More Wise Words

Last December my column was a Christmas message in which I was sharing my hobby of collecting quips, those one- or two-liners that show a little bit of wisdom and truth. Since that time many readers have sent me their own words of wisdom, including Joe Lanier of West Point, Archie Griffin of Valdosta, Joycelyn Trigg of UGA in Athens, and the Right Reverend Jim Theus, pastor, Episcopal Summer Chapel, Highland-Cashiers, NC. Here are some new quips and some old ones. I’ve learned:

That you should laugh every day. It’s like internal jogging.

That I’m a man, but I can change … if I have to … I guess.

That there is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Come on in.

That silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

That small money spent on hobbies doesn’t count. Go ahead and buy that new golf club, or that bargain in the jewelry store – your wife will love it!

That a good red wine is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

That we should be more concerned about our character than our reputation. Your character is what you really are, whereas your reputation is merely what others think you are.

That a grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

That the most important things in your home or business are the people.

That you can make anything happen if you can whip a little money into the process.

That growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional.

That he who dies with the most toys is still dead.

That no one is perfect until you fall in love with her.

That we do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.

That you should do the math: Count your blessings.

That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

That nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it’s just hearsay.

That surveying and living your life successfully requires courage.

That you should not want to get to the end of your life and find out that you just lived to the length of it; you should want to live the width of it as well.

That we all know that reality does have a way of insisting on itself.

That you should leave gentle fingerprints on the soul of another for the angels to read.

That we should bless the flexible, because they will not get bent out of shape.

That you should not go to war in life or in politics over a ten-cent cigar.

That you should never lick a steak knife.

That you should not confuse your career with your life.

That nobody cares if you can’t dance well. So just get up and dance.

That a person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.

That men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes, and it’s up to a woman to stomp on them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

That a banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

That your friends love you anyway.

That you should never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

That those who many call a fool are not.

That something that seems too good to be true is more often than not … too good to be true.

That a consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.

That an economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.

They missed last October.

This last saying was discovered on antique needlepoint pillow found in a small store in London, England:

“Lost! One golden hour.

Set with sixty diamond minutes.

No reward is offered.

For it is gone forever.”

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