201. “I don’t how much string is left on my ball of twine. There are no guarantees as to how long any of us will live, but I know full well that I would rather make my days count than merely count my days. I want to live each one of them as close to the core of life as possible, experiencing as much of God and my family and friends as I am capable.”—Tim Hansel
202. “Self-pity...is one of the greatest wastes of my time and emotions.”—Tim Hansel
203. “The foundation stone for any achievement is desire.”—Unknown
204. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”—John Shedd
205. “Adversity introduces a man to himself.”—Unknown
205. “There is no education like adversity.”—Disraeli
206. “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”—Charles Spurgeon
207. “You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.”—Horace Mann
208. “Architecture is frozen music.”—Goethe
209. “Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.
210. “If you don’t know, ask. You will be a fool for the moment, but a wise man the rest of your life.”—Unknown
211. “Better ask twice than lose your way once.”—Danish proverb
212. “Attitudes are more important than aptitudes.”—A. A. Montapert
213. “Every man has his choice of becoming a fountain of joy, or a fountain of sorrow.”—Unknown
214. “THE POVERTY OF UNAWARENESS: Men and women go about the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.”—Jerry Fleishman
215. “Great battles are really won before they are actually fought.”—John Lubbock
216. “If we choose exemption from life’s battles, we leave God no choice but to exempt us from the rewards of victory.”—A.P. Gouthey
217. “Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.”—Teddy Roosevelt
218. “What you are going to be tomorrow you are becoming today.”—Unknown
219. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”—Emerson
220. “I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.”—Socrates
221. “BEAUTY: What pleasure is so pure, so costless, so accessible, indeed so ever present with us?”—John Lubbock
222. “Beginning is the most important part of the work.”—Plato
223. “The thousand-mile journey starts with one step.”—Confucius
224. “You had better live your best, think your best, and do your best today—for today will soon be tomorrow and tomorrow will soon be forever.”—A.P. Gouthey
225. “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten legions of angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”—Abraham Lincoln
226. “Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many.”—Dickens
227. “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”—Erasmus
228. “Too low they build who build beneath the stars.”—Edward Young
229. “It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than we can bear.”—George MacDonald
230. “The grandest work a human being can do is to keep himself fit for the greatest thing he is capable of doing.”—O.S. Marden
231. “Forewarned is forearmed.”—Cervantes
232. “Chance favors the prepared mind.”—Louis Pasteur
233. “No man ever became wise by chance.”—Unknown
234. “Let go of lower things and reach for the higher. Surround yourself with the best in books, music and art.”—Wilfred Peterson
235. “Character is built by the things we love.”—Emerson
236. “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire on love; and to this very day millions would die for Him.”—Napoleon
237. “You must climb high, in order to see far.”—A. A. Montapert
238. “He that will conquer must fight.”—Thomas Fuller
239. “Contentment is natural wealth.”—Socrates
240. “If you can make a man laugh you can make him think.”—Alfred E. Smith
241. ‘...solitude is the school of genius.”—Gibbon
242. “There is a rapture in the lonely shore...where naught intrudes.”—Lord Byron
243. “Go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”—Victor Hugo
244. “Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste of death but once.”—Shakespeare
245. “Tis wise to learn—tis Godlike to create.”—J.G. Saxe
246. “Don’t curse the darkness. Light a candle.”—Chinese proverb
247. Prevention is better than a cure.”—Unknown
248. “It is not death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”—Marcus Aurelius
249. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”
—Leonardo Da Vinci
250. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”—Chinese proverb
251. “Your capacity to say ‘No’ determines your capacity to say ‘yes’ to greater things.”—E. Stanley Jones
252. “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”—Mark Twain
253. “...never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”—Abraham Lincoln
254. “Live to do good and you will never tire of your employment.”—Unknown
255. “Well done is better than well said.”—Benjamin Franklin
256. “A wise man learns from his own mistakes. An even wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.”—Unknown
257. “Did a person but know the value of an enemy, he would purchase him with pure gold.”—Raunch
258. “Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”—J. Petit-Senn
259. “The great majority of men exist but do not live. The power of the passions, the force of the will, the creative energy of the imagination, these make life, and reveal to us a world of which the millions are entirely ignorant.”—Disraeli
260. “The only way to learn strong faith is endure strong trials.”—George Mueller
261. “I seek to be worthy to be known.”—Confucius
262. “Whether we like it or not—all of us are engaged in a ceaseless war, the endless struggle between love and hate, good and evil, truth and lies, freedom and tyranny...Each of us has a thousand private battlefields. And the happiest people, it seems to me, are those who fight the hardest.”—Arthur Gordon
263. “...fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”—Alexander Pope
264. “I desire to conduct the affairs of this administration so that...at the end I shall have at least one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”—Abraham Lincoln
265. “The better part of one’s life consists in his friendships.”—Abraham Lincoln
266. “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.”—Roger Babson
267. “I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put thine hand into the hand of God. That shall be to thee better than light and safer than a known way.”—Louise Haskins
268. “If people knew how hard I have to work to gain my mastery it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.”—Michelangelo
269. “...you show courtesy to others not because they are gentlemen, but because you are one.”—Unknown
270. “Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storms of life.”—Ella Wheeler Wilcox
271. “The love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind.”—F.W. Faber
272. “My great concern is not whether God is on our side, my great concern is to be on God’s side.”—Abraham Lincoln
273. “God’s mill grinds slow, but it grinds exceedingly fine.”—German proverb
274. “You cannot find peace except in the will of God.”—Unknown
275. “He enjoys much who is thankful for little.”—Thomas Secker
276. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”—Winston Churchill
277. “ ‘What a wonderful life I’ve had.’ Then after a sigh of remorse, she added, ‘I only wish I’d realized it sooner.’ ”—Unknown
