Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday Thinking - A Quote to Think On

I spent thirty-five minutes looking for a new quote for our chalkboard this afternoon.   

Yes, yes, I love you Calvin is a very fine quote and could stay indefinitely.

No, no.  Calvin won't replace it if I just leave it.

No, I didn't just write it up there so as to look good before I took the picture.  It's been there a couple of weeks now.  

No, I'm not coyly trying to show off my old door with its wire baskets and chalkboard-made-from-a-cabinet-door.  

No, I'm not trying to blatantly show off that I obviously have a better camera now than before Christmas.

I have my scruples readers.  I have my scruples.  I really have been looking for a new quote for the week, but it seems when I'm looking all the good quotes I promise to remember hide.  

However, Abraham Lincoln rarely disappoints.  He has great one liners.  And since the movie Lincoln finally came to our theater this week and Calvin and I just got home from seeing it, I spent five more minutes this evening and found these to choose from:     
  1. I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
  2. Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.
  3. I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
  4. How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
  5. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
  6. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
  7. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
  8. No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
  9. Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
  10. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
  11. The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
  12. The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
  13. What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
  14. When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
  15. When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
  16. I will prepare and someday my chance will come.
  17. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
  18. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  19. You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

or I suppose I could always use this one:

"I generally don't trust quotes from the internet." — Abraham Lincoln

What would you write on your chalkboard for the week?   Any particular reason why?


Deidra said...

I love everything you weren't trying to show off.

I have a quote from The Phantom Tollbooth on our white board that has been up since we read it in book club, last spring? "What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do." I told Chris I would change it to a quote we read in Daughters in my Kingdom last fall. But it hasn't happened yet. If it were our house, "I love Calvin" would be up there for years!

Julie said...

I love your door/chalkboard/basket! And your new camera shows it off nicely! I don't have enough wall space to put all those awesome quotes up...but I want to! It makes me want to go see Lincoln even more! Happy New Year! A couple of my favorites now are "Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful", and "There should be no yelling in the home unless there is a fire" -David O McKay It's my new goal and I should have it tattooed somewhere on my body.

Michelle said...

I vote for #9. That principle has been on my mind a lot lately. I think it should be printed everywhere or everyone to see regularly.

Michelle said...

I mean "everywhere FOR everyone to see." :)

Cali said...

hahahahah. I got a kick out of that. Glad you didn't want to show off... you are so modest... really.


Ande said...

Hey! I just re-wrote on my chalkboard and used a quote from our friend Abe just the other day. I chose, "Whatever you are, be a good one."

Like mother like daughter.

Your new camera is muuuuch better. Hooray.

Heather @ Multiple Hats said...

Well, even though you weren't showing off ;), I sure love all that you showed!

Our new favorite is "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."