Saturday, December 17, 2011

Deep Thoughts from Mark Twain

Mark Twain: Words of Wisdom to Live By

1. If you’re going to talk about yourself all day every day, you’d better make clear why people should care

2. Don’t rob the dickens out of people, morally or financially. You could end up in someone’s autobiography, and they could say really not nice things about you!

3. Don’t proclaim your expertise. A real expert may hear you.

4. Cherish the people you care about while you can. Once they’re gone, all you can do is remember them.

5. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

6. Don’t try to pretend you go “way back” with someone when you don’t. Twain often talks about people who would come up to him and say, “Oh, I went to school with you.” He would say (to himself, of course), “Uh, no you didn’t.” It just made the person look foolish in his eyes.

7. Be honest about your intentions.

8. Don’t be too trusting of people, especially if they want something.

9. Don’t assume that anyone but you has your best interest at heart (and make sure you really do have your best interests front and center. Otherwise you can really get taken for a ride).

10. If you challenge someone to a duel of any kind, be fully prepared to get shot
(in other words, if you can’t take it don’t dish it).

From the blog by Marjorie Clayman

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