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Thoughts and Things

(bits of wisdom I've picked up here and there)

I finally found some new thought-provoking statements!! 

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

A sharp tongue can cut your own throat.

 If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn't oversleep.

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

The best vitamin for making friends..... B1.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.

One thing you can give and still your word.

You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself

If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

Ideas won't work unless ' You' do.

Your mind is like a functions only when open..

The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime! 

It is never too late to become what you might have been.

Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.

Old genealogists never die, they just loose their census...

It is not how old you are, but how you are old. Marie Dressler

Always remember that you're unique, just like everyone else.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you're going too far.  (From my husband's cousin Carole)

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.____Booker T. Washington

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:  One is roots.  The other is wings. Hodding Carter, Jr. (My favorite saying!)

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult. Marquise du Deffand

Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.___Unknown

The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another. Alexander Graham Bell

There is no life that does not contribute to history. Dorothy West

I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- Albert Einstein

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. Willis Whitney

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Harry F. Banks

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. Ben Sweetland

Genealogy - Confusing the dead while irritating the living.  (How true)

A setback is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times, the same good things for the first time. Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. H. Jackson Brow

You always pass failure on the way to success. Mickey Rooney

The great use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James

Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things. Robert Louis Stevenson

In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak. James Russell Lowell

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. Henry David Thoreau

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.- Helen Keller

When we have arrived at the question, the answer is already near.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.- Flora Edwards

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.

Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.  (Reminds me of my brother-one of his favorite sayings)

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.- Winston Churchill

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.- Dale Carnegie

If you lend someone $20 and never see them again, it was probably worth it.

Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity, but with it you can accomplish miracles.--Og Mandino

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.  (I say this to my son to keep his head in the right place!!)

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."-- Albert Einstein

"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."-Gen. George S. Patton

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."--William Jennings Bryant

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."--Scott Adams (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness)

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."--Eleanor Roosevelt

"Logics will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere."--Albert Einstein

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend--or a meaningful day."--Dalai Lama

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for it's dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals."--William Gladstone

 "Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd."--William Cowper, 1731-1800

Typos are not typos ... they are actually genealogical alternate spellings, while poor grammar ... is added for interest.

"Whatever you do, do with all your might."--Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally."--David Frost

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."--Mark Twain

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."--Francis Bacon

"Why waste your money looking up your family tree, just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.."  Mark Twain

"If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties."--Francis Bacon

FLOOR -- The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.

JUSTICE --- When you get what you deserve.  MERCY ----- When you don't get what you deserve.  GRACE ----- When you get what you don't deserve.  --Unknown

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."      -- Mother Teresa

Knowledge not shared is knowledge wasted.

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.--Abraham Lincoln

"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things."--Henry Ward Beecher

Yesterday is only a memory.  Tomorrow is only a dream.  Today is the only day we really have.--Unknown

"The lofty oak from a small acorn grows." -- Lewis Duncombe

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."--Joseph Addison

"If you want to know your past--look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future---look into your present actions."--Padmasambhava

"Self-sacrifice is never entirely unselfish, for the giver never fails to receive."--Dolores E. McGuire

"Every man's memory is his private literature."--Aldous Huxley

"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."--Francis Bacon

...searching for my roots by moving one leaf at a time.

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."--Abraham Lincoln

"The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."--Winston Churchill

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."--Henry David Thoreau 

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand."--Confucius

"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."--Allan K. Chalmers

"The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind."--John Allston

If you can't be kind at least have the decency to be vague.

It may be that your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward."--Margaret Fairless Barber

"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance."--Samuel Johnson

Freedom is never letting your fears stop you from following your heart.--Susie Switzer

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.--Rober Heinlein

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."--Helen Keller

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill

I'm going through my Snapdragon phase: part of me has snapped and the rest of me is draggin'.

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.__Henry Ward Beecher

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.__B. B. King

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.__Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance__Emma Goldman, 1869-1940

Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.  Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!___Jonathan Winters

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.__David Frost

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.__George Bernard Shaw

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.__William James

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.__A. A. Milne

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.__Dale Carnegie

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

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never 

grow.__Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are."- Lewis Duncombe


Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That's why it's called the present!


Creative minds have been known to overcome even the worst programming. --Anna Freud


Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past. --Tyron Edwards