Category Archives: Al’s Quotes & Quips

Al’s Quotes & Quips – May 2010

“No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” (Carrie Snow, quoted in
Reader’s Digest)

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.
That’s why we recommend it daily.” (Zig Ziglar)

“A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me… I’m afraid of widths.”

“Always do right. It will please some people and astonish the rest.” (Mark
Twain, quoted in The Financial Times)

“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”
(Helen Keller, quoted in the Memphis Commercial Appeal)

“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a
touch of genius… and an lot of courage… to move in the opposite
direction.” (Albert Einstein, quoted in the West Coast Fitness monthly
newsletter, April, 2010).

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy
enough people to make it worth the effort.” (Herm Albright)

“Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as
of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” (G. K.

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what
direction we are moving.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, quoted in the Arizona

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.”
(Mark Twain)

“Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our
foolishness.” (Sacha Guitry, quoted in the Associated Press)

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.” (Martin Van
Buren, quoted in the Memphis Commercial Appeal)

“Save the World … it’s the only planet with chocolate!”

Al’s Quotes & Quips – April 2010

I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather! I love spring. It is bursting with NEW LIFE! Here are this month’s quotes and quips to give you something to think about and encourage you…

  • Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
  • “I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” (Hippolyte Taine)
  • “It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What’s tough is being good every day.” (Willie Mays, quoted in the Westcoast Fitness Monthly Newsletter)
  • “What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.” (Peter F. Drucker)
  • “Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.” (Amos Bronson Alcott, quoted in
  • “Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.” (J.P. Getty, quoted in Reader’s Digest)
  • “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts.”
  • “Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be… Just be one!” (Marcus Aurelius, quoted in The New Republic)
  • “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O’Connor)
  • “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” (Oscar Ameringer, quoted in the London Independent)
  • “The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” (Kin Hubbard, quoted in Reader’s Digest)
  • “In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” (Abraham Lincoln, quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • “Many people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” (Robert Anthony)
  • “Give to a pig when it grunts and give to a child when it cries, and you will have a fine pig and a spoiled child.” (Danish proverb)

Have a Happy Easter this Sunday! God bless you.

Al’s Quotes & Quips – March 2010

“If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson (quoted in a letter to Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802)

“Ultimately, the bond of all companionship is conversation.” (Oscar Wilde, quoted in the Martha’s Vineyand, Mass., Times)

“Credit is a system whereby a person who cannot pay gets another person who cannot pay to guarantee that he can pay.” (Charles Dickens, quoted in

“It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you know that ain’t so.” (Satchel Paige)

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” (Charles Kettering, inventor, quoted in Reader’s Digest)

“I feel and grieve; but, by the grace of God, I fret at nothing.” (John Wesley at age 73, quoted in The Sword of the Lord)

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” (Alfred Korzybski, quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune)

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“Nothing is easier than spending public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.” (Calvin Coolidge, quoted in the London Independent)

“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)

“Sometimes the best way to show someone he is wrong is to let him have his way.”

“One nice thing about egotists is they don’t talk about other people!”

Quote of the month: “Humans hate lines. We reserve a most intimate loathing for our fellow liners-up, who are of course blameless in every respect but one: They are ahead of us. But consider this: Queuing is what separates us from the beasts. If it doesn’t drive you insane, the line—eventually—will straighten you out. I have a problem, you have a problem, we all have a big problem, and within this homely and rather stagnant arrangement of persons is the cure for it. You can’t slow down, but you must slow down. You are irritated by people who trespass on the magnificent urgency of your needs—but there you are, stuck with them. Get in line, baby.” (James Parker, quoted in The Boston Globe)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here are a few quotes to get your 2010 off to a good start…

  • “Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.” (Jay Leno)
  • “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” (Jonathan Edwards)
  • “If you’re running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time… There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you’ll find that no job is all that intimidating.” (Chuck Swindoll, quoted in Insights for Living)
  • “As we grow older in life, years somehow seem to shorten and New Year’s Day approaches with an ever increasing tempo. The more mature we get, the more we realize that time is only relative; how we live means more than how long we live. Haply also we do not live by years, but by days. In His wisdom God does not show us all that lies ahead. So we enter a new year to live it day by day. What is past is past. Today we start anew, and what we do today will make our life for tomorrow. Chin up, shoulders straight, eyes agleam, let us salute the New Year, and each day let us follow more faithfully, more courageously, more daringly the lead of our great Captain who bids us follow Him.” (William Thomson Hanzsche)
  • “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another goal.” (John Dewey, quoted in The Arizona Republic)
  • “Exclusive preference for either the past or the present is a foolish and wasteful form of snobbishness and provinciality.” (Mortimer Adler, quoted in The Wall Street Journal)
  • “Old age is like climbing a mountain. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your view becomes much more extensive.” (Ingmar Bergman, quoted in the Victoria, British Columbia, Advocate)
  • “The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.” (Fred Astaire, quoted in the London Independent)
  • “There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding one another.” (Eric Hoffer, quoted in The Vancouver Sun)
  • “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he has learned in school.” (Albert Einstein, quoted in The Huffington Post)
  • During a Senate debate over legislation regarding same-sex marriage N.Y. Senator Eric Adams (Dem) said, “When I walk through these doors, my Bible stays out.” But Senator Ruben Diaz (also a Democrat) replied, “That’s the wrong statement. You should carry your Bible ALL THE TIME!” (Amen! Senator Diaz). (quoted from World magazine, Dec. 19, 2009, p. 12)

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “So now not only are the rich going to be poorer, they’re going to be uglier. As if socking them with higher Medicare taxes and then taxing them again on their pricey, private health plans weren’t enough, the Senate health-care bill aims to cash in on their conceit: It levies a 5 percent tax on elective cosmetic surgery. Just call it a ‘bo-tax.’ (Neil Cavuto, in

God bless you.


God bless you.


Al’s Quotes & Quips for November

Hope you enjoy this month’s batch of Quotes and Quips I’ve collected from various sources…

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.” (Mark Twain, quoted in

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” (Edwin Markham, quoted in the Beckley, W.Va., Register-Herald)

“The best way to overcome hard luck is with hard work.”

“Doing nothing is very hard to do… you never know when you’re finished.” (Leslie Nielsen, quoted in the Tulsa World)

“Finding a way to live the simple life today is a man’s most complicated task.” (Henry A. Courtney, quoted in

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin, quoted in

“Pessimists see failure in every opportunity. Optimists see opportunities in every failure.” (Winston Churchill, quoted in the London Evening Standard)

“To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment.” (George Edward Woodberry, quoted in the Associate Press)

“Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.” (John Lithgow)

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” (Bill Gates)

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “Winning the lottery has ruined my life.” (Callie Rogers, of Cumbria, England after winning $3 million six years ago when she was 16. She has spent her winnings on designer clothes, cocaine, and breast implants. “In the past six years I’ve sunk into a black hole,” she said, “a black hole that at one point I thought I could never crawl out of.” Quoted in World magazine, Sept. 26, 2009)