Ponderous Points

Gems of wit and wisdom


A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good as he meant to be.

A favourable wind does not blow forever.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

A thousand words will not leave as deep an impression as one good deed.

About the only thing that is often found where it does not exist is a fault.

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.

Accomplishing something provides the only real satisfaction in life.

After you’ve guessed right three times, you become a well-informed authority.

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

As you get older, remember that each day contains exactly the same number of hours, minutes and seconds as the days did when you were twenty. You still have the same opportunities to make each of those hours, minutes and seconds count.

As you slide down the banisters of life, may the splinters never face the wrong way.

Be careful of what you ask for – you might get it.

Be steadfast – you can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.

Bite off more than you can chew – then chew it.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.

Character is not so much taught as caught.

Cheerfulness is the window cleaner of the mind.

Children need your love most when they deserve it the least.

Consider the possibilities – not the limitations.

Control your destiny or someone else will.

‘Darin’ and doin’ sure is better than worryin’ and waitin’.”

Diplomacy: when you can make your point without making an enemy.

Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy.

Do you have a clear conscience or just a bad memory?

Don’t be a has been – instead, be a will be.

Don’t find fault – find a remedy.

Don’t just go through life – grow through life.

Don’t work up a head of steam until you know what’s cooking.

Each new day puts a man on trial, and that evening he receives his sentence.

Every day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

Every family tree has some sap.

Every man needs three mirrors: (1) the first mirror should show him as he is in his own eyes; (2) the second, as his neighbours see him; and (3) the third, as he is capable of being.

Every mountain creates at least two valleys.

Everybody in life gets the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summer and the poor in the winter.

Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered. No one was there.

Forgive, but tie up your camel.

Freedom is nothing more than a chance to be better.

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck.

Happiness is everywhere. Slow down and you’ll find it.

He who can win without boasting, and lose without excuse, is a great man.

He who can’t solve the problem must manage it.

He who has a sharp tongue cuts his own throat.

He who has learned to obey will know how to command.

He who is more focused upon what he is, rather than what he has, is to be emulated.

He who thinks of all the ills he does not have, will be the better enabled to bear the ills he does have.

He wants to keep his mind pure doesn’t reserve a plot for weeds.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Hope sees the invisible, feels the imaginable, and achieves the impossible.

I couldn’t wait for success so I went ahead without it.

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try parachuting.

If everyone in the choir is singing the same note, where is the harmony?

If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.

If it’s a good deed, do it now – you never know how soon it will be too late.

If it’s morally wrong, it can’t be politically correct.

If it’s wrong, don’t do it.

If something is wrong, it’s more important to talk about who is going to fix it than who is to blame.

If the lady’s shoe fits, it’s out of style.

If we could see ourselves as others see us, we might never come back for a second look.

If we do not feel as close to God as we used to, who moved?

If you can’t stop the waves, learn to surf.

If you do not hope you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s not likely that anyone else will.

If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.

If you fail seven times, stand up eight.

If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late.

If you take the miser out of miserable you are “able”.

If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters.

If you want a thing well done, don’t do it yourself.

If you want to be well heeled, get on your feet, and stay on your toes.

If you want to keep the wrinkles out of your face, keep sunshine in your heart.

If you want to keep your conversation from being boring, say the wrong thing.

If you want to keep yourself under control, use your head. But if you want to keep others under control, use your heart.

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.

If you’re content with what you’ve done, you’ll never become famous for what you will do.

In the final analysis, it’s contributions - not accumulations – that count.

In the hour of adversity be not without hope, for crystal rain falls from black clouds.

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?

It gives us greater satisfaction to be helpful than to be helped.

It is just as important to know how to unmake a decision as how to make one. To back away from your original position can be the most challenging decision of all.

It’s better to get there late than not at all.

It’s easier to pick a wise man by the things he doesn’t say.

It’s the person who knows everything who has the most to learn.

It’s unwise to forecast, particularly about the future.

