Wit & Wisdom by Topic ~ Introduction

When I was a kid what few friends I had usually enjoyed a hobby; collecting baseball cards, astronomy, goldfish, and I suppose you could call some involvement in sports a hobby. Mine was different. I loved a good turn of phrase so I collected quotes, snippets of wit and wisdom. Not the easiest thing to do in the 60’s in a home without a newspaper or magazines. Then someone gave my Dad a stack of old Reader’s Digest and I was in hog heaven! That added to my scrapbook wonderfully.

So, let me see . . . my main hobby was collecting quotes, I was painfully social awkward, I spent several years as a door to door Fuller Brush salesman, I liked to wear a shirt and tie, I carried a leather book-bag, and I went to a Pentecostal church. No wonder I was so popular with the cool kids at school: NOT.

Some fifty years later the fascination remains, and flourishes in the Internet Age. I continue to collect. I have books on quotes both spiritual and success orientated. And of course I know that this kind of collecting is approved by God (lol) for there is even one book full of just quotes in the Bible; it is called Proverbs.

I love to walk past as store window and see a quote displayed. Like the Dr. Seuss that made me stop and ponder for some minutes.

Dr. Seuss.
Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind do not matter,
and those who matter do not mind.

That is very good to read if you are like me. Sometimes I am in possession of some very definite opinions. Other times it feels that some very strong opinions are in possession of me! Either way I find it helpful to keep in mind that “those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.” Amen to that!

There is even a person in my neighborhood that every week puts a new quote on their living room window.

Window Quote.

That is where I first read “Do not try to understand in order to believe; believe in order to understand,” attributed to St. Augustine. Abraham Lincoln.
The problem with quotes on the Internet
is that it is hard to verify their authenticity. That was a gift to me at a very pivotal time in my life. Thank God.

Mind you in collecting quotes one has to be careful. As the venerable Abraham Lincoln once said, “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity." But, even an unverified quote can bring a smile.

And what nerdy hobbyist doesn’t want to share his collection from time to time. On these pages I will share some of the phrases, sentences and paragraphs that have captured my attention, brought me wit and wisdom when most needed, and blessed my spirit.