Sayings for a good life

Remembered Saying of My Dad #3

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 3 of 3 Parts 

  • It is always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.

  • Plans are only good intentions unless they are carried out.

  • Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

  • Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will probably use their ingenuity to accomplish it.

  • The trail is the thing, travel it too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.

  • There are three things that if a man does not know, he can not live long in this world!  What is too much for him; what is too little for him; and what is just right for him.

  • Knowledge is not simply another commodity.  It is never used up.  It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.

  • An optimist is foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come and it usually is!

  • Be one who keeps his work, his temper and his friends.

  • Be careful in giving advice.  Wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it.

  • The pessimist is a good teacher.  Watch what he says and does, then you will know what you should never say or do.

  • There is too much said for the sake of argument and too little said for the sake of the argument.

  • Everyone makes mistakes, but the bad ones are the ones you do not learn from.

  • Giving, loving, caring making life better for others are some of the treasures of life.

  • When you are right, no one remembers.  When you are wrong, no one forgets.

  • There is no such thing as the perfect man or woman, but you can be the best you can.

  • Time passes too fast except during an embarrassing moment.

  • One of life’s early lessons is sadly all to true; success occurs in private and failure in full view.

  • A clear conscience is what hurts when all your parts feel good.

  • Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

  • The longer you carry a problem, the heavier it gets.

  • Decisions are too important to leave to chance.

  • No one can get anyone out of a ditch by throwing dirt on them.

  • Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

  • The bigger a person’s head gets, the easier it is to fill his or her shoes.

  • Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

  • If you find yourself in a hole, do not dig it any deeper.

  • The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.

  • That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

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