Words to Live By

“Whatever you do, do it with style, grace, and eloquence.”
…Norm Farquar

“World domination is never easy.”
…Dave Critchlow

“It’s too obvious to simulate.”
…Mike McCloud

“It’s not a problem. It’s a statistical phenomenon.”
…Jay Lorenz

“Measure twice, cut once.”
…Robert Crawford

“Count the cost before you start the journey.”
…James A. Crawford

“In matters of the heart concerning the opposite gender, do no favors unless similar-favors are desired in return.”
…Annonymous Wise Sage

“In marrying the girl, you marry her family.”
…Robert Crawford


On the theme of courage in American life:

“In my humble opinion, those who come to engage in debates of consequence, and who challenge accepted wisdom, should expect to be treated badly. Nonetheless, they must stand undaunted. That is required. And that should be expected. For it is bravery that is required to secure freedom.”
“If one wants to be popular, it is counterproductive to disagree with the majority. If one just wants to tread water until the next vacation, it isn’t worth the agony. If one just wants to muddle through, it is not worth it. In my office, a little sign reads: To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
…Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice of the United States

“Always remember to keep your socks pulled up.”
… Landy (Grandpa) Franz

Advice to a new college freshman facing quarters rather than semester course terms:
“You will have to get behind early then so that you have more time to catch up!”
…Michael W. Landry

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money [to spend].”
…Margaret Thatcher

“One is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
…Jim Eliott

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
…Sir Winston Churchill

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
…Abraham Lincoln

“Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christian.”
…Thomas Jefferson

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
…Thomas Jefferson

“If God is small enough for me to figure out, he is not big enough for me to believe in.”
… J.B. Phillips