Wisdom

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A recent seminary graduate with an advanced degree in sociology was called on to deliver a speech to a group of seniors in a retirement community. For what seemed like an eternity to some in the audience, the young man lectured the seniors on “The Art of Living.” When the talk was over, an eighty-eight-year-old …

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An anonymous writer has given us this story of an American tourist’s visit to the 19th century Polish Rabbi, Hofetz Chaim, who was looked upon by the people of his time as an extremely wise and saintly person. On his arrival at the rabbi’s residence, the tourist was astonished to discover that it consisted only …

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“If there is any one of you who needs wisdom, ask God, who gives to all freely and ungrudgingly” (James 1:5). Every night, a father would quiz his son on the boy’s homework assignment. If he couldn’t answer a question correctly, the young man was instructed to look the answer up in his text book. …

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Degas, the great French artist and master of the subtle tones of grey and pink, was once asked, “What do you mix your colors with?” He replied, “With brains.” In blending the colors of life we also must mix them “with brains.” There are pink days when we experience bright joys and brilliant hopes. There …

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A woman of advanced age began to have hearing problems. Reluctantly she gave in to suggestions from family members that she consult an ear specialist. After the doctor had made a thorough examination of the woman’s ears, he said to her, “You have a condition which can be corrected by minor surgery. I suggest we …

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Short Shorts | Wisdom | Youth

FATHER’S ADVICE TO TEEN-AGE SON Maybe you should start shifting for yourself now while you still know everything.

Knowledge | Wisdom

DO AS I DO An old lady was leaving church after a service which was very well attended. Getting out the door was taking a bit of time because of the large numbers. She was overheard saying, “If everybody else would only do as I do, and stay quietly in their seats till every one …

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Grief | Joy | Wisdom

THE PAIN OF FOLLY: CHAGRIN V S. PLEASURE Benjamin Franklin didn’t write much about his childhood — but he did include the following lines: When I was a child of seven years old, my friends, on a holiday, filled my pockets with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children, …

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