Sunday, October 02, 2005
Sayings from a Wise Man
My grandfather was a collector of quotes and poems. A high school dropout, he was an avid reader of three daily newspapers and multiple magazines.
On the sales counter of his furniture store, he posted written snippets of wisdom collected during his fifty years of ownership. When the store closed, I collected these artifacts for some strange reason. Today, I'll share some with you.
I'm so used to being tense, when I am calm, I get nervous
Perserverance is one of the great elements of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, your are sure to wake up somebody.
Shoes divide men into three classes. Some men wear their father's shoes. They make no decisions of their own. Some are unthinkingly shod by the crowd. The strong man is his own cobbler. He insists on making his own choices. He walks in his own shoes.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.
Silence doesn't indicate wisdom. Knowing when to remain silent does.
Don't be critical of others-it is a projection of self and destructive for all.
Doing things right is not as important as doing the right things.
Learn all you can from the mistakes of others-you cannot possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
I'm a great believer in luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have.
Best law: the golden rule
Best education: self knowledge
Best philosophy: a contented mind
Best war: to war against one's weakness
Best music: the laughter of an innocent child
Best mathematics: that which doubles the most joys and divides the most sorrows
Best engineering: building a bridge of faith over the river of death
Half of our troubles come from wanting our own way, and the other half from getting it.
If you are willing to admit you are all wrong when you are all wrong, you are all right.
When you start people off on the right foot...there's a better chance that they'll get in step sooner.
Some of the biggest men in our country grew tall while on their knees.
Life's heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry.
The trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.
An illiterate man isn't half as dangerous as the educated fool.
It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you didn't.
Your brain can be no stronger than its weakest link.
If at first you do succeed, try hard to hide your astonishment.
Temper is a valuable possesion. Don't lose it.
Minds are like parachutes-they function only when open.
Quiet people aren't the only ones who don't say anything.