Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mark Twain

100 years after his death Mark Twain is still doing what he does best. Inspiring people with his words. Twin the author of such classics as the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn died in April of 1910 he left very very specific instructions that his uncensored autobiography would remain unpublished until exactly 100 years after his death. Well what do you know, thats this year!!

The 743 page Volume I has been scheduled for release in November (with two other volumes following within the next five years). They will publish it "in its entirety and exactly how he left it". Twain had always said the reason for the wait was "that he's freed up to say what he wants to say, when he wants to say it, without having to worry about hurting anyones feelings".

Anyone who has ever read a book is going to want to read this one. How can you not? The man was one of the most inspiring authors of our time. He also gave some pretty great advice, check out some gems below.

-Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind it doesn't matter.
-Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.
-Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
-Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
-The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
-Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
-Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

And my personal favorite: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

I know what I'm asking for, for Christmas this year...

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