Learning is fun! That’s what they said when I was in school. I bet it is fun, if you learn things the easy way. I tend to learn important things the hard way.

“Why do you always insist on taking the hard road?” 

“Why do you assume I see more than one road?”

I have grown to appreciate the wisdom of other people; I found it saves me no small amount of grief and misery. And time. To wit, here’s some wisdom from others:

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits target no one else can see.”— Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher

“The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way.”  – Anonymous

“A healthy male consumes one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.”— John Updike, American author

“If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.”— Catherine Aird, pseudonym of novelist Kinn Hamilton McIntosh

“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.”— W. C. Fields, American humorist

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”— Will Rogers, American humorist

“No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear.”— Cicero

“Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.”— Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another..If you keep on gouging and devouring each other, watch out, you will be destroyed by each other.”— St. Paul, Letter to the Galatians, 5:13-15

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”— Max Lucado, American author, preacher

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is simple, neat, and wrong.” — H. L. Mencken, American author, humorist

“Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you.”  – Dorothy Galyean

“Don’t be sad because it’s over. Be happy that it happened.”  – Anonymous

“Thanking God for the hard stuff is more about
faith than emotion,
belief than expectation,
gratitude than understanding.”  – Me

Of the quoted people I’ve read, Winston Churchill is my preference for entertainment.

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

“A modest little person, with much to be modest about.”

“I am ready to meet my maker. Whether He is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

“Success is going from failure to failure with loss of enthusiasm.”

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

“Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.”

“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.

Those who serve supreme causes must not consider what they can get but what they can give.

[Photographer: “I hope, sir, that I will shoot your picture on your hundredth birthday.”]

 I don’t see why not, young man. You look reasonably fit and healthy.

[Bessie Braddock MP: “Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.”]

Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.

[Nancy Astor: “If I were married to you, I’d put poison in your coffee.”]

If I were married to you, I’d drink it.

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