Advisory Quotes

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Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.

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If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.


Never be too big to look up to someone.


Never dull your shine for somebody else.

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Grow angry slowly—there's plenty of time.


Be not merely good; be good for something.
Think before you speak.  Read before you think.


Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.
What's done to children, they will do to society.


You never find yourself until you face the truth.


Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.

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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.


Don't live high on the hog if all you have is a chicken.
A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.


If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.


Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

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Whatever you do, kid—always serve it with a little dressing.
If you want to catch a trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.
Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
Make sure your goal isn't just a means masquerading as an end.
If you can't add to the discussion, don't subtract by talking.

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Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.


If by nature you are volcanoes, at least be only smoldering ones.
Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people.

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Facing it—always facing it—that's the way to get through. Face it!


Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.
Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.
When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.


You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper.


A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.


If you can't hold children in your arms, please hold them in your heart.


If you want work well done, select a busy man—the other kind has no time.


The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.


The best things you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.


Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
— Chinese proverb

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The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.


Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn't poor.

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Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.


It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person—"Always do what you are afraid to do."
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels.  The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.


Be winged arrows, aiming at fulfillment and goal, even though you will tire without having reached the mark.

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Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.

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A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
If you have got a living force and you're not using it, nature kicks you back.  The blood boils just like you put it in a pot.
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate—that's my philosophy.
To keep your marriage brimming, 
With love in the loving cup, 
Whenever you're wrong, admit it; 
Whenever you're right, shut up.

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Why not be oneself?  That is the whole secret of a successful appearance.  If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?

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Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry.

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We must live as we ride; be supple, avoid checking our steed without need, hold the bridle lightly, go ahead when the wind is favorable.
Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lay down with a woman who's got more troubles than you.
Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.

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Be neither too early in the fashion, nor too long out of it, nor too precisely in it...where the eye is the jury, thy apparel is the evidence.
Don't be a pawn in somebody's game....  Find the attitude which gives you the maximum strength and the maximum dignity, no matter what else is going on.
It is a little embarrassing that, after forty-five years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other.

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Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely, gallantly, as a splendid adventure, in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and to lose many a battle.
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and, when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you.  You cannot defeat me."

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One of the best things you can do in life is to surround yourself with people who are better than you are. High-grade people. You will end up behaving more like them, and they, in turn, will get it back from you. It's like a planetary system. If you hang around with people who behave worse than you, pretty soon you'll start being pulled in that direction. That's just the way it seems to work. Who you choose to associate with matters.