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We have called them "Tidbits" "Self Sayings" but now call them "LOUisms" - sayings we have collected over the years. Sayings with no tribute are mostly our own.

Maybe you will be inspired by some of them as we have been; maybe disgusted by others as we have been.

  1. Retired life’s tough, but somebody’s got to do it - Arizona Lou
  2. People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be – Abraham Lincoln
  3. Look at the doughnut! (not the hole)
  4. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... - Mark Twain
  5. ... So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
  6. For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working... then chances are you're not going to be very happy - Andy Rooney
  7. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product - Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you have
  9. Do what you can do...
  10. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there - Will Rogers.
  11. You can't do everything but you can start with one thing, so get going
  12. DON'T GIVE PEOPLE THINGS - GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITY.
  13. When you try to do something and fail you are vastly better off than when you try nothing and succeed, quoted by C. Darrell Guy, President Arizona Education Association 89,90
  14. WEAKNESS INVITES AGGRESSION AND STRENGTH STOPS IT.
  15. JUST FOR TODAY I'LL NOT IMPROVE ANYBODY EXCEPT MYSELF - ABIGAIL VANBUREN
  16. A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ME BEGINS NOW
  17. If you are on time, you are late. If you are early, you are on time. And if you are late, you are fired - Meshulam Riklis, head of McCrory stores
  18. We have the future in our hands
  19. Give people opportunity - not handouts
  20. To get things right in the long run - you often have to have a difficult time in the short term - Margaret Thatcher
  21. You must accept the consequences of your own irresponsibility - Margaret Thatcher
  22. You are accountable because you have freedom - Margaret Thatcher
  23. You must always make certain that the terrorist does not think he has gotten your morale - your spirit - Margaret Thatcher
  24. My creed is just to get things done. - Margaret Thatcher
  25. One man can make a difference, and every man can try. - JFK
  26. Imagination is more important than Knowledge... Albert Einstein
  27. It's not the situation that's causing your stress; it's your thoughts - Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
  28. If you don't have the guts to hold someone accountable for his imprudence, how can he learn to do better? - Economist Walter E. Williams
  29. Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done. Al Bernstein
  30. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want - Dan Stanford
  31. We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard - J.F. Kennedy, 1961
  32. We all live under the same sky, but we don't have the same horizon - Konrad Adenauer
  33. The way someone responds to you is more a function of his style than of you as a person or of your style.
  34. It is a lot easier to change your expectation of another person than it is to change the person.
  35. Lives based upon having, are less free than lives based either on doing or being. - William James
  36. Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you just have to do it right. - Winston Churchill
  37. You can not teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself - Galileo
  38. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment
  39. Democracy does not guarantee equality, only equality of opportunity - Irving Kristol
  40. You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose - Lou Holtz
  41. The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it
  42. You can get everything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want in life - Carl Sewell, author of Customers for Life
  43. I enjoy learning, but I dislike being taught. - Winston Churchill
  44. I never know anyone who was good at giving excuses who was good at anything else - Ben Franklin
  45. Any society that would give up liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both - Ben Franklin
  46. It doesn’t always matter what is best, but rather, what is done.
  47. When politicians see the light at the end of the tunnel, they appropriate more money to build some more tunnel.
  48. Serenity Prayer. It goes, "God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the strength to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference."
  49. Listen boys, you can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old - George Burns at 100
  50. You can't make chicken pie out of chicken shit
  51. It's hard to make chicken pie out of chicken shit
  52. Find something you are good at and have fun doing it - Amelia Earhart
  53. Vision without action is a day dream; Action without vision is a nightmare - Chinese saying
  54. Indecision is often worse than the wrong decision - Barnum
  55. Money is a wonderful slave but it's a horrible master - P.T. Barnum
  56. Raising a child is a lot like teaching a child to ride a bike. The trick is knowing when to hold on and when to let go - Joan Saxon
  57. The goal when you are raising a child is to have an adult when you're done - Dave Ramsey
  58. Some rich people have the illusion that they can out-earn their stupidity and immaturity
  59. Never say "No" when a client asks for something, even if it's the moon. You can always try. Anyhow, there is plenty of time later to explain why it was not possible. - Caesar Ritz, Switz, cow herder who created the Ritz hotels.
