Be of Good Cheer

For many years, I’ve been an avid collector of sayings. Some are inspirational, some just plain funny, but most contain a message of hope. Over the past few years, I’ve shared many of these in this column and have gotten wonderful feedback.

As we head toward the end of the year, I want to remind you life is supposed to be an adventure. We will have our glory days and days in which it seems like a bad idea to crawl out from the covers. Throughout it all, we learn more about ourselves and grow to appreciate those around us. Wisdom is often found when you’re not looking for it.

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
–Henry Ford

“The action required to sustain human life is primarily intellectual, everything man needs has to be discovered by his mind and produced by his effort.”
–Ayn Rand

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.”
–attributed to Glenn Clark and Cesare Pavese

“Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun.”
–Ashleigh Brilliant

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm… As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
–Audrey Hepburn

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
–Richard L. Evans

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
–Mark Twain

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
–Will Rogers

“In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear.”
–John C. Dvorak

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
–John Burroughs

“A man’s mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days.”
–Garrison Keillor

“Where there are friends there is wealth.”
–Titus Maccius Plautus

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
–Thomas A. Edison

“What’s another word for ‘thesaurus’?”
–Steven Wright

“Life is not holding a good hand; life is playing a poor hand well.”
–Danish proverb

“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was smarter.”
–Albert Grant

“The world is so fast that there are days when the person who says that it can’t be done is interrupted by the person doing it.”
–Anonymous

“There exists in each of us a purpose to be discovered.”
–Rob Graham

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
–Douglas Adams

Have a great holiday season!

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