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

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DROWNING

I was drowned seven times...before I learned to swim--once in Bear Creek and six times in the Mississippi. I do not know who the people were who interfered with the intentions of a Providence wiser than themselves but I hold a grudge against them yet.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain

Rescued from drowning
Young Sam Clemens being rescued by a black slave woman. Illustration by Emlen McConnell from
SUNDAY MAGAZINE, August 2, 1908

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