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Wise Sayings, Quotes, And Proverbs


Don't give up on people. They do hear what you say even when it seems that you aren't getting through. My dad, Andrew Stenson, collected many sayings over the years. These were sayings that were mostly good advice. Some of them were just plain fun.

My dad taught chemistry and math at Greendale High School in Wisconsin. He was a tough teacher. Believe me; I had him for chemistry. The kids respected him, though. Even as the student's attitudes became increasingly worse with the constant indoctrination in relativism and secularism, the young people still looked up to my dad.

Every Monday morning, my dad would select a saying and put it at the top of the chalk board. He would leave each saying up for a week. Just before he retired, he decided that the kids were not reading the sayings, so he discontinued putting them up.

Then, in the spring, one former student stopped in and asked where the sayings were. My dad told him that he wasn't putting them up anymore because the students didn't look at them anyway.

The former student said: "Are you kidding? We always waited for Monday to see what the new saying would be."

About a week or two later, another former student came in. He said: "I just graduated and I have a teaching job in South Milwaukee. Would you do me a favor? I would like a copy of your sayings to use in my new job." My dad gave him my copy, but I had put his sayings on the Internet before then, so My dad got a new copy from the Internet at

Now, I put my dad's sayings on my new web site--right here. This time, I'm trying to organize them by subject and I may be adding in the sayings that I have.

Enjoy them. Teach them to the young people and old alike. Remember, wise sayings without the Source of all wisdom are just wind. The source of all wisdom is God, and the only way to approach God is by the way God says to approach Him, though God's only, unique, Son, Jesus Christ.

A chip on the shoulder indicates wood higher up.

A compromise is a deal in which two people get what neither of them wanted.

If you think that nothing should be done for the first time, you may be too conservative.

A debutante is a young girl with bride ideas.

A diplomat is one who can bring home the bacon without spilling the beans.

A dog has many friends because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

A dogmatic person always has concrete opinions thoroughly mixed and permanently set.

A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines.

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

A first grade teacher is one who knows how to make little things count.

A folk singer is a person who gets rich singing about how wonderful it is to be poor.

A fool empties his head every time he opens his mouth.

A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same.

A friend who is not in need could be a friend indeed.

A girl who is free for the evening could be very expensive.

A good example of give and take is to take pains to give happiness.

A good father, finding his son on the wrong track, will provide switching facilities.

A good idea that is shared with others will live forever.

A good listener is not only popular, but he learns while he listens.

A good reputation is precious, but a good character is priceless.

A good salesman is one who convinces his wife she looks fat in a fur coat.

A gossip is one who has a sense of rumor.

A gossip is one who keeps a swivel tongue in her head.

A kiss is a contraction of the mouth due to an enlargement of the heart.

A lawyer is one who is summoned when a felon needs a friend.

A lot of happiness is overlooked because it doesn't cost anything.

One person cannot hold another person down without stooping.

A person is not rewarded for having brains, but only for using them.

You soon learn how little you know when a child begins to ask questions.

A man too often shows his worst side to his better half.

A person who cannot lead and will not follow invariable obstructs.

If you are contented with what you have done, you will never reach your potential.

If you are in love with yourself, you will never have many rivals.

A person who is wrong but won't admit it often gets angry.

Your character is measured by what you would do if you knew you wouldn't be found out.

A mere suggestion, when made by the boss, often assumes the importance of a command.

A mysterious envelope will be mailed to you with a little window in it. Pay it.

A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house.

A person who shows promise has learned how to keep them.

A person with a green thumb seldom paints a town red.

A philosopher is a man who knows exactly what to do until it happens to him.

A practical nurse is one who marries a wealthy patient.

A rabbit's foot is a poor substitute for horse sense.

A raving beauty is a girl who finished second in a beauty contest.

A shady business never results in a sunny life.

A sick man who takes a turn for the nurse is getting better.

A smile is a curve that can set many things straight.

A smile is a language that even a baby understands.

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

A specialist is a doctor who trains his patients to become ill only during office hours.

A summer camp is where little children go for mother's vacation.

A teakettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing.

A thoroughly enjoyed vacation often stimulates your aspirations.

A vacation is a trip that puts you in the pink and leaves you in the red.

A wedding ring is a one man band.

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered.

A wise man is one who learns from everyone.

A woman's chief asset is a man's imagination.

A woman's promise to be on time often carries a lot of wait.

About the time you learn to make the most of life, the most of it is gone.

