Crazy & Not so crazy thoughts

November 6, 2006 6:51am CST
In great matters, men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are. A good teacher has been defined as one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. Men are like steel, when they lose their temper, they lose their worth. Hard work spotlights the character of people: Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for. What it will do is change your perspective of your day and your life. If you can learn to focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant; you will have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. --- Oprah Winfrey True power is knowing you can, but you don’t. --- Juliet Alicia Jarvis Never fear shadows. They simply mean that there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. --- Ruth Renkel We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. --- Evelyn Waugh The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate. --- Doug Engelbart Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut. --- Robert Newton Peck The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. --- George Bernard Shaw Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. --- Elbert Hubbard No birth certificate is issued when a friendship is born. There is nothing tangible. There is just a feeling that your life is different and that your capacity to love and care has miraculously been enlarged without any effort on your part. It’s like having a tiny apartment and somebody moves in with you, but instead of becoming cramped and crowded, the space expands, and you discover rooms you never knew you had until your friend moved in with you. --- Steve Tesich I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. --- Michael Fox We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see am imperfect person perfectly. --- Sam Keen What is a friend ? A single soul dwelling in two bodies". --- Aristotle Life is made up of marble and mud. --- Nathaniel Hawthorne Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. --- George Bernard Shaw If you do something that turns out wrong, you can almost always put it right, get over it, learn from it, or at least deny it. But once you’ve missed out on something, its gone. There will be the girl you never got to say the right words to, the band you never got to see live, the winning streak you never got to cheer, the brilliant retiring professor whose class you never took, the relative you never got close to. It’s a long list no matter what. Try to keep it as short as possible. --- Gordon Drizschizo I like the fact that listen is an anagram of silent. Silence is not something that is there before the music begins and after it stops. It is the essence of the music itself, the vital ingredient that makes it possible for the music to exist at all. --- Alfred Brendel The past should be a springboard, not a hammock. --- Ivern Ball A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. --- Robertson Davies God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest. --- Swedish proverb The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate. --- Doug Engelbart I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; --- I breathed a song into the air. --- Long long afterward in an oak I found the arrow still unbroke; And the song from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend. --- Longfellow (The Arrow and the Song) He drew a circle that shut me out--- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win. We drew a circle that took him in. --- Edwin Markham Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe. Dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible. Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Courage does not always roar….sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”. If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it. There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few that will catch your heart… pursue those. Your attitude nearly always determines your attitude in life. A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn. We are not here to play To dream to drift, We have hard work to do And loads to lift, Shun not the struggle, It is God’s gift. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom. Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. You don’t look back along time but through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface; sometimes that; sometimes nothing. Having children makes you no more a parent, than having a piano makes you a pianist. If you want the world to beat a path to your door, just try to take a nap on a Saturday afternoon. Our fathers teach us what we should become; our mothers teach us what we are. Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. Architecture is the alphabet of the giants; it’s the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. --- G.K. Chesterton Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks. It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there. Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back. I see children as kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re both breathless ……… they crash …….. you add a longer tail. You patch and comfort, adjust and teach – and assure them that someday they will fly. Finally they are airborne, but they need more string, and you keep letting it out. With each twist of the ball of twine, the kite becomes more distant. You know that it won’t be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that bound you together, and soar – free and alone. Only then do you know you did your job. --- Erma Bombeck My father always said living is like licking honey off a thorn. --- Louis Adamic Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length. --- Robert Frost It is respectable to have no illusions – and safe – and profitable – and dull. --- Joseph Conrad What is the difference between a man who relies only on himself and a person who has learned to turn to God for help? It’s not that one will do bad things while the other will do good things. The self-reliant atheist may be a fine upstanding man. The difference is that the atheist is like a bush growing in the desert. If he has only himself to rely on, when he exhausts his internal resources, he runs the risk of running dry and withering. But the man who turns to God is like a tree planted by a stream. What they share with the world is replenished by a source beyond themselves, so they never run dry. --- Harold Kushner Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to finish, you feed him for a lifetime. Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle, and discovering the farmer’s daughter. --- Julius Comore How much money do you have to have, to be considered rich in today’s society ? Some say about $1.3 million per family member. Others say about $5 million per family member. Some individuals have told me, you should have unearned income of about $500,000 per year, to be considered rich. But I keep thinking of how many people I know with far more than that who do not seem happy. On the other hand, I know many people who have trouble paying their bills, yet are really well-off. If you can share any problem with your wife, you’re rich. If you can face your parents and believe you have given back to them even a hint of what they gave you, you're rich. If you can take an afternoon off to go boating with your pal, you’re rich. If you can honestly say, you have nothing to hide, you are really, really rich. --- Benjamin Stein By the time you discover what makes the world go around, you’re too dizzy to care. --- Diane Ritter I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. --- Robert Brault Be yourself. No one can tell you’re doing it wrong. --- James Leo Herliky If the camel hadn’t knelt down, it couldn’t have been loaded. A difference of taste in jokes, is a great strain on the affections. --- George Eliot
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