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

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It brought me within a shade of death's door. It brought me to where I no longer felt any interest in anything, but, on the contrary, felt a total absence of interest - which was most placid and tranquil and sweet and delightful and enchanting. I have never enjoyed anything in my life any more than I enjoyed dying that time....The word had been passed and the family notified to assemble around the bed and see me off. I knew them all....They were all crying, but that did not affect me. I took but the vaguest interest in it and that merely because I was the center of all this emotional attention and was gratified by it and vain of it.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain


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