Adolescence is when children start bringing up their parents.

Adolescence: When youth assumes the responsibility for answering the phone.

Adult education often begins with a teenage marriage.

Alimony is sometimes known as bounty on the mutiny.

Alimony is the high cost of leaving.

All children, even those who don't deserve it, need love.

All people are equal but it's what they're equal to that counts.

All progress stems from change, but all change is not necessarily progress.

All the world loves a lover--unless waiting for the phone he's using.

All too often a clear conscience is merely the result of a bad memory.

All too often you read the directions only to find out what you did wrong.

Almost invariably a successful man appears simple but is very wise.

Always hold your head up, but keep your nose at the friendly level.

Always put off until tomorrow the things you should not do today.

Always put your best foot forward--but don't step on other people's toes.

America will be the land of the free only so long as it's the home of the brave.

An able organizer surrounds himself with people who are more able than he is.

An antique is an object that has made a round trip to the attic.

An egotist is a person who is always me-deep in conversations.

An expert is a person who has a very good reason for guessing wrong.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

An optimist says his cup is still half full; a pessimist declares it half-empty.

An ounce of example is worth a pound of advice.

Anyone who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.

At times a second-hand car makes you realize how hard it is to drive a bargain.

Average people have five senses. Successful people have two more--horse and common.

Bachelor: a man who wouldn't take "Yes" for an answer.

Be a good loser, but don't make it a habit.

Be careful of the theories on which you bias your opinions.

Be careful of your thoughts; they may break into words at any time.

Be friendly and you will never want for friends.

Be sure of your facts or be prepared for disappointment.

Be sure your conversation generates more light than heat.

Be yourself. If that doesn't satisfy you, improve yourself.

Before one can become an accomplished skier, one usually has to ski for hours on end.

Before you can score you must first have a goal.

Behavior is a mirror in which everyone shows his or her image.

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Best place for the knocker is right outside the door.

Better a little with honor than much with shame.

Better to cause happiness where you go than to cause happiness when you go.

Beware of a half-truth; you may get hold of the wrong half.

Blessed are the brief for they will be invited again.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, remains silent.

Bowling tends to get kids off the streets and into the alleys.

Busy hands and minds will not let a heart grow heavy.

Celebrations you'll never forget are better than those you can't remember.

Children are often expected to learn good manners without seeing any.

Choose your words carefully. Talk is cheap, but you can't buy it back.

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.

Common sense is what the world calls wisdom.

Complete honesty in little things is not a little thing at all.

Confession may be good for the soul, but it's often bad for the reputation.

Confession of our faults is the next best thing to innocence.

Conscience gets a lot of credit that belongs to cold feet.

Consideration is simply time you spend for another's benefit.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Curiosity is the beginning of the learning cycle.

Dark clouds are things that pass; the blue heavens abide always.
Despite inflation, a penny is still a fair price for too many people's thoughts.

Did you ever wonder if the original sponge cake was made from borrowed ingredients?

Dignity is difficult to preserve in alcohol.

Discussion is an exchange of intelligence. Argument is an exchange of ignorance.

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.

Don't be a carbon copy of somebody else--make your own impression.

Don't be so humble--you're not that great.

Don't despair: there are plenty of things money won't buy.

Don't discourage another's plans unless you have better ones to offer.

Don't marry for money--you can borrow it more cheaply.

Don't put things off... put them over.

Don't worry about growing old--just try to grow up and you'll stay young in spirit.

Drive defensively. An accident that doesn't happen helps both you and the other driver.

Drive like a nut and you may soon get cracked.

Easy things become difficult when you do them with reluctance.
Eating too much will make you thick in the stomach.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Education is truly a chest of tools.

Education is what a man gets when he talks with a group of teenagers.

Education is what is left after previous learning is forgotten.

Egotism is not one of the better virtues, but is does lubricate the wheels of life.

Energy and persistence conquer many things.

Envy is a kind of praise.

Even moderation ought not to be practiced to excess.

Even people on the level have their ups and downs.

Even the richest soil, if uncultivated, produces only weeds.

Even though you are on the right track, don't stop to rest--you might get run over.

Every day is Judgment Day. Use a lot of it.

Everybody in the family should be a member of the crew, not a passenger.

Everybody should learn to drive, especially those who sit behind the wheel.

Everyone should keep a mental wastebasket for disposing of what's not worth remembering.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Everything in the modern home is controlled by switches except the children.

