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Rotary District 6950 provides an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others. This Rotary district provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and builds goodwill and peaceful relationships throughout the world.

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Monday with Mikey: February 20, 2017

As you probably know, I really appreciate the work of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain.  I have read much of his work, and I believe he was the greatest of all truly American writer and orators.  I do not necessarily ascribe to all of his beliefs, but he states them so eloquently – and sometimes subtly – that I cannot but applaud his ability to “turn a phrase.”  The term “Mark Twain” became his nom de plume as it stems from his career as a sternwheel riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River in the mid nineteenth century.  “Mark Twain” is the spot exactly between the “high water mark” and the “low water mark” of the river and serves as one of the navigational aids in waterway travel.  Mr. Clemens, I believe, made his life’s work attempting to help people see the “Mark Twain” in their own lives and in the world around them.  Herewith are a few of my favorite Clemens/Twain quotations:

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” 
“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” 
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear” 
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” 
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” 
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” 
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” 
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” 
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” 
“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” 
“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”
 “Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” 
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”. 
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” 
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” 
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” 
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
 “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” 
“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.” 
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” 

And finally, my favorite: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

Until next week let’s all keep on “Doing Good, Having Fun!"

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

mjc6950rotary@gmail.com

727-415-3181

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