Monthly Archives: August 2013

Books and Reading

Our theme for today is books & reading, I love to read. My parents made sure that I could read, as a child I had problems in learning how to read. But once I got the hang of it I have never stopped. I have my favourite types of books that I love to read, but my personal library covers a whole range of topics.
So here are a few quotes about books and reading books:

Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom”

Books are always written by those who wish to share their knowledge or a desire to entertain. Nowadays we have two main classifications of books. Fiction & Non-Fiction, with numerous sub-classifications in each, my favourites in the fiction department is westerns and science fiction. In non-fiction it is history; primarily, family history and related subjects, though I will read anything that interests me. And my library shows the range of topics that interest me. Going from archaeology; family history; history; martial arts; Quotes; poems; westerns; science fiction to religion etc.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Who has not felt invigorated and refreshed after they have read a good book? I know I have. Often when we are feeling down about some challenge we face or are just feeling down, reading can either give us an idea on how to solve our challenges or refreshes our mind and enables us to face the challenges that we have with a better view or outlook.

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”
James Bryce

I have always when I have been reading gained something from them, either being able to relax or gained some insight into the subject I have been reading about. As people who know me can attest I tend to get really involved in what I am reading, and can at times become oblivious to everything else around me.

“Never judge a book by its movie.”
J Egan

My wife and I have always enjoyed watching both the “Harry Potter” and the “Twilight” series of movies. But we have both found that the books on which both movie series are based on are much better than the movies as they contain more information than they can put into the movie itself.
Well I hope you enjoy these quotes and get a benefit from them; till next time, have fun people.

P.S. Let me know if you have interesting quotes that you would like to share.

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I thought that I would share a few quotes that I have picked up from Facebook recently:

Bird quote

To me this is saying sometimes there is nothing you can do to change something yourself so  you just have to do as the picture says and do the best with what life has thrown your way.




Not everything is bad or going to be bad.  There are a lot of good things happening out there.  Look for the good in life and enjoy it.



Joseph Smith1


Sometimes we may have been hurt or are just getting over a painful experience and we tend to dwell on that bad experience and don’t realize how it has prepared us for other experiences.

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August 14, 2013 · 6:20 am


Our theme for today is marriage; so here are a few quotes and sayings relating to that institution.  Having been married for over 18yrs to my present wife a lot of these ring true to me and some of them I have tried to make a part of how I treat my wife and the respect I have for our marriage.

First off, let’s start with a bit of humour:


It’s a myth that brides blush.  Actually their faces are just flushed with victory.



And this is so true; when you spend so much time with another person.


Marriage; the best method ever, to become acquainted.

                                                                                                Arnold Glasgow


In order for a marriage to succeed it takes total commitment on the part of both Husband & Wife in order for it to work. It takes patience; work and let’s not forget that there should always be held in remembrance by both of you what attracted you to each other or brought you together in the first place. Even though my wife and I have had our tough times we have also had our fun times as well.


It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one a failure.

                                                                                                Viscount Samuel


Like all relationships there needs to be a few ground rules, things we need to keep in mind in order to make things work.  So here is something for both the husband and the wife. First for us husbands:



Ten Commandments for Husbands


  1. 1.       Remember that thy wife is thy partner, not thy property


  1. 2.      Do not expect thy wife to be wife and wage earner at the same time.



  1. 3.      Think not that thy business is not thy wife’s business.



  1. 4.      Thou shalt hold thy wife’s love by the same means that thou won it



  1. 5.      Thou shalt make the building of thy home thy first business.



  1. 6.      Thou shalt co-operate with thy wife in establishing family discipline.



  1. 7.      Thou shalt enter into thy home with cheerfulness



  1. 8.      Thou shalt not let anyone criticise thy wife to thy face and get away with it.  Neither thy father, nor thy mother, nor thy brethren, nor thy sisters.



  1. 9.      Thou shalt not take thy wife for granted.



  1. 10.   Remember thy home and keep it holy.



And let’s not forget the wives; while the above is mainly for husbands in my opinion the wives can use some of the same advice.


Leading marriage counsellor Meg Whithcomb has labelled the nine fatal sentences no wife should utter if she wants to preserve her marriage.


You’re just like your Father


Why don’t you earn as much as . . . . .


You spend more time with your mates than with me


You watch too much TV


You’ve changed since you were younger


I’ll get a divorce. (Meg comments: “Husband might take you up on it.”)


I’ll only sleep with you if . . . . .  (never use sex as a weapon)


Not tonight, I have a headache. (Be honest when you don’t want to make love.)


You’re no good in bed.


Just like the Ten Commandments they are not earth shattering but they contain a lot of good sense.





As mentioned before marriage is not easy, you need to be patient with each other and also tolerant of each other’s habits and idiosyncrasies.  The love you have for each other needs to be nurtured, and you need to trust each other. Remembering always what attracted you to each other and what made you make the commitment to be married to each other.

I will finish off with this last quote, until next time.


Marriage . . . .

It is the ultimate test of maturity, and many find excuses for avoiding it because they know they are not up to the challenge, or capable of carrying on a mature relationship.

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Some 35 years ago when I served as a proselyting missionary for, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”, I learned a little saying that has guided my life since that time.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

I think that this is self-explanatory in that if you want to impart your knowledge to someone in order to help them; they need to know that you care about them as an individual or person, and not as a means to an end or a statistic. Another that goes along with it is:

“Friendship is a plant we must water often.”

While I served as a missionary my mission president called me and asked me to get him a copy of a poem that my mother had related while he attended a conference in Sydney, Australia. It was called; Touching Shoulders, unfortunately I do not know who wrote it originally. But it relates the value of friendship and how good friendships can strengthen us.


Touching Shoulders

There’s comforting thought at the close of day,
When I’m weary, lonely and sad,
That sort of grips hold of my crusty old heart and bids it be merry and glad
It gets in my soul and drives out the blues,
And finally thrills through and through
It is just a sweet memory that chants the refrain,
“I’m glad I touched shoulders with you”.

Did you know that you were brave, did you know you were strong?
Did you know that there was one leaning hard?
Did you know that I waited, listened and prayed
And was cheered by your simplest word.
Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face?
For the sound of your voice ringing true.
Did you know that I grew stronger and better because I had merely
Touched shoulders with you!

I am glad that I live; that I battle and strive
For the place that I know that I must fill
I am thankful for sorrows; I’ll meet with a grin.
What fortune may send, good or ill.
I may not have wealth, I may not be great,
But I know I shall always be true.
For I have in my life that courage you gave,
When once I rubbed shoulders with you.

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