Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Informal Guides: Slogans and Sayings

We go through life with slogans or sayings that we've crafted or have picked up from a variety of sources. Although we may not strictly follow them and some may even conflict, nonetheless they can significantly influence our conduct. A few that I've used over the years:
  • Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. [Easy choice.]
  • It is more important to do right than to be right.
  • The best is the enemy of the good.
  • Good enough never is.
  • Officers eat last.
  • Be kinder than necessary.
  • I'd rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.
  • Time lost is never recovered.
  • No one steps into the same river.
  • It is always wise to understate your case.
  • Do what has to be done.
  • If all else fails, lower your standards.
  • There is no such thing as a free lunch.
  • Haste makes waste.
  • The side that cares least controls (the negotiations).
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.
  • Pay attention to your instincts.


Anonymous said...

Don't judge a book by its cover. (One of the most centered, grounded, intelligent, and genuine human beings I ever met was a homeless veteran.)

Michael Wade said...

The danger of first impressions.

One of the most eloquent and wisest talks I ever heard was by a rough-looking biker who described how he'd turned his life around.