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Words of 'wit and wisdom' from days gone by

Published on -7/16/2014, 2:26 PM

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Back in the mid-1980s, I had a friend who was secretary of his Masonic lodge.

He regularly published a newsletter, in which he always included some "wit and wisdom" thoughts which I regularly saved when I had the opportunity to do so.

I ran into them recently when going through old materials, and it occurred to me they should be shared. So, I hope you enjoy them.

* "Man doesn't live by bread alone. He needs buttering up once in a while."

* "Nothing is quite so annoying as to have someone go right on talking when you're interrupting."

* "Middle-age is when you begin to wonder who put the quicksand into the hourglass of time."

* "There's one thing to be said for inviting trouble. It generally accepts."

* "The fellow who keeps saying 'and no two ways about it' is a bachelor."

* "The trouble with the guy who talks too fast is that he often says something he hasn't thought of yet."

* "Lots of politicians make the mistake of forgetting that they were appointed -- not anointed."

* "As a man grows older and wiser, he talks less and says more."

* "By the time a man gets to greener pastures, he can't climb the fence."

* "If you want to add to your face value -- smile."

* "Perhaps the best way to live happily ever after is not to be after too much."

* "Cosmetics are the woman's way of keeping a man from reading between the lines."

* "You'll never fill anybody else's shoes as long as you keep your foot in your mouth."

* "It takes thousands of nuts to put a car together but only one to scatter it all over the road."

* "How you spend your time is much more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever."

* "I can remember when T-shirts were underwear. Now they're more like bumper stickers for humans."

* "It might be that you can't fool all the people all the time but some of our highway signs come pretty close."

* "Hindsight shows you how a mistake looks from the rear."

* "There are still quite a few things you can get with a dollar -- nickels, dimes, quarters and pennies."

* "The world doesn't owe anybody anything -- it was here first."

* "One thing we get more of for our money is requests."

* "The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention."

* "People who don't know anything should keep it to themselves."

* "Today it isn't facing the music that hurts, it's listening to it."

Arris Johnson is a member of the Generations advisory committee.

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