278. “I’ve searched the world over in my travels for contented and happy men. I have found such men only where Christ has been personally and decisively received.”—Billy Graham
279. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”—Abraham Lincoln
280. “We are so busy reaching for things beyond us that we miss eternal values which are near at hand. In our hurry and fret we have forgotten how to ‘walk and talk with God.’”—A.P. Gouthey
281. “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”—Booker T. Washington
282. “Carve your name on hearts and not on marble.”—Charles Spurgeon
283. “Those who do not know history are forever condemned to repeat it.”—Will Durant
284. “The highways of history are strewn with the wreckage of the nations that forgot God.”—Unknown
285.“No man can afford to be without a hobby.”—W. Beran Wolfe
286. it ever so humble, there is no place like home.”—J.H. Payne
287. “There is no happiness without a clear conscience.”—Robert Waters
288. “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”—Mark Twain
289. “Ignorance costs more than education.”—John Lubbock
290. “Everybody’s ignorant, only on different subjects.”—Will Rogers
291. “All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever.”—Disraeli
292. “If you be a lover of instruction, you will be well instructed.”—Isocrates
293. “Necessity is the mother of invention.”—Latin proverb
294. “When looking for a job, tell the man what you can do for him, not how good you are.”—A.A. Montapert
295. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”—John Keats
296. “To get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.’—Mark Twain
297.“Sadness and joy...are both contagious emotions.”—Szekely
298. “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”—William Penn
299. “We don’t know one millionth of one percent of anything.”—Thomas Edison
300. “Knowledge...becomes power only when and if it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.”—Napoleon Hill
301.“The end of labor is to gain leisure.”—Aristotle
297. “The finest command of language is often shown by saying nothing.”—Roger Babson
“I close my eyes with the blessed consciousness that I have left one shining track upon the earth.”—Beethoven
298. “I have lived and I have loved.”—Schiller
“Laziness travels so slow that poverty soon overtakes it.”—Benjamin Franklin
299. “Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.”—unknown
300. “Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.”—Disraeli
“If we succeed in acquiring the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.”—John Lubbock
301. “Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”—Henry Ford
302. “Leisure is time for doing something useful.”—Benjamin Franklin
303. “Only a person who can live with himself can enjoy the gift of leisure.”—Henry Greber
304. “We are losing our sense of leisure. In a frenzy, we rush through the days and weeks, no living life, but consuming it...doomed to the slavery of good and bonds and business. I do not have ‘time’ is the most frequently heard excuse for neglecting health, happiness, necessary recreation and even worship.”—A.P. Gouthey
305. “Cream always rises to the top.”—A.A. Montapert
306. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough it will be believed.”—Adolph Hitler
307. “We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.”—R.J. McCracken
308. “To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.”—Cicero
309. “A good library is a great kingdom.”—Magliabecchi
310. “Imagine that we had it in our power to call up the...wisest men that ever existed, and oblige them to converse with us on the most interesting topics...in a well-furnished library, we, in fact, possess this power.”—John Aikin
311.“Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.”—Colton
312. “Life begins when a person first realizes how soon it ends.”—A.A. Montapert
313. “Day by day your thoughts and acts are being inscribed in your book of life. Hour by hour, the record is being made that must stand for all time...Let it be said of your book that it is a record of noble purpose, generous service, and work well done.”—Grenville Kleiser
314. “Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.”—Nehru
315. “Ships that pass in the night...a distant voice in the darkness. So in the ocean of life, we pass and speak to one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and silence.”—Longfellow
316. “As leaves on the tree, such is the life of man.”—Homer
317. “We’re born, we live, we die. We had no power over our birth. We have very little control over how we will die. How sad if we look back on our life, the one thing we can control, and realize we forget to live.”—B.L.
318. “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”—W.E. Channing
319. “The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled.”—Oliver Goldsmith
320. “A brook—how like life...like the little brook, begins it meandering journey down the canyon that we call years—sometimes through sunny places, sometimes through shadowy, treacherous places, but ever going on, intent to reach some good.”—A.P. Gouthey
321. “The more we can learn from other travellers...the easier our journey will be.”—A.B. Zu Tavern
322.“...to laugh, to sing, to meditate, to worship, to be purposeful and fruitful, to serve your fellow man.”—A.A. Montapert
323. “To see life as a struggle rather than a reward, mental rather than environmental, spiritual rather than material, eternal rather than temporal...is to live as a real person is meant to live.”—John Miller
324. “As a man thinketh, so is he.”—Bible
325. “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.”—Charles Darwin
326. “This is the only chance you will ever have on this earth with this exciting adventure called life.”—Dale Carnegie
327. “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a...splendid torch.”—G.B. Shaw
328. “To be alive only to appetite, pleasure, pride, money-making, and not to goodness and kindness, purity and love, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hopes, is to be all but dead.”—Babcock
329. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”—Oscar Wilde
330. “...always getting ready to live, but never living.”—Emerson
331.“‘Tomorrow I will live’ the fool does say...the wise lived yesterday.”—Martial
332. “It is more important to live well than to live long.”—Seneca
333. “A truly spiritual man’s creed is not live and let live, but live and help live.”—Roger Babson
334. “Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we do about peace, more about killing than we do about living.”—General Omar Bradley
335. “Perhaps the dominant force in the average life is possessions. Life becomes a scramble for gain instead of a mission of God. We are so busy making a living that we forget to make a life.”—A.P. Gouthey
336. “Few of us, indeed realize the wonderful privilege of living; the blessings we inherit, the glories and beauties of the universe, which is our own if we choose.”—John Lubbock
337. “Keep life simple...learn to like work. Have a good hobby. Learn to be satisfied...Always be planning something.”—Dr. John Schindler
338. “We have pushed and rushed and ‘knocked ourselves out.’ There has been no time for planning or living a full life.”—Rhoda Lachar
