“Raw Wit And wry Wisdom” quotations have been collected from a vast storehouse of experience over a period of seven decades, and correlated by Lin Stone. Aphorisms, as you see displayed here, were only intended to represent opinions in as few words as possible. YOU are responsible for the opinions you accept as facts, and what you do with them. This is my opinion, of course.
Here then is a compilation of inspiring quotes from leaders, presidents, rulers, magistrates, Great minds, poor, essayists, bumper stickers, humorists, politicians and especially from those fools that once adorned Royal courts around the world but are otherwise unemployed at this time.
This fulmination has been organized for you to read the book straight through, even as you would read a novel. It is not organized in chronological order or alphabetical, but simply designed for the sustaining concept of strength, inspiration, humor and purpose. Skip anything you don't like; share anything you do appreciate. Thank you.
Before you begin, please be aware that I have not unduly troubled myself much about chasing down the original sources of the quotes generously attributed to our most famous or popular minds. For example, I don't particularly care if Benjamin Franklin was a first class thief, liar, or a first class genius; I don't even care if George Washington was here fast asleep when he muttered a remark history protests was first whispered by Tom Paine.
There are several reasons for this approach. First, the more piles of quotographer's research that I research the more certain I become that nobody never said nothing original and that everything interesting ever said was being hurled at adversaries in common barroom brawls 4,613 years ago.
I feel I am innocent of any niggling misdemeanors in this encounter. Therefore, when you note unidentified mis-quotings in this book they may be re-quoted, re-attributed, used as-is or -- if you happen to need a scapegoat -- attributed to me. Otherwise, if you would, simply attribute the source to this book, RAW WIT AND RYE WISDOM by Lin Stone.
Please note, naturally I continue to find more inspiring quotes and continue to update this book. Http://www.talewins.com/quotewrite/ is where the work of compilation continues with bated breath.
Before we proceed any further I must point out that in between the leaven of humor this is a volume of “inspiring” quotations, and I do not mean “motivational” quotations. Motivational quotations are different, you know, like the daily pump up that beginning salesmen mumble to their mirrors.
For example, there is nothing even remotely motivational in that quotation Larry Ecohawk gives us that just one native American tribe by itself once had over 80,000 members -- before the U.S. waged an unrelenting war of extermination against them. He reminds us that only 600 members of that same tribe survived long enough to sing the mournful event around a lonely campfire. Although the survival story he tells is definitely inspiring to Native Americans, it is not motivational according to the definition given to that word today. To make that more clear,
It is also inspiring for the Native Americans to learn that, when the end came, Geronimo's band numbered less than 100, but these fierce, famous warriors had kept thousands of American soldiers weary on their feet, while Apache roamed effortlessly free and thumbed noses at another 8000 Mexican dragoons. Without enough money to bribe Native American scouts to lead the American soldiers, Geronimo might well have lived to a happy old age at home. But even then it took another fistful of lies and deceit to bring Apache to his knees. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVDQYEG
That is inspiring to Native Americans, but remember this also, the feat was not achieved because Geronimo woke up every morning and chanted, “I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN -- BAN-ZAI!”
There is nothing inherently wrong with reading or chanting Motivational Quotations. They roll off the tongue well and when used appropriately they even achieve a hearty glow of confidence that lasts from 5 minutes to 5 hours long. There are hundreds of quotation collections with Motivational Quotations prominently displayed in them. A few have slipped into this collection.
What I hope you will find here are quotations to help you remember your heritage, help your family stay together and even be happy about it -- quotations that could perhaps even inspire an entire family to take responsible actions for several generations – like Notre Dame's inspiring injunction to graduates “Make a difference every day.”
Or, “A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove, or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully but as the determination to live decently. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
Or, as President Wilson once said, It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you. ~ Woodrow Wilson
To which I would add a truth I have personally learned by hard experience, you cannot govern your life by what other men say they would do or not do in the same circumstances. For example, “he's not going to talk to me like that!” That's a fine quote to use, but time and time again I have seen men do exactly what they swore just minutes before they would never do or not do, and even when that was precisely the right thing to do at that moment.
You will be glad to know that many of man's most precious documents are also presented in this inspirational collection in an expanded, more easily read format.
Keep up with the news of Lin Stone's endeavors by visiting his home page found on the web at, http://www.talewins.com/StoneSoup.htm
And now, let's start the fray with a chuckle and get it over with.
not laughing at you,
|"I can write better than
anybody who can write faster,
and I can write faster than
anybody who can write better."
- A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)
All magic lies in words, it lies dormant until those be spoken, for only breath can animate them. ~ Tommy Wendt
Add that gift of art and illustration, and you have the recipe for real magic; the power of words, and the wizardry of art to move emotions. ~ Jeanine Henning
"The greatest strength is
That's the trouble with
well-written sayings; they
don't have to tell the truth
-- not even when every word in
them is true.
"A single death is a tragedy,
Once harm has been done, even
a fool understands it.
Put an S in front of the word laughter, and you have changed it to the word slaughter.
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