Remembered Sayings of my Dad

Section 1 of Marion’s Notebook Entries: Remembered sayings and lessons are transcribed from the handwritten log of Marion Thomas Collins, Sr., my Dad.  He recorded these instructions for living a good life over a fifty-year period.


Wit and Wisdom: Part 1 of 3 Parts

  • There is some good in the worst of us, and some bad in the best of us.

  • You may not be able to change faults in others, but you can change some of yours.

  • If two people talk at the same time, no one hears the other.

  • No government, family or business can survive without punishment for wrongdoing.

  • All kitchens should have a drawer for small tools, tape, glue, hammer and other small tools that you may need for repairs in the home.

  • Sometimes there is more to gain by being wrong than by being right.

  • Most arguments are two people who don’t know what they are arguing about.

  • It is far more impressive of for others to discover your good qualities without your help.

  • We are all born into the world with nothing.  Everything we acquire after that is profit.

  • If you want to move the world, you must first move yourself.

  • How sad would winter be if we had no expectation of spring.

  • If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.

  • The only thing that ever set its way to success was a hen.

  • Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.

  • Not all of us have talents, so common sense and love will have to do.

  • One never realizes how much or how little he knows until he or she starts talking.

  • Why don’t we say to ourselves, “This is a great time and moment in history, and I can and will make the most of it.”

    (To be continued)

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