We’re back with readers’ favorite sayings. A couple of weeks ago, we printed responses after we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group to share their favorite saying, the one they have drawn on during their life or the one that they appreciate the most. We printed half of the responses then (see those at jacksonville.com/reason) and are printing the remainder this week. Here are the last batch of responses:

 

As my grandmother used to say, when confronted by a grandchild with a complaint about playmates: “Well, honey, if you can’t be the bell cow, just gallop with the gang!” A sentiment we adults might consider when we don’t get our way.


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Robert Lee, Mandarin

“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” comes to mind. Take care of small things while they are manageable, or wait until the situation is out of hand and will take a lot longer to fix.

Jean Alexander, Jacksonville

You’re fired.

Michael Backer, Jacksonville Beach

My favorite quotes come from one of the women I admire a lot, Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the things you think you cannot do;” “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” And this is my favorite: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” These quotes and several others have carried me through several personal crises in my life.

Pat Teems, Avondale

Growing up my mother said many times, “this too shall pass.” Usually, it was in times of adversity, repeated often. As I became an adult, she impressed upon me, “this too shall pass,” applied to wonderful events, as well as bad; our babies, family activities, friends, health. Enjoy them while you can. As I near 80, looking back, I realize how quickly everything has passed: catastrophic events, illness, loved ones lives, joy, sorrow, youth, everything. Now I am the mother, grandmother, great grandmother and “this too shall pass — only what’s done for Christ will last.” I recently discovered a quote by Fernando Sabino that profoundly completes it for me: “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”

Rosalyn B. Crabtree, Westside

“Everything is simple. Nothing is easy.” When I tell people this, they immediately acknowledge its truth. But it’s difficult to explain. As human beings, we learn everything in baby steps because we can only think about one thing at a time, just like a computer. Even after we learn things, it is still an effort to perform them; we just do it faster and in less time. Factory workers in production lines performing repetitive tasks may be a good example. Back to basics is a phrase used in sports a lot for the reason stated above. But beyond this, when I’m having a difficult time with something, this phrase comes to mind and I either think in more simple terms or understand that it will take more effort to accomplish than I expected.

John Fattes, Jacksonville

I have a current favorite one that I think about and say quite a bit to myself and others: “Don’t be afraid to shine. The world needs your light.”

Debra DiPietro, Atlantic Beach

“Fear not, for I am with you always.” In today’s world, it’s easy to become gripped by fear. It seems the world has become a very dangerous place, shootings, stabbings, trucks plowing through crowds, bombs. Love and compassion seems to have been replaced by hatred and intolerance. I remember a time when that wasn’t the case. Hippies were all about peace and love. They have been replaced by self-centered egomaniacs who think only of self. I remember as a child we were taught to respect the president of the United States; today that seems to have been replaced by openly bashing and the respect is gone, even if you don’t like the person, respect the office and what it stands for. I was born in the mid-50s. Families said grace, went to church and, most of all, respected their elders. The music today alone is cause for fear. I don’t want to live in fear and I don’t have to because God said so.

Debra Clark, Jacksonville

I have been very valued oriented and, for the most part, thrifty my whole life. I tell people “I am a product of the Great Depression as my grandfather lived through it as a young man, and he instilled in my father the importance of being economical and not wasting resources and my father, in turn, raised me that way as well.”

Steve Crandall, Arlington

One of my favorites by Charles Swindoll: “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you; we are in charge of our attitude.” Another by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

David Faraldo, Jacksonville

My favorite saying is, “God gives us the strength for WHAT we need, WHEN we need it, and NOT BEFORE.” So why worry about the future since you will be supplied with ample Grace from God himself to deal with any problem “at the time it’s needed.” That truth has certainly been demonstrated in my life, and it has amazed even me! As Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Becky Calhoun, San Marco area

One of my favorite sayings came from an Internal Revenue Service agent friend: “When the outflow exceeds the income, the upkeep is the downfall.” The logic is so basic, yet underappreciated.

Tim Houghtaling, San Mateo

Timing is everything. (Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill)

Bob Worts, Fernandina Beach

When a problem or situation seems hopeless or insurmountable, I try to draw faith by saying, “It’s in God’s hands now,” knowing he has got this!

Ann Janik, East Arlington

“Each day will get better and better as we heal,” can relate to anything that comes along in life. I remembered this statement the last time I had surgery on my hips and, with hard work and rehabilitation, it was true!

Eileen Erikson, Isle of Palms

A favorite saying of mine is: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” This is a saying my mother taught the five of us kids growing up. My husband, Jim, and I have tried to raise our family the same way. When our oldest son, Josh, was killed in 2014, we were asked several times by newspapers and others for a comment. We lived by the old saying, “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.” A lesson well learned.

Mary Ann Heinz, Jacksonville