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December 3, 2013

A collection of carefully chosen words

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Speaking of dictators, Napoleon Bonaparte, (1769-1821), said this, “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” The great Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), gave us the following two quotations, first, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Think about that! His second quotation is, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Here’s one on the same general topic, “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Any clue who said it? It was Galileo who lived between 1564 and 1642.

Here’s a quote by Winston Churchill as only he could put it. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” There are whole books devoted to the cleverness of what Churchill had to say during this lifetime. Here’s another quote by Churchill; “If you are going through Hell, keep going.” And yet one more, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

Moving back to this side of the Atlantic, Thomas Jefferson said, “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” A complementary quote by Henry Ford reads, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are usually right.” How about this quote from H.G. Wells, (1866-1946)? “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” In a little more upbeat tone, George Washington Carver, (1864-1943), said, “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”

One of the more clever comedians of his time, Groucho Marx, (1895-1977), who made the song “Show Me a Rose” famous, once said, “I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it.” Or how about this quote by the famous football coach, Vince Lombardi? “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” Another great entertainer, Jimmy Durante, once said, “Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.” And in the same vein, Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784), said, “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” I particularly like that one.

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