From time to time we hear or read advice that resonates with us. Words of wisdom that inspire or offer guidance on the reality of life. David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times, published recently a column he entitled “The World’s Greatest Life Acts, For Now. ” He quotes from journalist Kevin Kelly writing in his Technium blog the following wise observations:

  • When you have 90% of a large project completed, finishing up the final details will take another 90%.
  • Anything you say before the word “but” does not count
  • getting cheated occasionally is a small price to pay for trusting the best of everyone, because when you trust the best in others they will treat you the best.
  • The thing that made you weird as a child could make you great as an adult.
  • It’s not an apology if it comes with an excuse.
  • Just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility.

Other quotes and wise observations that are significant to me include these:

  • He who never offended anyone, never did anyone any good
  • (Lyrics of a country-western song about having the chance to live life over) “faster horses, younger women and older whiskey”
  • Mark Twain: “always do right – that will gratify some and astonish the rest.”
  • When Aeschines spoke, they said, ‘How well he speaks. ‘ But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, ‘Let us march against Philip. ‘”
  • Life is a dance. Take one step at a time and keep listening for the music
  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
  • There are no failures – only feedback
  • Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Then there is the story of the minister who was a  dedicated Democrat. Someone said to him “Why Reverend, you are so biased about politics you’d probably vote for the devil if he was a Democrat!”  The Reverend paused, thought awhile and replied “Well, maybe not in the primaries.”

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