Cullen Hightower Quotes

Malcolm Cullen Hightower, 1923 – 2008

Born: 17 December 1923, Neftel, Alabama
Died: 27 November 2008, Mary Esther, Florida

Hightower served in the army during WWII and then began a 30-year career in sales and sales training. Upon retiring to Florida, he began publishing the quips and advice he had been writing for himself most of his life. They appeared in a popular newspaper feature called Salty Sally and often in Forbes, Reader’s Digest and other magazines and publications. He published collections of them in book form, “All-American Proverbs” and “Cullen’s Wit Kit”, and individual quips of his were published in over 50 other books.

Cullen Hightower quotes:

A day’s pay for a day’s work is more than adequate when both the work and the pay are appreciated as much as they are expected.
    Cullen Hightower

A figment of the imagination is just a harmless illusion – unless you are victim of it.
    Cullen Hightower

A good education prepares a child to be a good employee and a good citizen-in that order, with the importance of the former never exceeding the importance of the latter.
    Cullen Hightower

A mind becomes a detriment when it acquires more intelligence than its integrity can handle.
    Cullen Hightower

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.
    Cullen Hightower

Adolescence is the period of life when we first become obsessed with trying to prove we are not a child-an obsession that can last a lifetime.
    Cullen Hightower

Adolescence is the period of life when we first become obsessed with trying to prove we are not a child-an obsession that can last a lifetime.
    Cullen Hightower

After our ages-long journey from savagery to civility, let’s hope we haven’t bought a round-trip ticket.
    Cullen Hightower

Courtship brings out the best. Marriage brings out the rest.
    Cullen Hightower

Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos.
    Cullen Hightower

Don’t expect other nations to have a democracy like ours – they don’t have enough lawyers.
    Cullen Hightower

Every adult should be an expert on teenagers, after spending life’s seven longest years being one.
    Cullen Hightower

Every U.S. citizen owes allegiance to our nation. Some Americans consider that anything less than high treason is allegiance.
    Cullen Hightower

Failure can be bought on easy terms; success must be paid for in advance.
    Cullen Hightower

Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there.
    Cullen Hightower

Getting even with somebody is no way to get ahead of anybody.
    Cullen Hightower

If television encouraged us to work as much as it encourages us to do everything else, we could better afford to buy more of everything it advertises.
    Cullen Hightower

If we fixed a hangnail the way our government fixes the economy, we’d slam a car door on it.
    Cullen Hightower

Integrity is an absolute virtue.
    Cullen Hightower

It’s hard to see a halo when you’re looking for horns.
    Cullen Hightower

Love is what’s left of a relationship after all the selfishness has been removed.
    Cullen Hightower

Money can be fickle, having a lasting relationship with a few and a brief fling with others, while just flirting with the rest of us.
    Cullen Hightower

Of all creatures on earth, we humans have the highest level of stupidity.
    Cullen Hightower

Older generations are living proof that younger generations can survive their lunacy.
    Cullen Hightower

One difference between savagery and civilization is a little courtesy. There’s no telling what a lot of courtesy would do.
    Cullen Hightower

Only the poor can know all the disadvantages of poverty. Only the rich can know all the disadvantages of wealth.
    Cullen Hightower

Our ego is our silent partner – too often with a controlling interest.
    Cullen Hightower

Our freedom to discipline ourselves is a freedom we can lose if we don’t use it.
    Cullen Hightower

Our laws can be friendly to those who obey them, and too often useful to those who don’t.
    Cullen Hightower

People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they’ve done.
    Cullen Hightower

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