Good Quotes That Didn’t Make the Cut 739.3

In preparing my letter to my college-bound daughter Samara, I found and created lots of quotes that I liked, but that didn’t make the cut. Here are some of them.

  1. Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.
  2. People don’t have to like you. You’re not a Facebook status.
  3. Cultivate the power to choose your thoughts just as you choose your clothes. You will get more of what you want and enjoy more of what you get.
  4. You should expect people to pay a fair price for their mistakes, but it’s not fair to make them pay more than once.
  5. You can dodge your responsibilities, but not the consequences of dodging your responsibilities.
  6. Don’t worry about the world coming to an end; it’s already tomorrow in Australia. — Charles Schultz
  7. To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.
  8. Be kind whenever possible; it’s always possible.
  9. Any effort can result in failure but you are a failure only when you stop making the effort.
  10. Happiness is where you find it, but it’s not always where you seek it.
  11. It’s good to say what you mean and mean what you say; just don’t be mean when you say it.
  12. You get a much better return by giving people a bit of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.
  13. The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.
  14. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. — Thomas Edison
  15. Live without pretending. Love without depending. Listen without defending. Speak without offending.
  16. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 5

  1. I looked for you on KNX 1070 am radio this morning. You weren’t on and the CBS radio page has changed. Has there been a change and where can I hear your daily radio broadcast?

  2. Hello Donald,
    The Commentaries are still on KNX until October 17, though the order of broadcasts may have changed slightly this week due to the holiday. You can keep track here:
    Or, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, “Commentary by Michael Josephson.” It includes recordings of all the week’s commentaries:
    Thanks for your interest in listening!
    The Editors

  3. Dear Michael:
    Re: KNX, I was sorry to learn of the cancellation of your radio spot. As a congregational rabbi, I have valued your comments tremendously and quoted you frequently to my staff and community.
    I have two suggestions which I would not have made had you not asked, because each requires work (on your part) and I know you have enough of that already and really don’t need any suggestions from your fans:
    1. Do continue your commentaries for this post, but reduce them to once a week – that way, we get the benefit and you get relief;
    2. Take the very best of your commentaries and put them into a book. You have already a very large and strong following who (I would bet) would buy the book. I know I would.
    Your voice is an important one to many, and it should not be stilled. KNX has whatever reasons for doing what it has chosen to do – but their decision represents a true loss to the community.
    Best wishes and strength in Elul,
    Rabbi John Rosove
    Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles

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