63 Things I Have Learned in 63 Years

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The magnificent thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve experienced in life.

The nail that sticks out farthest gets hammered the hardest.

The best trip you can take in life costs little or no money and yet can take you to places that lie beyond your imagination. It’s called reading.

“To give dignity to another is above all things.” – an old Cherokee adage

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

Kindness and perception work together. Through the things we perceive, we begin to understand the underlying beauty of nature and of all living things.

“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Good manners are a sign of humility, not compliance.

Statistics are imperative in education, business, sports, and medicine, but we haven’t been able to measure one’s heart, which often belies credible data.  

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.

Citizenship isn’t like a private boat docked on its mooring. Ultimately, it means that you are a passenger on one large vessel. Accordingly, the welfare of your fellow travelers becomes yours.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

To live a creative life, you must acknowledge that making a wellspring of mistakes is the essential ingredient of the process.

No act of kindness, no matter how small or unappreciated, is ever wasted.

A balanced life is almost always a life well-lived.

“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 

Virtually every person who has achieved a wondrous thing was also a great dreamer.

You can’t take credit for what you do when your back is against the wall.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you feel like throwing rocks, make sure they’re ones no one can throw back.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

A person who begins every sentence with the pronoun, I, is one who is not to be trusted.

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

Character never sleeps.

Don’t ask, “What can the world offer to me?” Instead, ask, “What I can offer to the world?”

Music is nothing less than the shorthand of human feeling and emotion.

“Regrets are as personal as fingernails.” – Ernest Hemingway

When you hold a door for others is a reminder that all of us are on a planet that revolves around a larger sun.

“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.”  ― Robert Frost

The optimism of a sound mind can scale a lifetime of Everests.

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” – Dorothy Parker

As much as our common humanity binds us together, we are all different. Don’t judge. Instead, take the time to walk in the shoes of others.

“Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared. It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence.” – Sam Vaknin

The universe of the quintessential giver is as broad and expansive as the universe. The world of a customary taker is largely self-contained.   

“Someday” is not a day in the week.

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you, Pooh. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A. A, Milne

Our personal challenges become our greatest teachers, mentors, and benefactors.

I am much more me whenever I’m with someone I love.

Kindness is much more sustaining than goodness.

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J. K. Rowling

My mother habitually embraced the time-honored proverb, “Moderation in all things.” Trust me. She knew what she was talking about.

Telling the truth is the ultimate timesaver.

If you spend your life as a teacher, minister, nurse, doctor, or EMT worker, you probably won’t look yourself in the mirror with much repentance or sorrow.  

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

It is not a silly question if you can’t answer it.

Life is never fair. At best, it’s simply impartial.

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have faith.” – Paulo Coelho

People are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

A person who makes others laugh has lived a consequential life.

Two people inevitably shorten the road.

Pleasure is external, whereas joy arises from within.

“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” – Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye

The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are often the same.

Love without sacrifice is grand larceny.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Doctor Seuss

Life is always the best teacher.

Autumn is the sweetest of all seasons. As a New Englander, I have seen firsthand that it’s nature’s last, most elegant smile.

When you close a door on a friend or someone who loves you, your house becomes a little darker and less inhabitable thereafter.

If the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, and the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body, then left-handed people must be the only ones in their right minds.

Stars shine for even those who don’t look up.

The last four letters of the word American are I-CAN.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

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