339. “It would do the world good if every man in it would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone.”—Bruce Barton
340. “The more one loves the nearer he approaches God.”—R.W. Trine
341. “Paradise is...where love dwells.”—Richter
342. “The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”—G.K. Chesterton
343. “Love unreciprocated is like a question without an answer.”—German proverb
344. “Love most, say least.”—Tennyson
345. “The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.”—Somerset Maugham
346. “Love is eternal—the aspect may change, but not the essence.”—Vincent Van Gogh
347. “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”—Tennyson
348. “The creation of a thousand forests is in on acorn...”—Emerson
349. “Man has been placed in the world in order that he may develop and expand his talents and capacities to their fullest extent...truth must be known, beauty fashioned, good practiced and God feared and loved.”—Ottakar Prohaszka
350. “From birth to death, from Monday to Monday, from morning to evening—all activities are routinized, and prefabricated. How should a man caught in this net of routine not forget that he is a man, a unique individual, one who is given only this one chance of living...?—Erich Fromm
351. “Don’t marry for money, you can borrow it cheaper.”—Scottish proverb
352. “What has our materialistic life to offer man, minutes after death?”—A.P. Gouthey
353. “Aroused by the thought that ‘so few things matter,’ I set about to earnestly find what things really do matter...the thought came clearly to me. Be obedient to God’s laws and emulate the example of Christ.’ And each day, as I have practically applied these thoughts, my life became brighter, better, more satisfying and productive. I can now truthfully say I have found the ‘pearl of great price.’”—Grenville Kleiser
354. “...do not permit yourself to live an uncharted life.”—Rhoda Lachar
355. “Nurture the mind with great thoughts.”—Disraeli
356. “The body and the mind are interdependent, you can’t abuse the one without affecting the other.”—Grenville Kleiser
357. “I will not be a slave to myself.”—Seneca
358. “Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant.”—P.T. Barnum
359. “...make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”—G.H. Lorimer
360. “The first hour of the morning is the rudder for the day.”—H.W. Beecher
361. “If you lose an hour in the morning, you have to hunt for it the rest of the day.”—Chinese proverb
362. “‘Now’ is the watch word of the wise.”—Charles Spurgeon
363. “Observation is more than seeing; it is knowing what you see and comprehending its significance.”—Charles Gow
364. “...rust rots the steel which use preserves.”—Bulwer-Lytton
365. “Old age is 15 years older than I am.”—Bernard Baruch
366.“To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom.”—Henri Frederic Amiel
367. “All truth is still God’s truth, no matter the source.”—Tom Skinner
368. “Opportunities are seldom labeled.”—John Shedd
369. “People who take time to be alone usually have depth, originality, and quiet reserve.”—John Miller
370.“To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.”—Martial
371. “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”—Augustine
372. “...all conditions and situations are only temporary...trials, tribulations, obstacles, delays, disappointments and failures are only stalking shadows that instantly disappear in the light of patience.”—Earl Prevette
373. “...if you think, you will be entertained by thinkers; if you love the world and earnestly seek for the good therein, you will be surrounded by loving friends and nature will pour into your lap the treasures of the earth.”—N.W. Zimmerman
374. “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion...”—Dale Carnegie
375. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.”—David Sarnoff
376. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence...nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent...the world is full of educated derelicts.”—Calvin Coolidge
377. “I find that the chief difference between successful men and the failures lies in the single element of staying power.”—Theodore Parker
378. “The test of an enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.”—Richter
379. “The worst poverty is not to live in a small house, but to live in a small world.”—Roy Smith
380. “It is no disgrace to be poor, but it is mighty inconvenient.”—Myrtle MacElroy
381. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”—Epictetus
382. “To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession added to the best things of life.”—A.C. Swinburne
383. “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”—Abraham Lincoln
384. “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.”—Charles Kettering
385. “Procrastination is the thief of time.”—Dickens
386. “No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten out of the ship in the storm.”—Unknown
387. “A promise made is a debt unpaid.”—Shakespeare
388. “The secret of public speaking: It’s easy, all you have to do is think up a good beginning, next, you have to come up with a good closing. Then you keep the two as close together as possible.”—Unknown
389“A reasonably slow, measured rate of speech is always more effective than a rapid-fire delivery.”—Grenville Kleiser
390. “Three great questions: Is it right or wrong? Is it true or false? Is it beautiful or ugly.”—John Lubbock
391. “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”—Bible
392. “When we read...we may transport ourselves to the mountains or the seashore, and visit the most beautiful parts of the earth, without fatigue, inconvenience, or expense.”—John Lubbock
393.. “When you read the best books, you will have as the guests of your mind the best thoughts of the best men.”—Grenville Kleiser
394. “The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”—Jacque Bossuet
395. “Passions and feelings may become popular, but reasons always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.”—Goethe
396. “Three methods we may learn wisdom: ...by reflection, which is the noblest...by imitation, which is the easiest; and...by experience, which is the bitterest.”—Confucius
397. “We begin to walk on the road to happiness when we learn the art of relaxation...relaxation is a habit we all can acquire, a healthy habit every day.”—Maxwell Maltz
398. “The unexamined life is not worth living.”—Socrates
399. “Reputation is what folks think you are. Personality is what you seem to be. Character is what you really are.”—Unknown
400. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”—Henry Ford
1. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”—William Feather
2. “Try to bring a rainbow to someone’s life every day.”—Grace Kremer
3. “Thoughts become actions; actions become habits, habits become character; character becomes destiny.”—unknown
4. “You can’t stuff a great life into a small dream.” — H. Jackson Brown
5. “No champion is embarrassed by his scars.”—H. Jackson Brown
6. “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going forward, backwards, or sideways.”—H. Jackson Brown
7. “You build a successful life a day at a time.”—Lou Holtz
8. "We teach what we know, but we reproduce who we are."