  60. The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision - Helen Keller
  61. The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem as you had last year - Phillip Brooks - (i.e. everybody should expect tough problems)
  62. I've never been poor, I've only been broke. Poor is a state of mind - Mike Tod
  63. There are three types of people in this world: Thos who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened - Mary Kay Ash
  64. What we see depends mainly on what we look for - John Levet (sp?)
  65. He who has the most information in a negotiation wins - Roger Fisher, author of The Harvard Negotiations Project
  66. Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill

            Failure vs success:
  67. To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing - Aristotle
  68. The only way to find success is to risk failure - Mike Wistubur;
  69. The greatest failure would be not to try at all; Good enough, never is - Debbi Fields (Mrs. Field's Cookies)
  70. You never fail as long as you learn.
  71. Two kinds of people do not do well: Those who do not do what they're told and those who do nothing more
  72. Do not persist in folly. It is not a badge of character to continue down the wrong road – Helen Keller
  73. Those who never make mistakes work for those of us who do - Henry Ford
  74. One of the nicest things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations. - Steve Allen
  75. If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time - Unknown
  76. If you can take the worst then take the risk - Joyce Brothers
  77. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men full of talent -Calvin Coolidge - (persistence & determination needed)
  78. In life you miss 100% of the shots you do not take - Roger Crawford w one leg, no forearms, or real hands.
  79. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  80. Always stumble, but never fall, attributed to Merlin - Deepak Chopra
  81. I can not give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is, Try to appease everybody
  82. MOTIVATION is greatest when success is neither a certainty nor an impossibility. Just have a sense that you can achieve your goals
  83. You’ll always pass failure on the way to success - Mickey Rooney
  84. The dictionary is the only place where you’ll find SUCCESS before WORK
  85. If you succeed in all you do, it's a sure sign you're not reaching high enough - Richard? Feldman?
  86. You're making progress if each mistake is a new one - Ken Colburn
  87. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently - Henry Ford
  88. Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try. - United Technical Corporation
  89. Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm - Winston Churchill
  90. When you try to do something and fail you are vastly better off than when you try nothing and succeed - quoted by C. Darrell Guy, Pres AEA 89,90
  91. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN POSSIBLY FAIL IS TO QUIT - Dennis Van Roekel's parents, '87 AEA & NEA Pres.
  92. The harder you fall the higher you bounce (American proverb)
  93. We have 40 million reasons for failure, but not one excuse - Rudyard Kipling
  94. We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were. - Natash Jasefowitz
  95. Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  96. It's not over until it's over
  97. go out with a bang, not a fizzle
  98. YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK
  99. DEPEND ON YOURSELF AND NO ONE ELSE
  100. WE GO BY WHAT WE SEE YOU DO, NOT WHAT YOU SAY YOU'LL DO
  101. It's "fair" if everyone is treated the same
  102. There is no easy way to excellence - Richard Nixon
  103. BE THE FIRST ONE... TO TELL IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM
  104. ORGANIZE FIRST - BREAK DOWN A BIG JOB INTO LITTLE JOBS, USE A CALENDAR
  105. PLAN SUCCESS! Where you are going is more important than how fast you are going.
  106. ACCEPT YOURSELF - DON'T TRY TO BE SOMETHING YOU AREN'T
  107. CONTROL YOUR CURIOSITY: HOOKED ON TV SHOW; GOSSIP; GETTING IN TO THINGS
  108. SAY "NO" AND STAND A LITTLE TALLER
  109. STARTING IS HALF THE JOB
  110. EVERYBODY GETS TEASED
  111. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF - DON'T MISS ONE DAY OF SCHOOL.
  112. WITHOUT GOOD HEALTH HAPPINESS IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.

            School and being a student:
  113. Academic Excellence has nothing to do with A's & B's, but with all kids reaching their greatest personal achievement level. - Dick Buscher.
