Betty White’s Book

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Betty White’s book is excellent.  She discusses her childhood, work as an actor, personal life as an adult, her passion for animals, and gives general advice to the reader.

Here are my favorite passages.

I prefer the company of animals to humans.  Animals don’t lie.  Animals don’t criticize.  If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.

I think everyone needs a passion.  Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.  If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.  You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly.

Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted. 

You can’t get carried away with your image, because you know better than anyone else who the real person is.

Thoughts on Exercise

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.  – Wilhelm von Humboldt 

The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.  – Kenneth H Cooper

When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get. – Tich Nhat Hanh

If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness. – Robin Sharma

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. – Gene Tunney

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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

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My favorite quotes from The Wit & Wisdom of Mark Twain:

  • A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
  • It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist.
  • An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
  • I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
  • Experience is an author’s most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes.
  • Many a small thing has been made large by advertising.
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Thoughts on Death

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.  – Khalil Gibran

Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.    Norman Cousins 

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.  – Marcus Aurelius

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Make Tomorrow Better

Education is the passport to the future for the tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.  – Malcolm X

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.  Christin Gregoire 

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  – Victor Hugo 

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