9. “Most pain in my life has been the result of a misperception of who I am or who God is.”—Ann Graham Lot??
10. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”—Marianne Williamson
11. God is “bountiful in his provision, reliable in his promises and utterly faithful in his love.”— Thomas Smail
12. Don’t look at the pain, look at the gain.—Bart
13. Most think we live in the land of the living and when we die we go to the land of dying. Nothing could be further from the truth. We live in the land of the dying and we go to the land of the living.--paraphrase George Sweeting
14. “...entangled with non-essentials.”--Deitrich Bonhoeffer
15. Wear the robe of righteousness well.--Joyce Martin
16. If in doubt, just do the next right thing you know to do. God will show the way. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
17. If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide up work and give out orders. Instead teach them to yearn for the vast endless sea." —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
18. “It takes a long time to grow old friends.” Keith Davis
19. “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”— Goethe
20. “The secret formula of the saints: When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines.” —Samuel Rutherford
21. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. -- Sidney J. Harris
22. “We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
23. "Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."— G.K. Chesterton
24. I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer. Jim Carrey
25. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" Maya Angelou
26. "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." - G.K. Chesterton
27. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God's eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace... We must dare to opt consciously for our chosenness and not allow our emotions, feelings, or passions to seduce us into self-rejection.—Henri J. M. Nouwen
28. Enjoy life NOW... it has an expiration date
29. The whole principle of the Christian life is that we go beyond what is right to do that which is well-pleasing to Him. --Watchman Nee
30. No power on earth, no temptation or attraction however potent, can force our assent; no pressure of influence can forcibly provoke our decision. Much can be imposed on man's body by violence...he can be made to perform certain actions repugnant to him, and particularly, can be prevented from doing anything he wishes to do; but no matter what limitations are placed upon his outward sphere of action, nothing, except himself, has any power over his inward decision, over his ultimate, and irrevocably free, Yes or No.
--Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Transformation in Christ
31. Tony Snow, former Bush press secretary and Fox news Sunday host who died of cancer is 2008:
"Through such trials, God bids us choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?"
32. Mercy acknowledges the reality that we live in a fallen world and need to relate to each other in kindness. Mercy doesn't change the need to speak truth but it transforms our motivation from a desire to win battles to a desire to represent Christ. Mercy influences how and when we speak truth. I didn't get what I deserved at the Cross, so I'm not going to live as if you get what you deserve in what you're doing. Instead, I will show grace. You don't have to overlook things but you never lose when you exercise mercy to your mate.--Dave Harvey When Sinners Say I Do
33. “Jesus shines beautifully in the darkness.”—Unknown
34. With Great power comes great responsibility. (quote from movie, Spiderman)
35. 'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' - Ronald Reagan
36. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.—Adrian Rogers
37. If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.—Adrian Rogers
38. Sin is not just breaking God’s laws; it is breaking His heart.—Adrian Rogers
39. We ought to be living as if Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon.—Adrian Rogers
40. If you have a Bible that’s falling apart, you’ll have a life that’s not.—Adrian Rogers
41. People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. —John Maxwell
42. How can we not think of eternity?—Bart
43. Most people let their Moments slip through their fingers, half lived. They avoid the present by worrying about the future or long for a better time or place.—Sarah Young
44. A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart.—unknown
45. “To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God:...because He already loves us He must labour to make us lovable...”—C.S. Lewis
46. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”—C.S. Lewis
47. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.
48. When God measures a person, he doesn’t put the tape measure around the head but around the heart.—Unknown
49. “...hate the sin but not the sinner. For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction...years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life—namely myself.”—C.S. Lewis
50. I Believe....That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
51. Either you control your attitude or it controls you.— L. Gilbert
52. No matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief. — L. Gilbert
53. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything they have. — L. Gilbert
54. “Atheism robs death of meaning.”—Peter Kreeft
55. “The hurt child needs not so much explanations as reassurances.”—Peter Kreeft
[C.S. Lewis is my all-time favorite author. Enjoy some quotes by him.]
