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A Bit of Wisdom from Harry S. Truman

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/17/2023 09:17 AM
Kansas City, MO...Harry S. Truman May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972.  Our 33rd President.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."

"You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break."

"Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination."

"I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount."

"When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril."

"The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."

“Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.”

"The buck stops here!"

A Bit of Wisdom from Cecil B. DeMille

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/13/2023 10:58 AM
Los Angeles, CA...A Bit of Wisdom from Cecil B. DeMille.

"Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai... but he has never improved on God's law."

"The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly."

"There can be no liberty without the law."

"Creation is a drug I can't do without."

"I win my awards at the box office."

A Bit of Wisdom from King Solomon

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/09/2023 10:47 AM
Jerusalem, Israel...There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.


A Bit of Wisdom from George Bernard Shaw

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/26/2023 12:42 PM
Dublin, Ireland...George Bernard Shaw 26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950.

"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake."

"I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."

"You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?"

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance."

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."

"Youth is wasted on the young."

A Bit of Wisdom from Rose Kennedy

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/23/2023 10:04 AM
Hyannis Port, MA...Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy July 22, 1890 – January 22, 1995

"Sometimes I wonder if there is something about my family which invites violence. 'Is it envy,' you ask? I don't know... I've had so much, a son as president, two as senators, a son-in-law who's an ambassador... perhaps God doesn't permit that much."

"It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone."

"I am not going to be licked by tragedy, as life is a challenge, and we must carry on and work for the living as well as mourn for the dead."

"Make sure you never, never argue at night. You just lose a good night's sleep, and you can't settle anything until morning anyway."

"It's wrong for parents to bury their children. It should be the other way around."

"Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety."

"I know not age, nor weariness nor defeat."

A Bit of Wisdom from the 1734 Poor Richard's Almanack

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/22/2023 12:57 PM
Philadelphia, PA...Poor Richard's Almanack was published by Benjamin Franklin, under the pen name of "Poor Richard" or "Richard Saunders". Annual versions were published from 1733 to 1758 & outsold everything but the bible. For two generations before the Revolutionary war he helped create our unique heritage and identity. In this crazy time where the news headlines read like satire we thought it might be refreshing to head down history lane a bit.

You cannot pluck roses without fear of thorns, Nor enjoy fair wife without danger of horns.
Without justice, courage is weak.
Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, not what you please.
Take this remark from Richard poor and lame, Whate'er's begun in anger ends in shame.
What one relishes, nourishes.
No man e'er was glorious, who was not laborious.
All things are easy to Industry, All things difficult to Sloth.
Don't think to hunt two hares with one dog.
Fools multiply folly.
Beauty & Folly are old companions.
Better slip with foot than tongue.
Hope of gain, lessens pain.
Grief often treads upon the Heels of Pleasure,
Marry’d in Haste, we oft repent at Leisure; Some by Experience find these Words misplac’d, Marry’d at Leisure, they repent in Haste.
Where there's Marriage without Love, there will be Love without Marriage.
Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise.
Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parly.
Who pleasure gives, Shall joy receive.
All things are cheap to the saving, dear to the wasteful.
Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.
Happy's the Wooing that's not long a doing.
Jack Little sow'd little, & little he'll reap.
Do good to thy Friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.
A good Man is seldom uneasy, an ill one never easie.
Teach your child to hold his tongue, he'll learn fast enough to speak.
Don't value a man for the Quality he is of, but for the Qualities he possesses.
As Charms are nonsense, Nonsense is a Charm.
He that cannot obey, cannot command.
An innocent Plowman is more worthy than a vicious Prince.
He that is rich need not live sparingly,
and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.
If you wou'd be reveng'd of your enemy, govern your self.
A wicked Hero will turn his back to an innocent coward.
Laws like to Cobwebs catch small Flies,
Great one break thro' before your eyes.
An Egg to day is better than a Hen to-morrow.
Drink Water, Put the Money in your Pocket, and leave the Dry-bellyach in the Punchbowl.
When 'tis fair be sure to take your Great coat with you.
He does not possess Wealth, it possesses him.
Necessity has no Law; I know some Attorneys of the name.
Onions can make, ev'n Heirs and Widows weep.
Strange, that he who lives by Shifts, can seldom shift himself.
As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts.
The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, is to save all the Money they can touch.
He that waits upon Fortune, is never sure of a Dinner.
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
Marry your Son when you will, but your Daughter when you can.
Avarice and Happiness never saw each other, how then shou'd they become acquainted.
If you woul'd have Guests merry with your cheer, Be so your self, or so at least appear.
Reader, farewell, all Happiness attend thee: May each New Year better and richer find thee.

A Bit of Wisdom from the 1733 Poor Richard's Almanack

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/20/2023 11:13 AM
Philadelphia, PA...Poor Richard's Almanack was published by Benjamin Franklin, under the pen name of "Poor Richard" or "Richard Saunders". Annual versions were published from 1733 to 1758 & outsold everything but the bible. For two generations before the Revolutionary war he helped create our unique heritage and identity. In this crazy time where the news headlines read like satire we thought it might be refreshing to head down history lane a bit.

Light purse, heavy heart.
He's a Fool that makes his Doctor his Heir.
He's gone, and forgot nothing but to say Farewel–to his creditors.
Hunger never saw bad bread.
Great Talkers, little Doers.
Fools make feasts and wise men eat 'em.
The poor have little, beggars none, the rich too much, enough not one.
Eat to live, and not live to eat.
After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and weather rainy.
The proof of gold is fire, the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, a woman.
He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas.
Distrust & caution are the parents of security.
He is ill cloth'd, who is bare of Virtue.
Nothing more like a Fool, than a drunken Man.
Innocence is its own Defence.

A Bit of Wisdom from Isaac Watts

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/17/2023 02:56 PM
Southampton, Hampshire, England...Isaac Watts 17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748

"Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession."

"'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again."

"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."

"Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance."

A Bit of Wisdom from Nikola Tesla

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/10/2023 10:53 AM
New York, NY...Nikola Tesla 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

“I don't care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don't have any of their own”

“I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.”

“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”

A Bit of Wisdom from Chesty Puller

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/26/2023 10:19 AM
West Point, VI...Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971.

“I’ve always believed that no officer’s life, regardless of rank, is of such great value to his country that he should seek safety in the rear…officers should be forward with their men at the point of impact.”

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time.”

“We make generals today on the basis of their ability to write a damned letter. Those kinds of men can’t get us ready for war.”

“Old Breed? New Breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference as long as it’s the Marine breed.”

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

“Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.”
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