Daily Quotes 8/29

Some of the quotes I’ve selected recently have been quite long.  Length was not the objective. The message simply resonated with me. To make it up to those who like pithy phrases, this post is for you. Each phrase is meaningful and short ( ten words or less thanks in part to contractions and hyphenated words) making it highly quotable.   Try memorizing one or two of these. Then, see what happens when you cleverly slip one into your conversation, especially if it’s one of the Latin phrases.   😉

“Semper fidelis” — U.S. Marine Corp motto meaning “Always Faithful”

“Be prepared.” — Boy Scouts motto

“Jesus wept.” — Bible, John 11:35, shortest verse in the Bible


“Inches make champions.”
–- Vince Lombardi

“Underpromise and overachieve.” -– Tom Peters

“Never give up.” — Winston Churchill

“Action conquers fear.” — Pete Zarlenga

“Facta, non verba” — Deeds, not words


“Fear clogs; faith liberates.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“Facts are stubborn things.” — Ronald Reagan

“Lead from the front.” — Audie Murphy

“Gloria in excelsis Deo” — Phrase in Christian hymn meaning “Glory to God in the Highest”


“What gets measured gets done.”
-– Peter Drucker

“Your attitude determines your altitude!” –- Denis Waitley

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” — Milton Berle


“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
— Colin Powell

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” — Kahlil Gibran

“For fast-acting relief try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin


“You may delay, but time will not.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Do something wonderful; people may imitate it.” — Albert Schweitzer

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” — George Carlin


“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
— Victor Borge

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

“On the one hand, we’ll never experience childbirth.” — Bruce Willis (On the difference between men and women)

“On the other hand, you have different fingers.” — Steven Wright


“‘No’ puts distance between you and the wrong influence.”
— Jim Rohn

“Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.” — Ayn Rand

“There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” — Mark Twain


“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”
— Charles F. Kettering

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” — Groucho Marx

God bless,

— CC

Time Out for Laughter

This post is dedicated to the premise that it’s beneficial to take a break and enjoy a good laugh. It’s one way we can “stop and smell the roses.”

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” — Mark Twain

Despite the fact that it’s impossible for me to know what tickles your funny bone, I’m optimistic that you will enjoy the humor contained in the selected quotes. Here’s an idea. Pause for a few seconds before reading each joke and try to imagine the person to whom the quote is attributed. Why? Because much of the humor is found in the delivery — these people are masters of delivery. This technique may bring the joke to life.

Woody Allen:

“What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.”

Dave Barry:

“The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.”

Steven Wright:

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”

Ellen DeGeneres:

“I was coming home from kindergarten–well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It’s good for a kid to know how to make gloves.”

Yogi Berra:

“Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.”

Groucho Marx:

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

Erma Bombeck:

“Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.”

George Carlin:

“One out of every three Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of two of your best friends. If they are OK, then it must be you.”

Jack Benny:

“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Bill Cosby:

“I wasn’t always black… There was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.”

God bless,

— CC

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Stuff Happens!

“It’s not the blowing of the wind that determines your destination, but the set of the sail. The same wind blows on us all. … It’s not what happens that determines your life’s future. It’s what you do about what happens.” -– Jim Rohn

Life is too short to get stressed out about every negative thing that happens. “Stuff happens” to everyone, but only a relatively few get a disproportionate share. Miserable people have just conditioned themselves to believe they get more stuff. And boy do they like to let us know about it!

Miserable people …

  • focus on bad things so much that they get really good at finding them;
  • blow things totally out of proportion, making small stuff bigger than life;
  • turn good news into bad news;
  • use stuff to get attention.

Have you ever heard someone whine incessantly about something and thought to yourself, “What’s the big deal?” Here’s an example. I recently overheard a man complaining that the cost of gas this year was probably going to keep him from going on vacation. This type of response could be expected from a whiner. Suppose the vacation would require 800 miles of driving. Now, we can all agree that the price of gas by American standards is very high (probably about $1 higher than last summer.) Suppose also that the vehicle of choice gets 20 mpg meaning it will cost an extra $40 (in gas) to go on vacation than it did last year. My conclusion is that if a mere $40 is enough to keep someone at home, he has much bigger problems than the price of gas. How sad that someone would pass up a vacation, make himself unnecessarily miserable, and drag others through his quagmire instead of simply solving the problem.

  • Choose a destination that is 200 miles closer to home.
  • Stay in less expensive hotels or come home one night earlier.
  • Reduce dining out expenses by bringing food or skipping a meal.
  • Bring a friend who will share some of the expenses.
  • Go out and earn $40.

We choose our attitude in every situation. Enough of my words, here are some quotes on the subject.

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -– Winston Churchill

“Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.” -– Bill Clinton

“Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.” -– Russell Baker

“A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.” -– Joseph Addison

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” -– Martha Washington

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” -– Robert Frost

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.” -– Helen Keller

“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff” -– Richard Carlson

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” — George Carlin

God bless,

— CC

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