Impossible

impossible is just a big word
thrown around by small men
who find it easier to live  in
this world they’ve been given
than to explore the power
they have to change it
impossible is not a fact
it is an opinion it is a dare
impossible is not a declaration
impossible is potential
impossible is temporary
impossible is nothing

Muhammad Ali

pleasing

There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author,
and the three form a rising scale of compliment:
1, to tell him you have read one of his books;
2, to tell him you have read all of his books;
3, to ask him to let you read the manuscript
of his forthcoming book.
No. 1 admits you to his respect;
No. 2 admits you to his admiration;
No. 3 carries you clear into his heart.

— Mark Twain, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar”

fear

fear is a most contagious disease
it spreads with a will all its own
infecting innocent and guilty alike
poisoning oppressor and oppressed
those who instill fear are often afraid
the more they inflict fear on others
it becomes more and more certain
they will experience it themselves

fool

Behold, the fool saith,
“Put not all thine eggs in the one basket”
–which is 
but a manner of saying,
“Scatter your money and your attention;”
but the wise 
man saith,
“Put all your eggs in the one basket
and–WATCH THAT BASKET.”

— Mark Twain, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar”