25 November 2007

Monday's Musing

Well, I was going to post just this quote:

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln

But then I got reading and couldn't resist these other gems, and since they cost nothing to post and they are guilt free, I figured it was ok to indulge. ;) So here are a few of my other favorites from Abraham Lincoln:

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Two of these, the first and third of the four posted, run through my mind often, along with this one from my grandmother: "You feel sorry for a mad dog, but you can't let it bite you" and this one attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte: "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." Wise words!

Do you think of famous quotes often or not at all? What runs through your mind?

Happy Monday! Have a great week. :)

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Blogger Sonja said...

It's still too early to recall specifics, but Eleanor Roosevelt is one that I find to be quite quotable.

I hadn't heard some of these Lincoln ones - some of them are just what I needed to hear :)

1:15 AM  
Blogger del said...

I do think of quotes, quite often. One of my faves is Winston Churchill's "Never never never quit." But that first one by Lincoln is SO true...I tell my kids to "make it a great day" not to "have" one. We make our own happiness.

2:58 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

We're big Abe Lincoln fans around here. Our favorite quote of his is, "Whatever you are, be a good one."

4:15 AM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

I love quotes! I made handouts for a class and sprinkled quotes such as yours throughout! My favorite knitting-related quotes: "I only have so many stitches left, so I'm not going to waste them on things I don't love." And from Meg Swansen when asked if she always does gauge swatches, "No, but I'll always tell you to."

4:29 AM  
Blogger mle said...

Yup, it's easy to forget that it's really all about attitude. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

5:42 AM  
Blogger NH Knitting Mama said...

This will sound terrible, but many quotes that I think of come from movies. Of couse, being relaxed and on my couch nothing comes to mind, but when the time arises, that is where they come from.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Faith! said...

Nothing like some good old Abe to help bring Mondays into perspective. I was being a big old grump until I came to your page- thanks, as usual, for your thoughtful musings!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Those are wonderful quotes! I always enjoy your Monday Musings. :-)

1:11 PM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

The first one helped me many years ago.

I was going through some health issues that I letting get the better of me, then I found my half-sister who wasn't half the grouch I was even though she has every right in the world to be.

It made a difference. Your life is what you make it. Make it good, or make it bad, but in the end you have no one to blame for the bad except yourself.

Love your musings Rosemary.

My favorite quotes these days are from a game:

'We do what me must because we can'
'The cake is a lie!'

The last one is from the fact that the system taunts you to make it through the levels with promises of cake for the character. lol

2:38 PM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

These days, I often have quotes from great political thinkers running through my head. It's a little depressing, actually, since there don't seem to be any great (or even adequate) political thinkers around today.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I do have quotes that run through my head but not all of them are famous. However this is one I quote very often.. "All animals are created equal, some are more equal than others."

Also I couldn't agree more with "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Unfortunately, that also makes people think you're shy or stuck up when you just don't talk because you don't know what to say.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

We are big quote people here. We have a Bartlett's book of quotes. I also enjoy getting a glimpse of who you are through the quotes that you choose.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Sheila E said...

I do run many such things through my head...one of my favorites is by my best friend's Mom...."worry is like a rocking chair, it never gets you any where"!
Thanks for some of your favorites Rosemary....they are Great!!
Happy Sagg!!

4:48 PM  

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