CBS's wonderful 60 Minutes correspondent Andy Rooney with his wry and dry wit, hit it right on when he says It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone. Now that's something to think about, isn't it.
Adversity always finds at last the man she has passed by.
Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
—William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Adversity introduces a man to himself.
In prosperity, caution; in adversity, patience.
Kindness begets kindness.
Wherever there is a human being there is a chance for kindness.
The best portion of a good man’s life,— His little, nameless, unremembered acts
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
What is most needed for learning is a humble mind.
I am still learning.
—Favorite saying of Michelangelo
Rule your mind or it will rule you.
It is good to rub and polish your mind against the minds of others.
—Michel De Montaigne
The true and strong and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.
Whate’er your lot may be, Paddle your own canoe.
—Edward P. Philpots
Every man must scratch his head with his own nails.
The worst kind of pedants among learned men are such as are naturally endowed with a very small share of common sense.
Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of: Abide by it; it will counsel you best.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
I regret often that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Listen, look and be silent, if you wish to live in peace.
—The Gesta Romanorum, c.1472
Blessed is the man who having nothing to say abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
—Marian Evans (George Eliot)
Most of us know how to say nothing, few of us know when.
There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people. What we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others.
Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Age is not important unless you are a cheese.
The prime of life is that fleeting time between green and over-ripe.
Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.
Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution yet.
In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.
If marriage is your object, you’d better start loving your subject.
I’d marry again if I found a man who had $15 million, would sign half over to me, and guarantee he’d be dead within a year.
Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended.
—Zsa Zsa Gabor
Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other, to let her have it.
—Lyndon B. Johnson
If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your wife told you to.
The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re too old to do it.
All marriages are happy. It’s trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
—George Bernard Shaw
A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.
Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
—Peter De Vries
No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back.
Gluttony is not a secret vice.
I wish my ulcers and I could get together on a mutually satisfactory diet.
—Irvin S. Cobb
A growing boy has a wolf in his belly.
As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
What is called a high standard of living consists, in considerable measure, in arrangements for avoiding muscular energy, increasing sensual pleasure and for enhancing caloric intake above any conceivable nutritional requirement.
—John Kenneth Galbraith
Hone your skills for work and family and you hone them for living life to the fullest