January '96 Epigrams of the Day

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of troubles.

Mutual favors do not cancel each other.

If a man has faith in his power, he can wait.

Let Health and Wealth be incidental, and you'll have both.

Nerv. Pros. comes from letting the work chase you; when you chase the work you eat, sleep and laugh; and the man who can do these things is immune from everything.

Great organizers are men who are able to distinguish between initiative and "freshness." And quite frequently the difference is very slight.

Any church that is financially and socially prosperous only marks time in ecclesiastical goose-step. It does not advance.

I thank Thee, Lord, that I am as other men are.

If you can make people kind, not merely respectable, the problem will be solved.

Human hearts are full of love, tenderness, and sympathy - hold the right mental attitude and you have the key that unlocks them all. We are afloat on an ocean of Good Will - let down your buckets!

It is a curious fact (or isn't it) that of all the illusions that beset mankind none is quite so curious as that tendency to suppose that we are mentally and morally superior to those who differ from us in opinion.

Everybody is interesting when he writes about himself, because he is discussing a subject in which he is vitally interested - whether he understands the theme is another thing.

Get rid of your regrets. You are what you are on account of what you have experienced. And rightly understood, and accepted, all experiences are good, and the bitter ones best of all. I feel sorry for the souls who have not suffered.

It's a wise guy who does not monkey with his destiny.

Man's greatest blunder has been in trying to make peace with the skies instead of making peace with his neighbor.

Friends and credit pursue the man does not need them.

If you have no enemies, you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.

Everlasting life will be yours if you deserve it - your present belief or disbelief does not affect the issue. But make sure of this: if you are to be a great soul in Heaven, you have got to begin to be a great soul here.

Remorse is the form that failure takes when it has made a grab and got nothing.

If your religion does not change you, then you had better change your religion.

Every life is its own excuse for being, and should be judged as a whole, not in trivial parts.

Give us the Bough, the Thou and the Jug in right proportion.

Let us all take warning, and not begin to prophesy until after the event.

Success is the realization of the estimate which you place upon yourself.

God looked upon His work and saw that it was good. That is where the clergy take issue with Him.

If we did not have the imagination enough to foresee something better than we now possess, this would be tragedy indeed.

Let us all pray to be delivered from whim: it is the poisoner of our joys, the corrupter of our peace, and Dead Sea fruit for all those about us.

Work your grief up into Art, and it is gone.

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