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Adages

One of Jerry’s notebooks. Click to enlarge.Jerry was religious about jotting down adages, inspirational thoughts, and his own philosophies about life. The following entries appear in his old notebooks, in the order in which he wrote them. Many of these date back to the 1940s. Some have attributions, and some do not. Except for some bulleted entries, any underlining or other formatting is that of Jerry’s.



Notebook 1


“Each man is the measure of himself.”

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“The sword of truth must meet the sword of disbelief.”

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“Just as the light of day conquers the darkness of night, so too the light of truth conquers the darkness of falsehood.”

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“When under nervous strain, STOP. Let mind become blank. Even though you think itís silly or childlike, sit and talk to your nervous system; tell the muscles of your hands to let go. Encourage your stomach to untwist a little. The habit of treating the nervous system as if it were an obedient servant, gladly taking orders, is a priceless action, pattern, and produces efficient effort.”

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“The whole is that which has a beginning, middle, and end.” -Aristotle-

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7 Health Rules

  • Muscular efficiency reduces mental fatigue. Learn to put attention on action when you need rest in thinking.
  • He who learns to relax for half an hour before he goes to bed needs less sleep and has more time for effort.
  • Use your energy as it comes.
  • Overstrain is worse than undereffort.
  • Quiet isnít only absence of noise, itís also a state of mind.
  • Do your hard tasks in the morning, your details after lunch.
  • Impure air is the mother of poor thought. (END.)

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“(N.B.) The habit of worrying about the next thing, which keeps us from giving attention to the task in hand, is one of our commonest failings. The proper use of attention is a serious issue.”

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“Good attention is the primary secret of how to get things done.”

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“One is present at his task when he keeps all his wits in the proper relation to his environment.”

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“After a habit is formed, you no longer have to think about it.”

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See below appearances.

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“Many times we waste effort unless we can keep a steady on the relation between cause and effect.”

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“Every action is the cause of new effects.”

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“We need never pay attention to the results of our efforts if we control the process that produces them.”

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“Be present!”

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When you meet a situation ask yourself: Am I supposed to be part of this situation? If so, what is my relation in it?

Social Relation?
Business Relation?
Spiritual Relation?
Physical Relation?

Use this all important word “relation” throughout your life.

(Share) or what part do you play in the given situation is the “relation.”

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Horace

In vitium ducit culpae fuga, si caret arte.

Flight from fault leads to fault if one lacks art.

[Editor’s Note: Also translated as “Avoidance of an error leads to a fault, if it lacks skill.”]

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Interest is that something a speaker must have before you give him your attention. It is a combination of intellect and emotion. Unless your emotions are somehow involved with your brain in any subject you are looking at, you will learn nothing about it. The way to interest anyone else is to stir his emotions, and the way to learn yourself is to allow your emotions to become involved.

(Vide: emotions in dictionary - encyclopedia)

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Barriers to accomplishment

I. Don’t “secret” your real difficulties from yourself or, when it is too late, you’ll say “I know, but I didn’t believe it could be right.”
II. Overcautious
III. Anger
IV. Setting up impossible goals

The focus of a self-conscious man’s attention is on himself instead of the job he has in hand. If you have good attention at the time of the experience your ideas about it will be clear-cut.

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Evils of Procrastination

- Daydreaming
- A feeling that one is misunderstood
- People who don’t understand him are full of evil intentions
- Welcoming of any idea that helps him to forget the task and its difficulty

Cure:

Begin to act - discipline your mind to action

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You form a habit by doing.

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Mistakes are the price you pay for an education - So never be discouraged by a mistake.

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Conquer a big task as if it were a series of little tasks.

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When you work - WORK.
When you play - PLAY.
Never mix the two or else both play and work suffer.

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Vacations between efforts are essential to success.

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Work with a sense of adventure and interest.

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We enjoy things more as we know them better.

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It’s amazing how everyone reacts favorably to a sense of humor.

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Monotony comes from lazy thinking.

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The successful man always finds play in his work.

