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Quotes of the day: Cullen Hightower

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 8:09 PM EST
Dec 16 2015

Cullen Hightower (1923 – November 27, 2008) was a well-known quotation and quip writer from the United States. He is often associated with the American conservative political movement. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A day's pay for a day's work is more than adequate when both the work and the pay are appreciated as much as they are expected.

A figment of the imagination is just a harmless illusion- unless you are victim of it.

A mind becomes a detriment when it acquires more intelligence than its integrity can handle.

A stepping-stone can be a stumbling block if we can't see it until after we have tripped over it.

After our ages-long journey from savagery to civility, let's hope we haven't bought a round-trip ticket.

Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos.

Don't expect other nations to have a democracy like ours- they don't have enough lawyers.

Every adult should be an expert on teenagers, after spending life's seven longest years being one.

Failure can be bought on easy terms; success must be paid for in advance.

Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there.

Getting even with somebody is no way to get ahead of anybody.

If television encouraged us to work as much as it encourages us to do everything else, we could better afford to buy more of everything it advertises.

If we fixed a hangnail the way our government fixes the economy, we'd slam a car door on it.

Integrity is an absolute virtue.

It's hard to see a halo when you're looking for horns.

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.

Love is what's left of a relationship after all the selfishness has been removed.

Of all creatures on earth, we humans have the highest level of stupidity.

Older generations are living proof that younger generations can survive their lunacy.

Our freedom to discipline ourselves is a freedom we can lose if we don't use it.

Our laws can be friendly to those who obey them, and too often useful to those who don't.

People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they've done.

Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.

Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose.

Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.

The human body was designed to walk, run, or stop; it wasn't built for coasting.

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.

The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.

There's always somebody who is paid too much, and taxed too little- and it's always somebody else.

Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness.

We are all born equal— equally helpless and equally indebted to others for whatever our survival turns out to be worth.

We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic.

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex-but Congress can.

We sometimes get all the information, but we refuse to get the message.

Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.

Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.

December 17 is also the birthday of William Safire.)

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