Mark Twain - Image via WikipediaBy Brent Colley
Mark Twain's life is perceived by many as a "charmed life" but the reality is the rags to riches story of the wealthiest and most widely recognized author/humorist the World has ever known is not as "charmed" as one would think.
Mark Twain lived a life that many could not endure, let alone survive. And yet, somehow he found a way to weather the storms of life and in the process deliver some very profound insights on life, love and perseverance that we can all use to our own advantage today.
The following comes from Twain's letters, speeches, notebooks and writings; the wisdom of his thoughts are as inspiring as they are instructive.
Mark Twain on Life, Love and Perseverance
1. "Perseverance is a principle that should be commendable in those who have judgment to govern it" - The Enemy Conquered; or Love Triumphant
The lesson: Don't give up. Often it is those who keep at it that succeed.
2. "Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again knows their full value" - Notebook, 1902
The lesson: Focus on the present and value what you have. Only after his financial troubles, did Twain come to realize the value of the life and lifestyle he once had.
3. "... the events of life are mainly small events - they only seem large when we are close to them. By and by they settle down and we see that one doesn't show above another. They are all about one general low altitude, and inconsequential" - Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (University of California Press, 2010)
The lesson: Think before you act. People often overreact to situations and in hindsight regret it.
4. "... life does not consist mainly - or even largely - of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head."
The lesson: There are two lessons that can be learned from this quote.
One: Be mindful that each one of us awakens each morning and faces an internal battle with our thoughts, feelings and personal desires. Take that into consideration when interacting with other people and realize that their position on a topic or reaction to your opinion is based solely on their perceptions.
Two: Give yourself a break. A lot of what's floating around up there has nothing to do with reality. Focus on the positives, ignore the negatives and if you really want something, stop dreaming about it and go get it.
5. "Love is not a product of reasoning and statistics. It just comes--none knows whence--and cannot explain itself" - Eve's Diary
The lesson: Follow your heart, not your brain when it comes to love.
6. "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" - The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy of the Extraordinary Twins
The lesson: Don't we all enjoy that special person in our life that projects the positives, makes us laugh and does nice things for others? Be that person.
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