Jan 18, 2022



"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure."

-- Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823)


Knowledge is created from words. Wisdom is mysticism. Awareness leads to the "I am". Choose your path carefully.

Patrick J. Morgan

When Insults Had Class...

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

- Winston Churchill

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."

- Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."

- Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."

- Moses Hadas

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."

- Abraham Lincoln

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."

- Groucho Marx

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

- Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."

- Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one."

- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."

- Winston Churchill, in reply

Small things...

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

*Mother Teresa

An honest day's work...

In the final analysis there is no solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterances and the day's good deed.

-- Clare Booth Luce

The present...

"I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future."

*Henry David Thoreau

The frog...

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives."

-Native American Proverb

If life were fair

"If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."

-Johnny Carson


Do you know why they call it "PMS"? Because "Mad Cow Disease" was taken.

-Unknown, presumed deceased

Smart bombs

"Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Afghanistan."

-A. Whitney Brown


"Bigamy is having one wife/husband too many. Monogamy is the same."

-Oscar Wilde


"We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours."

*Dag Hammarskiold

Our lives...

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Great men...

The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.

-- Anotole France

In every person...

In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

-- John Ruskin (1819-1900) English Art Critic


"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."

*Naguib Mahfouz {Egyptian Writer and Nobel Prize winner}

Man's biggest mistake...

"Man's biggest mistake is to believe that he's working for someone else."

*Nashua Cavalier

Valuable discoveries...

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.

-- Isaac Newton (1642-1727) English Scientist


He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.

-- Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher

The best...

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."

*Somerset Maugham


"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears."

*Glenn Clark

The Constitution...

"The Constitution...is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please."

--Thomas Jefferson

Contact with the world...

"There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it."

-- Dale Carnegie


Will and I could hardly wait for the morning to come to get at something that interested us. That's happiness.

-- Orville Wright, co-inventor of the airplane


Yesterday is history, Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift; that's why they call it "the present".

-- Unknown


Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

-- Anonymous

A champion...

A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.

-- Jack Dempsey

Within us...

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared
to what lies within us.

-- William Morrow


"Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, it is possible to
learn something that can enrich our lives and the lives of
others... No one's education is ever complete."

*Sir John Templeton


God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.

-- Jewish proverb

Two roads...

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled
by, And that has made all the difference.

-- Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet


"Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its
best Security." --Samuel Adams


"Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being
cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared.
It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness
that comes with having proved you can meet life."

*Ann Landers


"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let
them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

*Helen Keller {1880-1968 American Blind/Deaf Author & Motivator}

An optimist...

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

*Bill Vaughan {1915-1977 American Journalist}

Secret of life...

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

-Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

Do the right thing...

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

-Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)


"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."

*Henry Ford {1863-1947 American Industrialist}

Trials, temptations, disappointments...

"Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before."

*James Buckham


"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well,
neither does bathing . . . that's why we recommend it daily."

-- Zig Ziglar, speaker and author


He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but
rejoices in what he has.

-- Epictetus (55-135 AD) Roman Philosopher

Your thoughts...

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

*Norman Vincent Peale


"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the
right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the
worst thing you can do is nothing. After all, if we do the
wrong thing, at least we can learn."

*Theodore Roosevelt


True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.

-- Louis Nizer (1902-1994) American Lawyer

A measure of success...

"There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which
is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend."



...the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last.

-- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist


Politicians are like diapers.
They should be changed often and for the same reasons.

A friend...

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory

-- Unknown


"I find television very educational. Every time someone
switches it on I go into another room and read a good book."

*Grocho Marx

High achievers...

All high achievers plan their work and work their plan, for they are
keenly aware that "luck" is most often being prepared to take
advantage of a situation.

-- Unknown

Greatest glory...

The greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising up every
time we fall.

-- Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher


Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long
enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.

-- Longfellow


Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person
to die.

-- Carrie Fisher


"Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right
after all?"

*Dale Carnegie {1888-1955 American Public Speaker & Author}


People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I
don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world
are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want,
and, if they can't find them, make them.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Life is no brief candle...

Life is no brief candle to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I
have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly
as possible before handing it on to future generations.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright


There are no skeletons in my closet.
They are all bleaching on a beach somewhere.

---Kinky Friedman

What is a committee?

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.

-Mark Twain

Animal testing

I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.



Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

-Dave Barry


There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

-Steven Wright


I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.

-- Voltaire


"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an
optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. "

*Sir Winston Churchill

Highest aspirations

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach
them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try
to follow where they lead.

-- Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American Writer

The lever...

Does anyone know what the frigging lever on the left-side of the steering wheel is for?

---Pet Peeve


Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will loose

Abraham Lincoln


Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Member of Congress.
But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain


"It is better to correct your own faults than those of another."

*Democritus {460-370 BC Greek Philosopher}

The value of each day...

"Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day."


Our leaders...

"All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the
external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in
it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection
with a power of promoting human felicity."

--George Washington

The World...

"The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes,
but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."

*Helen Keller {1880-1968 American Author & Lecturer}

The mind...

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."

*Plutarch {45 - 125 A.D. Greek Writer & Lecturer}

What lies within us

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.

*Ralph Waldo Emerson {1803-1882 American Poet & Essayist}


"The only person who cannot be helped is that person who
blames others."

-- Carl Rogers, psychologist and author

Great things...

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed
in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

*Winston Churchill {1874-1965 British Prime Minister}

Good deeds...

"The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good


Aiming to low...

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too
high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."


The government...

The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy
appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

Ronald Reagan


Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for
long-term values.

-- Joshua L. Liebman


"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among
the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to
knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has
given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this,
they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible,
divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I
mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers."

--John Adams


There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

Madison, James speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention
June 16, 1788


"Happiness depends upon ourselves."


Child's heart

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.

-- Mencius (371-291 B.C.)


"Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and
persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for

-- Dale Carnegie, author

Cannot be done

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person
doing it.

-- Chinese proverb

End of the world

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the
master calls a butterfly."

-- Richard Bach, author


"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in
their affections, predictable in their actions,
grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people
to live up to."

- Alfred A. Montapert, Author


"Perseverance is the foundation of all actions."

-- I Ching

Who are the Gideons?

The Gideons International, founded in 1899, serves as an extended missionary arm of the church and is the oldest Christian business and professional men's association in the United States of America. A board of distinguished Christian laymen, international in makeup, supervises the worldwide Gideon ministry, ensuring an efficient, economical operation.

The association has more than 236,000 members, located in 179 countries of the world. They are united in carrying out the same program using the same methods to accomplish the one objective of winning others to Christ.

The emergence of more than 2,000,000 readers in the world each week creates an unprecedented need for reading material. This offers a challenge to Christians to supply the tremendous void by making available God's Word. This is a primary function of The Gideons, placing and distributing Bibles and New Testaments in the human traffic lanes and streams of national life. Gideons as laymen, stand shoulder to shoulder as "missionaries" of local churches and their pastors in going to the four corners of the world to win others for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Annually, The Gideons International is placing and distributing more than 59,000,000 Scriptures worldwide. To God be the glory! This averages one million copies of the Word of God placed every seven days, or 112 per minute!

A non-profit organization, The Gideons International is generously supported by pastors and churches, who realize that presenting people with the gospel message is an indispensable element in winning people to Christ. Every dollar contributed by members of the churches is used to make it possible for others to have their very own copy of God's Word.

Their web site can be found at http://www.gideons.org/

acts of kindness and love

The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and love.

-- William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English poet

Keep away from small people

"Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great."

*Mark Twain {1835-1910 American Author}

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What is a committee?

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.

-Mark Twain

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