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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 28, 2000
In the long run every government is the exact symbol of its people, with their wisdom and unwisdom. -Thomas Carlyle
Source: Quote A Day, quoteaday- email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Two monks on a pilgrimage came to the ford of a river. There they saw a girl dressed in all her finery, obviously now knowing what to do since the river was high and she did not want to spoil her clothes. Without more ado, one of the monks took her on his back, carried her across and put her down on dry ground on the other side.
Then the monks continued on their way. But the other monk after an hour started complaining, "Surely it is not right to touch a woman; it is against the commandments to have close contact with women. How could you go against the rules for monks?"
The monk who had carried the girl walked along silently, but finally he remarked, "I set her down by the river an hour ago, why are you still carrying her?"
By Irmgard Schloegl
Source: The Wisdom of Zen Masters from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul, Copyright (c) 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Patty Hansen, www.soupserver.com/ via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Don't let anyone tell you you're getting old.
Squash their toes with your rocker.
The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Some people try to turn back their odometers . . . not me . . .
I want people to know why I look like this.
I've traveled a long way and some of the roads were not paved.
You know you're getting old when everything either dries up or starts to leak.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.
Within I do not find wrinkles and used heart, but unspent youth.
One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it's such a nice change from being young.
One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly.
It's more often a succession of jerks.
Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Submitted by Donna Eick via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A golfer stood over his tee shot for what seemed an eternity. Looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind speed and direction; it was driving his partner nuts. Finally his exasperated partner said, "What's taking so long? Hit the blasted ball!"
The guy answered, "My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot." "Forget it, man." the partner responded, "You'll never hit her from here!"
Source: Bill's Punch Line, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Eighty percent of the population of East Germany (the German Democratic Republic) is unchurched. In a poll taken this past spring, 73 percent of West Germans indicated they believed in God, while 65 percent of East Germans said they did not. Seventy-nine percent of East Germans believe there is no "life after death." - Christianity Today
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) December 1999, Pacific Press, www.pacificpress.com/signs via http://www.witandwisdom.org