Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sophistication, quotes, truth

I read a little one-liner that said, 'If your children lie to you, who has made them afraid to tell the truth?' That was like a door slamming me in the face, because kids lie. At a certain stage of their life, they are testing different forms of communication to see which works. We sat down with our kids, and we said, 'Always tell us the truth. If you tell us the truth, we promise you'll never get into trouble for telling the truth. You'll get into trouble for lying, but I promise you you'll never get into trouble for telling the truth.'

Most people are just trying to get through the day. Sophisticated people learn how to get from the day.

Sophistication is understanding the difference between trinkets and treasures.

Don't spend major money on minor things. In the last ten years the guy has bought two tons of donuts and only two books - and the books are primarily filled with pictures.

Sophisticated people don't leave early. The man says, "Yeah, but I want to beat the traffic." Isn't that a great skill to have - beating the traffic!

It doesn't take a million dollars to learn the difference between a bottle of fine wine and a Pepsi. Sophistication is a study not an amount.

One of the early signs of sophistication is not giving way to all inclinations but rather sending your emotions to school so they will learn how to behave.

Money doesn't make you sophisticated. Only study and practice make you sophisticated. Even people of modest means can become sophisticated because it is within study and practice. How much is a night out at the symphony? About thirty dollars. You say, "Poor people can't afford thirty dollars to go to the symphony." Yes, they can. It's only thirty Hershey bars!

We must teach our children not to spend their money a dollar at a time. If you spend your money a dollar at a time, you'll wind up with trinkets instead of treasures. You can't buy much of value a dollar at a time.

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