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Cullen Hightower
1923 -

American salesman and sales trainer. Hightower served in the army during WWII and then began a 30-year career in sales and sales training. Upon retiring in 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 later published a collection of them in a book entitled Cullen Hightower's Wit Kit.


Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.

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.

Integrity is an absolute virtue.

Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.

There's too much said for the sake of argument and too little said for the sake of agreement.

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

When we put our best foot forward, the other one had better be good enough to stand on.

We sometimes get all the information, but we refuse to get the message.

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

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

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

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

quoted in Reader's Digest Magazine, July 1999
Our ego is our silent partner - too often with controlling interest.

Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.

Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness.

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex... but Congress can.

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

People seldom become famous for what they say, until after they are famous for what they have done.