Marginal Notes

from the pages of Country

Mid-life crisis is that moment when you realize your children and your clothes are about the same age.

How can there be so much difference between a day off and an off day?

Don't wait for your ship to come in if you haven't sent one out.

A friend thinks of you when others are thinking of themselves.

The season between winter and summer must have gotten its name from the surprises it springs on us.

Don't waste time on reflecting where to start; just start.

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.

Is the opportunity fraught with difficulty or the difficulty fraught with opportunity?

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Show me a man with his head held high, and I'll show you a man who can't get used to bifocals.

Frustration is when the same snow that covers the ski slopes makes the roads to them impassable.

Happiness is not at the end of the road it is all along the road.

Peace is not needing to know what will happen next.

When there's work to be done, turn up your sleeve, not your nose.

When there is love in the house, there is joy in the heart.

Nobody has so little that there is no room for praise, or so much that there is no room for prayer.

A committee is a group that keeps minutes an loses hours.

Lead or follow but don't complain.

A shadow is always proof that it is brighter nearby.

Second fiddle is one of the most difficult instruments to play.

Government bureau--where they keep the taxpayer's shirts.

Sometimes we have to replace "what ifs" with some good old-fashioned "so whats".

As long as there are final exams, there will be prayer in school.

Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong--sometimes it's letting go.

Democracy doesn't mean "I'm as good as you are", but "you're as good as I am".

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

It is possible to make a sound argument without making a lot of noise.

One of your greatest possessions is the 24 hours directly ahead of you.

Setting a good example for the children takes all the fun out of middle age.

Nobody knows about your integrity, your sincerity, your talent or your goodwill unless you give out some samples.

Don't let life discourage you. Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

Everyone could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

A cheerful thought, like a lovely flower, can brighten any day.

All kinds of social graces are useful, but one of the best is the ability to yawn with your mouth closed.

To make a good speech, have a good beginning and a good ending--and put them as close together as possible.

Remember when charity was a virtue instead of a deduction?

If you can't have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there.

No amount of smart planning will ever replace dumb luck.

You can read some people like a book, but you can't shut them up as easily.

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.

The more you say, the less people remember.

A college student is one who has learned to write home for money in three or four languages.

The best time to put the kids to bed is while you still have the strength.

When you are attracted to the right kind of friends, when you start to go wrong, they will keep you going right.

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.

We do not need new ideas so much as we need somebody to energize the old ones.

The measure of a man is not how tall he is, but how much his neighbors respect him.

The one drawback to videotaping you vacation is you have to return home to find out what you saw.

When you feel like critizing the younger generation, remember who raised them.

It is easier to go down a hill than up, butthe view is best from the top.

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is best from the top.

If the grass looks greener on the other side, you can bet the water bill is higher, too.

One of the annoying disadvantages of maturity is now you really are old eough to know better.

Opportunities sure do look bigger going than they do coming.

Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.

Having a clean garage, basement and attic is a pretty sure sign that retirement is beginning to drag.

All the gardens of our yesterdays are in the roots of the past..all the flowers of our tomorrow;s are in the seeds today.

Take your work seriously but yourself lightly.

There's a big difference between a good sound reason for doing something and a reason that just sounds good.

Monday is the best cure for insomnia.

About the only thing that comes to him that waits is whiskers.

Horses have more sense than you think--did you ever hear of one betting on a man?

Of course it costs more to live today than it did 100 years ago. Most of the things we have to have now didn't exist then.

Take time to laugh--it's the music of the soul.

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.

Kids may not read much these days, but you'd never know it from the library fines.

It's not how many hours you put in, but what you put in the hours that count.

Don't critize the rooster. If you got up at 4 a.m. you'd crow, too.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; staying together is success.

The person who takes responsibility on his shoulders isn't likely to have a chip there.

May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.

Answers that sound good aren't necessarily good sound answers.

A critic is a person who knows the way but can't drive the car.

Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.

It;s all right to have butterflies in yhou stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.

The trouble with staying home is that you never find out how good it is to get back.

Do you ever wonder how the size of hailwas described before the game of golf was invented.

A speech is like a wheel--the longer the spoke, the greater the tire.

Know how to avoid a summer cold? Get it in January.

As soon as you get on Easy Street, they start tearing up the pavement for repairs.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

People who don't have ideas of their own should be careful whom they borrow them from.

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you.

Remember when the only tanning parlor in twon was the woodshed?

A night watchman is a man who earns his living without doing a day's work.

When a man is singing in the shower, it means the kids haven't used up all the hot water.

Take a lesson from the clock--it passes time by keeping its hands busy.

What most people want for Christmas is 2 more weeks to prepare for it.

One of the benefits of inflation is that the kids can nolonger get sick on a nickel's worth of candy.

Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

One of the best gifts you can give our children is good memories.

An optimist stays up 'til midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old one leaves.

Happiness is having something interesting to do, someone to love and something to look forward to.

It doesn't do any good to sit up and take notice if you keep on sitting.

You cannot appreciate a fortune until you have had a misfortune.

Insight is seeing what you are looking for. Hindsight is finding it in the last place you look.

Perhaps the straight and narrow path would be wider if more people used it.

It's hard to become concerned about global warming when the furnace is working overtime.

Life is like a car--the slower you go, the longer you'll last.

Always remember that we pass this way but once..unless your spouse is reading the road map.

People with porches have hundreds of friends.

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Let us not be guilty of putting a question mark where God has put a period.

Procrastination was last seen trying to find motivation. Now they are both lost.

Patience resembles music--both require an awful lot of practice.

Ice is one of the few things that is what it's cracked up to be.

A word to the wise isn't as good as a word from the wise.

Any philosophy that can fit into a nutshell belongs there.

The excuse for missing homework used to be "the dog ate it". Now it's "the disk was erased".

When things go wrong, don't go with them.

Did you ever otice that the weaker the argument, the stronger the words?


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