Friday, February 24, 2012


Presidents' Day this week reminded us of George Washington and Abe Lincoln, two very wise leaders in American history.

There's a big difference between someone who is SMART and someone who is WISE. Wisdom is not directly linked to intelligence nor even age. I know people who never went to college with more wisdom than others with PhDs.

My dad was one who knew how to apply knowledge in practical ways of life. Some call it horse sense. His bottom line on advice was usually, "Honey, just do what God leads you to do." Wisdom.

Here are a few words of wisdom from others in history:

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Bob Hope

Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Will Rogers

Why does a woman work 10 years to change a man's habits then complain that he's not the man she married?
Barbra Streisand

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
Oscar Wilde

You can lead a man to Congress but you can't make him think.
Milton Berle

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Benjamin Franklin

Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
Robert Heinlein

Life doesn't imitate art; it imitates bad television.
Woody Allen

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Mark Twain

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
John Leonard

It's one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
Mark Twain

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
Rita Rudner

Life is never fair and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Oscar Wilde

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
Forrest Gump

Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room on both ends.

And I'll add one I just read by Chuck Swindoll:
A commendable etching on a gravestone would be: "Here lies a man who kept growing as he kept aging." Growing up and growing old need to walk hand in hand.

Older, if not wiser,

1 comment:

  1. It is good to be reminded of these sayings. Makes us slow down and think, and become a little wiser in the process. :)