My mother, the philosopher...
I remember many things my mother said, because she said them often. I am grateful for these early "lessons" in philosophy.
“Act the way you want to be, and soon you’ll be the way you act.”
“People residing in glass houses should refrain from throwing hard obstacles.” (It took me a while to understand this one).
“It’s the purpose of teenagers to rebel.”
“Children should be seen and heard.”
“When parents say to their children, ‘Act your age,’ they don’t see that the children are acting their age.”
“We’re all here to leave the world a little bit better place than we found it.”
“The world doesn’t owe us a living.”
“Don’t be an iconoclast.” (I was rather argumentative as a child and young teenager).
“Politeness is the grease that helps us get along better.”
“You can be dead right or dead wrong. But both ways you’re dead,” (usually spoken with regard to driving a car).
“Remember, there’s over a million dollars in this car,” (emphasizing love for us and the need for safety when we went driving).
“I am captain of my fate, I am the master of my soul; and I thank what Gods may be for my unconquerable soul.”
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow as night follows day, thou then cannot be false to any man.”
“Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.”
“Oh joy! Oh rapture! Unforeseen!”
“When the sun in the morning peeps over the hill and kisses the roses on my windowsill…” (singing).
“Whatever things are lovely, think on these things.”
“A person is about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
“People make their own good luck.”
“Wherever you go, you can find friends.”
“By and large, people are decent.”