At what age does a personality trait begin to show in a child? Does a fussy eater become a no nonsense, everything in the proper order kind of adult who still doesn’t like his mashed potatoes to touch the green beans on his dinner plate? Does the little girl who is the first to jump into the freezing lake – in March – become the go gettum enthusiastic sky diving reporter? I don’t know about them, but I do know of myself that I have loved, from a very early age, making people laugh. Today, in honor of laughter and it’s attending wisdom, I’m highlighting popular quotes from some wise comedians of old who have left their mark on me. I hope you enjoy reading them and the comments that I just can’t resist making.
Will Rogers (1879 – 1935)
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Wow, how true is this? Get your behind moving along that track cuz’ the next train is coming along to sniff your caboose. You really want that?
“Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
Oh, man, been there every week and done that every day. Right? It’s how we learn.
Satchel Paige (1906 – 1982)
“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
My husband, “You know what old Satchel Paige used to say . . .” and then he uses this quote to fend off inquiring minds. It always gets a chuckle probably because it deserves to and it keeps that train moving down the track!
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
Twenty five and for the rest of my life. Oh, how wise was old Satchel.
Don Rickles (1926 – 2017)
“Italians are fantastic people really. They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.”
We have Got to re-learn how to laugh at ourselves. Don’s nobody's- off- limits “insult humor” has cracked me up since I was a little girl. We only lost him last year and it was a very sad day for comedy.
Bob Hope (1903 – 2003)
“Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.”
The reason I still make up my eyes and wear bright shiny lip gloss is to distract from my age around my middle. Look into my eyes when we’re talking, dear friend, and I mean it.
“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
Thank you Mr. Hope. You have spoken my heart. As someone who graced the earth for over a hundred years you prove the old adage, “laughter is the best medicine.” Causing laughter, the good kind, may be one of your own personality traits. If so, be sure to share it with others every day if you’re able. They’ll love you for it. Promise.
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