July '00 Epigrams of the Day

Minimize friction and create harmony. You can get friction for nothing, but harmony costs courtesy and self-control.

In order to join the Down-and-Out Club you have to nominate yourself and then second the motion.

People fit for self-government have it. Independence in men or nations is an achievement, not a bequest.

Hate is a habit - avoid it!

It does not require much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.

Everything is waiting and watching you to see what signal you hoist from within - you attract that which you desire to attract.

The man who sees a need is the one to supply it.

You should always have someone to help you keep a secret.

Orators, people asleep, women in the toilet-room of a Pullman car, know nothing of the flight of time.

Be small and keep your voice loud - there is plenty of big precedent.

Let that wheelbarrow be - wha't'ell do you know about machinery!!

If you do not understand The Philistine, you should get a copy of The Essay on Silence and commit it to memory.

Any man who moves people is going to get tongue-lashed and ink-spattered.

The mass of humanity is classified in this way: those who give orders and those who obey.

Come, Terese - le's go, before we laugh our goll-darned heads off!

Don't pray cream on Sunday and live skim milk the rest of the week.

Do not dump your woes upon people - keep the sad story of your life to yourself. Troubles grow by recounting them.

If you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name!

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

Cooperation to most folks is doing what they want you to do and doing it quickly.

Cheer up! - there is always room at the bottom.

It is a good policy to leave a few things unsaid.

Think twice before you speak and then say it to yourself.

It does not require much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.

Poise, Patience, Love - these are the touchstones that surmount obstacles.

We grow by doing, not by thinking of our thoughts and feeling of our feelings.

Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.

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