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Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.
– Anonymous
 
Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.
– John D. Rockefeller

You should give as you would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
– Seneca

 
He who cannot give anything cannot feel anything either.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
– Albert Einstein

Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
– Anonymous
 
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
– Akiro Kurosawa

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.
– Anonymous

 
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
– Robert Ingersoll
 
Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.
 
A part of kindness consists of sometimes loving people more than they deserve.  
– Joseph Loubert
 
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.  
– Albert Einstein
 
Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to choose how we will live our lives, hold ourselves to high standards, and continually evaluate what’s inside the image we see in the mirror.  
– Eric Harvey
 
The greatest discovery of this generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitude.  
– William James
 
A friend is a present you give to yourself. 
–  Robert Louis Stevenson

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Ponder for 12/4/2008

Did you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
– Robert Orben

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
– Phillip K. Dick

I was in the supermarket the other day, and I met a lady in the aisle where they keep the generic brands. Her name was ‘Woman’.
– Steven Wright

I was strongest when I laughed at my weakness.
– Elmer Diktonius

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
– Albert Camus

When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he’s going to have a go at it anyway.
– Clyde B. Aster

Laughter is an instant vacation. 
– Milton Berle

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. 
-Jane Wagner

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen; but if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your own soul’s doing. 
– Marie Stopes

The image that concerns most people is the reflection they see in other people’s minds. 
– Edward De Bono

Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. 
– Josh Billings

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has, power and magic in it.
– Goethe

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
– Dorothy Parker

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
– Mark Twain

 

If the truth doesn’t save us, what does that say about us?
– Lois McMaster Bujold

Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
– Aristotle

For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner… An unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies…. That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.
– Carl Sagan

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. So autograph your work with quality.
– Robert Elliott

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.
– William Howard Taft

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
– Eric Hoffer

Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
– Aeschylus

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
– Aesop

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I snatched this from one of the sites that I read (incognito)….Thanks, Angela!!  (Oh, and I love your blog.)  🙂

Author Unknown

Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging andplaying ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching. Eventually, they begin to talk.

W1: Hi. My name is Maggie. My kids are the three in red shirts—helps me
keep track of them.

W2: (Smiles) I’m Terri. Mine are in the pink and yellow shirts. Do you come
here a lot?

W1: Usually two or three times a week, after we go to the library.

W2: Wow. Where do you find the time?

W1: We home school, so we do it during the day most of the time.

W2: Some of my neighbors home school, but I send my kids to public school.

W1: How do you do it?

W2: It’s not easy. I go to all the PTO meetings and work with the kids every
day after school and stay real involved.

W1: But what about socialization? Aren’t you worried about them being cooped
up all day with kids their own ages, never getting the opportunity for
natural relationships?

W2: Well, yes. But I work hard to balance that. They have some friends
who’re home schooled, and we visit their grandparents almost every month.

W1: Sounds like you’re a very dedicated mom. But don’t you worry about all
the opportunities they’re missing out on? I mean they’re so isolated from
real life—how will they know what the world is like—what people do to
make a living—how to get along with all different kinds of people?

W2: Oh, we discussed that at PTO, and we started a fund to bring real people
into the classrooms. Last month, we had a policeman and a doctor come in to
talk to every class. And next month, we’re having a woman from Japan and a
man from Kenya come to speak.

W1: Oh, we met a man from Japan in the grocery store the other week, and he
got to talking about his childhood in Tokyo. My kids were absolutely
fascinated. We invited him to dinner and got to meet his wife and their
three children.

W2: That’s nice. Hmm. Maybe we should plan some Japanese food for the
lunchroom on Multicultural Day.

W1: Maybe your Japanese guest could eat with the children.

W2: Oh, no. She’s on a very tight schedule. She has two other schools to
visit that day. It’s a system-wide thing we’re doing.

W1: Oh, I’m sorry. Well, maybe you’ll meet someone interesting in the
grocery store sometime and you’ll end up having them over for dinner.

W2: I don’t think so. I never talk to people in the store—certainly not
people who might not even speak my language. What if that Japanese man
hadn’t spoken English?

W1: To tell you the truth, I never had time to think about it. 
Before I even saw him, my six-year-old had asked him what he was going to do
with all the oranges he was buying.

W2: Your child talks to strangers?

W1: I was right there with him. He knows that as long as he’s with me, he
can talk to anyone he wishes.

W2: But you’re developing dangerous habits in him. My children never talk to
strangers.

W1: Not even when they’re with you?

W2: They’re never with me, except at home after school. So you see why it’s
so important for them to understand that talking to strangers is a big
no-no.

W1: Yes, I do. But if they were with you, they could get to meet interesting
people and still be safe. They’d get a taste of the real world, in real
settings. They’d also get a real feel for how to tell when a situation is
dangerous or suspicious.

W2: They’ll get that in the third and fifth grades in their health courses.

W1: Well, I can tell you’re a very caring mom. Let me give you my number—if
you ever want to talk, give me call. It was good to meet you.

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Ponder for 10/24/2008

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
– Anonymous

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
– Mencius

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
– Charles Caleb Colton

 
Practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people.
– Friedrich von Hayek
 
Don’t worry about avoiding temptation…As you grow older, it will avoid you.
– Winston Churchill
 
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.  
– George Bernard Shaw
 
Love is friendship caught on fire. 
 
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.  
– Conan O’Brien (Harvard Commencement Address)
 
There is always someone worse off than yourself.
– Aesop
 
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

– Henry Adams
 
One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged.
– Heintich Heine

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Ponder for 10/8/2008

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
– Quintilian

There are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be virtuous.
– Aristotle

 
The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to be credible.  
– Mark Twain
 
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. 
– Mark Twain
 
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.  
– Arthur Ashe
 
The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.  
– Richard Leider
 
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

-Eric Hoffer
 
He who would give up a little liberty in return for a little security deserves neither liberty nor security.

– Benjamin Franklin
 
Instead of loving your enemies — treat your friends a little better.
– Edgar Watson Howe
 
The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
– Alfred Adler
 
Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else.
No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
– George Adams
 
There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
– James Truslow Adams
 
When a man is willing and eager, the gods joins in.
– Aeschylus
 
Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
– Marcus Aurelius
 
Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.
 
Exiles feed on hope.
– Aeschylus

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Ponder for 9/28/2008

“When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”
– Omar Kayan

“We need not worry so much about what man descends from-it’s what he descends to that shames the human race.”
– Mark Twain“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.”
– Anonymous

 

 

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”
– Don Herold

“Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from a friend’s forehead.”
– Chinese Proverb 

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Charles R. Swindoll

“Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

Don’t use a big word where a diminutive word will suffice.”
– Anonymous

“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”
– Booker T. Washington

“The best and most wonderful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. they must be felt within the heart.”  
– Helen Keller

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children :one is roots. The other is wings.”
-Hodding Carter,J.R.

Education pays — unless, of course, you are the educator.  

If you want to be heard, whisper. 

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