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Shutting out the unimportant is a mighty factor in an efficient mental focus.

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When directing attention to ideas, forget objects. When handling objects, beware of the absorption [?] of ideas. Thus you keep subjective and objective attention apart.

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To think deeply, inhibit the movements of the body.

To express freely, get up and move around. Mental action and physical motion are interconnected.

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When you care enough you take care.

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Every scattered mind needs to learn the old motto: ONE thing at a time and that done well. He who turns his head in 20 directions sees little in any of them.

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A small field, well surveyed, is better than a wide and scattered focus.

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To increase your power of attention, seek for what intrigues your interest. Novelty excites, familiarity assures.

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Involuntary attention is essential to life but dangerous unless its sphere of action is controlled.

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Good attention comes from continual effort. The more times you attend, the better you can do it.

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One trains his attention and his dog by the same means. Patient repetition is the key to power.

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The one important instrument to handle efficiently is yourself. You may have the best motor car in the world, but if you don’t keep command of yourself while you are attempting to handle it, you have a smash-up pretty soon.

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The time wasters are those who allow their attention to be deflected by whims and personal responses to a situation.

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The ability to make decisions, to choose, is a true sign of maturity.

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The man with inferiority does not decide. Someone else decides for him, as a parent does for a child.

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The more you use your wits, the more they become available.

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When you yourself are the subject of interest, life is most interesting.

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When you are proud of your work, you’re beginning to slip.

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Doing is done by doers, never by don’ters. Nothing comes out of negatives, and nothing is something you can’t improve.

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If you don’t command your emotions, they command you.

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Every man thinks you are something of a fool - in spots at least. If you don’t mind his disparaging opinion, you find he also likes you quite a lot.

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Critics help you and hurt themselves. Let them.

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An easy-going manner makes effort easier still.

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The funny side is often the right one to guide you. There’s such a thing as being serious unto stupidity.

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When you feel low—laugh. Do it deliberately. Keep it up. Laugh at yourself for feeling so depressed. Persistent laughter shakes anyone out of a black mood into a decent work attitude.

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Keep on through the hard place and you enjoy what you’re doing.

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When a person can’t make up his mind to act, his opportunity slips away from him.

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No vow is worth anything until it is embodied in a course of action.

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A competent man is never satisfied.

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Your enemies will tell you how to succeed if you listen to them.

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There is always a right moment to act, and it’s usually now.

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Plan ahead and you’ll do your job better.

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Persist in the hard place and you will surprisingly find a “second wind.”

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Figure over how the kind of problem you are concerned with would have been dealt with 100 years ago. See the limitations people of that time had. Imagine then how much more efficiently such a problem would be dealt with 100 years from now.

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Let the dead past bury its dead.

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Canned speech

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

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Is mom turning out to be a Jansenist?

A Jansenist is a Catholic who is too good for the Catholics.

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Physical and chemical properties of a woman

Symbol – WOW

Accepted atomic weight: 120

Occurrence: Found wherever man exists. Seldom in free state.

Physical properties: Very active. Boils at nothing and may freeze any minute. Melts when properly treated. Very bitter if not well used.

Chemical properties: Very active - possesses great affinity for gold, silver, platinum, and precious stones. Violent reaction when left alone. Able to absorb great amounts of expensive food. Turns green when placed beside a better-looking specimen.

Ages rapidly.

Uses: Highly ornamental. Useful as a tonic in acceleration of low spirits, etc.

Equalized distribution of wealth. Is probably the most powerful reducing agent known.

Caution: Highly explosive when in inexperienced hands.

(END)

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When you start taking things for granted, don’t trust yourself.

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Sometimes silence in the classroom pays one better in the end (good mark). Speak only when you are spoken to, ask only sensible questions, and for goodness sake, “zip the zipper for the rest.” If you keep silence in the classroom, you’ll most likely give a better recitation when called upon.