Excuses are often the confession of failure.

Facts are stubborn things, but properly used, they will work hard for you.

Failure follows the man whose wishbone is where his backbone should be.

Failure is not falling down; it is remaining there when you have fallen.

Failure is the line of least persistence.

Faultfinders are all alike--they demand very much in others, but are satisfied with very little in themselves.

Faults are thick where love is thin.

Few doors are open to him who knocks all of the time.

Few doors to success are marked, "Pull," but most of them say, "Push."

Fighting work is not the way to prove you're not afraid of it.

Finding fault is the most common type of unskilled labor.

Flattery, like perfume, should be inhaled and not swallowed.

Folks who go to pieces easily may never have been put together properly.

Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

Fortune makes friends; misfortune tries them.

Free expression is a safety valve. Escaping steam alarms us, but is a sign of safety.

Frustration is not having anyone to blame but yourself.

Fun is like life insurance; the older you get the more it costs.

Generally speaking, women have been famous for untold ages.
Generosity given with strings attached is not really generosity. It's a deal.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Genius is seldom recognized for what it is, a great capacity for hard work.

Getting into hot water tends to keep you clean.

Go often to your friend's home for weeds choke up the unused path.

God gives the nuts, but He does not crack them.

Good and bad luck are often mistaken for good and bad judgment.

Good ideas do not drop into closed minds.

Good judgment is sometimes the result of lessons learned from using bad judgment.

Great minds discuss ideas. Good minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Grin and bear it if you must--but work and change it if you can.

Habits are at first silk threads, then cables.

Happiness is like a kiss--to appreciate it you must give it to somebody else.

Happiness is not a station at which you arrive but a manner of traveling.

Happiness is not given but exchanged.

Having to suffer the consequences of our acts tends to develop responsibility.

He is lonely who builds himself a wall instead of a bridge.

He lives most who lives for others.

He that inquires much learns much.

He who chooses the beginning of a road also chooses the destination.

He who easily chatters to you about others will easily chatter about you to others.

He who has never made a mistake has never made anything

He who laughs lasts.

He who practices sloppiness will become a perfect slob.

He who sings his own praise is seldom asked for an encore.

He who talks by the yard and works by the inch should be removed by the foot.

He who turns the other cheek too far gets it in the neck.

Heated arguments cool friendships.

Holding a strong position often arouses strong opposition.

Honesty is the best policy, but there are too few policyholders.

Honesty pays, but not enough for some people.

Horsepower was a lot safer when only horses had it.

If you don't aim high, you will never hit high.

Ideas are like children: your own are very wonderful.

If a man could have half his Wishes, he would double his troubles. (Franklin)

If all cars in the U.S. were placed end to end, some fool would try to pass them.

If at first you don't succeed, try following directions.

If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average.

If it is vital that you get a job done, ask the busiest person you know to do it.

If the job doesn't mean more than the pay, it will never pay more.

If we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything.

If you admit you're all wrong when you are, you're all right.

If you are losing an argument with your spouse, try a kiss.

If you can't do extraordinary things, do ordinary things extraordinarily well.

If you do a favor, forget it. If you receive a favor, remember it.

If you get up one time more than you fall, you will make it.

If you leave nothing to chance, you'll do few things wrong, but you'll also do few things.

If you must criticize, leave the person with the idea he has been helped.

If you show people you're a live wire, they won't step on you.

If you steal a kiss, it may be petty larceny, but sometimes it's grand.

If you tell it, it could be gossip. If you hear it, it's news.

If you want something, work for it. If you expect something, wait for it.

If you want to change your circumstances, perhaps you should change yourself.

If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear tight shoes.

If you want to improve your memory, loan money to others.

If you want to keep your friends don't give them away.

If you want to live to see ninety, don't look for it on the speedometer.

If you will not put things off, you may put them over.

If you would have the world beat a path to your door, try taking a nap.

If your aim is good in this world, chances are good you'll miss fire in the next.

In an argument, the best weapon to hold is your tongue.

In every problem there is an opportunity.

In your concern about left and right, don't forget above and below.

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

Intuition enables a woman to contradict her husband before he says anything.

It also takes two to make up after the quarrel.

"It can be done," is good, but, "It's done," is better.

It is as thoughtful to acknowledge a good deed as to do one.

It is better to give rather than lend--the cost is about the same.

It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.

It is better to wear out than to rust out.

It is much easier to acquire a new habit than to break an old one.

