By Henrylito D. Tacio
“Go ahead, make my day!” said Clint Eastwood in one of his earlier movies. “I’ll be back,” promised Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” said Ali McGraw in the movie, Love Story. “You’re nothing but a second rate, trying hard copy cat,” declared Cherie Gil to Sharon Cuneta in Bituing Walang Ningning.
Memorable lines from the movies. From time to time, people use some popular lines to emphasize, to amuse, and to give a point, among others. Well, here are some classic lines spoken, written, and popularized by some of the world’s well-known men and women. Through time, however, the person who originated them lost along the way:
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. If you have some enemies, you are to be congratulated, for no man ever amounted to much without arousing jealousies and creating enemies. Your enemies are a very valuable asset as long as you refrain from striking back at them, because they keep you on the alert when you might become lazy.
Business is a lot like a game of tennis – those who don’t serve well end up losing. There is a vast difference between putting your nose in other people’s business and putting your heart in other people’s problems.
Sentimentality comes easy. But caring is hard – it involves doing. Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others. The world hates change; yet is the only thing that has brought progress.
A life built on the sands of celebrity can be wrecked by the rains of reverses. A life built on the sands of materialism can be destroyed by the floods of adversity. A life built on the sands of pleasure can be blown down by the winds of disillusionment. Only the life that is built on the rock of character can withstand the tempest of time.
Socrates defined the philosopher as a thorn in the flesh, and nobody is a creative thinker unless continually he has a thorn in his flesh, that is, unless he is disturbed by something. The thick-skinned people do no creative thinking; to them everything is understood; they have no problems; nothing baffles them.
Goodness consists not in the outwards things we do, but in the inward things we are. Don’t compare your goodness with that of other men; compare it with the goodness of the Man of Galilee.
Great men have but a few hours to be “great.” Like the rest of us, they must dress, bathe, and eat. And, being human, they must make visits to dentist, doctor, and barber and have conferences with their wives about domestic matters. What makes men great is their ability to decide what is important, and then focus their attention on that.
Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritations or opportunities for service, as moments lost of experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened. They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm, monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules, depending on our attitude toward them.
Laughter is to life what salt is to the egg. Shared laughter creates a bond of friendship. When people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, worker and driver. They have become a single group of human beings, enjoying their existence.
Luxury is what excites envy in others, what you waste, not what you consume, the half of anything you throw away, rather than what satisfies you in yourself. It is fairy gold, pie in the sky, toys in the attic. Nobody needs luxury. Or if anybody does, then it is no longer luxury.
Maturity is the ability to do a job whether you’re supervised or not; finish a job once it’s started; carry money without spending it. And last, but not the least, the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.
You shall pass through this world but once. Any good that you can do, or any kindness that you can show any human being, do it now and not deter it. For you shall not pass this way again.
Handling people need not be so difficult – all you need is exhaustible patience, unfailing insight, unshakable nervous stability, an unbreakable will, decisive judgment, infrangible physique, irrepressible spirits, plus unfeigned affection for all people – and an awful lot of experience.
If you want to be popular, live so that a blind person would like you. Lasting popularity depends not on a pretty face or being handsome, but upon inner qualities that communicate themselves to others through media other than sight. These personality assets are expressed through such things as a gentle voice, persistent friendliness, small kindness, thoughtfulness of the other fellow’s tender ego, deserved praise, excursions in encouragement.
Punctuation is troublesome for most people. According to the old legend, typesetters used to follow a simple rule: Set type as long as you can hold your breath without getting blue in the face, then put in a comma. When you yawn, put in a semi-colon, and when you want to sneeze, that’s time for a paragraph.
Most time is wasted, not in hours, but in minutes. A bucket with a small home in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately kicked over.
When Charles A. Beard, the famous historian, was asked if he could summarize the lessons of history in a single volume, he said he could do it in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
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