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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, dancing and good movies.  

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm mad about Mark Twain #3.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Mark Twain [pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910]

Without fear, I suspect we could be dead. With too much fear, I'm sure we could be dead. Maybe not literally, but it doesn't matter. To live without passion and spontaneity is like to not live at all.

How to manage fear is a cultural issue and most of people are unaware of it. They consider fear as the worst thing in the world and they try to avoid everything that could originate a doubt or a question or, even worst, lead to a 'dangerous' or risky situation. They're overwhelmed by fear and they don't live, just survive.

For me this habit doesn't make sense. So today, double feature for you: not one, but two Mark Twain's quotes!
The second one is:

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.

Have a wonderful, spontaneous, risky and peaceful Sunday.

Tags: Mark Twain, Literature, Fear, Courage, People, Quotes