The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

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My favorite quotes from The Wit & Wisdom of Mark Twain:

  • A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
  • It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist.
  • An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
  • I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
  • Experience is an author’s most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes.
  • Many a small thing has been made large by advertising.
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Thoughts on Death

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.  – Khalil Gibran

Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.    Norman Cousins 

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.  – Marcus Aurelius

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Make Tomorrow Better

Education is the passport to the future for the tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.  – Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.  Christin Gregoire 

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  – Victor Hugo 

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American Dream by Jason Navallo

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Jason Navallo interviews various industry leaders for his book American Dream.  My favorite quotes from the book are:

I believe luck is a big factor and rarely acknowledged to the extent it should be.  I’ve also encountered a lot of people who were born on third base, and they believe they’ve hit a home run.  – Peter Mallouk

Purpose enables us to see adversity as a learning opportunity rather than a loss.  – Ben Caballero

Serve with passion.  Do the right thing.  Do what you say you’re going to do.  And make it great.  – Shelly Sun

Treat people with respect, regardless of their position.  – Scott Gerber

The most common mistake entrepreneurs make is expecting success to be a given or to happen overnight.  Setting achievable goals and continually reevaluating and setting new ones, once those are met, is very important when starting and building a new business.  – Liz Elting