It is nobler to make yourself great than to be born so.

It is what we learn after we think we know it all that counts.

It isn't your position that makes you happy or unhappy; it's your disposition.

It takes a lot of patients to be a successful doctor.

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

It usually takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you didn't.

It would be better to marry for good than for better or worse.

It's a tossup whether it is worse to be old and bent or young and broke.

It's better to bet on a horse and lose than make a mental bet and lose your mind.

It's better to face up to trouble squarely than to live in fear of it forever.

It's better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall.

It's much easier to ride a horse in the direction he's going.

It's not necessary to repeat gossip if you speak clearly the first time.

It's not the hours we put in but what we put in the hours that counts.

It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

It's often the one with the winning hand who wants to put his cards on the table.

Judgment develops in a youngster when Mom comes up with one answer and Dad with another.

Keep the old as long as it is good, and take the new as soon as it is better.

Keep your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind.

Keeping your eye too closely on the future may obscure present opportunities.

Kindness consists of loving people more than they deserve.

Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can read.

Knowledge is power if you have it about the right person.

Lack of good reason for doing a thing is a good reason for not doing it.

Lazy men plan busy tomorrows.

Leadership stems more from personal inspiration than from offering directions.

Life and tennis are much alike; the player who serves well seldom loses.

Live to do good and you will never tire of your employment.

Looking at the bright side of things will never impair your eyesight.

Loose characters frequently wind up in tight places.

Love and understanding turn a look into a smile and a house into a home.

Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don't depend on it.

Make promises cautiously, but once you have made them, fulfill them.

Making little things count is the life work of a good arithmetic teacher.

Many a failure never gets his head above water because he never sticks his neck out.

Many a farmer is often outstanding in his field.

Many a live wire would be a dead one if it weren't for his connections.

Many a man who is burning with enthusiasm finds he's not so hot.

Many have a good aim, but they fail to pull the trigger.

Many men are self-made, but only the successful ones will admit it.

Many people are like whales--when they get to the top, they start to blow.

Many people will give an honest day's work, but they want a week's pay for it.

Marriages may be made in heaven, but two on earth must perform the maintenance.

Middle age: when a narrow waist and a broad mind begin to change places.

Minds, like parachutes, work only when they are open.

Money lost can be replaced, but time lost is gone forever.

Most arguments are sound--mostly sound.

Most husbands would rather buy than be an automatic dishwasher.

Most people resist change--but without it, progress is impossible.

Much happiness is overlooked because it doesn't cost anything.

Much talent is wasted for want of a little courage.

Mud thrown is ground lost.

Need a helping hand? Try the end of your arm.

Never advertise your troubles; there's no market for them.

Never get mad at one who knows more than you do. It's not his fault, but yours.

Never underestimate yourself. Plenty of others will do it for you.

Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as and income tax refund.

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. (Lincoln)

No man is too big to be kind and courteous--but some are too little.

No one is rich enough to be without a neighbor.

No one knows the weight of another's burden.

No one knows what he can do till he tries.

No personal charm is as great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.

No two children are alike--especially if one is yours and the other isn't.

Nothing brings good luck like not relying on it.

Nothing is opened by mistake as often as one's mouth.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

One may not live by bread alone, but many try to get along on crust.

One of the best things about the future is that you can face it one day at a time.

One of the greatest gifts we can give to others is a good example.

One of the most deadly of sins is cynicism.

One reaps what one sows and the sowing of kindness is life's best investment.

One today is worth two tomorrows. (Franklin)

One way to keep your head above water is to avoid expensive dives.

Only an inferior person is always at his best.

Opportunity merely knocks--temptation kicks the door in.

Patience is a good thing to exercise but a bad thing to overwork.

Patting yourself on the back is a poor way to get ahead.

People who complain they don't get all they deserve don't realize how lucky they are.

People who get discovered and those who get found out are very difficult.

People who have time to spend usually spend it with someone who hasn't.

People who lead double lives are likely to get through twice as fast.

People who make the best of it seldom get the worst of it.

People who wait for their ship to come in usually find it a hardship.

People would get more concerned over fallout if it interfered with TV reception.

Picture windows and small feet tend to bring the outdoors into the living room.

Poise is the act of raising the eyebrows rather than the roof.

Praise a man for a job well done, and he'll do the next one even better.

Probably the best remedy for anger is delay.

Psychiatrists tell you to think pleasant thoughts, but family doctors won't let you eat them.

Quite often you can prove your command of the language by saying nothing.

Regardless of what happens, somebody always claims he knew it would.

Remember that where you go hereafter may depend on what you go after here.

Reputation helps you get a job. Character helps you keep it.

Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what you are.

Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.

Search others for virtues. Search yourself for vices.

Self-confidence is essential to great undertakings.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.

Solitude is fine, but it's usually more fun enjoying it with somebody else.

Some chores have to be put off many times before they slip your mind completely.

Some go through life as freight. They can't seem to express themselves.

Some men never change their opinion because it's been in the family for generations.

Some people are like blisters. They don't show up until the work is done.

Some people are like buttons--always popping off at the wrong time.

Some people are no good at counting calories and have the figures to prove it.

Some people do odd things to get even.

Some people get their exercise by jumping to conclusions.

Some people go into debt trying to keep up with people who are already there.

Some people grow under responsibility. Other people merely swell.

Some people stand for nothing because they fall for everything.

Some people talk like a book, but you can't shut them up as easily.

Sometimes problems are more elusive than solutions.

Sometimes the best thing to get off your chest is your chin.

Sons who want to follow in their father's footsteps shouldn't wear loafers.

Sooner or later, all smokers quit. Heavy smokers often quit earlier.

Speak well of your enemies; remember that you made them.

Strangers are friends you haven't met yet.

Success comes in cans. Failure comes in can'ts.

Success comes to many men because they were deprived of advantages others had.

Success is never final and failure is never fatal.

Success is often just an idea anyway.

Success requires fewer blocks and a lot more tackle.

Sympathy is never wasted except when you give it to yourself.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Take your hat off to the past; take your coat off to the future.

Talking about it won't help you reduce. You have to keep your mouth shut.

Teenagers get confused when some advise: "Find yourself," while others say: "Get lost."

Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it.

The "one for the road" should be a seat belt.

The art of conversation lies in the ability to disagree without being disagreeable.

The assertion: "It can't happen to me," keeps many from worrying themselves to death.

The best angle to approach a problem is from try angle.

The best board of education is sometimes a shingle.

The best eraser in the world is a good night's sleep.

The best gifts are always tied with heartstrings.

The best marriage counselor is the child who hugs Mom and Dad at the same time.

The best proof of wisdom is the result.

The best safety device in a car is a rear view mirror with a policeman in it.

The best things in life may be free, but things money can buy aren't bad either.

The best way to be understood is to be understanding.

The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it.

The best way to double your money is to fold it once and put it back in your pocket.

The biggest objection to the younger generation is that many of us don't belong to it.

The busy bee has no time to be sad.

The chip on an angry man's shoulder is often only bark.

The city of happiness is in the state of mind.

The clothes that keep a man looking his best are often worn by girls.

The constitution guarantees you the pursuit of happiness but doesn't guarantee to finance the chase.

The energy it takes to run fast is wasted unless you know your destination.

The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules.

The fact that silence is golden may explain why there's so little of it.

The fellow who blows his horn the loudest is generally in a fog.

The first element of success is the determination to succeed.

The formula for youth: Keep your enthusiasm and forget your birthdays.

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

The greatest undeveloped territory in the world lies under your hat.

The greatest wealth is contentment with little.

The habit of getting to the bottom of things usually lands a man on top.

The less hair a man has to comb, the more face he has to wash.

The less you say, the more you don't have to apologize.

The man who believes is the man who achieves.

The man who rows the boat generally doesn't have time to rock it.

The more we overeat, the harder it gets to sit close to the table.

The most solid friendships are often made in mutual adversity.

The most widespread form of compulsory education is experience.

The next best thing to knowing a fact is knowing where to find it.

The noblest revenge is forgiveness.

The one who cannot forget himself is easily forgotten by others.

The only time an average child is as good as gold is on April 1st.

The only trouble with a sure thing is the uncertainty.

The opportunity of a lifetime is seldom labeled so.

The optimist is as often wrong as the pessimist but is far happier.

The person who knows everything has a lot to learn.

The quickest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.

The real leaders do not always march at the head of the procession.

The real problem of one's leisure is to keep other people from using it.

The reason many don't climb the ladder of success is that they're waiting for the elevator.

The recipe for success in business is often the same as for a nervous breakdown.

The right-of-way is not something you have--somebody gives it to you.

The road to success is almost always under construction.

The secret of success is your head up, your overhead down.

