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GrandBob: GrandBob Sez

. . .Just because someone is loud, articulate, and opinionated doesn't mean they know what they're talking about, even if they're on national TV.

. . .Slow down enough to enjoy the scenery.

. . .INFORMATION consists of both facts and fictions which we are bombarded with constantly. It comes via mass media and human communications of all kinds.

. . .KNOWLEDGE is information which we have processed by separating fact from fiction, and which we can recall without outside help. It lodges in our brains, not in any place to which we have to go for reference.

. . .WISDOM is using processed knowledge for the well being of ourselves and others.

. . .Once I spilled soup on my clean shirt. I was upset until I realized that some people don't have shirts. . .and some people don't have soup.

. . .I try to always be thankful for what I have, and to look for ways to share the good life that I enjoy with others.

. . . I've got a feather in my hat, but I don't think the chicken's very happy about it.

. . .If you hear something bad or demeaning about a friend or a public person, don't be too quick to pass it along to others. It may be only half true or even totally false. So don't be a conduit for false or rotten information. If you are, it could wind up mucking up your own pipes.

. . . Don't believe everything you read in print, see on TV, or find on the internet.

. . . We never know more than a small portion of any subject, nor see more than a small part of the whole. This should be enough to keep us humble and to make us respect the opinions of others.

. . . I'm glad we've got time. Otherwise I wouldn't have anything to waste.

. . . The more you connect to virtual "reality" the less you're able to connect to actual reality. That's why making friends in person is better than making them "on line."

. . .It doesn't cost anything to be nice to people, and it pays off in big ways.

. . .Tell me and I’ll forget...Show me and I’ll remember... Involve me and I’ll understand.

. . .Simplify.

. . . Don't over simplify.

. . . I don't know much but I suspect a lot.

. . . Twittering and tweeting 'tween two twits transcends total triviality.

. . . If your education stops when you graduate from school you really haven't learned nearly enough.

. . . Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, refrains from putting it out on the internet.

. . . There's a difference in being stupid and being ignorant. You can do something about ignorance.

. . . Great advice from the Wizard of Oz: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

. . .It's OK to express your opinion as long as you are willing to let others express theirs. . .At least that's my opinion!

. . .It has taken a lifetime for me to understand the "big picture." And now that I see it, I realize that the "big picture" I think I see is just a tiny part of a much larger picture of things I may never see.

. . . A penny saved is a penny earned,
So said poor old Richard
I beg to differ, I have learned
You won't feel any richer.

. . .If you live in a house of glass
You'll have a beautiful view
But know that strangers walking past
Are looking in on you.

. . . If you play with dirt you're bound to get some on you. So be careful about the people you choose to associate with.

. . . When you admit you're wrong you're saying that you know more now than you did before.

. . . Multi-tasking is when you're doing several things at the same time poorly.

. . . You have two eyes, two ears, and only one mouth. I guess that means you should look and listen twice as much as you talk.

. . . A smile is a gift that keeps on giving.

. . . Life sometimes gives you a second chance to do what's right, but don't count on it.

. . . It's better to wear out from working than to rust out from doing nothing.

. . . You aren't lost if you don't care where you're going.

. . . It's easy to start a fire, but hard to put it out when it's out of control. So be careful what you say about others.

. . . Pay attention to what you throw away because your trash might be someone else's treasure.

. . . Try not to be arrogant and ignorant at the same time.

. . . Love is the one thing you get more of the more you give away.

. . . I've heard it said that "great minds think alike," but I've noticed that small minds do too.

. . . What if you could get 1,000 channels on your TV and there were nothing on any of them worth watching?

. . . Every day is a precious gift. Don't waste a moment of it worrying about mistakes you made in the past.

. . . An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Garlic works even better. It keeps everyone away.

. . . Learn the difference between the essentials in life (daily food, clothing, shelter, and someone to love) and the extras (everything else).

. . . Accept your friends for who they are, not for who you want them to be.

. . . You can say whatever you want to, but that doesn't mean that anyone is obligated to listen.

. . . Be thankful for each new day in your life. You have no guarantee that there will be another.

. . . Today will be a good day if you decide to make it that way.

. . . Some people never know what they think about a subject until they've heard what they have to say about it.

. . . Sometimes talking to yourself can be the best conversation you'll have all day.

. . . Be silly from time to time. It'll clear your thinking and put a lot of things in proper perspective.

. . . The freedom to listen is often more important than the freedom of speech.

. . . You can learn something from everyone you meet, even if it's only what NOT to do.

