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The Rich Tapestry of Life Page
So here you are, still reading these pages of odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else, information, general knowledge, light-hearted quips and quotes from all over the place that make up the ‘rich tapestry of life’ for reading in those odd moments when you have nothing else to do. With all these quips and quotes you’ll make a good after dinner speaker!
This is PAGE SEVEN - A “Misc. Quips & Quotes” Page
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How to Compliment someone?
     One day Winston Churchill visited a naval base and was taken to an area where there were a lot of submerged wrecks. Churchill watched as the system located a target and a depth charge was dropped. After a few seconds there was a huge underwater explosion. Several pieces of wreckage came to the surface, including a door emblazoned with the letters ‘WC’. “The navy always knew,” Churchill quipped, “how to pay proper compliments.”     (Sandi Toksvig)

Misc. Quotes:

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes courage os the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
(Mary Anne Radmacher)

Don’t look down on anyone unless you are helping them up. Don’t criticise anyone until you have walked in their shoes

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing  (Michael Pritchard)

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath   (Anon)

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)

Don’t criticise those who try and fail, criticise those who fail to try.
"Politics, n.  A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles."
Ambrose Bierce

"Modern man worships at the temple of science, but science tells him only what is possible, not what is right."
Milton S. Eisenhower

The Wisdom of G.K.Chesterton
- "Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before."
- "A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man."
- "A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."
- "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
- "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."
- "What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism."
- "Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it."
- "Complaint always comes back in an echo from the ends of the world; but silence strengthens us."  
- "Customs are generally unselfish. Habits are nearly always selfish."

Teach us delight in simple things,
And mirth that has no bitter springs
(Rudyard Kipling)

The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: "I apologize" and "You are right."

Thought for a New Year?
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves. Do not seek the answers now, because you will not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.”
(Source: Rainer Maria Rilke,  a Bohemian–Austrian poet.)

Quote:  Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom  (Marcel Proust)

It Starts with One
But where was I to start? The world is so vast, I shall start with the country I know best, my own. But my country is so very large. I had better start with my town. But my town, too, is large. I had best start with my street. No: my home. No: my family. Never mind, I shall start with myself.
--Elie Wiesel

Quote: When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people. Now I admire kind people.
--Abraham Heschel

Quote: Teach us delight in simple things, And mirth that has no bitter springs
(Rudyard Kipling)

Quote:  The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: "I apologize" and "You are right."

Quote: It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had. (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)

Quote:  “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man,” wrote George Bernard Shaw.

Quote:; “As President Obama said in his tribute yesterday, his greatest strengths were that he was brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it (of Steve Jobs)

Often, although we suspect we've begun experiencing  senior moments, rather than recognizing the warning signs and acknowledging the facts, we bury our heads in the sand or, worse still, turn tail and run, Of course, these avoidance tactics are about as useful as a sledgehammer to the head. Here are some ways to detect whether you too are in the grip of this dreaded phenomenon:

- You start calling your best friend of twenty-five years 'Thingy'.
- You discover that your car has mysteriously parked itself on the other side of the road.
- You could paint a picture of it, write a thesis about it, demonstrate how to use it to Olympic standard ... but you can't for the life of you remember its name.
- When you stand at the bottom of the stairs, you can't recall whether you were just about to go up to fetch something or whether you've just come down to fetch something.
- You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks — and discover you aren't wearing any.
- You put all  the photos you own into a large album, but, try as you might, you can't remember who any of the people are in the photographs.
- You’ve started forgetting simple words such as umm, uhhh, ahh
- Gravity is no longer a term confined to science or geography textbooks, but increasingly refers to your body.
- Lawncare has become the highlight of your life.
- You sink your teeth into a steak ... and leave them  there.
- Your partner says, 'Let's go upstairs and make love  and you reply, 'Pick one, I can't do both'
- You know exactly how to play bridge, canasta and Mah Jong -- worse still, you look forward to playing them every weekend with  your friends.
- You're very good at opening  a childproof cap ... with a hammer.
- The list of things you hate begins to outnumber the list of things you like.
- You experience permanent jet lag, yet the last time you stepped on a plane was five years ago.
- At the breakfast table you hear 'snap, crackle, pop' and you're not even eating cereal.
(Source: The book of Senior Moments)

Quip: A teacher decide to take her bad mood out on her class and so said, “Will anyone who thinks they are stupid stand up.”  After a few seconds, just one child slowly stood up.  The teacher turned to the child and asked, “So, you think you’re stupid, do you?”  “Well, no,” replied the child, “but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself.”

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