Favorite Sayings

Ever since I can remember I've enjoyed sayings, metaphors and similes, and I always wished I'd kept a collection of my favorites.  I'll add to these as I remember ones I love or see new ones.  I'll write the author's name next to it if I know it.

If I miss one workout, I notice the difference, if I miss two workouts, my teacher notices, if I miss three workouts, the world notices.

No one is more cherished in this world than he who lightens the burden of another.

Do what you have to do first and what you want to do second.

If you love something, set it free; if it comes back it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was.

(Regarding new relationships)  Anything can last four months ~ Richard W. Hudgens, MD

When in doubt, don't.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it ~ William Arthur Ward

Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it ~ Albert Smith

Life is like a library owned by an author.  In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Life is a sum of all your choices ~ Albert Camus

Don't smother each other.  No one can grow in the shade. ~ Leo Buscaglia

A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it. ~ Frank A. Clark

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses. ~ Ellen Key

Every marriage is a battle between two families struggling to reproduce themselves. ~ Carl A. Whitaker

To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps.  You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not.  Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cut out all those exclamation marks.  An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

God has three answers for every prayer:

1. Yes...
2. Not yet....
3. My child, I have something much better in mind...

Body in motion stays in motion, body at rest stays at rest (meaning, if you have a lot to do, don't sit down or you'll never get back up  :)

Every ending is just a beginning in disguise.

Added 7/20/10:

You'll regret more the things you didn't do in life than those you did.

The grass is greener on the side you water.

Everything in moderation ~ Elizabeth "Betty" Burroughs - my grandmother

Never think today is a bad day, tomorrow could be worse.

Be grateful for the many small problems in your life; it's better than one big one.

When hugging someone - especially your children - never be the first to let go.

If you have a difficult task, give it to a lazy person, he'll find an easier way to do it.

If you don't like something, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude.  No matter what, don't complain.   ~ Maya Angelou


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