"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
As you know Ray’s Daily is regularly loaded with quotations. I have saved so many that the archives are overflowing so what I am going to do today is use some of them as the lead and then add my comments. I hope that is OK with you.
As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
I suspect that dedication to kindness and decency often results in a prosperity while concentrating only on the economy often results in failure to prosper.
"It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them." Pierre Beaumarchais
I wish this was not true but unfortunately I find too many that have become so dogmatic that they no longer care about fact. I had someone tell me not too long ago that they did not care what the truth was since they had already made up their mind. Why do so many of us find it so hard to admit we were wrong. One thing I have learned over the years is that things are constantly changing, if we don’t recognize when people or events have changed for the better do we have any right to expect things to ever improve?
“I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word - politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.” Fran Lebowitz
I have been amazed over the years that those who have little are often the kindest and most polite people I meet. Why is it that so many who have so much often are the least caring? I wish more would realize that exhibiting their self perceived superiority is actually a sign of weakness. Superiority is not the product of wealth but rather of stature earned through unselfish behavior.
“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.” John J. McCloy
I could not agree more, we often spend so much time avoiding admitting an error that we miss the chance to correct it. We are all human and make mistakes, it our ability to admit error that establishes trust and enriches friendships.
A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning.
The man looked a little worried when the doctor came in to administer his annual physical, so the first thing the doctor did was to ask whether anything was troubling him.
"Well, to tell the truth, Doc, yes," answered the patient. "You see, I seem to be getting forgetful. No, it's actually worse than that. I can never remember where I park my car, where I'm going, or what it is I'm going to do once I get there -- if I get there. So, I really need your help. What can I do?"
The doctor mused for a moment, then answered in his kindest tones, "Pay me in advance."
Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
A wife works hard to please her husband, but no matter what she does, she fails regularly. Most often it is at breakfast. If she scrambles the eggs, he wants them poached. If she poaches them, he wants them scrambled. One morning, she decides to poach one and scramble the other. She does so, then waits for his approval.
Glancing at his plate, her husband shakes his head and snorts, "You scrambled the wrong egg."
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
James Bryant Conant
Finding one of her students making faces at the others on the playground, Mrs. Smith stopped quickly to reprove the child. Smiling sweetly, the teacher said, "Bobby, when I was a child, I was told that if I made ugly faces, it would freeze and it would stay like that."
Bobby looked up and replied, "Well, Mrs. Smith, you can't say you weren't warned."
"Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish."
A college student in a philosophy class was taking his first examination.
On the paper there was a single line which simply said: "Is this a question?" - Discuss.
After a short time he wrote: "If that is a question, then this is an answer."
The student received an "A" on the exam.
Take my advice, I'm not using it.
She said: Once my divorce was final, I went to the local Department of Motor Vehicles and asked to have my maiden name reinstated on my driver's license. "Will there be any change of address?" the clerk inquired.
"No," I replied.
"Oh, good," she said, clearly delighted. "You got the house!"
"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn."
In a small Texas town ( Mt. Vernon ), Drummond's bar began construction on a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Work progressed right up till the week before opening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.
The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means. The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise in its reply to the court.
As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, 'I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not.'
"Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long."
A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However," he pointed out, "there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."
A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."
“All doors open to courtesy.”
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