Quotation by Mark Twain

Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born—a hundred million years—and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together. There was a peace, a serenity, an absence of all sense of responsibility, an absence of worry, an absence of care, grief, perplexity; and the presence of a deep content and unbroken satisfaction in that hundred million years of holiday which I look back upon with a tender longing and with a grateful desire to resume, when the opportunity comes.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. Autobiography, ch. 49, ed. Charles Neider (1959).

Twain dictated his memoirs in the last years of his life, after he had lost his second daughter and wife.
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