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Merlene_s Memos_WebCard_2016“Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart.” — Japanese Proverb

“Soft words are hard arguments.”— Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732), 4203.

“He who steadily observes those moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogma in which they all differ.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Canby, Sept. 18, 1813.

“Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.” — Emerson, “Self Reliance” (1841)

“Omnipotence is bought with ceaseless fear.” — Cinna (1639), 4.1, tr. Paul Landis

“What church I go to on Sunday, what dogma of the Catholic Church I believe in, is my business, and whatever faith any other American has is his business.” — John F. Kennedy, address, Washington, D.C., 1960.

“Act quickly, think slowly.” — Greek Proverb

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941)

“One may have good eyes and see nothing.” — Italian Proverb

“The gods too are fond of a joke.” — Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

“Hell has three gates: lust, anger and greed.” — Bhagavadigta, 16, tr. P. Lal

“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

“I must complain the cards are ill shuffled, till I have a good hand.” — Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711)

“The ideal is in thyself, the impediment too is in thyself.” — Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus (1833-34), 2.9.

“Reason cannot save us, nothing can; but reason can mitigate the cruelty of living.” — Philip Rieff, preface to Freud:  The Mind of the Moralist (1959).

“A man’s behavior is the index of the man, and his discourse is the index of his understanding.” — Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib, Sentences (7th c.), tr. Simon Ockley.

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pan American Day address, April 15, 1939.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” — John Milton

“In extreme suffering certain protective mechanisms of the soul are also activated.” — Freud

“Your behavior is a reflection of what you truly believe.” — Hyrum W. Smith

“In the last analysis, everything boils down to how one evaluates himself.” — Fontane (1819-1989)

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes to bitter consciousness during adversity.” — Rousseau, Confessions (1766-70), 2.

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” — Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)

“Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.” — Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18)

“The most important thing about me is that I am a Catholic.  It’s a superstructure within which you can work, like a sonnet.” — Jean Kerr, Time, April 14, 1961.

“Coincidences are spiritual puns.” — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets.  It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.” — Voltaire, “Angels,” Philosophical Dictionary (1764).

“A poor spirit is poorer than a poor purse.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732)

“I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God’s work.” — Brooks Atkinson, “November 10,” Once Around the Sun (1951).

“The grunts themselves knew: the madness, the bitterness, the horror and doom of it.” — Michael Herr, author, Dispatches (1977).

“It is not enough to conquer; one must know how to seduce.” — Voltaire, Merope (1743), 1-4.

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.” — Sir Winston Churchill, Reader’s Digest, December 1954.

“Women like silent men.  They think they’re listening.” — Marcel Achard, (1956).

“The fear of women is the basis of good health.” — Spanish Proverb.

“A woman’s advice is no great thing, but he who won’t take it is a fool.” — English Proverb

“A stumble may prevent a fall.”  — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732), 424.

“Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.” — Aldous Huxley, The Olive Tree (1937).

“Futility:  playing a harp before a buffalo.” — Burmese Proverb.

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” — John F. Kennedy (1960).

“Diplomacy and defense are not substitutes for one another.  Either alone would fail.” — John F. Kennedy (1961).

“Work spares us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.”  — Voltaire, Candide (1759).”The secret to all good writing is sound judgment.” — Horace, Arts Poetica (13-8 B.C.)

“The great art of writing is knowing when to stop.” — Josh Billings (1818-1885), writer

“Rewriting is the whole secret to writing.” — Mario Puzo, author, The Godfather

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