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Oh! _______________

Chaplain Fr. Cornelius met Fr. Basil in New York and took him for a dinner in a big Hotel restaurant. The chaplain was in his army uniform and Fr. Basil was in his clerical clothes. They both had a very nice dinner, and when it came time for dessert, the chaplain ordered a piece of pie. Fr. Basil said that he did not wish to have any dessert. And when the waiter brought the pie, it looked so good that Fr. Basil said, “I think I shall have a piece of pie.” To their astonishment, the waiter took the pie from the chaplain’s place and gave it to Fr. Basil. Fr. Cornelius said, “Here, here, what’s the idea?”
“Sorry buddy,” said the waiter, “but I serve priests first.”

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David McKay Company
604-608 South Washington Sq.
Philadelphia 6, Pa.

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Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

Note: The translation for this is “The mountains will be in labor, and a ridiculous mouse will be brought forth.” (Horace)

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Difficile est proprie communia dicere; tuque rectius Iliacum carmen deducis in actus, quam si proferres ignota indictaque primus

Note: The translation for “Difficile est proprie communia dicere” is “It is difficult to speak of what is common in a way of your own.” I couldn’t find the translation for the second part; although, it appears in “Œuvres complètes de Voltaire.”

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In vitium ducit culpae fuga

Note: The translation for this is “To fault leads of error avoidance.” (Horace)

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In medias res

Note: The translation for this is “into the middle of things.” (Horace)

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[NOTES ON THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS OF VARIOUS RELIGIOUS FIGURES]

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In arguing with a person of difficult principles, don’t play on the principles which are opposed to yours but point out those which are common with yours and you get him.

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Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Francis Bacon

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It is not the worth of the thing, but of the skill in forming it which is so highly estimated. - Sam Johnson

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Of him to whom much is given much will be required.

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Work as though you were out to beat the world.

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rapacious - greedy

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Notes of Conversational Art

My notes from reading – Art of Conversation, by Milton Wright

Make a statement or a reply that will impel an answer from the listener. This keeps the conversation buoyant. Make no abrupt statements in starting conversations (e.g. - “Do you like fishing?”) – Find a topic that is of interest to your hearer – Keep the interest of the other man in mind. Turn all preliminary remarks toward his subject, and when you reach the subject, he gets talking, even though he is usually silent. Your interest in the subject at hand or in the man is the surest ingredient for satisfying conversation. Have confidence in yourself and be at EASE.

If you are uncomfortable in yourself, you will be disagreeable to others. If a man can say exactly what he wants to say in exactly the way it ought to be said then he can create exactly the impression he desires. The better you talk the richer will be your reward. It is through talking that we influence others. By talking, we find out what is in our minds. To quote Emerson – “It is very certain that sincere and happy conversation doubles our powers; that in the effort to unfold a thought to a friend, we make it clearer to ourselves, and surround it with illustrations that help and delight us.” – and – “Speech is power; speech is to persuade; to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.” Talk resultfuly exchanging words in such a way that you will be greater respected and liked. Harmonious exchange of thoughts is the end of good conversation. A monologue is not a conversation. Silence plays its part in successful conversation. An exchange of words w/out purpose is not considered as resultful conversation. When someone proposes to ask me a question, I should immediately take into mind an end; that end being what I wish to answer.

Masters of conversation give advice rarely – then, only when asked for and when they do advise, it is done delicately w/out serving [?] to impose their wishes on the person to whom they are addressing.

People are always more pleased by what they discover themselves than by what they are told.



Notebook 2


Procrastination is the thief of time.

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We take note of time only by its loss.

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Nobody is so old as not to think he can live a year.

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Nothing is so difficult that it cannot be discovered by searching.

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No one is so steadfast as not to be thrown into confusion by a strange occurrence.

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Forgive your neighbor often, yourself never.

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Statement – I weight 150 lbs.
Answer – You and who else?

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Hic et nunc
Here and now

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Rep direlecta
The thing being disowned

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Some of the most wealthy have endured the least wealth.

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Most of the worse suffer worse of the most.

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Ever yours most truly,
Gerard

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Enter to learn. Go forth to serve.

