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08-13-2012 04:30 PM

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I notice in many LJs signatures great “sayings” , sayings with great wisdom and/or great teachings.
What is your favorite one?
Where did you read or heard it the first time?
Do you know the original author?

I have several of them but one of my favorite is:
“it is enough for good-men (and women) to do nothing for evil to triumph”.

I believe the original author is disputed.

On the lighter side, another one I like is:
“it is very difficult to do nothing as you never know when you are done”.

Another one I heard years ago and that since has a been a guide in my life is:

” when we die, the only thing we take with us , is what we gave”

-- Bert

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 04:43 PM

There are some over here, but there’s always space for more inspirational quotes.

I’m liking my current one a lot at the moment.
Since it may change, it’s currently…

"Do not speak – unless it improves on silence."

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 04:44 PM

My favorite one is in my signature. It is pretty self explanatory, but means teaching someone to do something is better than doing it for them or giving them something. Benjamin Disraeli was a prime minister of England in the 1870’s

A “funny” (in the dark humor sense) misinterpretation of a similar quote reads:
Give a man a fire and he will be warm for a night. Light a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life


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#3 posted 08-13-2012 05:56 PM

Murphy’s Law has got nothing on me.

I Live by
“Bob’s Law~ What’s the least your can do wrong in the most obvious place that will give you maximum grief.”

Look there before you ask for you last check. author-Me

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 07:35 PM

This perhaps isn’t as wise as some I have seen here, or it doesn’t fit into the woodworking aspect, but here goes; Drive carefully, and remember, for every mile of road there’s two miles of ditch. Author unknown.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 07:46 PM

Aside from my signature I like to use a quote from CS Lewis ”...a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”

The full quote is – “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

More whimsically and somewhat apropos to LJ’s is “Marmota Monax and Forest Product Propulsion: Just Exactly How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck?”

-- "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

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 10:07 PM

I believe this is a Russian proverb.
“Church is near, but the road is icy, the bar is far, I will walk carefully”

Peace to all.

-- Joe from Western Ma.... Peace to all

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#7 posted 08-14-2012 12:25 AM

Actions speak louder than words but words are spoken much more often. Mark Twain

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#8 posted 08-14-2012 01:13 AM

My favorite … “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 08-14-2012 04:38 PM

Mine is from an old Irish blessing…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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