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Newick's Corner - Quotable Quotes
Forester Newick's Favorite Sayings

Those of us in the Marathon Sail and Power Squadron have come to appreciate Forester's sayings of the day, which he and Helen passed to us at Saturday morning breakfasts. We thought we'd share these with others. We're sorry to report that Forester passed away on January 1, 2013. His "nuggets of thought" live on here, and he lives on in the thoughts of family and friends. His wife Helen joined Forester on June 19, 2021.
I (Gregory Absten) continue to add additional philosophical quotes to Forester's original list.

Succinct words of marital advice to men from a pastor celebrating his 66th wedding anniversary:
Smell Good and Keep Your Big Mouth Shut.  It Works!!
- Papa  Roy Coy

Learn these two things: Never be discouraged because good things get on so slowly here; and never fail daily to do that good which lies next to your hand. Do not be in a hurry, but be diligent. Enter into the sublime patience of the Lord. Be charitable in view of it. God can afford to wait; why cannot we, since we have Him to fall back upon? Let patience have her perfect work and bring forth her celestial fruits. Trust to God to weave your little thread into a web, though the patterns show it not yet. - Scottish pastor George Macdonald - early 1900's

I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land. - Harriet Tubman -

I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
Herman Melville - writer, poet

Wicked people "are in fact" often ... punished. Nothing is more common on earth; and all the woes of hell will be an illustration of the principle. Out of all evil God shall educe good; and even from the punishment of the damned themselves, he will take occasion to illustrate his own perfections, and, in that display of his just character, promote the happiness of holy beings.  - Papa Roy Coy in his daily devotions

The entire Universe around us, and us within it, are merely manifestations of a thought of God. The question then becomes - what is the essence of  "thoughts" of God?
- GT Absten

"We ride a wave of pride or get swallowed in a sea of embarrassment based on brief
(workplace) interactions that signal respect or disrespect. Individuals feel valued and powerful when respected. Civility lifts people. Incivility holds people down. It makes people
feel small.”
- unknown author

Good decisions come from experience . . . . . which includes bad decisions.
- Actor
Jason Stathom in the movie "The Mechanic", submitted by Dan Little

Christmas gift suggestions (and good for anytime):
To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
   - Anonymous, but from a "daily devotion" from Papa Roy Coy

Just imagine what the world would be like if everyone were honest - not perfect nor without mistakes - but essentially honest. Oh, what a wonderful place ….. - GT Absten

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.    -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

Note written to my 3 month newborn son in August of 1980 (rediscovered 2020):
August 15, 1980 - Dear Son, Welcome to the Universe & planet earth Eric Nathan. I wish you well in learning your lessons, accepting God, and growing to be born into real life when you leave this place. Be the best you can be, follow the bible as the truth, and don't let other people tell you in absolute terms what the bible says. That's between you and God, as translated by the spirit inside of you. That's why it's called the "living word". Let your imagination fly and don't be afraid to dream, even when it involves risk. Fears should be markers, not the bars of a cage. The emotional highs of life are worth the counterbalancing depressions. You'll find whatever you look for, so look for the good, and learn in every situation. Enjoy life, and love people.
Love, Dad - Gregory Absten to son Eric in August of 1980.
(This is extended to all of my five children)

Wisdom is found through the door of humility, which is why fools may never obtain it. Their pride prevents them from going to that low place. - Medley of Authors

Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.
- Bumper sticker, author unknown

People who truly believe something will act on what they claim to believe. Know then, what it is that you believe. - Medley of Authors

Do not let the fear of failure of achieving perfection paralyze you from doing something - perhaps not perfect, but acceptable, and infinitely better than nothing. - GT Absten

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.  -
William Arthur Ward

A leader must be worthy of trust as to his character and motives - GT Absten

Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing. Helen Keller

I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said, but I'm sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. - Anonymous

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. - Adolph Hitler

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. - Isaac Asimov

The key to success is to make as many mistakes as quickly as possible to learn, then count on God to come in behind you and help you clean up the mess. - Gregory Absten

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -
Hermann Goering - German political and military leader in Nazi Germany 1933-1945

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
- H.L. Mencken, American Journalist 1880-1956

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats - Ernest Hemingway

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore - Dream - Discover. - Mark Twain

He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known. - Proverbs 10:9 KJV

If you a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. -
Joseph Goebbels - German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945

Experience, one has said, is one of the most eloquent of preachers, but she never has a large congregation. - Anonymous.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent on the things that matter. - Martin Luther King

People who boast about their I.Q. are losers. - Stephen Hawking, PhD

“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault,”
- Donald Trump tweet 2013

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein.

Youth has the resiliency to absorb disaster and weave it into the pattern of it's life, no matter how painful the thorn that penetrates it's flesh. - Chuch Bulletin from the E.U.B. church on South High Street, Columbus Ohio, 1960's. Rev Snyder.

Acts of kindness seem to be self replicating - not because we have to, but because we want to.
- G.T. Absten

In life's circumstances, consder the possibilities moreso than you do the limitations.

When men speak ill of thee, live so that no one will believe them.  - Plato

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.  - John F. Kennedy

Every generation has the obligation to free minds for a look at a new world ....  to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation.  - Ellison S. Onizuka

We have a great dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream. - Martin Luther King Jr.

We hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. 1776

Never confuse movement with action. - Ernest Hemingway

Money doesn't change men, it merely unmasks them.  -  Henry Ford

The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or sect, a party or a class - It is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.  - Anna Julia Cooper

Never Trust Atoms - They Make Up Everything! - Dave Fuller, MV Still Water II

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an Airplane
takes off AGAINST THE WIND - not with it.  --  Henry Ford.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.  -- William Shakespeare

We send thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are glad that they are still here and we hope it will always be so.
- excerpt from the Thanksgiving address, Mohawk version.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.  -- Vince Lombardi, football coach

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much --  James 5:15 KJV Bible

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
-- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

May God continue the unity of our country as the railroad unites the two great oceans of the world.
- inscribed on the Golden Spike, Promontory Point. 1869

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
-- John Shed, writer

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. - George Washington.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. ALOUD.
Coco Chanel, fashion designer

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the start that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say "Farewell". Is a new world coming? We welcome it - and we will bend it to the hopes of man.
- Lyndon B Johnson

The corruptions that are in the world are overruled for the good of God's children that are in it.
-- M. Poole

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Seneca, Philosopher

I have all that I need, and want all that I have, and therefore am rich.
G.T. Absten

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
- Dwight D Eisenhower

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.  -- Marie Curie

The important thing is to not stop questioning. -- Albert Einstein

The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.  --  Colin Powell

There is no better antidote for unjust criticism than a clear conscience before God.
-- Papa Roy Coy

This is a new nation (America), based on a mighty continent, of boundless possibilities.
- Theodore Roosevelt

If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. -- E.B. White

There never was a great man yet who spent all his life inland. -- Herman Melville

Do one thing every day that scares you. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

No Technology is good or bad in itself. It's only in the Choices we make in when and how to apply that technology that it gains its moral value.  -- G.T. Absten

When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it. -- Yogi Berra

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

Don't take life too seriously Doc - you'll never get out of it alive!
Bugs Bunny cartoon, early 60's

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
-- Niels Bohr

He who wins is he who makes the most mistakes in the shortest time, and still keeps going.
-- G.T. Absten

Do something ..... even if it's wrong.  -- T Absten Jr.

Experience is the best teacher …. if you can afford the lessons. - GT Absten

Enjoy life, Love people, and don't try to understand it all.
John, the Detroit Airport shuttle bus driver - late 70's

Advertising is the art of convincing people to pay money they don't have for something they don't need. -- Will Rogers

A decision will be made before it's too late or soon thereafter. -- Michael Eisner

When congress is in session no American is safe. -- Mark Twain

The principle of free governments adheres to the American soil. It is bedded in it, immovable as its mountains. - Daniel Webster.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
-- Ralph Gentry's mother

Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted. -- Albert Einstein

(12 year old boy giving advice to his father on marriage)
Dad ..... just pick the one you want, and then stick with the one you pick.
-- Eric Absten

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional!

Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

Success covers a multitude of blunders. -- George Bernard Shaw

Guess what I made for dinner .... RESERVATIONS

I never repeat gossip, so listen carefully the first time.

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. -- Mark Twain

Happiness is never a destination but a way of traveling.

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. -- Abraham Lincoln

The greatest possession you have is the 24 hours directly in front of you.

The only constant since the beginning of time is change.

All things are possible except skiing through a revolving door.

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.

Confucius say: make sure words touch wisdom tooth on way out of mouth.

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you!

You never have a second chance to make a first impression.

After all this is over, all that will really have mattered is how we treated each other.

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel good.

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn't . . .

Attitude is everything!  Pick a good one!

Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?

Before you give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you can get by with what is left.

Cling to your imperfections ...  for that's what makes you unique.

If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.

If you think you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.
-- Texas Bix Bender

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
-- Dr Joyce Brothers

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
-- Winston Churchill

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
-- Franklin P. Adams

In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.
-- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

Never make forecasts, especially about the future. -- Samuel Goldwin

Doing nothing is the most tiresome job in the world because you can't stop and rest.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.

When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.

Age is not important unless you're a cheese. -- Helen Hayes

A wish changes nothing. A decision changes everything.

If the knocking at the door is loud and long, it isn't opportunity - it's relatives. -- Farmer's Almanac

Disasters happen when the people who can remember what happened last time have retired.

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

Flexible people never get bent out of shape.

Ulcers are what you get from Mountain Climbing over Molehills.

"Empathy" - Noun. "The mental capacity to care"

Work smarder and not harder and be careful of yor speling.

Experience is a tough teacher because it gives the test first and then the lesson.

As I said before, I never repeat myself.

If it weren't for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn't get done.

Not all those that wander are lost.

History doesn't repeat itself, but it sure rhymes a lot.

Manana is often the busiest day of the week.


Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score.

Our future has a way of arriving unannounced.

Experience is the name everyone gives his mistakes.

I'm afraid, when my ship came in I was at the airport.

There is no limit to the good a human can do if they don't care who gets the credit.

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.

Don't worry about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Australia!

Always and never are two words to always remember never to use.

Yesterday is experience. Tomorrow is hope. Today is getting from one to the other.

Do your best and leave the rest.

There are good ships and wood ships, but the best are friendships.

There are two theories about women. Neither works. -- Will Rogers

All generalizations are false, including this one.

You can give a child too much of everything except yourself.

Anyone who thinks he or she is indispensable should stick a finger into a bowl of water and notice the hole it leaves when it's pulled out.

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. -- Winston Churchill

Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive.  -- Bugs Bunny, Cartoon

I sure hope my ship comes in before my dock rots.

Kindness is a hard thing to give away ........ IT USUALLY COMES BACK.

Every time you graduate from the school of hard knocks, somebody thinks up a new course.

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at 5am. The younger generation doesn't think much of it either.

When all is said and done, there is usually more said than done.


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