Mark Twain Quote Journal
Baker College of Allen Park
Mark Twain said, “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.” Twain had the belief that people need to surround themselves with others who will encourage them to be their best. Those who belittle others who are in pursuit of something ambitious are not the kind of people who are pursuing their own passions and desires. Those are people that may never have received words of encouragement to set their feet down and run. Also, those who belittle others ambitions have not had someone to walk alongside them in life and speak greatness to them. They have not been around the great ones themselves. The small are missing something that they cannot see. The influence of people around us can encourage us to greatness or easily help us to believe we are inept at achieving something bigger than what we know.
Many cannot relate to someone when they live so differently. It is a foreign concept to do something different than what is known. That is why Twain says, “Keep away from those people”. As a people in general, everyone is easily influenced, whether it is by our culture, our family, or our interests. All of the things that we do, and think and invest in, are valuable to us because of the perceptions we have about what is important. That is why it is so imperative to surround ourselves with “the great”. The people who surround us will make a great impact on every part of us and what decisions and habits we have.
Great people, as Mark Twain said, “make you feel that you too, can become great”. Those great ones are contagious to be around. Those great people breathe life into the soul. They help everyone else understand something that is sometimes impossible to see: life is about making decisions and putting work behind them. The successful...
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