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False cause - Non sequitur

Note: Another translation is “It does not follow.”

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It is very evident in the history of religion that to most people religion has always been a solace for death rather than a pattern for life.

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Nemo dat quod non habet

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His blood ran like tomato-juice.

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John was so cold last night that his teeth on the dresser were chattering. HA HA.

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His hands fell like a bunch of bananas.

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You learn less and less about more and more until you know nothing about everything, or you learn more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing.

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Sacrifice of the class

Humanly speaking

1 dollar is just a symbol representing 1 dollars’ worth of gold – so too, the mass is a symbol, same essential sacrifice represents the real golden sacrifice.

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I. Trip to New York
II. Nice luggage bag
III. Nice khaki and red sweater to slip over casual, khaki dress shirt.

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Anger – Cause – tired – hungry – swore, you can be angry but get angry and stern enough to cover the case and STOP there!!! e.g. – When you pass a red light the law does not go to extremes and charge you 100 but perhaps 5 dollars or less. When you show someone else where to get off, get off yourself. Do not have hair-trigger anger. Count 10 before speaking when you become aroused. Otherwise the harsh word that escapes without reflection leads to an anger habit – Profanity is sometimes a safety valve, like the bark that’s worse than the bite. Don’t make an all day storm of a squall. Your anger arouses anger in others. The habit of justice and sympathy promotes calm and reason and an atmosphere discouraging to anger.

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How you feel and behave in a public or business or social relation depends on how you control yourself in personal affairs. You must have a good will, reason, and vigilance (?) – If you have good will to fast from meat at Lent so too you can bound anger. God gave us anger to use within bounds; to use out of bounds is bad.

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Hatred the source of anger conflict. Prejudice another source.

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Dinner Speaker

Speaker:

I’m sorry I talked overtime Ladies and gentlemen. Had there been a clock in the room I would not have talked longer.

Out of the audience: Thank heaven we have a calendar!

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Prohibition in the home

I had 12 bottles of whiskey in my cellar and my wife made me empty the contents of each and every bottle down the sink, so I proceeded to do as my wife desired and withdrew the cork from the first bottle, poured the contents down the sink with the exception of one glass which I drank. I thin withdrew the cork from the 2nd bottle and did likewise with the exception of one glass which I drank. I extracted the cork from the 3rd bottle, emptied the good-old booze down the bottle, except the glass which I devoured. I pulled the cork from the fourth sink and poured the bottle down the glass when I drank some. I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next and drank one sink of it, then threw the rest down the sink. I pulled the sink out of the next cork and poured the bottle down my neck. I pulled the next bottle out of my throat and poured the cork down the sink. All but the sink, which I drank. I pulled the next cork from my throat and poured the sink down the bottle and drank the cork. Well, I had them all emptied and I steadied the house with one hand and counted the bottles which were 24, so I counted them again when they came around again, and I had 74, and as the house came around I counted them and finally had all the houses and bottles counted and I proceeded to wash the bottles, so I turned them inside out and washed and wiped them all, and went upstairs and told my other half all about what I did, and Oh Boy, I’ve got the wifest little nice in the world!!

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JOKES

Restaurant story – color blind – yo’ sho’ is color blind.

Thanks Heaven we have a calendar.

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“The body is the instrument of the mind’s action.”

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De gustibus

I see it in one light; you see it in another. I have just as much right to (see if on?) my light, as you have in yours. Therefore you have no more right to offend my right than you.

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Persons sometimes don’t face facts because they will be held accountable for those facts. Abhorrence (?) from fact cries to Heaven for vengeance.

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[NOTES ABOUT WORKING WITH FLAMMABLES]

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Axiom in Philosophy

“We can do what we will to do.”

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Viva Voce = orally

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To yell like a Bull

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It’s a good thing the priests were already prostrate (?) when the fellows had a flat note during the litany.

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A man is never master of an idea until he can express it clearly.

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Here’s an idea:
Wouldn’t it be swell to invent an apparatus that would absorb sunlight so well during the day that it would produce illumination for all practical purposes at night?