56. “Amiable agnostics talk cheerfully about ‘man’s search for God.’ To me, as I then was, they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat.”—C.S. Lewis
57. “God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.”—C.S. Lewis
58. “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”—C.S. Lewis
59. “What the soul cries out for is the resurrection of the senses.”—C.S. Lewis
60. “We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire. . . Indeed if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us. . .” —C.S. Lewis
61. [concerning Heaven] “In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence . . . [it is] the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name—C.S. Lewis
62. “These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” —C.S. Lewis
63. “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it . . . We cannot mingle with the splendors we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”—C.S. Lewis
64. “What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies before us. The whole man is to drink joy from the fountain of joy.”—C.S. Lewis
65. “The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it . . . to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations . . . There are nor ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.—C.S. Lewis
66. . . . We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously . . . Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object present to your senses.” --C.S. Lewis
67. “. . . we are assured of our eternal self-identity and shall live to remember the galaxies as an old tale.”—C.S. Lewis
68. “In the end that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other; either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised . . . How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed how we think of Him is of no importance except insofar as it is related to how He thinks of us . . . To please God . . . to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness . . . to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son—it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.”—C.S. Lewis
69. “. . . Nature is only the first sketch.”—C.S. Lewis
70. “. . . God makes no appetite in vain. We can therefore pursue knowledge as such, and beauty as such, in the sure confidence that by so doing we are either advancing to the vision of God ourselves or indirectly helping others to do so.”—C.S. Lewis
71. “ ‘We know not what we shall be’; but we may be sure we shall be more, not less, than we were on earth.”—C.S. Lewis
72. “. . . he [today’s student] is seldom engaged in those solitary walks, or walks with a single companion, which built the minds of the previous generations. He lives in a crowd; caucus has replaced friendship . . . We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”—C.S. Lewis
73. “If we do not believe it, let us be honest and relegate the Christian faith to museums. If we do, let us give up the pretense that it makes no difference.”—C.S. Lewis
74. “When you go to a doctor you show him the bit of you that is wrong—say, a broken arm. It would be a mere waste of time to keep on explaining that your legs and eyes and throat are all right . . . Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse . . . To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”—C.S. Lewis
75. “I know no promise that He will accept a deliberate compromise. For He has, in the last resort, nothing to give us but Himself; and He can give that only insofar as our self-affirming will retires and makes room for Him in our souls . . . For He claims all, because He is love and must bless. He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There’s no bargaining with Him . . . ‘If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God, it will make in the end no difference what you have chosen instead.’ Those are hard words to take. Will it really make no difference whether it was women or patriotism, cocaine or art, whisky or a seat in the Cabinet, money or science? Well, surely no difference that matters. We shall have missed the end for which we are formed and rejected the only thing that satisfies. Does it matter to a man dying in a desert by which choice of route he missed the only well?”—C.S. Lewis
76. “...while angels weep, the audience laughs...”—C.S. Lewis
77. “...we shall find underneath it all (God’s creation of us) a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man (us), an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy.”—C.S. Lewis
78. “Emotional intensity is in itself no proof of spiritual depth.”—C.S. Lewis
79. “Praise...always has some element of joy in it.”—C.S. Lewis
80. “...the true tragedy of Nero must be not that he fiddled while the city was on fire but that he fiddled on the brink of hell.”—C.S. Lewis
81. “I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.”—C.S. Lewis
82. “There was no prose in his life...a potent adjective floating in a nounless void...”—C.S. Lewis
83. “‘We have all we want’ is a terrible saying when ‘all’ does not include God”—C.S. Lewis
84. “God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full.”—C.S. Lewis
85. “I gave in and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England...The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape?”—C.S. Lewis
86. [Man is a ] finite between two infinites—Pascal
87. When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant...I am frightened, and am astonished at being here rather than there...why now rather than then?—Pascal
88. The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite...the justice of God must be vast like His compassion. —Pascal
89. I would have far more fear of being mistaken, and of finding the the Christian religion is true, than of not being mistaken in believing it true. —Pascal
90. “A man is powerful on his knees.”—Corrie Ten Boom
91. “God always gives the best to those who leave the choice with Him.”_Unknown
92. “There is always enough time in a day to do God’s will”.—R. Lessin
93. “We have a homing instinct. . . and it doesn’t ring for earth.”—Peter Kreeft
94. “. . . I will bring you to a land not of questions, but of answers, and you shall see the face of God.”—C.S. Lewis
95. “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” —C.S. Lewis [one of my all-time favorite quotes!]
96. “‘Two things . . . pierce the human heart,’ . . . ‘One is beauty. The other is affliction.’”—John Eldredge
97. “The salvation of human souls is the real business of life.”—C.S. Lewis
98. “Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.”—C.S. Lewis
99. “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”—Thomas Moore
100. “How did Jesus sustain his passionate heart in the face of brutal opposition? He never lost sight of where he was headed.”—John Eldredge
101. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”—Jim Elliot
102. “(the parable of the sheep and the goats) The ‘Goats” are condemned entirely for their sins of omission; as if to make us fairly sure that the heaviest charge against each of us turns not up things he has done but on those he never did...”—C.S. Lewis
103. “There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”—C.S. Lewis
104. “‘We know not what we shall be’; but we may be sure we shall be more, not less, than we were on earth.”—C.S. Lewis
105. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”—C.S. Lewis
106. “Our lives are shaped by those who love us—by those who refuse to love us.”—John Powell
107. “ ‘Thy will be done’ is the infallible road to total joy.”—Peter Kreeft
108. “Once upon a time. . . we lived in a garden that was exotic and lush, inviting and full of adventure.”—John Eldredge
109. “Worship becomes the means by which we most deeply heal. . .”—John Eldredge
110. "It seems that God has asked me to do some heavy trusting these last few years. I have felt in the past months like I am suspended between a past for which I long for and a future for which I hope. The present is not an easy place to be." — Gwen Buscher
111. A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”—C.S. Lewis
112. [My paraphrase C.S. Lewis: “How few people there are that God can entrust true happiness to lest they forget him.”]
113. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
114. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.
115. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
116. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
117. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
118. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
119. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
120. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
121. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
122. I know that the Lord is always on the side of right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I—and this nation—should be on the Lord’s side.”–Abraham Lincoln
123. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
124. The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it,malice may distort it, but there it is.–Winston Churchill
125. “Every tree has a story to tell. I may have passed the same tree a thousand times, but then, one foggy day, that tree stands alone in the fog, and I truly see it for the first time. I feel enriched, as thought I just made a new friend. I suppose the same thing could be said about most people when we truly see them for the first time.”
126. Live well, love much, laugh often.
127. Choose friends and a life companion who makes your heart smile.
128. Three men were doing some repair work at the Sisteen Chapel. Someone asked the first man what he was doing. He said, “Oh, I’m just laying some stone for a wall.” The second one, when asked, said, “I’m getting ready to pour some concrete.” The third workman replied, “I’m building a monument for my Lord.”—What kind of work are you doing?
