nominal! The whale himself has never figured in any
grand imposing way.
THE WHALE NEVER FIGURED IN ANY GRAND IMPOSING WAY? In one of the mighty
triumphs given to a Roman general upon his entering the world's capital,
the bones of a whale, brought all the way from the Syrian coast, were
the most conspicuous object in the cymballed procession.*
*See subsequent chapters for something more on this head.
Grant it, since you cite it; but, say what you will, there is no real
dignity in whaling.'''
blob = TextBlob(text)
for sentence in blob.sentences:
if len(sentence) <= 140:
print("-----")
print(sentence)
# End of file
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hugovk commented Dec 17, 2015

Example output:

-----
The whale has no famous author, and whaling no famous chronicler, you
will say.
-----
THE WHALE NO FAMOUS AUTHOR, AND WHALING NO FAMOUS CHRONICLER?
-----
Who wrote
the first account of our Leviathan?
-----
Who but mighty Job!
-----
And who composed
the first narrative of a whaling-voyage?
-----
And who pronounced our
glowing eulogy in Parliament?
-----
Who, but Edmund Burke!
-----
True enough, but then whalemen themselves are poor devils; they have no
good blood in their veins.
-----
NO GOOD BLOOD IN THEIR VEINS?
-----
They have something better than royal
blood there.
-----
Good again; but then all confess that somehow whaling is not
respectable.
-----
WHALING NOT RESPECTABLE?
-----
Whaling is imperial!
-----
By old English statutory
law, the whale is declared "a royal fish.
-----
"*

Oh, that's only nominal!
-----
The whale himself has never figured in any
grand imposing way.
-----
THE WHALE NEVER FIGURED IN ANY GRAND IMPOSING WAY?
-----
*


*See subsequent chapters for something more on this head.
-----
Grant it, since you cite it; but, say what you will, there is no real
dignity in whaling.
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