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Be sure to read Fr. Boniface’s “A Shakespeare Study Guide” – “Semper” It is the most efficient guide of Shakespeare.

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“Yell like a Bull”
always get a laugh

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“A fish rots first at the head.”

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The best way to get things done is to do what you’ve decided right away. “Control your attention.”

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The secret of doing things well is to put it up to yourself to do them so – and at once.

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If you think out how a job is to be done, it is more than half done.

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He who makes learning a substitute for thinking never learns anything.

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Immediate attention is the easiest way to accomplishment.

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Yes, I suppose that logic is indisputable – although the desire for financial gain must have entered also.

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To fulfill a task successfully and efficiently, find what you like in it and what about it would intrigue you to handle it efficiently and keep your focus on that point.

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Self-discipline does not mean to take a puritan attitude about things – making yourself do something you don’t like to do. Have the play spirit. Casual attitude.

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Greatest cause of failure comes when the individual fears consequences and success comes from control of your wits.

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The steam of emotion will run the motor of intellect.

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If you begin, you will be finished before you realize it.

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The demand you put on yourself measures all you accomplish.

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In order to get at the problem in hand with dispatch, start on the first part of it you touch. Cease looking for a perfect opening – Begin – Promptness is a habit, built on the art of beginning where you are and with what you know.

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Preparation is one of the tests of intelligence.

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In every life there should be thinking times and doing times. Good planners contemplate in the early morning, attack the hardest task before noon, and tie up the loose ends in the fading hours.

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Momentum in effort is a gift from the great god “KEEP-AT-IT.”

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Effectiveness results from deciding to possess it.

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Doing things well is a habit.

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Determination is only a habit of doing that which is stayed with until it sticks.

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Quick decision is a matter of practice. Insist on doing it in unimportant matters. He who takes long in playing a card at Bridge never develops keen judgment in business. Be snappy at cards, at tennis, and in minor matters. After a while, you learn to speed up your important acts of reasoning.

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Well-informed doers are those who limit the field of their information. He who tries to be all things to all people is soon nothing to anyone. Don’t try to keep up with the times – technical articles, books, and the world’s great mass of information, or your mind will be a morgue of dead ideas. Digest the information that interests you. Let the rest go.

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The habit of speaking with good humor about your mistakes gives you more privilege to make them. Only he who believes in the doctrine of slippage is a good engineer, and this applies to more than human relations than to bolts and pulleys.

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One should test every so often the way things are getting done – check up!!!

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Four great means by which we can accomplish things intelligently:
4 Ms – Methods, Mechanisms, Motives, Manners or attitude

Motive forces in men are – feeling, emotion, passion, interest, and conviction

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If you adjust your effort to the task, it will almost attend to itself.

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If you don’t vary your methods, you’ll soon not have any worth having.

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Hindsight is only useful to give you foresight on similar tasks for the days to come. Learn to compare what you expect to do with what you’ve done and don’t expect perfect results for effort. One step on, one bit better, is the way of evolution.

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There’s a central fact in every problem. Find that, and other facts will obey your will.

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Everybody knows what is important and what isn’t, but he doesn’t think he does.

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There’s a central fact in every problem. Find that and the other facts obey your will.

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A central fact comes only after you’ve stopped to find it.

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Let your mind do the striving; you listen to its dictates.

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If given a 3 pt. can and a 5 pt. can and asked to obtain 7 pts. of water, accurately measured, using only these two unmarked cans, how would you do it? Answer: Fill 5 pt. can, and fill the 3 pt. can with the 5 pt. can leaving 2 pts. left. Empty 3 pt. can, and put 2 pts. from the 5 pt. can into 3 pt. can and refill 5 pt. can.

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You cannot persuade a group of people unless you leave one central idea in their minds.

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Have a strong attitude towards that which you are doing and you can’t fail.

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Quite apart from the fact.

