Granddaddy’s favorite quotes

My granddaddy, Julian E. Brown, Sr., loved to collect quotes. He’d write them out longhand on half sheets of paper and tack them all over the walls of his office at Soil Conservationist Services in Walton County, Georgia, where he worked for 47 years (not that he went away after he retired. He hung around the office so much, telling the young’uns how things should go, they finally hired him back as a district employee.).

Back when I was in college, he gave me some copies of his absolute favorites. I thought I’d share them here every now and then and see if we can start a conversation (see “Monologing” below!).

I’m sharing this one first because it perfectly sums up how Granddaddy lived his life.

“Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.”

-Charles Kingsley


7 thoughts on “Granddaddy’s favorite quotes

  1. “Smooth seas do not skillful sailors make”

    “If you can read this, thank a teacher….and since it’s in English, thank a soldier.”

  2. One of my favorite quotes of all times:

    “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

    -Jim Elliot

  3. “Courage is faith that has said it’s prayers.” This has become my new favorite…and is posted by my door as a daily reminder of where I need to set my sights.

  4. Oh, I like all of those. I might have to start my own quote wall. Seriously.

    Bill — nice contrast on comment #3

    Carol — I love that quote, too. It’s made even more powerful when looked at in relation to how Jim Elliot lived–and died.

    Helene — who said that? Do you know? I can see why you’d be clinging to that quote right now. I’m praying for you.

    Jamie — That is such a precious quote. I had a Mary Engelbreit book once (I think it was a baby shower gift) and it had that quote on the cover with a wonderful illustration. Hey, look, here’s a link to a plaque of the same illustration!

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