The Little Brown Book
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1915 - 2004
Words of Wisdom
From the Little Brown Book of
Darol Lester Gardner
Through the years, Darol Lester Gardner collected quotes, poems and stories that inspired him. He carried his little brown book with him to church meetings and Kiwanis Club meetings. His granddaughters at his funeral shared these sayings and many family and friends expressed a desire to have a copy. The following are the entries found within that little brown book.
Choose your love,
Love your choice,
And never, ever give up on them
If you believe it you can achieve it.
Life is not so short, but there is time enough for courtesy.
The secret of perpetual motion….An itch in a place you can’t reach.
“Listen,” he said. “We all come into the world toothless, hairless and helpless. And that’s the way we go out, too.” Then hand in hand, let’s go that way together.
April 1st Conference, 19??
Don’t face the world alone, trust in the Lord.
Repent….downfall of great nations came from being non-virtuous.
A working dummy is better that a loafing genius.
When you reach out, you reach up.
You can give without love, but you can’t love without giving.
For fear of taking chances, we missed a lot of them. What I feel so bad about are the things I haven’t done.
A lot of people love their job- it’s the work they hate.
He who says he can do at 60 what he done at 20 sure didn’t do much at 20.
The real joy in life is not arriving at our destination but struggling to get there.
About the time a person learns to make the most of life, most of it has gone.
Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up.
The chief course of failure and unhappiness is trading for something we want most for something we want at the moment.
For each valley there’s a hilltop
For each raindrop there’s sun
For each twilight there’s dawning
When dark hours of night are done
For each thistle there’s a flower
For each teardrop there’s a smile
And sorrow will give way to joy
In just a little while
Let us realize that the
Privilege to work is a gift,
That power to work is a blessing,
That love of work is success.
Find a man who will work like a horse
And you will find someone riding him
Since we can’t do anything about the past, we should live for the future.
If there is a problem and you can do something about it, then do it.
If nothing can be done, forget it.
B. Franklin: Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time. For that is the stuff life is made of.
If it behooves you to do—do it now.
Live would be great if you didn’t have to work your way through it.
The next speaker needs no introduction…he didn’t show.
The Lord gave us two ends – one to sit on and one to think with. Heads we win, tails we lose.
A boy was thinking so hard of his speech he cut himself shaving. He should have paid more attention to his shaving and cut his speech.
Blessed is the man who is too busy to worry by day and too sleepy to worry at night.
Drive with care as autos aren’t the only things that are recalled by their maker.
Tomorrow is two days late for yesterday’s job.
Though our leaders’ sermons dim
Of the Sunday shopping sin
Show us a store
With an open door
And the saints go marching in.
I hate the Guys who criticize and minimize
The other guys who enterprise,
Has made him rise above the guys who criticize and minimize.
A genius is usually a crackpot until he hits the jackpot.
A sure cure for smoking (lung cancer).
When a man gets too old to set a bad example, he starts giving good advice.
Advice to speakers: To be seen, stand up. To be heard, speak up. To be appreciated, shut up.
Its not position that makes you happy or unhappy, its your disposition.
All Kinds of Members (clipping)
A lot of members are like wheelbarrows—not good unless pushed.
Some are like canoes—need to be paddled.
Some are like kites—if a string isn’t kept on them they’ll fly away.
Some are like kittens—they are more contented when petted.
Some are like footballs—you can’t tell which way they’ll bounce next.
Some are like balloons—full of wind and ready to blow up.
Some are like trailers—they have to be pulled.
Many, thank God, are like the North star—there when you need them, dependable, loyal and a guide to all people.
“We squander Health
In search of Wealth,
We scheme and toil and save;
Then squander Wealth
In search of Health,
And all we get’s a grave.
We live and boast of what we own—
We die and only get a stone.”
This above all, to thine own self be true.
Let your light so shine.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard that anybody else expects of you.
Never make excuses for yourself,
Never pity yourself,
Be a hard taskmaster to yourself,
And be lenient with everyone else.
People don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan.
Opportunity isn’t a door; it’s a dare.
The man who really wants to develop a testimony finds a way. The man who doesn’t finds an excuse.
If the ox is in the ditch on Sunday, get him out. But, if he is constant, get rid of him or fill the ditch.
If you need to know, you will be told.
If you don’t need to know, you will get told.
Even if we are on the right road, we will get run over if we just sit there.
Youth do not care how much we know,
They want to know how much we care.
The steps you take today tell where you will be tomorrow.
