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Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday

MichaelAnthony 03 Oct 00 - 05:06 PM
GUEST,Ian 03 Oct 00 - 04:57 PM
SINSULL 03 Oct 00 - 04:38 PM
paddymac 03 Oct 00 - 04:23 PM
Uncle_DaveO 03 Oct 00 - 12:05 PM
SINSULL 03 Oct 00 - 11:52 AM
M.Ted 03 Oct 00 - 11:17 AM
hrodelbert 02 Oct 00 - 09:38 PM
Mbo 02 Oct 00 - 08:58 PM
Marion 02 Oct 00 - 08:50 PM
Cool Beans 02 Oct 00 - 08:39 PM
Bert 02 Oct 00 - 03:28 PM
GUEST 02 Oct 00 - 02:24 PM
mousethief 02 Oct 00 - 01:37 PM
jeffp 02 Oct 00 - 09:35 AM
Willie-O 02 Oct 00 - 08:26 AM
GUEST,Bill Foster 02 Oct 00 - 07:28 AM
DonMeixner 02 Oct 00 - 12:51 AM
Troll 02 Oct 00 - 12:10 AM
rabbitrunning 01 Oct 00 - 11:09 PM
WyoWoman 01 Oct 00 - 03:44 PM
Kara 01 Oct 00 - 04:49 AM
MichaelAnthony 01 Oct 00 - 04:46 AM
Terry K 01 Oct 00 - 02:18 AM
Rich(bodhránai gan ciall) 01 Oct 00 - 12:48 AM
CarolC 30 Sep 00 - 11:37 PM
catspaw49 30 Sep 00 - 11:21 PM
Biskit 30 Sep 00 - 10:55 PM
Ferrara 30 Sep 00 - 08:33 PM
GUEST,Greyeyes 30 Sep 00 - 08:13 PM
Wavestar 30 Sep 00 - 08:12 PM
Micca 30 Sep 00 - 07:46 PM
DougR 30 Sep 00 - 07:35 PM
GUEST,Greyeyes 30 Sep 00 - 07:31 PM
McGrath of Harlow 30 Sep 00 - 07:17 PM
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WyoWoman 30 Sep 00 - 05:33 PM
Banjer 30 Sep 00 - 05:20 PM
GospelPicker (inactive) 30 Sep 00 - 05:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 05:06 PM

My grandmother said something similiar: "It's always better to push a pencil" than to work in the mines like her husband and everyone else around.

Like everything else, it's true and not true at the same time.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 04:57 PM

As a 60+ year-old the only advice that I can remember being given before I was 18 was from a black-smith, my uncle, who said "Get a job that does'nt get your hands dirty" - thats a translation what he actually said was "git a joab that disna git heants diarty". I followed his advice and have enjoyed my work all my life.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 04:38 PM

Oh what's the point. No matter what you tell them, they will go their own way, make their own mistakes and hopefully learn from them or not depending on how hard headed they are. As we all did. So the best advice:
"Learn from your mistakes"


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: paddymac
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 04:23 PM

The most important thing to know is what you don't know.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 12:05 PM

"If at first you don't succeed--better not try sky-diving."

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 11:52 AM

My son received a little red plaid book for his 18th birthday. I think it's called "Life's Little Rule Book". I will have to look. It covers all of the above and more and sells in paperback for about $5.

Banjer - Mr. Hankey? Is he related to South Park's Mr. Hankey or just an unfortunate coincidence?

How about a copy of "If". I always liked the line "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you..."


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: M.Ted
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 11:17 AM

Guest must not remember that they did lower the drinking age to the go out and die for you country age (18, which was actually lower that the draft age, which was 18 and 6 months) and they got tired of kids going out, getting drunk, and killing themselves and others--and raised the drinking age up again--

Anyway, these days, no one gets drafted into the Army, and they don't really even want the average drunken 18 year-old--they prefer older, better educated types--they don't want anyone who isn't as smart as the smart bombs


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: hrodelbert
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 09:38 PM

If at first you don't succeed you are running about average Hrodelbert


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Mbo
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 08:58 PM

"And remember
The truth that once was spoken
To love another person is to see the face of God"


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Marion
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 08:50 PM

"Love, and do whatever you want." St. Augustine


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Cool Beans
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 08:39 PM

Don't screw up on a slow news day. (I must remember to tell my 19-year-old daughter that.)


