"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream."
Mark Twain
[Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) American author and humorist
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This is quoted often, but I have never been able to track down the source. I don't think he said it-or wrote it.
 -- anonymous, Anywhere     
    Regardless if he said it, it's still right.
     -- Terry, Modesto     
    A truth and a great way to sail through life
     -- robert, bellingham wa     
    This is a core belief. Don't doubt the veracity of this statement. Go for it!!
     -- Paul & Judy, Corvallis, Or     
    Very true. Those people would really make a difference. We need many of then
     -- Jinesh, Mumbai     
    Democracies, socialist derivations (communism, fascism, etc.), statist theocracies as well as all other forms of repressive regimes exploit this human nature's lethargic character, referred to by the quote, to retain despotic power. Awake and arise that we might sever the strings of tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    If we don't oppose and vote out the nest of vipers currently infesting our government, in 20 years we will be lucky if this is even a 3rd world country.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    You only live once.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Clemens had a way of putting words in dead peoples’ mouths; it seems fitting that so many others would do him the same disservice. As for the quote, it is too shallow to be of much value. I prefer this William James Quote: "Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    Seize the day
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Mike is warped to think only anti-government people like himself act or dream freely. He confuses being truly free with feeling free by being against something that maybe the majority are for. That is a sick kind of freedom Mike. Being a contrarian just to feel free is sick indeed.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
     -- RBESRQ      
    Re Sourpuss Justin's negative reaction: from a sailor's point of view--one who did in fact cast off the bowlines and sail away from the safe harbour--this quote is right on the money. It is only when we step beyond our safety net that we discover life--both within a without. What is shallow about that JUSTIN????
     -- Anonymous, Vancouver, B.C.     
    Let exsperiance be our guide.
     -- Ron, Salem     
    It's a good way to say if you don't take chances in life you won't learn
     -- Matthew, Frederick, MD     
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