  114. YOU'VE LOST EVERYTHING WHEN YOU'VE LOST YOUR CREDIBILITY
  115. YOUR EDUCATION IS YOUR FUTURE
  116. YOU ARE CHOOSING YOUR FUTURE WHEN YOU CHOSE YOUR FRIENDS
  117. SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEIR MISTAKES: IBM EXECUTIVE LOST $2 MILLION, WANTED TO RESIGN, BOSS SAID, "NO, WE JUST SPEND $2M EDUCATING YOU."
  118. Nobody gets their own way, so don't expect it.
  119. Everyone has handicaps: yours can make you weaker or stronger
  120. THE WAY TO SUCCEED IS TO DOUBLE YOUR FAILURE RATE - THOMAS J. WATSON, FOUNDER OF IBM
  121. GIVE SOLUTIONS NOT EXCUSES
  122. Winners are losers who got up and gave it just one more try - Kristin Alexander (died of brain cancer at 12)
  123. DREAM A LITTLE EACH DAY (SPEND SOME TIME ALONE WITH YOUR THOUGHTS)
  124. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all - C. W. Metcalf
  125. YOUR PARENTS ARE ON YOUR SIDE
  126. Trust yourself. You know more that you think you do - Benjamin Spock, M.D.
  127. SOLVE THE LITTLE PROBLEMS, THEY GROW LIKE WEEDS
  128. YOU CAN BE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY OR YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND
  129. WRITE IT DOWN IF YOU NEED TO REMEMBER IT
  130. Surprise yourself: ACT like a good student: pencil, paper, study time/place, anticipate...
  131. GIVE YOURSELF A TIME LIMIT BEFORE YOU START A JOB
  132. MEMORIZE THE ALPHABET IN REVERSE: Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A
  133. ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER TO BE EXCELLENT (NO PUTDOWNS)
  134. SAY "OK" WHEN CORRECTED (OR "I'LL TRY")
  135. DEVELOP YOUR OWN STANDARDS AND STICK WITH THEM: DECIDE BEFORE YOU'RE ASKED ABOUT
  136. YOUR FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS ONLY IF THEY LIKE YOU AFTER YOU SAY, "NO"
  137. FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION AND LET NOTHING SLIP PAST YOU
  138. YOU LEARN NOTHING WHILE TALKING or YOU LEARN WHILE LISTENING
  139. DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR EDUCATION: NEVER JUST SIT (IN A CLASS) (BRAIN FRICTION)
  140. ENJOY BEING YOUR OWN AGE & SPREAD SMILES (LET OTHERS SEE YOUR PLEASANT SIDE)
  141. Polite persistence pays with parents, teachers and others
  142. ACT ON YOUR OWN DESTINY
  143. IF IN DOUBT, DO IT! (ACADEMICS)
  144. FOCUS ON THE JOB, NOT THE BLAME
  145. YOU CAN MAKE UP THE CREDIT BUT YOU CAN NEVER MAKE UP THE EXPERIENCE IF YOU MISS SCHOOL.
  146. GETTING AN EDUCATION IS LIKE BUILDING A HOUSE. DAILY JOB: FUNNY IF ONE WALL UNDONE. DON'T LIKE THAT PART (NAILS) BUT LOVE ROOFING
  147. ADVICE: WISE MEN DON'T NEED IT & FOOLS WON'T HEED IT.
  148. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR OWN GRADE
  149. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE ASSIGNMENT: TREAT THIS (EACH) ASSIGNMENT AS IF IT IS THE LAST CHANCE TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADE, BECAUSE IT IS THE LAST CHANCE YOU WILL HAVE TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADE WITH THIS ASSIGNMENT.
  150. NOW YOU'RE NOT JUST IN SCHOOL - YOU'RE IN SCIENCE
  151. Following instructions means making yourself do what you don't want to do
  152. We need to make a special effort to help kids feel good about themselves when they fail, rather than prending they are successful when they are not.
  153. If your output exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.
  154. Hard now and easy later or easy now and realy hard later - Dr. Henry Cloud; True with life, money, relationships and EVERYTHING
  155. FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real - Dave Ramsey
  156. Scientists have discovered three New Elements. Here's a summary of what they found.
    • 2010 New Year's Thoughts:
    • Life is sexually transmitted.