When the hour of need arises,
The hour of preparation has past.
Forbearers of the have and have-not are the did and did-not.
Every action of your life touches some chord that will vibrate into eternity.
Not “What did I get”, but “What did I give.”
Many are cold but few are frozen.
Your opinion of others has much to do with how much you respect their opinion of you.
Build for the future at the present with the experience of the past.
Nature did make us perfect but she did the next best thing. She made us blind of our faults.
He who chops the wood gets warm twice.
Doing nothing is the most tiresome job there is. Your not tired and you can’t quit.
Limit your desires to fit your income.
One cannot go wrong doing right. One cannot go right doing wrong.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
No man is completely worthless. He can always be used as a horrible example.
To everyman there openth
A way, and ways, and a way
And the high soul climb the highway
And the low soul gropes the low;
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to everyman there openth
A high way and a low
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.
The man who makes use of every minute will become the man of the hour.
To error is human. So let’s take advantage of it.
Good intentions, like babies who cry in church, should be carried out immediately.
Success in marriage is more that finding the right person, it’s being the right person.
(Clipping) Again you’ve proven the real joy in life is not arriving at the destination, but struggling to get there.
To my Son
Do you know that your soul is
Of my soul a part,
That you seem to be fiber
And core of my heart
None other can pain me
As you, dear, can do.
None other can please me
Or praise me as you.
Remember the world will be
Quick with its blame,
If shadow or stain ever
Darkens your name.
“Like mother, like son”
Is a saying so true.
The world will judge largely
Of mother by you.
Be yours then the task
If task it should be,
To force the proud world
To do homage to me.
Be sure it will say when
Its verdict you’ve won
The reaped as she sowed
Lo, this is her son.
When the job has begun, don’t quit until it’s done.
Be it big or be it small, do it good or not at all.
Many people are like buttons, always popping off at the wrong time.
Most knocking is done by folks who don’t know how to ring the bell.
Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind.
Children are great mimics. They act like their parents, in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.
Ideas are like children, yours are wonderful.
Sign on Church Bulletin Board:
Be the Soul Support of your children.
When it comes to doing for others, some people will stop at nothing.
The mind can concur what the seat can endure.
Average is just as far from the bottom as from the top.
Inspiration by Perspiration
To laugh is to be free from worry.
He who worries not lives a long time.
To live a long time is to last.
He who laughs-lasts.
If you fail to use the day to progress, the loss is yours.
Even if we are on the right road, we will get run over if we just set there.
If you want Happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want Happiness for a day—go fishing.
If you want Happiness for a lifetime—love someone.
Hell is when the man I am comes face to face with the man I could have been.
Though our leaders sermons dim of the Sunday shopping sin,
Show us a store with an open door and the Saints go marching in.
I never saw a Pioneer,
I never hoped to be one.
If it came down to a choice
I would rather see
Than be one.
We can change the place we live, but we should never change the principal that guides us.
You never plow a field by tuning it over in your mind.
A PRAYER FOR THE MIDDLE AGED
Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility, and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint --- some of them are so hard to live with --- but a sour old person is one of the crowing works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O lord, the grace to tell them so.
Evangelist Tony Campolo on the limits of his faith: “It seems just as soon as my pimples cleared up, my hair fell out. If I had the gift of healing, would I look like this?”
Don’t let appreciation turn into expectation.
Always do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
Don’t start something you wouldn’t want to continue.
(Clipping) “Don’t hurry, don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.” It’s probably good that we don’t know what’s ahead of us or we could worry ourselves into a frenzy. Those to be most admired are they who keep their worries to themselves, who keep up the smiles. But it takes its toll on the individual. Most people must have at least one shoulder to cry on.
The saddest person is he or she who has no one who will lend a sympathetic ear. For no man is an island, and worries shared are worries diminished.
This is how a parent serves a child and it’s also how a spouse serves a mate, as someone to share both the good times and the bad. Worry can be cut in half by a sympathetic listener.
“We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent wit the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.” One might assume that the more intelligent we are the less we worry. Not true. In fact, the reverse may well be true. Some people should actually worry more, but don’t have enough sense to worry when they should. They’re the ones who should be raising the umbrella for a rainy day.
God saw you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be
And he put his arms around
You and whispered “Come with me”
With tearful eyes we watched
You suffer and saw you fade away
Although we loved you dearly we
Could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating
Working hands were put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to
Us He only takes the best.
We love you, Dad.