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Keep Calm and Carry On – the art of the untroubled mind

This Christmas, I got a copy of Keep Calm and Carry On as a secret santa present. I’d hoped for a bottle of wine but hey ho. It was actually pretty good – with its little nuggets of no nonsense wisdom, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you for January – season of the hangover, when the scales are groaning and coffers are empty.

 

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”

- Benjamin Franklin

 

“Better bread with water than cake with trouble.”

- Russian proverb

 

“Luxury: the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.”

-Kahlil Gibran

 

“Behind every great fortune there is a great crime.”

- Honoré de Balzac

 

“Business is the art of extracting money from another man’s pocket without resorting to violence.”

- Max Amsterdam

 

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”

- Bernard M. Baruch

 

“How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than 60 years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?”

-Logan Pearsall Smith

 

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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