Whispered Words of Wisdom
For as long as I can remember, I have been inspired by the powerful words
passed down from generation to generation and shared from culture to culture. I
have several books on quotations lining my bookshelves and in quiet moments of
reflection, I often read through a few of my favorite quotes. To start off the
year 2005, I share a few quotations with you and ask you to reflect on how they
relate to the guiding principles for WIN Wyoming. If you haven’t read our
guiding principles recently, I can’t think of a better way to kick off your
new year. The principles can be found at: www.uwyo.edu/winwyoming/guiding_principles.htm
- Many people spend their health gaining wealth. Then they have to spend
their wealth to regain their health.
— A.J. Reb Materi
- I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some
people did." — Henry James
- We are all worms. I do believe I am a glowworm." —
- Imagination is more important than knowledge. —
- Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of
interesting detours." — Doug Larson
- The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement."
- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."
- The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and just not
think about your age." — Lucille Ball
- When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. —
- Children have more need of models than of critics. —
- Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. —
Words of life, Charles Wallis
- You can measure a man by the opposition it takes to discourage him. —
- An optimist is the human personification of spring. —
- Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of
others are stiffened. — Rev. Billy Graham
- Kindness is never wasted. Even if it has no effect on the recipient, it at
least benefits the bestower. — S. H.
- If you fall seven times, stand up eight. — Japanese
- In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always
wins; not through strength but by perseverance. —
H. Jackson Brown
- The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the
continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. —
Daniel Boorstin (Betty’s side note:
Could the greatest obstacle to effectively addressing human obesity be the
illusion that we already know the solutions?)
- A bad habit never disappears miraculously, it’s an undo-it-yourself
project. — Abigail Van Buren
- Risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called
sure-thing-taking. — Tim McMahon
- Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really
not. They’re companions. — Laurence
- Each year it takes less time to fly across the ocean and longer to drive
to work. — The Globe and Mail, Canada’s
- Part of the art of living is knowing how to compare yourself with the
right people. Dissatisfaction is often the result of unsuitable comparison. —
- When you can see crisis as an opportunity, your life becomes not easier,
but more satisfying. — Joe Kogel
- America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other
way around. Human rights invented America.
— Jimmy Carter
- There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there
must never be a time when we fail to protest.
— Elie Wiesel
Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotations. Pleasantville, NY: The
Reader's Digest Association; 1997. ISBN 0-89577-925-0
Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD
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