I just love reading JD Meier’s amazing quotes posts on Sources of Insight. To me these quotes are like amazing tweets that intrigue the imagination and share wisdom on the quick. JD says organizing and arranging these quotes is similar to working in a ZEN garden for his mind. Nice concept- eh?
My Uncle John, my Mother’s younger brother, sent me a book he published for his grandchildren. It is a lovely collection of his thoughts about his life and it includes some of my family’s infamous quotes that just keep coming past my ear. It is something I miss with my Mother’s passing, because she was full of many of these herself – and her brother included some of her tweets in his book.
I thought today I would share some of this family wisdom with you, I will organize by person:
-Just get at it!
-Shoot or give the gun to Eli. (Nothing to do with hunting)
-Get a move on.
-Hold your horses.
-Keep your shirt on.
-Does your train leave any minute?
-Only the very old or the very rich can afford to be eccentric. You are neither so shape up!
-Cheerful service to others is the best medicine for whatever ails you.
-Hold still – Do you have the PIP?
-He profits most who serves best.
-He who stands in the way of progress gets run over.
-Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick
-You can’t go broke taking a profit.
-Happiness comes not from doing just what one likes but from learning to like doing what one must do.
-If something is worth doing it deserves your best effort.
-Measure twice cut once
-If you will get it right the first time around you may save yourself and others considerable time, trouble, and embarrassment.
- If you would kindly move your fat, fashionable, well groomed carcass we could get some work done in this kitchen
Sister Ruth (MUM):
-If you can’t find something nice to say about someone then for heaven’s sake just be quiet-or if you must talk, then talk about the weather.
-Big minds discuss concepts; small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
-When you get your priorities straight most things tend to fall into place making life both more agreeable and more productive.
- That was fair heavenly!
- Just get busy and get your work done first thing in the morning, then when a moment of pleasure comes around you can truly enjoy it
- Pick out one gift for yourself each birthday and Christmas and then you will always get just what you wanted.
- When you get paid for your work, always put something in savings first.
- In this day and age a woman must be financially independent. She must not be ignorant of her family affairs
- We do not always have to agree within the family, but the minute you step out the door you are in harmony
- Don’t make others have to tend to your mess
A number of years ago, all 5 siblings went on an Alaskan Cruise together. All the other passengers wanted to sit at their table because they were so witty and delightful. These are just the comments we remember and their ability to tell a story – amazing!
Do you remember some favorite family quotes – oft times repeated? Please share
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