A closed fist can neither take nor give.
A closed mind is a good thing to lose.
A creative mess is better than tidy idleness.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
A good thing to remember, and a better thing to do…
is work with the construction gang and not the wrecking crew.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
A person who aims at nothing of himself
has farther to fall when he fails.
Accept what you can change, tolerate what you can’t.
Actions speak louder than words.
Activity and sadness are incompatible.
Advice is like castor oil, easy to give but dreadful to take.
Always judge a person by the way
they treat someone
who can be of no possible use to them.
A handful of patience
is worth more than a bushel of brains.
A wise person cares not for what he cannot have
but for what he can.
Accept the challenges of life
so that you may feel the
exhilaration of victory.
Advice is least heeded when most needed.
Advice is what we ask for
when we already know the answer
but wish we didn’t…
Always be a little kinder than necessary.
Always carry something interesting to do.
Always do right.
This will gratify some people
and astonish the rest.
Always forgive your enemies…they hate that !!
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
Anger is like a piece of shredded wheat stuck in your dentures.
If you leave it there…then you’ll get a sore and have to eat Jello for a week.
But if you remove it….the sore…just like the anger will slowly but surely go away.
As you go through life…two rules never bend.
Never whittle toward yourself
or pee against the wind.
Attitude is everything ! Pick a good one !
Be happy !! It’s a way of being wise !!
Be careful of the words you say…
Keep them short and sweet…
because you’ll never know
from day to day
which ones you’ll have to eat !
Be generous with praise….cautious with criticism.
Be…instead of do !
Be just…and fear not !
Be of use…but don’t be used.
Be pretty if you can,
witty if you must,
but be yourself…if it kills you !!
Be sure you are right, then go ahead.
Be tolerant – but not overly accommodating.
Be yourself. Who else is better qualified ?
Before you give someone a piece of your mind,
make sure you can get by with what is left.
Being cool…is not trying to be cool.
Believe in yourself !
Better to break your promise than doing worse in keeping it.
Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back !
Breathe deeply and often…
Care for your soul…
Carve out an hour for solitude.
Character is what you stand for.
Reputation is what you fall for.
(This saying was sent in by a mother of two teenage daughters)
Choose thy life…Love thy choice.
Cling to your imperfections….for that’s what makes you unique.
Confucius say: make sure words touch
on way out of mouth.
Deal with the faults of others…as gently as with your own.
Develop yourself…before you develop others.
Do more than exist; live.
Do more than touch; feel.
Do more than look; observe.
Do more than read; absorb.
Do more than hear; listen.
Do more than listen; understand.
Do more than think; ponder.
Do more than talk; say something.
(John H. Rhoades)
Do not allow yourself
to be disheartened by any failure
as long as you have done your best.
Do not look where you fell,
but where you slipped.
Do not practice moderation to excess.
Do not say a little in many words…but a great deal in a few.
Don’t burn your candle from both ends.
Don’t live in the past….what’s done is done.
Do things for others.
Do your best and leave the rest.
Don’t answer the telephone during dinner.
Don’t ask the question if you can’t live with the answer !
Don’t be a fool….stay in school !!
Don’t be afraid of pressure.
Remember, that pressure is what turned
a lump of coal into a diamond.
Don’t be afraid of your passion.
Don’t be afraid to be good.
Don’t be afraid to strive to be first…
first to nod, first to smile, first to speak and first to forgive.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Don’t burn the bridges behind you.
Don’t count the days, make the days count.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Don’t cry over split milk.
Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.
Don’t die until you’re dead.
Don’t give up the ship.
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing;
it was here first.
Don’t go near the water until you learn to swim.
Don’t hide your light under a bushel.
Don’t hurry…don’t worry.
You’re only here for a short visit.
So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.
Don’t find fault…find a remedy.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Don’t kill the dream….execute it !!
Don’t let what you cannot do….interfere with what you can do.
Don’t let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Don’t put the cart before the horse.
Don’t run your life in such a way…
that people will want your fingerprints…
instead of your autograph.
Don’t spend money you haven’t earned to buy things
you don’t need….to impress people you don’t like.
Don’t start anything on Saturday…you can’t finish.
Don’t take any wooden nickels.
Don’t try to hard,
the best things come
when you least expect them to.
Dwell not upon thy weariness,
thy strength shall be according
to the measure of thy desire.
Enjoy the little things in life,
for one day you may look back
and find they were the big things.
Exchange security for serenity.
Expect nothing, be ready for everything !
Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.
Find something to laugh about everyday…
Finished is better than perfect !
Forgive a wrong and you’ll surely confuse the person who did it…
Friend, do not try to borrow combs from shaven monks.
Go to bed at nine o’clock twice a week.
Good things happen to those who wait…
Have character….don’t be one!
He asks advice in vain who will not follow it.
Hem your blessings with praise
lest they unravel.
Honesty is the best policy….
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
I can only show you to the door…
it’s up to you to walk through it.
I rather be hated for who I am
then to be loved for who I am not.
If all else fails…read the instructions.
If all else fails — wing it !
If at first you don’t succeed…change the rules !!
If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried !
If at first you don’t succeed….redefine success !!
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
If…if and buts were candy and nuts
we would all have a Merry Christmas !
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
If it’s not delicious…don’t eat it !!
If opportunity doesn’t knock then build a door.
If the shoe fits,
but it in every color.
If wisdom is what you seek…
remember be aware of whom,
to whom, when, where and how you speak.
