Silence, Guarded Speech

Wise men are silent.
Silence is often more eloquent than words.
Be not hasty with your tongue.

If words are silver, silence is gold.
Not all that is known should be said.

Silence is a wise thing, but they who observe it are few.
When the mind becomes large speech becomes little.
Restrain your tongue from saying anything but what is good.
An unguarded word may do you great harm.

A man who talks much is open to much blame.
The most faulty of men are they that are most loquacious in matters which do not concern them.

To guard his tongue is one of the best traits in a man's character.
Man is saved from much evil if he guard his tongue.

The tongue is a lion which must be chained, and a sharp sword which must be sheathed.
Nothing on earth is so deserving of a long imprisonment as the tongue.
Beware of saying anything of which you may be ashamed.
It is better to regret a thing which you did not say than a thing which you did say.

A slip of the foot is safer than a slip of the tongue.
A false step may break a bone which can be set, but a slip of the tongue cannot be undone.
A thrust of the tongue is sharper than the thrust of a lance.
A word may cause much trouble, destroy a home, or open a grave.
A great tree grows out of a small seed.

The difference between loquacity and silence is like the difference between the noisy frog and the silent whale.
Wisdom is made up of ten parts—nine of which are silence, and the tenth is brevity of language.

A man conceals his ignorance by his silence.
He who says what he should not say, will have to hear what he would not like to hear.

He who talks much does little.
What is said at night the day blots out.

Live a life that matters

Ready or not,
someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises,
no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected,
whether treasured or forgotten,
will pass to someone else.

Your wealth,
fame and temporal power
will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned
or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations,
and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans,
and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses
that once seemed so important
will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from,
or on what side of the tracks you lived,
at the end.

It won't matter whether
you were beautiful or brilliant

Even your gender and skin colour
will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought,
but what you built;
not what you got,
but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success,
but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned,
but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched,
empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence,
but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories,
but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

By Michael Josephson


A WomanTurns 50

A Woman had a facelift for her 50th birthday
She spends $15,000 and feels pretty good about the results.

On her way home, she stops at a news stand to buy a newspaper.
Before leaving, she says to the clerk, 'I hope you don't mind my asking, but how old do you think I am?'

'About 32,' is the reply.
'Nope! I'm exactly 50,' the woman says happily.

A little while later she goes into McDonald's and asks the counter girl the very same question.

The girl replies, 'I'd guess about 29.'
The woman replies with a big smile, 'Nope, I'm 50.'

Now she's feeling really good about herself.
She stops in a drug store on her way down the street..
She goes up to the counter to get some mints and asks the clerk this burning question.

The clerk responds, 'Oh, I'd say 30.
Again she proudly responds, 'I'm 50, but thank you!'

While waiting for the bus to go home, she asks an old man waiting next to her the same question.
He replies, 'I'm 78 and my eyesight is going.
Although, when I was young, there was a sure-fire way to tell how old a woman was.
It sounds very forward, but it requires you to let me put my hands under your bra.
Then, and only then can I tell you EXACTLY how old you are.'

They wait in silence on the empty street until her curiosity gets the best of her.

She finally blurts out, 'What the hell, go ahead.'

He slips both of his hands under her blouse and begins to feel around very slowly and carefully.
He bounces and weighs each breast and he gently pinches each nipple.
He pushes her breasts together and rubs them against each other.

After a couple of minutes of this, she says, 'Okay, okay....How old am I?'

He completes one last squeeze of her breasts, removes his hands, and says, 'Madam, you are 50.'

Stunned and amazed, the woman says, 'That was incredible, how could you tell?'

The old man says, 'Promise you won't get mad?'

'I promise I won't,' she says.

'I was behind you in McDonalds.'



Never go gloomy, use your mind,
Hope is a better companion than fear;

Providence, ever benignant and kind,
Gives with a smile what you take with a tear;

All will be right,
Look to the light.

Morning was ever the daughter of night;
All that was black will be all that is bright.

