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Bumper Sticker Philosophy

Posted on Oct 15, 2019 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Uncategorized


Bumper Sticker Philosophy

Once I traveled for a major company. It didn’t take me long to realize radio stations play the number one song every 23 minutes, and windshield time is highly overrated.
Some of my territory ran through the Mark Twain Forest and down to the beautiful Eleven Point River. No one could understand why I didn’t want to spend my fall weekends looking at more colorful foliage.

I lived in Springfield, Missouri and began to frequent the main library. On the weekend I would drop by and check out all the popular books they carried on cassette. Within six months I had listened to every best seller they had. Next I tackled the self-help books. I heard How to Win Friends and Influence People, Think and Grow Rich, and fell in love with Zig Ziglar.

Once I went through all of those I tackled the philosophers, Aristotle, Epicurus, Confucius and Socrates to name a few.

It got so when I stepped up to the counter, the librarian would have a list of things I hadn’t tackled yet. I went through travel, biographies, autobiographies, cooking and art.

I’m telling you, it wasn’t that I am smarter; it is that I remember bits and pieces and when just the right thing comes up, an answer comes to me.

We have all done it. You see a person you haven’t seen in years and a memory of her sitting in fifth hour study hall comes to mind, or you see a guy and remember what kind of car he drove thirty years ago.

Now we have Bumper Sticker Philosophy.

Everyone knows a quote from the famous men of ancient times. They just don’t know they do.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

I think therefore I am.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Those three are from Albert Einstein.


Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors. Mr. Rogers.


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Nothing will work unless you do.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

We all know things famous people have said, quotes from the classics and have more knowledge than we have time to explore. Thus came: bumper sticker philosophy.
It is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram thousands of times a day.

Get your mind out of politics, forest fires and police shootings a little while every day and take a minute to be lifted up by a little philosophy.

I wonder what I would have been like if there had been cell phones back then?

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