-- In glowing terms --

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Advantages of Reading Biographies

Study any life and you will discover that the secret of its accomplishment is not what the man does, but in his attitude toward what he does. If his frame of mind is positive and centered, his feeling is constructive and he wins against great odds. If negative and scattered, so that his will is colored by doubt and uncertainty, he fails even with great assistance.

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Judge what you’re doing by what you have done. The past is the basis on which we judge the present.

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Good accomplishment follows a series of efforts.

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What was practical yesterday may be foolish tomorrow.

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Men of force are useless unless they become men of power. This means that their energy has become directed by discipline.

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Never wait for an inspiration, but always expect it. Get into action with the feeling: As soon as I go to work I’ll have a lot of good ideas.

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Here’s how to invent. Write down what you consider the recognized, normal, conventional ways of doing the job you have in hand. Then think up six daring and even ridiculous methods to accomplish it. Have the courage to speculate about them. You may find hidden possibilities.

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Men and women hate to be told of their weaknesses, but don’t object at all if there is someone else in the same boat. I know of no better way to get along with others than to let them feel you understand their situation. Say “we,” not “you.”

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Here’s how you usually can tell a liar. First of all, there is one thing certain: The less you lie yourself, the more easily you’ll detect those who do.

A little lie detector:

A) The pupils of his eyes contract.
B) He stares at you so as not to look away.
C) Skin on cheekbones becomes a little pale.
D) Watch his mouth; his lips are slightly stiff and unnatural.
E) Hands and feet become restless.
F) Words more carefully chosen.

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If your way is the only way, it’s pretty poor.

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Suit a schedule to the situation.

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Manage yourself first and others will take your orders.

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Communication is the key to human contacts. You can’t get your ideas and “cues” across to anyone except in his own language and at his speed. The quickest way around is the longest way to anyone’s mind. His pace, his way, not yours, is the only standard.

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Argue with a person impersonally so nothing against his savage ego – when challenged with a statement contrary to your opinion. Drift conversation about.

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When you have the difficult task of deciding some hard problem for “yes” or “no” – put down on paper facts “pro” and “con” and see which weighs out.

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Think before you do. Talk little, promise little.

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It’s my time people make me waste.

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List your friends. They are either builder-uppers or tearer-downers. Those who waste your time, money, and strength belong to the latter tribe. Let courtesy go hang. You don’t have to sprawl on your stomach for a putter-downer.

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Watch the guy who insists in his advice to you. People are always secretly emotional when they are insistent and argumentative in giving their opinions. It is hardly wise for us to accept advice from anyone who puts pressure upon us to receive it.

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He who distances himself never trusts others. (Remember this fact when anyone seems to doubt you.) He may imply that you are insincere.

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Don’t worry when someone doubts your honest purposes. If your motives are true, then he is not. He unknowingly is giving you a warning.

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It is the mother whose morals bear watching who unjustly doubts her daughter’s virtue.

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Don’t worry when people unjustly blame you or doubt your honest purposes. They are only showing themselves up and that is important for you to remember. And one who really understands this point never gets his feelings hurt by unfair criticism either.

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Watch out for constant flattery. To protect yourself, compare what was said with what you know in your heart is true about yourself. If you get too much praise from a person, he is either a happy-go-lucky person or else he has some very good reason for wanting you to like him. He wants to make you do something that is to his advantage.

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If a person to whom you are talking is a coward, he will soon tell you. Afraid of action, he loves to talk, substituting words for accomplishment.

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You will get things done better if you greet resistance with a smile, saying that it is part of your work to deal with contrition. Put it out of your way and go on. You will find to your amazement that if you use this technique, most people will stop fighting you and often do what you want. Expect opposite views and opinions and go on. They haven’t any plan or defense and resistance to keep them from yielding to your requests.

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I’d like to give these moldy precepts an antiseptic bath with the acid of analysis.

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A good executive is one who doesn’t become an office boy.

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If you don’t direct your own mind, someone else will.

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Some people find it difficult to change form personal work to the atmosphere of a conference. How does one do it, you ask? By dramatizing yourself as a different personality. Learn to have your doing patterns for each of your more important acts. When you make effort alone, play the part of a concentrated worker, but associate with a conference the pattern of listener and thoughtful speaker. Teach yourself to feel each part you play.