    • Good health is simply the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
    • Give a person a fish and you can feed them for a day; Teach them to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
    • Some people are like a Slinky; not good for anything, but you still can't help smile when you shove them down a stair.
    • Health nuts are going to feel stupid some day lying in a hospital dieing of nothing. - Red Fox
  157. What you're willing to DO to hit your goals is not nearly as important as what you're willing to GIVE UP...You WILL pay a price of some kind to hit your goals. - Dave Ramsey
  158. When you get desperate is right before you get stupid. Stupid runs around with Desperate. - Dave Ramsey
  159. The American Republic will endure until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. (Variant of : Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government…the majority always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the treasury with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy) - Alexander Fraser Tyler (1747-1813)
  160. Compassionate broke people are what are known as liberals. They like to be righteous with other people's money. - Dave Ramsey
  161. Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill
  162. I am NOT impressed with what people own. But I AM impressed with what they achieve - Ken's dad in Thomas J. Stanley's The Millionaire Next Door
  163. Money is icing on the cake of life - Thomas J. Stanley
  164. Failure is a better teacher than success - Vinit Desai
  165. Uninterrupted success is less satisfying than success intertwined with failure.
  166. If you're never sad, you'll never be happy; paraphrased from, "To be truly happy you must first be sad" - Winston Churchill
  167. The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it - William James (1842-1910; lived 100 years ahead of Arizona Lou)
  168. You can't fix stupid, but you can vote them out of office - sign at an auto repair shop in LA
  169. Big Hat; No Cattle - Texas expression for those who are showy but have no substance or those who are in debt with lots of stuff but little net worth.
  170. All Flash; No Cash - the way most people look in their new cars
  171. Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits - Thomas Edison
  172. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. - Elbert Hubbard
  173. Part of the beauty of family is you get to hang out with people that you otherwise wouldn't. - Dave Ramsey
  174. When we filanny learn what most of life is all about, most of it is gone - "Hatteras Jack" Jack Kepler at 81
  175. Try again: fail: fail better - Samuel Becket
  176. A safe flight is no accident - Pat Shaub (Neither is a safe drive; or a safe kite session)
  177. Death is very likely the single best invention of Life... Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. - Steve Jobs; combined quotes; died 10/5/2011 at 56.
  178. People who win the lotto don't usually end up winning at life, because they don't change the habits that caused them to buy [lottery] tickets in the first place - Dave Ramsey
  179. Five years from now you will be making the same amount of money, doing the same job, having the same problems you have, except for the books you read and the people who you meet. - Charlie Tremendous Jones
  180. Some people go through life looking to be offended (or upset), and they're usually successful.
  181. There is nothing as solid as the bottom - Dave Ramsey
  182. Leaders are brokers of hope - Napoleon
  183. 80% perfect and published [completed] always changes 100% more lives than 100% perfict and stuck in my head - Jon Acuff
  184. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work - Thomas Edison
  185. People prosper when they behave decently and honorably toward one another and live among others who conduct themselves similarly. - Danial Lapin
  186. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. - David Brinkley
  187. Government of the duds, by the duds, and for the duds - Winsoon Churchill
  188. All men are created equal' says the American Declaration of Independence. 'All men shall be kept equal' say the Socialists.
  189. If I'm going to enjoy everything, I've got to enjoy being old, don't I? - Phillip Johnson, architect; never retired; died in 2005 at 99.
  190. I sacrificed to get here - is what you tell people who think you should give them some of your stuff when they didn't.
  191. One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. - Merle Shain (F)
  192. Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas - Japanese proverb [as in Christianity vs. science]
  193. I don't know the secret to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone - Bill Cosby
  194. You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want - Zig Ziglar, died Nov 28, 2012 at 86
  195. Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted - Randy Pausch (died at 48 in 2008)
  196. I've looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm about to do today? and whenever the answer has been No too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.- Steve Jobs, since he was 17; died 10/5/2011 at 56.