129. “He (God) has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.”—C.S. Lewis
130. “Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty—they merely move it from their faces to their hearts.”—Martin Buxbaum
131 “Their labor-saving devices multiply drudgery; their aphrodisiacs make them impotent; their amusements bore them; their rapid production of food leaves half of them starving, and their devices for saving time have banished leisure from their country.”—C.S. Lewis
132. “It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from.”—C.S. Lewis
133. “All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness. The day is coming when you will wake to find, beyond all hope, that you have attained it, or else, that it was within your reach and you have lost it forever.”—C.S. Lewis
134. A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”—C.S. Lewis
135. Great love and great achievements usually involve great risk. -Dali Lama
136. “. . . he [God] is the wellspring of everything that has ever romanced your heart.”—John Eldredge
137. “Strong desires make strong prayers . . . ”—E.M. Bounds
138. Writing, I soon discovered, was a way in which I could taste life twice.”—Tim Hansel
139. “Our level of joy (and therefore strength and healing) is directly proportionate to our level of acceptance. Our attitude is the key.”—Tim Hansel
140. “I feel like I’ve gotten a Ph.D. in living. Although I could not bear the thought of having to repeat some of the experiences of the past ten years, I cannot imagine my life without them.”—Tim Hansel
141. I wouldn’t take a million dollars for what I learned, but I wouldn’t give a nickel to go through it again!
142. “I cannot choose to be strong, but I can choose to be joyful. And when I am willing to do that, strength will follow.”—Tim Hansel
143. When God measures a person, He doesn’t put the tape measure around the head but around the heart.--Unknown
144. A true friend always stabs you in front. Oscar Wilde
145. The reason some people don't recognize opportunity is because it often comes disguised as as hard work.
146. The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. Mark Twain
147. He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself. George Herbert
148. Reaching to Heaven: A farmer asked the district superintendent to assign a pastor to his community. "How big a man do you want?" asked the superintendent? Well, "the man replied, we're not overly particular, but when he's on his knees we'd like him to reach Heaven. Author unknown
149. Final Inspection: God will look you over, not for medals or degrees, but for scars. Edward Sheldon
150. When God measures a man. He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head. Indiana Freemason
151. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.—by Theodore Roosevelt
152. Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. by Henry Ford
153. The Lord gave us two ends - one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most. by Ann Landers
154. Eloquence is a painting of thoughts.—Pascal
155. We labor unceasingly to adorn and preserve this imaginary existence, and neglect the real.—Pascal
156...to die for nothing...the charm of fame is so great, that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.—Pascal
157. If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy.—Pascal
158. Of what do you complain?—Pascal
159. Nothing is so important to man as his own state, nothing is so formidable to him as eternity.—Pascal
160. ...there are two kinds of people one can call reasonable; those who serve God with all their heart because they know Him, and those who seek Him with all their heart because they do not know Him.—Pascal
161. “...as if they could annihilate eternity by turning away their thought from it, think only of making themselves happy for the moment....they refuse to look...they choose to live in ignorance.”—Pascal
162. When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant...I am frightened, and am astonished at being here rather than there...why now rather than then?—Pascal
163. “Quite genuinely, I want to die. I have no appetite to live because I know what, for me, the future will be like.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
164. “This happiness is a consequence of feeling myself in contact with God...I sense a purpose, and know that I am part of that purpose.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
165. It was an exquisite frosty morning with a clear hard sky and golden sunrise. Suddenly, I was aware of Eternity. I felt it beyond time as I’ve felt love beyond passion.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
166. “Human beings in all ages have a wonderful faculty for becoming preoccupied with what matters least and averting their eyes from what matters most.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
167. “To pursue happiness, individually or collectively, as a conscious aim is the surest way to miss it altogether.” (p. 144) —Malcolm Muggeridge
168. “It is very difficult indeed for a twentieth-century mind to accept, or even grasp, the notion of the blessedness of affliction.”—Malcolm Muggeridge
169. “What the poor need, Mother Teresa is fond of saying, even more than food and clothing and shelter (though they need these, too, desperately), is to be wanted.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
170. “...in the face of a Mother Teresa I trace the very geography of Jesus’s Kingdom; all the contours and valleys and waterways; I need no other map.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
171. “In the soul Time and Eternity meet.” —Malcolm Muggeridge)
172. “...born of Eternity and alive in Time and soon to die.” —Malcolm Muggeridge)
173. “ ‘Little church on you hill,”...you have provided a reminder of Eternity, and for that I am grateful...you have kept alive in me quaveringly a sense that men are brothers and must love one another, and for that I owe you thanks.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
174. “There is nothing serious under the sun except love, of fellow-mortals and of God. Everything is ridiculous save ecstasy.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
175. “...I say to you, and I beg you to believe me, multiply these tiny triumphs [my writings] by a million, add them all together, and they are nothing—less than nothing...measured against one draught of that living water Christ offers to the spiritually thirsty...” —Malcolm Muggeridge
176. “...the more enchanted I become with the person and teaching of Christ the farther away I feel from all institutional Christianity...” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 195)
177. “Systematically, stage by stage, our way of life had been dismantled, our values depreciated, our certainties undermined, and our God dethroned—all this in the name of promoting the health, wealth, and happiness of one and all.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
178. “I never met a rich man who was happy, a compulsive sensualist who was other than sick, a conscious celebrity who was other than bored and boring.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 202)
179. “Every imaginable and unimaginable facility exists for making ourselves heard and seen. But have we anything to say?” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 206)
180. “Eccentricity is largely a form of egotism...long hair does not a genius make, or sandalled feet a saint.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 223)
181. “True freedom lies in spiritual surrender to the will of God.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 226)
182. “I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained. In other words, if it ever were to be possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug or other medical mumbo jumbo, as Aldous Huxley envisaged in Brave New World, the result would not be to make life delectable, but to make it too banal and trivial to be endurable. This, of course, is what the Cross signifies. And it is the Cross, more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
183. “He [Jesus]...went from place to place, speaking, healing, finding food and shelter where he might. There was nothing written down, no membership forms or minutes of the last meeting; no badges even, until, with his death, he gave the world the greatest badge ever known—the Cross.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
184. “Christ is the only liberator whose liberation last for ever.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
185. “The Cross is where history and life, legend and reality, time and eternity, intersect.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
186. “...I have found on this earth no other truth than that of the cross, no other hope than that of the resurrection promises, no other lasting joy than in trying to follow however inadequately and irresolutely the way of sacrifice and love that it proclaims.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
187. “I believe with a passionate, unshakable conviction that in all circumstances and at all times life is a blessed gift...” —Malcolm Muggeridge
188. “Oh God, stay with me. Let no word cross my lips that is not your word, no thought enter my mind that is not your thought, no deed ever be done or entertained by me that is not your deed.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
189. “The saddest thing to me, in looking back on my life, has been to recall, not so much the wickedness I have been involved in, the cruel and selfish and egotistical things I have done, the hurt I have inflicted on those I loved, although all that’s painful enough. What hurts most is the preference I have so often shown for what is inferior, tenth-rate, when the first rate was there for the having.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
190. “Only Incarnate God would have dared to hold out to us all...whoever and whatever we may be, a hope of being involved in a destiny set in eternity and encompassing the universe.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 262)
191. “All I can claim to have learnt from the years I have spent in this world is that the only happiness is love, which is attained by giving, not receiving.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 264)
192. “...the most important sentence in the whole Christian religion, devotionally speaking, is ‘Thy will be done.’” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 266)
193. “I long to be gone. Extricating myself from the flesh I have too long inhabited, hearing the key turn in the lock of time so that the great doors of eternity swing open.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
194. “Are caterpillars told of their impending resurrection? How in dying they will be transformed from poor earth-crawler into creatures of the air, born on exquisitely painted wings? If told, do they believe it? —Malcolm Muggeridge
195. “One thing I am certain—that when, in eternity, we understand what our brief and mysterious existence on earth and in time truly signifies, we shall realize that all the theories about it ever propounded, all the notions ever entertained, all the conclusions ever reached, amount to no more than the first scribbles of children when they begin to make marks on paper with a view to forming letters and conveying shapes.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
YOU GOTTA KEEP DANCIN’
Tim Hansel was leading a hiking expedition one winter when the cleats on his hiking boots became packed with snow and he lost traction. While crossing over an ice bridge he lost his footing and fell almost 100 feet and landed on his back crushing many of the vertebrae in his back. Since that day he has lived with chronic pain as his daily companion.
He tells of a life-changing encounter he had with his doctor, an encounter that forever changed his life. The doctor had just informed Tim that medically there was nothing they could do for him. Tim ask, “What do you suggest I do?” The doctor replied, “I suggest that you bite the bullet and live to be one hundred.” Tim says, “It was the most powerful sign of hope I’d had from a doctor in a long time.”—“Well, what can I do?” Tim asked. After a moment’s thought the doctor said, “Well, there’s so much damage in your neck that I wouldn’t recommend painting eaves...Son, listen to me carefully. The damage has been done. The worst is over. You will have to live with pain, but that’s a small price to pay for life. My recommendation is that you live your life as fully and richly as possible...as far as I can tell, you can do whatever the pain will allow you to do.”
Tim asked, “Dr. Meyer...does this mean that the ball is in my court? From here on out it is up to me?” “Absolutely,” Dr. Meyer said. “The choice is yours.”
Tim writes, “As strange as it may seem, up to that point I hadn’t known I had a choice... It was a genesis moment when I discovered again that I was in control of my pain, my future, my attitudes, my life. I arrived home with a new level of acceptance for my circumstances.”
Here are some of my favorite quotes from this biographical book on the life of Tim Hansel:
196. “How can we keep on indefinitely preparing to live, knowing that each day comes but once in human history....If I miss it, I miss it. There are no instant replays, no video playbacks in this time called life.”—Tim Hansel
197. “Laughter adds richness, texture, and color to otherwise ordinary days...laughter is a sacred sound to God.”—Tim Hansel
198. “This time called life is far more sacred and special than any of us can ever imagine.”—Tim Hansel
199. “Perhaps the most important thing that I have learned in my journey with pain is the intrinsic value of life itself—the sacredness of each unrepeatable moment...Helen Keller said, ‘Life is either a daring adventure...or nothing at all.’”—Tim Hansel
200. “At times I grow embarrassed when I realize how deaf I am to life’s symphony.”—Tim Hansel
401. “Resolved...never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.”—Jonathan Edwards
402. “Rest...to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky is by no means a waste of time.”—John Lubbock
403. “Get your strategic rest. Make it a ritual. Add ten to twelve years to your life.”—Dr. Norman Beals
404. “Some people go through life getting results; others get consequences.”—E.Stanley Jones
405. “I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”—Thomas Edison
406. “The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”—John Ruskin
407.“A son born into a rich family has two strikes on him.”—A.A. Montapert
408. “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”—J. Brotherton
409.“Rank and riches are chains of gold, but still chains.”—Ruffini
410. “Few rich men own their own property. Their property owns them.”—Robert Ingersoll
411“...the desire of more is want, and want is poverty.”—Edgar Howe
412“Not who is right, but what is right.”—Unknown
413. “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”—Frank Scully
