1. Blowing out the other person's candle won't make yours shine any brighter.

  2. Some folks demand the benefit of the doubt when there isn't any.

  3. If you were arrested for being kind, would enough evidence be found to convict you?

  4. When in doubt, tell the truth.

  5. The thing to try when all else fails is again.

  6. Teenagers are young people who get too much of everything, including criticism.

  7. Being diplomatic is telling your boss he has an open mind instead of pointing out that he has a hole in his head.

  8. Be kind to unkind people -- they need it the most.

  9. Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.

  10. A smile is the base language of diplomacy that even babies understand.

  11. When a conference of diplomats announces that they have agreed in principle, it means that nothing has been done.

  12. If a diplomat says yes, they mean perhaps; when they say perhaps, they mean no; and if they say no, they're no diplomat.

  13. You can't get anywhere unless you start.

  14. Think of doubt as an invitation to think.

  15. Just over the hill is a beautiful valley, but you must climb the hill to see it.

  16. Do it now! Today will be yesterday tomorrow.

  17. Action is what you don't take when the other guy is bigger than you.

  18. If you're going to climb, you've got to grab the branches, not the blossoms.

  19. Business is like a wheelbarrow -- it stands still unless somebody pushes it.

  20. We can give advice but we can't give the wisdom to profit from it.

  21. Diplomacy is the art of saying things in such a way that nobody knows exactly what you are saying.

  22. Don't mind criticism. If it's untrue, disregard it; if it's unfair, keep from irritation; if it's ignorant, smile; and if it's justified, learn from it.

  23. When an argument flares up, the wise person quenches it with silence.

  24. The courage to speak must be matched by the wisdom to listen.

  25. Wisdom is knowledge in action.

  26. Knowledge can come by taking things apart, but wisdom comes by putting things together.

  27. You may not be very wise, but if you manage to keep your mouth shut you can fool a lot of people.

  28. One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness; it usually comes back to you.

  29. Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but for having faults different from your own.

  30. When in doubt, don't.

  31. Any simple idea will be worded in the most complicated way.

  32. Any system that depends on human reliability is unreliable.

  33. Anything can be made to work if you fiddle with it long enough.

  34. Apathy is the worlds fastest growing disease. But who cares?

  35. Appearances often are deceiving.

  36. Dog biscuits are made from collie flour?

  37. As I was saying, I hate it when people don't finish their...

  38. Attitude determines your altitude.

  39. Average is as close to the bottom as to the top.

  40. Any government that is strong enough to give the people everything they want is a government that's strong enough to take it away.

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