  197. Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done. - Justice Louis Brandeis 1856 — 1941
  198. As I get older, do more... or do less... But do it with style!
  199. Chance favors only prepared minds. - Louis Pasteur
  200. Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere - Albert Einstein
  201. Problems do not go away. They must be worked through [confronted] or else they remain, forever... M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
  202. When people feel uncertain, they'd rather have somebody that's strong and wrong than somebody who's weak and right - Bill Clinton
  203. If you can't be right, BE LOUD - John Vorhaus [Don't let loud bullies push you around.]
  204. If you think you would be happier with your life if you were more successful, you have things backward - Dr. Wolf J. Rinke
  205. If I'd asked customers what they wanted they would've said a faster horse - Henry Ford, about designing the first Model T
  206. Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy - Heraclitus, Greek philosopher
  207. All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work - Calvin Coolidge
  208. You can't do it without doing it - Paul Smith
  209. You're not going to get the butt you want by sitting on the butt you have - unknown
  210. God made man, took one look and said, "I can do better than that" - and made woman. - Mary Crowley (1915-1986)
  211. Success is not money in the bank, or the car you drive, or the clothes that you wear or your status in the community, but success is really the ratio between what you have done and what you can do - Mary Crowley (1915-1986)
  212. Sometimes you have to chop fingers off to start thinking - Richard Van As (3-D printing body parts video)
  213. Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk - James Cash Penny Jr
  214. Today's actions create tomorrow's results - Andy Andrews
  215. Every silver lining has a cloud - Mary K Ash?
  216. Don't grumble if you didn't get what you want. Be thankful you didn't get what you deserve - church marquee in Phoenix
  217. Not planning... is planning to fail - Dave Ramsey, at an EntreLeadership conference 11/8/13
  218. Have a plan. Emotion is NOT a plan - Clark Howard
  219. The trick with Warren Buffett is, the stock market is not his master. It is his servant - Robert Hagstrom
  220. We [men] are handicapped when it comes to arguing [with women] because we have a need to make sense - Chris Rock-->
  221. The only people who do not have problems are those in the cemeteries - Norman Vincent Peale
  222. If you're not sure why you're doing something, you can never do enough of it - David Allen
  223. Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest - then we can all die laughing - Lily Tomlin
  224. It is easier to act yourself into a better way of feeling than to feel yourself into a better way of acting - O H Mowrer
  225. Every human being has the same intrinsic value, but not the same income, because they don't bring the same value into the marketplace.
  226. Luck... is often a euphemism for laziness - Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and author
  227. Your goal as parents is not to raise great kids. It's to raise great adults. - Andy Andrews
  228. If you can't write it down, you haven't thought it through. - Warren Buffett
    • Yogi-isms, all from Yogi Berra
    • "You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."
    • "The future ain't what it used to be."
    • "We made too many wrong mistakes."
    • "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
    • "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
  229. Rub your nose in your own mistakes. [Don't dwell on them, but learn from them and go on]. - Charlie Munger, partner of Warren Buffett
  230. Good intentions can never take the place of bad judgement - Stephen R Covey
  231. The best way to be smart is to avoid being stupid. - Tren Griffin
  232. Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face - Otto Graham
  233. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right - Henry Ford
  234. The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.' - Rayna Butler
  235. Creativity is dreaming while you're awake - Robert Mankoff
  236. If you're not offending someone, you're not accomplishing anything - inspired by Mario
  237. Creativity is dreaming while you're awake - Robert Mankoff
  238. We must look a long time before we can see - Henry David Thoreau
  239. Growing old is compulsory; growing up is optional - Bob Monkhouse
  240. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - Muhammad Ali
  241. There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them - Louis Armstrong
  242. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - Henry David Thoreau
  243. One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure - John Gardner
  244. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done - Lucille Ball
  245. Ten years from now, what will you be glad you did? - Blaine Lee [Use his 10-year rule when making a difficult choice]
  246. People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. - F. Matthias Alexander
  247. You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill
  248. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. - Golda Meir
  249. Passion only gets you so far. Execution is what really matters. PLAN HOW am I going to do the things I need to do to get where I want to be. - Debbie Meyer
  250. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly - Dalai Lama
  251. If you can't make mistakes, you can't make decisions. - Warren Buffett

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