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Thoughts To Live By
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I don't know the key to success. But the key to failure is trying to please everybody".
Bill Cosby

We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give. - author unknown

Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Brother Mark Twain

There are two freedoms, the false is where one is free to do what he likes, and true
where one is free to do what he ought. -Charles Kingsley

Brother, I, too own a television set, but that does not keep me home on Lodge night.
I have never yet had one of the characters on television come off the screen and shake
my hand. They have never offered me the warm friendship that my Lodge Brothers do.
They have never handed me a cup of coffee or a doughnut. NO! NEVER!
Author Unknown

The really Happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour. 
author unknown.

We Masons are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with
others opposing or competitive ideas and yet respect each other as Brothers.
author unknown

Tact is the art of making a point without making a enemy. -author unknown

We can only know the fullest joys of Masonry when we truly walk the paths of service
and of hard work in the quarries. -George E. Burow

Minds are like parachutes, they work best when open.
Lord Thomas Dewar

If you want to know where the future of Freemasonry will grow and prosper it's simple
in the heart, in your heart, in my heart, and in the hearts of those who follow us.  
Conrad Hahn

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form. 
Andre Maurois

Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but, like the
seafaring man, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you will reach
your destiny. -Carl Schurtz 

Everybody really knows what to do to have his life filled with joy. What is it? Quit
hating people; start loving them. Quit being mad at people; start liking them. Quit doing
wrong; quit being filled with fear. Quit thinking about yourself and go out and do
something for other people. Everybody knows what you have to do to be happy. But the
wisdom of the test lies in the final words: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye
do them.  Norman Vincent Peale  

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing
something worth while. -Wilfred T. Grenfell

The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it. -Paul Scherer

The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  - Confucius

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.-  Mahatma Gandhi

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
Flora Whittemore

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  
Thomas A. Edison

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many; not upon your past
misfortunes of which all have some. - Charles Dickens


The following were written by  Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words.Enjoy.......

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular .

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom and Dad that I loved them one more time before they passed away.

I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.