“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
Here we are starting a new weekend, and I’ll begin by returning to an old form, the sharing of a few quotes to carry around in your smart phone. See if you can work one into a conversation this coming week.
My interest in quoting comes by way of my mom who frequently made reference to Elbert Hubbard’s Scrap Book. Hubbard was a collector of insights and pearls of wisdom from great minds and books that preceded him. A perpetual optimist, he created two magazines that proved influential at the dawn of the twentieth century. His Scrap Books were collections of insights and quotes. And for the whole of my life I have enjoyed the habit of “quote collecting.”
I prefer utilizing quotes from my personal reading, lest it give the impression of putting on airs. But then again, there are so many pithy sayings and witticisms that others have collected, it seems a crime to leave them in the ditch when their illuminations are so apropos.
My favorite part of collecting quotes is that as you re-read them and share them over the years, you internalize them. When a situation occurs, a pithy quote rolls off your tongue. (Or, frequently in my case, a line from a Dylan song.)
Here‘s what I’ve got, when the shoe fits:
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ~ Rousseau
“Every man is a volume, if you know how to read him.” ~ Channing
“When the state is most corrupt, then laws are most multiplied.” ~ Tacitus
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
“The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.” ~ Moliere
“Every war is a national calamity, whether victorious or not.”
~ Gen. Von Moltke
“Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is knowing when to forego an advantage.” ~ Disraeli
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~ Walt Disney
Thank you for following. I’ll do my best to keep providing content worth coming back for. Meantime, make your days count.
Originally published at pioneerproductions.blogspot.com