Interesting Tidbits Inspired By "Certain" People Throughout My Life

.. I may forget what you said ..
.. I may forget what you did ..
.. I may never forget how you made me feel..

Many people will walk in and out of my life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in my heart.
Author Unknown

To handle myself, use my head;
To handle others, use my heart.
Author Unknown

If someone betrays me once, it is their fault;
If they betray me twice, it is my fault.
Author Unknown

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
Author Unknown

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Author Unknown

Learn from the mistakes of others,
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Author Unknown

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.
Author Unknown

Adolescence is when children start bringing up their parents.
Author Unknown

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve

Never underestimate your own ignorance.
Albert Einstein

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
H. G. Wells

Step with care and great tact,
And remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft,
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
Dr. Suess

It is easy to spend our lives blaming others, and yet far more difficult to take ownership and move on.
Author Unknown

Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.
Author Unknown

Biology is the least of what makes a family...
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life.
Author Unknown

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.
William Shakespeare

Be comfortable with yourself and don't feel the need to compare with anyone in order to validate your own life.
Author Unknown

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Author Unknown

To be jealous of the good that you see, and to be envious of those better than one's self seems in the eyes of some to be a slight and moderate wrong. When it is thought to be light and moderate, it is not feared; when it is not feared, it is contemned; when it is contemned, it is not easily avoided; and it becomes a dark and hidden source of destruction, which, when it is not perceived so that it can be avoided by the provident, secretly afflicts improvident minds.
Author Unknown

Life is about who you love and who you hurt. It's about who you make happy or unhappy purposefully. It's about keeping or betraying trust. It's about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon. It's about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. About not starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip. It's about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to. It's about who you've ignored with full control and intention. It's about stopping jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge. It's about stopping inner hate and fostering inner love, letting it grow, and spreading it. But most of all, it's about using your life to touch and not poison other peoples' hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone. Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices are what life's all about.
Author Unknown

In jealousy there is more of self-love, than of love to another.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
Author Unknown

Envy is called a passion; and means suffering. Envy is a mysterious and terrible disease. The nerves of sensation within the man are attached by some unseen hand to his neighborhood all around him, so that every step of advancement which they make tears the fibres that lie next his heart. The wretch enjoys a moment's relief when the mystic chord is temporarily slackened by a neighbor's fall; but his agony immediately begins again, for he anticipates another twitch as soon as the fallen is restored to prosperity.
W. Arnot

A closed mouth gathers no foot.
Author Unknown

When one envies virtue in others, it is a very good sign that he has no virtue in himself. This type of person is happiest when he can express others to his level. There comes a time in our education when we arrive at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that we must take ourselves for better or worse; that the wide universe is full of good, nothing can come to us but through our toil, that we generate to accomplish what ever our task may be. When we do this, we will find that we do not have time to be envious of anyone and envy that is aimed at us will not affect us. Benevolent people have the advantage over the envious; the envious are tormented not only by all the ills that befall them, but by all the good that happens to everyone else. Benevolent people are better prepared to bear any calamity because of the serenity they have acquired by contemplating the virtue and prosperity that is all around them. Benevolence is really the antidote for envy. People may envy and dispise you not because they dislike you, but because they're not like you. When we are benevolent and constantly live our lives in accord with our highest sense of right, envy has to turn into admiration. Envy is a kind of praise.
Author Unknown

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Abraham Lincoln

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Josh Billings

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington

Jealousy is like a polished glass held to the lips when life is in doubt; if there be breath it will catch the damp and show it.

Life is an enchantress who seduces us with her beauty, but he who knows her wiles will flee her enchantment.
Kahlil Gibran

There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentaneous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves.
C. C. Colton

When you tell your troubles to your neighbor you present him with a part of your heart. If he possesses a great soul, he thanks you; if he possesses a small one, he belittles you.
Kahlil Gibran

Assumptions allow the best in life to pass you by.
John Sales

There are many roads to hate, but envy is the shortest of them all.
Author Unknown

This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.
William James

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Josh Billings

It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts.
Millard Fuller

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.
David Russell

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
Erich Fromm

Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.
Swedish Proverb

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Benjamin Disraeli

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.
Buck Rodgers

We are the people our parents warned us about.
Jimmy Buffett

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Who's more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?
George Lucas, "Star Wars"

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

"Not-So-Identical Twins"

A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the t.v. was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. They were opposite in every way. One was an eternal optimist, the other a doom-and-gloom pessimist.
Just to see what would happen, on Christmas, their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.
That night, the father passed by the pessimist's room and found his son sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.
"Why are you crying?" the father asked.
"Because my friends will be jealous. I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff. I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken," answered the pessimist twin.
Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found his son dancing for joy in the pile of manure.
"What are you so happy about?" the father asked.
The optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"
Author Unknown


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R's:
*Respect for self
*Respect for others and
*Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Author Unknown

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them:

I loved you enough... to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.
I loved you enough... to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though we could afford to buy one for you.
I loved you enough... to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.
I loved you make you go pay for the bubble gum you had taken and tell the clerk, "I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it."
I loved you enough... to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.
I loved you enough... to let you see anger, disappointment and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.
I loved you enough... to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.
But most of all, I loved you enough... to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it. Those were the most difficult battles of all. I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.
And someday, when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them.............
Was your Mom or Dad mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest parents in the whole world!
While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. While others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too.
My parents insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison. They had to know who our friends were and what we were doing with them.
They insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.
We were ashamed to admit it, but they had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs.
I think they would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.
They always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
By the time we were teenagers, they could read our minds.
Then, life was really tough - my parents wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so they could meet them.
While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16.
Because of our parents, we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other's property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all their fault.
Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like ours were.
I think that is what's wrong with the world today. It just doesn't have enough mean parents.
Author Unknown

The Assignment

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the student's left the room, each one handed in the papers.
That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much."
No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another.
That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.
"Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes." Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot."
After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.
"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it." Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.
"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."
All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list it's in the top drawer of my desk at home." Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album." "I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary." Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times, " Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists." That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.
The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late...
Author Unknown


Conscience, in modern usage, term denoting various factors in moral experience. Thus, the recognition and acceptance of a principle of conduct as binding is called conscience. In theology and ethics, the term refers to the inner sense of right and wrong in moral choices, as well as to the satisfaction that follows action regarded as right and the dissatisfaction and remorse resulting from conduct that is considered wrong. In earlier ethical theories, conscience was regarded as a separate faculty of the mind having moral jurisdiction, either absolute or as a representative of God in the human soul.
Author Unknown

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Author Unknown


And to all the people that I SHOULD have told off, but didn't feel like dealing with the drama of it all.....

And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be...?
How many times do I have to flush before you go away?
I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?
"Wait...I'm trying to imagine you with a personality!
You - Off my planet!


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