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Big Ambitions

A thought reputedly from Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) — perhaps an apocryphal anecdote, but nevertheless uplifting:

"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."

The source according to "Quote Investigator" appears to be the autobiography Morally We Roll Along by Gay Penola MacLaren (1938), in which the author-lecturer wrote of meeting Clemens:

He opened the door for me himself. As we said good-bye, he put his fingers lightly under my chin and lifted my head up so that my eyes met his.

"Little girl," he said earnestly, "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."

(cf. Optimist Creed (1999-04-16), Really Great (2003-11-22), Yes, and... (2012-11-14), ...) - ^z - 2016-05-29