Renaissance Man Quote of the Week: Mark Twain

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

- Mark Twain

Samuel Longhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, is easily my favorite person to quote.  He is considered one of the best American authors of all time, known for such classics as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and his iconic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

What I appreciate most about this quote is the idea of “Who do you spend your time with?”  Are you spending time with other people that build you up in a positive way?  Do you share common passions and common goals?

For me, I have several friends that also enjoy writing and we try to get together about once a week to talk about different things we’ve read or watched.  It is amazing how energizing speaking with like minded people can be.  I think that Twain recognized this and saw how important finding people around you to build you up can be.

It reminds me of my parents.  Growing up whenever me or my sisters were mean to one another, my parents would always say “be an encourager, not a discourager.”  And that is something that even sticks with me today, even if I’m not always good at it.  So who are the encouragers in your life?  Find them and stick close.

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