Many a foe is a friend in disguise,
Many a trouble a blessing most true,

Remember these words of wisdom and wise,
Your life will be easier and you will not be blue.

Never lose your hope, follow your plan
And live life doing all that you can


A Child to Love

You can have your wealth and riches

All the things so many seek,

Position, power, and success,

The fame you long to keep.

You can earn as much as you wish,

Reach a status high above,

But none of these can equal

Having one sweet child to love.

'Tis the greatest gift from heaven,

Little arms that hold you tight,

And a kiss so soft and gentle

When you tuck them in at night.

A million precious questions

And each story often read,

Two eyes so bright and smiling,

And a darling tousled head.

God has never matched the goodness

Of a trusting little face,

Or a heart so full of laughter

Spreading sunshine every place.

A child to hold and cuddle,

'Tis a gift from God above,

And the world is so much brighter

When you have a child to love.


A Creed to Live By

Don't undermine your worth by comparing
yourself with others,

It is because we are different that each
of us is special.

Don't set your goals by what other people
deem important,

Only you know what is best for you.

Don't take for granted the things closest
to your heart

Cling to that as you would your life, for without
them life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living
in the past or the future.

By living your life one day at a time, you live all the
days of your life.

Don't give up when you still have something to give

Nothing is really over … until the moment
you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less
than perfect,

It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Don't be afraid to encounter risks,

It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's
impossible to find.

The quickest way to receive love is to give love.

The fastest way to lose love is to hold on too tightly,

And the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don't dismiss your Dreams. To be without
dreams is to be without hope.

To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Don't run through life so fast that you forget
where you've been,

But also know where you're going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored
every step of the way.

Author Unknown


The art of Being Well

If you don’t want to be ill, …


Emotions and feelings that are hidden, repressed, end in illness as: gastritis, ulcer, lumbar pains, spinal.

With time, the repression of feelings degenerates to cancer. Then, we go to a confidante to share our intimacy,

our secret, our errors! The dialogue, the speech, the word is a powerful remedy and excellent therapy!

If you don’t want to be ill, …


The undecided person remains in doubt, in anxiety, in anguish. Indecision accumulates problems,

worries and aggressions. Human history is made of decisions. To decide is precisely to know to renounce,

to know how to lose some advantages and values, but then to win others. The undecided people are victims

of gastric ailments, nervous pains and problems of the skin.

If you don’t want to be ill, …


Negative people do not find solutions, they enlarge problems. They prefer lamentation, gossip, pessimism.

It is better to light a match than to regret the darkness. A bee is small, but produces one of the sweetest

things that exist. We are what we think. The negative thought generates negative energy that transforms into illness.

If you don’t want to be ill, …


One who hides reality pretends, poses, and always wants to give the impression of being well.

He wants to be seen as perfect, easy–going, etc. but is accumulating tons of weight. A bronze statue with feet of clay.

There is nothing worse for health than to live on appearances and fa├žades. These are people with a lot

of varnish and little root. Their destiny is the pharmacy, the hospital and pain.

If you don’t want to be ill, …


The refusal of acceptance and the absence of self–esteem makes us alienate ourselves. Being at one with ourselves is

the core of healthy life. They who do not accept this become envious, jealous, become imitators, become ultra–competitive

and destructive. Be accepted, accept that you are accepted, accept the criticisms. It is wisdom, good sense and good therapy.

If you don’t want to be ill, …


He who does not trust does not communicate, is not opened, is not related and does not create deep and stable relations,

does not know how to create true friendships. Without confidence, there is no relationship. Distrust is a lack of faith in you and in faith itself.

If you don’t want to be ill, …


Good humor, Laughter. Rest. Happiness. These things replenish Health and bring long life. The happy person has

the gift to improve the environment wherever they live. ‘Good humor saves us from the hands of the doctor!’

Happiness is health and therapy.

By Dr Drauzio Varella


Promise Yourself

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can
disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to
every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too
strong for fear, and to happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

The Optimist Creed
From The Optimist International



Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --