Archive for the ‘Ponder’ Category

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

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

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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Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
– Leonardo Da Vinci

Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.
– Thomas Jefferson

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
– Mark Twain

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to pPeople in poor countries.
– Douglas Casey
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
– Edward Langley

Most people are unwilling to sell their souls; but they usually aren’t opposed to renting them out for an hour or two.
– Anonymous

Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence.
– Robert J. Hanlon
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.  
– Aristotle
It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life.we can never help another without helping ourselves.  
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
– Thomas Jefferson
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
– Aristotle
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
– Mother Theresa

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A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
– Thomas Jefferson

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
– Mark Twain

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you.
– Anonymous

Home is what catches you when you fall – and we all fall.
– Anonymous
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children :one is roots. The other is wings.
– Hodding Carter,J.R.
Don’t go through life, grow through life.
– Eric Butterworth
My religion is very simple — my religion is kindness.  
– The Dalai Lama
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  
– Edmund Burke
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. 
The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.  
–  Martha Washington

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The only reason some people get lost in thought is that it is unfamiliar territory.
– Paul FixIntelligent people know of what they speak; fools speak of what they know.
– Minchas Shabbos Pirkei Avos

None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind.  
– Maj Wambebe
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
– Galileo Galilei
When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.  
– Stephen Levine
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.  
– Hal Borland
The difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.  
– Pete Seeger 
In anger, the tongue works faster than the mind.  
– Unknown
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road.  
– Henry Ward Beecher
The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.  
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Do not think of your faults, still less of others faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.  
– John Ruskin
It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out — it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.  
– Robert Service
Worrying is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere. 
To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
This ONLY is denied God: The power to undo the past.
– Agathon
A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.
To be loved is to be fortunate, but to be hated is to achieve distinction.
A friend who cannot in a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
– Samuel Butler
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly.
– Marcus Aurelius
To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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