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Bert
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 03:28 PM

The advice I'd give to a lot of the kids I see nowadays would be. "Do SOMETHING"


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 02:24 PM

You cannot achieve the impossible without attempting the absurd. -- ???

I want to live my life so that my nights are full of regrets. -- Fitzgerald (F. Scott?)

On a more realistic level: If you're a U.S. citizen, I would lobby all my friends and get the drinking age changed to 18 nationwide. It makes no sense that at 18 you can be involuntarily pressed into the service of your country to risk your life for whatever special interest the President and Congress deem appropriate, but you can't walk into a bar and legally buy a beer.

That or raise the mandatory age for draft registration to 21.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: mousethief
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 01:37 PM

Nobody, on his (her) deathbed, looks back and thinks,
--I wish I had spent more time at work instead of with my friends and family
--I wish I had been nastier to people
--I wish I had been more arrogant and less humble
--I wish I had concentrated more on things and less on people

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: jeffp
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 09:35 AM

Getting older is inevitable; growing up is optional

You will get farther if you are smarter than you look. Of course, it is usually easier to look dumber than you actually are. -- paraphrased from Piet Hein


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Willie-O
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 08:26 AM

Paraphrasing Doc Watson: "Don't get yourself all wrapped up in stuff that when you look at it don't mean nothing."

(Doc used better grammar).

Merlin, as quoted by Mary Stewart: "I have never understood why any skilled craftsman, surrounded by the tools of his trade, should stand in awe of a wizard."

Learn an honest trade that fulfills a useful purpose.

] W-O


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GUEST,Bill Foster
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 07:28 AM

From my Grandfather, Garland Foster (1877-1960): *Find y'self a job you love, and you won't never have to work again. . . .*


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 12:51 AM

My Grandmother told me when I graduated high school.

"Of you don't plan on being rich, learn to be polite."

I say" Pay attention to your Dad's best friend, it'll be the same good advice but it will hurt less to take it."


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Troll
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 12:10 AM

Keep as much time as possible between your big mistakes.

troll


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 11:09 PM

My mom's words of wisdom for the parents of eighteen year olds is "just because they tell you they're not listening doesn't mean that they didn't hear you say it."

My own take on this, recently, to a nineteen year old nephew, is that the difference between nineteen and forty isn't intelligence, it's experience. The forty year old has already pulled that dumb stunt and remembers how not to do it again.

At least, most forty year olds. [grin]


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: WyoWoman
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 03:44 PM

Find what you love and do it 'til you drop.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Kara
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 04:49 AM

Luckily I am not the parent of said 18 year old boy, and gave him his bits of advice on little scrolls hidden in a big box of sweets. He seemed to take the sweet very well, he says he will read the advice later. But still keep those gems coming , I might need them myself.
Kara


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 04:46 AM

No matter what you do, there will be those who don't approve of it. So might as well do what you really want to.

Be yourself, and you will have no competition. Just try to get closer and closer to that essence.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Terry K
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 02:18 AM

My boy Stuart is 18 TODAY!!!

If I told him all this stuff he would probably reply "Yeah yeah dad, whatever" or something like that.

I have nothing to pass on to him but my example, good or bad. He's a great kid - er, make that adult - with all of his life ahead of him. I'm insanely jealous!

Cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Rich(bodhránai gan ciall)
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 12:48 AM

Write your epitaph on your tombstone now and decide whether it should read;

"He had a job that paid him plenty but he hated going to work every day"

or

"He enjoyed his work"


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: CarolC
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 11:37 PM

This is my favorite advice that I give to my son, who will be 18 next July.

"Do what you love, and you will do it well"

He's doing pretty ok, and he loves his life.

Carol


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 11:21 PM

"There is only what is. What should be never existed."
.............20th Century Philosopher, Leonard A. Schneider

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Biskit
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 10:55 PM

The other Carpenter Rule:Try to be smarter than the piece of wood you're tryin' to cut. -Biskit-


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Ferrara
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 08:33 PM

Bill's own favorite carpentry saying: "I cut it off three times and it's still too short."


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GUEST,Greyeyes
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 08:13 PM

Quoted by Bax in 1943, but he was quoting an unknown scotsman, hence Anon.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Wavestar
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 08:12 PM

One of my favourites, a motto of sorts in my life -

Nothing in this world can be accomplished without passion.

Also:

Be kind, and if you can't be kind, be polite.

Ordeals and sudden laughter - Take joy in all.

