Kaufman was a bridge fanatic who did not suffer incompetent
players gladly. When one particularly inept partner asked to be
excused to go to the men’s room, Kaufman replied, “Gladly – for
the first time today I’ll know what you have in your hand.”
Another bridge partner, sensing Kaufman was not pleased with his
conduct of the previous hand, asked defensively, “Well, George,
how would you have played the hand?”
an assumed name,” Kaufman shot back.
Kaufman was drama editor at The New York Times, a pres agent
asked, “How do I get our leading lady’s name in your newspaper?”
her,” Kaufman replied.
his great success playing Abraham Lincoln on Broadway, Raymond
Massey began to assume the character off the stage, affecting
Lincolnesque attire, manner, and speech and prompting Kaufman to
observe, “Massey won’t be satisfied until someone assassinates
can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind
Those who bring sunshine
to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
The best place to find a
helping hand is at the end of your arm.
bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus
conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!"
The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell,
and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So
sorry, plenty of room in my heart - but the bus is full." He
left behind a row of smiling faces. It's not what you do, it's
the way that you do it.
Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977.
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take
Kindness is the greatest wisdom.
can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my
children they just about throw up.
kisses left something to be desired... the rest of her.
up the door, opened the stairs, said my pyjamas and put on my
prayers - turned off my bed, tumbled into my light, and all
because he kissed me good-night!
is the upper persuasion for a lower invasion.
KNOWLEDGE & WISDOM
Knowledge without sense is twofold folly.
world owes you nothing. It was here first.
road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or
nothing about it.
man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom
consists in not exceeding the limit.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers
knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature
so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and
then don't say it.
Of the demonstrably wise
there are but two: those who commit suicide, and those who keep
their reasoning faculties atrophied by drink.
- Mark Twain,
three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection, which
is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third,
by experience, which is the bitterest.
believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few
right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly
art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of
Ralph W. Sockman.
tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they
have exhausted all other alternatives.
than any time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads. One
path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total
extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose
evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that
goes on inside people.
said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us
all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority,
lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion
grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his
grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
under-estimate your ability to over-estimate your ability.
who think you know it all are damn annoying to those of us who