If you always do what you have always done,
you will always get, what you always got.
If you are going to kill time…try working it to death !
If you cannot change what you are, accept it.
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
If you carry your childhood with you…
you’ll never become older.
If you come to a fork in the road…take it !!
If you do your best, you cannot do more.
~~~If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it!
If you don’t love it…live without it !
If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
If you scatter thorns…don’t go barefoot.
If you take big paces…you leave big spaces.
If you want a thing well done…do it yourself !
If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.
If you wish to drown,
do not torture yourself with shallow water.
It is always too early to give up.
It is better to look ahead and prepare
than to look back and regret.
It is better to sit quiet and be thought a fool,
than to open your mouth and remove all doubt …
It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
It’s better to die standing than to live kneeling! ! !
It’s no use crying over split milk.
It’s not having what you want — it’s wanting what you have.
It’s only hopeless if you walk away.
Just do what you do best.
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.
Keep it simple.
Keep your head down and your powder dry.
Keep your ideals high enough to inspire you
and low enough to encourage you !
Keep your words sweet…you never know when you’ll have to eat them!
Know your audience.
Learn from mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Learn from other’s mistakes…rather than making them all yourself !
Leave both doors open and they can both slam shut !
Let me listen to me, and not to them.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Live by what you trust…not by what you fear.
Live each day to the fullest
because you never know
if you will be able to
Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece.
Live your beliefs and you can
turn the world around.
(Henry David Thoreau)
Look before you leap.
Look into the past for guidance into the future.
Luxuriate in your senses.
Make yourself a better person
and know who you are before you try
and know someone else
and expect them to know you.
Make hay while the sun shines !
Make it thy business to know thyself,
which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you !!
Make today something to smile about tomorrow…
Make yourself a better person
and know who you are before you try
and know someone else
and expect them to know you.
Measure twice, cut once.
Never argue with an idiot
They drag you down
to their level,
then beat you with experience
Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.
because it makes
an ASS out of U and ME
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
Never confuse motion with action.
Never cut what can be untied.
Never do card tricks with the group you play poker with.
Never go too far for too little.
Never let YESTERDAY use up TODAY !
Never play leap frog with a unicorn.
Never play poker with a guy named after a state.
Never promise more than you can perform.
Never put off ’til tomorrow…what you can do today.
Never say NEVER !!
Never show your opponent your intentions.
Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will surprise you
with their ingenuity.
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
One of the most important trips a person can make…
is the one where he meets another halfway.
Only those who risk going too far
can possibly find out how far they can go.
Pay attention to your enemies…
for they are the first to discover your mistakes !
People may doubt what you say;
but they always believe what you do.
Practice makes perfect…so be careful what you practice.
~~~Remember, when you throw dirt,
your losing ground !
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Scatter seeds of kindness wherever you go.
Sing as if everyone can hear you…
Act as if everyone is watching….
Live as if it’s your last day on earth.
Slow but steady wins the race.
Solitude is a pinnacle.
Sometimes you can observe a lot by watching.
Speak kind words and you will hear kind echoes.
Speak softly, but carry a big stick.
Speak when you’re angry,
and you’ll deliver the best speech you’ll ever regret.
Spend some time alone.
Start at the beginning….
and finish at the end.
Stay away from negative people.
Strike while the iron is hot !
Strive for realistic deadlines.
Swallowing angry words is much better than having to eat them.
Talk less, say more.
Talk slowly but think quickly.
Take care of your character
and your reputation will take care of itself!
Take care to get what you like
or you will be forced
to like what you get.
(George Bernard Shaw)
Take life…one day….one step.
Take my advice…I’m not using it !
Take time to love the little things…
That which doesn’t kill you, makes you stonger.
The best comeback…is a blank look !!
The best way to keep someone’s word is not to give it.
The best way to knock the chip off another person’s shoulder…
is to pat him on the back !
The best way to save time…is to use it !
The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.
The less you speak the more you will hear.
The more he spoke of his honesty…the closer I watched my purse.
The most valuable gift you can give another is a good example.
The noblest revenge is to forgive.
The real art of conversation
is not only to say the right thing at the right time,
but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting moment.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The time to stop talking is before
people stop listening.
Things remembered best are those best forgotten.
There are things in the future
and things in the past.
Live each moment as though
it were your last…
To be thought wise…keep your mouth shut.
To thine own self be true.
Trust but verify.
Trust not everyone who laughs at your wit.
Trust your hunches…
They’re usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
Use it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or do without.
Waste not fresh tears over old grief.
We should always remember that
cutting remarks have a way of leaving scars.
What should not be heard by little ears,
should not be said by big mouths.
Whatever is worth doing at all…is worth doing well !
When all else fails, panic !!!
When all else fails, read the instructions.
When in doubt….DUCK…!!!
When in doubt…figure it out !
When in doubt…tell the truth.
When in doubt…be vague.
When someone we love becomes a memory,
that memory becomes a treasure !
When we give cheerfully, and accept gratefully
everyone is blessed.
When you argue with a fool…be sure he isn’t similarly engaged.
When you don’t know what to do….walk fast and look worried !
When you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
When you have nothing to say…say nothing !
Whistle while you work.
Wise men learn much from fools.
Work like you don’t need the money,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and love like you’ve never been hurt.
You can run, but you’ll just die tired.
You never have a second chance
to make a first impression.
Your reach should exceed your grasp.
Your shiniest day might be
in the middle of the night.
Your window to the world
might be your own front door.