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EXPLORE, DREAM,DISCOVER

When you HESITATE…think on this thought from a wise man:

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the things you did do. So THROW OFF THE BLOW LINES! SAIL AWAY from the safety harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER!”

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 to 1910), known by pen name Mark Twain.

Excellent writing is a talent. For some writers it is a pastime of enjoyment. Most likely I fall into this last category. Yet, it is always my hope that somehow, with practice, I may eventually find my way into a “talent.”

Mark Twain is a man who had talent although he didn’t know it at first. He had many words of wisdom, with a touch of humor and a home-made flare.

He started out poor, living in the South of the United States with all its history of racial inequality, but it didn’t keep him from making his own friends regardless of color.

Twain was a product of his times with a mind for writing that eventually brought him fame and fortune. Best known for his books about the adventures of young boys, which reflected his own upbringing. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were among the best known works in children’s literature.

What makes a truly, outstanding man? He usually never starts out to be anything but what he is at the time. God has given men and women minds that can be used to discover the world and learn from it. This is what Twain set out to do…even when he was challenged by a man with a duel, which could have taken his life. The wise thing to do was to walk away…and he did…to live another day…and another…and many years to come. Perhaps even this part of his life is a lesson for all to learn when the odds are not in our favor.

The 70th birthday of Mark Twain was a lavish affair held at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City. In introducing Twain, friend William Dean Howells, in quoting Twain, said, “Now, ladies and gentlemen, and Colonel Harvey, I will try not to be greedy on your behalf in wishing the health of our honored and, in view of his great age, our revered guest. I will not say, ‘Oh King, live forever!’ but ‘Oh King, live as long as you like!’” (PBS Ken Burns)

His life story proves that he lived what he wrote in that he did EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

Perhaps as we look into the life of Mark Twain who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century, we can learn something for our 21st century.

BELOW ARE 2 VIDEOS: Twain’s Life and His Famous quotes

VIDEO 1 THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN

VIDEO TURN UP YOUR SOUND

It really didn’t matter to Twain whether he was sitting with the poorest of the poor or in regal company. He was always totally down to earth. Here are a few of his most famous quotes:

VIDEO 2

A FEW FAMOUS QUOTES BY TWAIN…THE HUMORIST


COURAGE TO SPEAK AND TO LIVE

Mark Twain

Why are people so afraid to say  exactly what they think or believe? 

 Mark Twain had a great gift for this ability.  Speaking of  William A Clark, a  wealthy man who built his fortune from the bottom up as an immigrant and finally became a United States senator, Twain put it this way: 

  ” He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag: he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was in the penitentiary with a chain and ball on his legs.” 

Oratory is  a lost art, as may be speaking with no hidden agenda.  ( You will find a short video on this page of a young English politician who has this gift. ) 

  Political correctness or the fear of assassination..real or political.. has silenced those who would speak up and spit it out.   For the most part, we have lost our guts and our way. 

   The only real nerve that we see anymore are those young men who bravely put their uniforms on and walk into harms way.   Our chaplain friend is serving among them with no weapon to defend himself…only the word of God to comfort those who are afraid or dying.    Courage, determination, and the ability to say or do without too many thoughts of personal safety is probably not something being passed to our future generations. 

   Watching the movie, Valkyrie , the other evening, the only thing that ran through my mind was the steel-like , raw courage that made this German soldier go after Adolf Hitler, knowing that his wife and children’s future rested on a peaceful Germany, not a world dictatorship.   His efforts and those brave men who stood with him may have failed for that moment, but they left a legacy that would make  freedom loving Germans proud.   His courage was not in vain.    There is no doubt that in death, the great gulf divide between those who live for evil and those who choose the higher good is a wide one.   

Valkyrie

Courage to live and to speak is a gift.  Some choose to receive it.  Some have the ability to use it.  Others only follow, meekly hiding in the shadows.   Few ask the consequences that not speaking up will bring.  Few look at the big picture and ask themselves what their actions will mean to themselves, a neighbor or the world.   Today is to be lived.   Leadership is also a gift.  Some use it for good.  Others use it for evil.   Some do not use it at all.  

What is your gift? 

Mark Twain may have said it best when he minced no words.  Here are a few of his words  for your pleasure: 

  • Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
  • Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
  • All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  • Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
  • Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
    Mark Twain