I’ve been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.
My advice if you insist on slimming: Eat as much as you like – just don’t swallow it.
Forget about calories – everything makes thin people thinner, and fat people fatter.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook
I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.
When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn’t taste that bad.
Clogged with yesterday’s excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
We never repent of having eaten too little.
Thomas Jefferson, 1825
Your body is a temple, not a drive-through.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.
Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.
But, alas! what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We’re like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us.
Caesar might have married Cleopatra, but he had a wife at home. There’s always something.
Daddy was real gentle with kids. That’s why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant.
Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means.
Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.
James C. Dobson
Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands.
For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
Never dull your shine for somebody else.
Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas Alva Edison
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1604
Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.
Max L. Forman
I was thinking of my patients and how the worst moment for them was when they discovered they were masters of their own fate. It was not a matter of bad or good luck. When they could no longer blame fate, they were in despair.
Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.
Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.
The horizon, to remind you of your courage, sends its gentle waves of confidence to kiss your feet.
The things we hate about ourselves aren’t more real than things we like about ourselves.
Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.
As the poet said, “Only God can make a tree” – probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no fibs.
Bart, stop pestering Satan!
Avoid employing unlucky people. Throw half of the pile of CVs in the bin without reading them.
Basically my wife was immature. I’d be in my bath and she’d come in and sink my boats.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.
Bart, with $10,000, we’d be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things like…love!
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.
There is in a man an upwelling spring of life, energy, love, whatever you like to call it. If a course is not cut for it, it turns the ground round it into a swamp.
Mark Rutherford (William Hale White), More Pages from a Journal
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665
Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Individualism is rather like innocence: There must be something unconscious about it.
Louis Kronenberger, Company Manners
Why try to be someone you’re not? Life is hard enough without adding impersonation to the skills required.
You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.
Man would be “otherwise.” That’s the essence of the specifically human.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
A man’s desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.
Your son at five is your master, at ten your slave, at fifteen your double, and after that, your friend or your foe, depending on his bringing up.
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
He followed in his father’s footsteps, but his gait was somewhat erratic.
He who can be a good son will be a good father.
Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.
J. P. Morgan
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone
Clarity affords focus.
Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller
Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.
Sometimes the only way you can take a really good look at yourself is through somebody else’s eyes.
From the television show Scrubs
Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go.
It isn’t what you know that counts, it’s what you think of in time.
The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
For visions come not to polluted eyes.
Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-tomorrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Remedy it, or welcome it: a wise man’s only two choices.
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you’re the easiest person to fool.
You have to be very careful when you let someone win.
There is a lesson there about greed and it is a lesson I am willing to learn as well. Has it made me a distrustful person? I don’t think so. But we probably look a bit more carefully at our financial situation now.
As a director you have to be careful you don’t over-design the film. You have to be careful that the period aspect does not take over.
I’ve been careful to keep my life separate because it’s important to me to have privacy and for my life not to be a marketing device for a movie or a TV show. I’m worth more than that.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Warren G. Bennis
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more that pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone
No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.
Ralph W. Sockman
Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman
As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation.
Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.
Because of my father, we are that Shining City on a Hill.
Being a father helps me be more responsible… you see more things than you’ve ever seen.
Being a father to my family and a husband is to me much more important than what I did in the business.
Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful.
But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I’m a husband and a father.
But the love of adventure was in father’s blood.
Child-rearing is my main interest now. I’m a hands-on father.
Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
Ignorance is no excuse, it’s the real thing.
Intelligence is not a science.
I can’t tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.