July '04 Epigrams of the Day

The Twelfth Commandment is this: Do not take yourself too damn serious.

Don't sit down in the meadow and wait for the cow to back up and be milked - go after the cow!

When what you have done in the past looks large to you, you haven't done much today.

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

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

Do your work as well as you can and be kind.

He is a benefactor of mankind who makes two grins grow where there was only a grouch before.

Expectancy is an exciting interval between rounds.

Life is just one damn thing after another.

Having heard the Golden Rule highly recommended, the world is at last going to give it a trial.

Keep your eye on Opportunity. Or she will never rest her eyes on you.

Women under thirty seldom know much unless Fate has been kind and cuffed them thoroughly.

A woman may admire, respect, revere and obey, but she does not love until a passion seizes upon her that has in it the abandon of Niagra.

Never mind; if you can't get yourself arrested for scorching, perhaps you will be pinched for blocking the roadway.

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Next to doing the thing without being told, is to do it when you are told once.

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

The habit of fear, hate and cold feet is upon us all.

Who's making all that dam noise.

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

Requisites for a strong character: bold design, constant practice, frequent mistakes.

Breathe more, eat less, and think well of everybody - especially doctors.

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

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

Great men are not so great as we think them, and dull people are not quite so dense as they seem.

God always gives us strength to bear the troubles of each day; but He never calculated on our piling the troubles past, and those to come, on top of those of today.

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

Do not go out of your way to do good, but do good whenever it comes your way.

Preserve a right mental attitude - the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer. To think rightly is to create.

Give me solitude, sweet solitude: but in my solitude give me still one friend to whom I may murmur, "Solitude is sweet."

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