Sunday’s Column – Bon Mots

Nov 4, 2013 by

People collect different things. Stamps, baseball cards, coins, scars, strep throat.

I collect wise words. My favorites usually come from those of the animation persuasion, although occasionally humans have something significant to say. I’ve run my favorite cartoon ones before, now it’s time for real men and women to speak. I’ve tried to find the appropriate originations where possible.

Some of my favorites:

• If anyone ever tells you you put too much peanut butter on your bread, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

• If you never allow your child to experience failure and disappointment, he/she will not be equipped to handle adulthood.

• If you would spent less time complaining about your life, you’d possibly enjoy it more.

• The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will. (Chuck Palahniuk)

• Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now. (Neal A. Maxwell)

• Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity. (Dany Gokey)

• If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.

• To know what life is worth, you have to risk it once in a while. (Jean-Paul Satre)

• When was the last time you did something for the first time?

• Do or do not, there is no try. (Yoda. Okay, he’s not human.)

• Don’t let idiots ruin your day.

• Do you know why the Indian rain dances always work? Because the Indians keep dancing until it rains. (Sherman Alexie)

• Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. (Herman Cain)

• The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. (Elbert Hubbard)

• You become like the five people you spend the most time with — choose carefully.

• It is never too late to be what you might have been. (George Eliot)

There is still time to get off the road you are on. (Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin)

• There are over 7 billion people on Earth. And you are going to let one person ruin your day?

• Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. (Napoleon Hill)

• Follow your passion.

• Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat.

• Don’t take yourself too seriously. Life is more fun when you can laugh at yourself.

• Let your children grow up to be what they want to be, not what you wished you were.

• The realization that happiness is a state of mind that you can control sometimes doesn’t occur to people until it is too late.

• Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (Mark Twain)

• The minute I stopped caring about what other people thought and started doing what I wanted to do is the minute I finally felt free.

• Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. (Miles Kington)

• You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life. (Winston Churchill)

• Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate, then always be a pirate.

• Do more of what makes you awesome.

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