. . . It's OK to hold firm opinions, but be charitable toward others who don't share them until you're sure you have ALL the facts...You will never have all the facts!

. . . Just because you heard it from an "expert" doesn't necessarily make it true.

. . . All sayings should be taken with a grain of salt, even this one.

. . . Everybody needs a boost now and then. Some may even need a kick in the pants.

. . . If you try to be someone you aren't, your friends will never know who you really are.

. . . It's more fun to give than to get.

. . . Try not to be too proud of your own humility.

. . . There are limitations to what you can do, but so far you haven't reached them.

. . . Love is the one thing you can never get or give too much of.

. . . Surprise your Dad and Mom. Ask them what you can do to help around the house. You'll be a big hero in their eyes!!!

. . . Delight in the simple things in life, such as never passing up the chance to go for a joy ride.

. . . Successes often last only for a moment. Enjoy them while you can.

. . .Our failures can be our best teachers. Try to learn their lessons the first time.

. . . The day is never completely wasted when you learn something new.

. . . If you're overweight, try GrandBob's special diet: You can eat as much as you want just as long as it's something you don't like.

. . . There's an old cowboy saying, "Weren't never a horse what couldn't be rode... weren't never a cowboy what couldn't be throwed."

. . . I've never met a perfect stranger. But on the other hand, neither am I.

. . . Everybody makes misteaks.

. . . You might be surprised at how little you really need to be happy.

. . . It takes more energy to be negative and upset than it does to be positive and creative.

. . . If you think carrying a rabbit's foot will bring you good luck, think about the poor rabbit.

. . . A smile is one of the most precious gifts you can give or receive.

. . . Summer vacation is the time when parents begin to realize that teachers are grossly underpaid.

. . . If you want to really feel good about yourself, be nice to someone who's not being nice to you.

. . . I once had an 8th grade Honduran boy as my seat mate on an airplane. He was returning to his home in Tegucigalpa. I asked him if he had been sad while he was in the U.S. away from his family. His reply showed wisdom beyond his years: "I have no time in my schedule for sadness, worry, or anger." I wish more people had that same philosophy of life.

. . . The future just isn't what it used to be.

. . . Blessed is the person who having nothing to say abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

. . .The best way to defeat your enemy is to make him your friend.

. . .It's not how much you've got that measures success. It's how you use whatever you've got, no matter how much or how little.

. . .I wonder if rodeo bull riders wear seat belts in their trucks!

. . . Find a quiet place and time every day, with no TV, no cell phone, no iPod, with just yourself and your own thoughts. You'll be amazed at what an interesting person you might be.

. . . Everyone brings happiness, some by coming, and some by leaving.

Life goes by in the blink of an eye
And never goes by again
You've only one chance for life's great dance
So step up and let it begin

. . . The best individual hitter in baseball failed to get a hit 65% of the time, but the best TEAM in baseball won 65% of their games. It must pay to work together.

. . . Life's a lot like riding a bicycle: If you want to get anywhere you've got to stay balanced and keep on pedaling. And when (not if) you fall, get up and try again!

. . . The dreaming is often better than the awakening.

. . . Better to keep silent and have people think you're a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.

. . . If there are 100 people in a race, 99 of them won't win. But at least they tried, and if they hadn't tried they wouldn't have had even 1 chance in a 100 of winning!

. . . If you want to meet the person who's responsible for most of your problems, look in the mirror.

. . . Be good to your body. It's the only one you'll ever have.

. . . I've heard that the early bird gets the worm, but what if you're the early worm?

. . . Make a friend everywhere you go.

. . . If you want to have a friend, be a friend.

. . . Happiness is having someone to love you, and someone to love.

. . . The person who dies after spending a lifetime collecting toys and doodads for himself leaves them all for someone else to get rid of.

. . . You don't have to have lots of money or lots of things to be truly rich.

. . . Don't mess with skunks or their human counterparts unless you want to smell like them or wear stripes someday.

. . . It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything.

. . . Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

. . . People who live in glass houses...should at least put up window shades.

. . . Sometimes it's easier to get forgiveness than permission.

. . . Don't waste time worrying about things you can't change. Instead, put your energy to work trying to improve on the worst that could possibly happen, and things will inevitably turn out better.

. . . Give something away every day. You probably have too much stuff anyway.

. . . Keep you body clean. You'll feel good about yourself, and your friends will too.

. . . The only things you can take with you are the things you leave behind.

. . . If you think you're indispensable put your finger in a glass of water and look at the hole you leave when you take it out.

. . . Let every day be Valentine's Day. Tell somebody that you love them.

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