During the past year, I had a desktop calendar delivering me (mostly) daily doses of the “365 Greatest Things Ever Said.” While I could dispute the breadth of that claim, I did hang onto several items that struck a chord with me.
I’ll share a few of those words of wisdom with you:
“Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest.” — writer William Faulkner.
• “The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.’” — comedian Ricky Gervais.
“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?” — writer/filmmaker Jean Cocteau.
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What’s for lunch?’” — writer A.A. Milne.
“When you’re right, nobody remembers. When you’re wrong, nobody forgets.” — boxer Muhammad Ali
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to shut your mouth.” — writer Ernest Hemingway.
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” — writer Isaac Asimov.
“Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lay down with (someone) who’s got more troubles than you.” — writer Nelson Algren.
• “Love, friendship, respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred of something.” — writer Anton Chekov
• “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” — writer James. A. Michener.
• “Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” — statesman Benjamin Franklin.
• And finally, if you crave something truly practical to take into 2018, consider these words from poet Maya Angelou: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
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