In Their Own Words:
Words of Wisdom
and Notable Quotes

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We are a family of philosophers with witty turns of expression. Here are a few such pearls.

on money
"If you don't have it, don't spend it.
 If you do have it, don't talk about it."
George L. Alexander, banker

on arguments
"It's like driving a nail into a post.
 You can pull the nail out,
 but the post is never the same."
Nancy Smith McCullough, mother of seven

on stepping out
"A girl should never go out with her fascinator."
Anna May Hawley
(by a fascinator she meant a scarf )

on the Dupont family
"A perfectly nice middle-class family
-- French, of course."
Claudia Wright Lea Phelps

on riots
"Never watch a riot. Either get in or get out."
Nancy Alexander Wilds, after Kent State, May 4, 1970

on family migrations
"They kept the roads hot."
Martha Purdy


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