During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history.Stephen Ambrose, D-Day, page 577
The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.Publilius Syrus
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.John Wooden
For 10 years of my life, 3 times a day, I thanked the Lord for what I was about to receive and thanked him again for what I had just received, and then we lost touch and I suddenly thought, where is he nowTom Stoppard
Heroes are often the most ordinary of men.Henry David Thoreau
The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."
...happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it...