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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 5, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

He who angers you conquers you. - Elizabeth Kenny (1886-1952) Nurse

Source: DailyInBox: Bits & Pieces, http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/


Never Too Old

". . . So here I [Caleb] am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said" - Joshua 14:10-12 (NIV).

Emerson produced English Traits when he was 53 and Conduct of Life at 59.

Kent wrote his Anthropology, Metaphysics of Ethics, and Strife of the Faculties. at age 74.

Oliver Wendell Holmes at 79 wrote Over the Teacups.

Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables at 62.

Booth Tarkington wrote sixteen novels after age 60, some of them when he was totally blind.

George Bernard Shaw wrote some of his famous plays at 80.

Scott the commentator began study of Hebrew at 87.

Jules Verne was writing his stories at 63.

Croce the Italian philosopher published two of his works on philosophy at age 85.

Santayana, the great Harvard philosopher, continued to write books at 88 years of age.

Tennyson at 83 wrote "Crossing the Bar."

And Webster wrote his monumental dictionary at 70.

In God's economy we are never too old to serve God and to be a part of God's plans and what he is doing in the world today... even if we are sick and infirm, we can still be mighty prayer warriors. All we need to do is make ourselves available.

Source: Cited in Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations by Paul Lee Tan, http://www.tanbible.com/bok/bok_KE.htm

Submitted by Dave Holloway

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A while back an airplane company ran an add stating that they would make you a pilot for $2,900. They want to train more people to fly planes in hopes that they could sell more planes. Their add had a beautiful picture of an airplane and in big black print were the words, "We will make you a pilot for $2,900.

I heard that the ad elicited a lot of response, but the most unique response came from 7 women in Kansas. They wrote into the company and said, "We understand you can make us a pilot for $2,900. We would like you to make us one right away. We want him to be a man, 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, with blue eyes and brown wavy hair. We understand that you guarantee that you can make us a pilot. Therefore we would like the pilot on approval for about 60 days. If he works out we'll order more."

Source: Smile a Day Newsletter (c), http://www.net153.com/best.htm


As usual, my dad bathed my four younger brothers, including the three-year-old twins. But after cleaning up the bathroom, he came out to find three shining faces and one that was still dirty. Clean twin Anthony gleefully announced to our mom, "Daddy gave me two baths."

Contributed by Leila Tompert

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) September 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Did Langley almost beat the Wright brothers?

Dr. Samuel Langley was able to get many model airplanes to fly, but on December 8, 1903, Langley's "human carrying flying machine," the aerodrome plunged into the Potomac River near Washington D.C., in front of photographers who were assembled to witness the event. Reporters around the country made fun of the idea that people could fly and nine days later, Wilbur and Orville Wright proved them wrong.

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com

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