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21 Praises of Wisdom to Pass On… | March 3, 2011

1.   Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 

2.   Marry a man/woman you love to talk to.  As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

3.   Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

4.   When you say, “I love you,” mean  it. 

5.   When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the  eye.

6.   Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

7.   Believe in love at first sight. 

8.   Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much. 

9.   Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but, it’s the only way to live life completely. 

10.  In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. 

11.  Don’t judge people by their relatives. 

12. Talk slowly but think quickly. 

13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”

14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

15. Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

16. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 

17.  Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions. 

18.  Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 

19. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. 

21. Spend some time alone.


  1. What a wonderful topic! So often when I go to the E web-site I begin to feel sorry for myself again (which is why I don’t go on it much anymore.) I never thought of writing strong, positive things there because it seemed to me that that web-site was for problems only. Thank you for the wonderful things you have written!


    Comment by Linda — March 5, 2011 @ 11:49 PM

  2. Life is more than a pity party. (As you so aptly noticed!) And I think you’ll agree that if we let epilepsy rule our lives, we’re doomed.

    We’re so lucky to be alive…on this planet… and for each and every day. There are those who are MUCH worse off than us, in so many heart-breaking ways.

    For a little inspiration, take a look at “Gratitude is the Attitude.” It’s a series of 4 threads, because we keep running out of space! 🙂


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 6, 2011 @ 5:03 AM

  3. Hi Phylis,

    This isn’t the 1st time I’ve read these Great words of Wisdom. I am sure, over the yrs, that it has made it’s way around the world a time or 2. 🙂 I read it every time I see it. 🙂 Cuz, I agree & try to live my Life accordingly. 🙂 I love seeing it again & these Words of Wisdom are worth sending around the world again. 🙂

    I only missed out on #2. Guess I talked too much when we met. 🙂 But, he don’t have to talk to me. Cuz, a Lot of Times, we read each others’ mind. 🙂 🙂

    Linda, I don’t know what E group you belong to, but, I can relate. The Visitors in Epland, (WebMD) Usually only want Info. Me, Phylis & moderators have Tried to ‘lighten the mood’ but, it seems no one Wants to comment or leave ‘positive’ thoughts of their own. But, We Know they are ‘listening’. I can feel them smiling. 🙂

    Hope everyone is having a Good Weekend. 🙂

    Love Candi


    Comment by candi — March 6, 2011 @ 3:11 PM

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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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