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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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ACCIDENTS

There are no accidents, all things have a deep and calculated purpose; sometimes the methods employed by Providence seem strange and incongruous, but we have only to be patient and wait for the result: then we recognize that no others would have answered the purpose, and we are rebuked and humbled.
- "The Refuge of the Derelicts" published in Fables of Man

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