General Wisdom

Curious Things and People

Have you gone through your attic lately? Some of the most interesting stories revolve around the unusual. Sometimes enormously valuable things that can turn up in a dark corner of an attic or basement. For example, those paintings that turned up in California some time back, priceless masterpieces, hiding their glory under the dust of…

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Our Debt to the Native Americans

Have you ever thought about why the United States is so distinctively different from any other country on earth? Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s because of the Native Americans. This is why America is not a carbon copy of the European countries where most Americans came from. Nearly everything different about this country is…

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Enjoy The Present

George Santayana once wrote, “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.” A statement like this can shake a person. Have you ever thought about how much time we waste? How much unhappiness do we bring upon ourselves by worrying about the future? Think about the time we spend reliving…

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Appreciation Comes First

The morale of people is a significant problem with all of us. Businessmen want their employees’ morale to be high; wives want the morale of their husbands and children to be high, and the husband feels the same way about his wife and children. All of us want to have high morale, to feel satisfied…

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Another Fortune Teller

The trouble with people is not their ability to reach their goals, but rather to establish them. People can achieve that which they want to accomplish if they’ll decide on something and stay with it. I was again reminded of this when I received an interesting story from a listener. When President Kennedy took office,…

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Just Fifteen Percent

The Carnegie Institute once analyzed the records of ten thousand persons. They reported that only fifteen percent of success is due to technical training. While eighty-five percent of success rests upon personality factors. The records come from 75 companies. H. Chandler Hunt, a Connecticut educator, learned why approximately four thousand employees lost their jobs in…

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Learn to Forget

I ran across something I enjoyed reading by the well-known psychiatrist, author, and lecturer, Dr. David Harold Fink. It was a short piece called “A Doctor’s Diagnosis: LEARN TO FORGET.” The doctor points out that if you want to become a real person, and hence a likable person, you must practice living in the here…

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The Effects of Prohibition

There is no person on earth to fear or avoid more than a bitter, narrow-minded, so-called moralist who thinks that his opinions should be forced upon everyone else. This is the kind of person who believes that every human on earth should believe as he believes. This has caused untold horror in the world. These…

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What Do You Do With Time?

I recently read in “Quote Magazine” about a Chinese gentleman who was shown around an American house. He listened patiently to explanations of the purpose of each timesaving gadget. At the end of this enlightening tour, he asked, “what do you do with all the time you save?” What do you suppose the answer was?…

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Successful People

One of the most interesting subjects for research and study are successful people. Do you know what makes one person what they call successful and another unsuccessful? Every town, city, village, and rural area in the country has its successful people. Some come from fine families with excellent educational backgrounds and some from broken homes…

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