On Record: From the pithy to the silly: Wall sayings

We’ve all seen them hanging on the walls: A soaring eagle with the word “LEADER” underneath, or a perfect surfer’s wave with the inscription “DO IT NOW.”

This is all well and good, but unless you mix it up a bit occasionally, the eyes have a way of ignoring what they’ve already taken in during their 1,000 trips down the hallway to the bathroom. So I thought I’d offer you some new sayings, many geared toward construction. (And if you have some favorites you don’t see here, please send them to me at [email protected].)

“The shortest distance between two points is under construction.” – attributed to several sources:

“It’s not a question of who’s going to throw the first stone; it’s a question of who’s going to start building with it.” – Sloan Wilson, writer

“It’s not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” – David Allan Coe, country singer

“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury, writer

“Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.” – Adrienne Clarkson, writer

“People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, we are thinking faster, too.” – Christopher Morley, writer

“You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.” – Chuck Yeager, pilot

“We can’t cross that bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time.” – Bernard Baruch, businessman

“There is great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.” – Freeman Dyson, physicist

And while I doubt any of the following will make it to your walls, they’re still fun reads:
“I’ve gained a few pounds around the middle. The only lower-body garments I own that still fit me comfortably are towels.” – Dave Barry, humorist

“A concrete mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston Pass. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.” – Ronnie Corbett, British comedian

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