In soft Chicago
rain, I rolled in mud - a child not
knowing that those things I value now were taking root as surely
as the rose beside my door.

Waste not, want not.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Never judge a book by its cover.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

It's better to give than to receive.

You get more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Don't count your chickens until they're hatched.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If you can't say something nice about somebody,
don't say anything at all.

It doesn't matter what the other person does.
It only matters what you do.

We pass this way but once. Therefore, if there be any good that we can do, let us do it now, for we shall not pass this way again.

Don't try to get back at someone who tries to do you harm. The poison in their soul is only hurting them right now.
Don't let it poison you, as well.

Doing a bad thing doesn't make you a bad person.
It just makes you a good person who did a bad thing.

If the fashion is to paint your ears gold
and you want to do it, too,
wait until everyone has painted their ears gold,
and then paint yours a light gold.



Above are the words which I heard as a child, that were the fertilizer in which my values grew. I've asked people to help me remember words I may have forgotten, and they have. But they have also sent me some new quotations that ring that same old bell of basic human values. I hope they ring for you as well.


Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Nicola Heiser's grandmother

Before you're married keep both eyes open.
After you're married, close one of them.

Cal Zaccardi's Italian grandmother

A library is a good place to find a lot of friends.
When you are looking for something to do,
go and spend some time with friends there.
And if people want to know what to give you for gifts,
tell them you can always use more friends.

Robin Hoffman's professor

I will never tell you where you can or cannot go.
You know the places I would rather you not visit,
but that is your choice.

Omasue's father

I never put myself in a position
that I would be embarrassed for my father to come to
in case of an emergency.



And then there are the other things learned at a parent's knee.


Your eyes will stick if you cross them that way.
Edith Layton Felber's mother

Don't sit home on a Saturday night,
go out with him even if you don't like him.
Maybe he's got a nice friend.

Edith Layton Felber's mother

If it's only one knock - it's Opportunity!
Edith Layton

Angels rush in where Fools dared to tread.
Edith Layton

Absence makes the Fond grow heartless.
Edith Layton

People in stone houses shouldn't throw glasses
Edith Layton


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