Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
—John Churton Collins
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naďve forgive and forget; the wise forgive, but do not forget.
There’s no point in burying the hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site.
Saying is one thing and doing is another.
Speak little, do much.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.
I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.
—Harry S. Truman
Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.
That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
Just when I think I have learned the way of life, life changes.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
—John F. Kennedy
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
The last of human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
On not knowing
The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible—and achieve it, generation after generation.
—Pearl S. Buck
God may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that thing.
—Dr. J.A. Holmes
Money is better than poverty if only for financial reasons.
Money is a good thing to have. It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
Money talks all right. Usually it says “good-bye.”
Never eat more than you can lift.
I’ve been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging form a charm bracelet.
It’s rough to go through life with your contents looking as if they settled during shipping!
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes; and six months later you have to start all over again.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
The chief cause of stress is reality.
I read this article. It said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, smoking too much, impulse buying and driving too fast. Are they kidding? This is my idea of a great day!
A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.
—Bert Leston Taylor
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.
He’s the kind of bore who’s here today and here tomorrow.
The persons hardest to convince they’re at retirement age are children at bedtime.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant—and let the air out of tires.
If only god would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Time: Nature’s way of preventing everything from happening at once.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
If it weren’t for electricity, we’d all be watching television by candlelight.
I find television very educational. Every time someone turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book.
Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
_Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977