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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