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Good achievement only results from a single instrument, one man, or one group. Egotists in a gathering are always fools.

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Never try to argue against emotionalism. Consider the points the other fellow is so excited about. Give absorbed attention for ten minutes, then ask for the same courteous quiet. You’ll usually get it, and feeling abates in your companion as he listens to your unimpassioned words.

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He who argues about everything convinces no one.

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Wonder leads to understanding. “Why” leads children and geniuses to achievement.

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A clear view is the willingness to move your mind to the place from which you can see.

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People like to turn down your ideas, for contrary suggestibility is a prevalent mental habit. You’ll avoid this consequence by speaking of the objections before the other fellow does. After you’ve done this, he’ll take what you have to offer.

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When confronted with a long-winded talker, look at the ceiling – or the sky – again and again. It works.

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A good director is one who orders his own intellect.

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Keep your own ego out of the picture. Give the other person the privilege of obtaining satisfaction for his effort. Allow the other fellow to have a sense of his own identity. One of the greatest mistakes in business life is the failure of employers to let their men know that they are doing anything worthwhile.

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That’s rather a large pill to swallow.

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Knowledge doth make a bloody entrance.

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Man likes to be his own boss. Always allow as much freedom to the man who is working for you as is humanly possible. He likes it and will reward you for your trust in him by much better work.

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Man likes creative ways of doing things. Practice minimizing (?) telling him how and what to do.

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The fine habit of attention to the smallest sign pays good dividends.

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Criticize your associate if you must, but not until you are sure the remark isn’t prompted by one of the 7 deadly sins: jealousy, ignorance, condescension, fear, suspicion, injustice, or intolerance.

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Protect yourself against one’s bad motive and be kind the rest of the time and you’ve got the world by the tail.

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To inspire confidence in a person is one of the greatest gifts you can give him and is worth the effort in results. A person responds to the man who can restore his belief in himself.

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No man will work for your interests unless they are his.

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Hope of reward is essential to effort. Have you considered this when seeking efficiency?

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Loyalty to you starts within yourself.

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Organize your thought and action.

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If you want anyone to do better, improving over his errors, tell him how you make them and what you do or did to avoid them in the future. (You may also ?.)

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You can’t make suggestions to a superior. He’s too likely to be offended Tell him how good you think some idea or act of his was and ask him if this (your suggestion) wasn’t what he intended to have carried out in relation to it.

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If you must reprimand someone, keep your ego out of it, and if possible, ask your listener to tell you how he’d make the admonitions himself.

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Never speak up or down to another man.

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He who can be interrupted always will be.

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It’s not facts alone that count, but their meaning also.

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If you don’t manage yourself, someone else will.

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Good management, like charity, begins at home.

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There is much more eloquence in the tone of voice, in the eyes and in the air of a speaker than in his choice of words.

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A short road to perfection – short, not because easy, but because pertinent and intelligible.
C. Newman

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If you want something, no one is going to know about your want unless you make it known. A great many people are so fearful of themselves they don’t dare seek what is necessary to their accomplishment.

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Failure in business often starts in the home.

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Knowing what to forget is the only way to remember.

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If man divorced attention to business from attention to home, fewer legal separations would happen.

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Time tables are as important in office and home as in running railroads.

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Promptness isn’t a virtue, it’s an art.

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Wise directors take orders from their intellect (nobody else?).

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The secret of independence lies in discovering it.

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You never hesitate to change your mind about such a fallacious fact.

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Eat an apple going to bed makes a doctor beg for his bread.

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March 24, 1944

Gene you made resolution last September, but didn’t keep them. In February you remembered them. You seem to forget that to make a resolution is nothing unless it is Carried Out! What do you say you make a resolution this September – one which you will carry out.

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To squeeze ink out of a pen.

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A woman may get a man through his stomach, but I’ll get man through his wounds. She works for his love, I work for God’s!



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