“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval” is one example of the great Mark Twain quotes. I think everyone can learn something from this. We spend a lot of our time worrying about how others perceive us. Are we making enough money? Do we wear the right clothes? The reality is that none of that really matters. If we cannot be content with ourselves it won’t matter how other people view us.
Another great quote from Mark Twain is, “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?” This quote, while seemingly silly, is actually touching on a very important point. Even those who seem to be going nowhere good in their lives need the love and support of those around them. No one can achieve greatness on their own; we all need help at some point in our lives.
My final favorite Mark Twain quote is, “I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way”. This quote reminds me to be flexible. Those that are stuck in their ways are hindering their potentials and learning. By being open to all possibilities we can learn more than we ever expected.
To be a great American author you need to have your words live on, even when you cease to exist.