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10 QUOTES (Fourth candidate)

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I have been in a season of change.  I find myself pondering how this aspect of life becomes so important.  It is interesting to consider, for example, how we can resist it and want it, all at the same time.  Then there are matters of foolishness and wisdom, such as wanting change so much, we are never happy with what we have and where we are; or being so unwilling to change, we’re stuck, unhealthy and again, unhappy.

here are some things that others have had to say:

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Barack Obama

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
Margaret Mead

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
C. S. Lewis

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Reinhold Niebuhr


I don’t know why, but I was thinking about Mark Twain this afternoon.

One thing I appreciate about him is that he had a very difficult life; yet his sense of humor was renown

Here are some quotes and a bit of his story:


Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.


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.

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.


I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on Nov. 30, 1835, in the small town of Florida, Missouri. He was welcomed into the world as the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. Little did these parents know, their son Samuel would one day be known as Mark Twain. one of – America’s most famous literary icons.

Approximately four years after his birth, in 1839, the Clemens family moved 35 miles east to the town of Hannibal. A growing port city that lay along the banks of the Mississippi, a frequent stop for steam boats arriving by both day and night from St. Louis and New Orleans.

Samuel’s father was a judge, and he built a two-story frame house at 206 Hill Street in 1844. As a youngster, Samuel was kept indoors because of poor health.
However, by age nine, he seemed to recover from his ailments and joined the rest of the town’s children outside. He then attended a private school in Hannibal.

When Samuel was 12, his father died of pneumonia, and at 13, Samuel left school to become a printer’s apprentice. After two short years, he joined his
brother Orion’s newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. It was here that young Samuel found he enjoyed writing.

At 17, he left Hannibal behind for a printer’s job in St. Louis. While there, Clemens became a river pilot’s apprentice. He earned his license as pilot himself in 1858. Clemens’ pseudonym, Mark Twain, comes from his days on the river.  It is a term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being sounded. “Mark twain” means that is safe to navigate.

Because the river trade was brought to a stand still by the Civil War in 1861, Clemens began working as a reporter for several newspapers all
over the United States. In 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children, one of whom died in infancy and two who died in their twenties.
Their surviving child, Clara, lived to be 88, and had one daughter. Clara’s daughter died without having any children, leaving  no living descendants of Samuel Clemens.

Mark Twain passed away on April 21, 1910.