Middling

The fancies and reflections of a loquacious ninja

A word from Twain

“All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“When in doubt, tell the truth.”

“Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest.”

“Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

“Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts.”

“Whatever you say, say it with conviction.”

“I learned long ago never to say the obvious thing, but leave the obvious thing to commonplace and inexperienced people to say.”

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

All from the Official Web Site of Mark Twain. Note: I could have included twice as many, all just as witty, insightful, and delightfully Twain-some, but I figured enough is enough.

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3 responses to “A word from Twain

  1. Noelle April 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    [test comment to answer your blog mechanics question!]

  2. Noelle April 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

    [another test comment, sorry]

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