It’s your choice whether difficulties, hardships, or challenges cause you to break, or to break records.

Just because something doesn’t do exactly what you planned it to, doesn’t mean it’s useless.

Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have now, then got it back again.

Kids rarely misquote you – especially when they repeat what you shouldn’t have said.

Kindness planned for tomorrow doesn’t count for today.

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it certainly is the best ending for one.

Life can only be understood backwards – but it must be lived forwards.

Life is like a dogsled team: unless you’re the lead dog, the scenery never changes.

Life’s greatest joys are not what one does apart from the work of one’s life, but with the work of one’s life.

Make every day a masterpiece.

Make your life a mission – not an intermission.

Man with chip on shoulder have wood higher up.

Many fail because they try to better the other fellow when they should try to better themselves.

May differences of opinion cement friendship.

Maybe if we did a better job of listening, history wouldn’t have to repeat itself.

My eyesight is not as good as it used to be, but my hindsight gets better every year.

Never confuse what is right with what is convenient.

Never expect to steal third base while keeping one foot on second.

Never get mad at someone for knowing more than you do. It’s not her fault.

Never let your valuation of privileges exceed your principles lest you lose both.

Never make a decision that means you won’t be at peace with yourself.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can get someone else to do today.

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbour.

No person is ever honoured for what he receives.

No wind is a good wind if you don’t know where the harbour is.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

Once the game is over, the king and pawn go back into the same box.

One nice thing about telling a clean joe-k is there’s a good chance no one has heard it before.

Only the hand that has the ability to erase can write the truth.

People who live in glass houses might as well answer the doorbell.

Perseverance is not a long race – it’s many short races one after another.

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is deemed necessary.

Positive attitudes and uplifting thoughts lubricate our minds against everyday friction and frustrations.

Positive faith must accompany positive thinking to produce positive results.

Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit – we cannot flower and grow without it.

Prayer begins where human capacity ends.

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

Some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.

Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.

Success is how high you can bounce when you hit the bottom.

Success will always follow the fellow who isn’t afraid to throw the book at himself.

That day, which you fear as being the end of all things, is the birthday of your eternity.

The beginning of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of oneself.

The best substitute for conscience is cold feet.

The best way to tell a woman’s age is not to.

The cup of joy is likely to spring a leak when we sin.

The cure for anger is delay.

The demand for outstanding ability always exceeds the supply.

The devil is not afraid of the Bible that is covered with dust.

The differences between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

The distance between success and failure can only be measured by your desire.

The fact that the more we share, the more we have, is one of life’s miracles.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

The irresistible is often only that which is not resisted.

The longest journey begins with ignoring the map.

The most useful virtue is patience.

The problem with getting wiser is that you have to get older at the same time.

The reputation of a thousand years may be destroyed by the conduct of one hour.

The shortest between two people is a smile.

The trick is to disagree without being disagreeable.

There are no menial jobs – only menial attitudes.

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

To score a goal, set one.

Today can be the greatest day of your life until tomorrow.

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.

Use your mistakes as a guidepost, not a hitching post.

Using excuses as nails will produce failure every time.

Well-timed silence speaks loudly.

What we put into the thought stream of our children will appear in the life stream of tomorrow.

What we steadily. Consciously, habitually think we are, that we tend to become.

When all is said and done, the acid test of a good decision is whether you can live with it in the long run.

When deeds speak, words are nothing.

When you become top banana, make sure you don’t lost touch with the bunch.

When you’re in deep water, keep your mouth shut.

Where do mothers learn the things they tell their daughters not to do?

While money isn’t everything in life, it does keep you in touch with your children.

While your children may appear to not be listening to you, you can be sure they’ll be faithful in imitating you.

Wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective.

Without a wish to avoid faults, one cannot keep from them.

Work is not what we do for a living – but what we do with our living.

Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worship not because you must, but because you may.

You can never retrieve wasted time.

You only get married for the first time once.

You’ll miss 100% of the tries that you don’t make.

You’re never as old as you’re going to get.


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