The word this week is quotations, but this post is a bit different from the usual pattern, in that there is no definition or commentary on the word. Quotations are used on a variety of occasions, perhaps because they can be inspirational, motivational, affirming, or merely humorous. We can learn a lot from the force of a few words.
Over the years, I have collected quotations from a variety of sources–books I’ve read, speeches I’ve heard, professional conferences I’ve attended, sermons I’ve listened to. Wherever I go, I listen for a good phrase or a memorable thought, and I usually write it down to mull over later. As a result, I have quite a collection, which I planned to use in some form or other, but knowing “how way leads on to way,” I now realize that such a time will not likely come. But the ideas in the quotations are worth pondering, so I’m sharing some of them on this post. Perhaps they will spark some interesting thoughts on a gray day.
* “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” Henry David Thoreau, American writer.
*”We cannot go through life without being scarred.” Joseph Garzone, author of Never Al
* “Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional.” Barbara Johnson, author of So Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy
* “Worry is an “inside job,” and it takes more than good intentions to get the victory.” Warren Wiersbe, author, radio speaker
* “We should lighten the load of our negative vocabulary.” Bill Neely, pastor
* “In life’s tragedies, there are no exceptions for nice people.” Rabbi Kushner, popular author
*”A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15 (KJV)
* “I’m drinking out of a saucer because my cup is running over.” Heard at a women’s conference
*”If you want to feel different, you have to act differently.” Dr. William Loveless, former college president
* “We can do no great thing; only small things with great love.” Mother Theresa
* “We can all afford values; they don’t cost a dime.” N. A. Makris, in a letter to the editor
* “Nobody leaves here [this world] owing God.” Dr. Joyce Woods, psychologist and motivational speaker
* “It’s nice to be civilized, but I think we’ve overdone it.” Ann Landers, columnist
* “Your life needs days of retirement.” Mrs. Charles Cowan, devotional writer of Streams in the Desert
* “Wear a smile and you win a friend. Wear a frown and you get wrinkles.’ Women’s Day speaker at church
* “Misery is a communicable disease.” Martha Graham, modern dancer
* “We don’t laugh because we’re happy. We’re happy because we laugh.” William James, psychologist and philosopher
* “As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative Mathematics, I honestly don’t know how old I am.” Erma Bombeck,