Read a selection of quotes from Brownie Wise and Earl Tupper and bask in the positive thinking of the 1950s.

You can't lead anyone else farther than you have gone yourself.
-- Brownie Wise

When you help someone up a hill, you find yourself closer to the top.
-- Brownie Wise

Everybody admires a "go-getter" -- if he is tactful.
-- Earl Tupper

Remember the steam kettle; though up to its neck in hot water it continues to sing.
-- Brownie Wise

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Brownie Wise

The fruits of life fall into the hands of those who climb the tree and pick them.
-- Earl Tupper

There is nothing new about the need for personal recognition. It is as old as mankind.
-- Brownie Wise

The ship anchored in the harbor rots faster than the ship crossing the ocean; a still pool of water stagnates more rapidly than a running stream.
-- Brownie Wise

The difference in character and future usefulness between the self educated and the college pampered person is the difference between the baby who can sit up and feed himself and the one who has to be held and have the food spooned into him.
-- Earl Tupper

 

Excerpts from the Papers of Earl Silas Tupper and Brownie Wise, Smithsonian Archive Center.

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