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ONE WOMAN'S VIEW: Great minds impart wisdom

Contributing writer

Every now and then when I am pressed for time, I allow better writers than I to do this column, and my readers are probably relieved. Here are some bits of wisdom culled from my quotation files:

Thomas A Kempis

“Try to be patient in bearing the defects and weaknesses of others of whatsoever kind they be: you too have many faults which other have to bear. If you find it impossible to make yourself as good as you would like to be, how can you expect to have another exactly to your mind?”

“It is vanity to wish for a long life and to care little about a good life.”

Louis Armstrong

“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.”

Don Marquis

“Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.”

Erica Jong

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The bitterest tears shed over graves for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

Anais Nin

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.”

Agnes Repplier

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and impossible to find it elsewhere.”

Betty Furness

“All my life I’ve been governed by one philosophy: Do any job you’re doing well, and you’ll stumble over the right opportunities to do what you truly desire.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterward.”

“He that sows thorns should not go barefoot.”


“Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person.”

“Ah! We judge each other harshly, knowing not life’s hidden force; knowing not the fount of action is less turbid at its source; seeing not amid the evil all the golden grains of good; Oh! We’d love each other better, if we only understood.”

Finley Peter Dunne

“A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.”

George Bernard Shaw

“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”

W. S. Gilbert

“You have no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself — and how little I deserve it.”

Harry Emerson Fossdick

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”

Mother Teresa

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”

Elbert Hubbard

“The greatest mistake you can make in this life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

Oscar Wilde

“Only the shallow know themselves.”

Yiddish Proverb

“If I try to be like him, who will be like me?”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one can make you inferior without your consent.”

Max Lucado

“Never say anything about anyone in their absence that you wouldn’t say in their presence.”

Last modified May 23, 2013