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Inspirational Thoughts and Phrases
Here is a collection of selected friendly thoughts, phrases, some are thought provoking, funny or just simple words of wisdom that praises human virtues, point out common failures, encourage optimisim and entertain thoughts of future improvements from past and present generations. I hope you will find them useful.
A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged,sunshine to the sad and it is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
A smile is quite a funny thing, it wrinkles your face up and when it is gone you never find its secret hiding place.
Brevity is a Virtue
Abraham Lincoln's only autobiography was written in 1848 at the request of Charles Lanman, who was them making up his "Dictionary of Congress" and had asked Mr. Lincoln written reply:
" Born February 12, 1809, in Hardin Country, Kentucky. Education, defective. Profession, lawyer. Have been a captian of volunteers in the Black Hawk War. Postmaster at a very small office. Four times a member of the Illionois legislature. And was a member of the lower House of Congress. Yours, etc., A Lincoln."
Four steps to happiness:
- Accept your limitations
- Seize your opportunity
- Enjoy the good of the hour
- Improve the bad and if you can't let it drop.
Time is . . .
Too Slow for those who Wait
Too Swift for those who Fear
Too Long for those who Grive,
Too Short for those who Rejoice
But for those who Love,
Time is not
- If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it
- Do every act in your life as if it were the last.
- What is good for the bee is good for the swarm.
How far can you see at night !
Cross examining a man who witnessed an accident:
Did you see the man on the train?
Where was he?
About thirty cars back from the engine.
Where were you?
I was back of the tender of the engine.
About what time of the night was it?
Do you mean to tell me that you saw that man thirty cars away at eleven o'clock at night?
How far do you think you can see at night?
'Bout a million miles, I reckon- how far is it to the moon?
Thomas Jefferson's Rules of Living
- Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you have it.
- Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap.
- Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
- We seldom repent having eaten too little.
- Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
- How much pain the evils have cost us that have never happened!
- Take things always by the smooth handle.
- When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred
There Is a Time For Everything
To everything there is a season and
a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted
A time to kill and a time to heal
a time to break down and a time to build up
A time to weep and a time to laugh
a time to mourn and a time to dance
A time to get and a time to lose,
a time to keep and a time to cast away
A time to reap and a time to sew,
a time to keep silence and a time to speak
A time to love and a time to hate
a time of war and a time of peace.
-Ecclesiastes III, 1-8
Say it with flowers
Say it with sweets,
Say it with kisses
Say it with jewelry,
Say it with drink,
But always be careful,
Not to say it with ink.
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