Never let anyone take your innocence from you. No matter what they say, you only lose it when you give it up.

-Jessica


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Micca
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:46 PM

The "try everything once except incest and Folk dancing was Sir Arnold Bax...


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: DougR
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:35 PM

Break your pick on the big ones.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GUEST,Greyeyes
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:31 PM

Beecham certainly used it, but I don't think he was the originator.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:17 PM

Sir Thomas Beecham that was, as I've heard it - and he specified Morris dancing.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GUEST,Greyeyes
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 07:04 PM

"You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk-dancing." (attributed to Anon in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations)


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Mbo
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 06:59 PM

"No one can make you feel bad without your permission" --Eleanor Roosevelt.

"Hey, I'm tellin' you now
The greatest thing you ever can do now
Is trade a smile with someone who's blue now
It's very easy..." -- Led Zeppelin

"Love is the lord of all" --Irish folk song

"Kissing is the second most important thing you do with your lips." --Bumper sticker


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 06:52 PM

Yeah Mac, I've noticed that with all my kids and then again recently with Meebo.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 06:21 PM

Giving gems of wisdom to an 18-year-old boy is about as useful as trying to polish the surface of a pool of water.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:53 PM

And that great nugget of wisdom, the carpenter's rule:

Measure twice. Saw once.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: WyoWoman
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:33 PM

"My life became much easier once I accepted the fact that one cannot actually die of embarrassment." Lynn Abbey

"We are fools whether or not we dance, so we might as well dance." Alleged Japanese proverb

"Anyone who thinks she's too small to be effective has never been in bed with a mosquito." A Friend of Mine

"The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets." Me

"I don't like money, but it quiets my nerves." (Source:?)

"Men CAN have multiple orgasms ..." Headline from Men's Health (hey, I know you're young. Some things are just fun to think about ...)

I should just let you come read my refrigerator. It's an absolute cornucopia/collage of such wisdom.

WyoWoman


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Banjer
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:20 PM

A machine shop teacher long ago told me something that has stuck with me longer than any of the other bullshit I heard growing up. He said "To be succesful in setting up a job on a machine, and also in life, it takes 90 percent imgination and 10 percent knowhow. If you can think it, you can do it!" Thanks to Mr. Dave Hankey, 11th Grade Machine Practices, circa 1965, I have accomplished much!


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: GospelPicker (inactive)
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:12 PM

Super Grover (from Sesame Street) once flew to the rescue of a little girl in a zoo. when she wanted to leave, she only saw the fence and no way to get out. Super Grover obliged her by taking the next half an hour to bend the bars of the gate to let her out. As he did this, she found the sign that said, "EXIT" and thanked 'ol Supe as she left. By the time Super Grover was done sweating over the bars, she was gone...

The moral is: We must trust God for the impossible, like providing a way out of a jam for us... But we must not expect God to do the possible... We must do what is possible (read the sign) before asking Him to bend the bars...


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 04:35 PM

You young puppies don't know how good you got it! Why, when I was a boy.....

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Peter T.
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 04:33 PM

Classic Ronnie Hawkins line: "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was."

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 04:20 PM

Yeah Ferrara......Do more than is expected of you and soon more will be expected of you.

Try to practice safe sex and practice as often as you can. When you're old, the only time you think about doing it twice is just before the first.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 03:46 PM

If you can't give 'em competence, give 'em alacrity. Most people can't tell the difference.


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Ferrara
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 03:40 PM

Whoops. Forgot the line breaks.

90% of everything is crap. - Theodore Sturgeon
There is nothing more dangerous than stupid people in large groups.
Don't do too good a job; people will come to expect it.
Save the basket.

My son turned 18 in May. An important milestone....


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: Ferrara
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 03:36 PM

90% of everything is crap. - Theodore Sturgeon There is nothing more dangerous than stupid people in large groups. Don't do too good a job; people will come to expect it. Save the basket.

That last comes from my parents. A Chinese man was carrying his old father on his back in a large basket, when his young son saw him and asked what he was doing. The man said, "Your grandfather is old and feeble and blind, and his life is no good to him or anyone else any more. As an act of filial kindness, I am carrying him to the river, where I will let him drown and put him out of his misery. I hope this doesn't distress you too much, son." The son replies, "That's fine, father. Save the basket."


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Subject: RE: Gems of wisdom for an 18th birthday
From: wildlone
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 03:18 PM

I was allways told
be good, if you cant be good remember the date


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