Great Life Advice From
Mark Twain is considered by many to be one
of the greatest American authors in history.
He wasn't only a writer though, he was also
a source of constant inspiration, a fountain
of memorable quotes and a man with an
incredible intellect. So when we say we have
some words of advice for you from the mouth
of Mark Twain, there is a very good reason to
1. Age is in your mind more than anywhere else.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind,
it doesn’t matter.”
With this clever play on words, Twain is telling
us age doesn't matter as long as you don't give
it significance. It means that a young soul can
dwell in an old body and all the limitations
we put on age, other than those physical ones,
are actually in our head.
This advice isn't just about age, it's also about
self confidence. When we believe we have a
problem, we transmit that to the people around
us and so bring it to pass. People can feel the
lack of self confidence in others and they will
treat you as you treat yourself. So, once you
make that mental 'switch', the enviornment will too.
2. Humor is one of the most important things.
“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
The simple act of laughing and responding to
humor is one of the greatest experiences of the
human condition. Life is nothing without laughter,
just a sad shell, and although there are pleasures
in life that have nothing to do with humor, they
are always improved upon and made more
palatable with a good side dish of laughter.
Humor helps almost all situations and using it
will draw people to you faster than anything
else you may do.
3.Anger will hurt you more than help you.
“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.”
Anger is an inescapable human emotion, we all get
mad once in a while. But there are ways to control
out anger, and not let it control us. Just like laughter
is transient in nature, so should anger be. A joke will
make you laugh again and again if you think about it
over and over, and anger is no exception, the more
you think about it, the angrier you'll become. So,
when you are angry at something or someone, it's
important you let it die out naturally; don't continue
to feed it. Think of other things and apply your
cognitive resources at things that make you happy.
4. The world doesn't owe you, you owe yourselves.
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you
a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
The feeling of being owned something by the
world is common in this generation. We all feel
entiltled to something, whether it's a steady job,
money, happiness etc. But these feelings usually
lead only to frustration, bitterness, anger and
resentment. Let go of these expectations from
yourselves and from the world, and you'll see that
everything becomes a bit easier. You do deserve the
best, but you'll need to go and get it for yourselves.
5. Having a new idea is not a crime.
“A person with a new idea is a crank until the
When you see things differently than other
people, expect mixed reactions. Some will support you,
others ignore you, while still others will try to bring
you down. Most people tend to hold on to their
preconceived notions for dear life, and will even
act agressively or negatively when these are threatened
by an opposing opinion. But remember, all great
discoveries were once such novel ideas, and many
of them carried negative reactions. You should say
what you believe and act upon it, don't let anyone
tell you your ideas are 'too weird'. After all, human
flight used to be such a novel and strange idea.
6. Don't let your thoughts dwell on the negative.
“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…
by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you
can manage it.”
You must watch your thoughts, because it is so
easy to get into a habit of thinking negatively,
hashing our worries and troubles over and over
in our head, until they seem as big as mountains
and as dark as night. Thinking positively is one
of the best gifts you can give yourselves, and will
ultimately lead to you doing everything a little
better, with people reacting much better to your
attitude. In the end, life is made up of 'tasks'
we must accomplish, some small, some big and
difficult. Try to look at any 'difficult' task as a
challenge and as an opportunity to learn something
7. Instead of worrying about yourself, worry
about others and help yourself.
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer
somebody else up.”
There is something magical about making someoneHelping others not only makes us better people
else smile or getting them out of a tough situation.
and buys us goodwill from those around us, it also
makes our own problems seem smaller because
we're not preoccupied with them 24/7. If you help
others without thinking, just jumping in and helping
out, you'll be the one ending up with a smile on
8. Try everything, regret nothing.
“Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did so. So throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch
the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
A beautiful quote my Mark Twain and one that is
full of truth. It's always easier to delay things
we want to do. After all, life usually gets in the
way and we tell ourselves 'well, we'll try it later'.
But as we get older, those oppurtunities become
more and more rare, and the things we end up
regretting the most are the things we simply never
tried to do.
Failure shouldn't scare us, it's a part of life.
What is scarier is having oppurtunities and never
acting on them. So when you think you want to do
something - do it. Failure may happen, but at
least you'll know the answer to the question: