FRIDAY FILOSOPHY v.09.17.21
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist the United States has produced. He was raised in Hannibal, Missouri and left school after the fifth grade to become a printer’s apprentice. When he was 18, he left Hannibal and worked as a printer in New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, joining the newly formed International Typographical Union, the printers trade union. He educated himself in public libraries in the evenings, finding wider information than at a conventional school. Twain studied the Mississippi, learning its landmarks, how to navigate its currents effectively, and how to read the river and its constantly shifting channels, reefs, submerged snags, and rocks that would “tear the life out of the strongest vessel that ever floated”. It was more than two years before he received his pilot’s license. Piloting also gave him his pen name from “mark twain“, the leadsman’s cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms (12 feet), which was safe water for a steamboat.
- It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
- The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
- Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
- Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
- Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
- Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
- Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- We have the best government that money can buy
- I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places.
The Time is Now.