"Brother"'s "Wise" Sayings

"Brother", aka Uncle Ernie, also, my Dad, had a way with words akin to the great Yogi Berra.
But he meant well.
Set yourself down and enjoy a visit with "Brother".

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There's no such thing as a "free lunch".

Ever'thing you do affects ever'thing else.

Ever'thing has to go somewhere.

It's always easier to get forgiveness than permission.

Never slap a man who's chewin' tobacco.

Good judgment comes from experience,
and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.

If you're ridin' ahead of the herd,
take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence,
try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.
Neither one works.

In fact, there are only two possible outcomes to arguin' with a woman:
You lose, and,
You lose BIG.

If you find yourself in a hole,
the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Don't squat with your spurs on.

It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

There are three kinds of people:
The ones that learn by reading,
The few who learn by observation,
the rest of them who have to touch the fire to see for themselves if it's really hot.

And, by way of my nephew, Tom Hammett, Sr:

What we accept in moderation,
Our children will practice in excess.

The Mountain Story
(as recounted to me by my Daddy)

"When I was no bigger'n a bump on a pickle, my Daddy and me were walking across't the mountains toward Kahatchee.

Suddenly, I fell and hurt myself and screamed: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"

To my surprise, I hear a voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"

Curious, I yelled: "Who are you?"

I received the answer: "Who are you?"

And then my Daddy screamed at the mountain: "I admire you!"

The voice answered: "I admire you!"

Angered at the response, I screamed: "Coward!"

I received the answer: "Coward!"

I looked to my Daddy and asked: "What's going on?"

My Daddy smiled and said: "Boy, pay attention."

Again he screamed: "You are a champion!"

The voice answered: "You are a champion!"

I was surprised, but did not understand.

Then Daddy explained:

"People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.

It gives you back everything you say or do.

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.

If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.

If you want your hired men to work harder, work harder yourself. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it."



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