As many of you know, I’ve been collecting quotations ever since I was in high school. I write them on 3″ X 5″ cards and file them away in alphabetical order. Every now and than I devote this blog to one of the topics in that file or one of the letters. Today we’re visiting some of the quotes filed under the letter “T.” Here goes…
1. Tact: “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” Howard Newton
2. Tagore: This great Indian poet wrote: “Only let me make my life simple and straight
like a flute of reed for Thee to fill with music.”
3. Teach: “To teach is to learn twice.” Joseph Joubert
4. Teach: “I am not a teacher—only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead—ahead of myself as well as of you.” George Bernard Shaw
5. Teach: “The art of teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” Gail Godwin
6. Temptation: “There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.” Mark Twain
7. Thanksgiving: “To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less.” Richard Rohr
8. Thirst: “How poor a life is in which there is not thirst. Craving and longing and the restlessness which goes with them are a sort of consolation in themselves and a hint of likeness with God.” Janet Stuart
9. Time: “Nothing is worth more than this day.” Anonymous
10. Time: “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” John Burrows
11: Time: “Three o’clock in the afternoon is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.” Jean-Paul Sartre.
12. Time: “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” Art Buchwald
13: Tongue twister: The most difficult tongue twister in the English language is supposed to be: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep is sick.” (Try it!)
14. Tradition: “Tradition means passing on the flame—not worshipping the ashes.” Gustav Mahler
15. Tradition: “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes: our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around.” G. K. Chesterton
16. Trust: “Do we trust God to act in all the events of our lives, or only the ones that meet our approval?” Barbara Brown Taylor
17. Trust: “Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.” B. C. Forbes
18. Trust: “Those who trust us educate us.” George Eliot
19. Trust: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie ten Boom
20. Truth: “The pursuit of truth is like picking raspberries. You miss a lot if you approach it from only one angle.” Randal Marlin
21. Truth: “The obvious is never the whole truth.” Carolyn Myss
22. Truth: “There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” Alfred Karzybski
23. Truth: When someone asked how one can improve the moral atmosphere of an entire country, Aleksandr Solzenitsyn said, “…by never permitting falsehood of any kind to invade their conversation, professional work, meetings, writing.”
24: Truth: “Keep the company of those who seek the truth, and run away from those who have found it.” Vaclav Havel
25. Truth: “The truth will ouch.” Arnold Glasow
Are there any quotes that stood out for you? If so, which one(s) and why?
Are there any you would modify or rewrite? If so, which and why?
PS: Last week I wrote about getting a dose of beauty each day. I want to share with you some beauty that’s in my living room: my little pink African violet. Isn’t she pretty?! I bought her in Kentucky while visiting a friend down there. On the drive home, she fell over on the floor and some of her dirt spilled out. She was scraggly the first couple of months, but now look at her! She reminds me that major changes in our life can be traumatic. But given time and care, we can blossom once again.
Since some of the quotes were about time, I chose the song “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce. I know this song is an oldie, but it’s one I’ve always liked. Croce wrote the song circa 1970 when his wife told him she was pregnant. It focuses on love, especially so-called “romantic love.” But it is about other kinds of love too. My favorite line is, “You’re the one I want to go through time with.” We can say these words to our friends, family members, and even God, not so? As you listen to the song, give thanks for those individuals you are happy to be going through time with…
I welcome your comments below!