Truer Words

Why do you wonder that globe-trotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you?  The reason that set you wandering is ever at your heels.
– Socrates (469-399 BC)


Ere you consult your fancy, consult your purse.
– Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the law of the universe will be simpler.
– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it.
– Arabic proverb

Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.

A certain businessman, renowned for his ruthlessness, once made a vow in Mark Twain’s presence.  “Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  I will climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten Commandments aloud at the top.” “I have a better idea,” Twain replied.  “You could stay home in Boston and keep them.”

People travel to faraway places to watch in fascination the kind of people they ignore at home.

– Dagobert D. Runes


There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love.  When you learn to tap into this source, you will truly have defeated age.
– Sophia Loren

Acceptance of what happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.
– William James

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.
– Barbara Bloom

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

– Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.  The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier.  We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily must surely be more beneficial to mankind.
– Fanny Burney


and down they forgot as up they grew
– e e cummings

Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
– Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens.  If you don’t enjoy getting
up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy.  If someone bases their happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage, or a trip to
Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.  If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink, or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.

– Andy Rooney

It is only when the People become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.  Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the People, as the best means of preserving our liberties.
– James Monroe

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, “Where have I gone wrong?”  Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”
– Charlie Brown

A commentary on the times is that the word honesty is now preceded by old-fashioned.
– Larry Wolters

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
– Immanuel Kant

Whether one has natural talent or not, any learning period requires the willingness to suffer uncertainty and embarrassment.
– Gail Sheehy

In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.
– Czeslaw Milosz

The 12 Months
Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Choppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.
– Gregory Gander

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Materialism is substance abuse.
– Ben Price

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
– W. H. Auden

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
– Stewart I. Udall

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the
pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
– Josh Billings

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
– Robert Frost

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