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. Discover. —Mark Twain
“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. Discover.”

Mark Twain [SAMUEL CLEMENS] HUMORIST, ESSAYIST, NOVELIST


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Melissa from Germany APRIL 8, 2021
I have had this quote on my email signature for as many years as I can remember. I used it today on a job application cover letter for a company that rents boats! I realize that I have been an expat for 20 years and maybe it's time to sail away from the safe harbor once more!

Seth from Nowhere, USA MAY 11, 2017
This quote sums up on of his main messages in the story of Tom Sawyer.

Paul from Savannah, GA JANUARY 5, 2017
I'm going to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail on my 70th birthday - before it's too late.

Peter W. from Casco, Maine FEBRUARY 12, 2010
The old Harvard Square fire chief often shared morning breaks with me. Occasionally he would tell me a story, stories that were true and unusual; stories I looked forward to. One day the old fireman looked at me, his eyes moist with wisdom and regret and he said, "Peter there were so many things that I wanted to do during my life. Take my family to special places, go on walks with my daughter.There were hundreds of things I was going to do someday. And now here I am in the twilight of my life and there are very few some days left. My life has gone by in the blink of an eye and so many dreams and plans went unfulfilled. Please don't make the same mistake. Follow your dreams, act on your plans, and do it now not someday. Don't let your life run through your fingers like water, grab hold and live every day as if it will be your last." I was sixteen then, I am fifty six now. How priceless were his words. I have tried to live by them and my life is rich, and full, and wonderful beyond what I could have ever imagined.


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