Voters should never mistake a politician’s bluster and bombast for braininess.

It’s hard to judge if a politician is truthful because it’s hard for our brains to process the words politician and truth at the same time.

Failure happens, but it can’t last unless you let it.

Real character is refusing to let either failure or success change the real you.

Growing character without humility is like a climbing rose without a trellis.

Happiness can’t be bought, but it can be planted, cultivated, and harvested.

If the best things in life are free, why do we have to pay for the makings of a blackberry cobbler?

Learning to say “No” won’t always make friends, but it will help keep the friends you already have.

Happiness is not a destination; it’s a travel companion you choose on the road of life.

Let’s be kind to animals and don’t call a politician a skunk when he raises a stink trying to get elected.

A politician’s promise has about as much substance as the breath he uses to make it.

Be what God wants you to be, and you’ll find that you not only please yourself but also those who know you.

Forgiveness cannot be bought, it’s grows naturally out of love.

Express love, pass it on, but don’t try to explain it. It explains itself.

What we get in life is not as important as what we give.

Forgiveness is a low-cost investment that pays back large dividends for a lifetime.

Anger grows out of bitterness, malice out of anger, violence out of malice.

If thinking of gifts we can give to others, check out our Lord’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

Only a very small person feels a need to belittle another to make himself feel significant.

Humility is the seed, character is the plant, kindness is the fruit produced.

Presidential candidates should learn that mouthiness is never mistaken for manliness.

Good character does not give room and board to ego.

Using common sense and fairness in dealing with people may puzzle some of them, but you’ll sleep well at night.

Yesterday is for remembering its lessons, today is for living and learning new lessons.

The one secret common to climbing mountains of all sizes is you have to start.

Bluster is no substitute for brains.

If we’re to take politics seriously, I wonder how we got both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the presidential race this year.

If thievery is still against the law, how do you explain some of the politicians that get elected to Congress?

Did Wall Street’s Goldman Sachs pay candidate Hillary Clinton $675,000 for three speeches because they wanted to know how she once ran $1,000 into $100,000 in cattle futures?

Bitter people are like porcupines: they have their points, but no one likes being close to them.

The heart can be where hurt grows into bitterness, or where forgiveness blossoms into love. You choose.