Curtis Dahlgren
College Orientation, part 1: Words to the Wise - A Few Words More
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By Curtis Dahlgren
August 14, 2013

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"TRUST IN GOD MAKES THE NATION STRONG." That's from a little book, "Swedish Proverbs," by Joanne Asala, 1994 (Penfield Press) – as are most of the following one-liners (they were collected from many other books published years ago, so they should be in the public domain, and in the public eye!).

- A child is a certain worry and an uncertain joy.

- Do not brag of your father's reputation; what you have is your own.

- The mind of the young is like water in a bucket (it's all wet).

- Being young is a fault that improves daily.

- Everyone has his own devil, and some have two.

- A clear conscience is the best pillow.

- Better to suffer for the truth than be praised for a lie.

- If lies were as heavy as stones to carry, people would speak only the truth.

- The rooster often crows without a victory, and he thinks the sun rises to hear him too.

- Empty barrels make the loudest rattle.

- If a fool just kept quiet, he wouldn't be a fool.

- Better to bow than to hit your head on the lintel of the door.

- With wheat as with people, the heaviest heads bow.

- Take hold of God's grace now; younger you will never be.

- Better a good death than an evil life.

- Not all autumns fill granaries.

- The Lord gives every bird its fill, but He does not cast it into the nest.

- If one sheep bleats, the whole barnyard is thirsty.

- The clock must be the master of the house.

- When the cat and mouse agree, the farmer's in trouble.

- The Comforter's head never aches.

- A man without a wife is a man without thought.

[Hmmmmm – I'll have to
think about that one!]

© Curtis Dahlgren

 

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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

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