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Favorite Sayings, Quotes, Proverbs, etc.

Good philosophies to live by

     
7:49 am on Jul 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We all have a favorite saying: “Do unto others…,” “It’s better to give than to receive,” and let’s not forget the unique, all encompassing “Dooh.” But what off-the-wall, less popular saying(s) to you subscribe to? Pat yourself on the back if you know the source.

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: ‘Try to please everybody’.”
- Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist, 1882-1958

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" You might as well be hung for stealing cattle than sheep"
(an old western saying) KF
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In talking about his political opponent;

" That man would tell a lie when the truth looked best!"

Huey P. Long assassinated Governor of Louisiana, the original King Fisher. KF

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"Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer."
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  • If you go out tonight I will never talk to you ever again... for at least a week.

  • An alcoholic poet friend, upon taking his first drink in five months stared gravely at his cocktail and said, "I'm spiraling downwards on a barbed wire..."

  • Another poet, in a bid to teach me the meaninglessness of popularity said, "You remember those two gang bangers who were beating up that guy in front of McDonalds the other day? They were popular to the crowd that formed a circle and cheered them on."

  • A young man who didn't think deeply enough about choices and the concomitant responsibilities told me, "I'm going to live free like a gypsy without a care and travel all the time. I won't be pinned down by living a conventional life. But I'm also going to have a nice house and a family."

  • Twenty three years ago, a mentor figure I called New York Tony advised, "If you know how to eat, you know how to cook!"
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lend me a tenner and i'll buy you a drink

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"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."
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"Winners never quit. Quitters never win. But those who never win and never quit are idiots."
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Two of my all time favourites:

Give me a place to stand I and I will move the earth.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

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"If the dogs are barking at your heals, then you know you're ahead of the pack".

Also, non business related, from George Orwell:
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

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>>Give me a place to stand I and I will move the earth.

Doesn't a lever fit in there somewhere? Archimedes thought so. :)

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It's better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb then half way up one you don't.
--Tim, The Office
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Back to add one more :)

If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day (for those who use analog - you know, the round thing with hands)

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One of my favourites was by John Lennon.

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

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I've got two:

Nighttime is when real thinking can be done.

Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery.

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"Man who have head up rear has crappy outlook on life."
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One of my favourites was by John Lennon.
"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plan"

I'll second that one.

When my daughter got engaged she began planning out this huge wedding. Then along came an unexpected pregnancy, which changed everything.

Slightly distraught about the situation she was in and having to change plans, I told her, "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans"

Fast forward one year.

After having the baby, (a girl) it's time for the baby to be baptized. There I am sitting in church, listening to the priest talk to all the new parents about life, then I practically fall off my seat when I heard the Priest tell them "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans".

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“You cannot out give the giver.” - Dorausch

“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” - Palmer

2nd quote is from 1920's or so. Great quote for social bookmarking sites.

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Two more!... Texans judging others finical worth.

" He has money in the bank and cattle down south "
or
" He's all hat and no cattle "
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"Hard work always pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now."
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There was a short skit on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1960s) where two men met in the middle of the stage:

First man: "You know the old saying."

Second man: "Yep."

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" I code, therefore I am."
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"Laughter is the true seriousness that destroys all false seriousness." M.M. Bakhtin

Good fences make good neighbors.

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"If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, is the man still wrong?"

"Work is for people who don't know how to fish."

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"On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who at the dawn of victory sat down to wait ..., and in waiting, died." -- George Cecil
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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Nothing has killed me yet. But, I am surely stronger :)

[edited by: Habtom at 1:47 pm (utc) on July 4, 2007]

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"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius".
Sherlock Holmes from 'The Valley of Fear'
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"Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow"

Whilst counter-intuitive to many, the proverb neatly summarises pretty much all of modern methods of rapid systems engineering and deployment. Sometimes attributed to Mark Twain and at other times to Prof. Justin Time.

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When Going Gets Tough, Tough Gets Going
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