The sneakiest two words in the English language are "plus tax."

The sun sets early for those who live always in the valley.

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

The tree of liberty will not survive too much grafting.

The trouble with some of us is that in trying times we quit trying.

The wealthy man is never certain that he is loved for himself.

There are many more trap doors to failure than there are short cuts to success.

There are no degrees of honesty; either you are honest or you are not.

There are no free scholarships to the school of experience.

There are no rules for success that work--unless you do.

There are times when a youngster can be straightened out by bending him over your knee.

There is no substitute for brains, but silence sometimes helps.

There is one four-letter word you don't hear much any more--cash.

There is one good thing you can give and still keep--your word.

There's a difference between free speech and cheap talk.

There's a difference between good sound reasons and reasons that sound good.

There's plenty of room at the top, but there's no room to sit down.

There's some good in all of us; even a watch that won't run is right twice a day.

There's something worse than growing old. It's the alternative.

There's something wrong with a person who is always right.

Think how happy you would be if you lost everything, then got it back again.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticize.

Thrift is truly a virtue--especially in an ancestor.

Time spent in getting even would be better spent in getting ahead.

To accomplish many things, do them one at a time.

To avoid that run-down feeling, cross the streets carefully.

To be successful, learn what you do best, then do it.

To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.

To have a true friend, you must be a true friend.

To love your enemies is fine, but perhaps you should treat your friends even better.

To make a success of old age you must start young

To refuse praise is to seek praise twice.

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Today, make an investment in someone else's happiness.

Too many of us conduct our lives on the cafeteria basis--self-service only.

Too many of us don't care what happens so long as it doesn't happen to us.

Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children.

Too much attention to little things leaves too little time for the big things.

Trouble is merely opportunity dressed in work clothes.

True love decreases the pain of poverty.

Try to see yourself as others do--but try not to get mad about it.

Two-thirds of promotion is motion.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they often make a fight.

Undeserved praise sometimes reacts as poison in disguise.

Up to sixteen, a lad is a Boy Scout. After that he is a girl scout.

Used properly, stumbling blocks can become stepping stones.

We could save a lot if we could live as cheaply after payday as we did before.

Well-conceived plans are a big step towards a job well done.

What the fool does at the end, the wise man did at the beginning.

When all is said and done, usually more is said than done.

When in doubt, do the friendliest thing.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.

When you are right you can afford to keep your temper.

When you begin to dislike someone, do something nice for him.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

When your mouth is closed, you can't put your foot in it.

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.

When you're average, you're as close to the bottom as to the top.

Who lives content with little possesses much.

Wise men know more than they tell. Fools tell more than they know.

Women seldom repeat gossip... the way they heard it.

Work is only well done when it is done with a will.

Work is the finest escape from boredom ever devised.

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.

Yesterday is gone; tomorrow never comes; today is here--get busy.

You are brave, intelligent, brilliant, attractive... and gullible.

You are going to take a long trip--they found out about the money.

You are mature when keeping a secret gives more satisfaction that telling it.

You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.

You can always tell luck from ability by its duration.

You can be a willing helper, but don't wait to be asked.

You can be rich, if not in possessions, in lack of want.

You can flatter more people into excelling than you can criticize out their apathy.

You can never exercise an open mind and an open mouth at the same time.

You can take the day off, but you can never put it back.

You can't antagonize and influence at the same time.

You can't damage a smile by cracking it.

You can't expect people to see eye to eye with you if you look down on them.

You can't hold a man down unless you stay down with him.

You can't keep a chip on the shoulder you put to the wheel.

You can't use your friends and have them too.

You don't need to furnish references to borrow trouble.

You either want to do a thing or your don't. It's seldom that you can't.

You have determination only if you finish every job you start.

You have poise if you can be ill at ease inconspicuously.

You may live it up occasionally, but then you'll have to live it down.

You may not win, but you might make the one ahead of you break the record.

You will always have plenty of money if you let the rest of the world go buy.

You will go out on a limb, because that's where the fruit grows.

You will never get indigestion from swallowing your pride.

You will probably be happy in the same degree as you are helpful to others.

You'll get along with the boss if he goes his way and you go his.

Your conscience, like a buzzing bee, can make you feel uneasy without stinging you.

Your good fortune sometimes makes false friends; poor fortune points them out.

You're only young once. After that you need another excuse for doing childish things.

Youth is such a wonderful thing; it's a shame to waste it on children.

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