Remembered Sayings of My Dad #2

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 2 of 3 Parts

  • Tradition lives because young people come along who catch the romance and add new glories to it.

  • To receive a present handsomely and in the right spirit, even when you have none to give in return, is to give a gift.

  • While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.

  • You cannot buy enthusiasm; you cannot buy initiative; you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls.   You have to earn those things.

  • If you are lucky enough to find a way of life, you have to find the courage to live it.

  • Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.

  • Be patient with everyone, but most of all, be patient with yourself.

  • If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you have done it already.

  • Try it, you may like it, is an old saying, but it has some truth in it—Try it, you may like it!

  • Young people do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore, they attempt the impossible and achieve it generation after generation.

  • Some things are bad; some things are good.  If you want more good things, maybe you should try harder. Good things are out there for those that really want them.

  • One half the trouble of this life can be traced to saying “yes” too quickly and not saying “no” soon enough.

  • Repair people cost plenty. When you do have to call a repair man watch how he does it. Doing your own repair work around your home is like having another source of income 

  • What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor or if everyone was the same.

  • An optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds; a pessimist fears the same may be true.

  • Incompetent people invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.

(To be continued)

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