414. “Let him that would move the world, first move himself.”—Socrates
415. “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”—Plato
416. “Know thyself.”—Socrates
417“...none knows himself so long as he has not suffered.”—Alfred De Musset
418“Few men find themselves before they die.”—Emerson
419. “...happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”—Albert Schweitzer
420. “Explanations rarely explain.”—A.P. Gouthey
421. “Simplicity is the badge of genius.”—A.A. Montapert
422. “Joy is spiritual prosperity...he ‘that hath a merry heart hath a continual feast.’”—W.C. Isett
423. “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”–Joseph Addison
424. “...we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.”—Buler-Lytton
425. “I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible and that its activity will continue throughout eternity.”—Goethe
426. “...carve every word before you let it fall.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes
426. “Every act has its spiritual, economic and social implications.”—Gandhi
427. . “A smooth sea never made a good sailor.”—Oren Arnold
428. “Success is a journey, not a destination.”—Ben Sweetland
429. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children...who looked for the best in others ...whose life was an inspiration; whose memory is a benediction.”—Mrs. A.J. Stanley
430. “...neither success nor failure is ever final.”—Roger Babson
431.. “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”—Grenville Kleiser
432. “...make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”—Joseph Addison
433. “Learn something every day.”—A.P. Gouthey
434. “We learn from the things we suffer.”—Aesop
435. . “The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it.”—Goethe
436. “...his talent is his call.”—Emerson
437. “Buried seeds may grow, but buried talents never.”—Roger Babson
438. “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it for himself.”—Galileo
439. “To teach is to learn.”—Japanese proverb
440.“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”—Henry Adams
441. “The way we think determines how we live.”—John Miller
442. “This world needs thinkers—not parrots.” —Keyes
433. “The best service a book, a sermon, or a lecture can render you is not merely to impart truth, but to make you think.”—A.P. Gouthey
444. “People who have no time, don’t think. The more you think, the more time you have.”—Henry Ford
445. “Thinking is like living and dying. Each of us has of do it for himself.”—Josiah Royce
446.. “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”—Pascal
447. “A single thought in the morning may fill our whole day with joy and sunshine, or gloom and depression.”—Paramandanda
448. “Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts.”—Frank Crane
449. “A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend. It can also do us more harm than a brick.”—Frank Crane
450. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”—Norman Vincent Peale
451. “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root...”—Goethe
452. “It is in your power to choose the thoughts that are to govern your life. Right thinking will lead to true knowledge.”—Grenville Kleiser
453. “Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, time stays, we go.”—Henry Dobson
454. “Time...is a sacred gift.”—John Lubbock
455. “Do not waste time, for time is the raw material of life.”—A.A. Montapert
456. “Time once past never returns.”—Cicero
457“You will never ‘find’ time for anything; if you want time, you must make it.”—Charles Buxton
458. “There is always time and money to do the will of God.”—Unknown
459. “What are friends, books or health, the interest of travel, or the delights of home, if we have not time for their enjoyment.”—John Lubbock
460.“Timing is the heart of opportunity.”—A.A. Montapert
461. “Today is a new day...I shall make of this day—every moment of this day—a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.”—Dan Custer
462.. “His tongue is like a pig’s tail, going all day long and nothing done.”—Charles Spurgeon
463.“...we find that the tongue of man creates nearly all the mischief of the world.”—Paxton Hood
464.“...our very existence is a miracle in itself...yet few of us enjoy as we might, and none of as yet appreciates fully, the beauties and wonders which surround us.”—John Lubbock
465. “ ‘Times that try men’s souls” are by the same token, times that build the strength of men’s soul.”—A.P. Gouthey
466.. “All that is in you, all that you are, is only loaned to you...”—Fenelon
467“If you wish to astonish the whole world, tell the simple truth.”—Rahel
468. “...man must care more for the truth than for what people think.”—Jefferson Davis
469.. “Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it be not firmly held, there will ever after be a weakness in the foundation.”—Jefferson Davis
470. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived.”—Kierkegaard
471. “There is a lot of difference between knowing a thing and understanding it.—Charles Kettering
473. “...truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks in its light has found the lost paradise.”—Horace Mann
474. “The human mind cannot act on what it does not understand.”—Clinton Davidson
475. “A man may rule the world and still be unhappy.”—Seneca
476.“...ignorance can no longer be considered an excuse for unhappiness.”—W. Beran Wolfe
477. “We lose what we do not use.”—A.A. Montapert
478. “How can I be of use in the world, how can I serve some purpose and be of any good, how can I learn more and study profoundly certain subjects?”—Vincent Van Gogh
479.“...the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”—G.B. Shaw
480. “...knowledge and strength, beauty and skill, may all be abused; if we neglect or misuse them we are worse off than if we had never had them.”—John Lubbock
481. “Wealth...gives the command of so many other things—leisure, the power of helping friends, books, works of art, opportunities and means of travel.”—John Lubbock
482. “...set up in your mind a standard of values so that you know what is really significant, important and valuable.”—John Miller
483.“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”—Plato
484. “...without victory there is no survival.”—Winston Churchill
485“The man who is not virtuous can never be happy.”—Epicurus
486. “A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.”—Cicero
487“There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly.”—Winifred Newman
488.“Practice learning to think in pictures.”—Edward Kramer
489. “A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout life.”—Winston Churchill
490. “‘What are your words worth?’ is a permanent question.”—Grenville Kleiser
491. “The sweetest of all sounds is that of ...the woman we love.”—Jean De La Bruyere
492. “Take my word for it: if had seen but one day of war you would pray to Almighty God that you might never see such again.”—Duke of Wellington
493. “Even weak men when united are powerful.”—Schiller
494. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”—O.S. Marden
495. “I am not against wealth. I am against wealth that enslaves.”—Gandhi
496“Wealth is only his who enjoys it.”—Benjamin Franklin
497. “Any man is wealthy who has good health, a happy home life, a business or profession, a passion for growth, and the ambition to be of service to his fellow men.”—Robert Ingersoll
498. “How did I win the war? By not getting excited, by simplifying everything, and by reserving all my strength so as to devote myself entirely to my task.”—Jean Guitton
499. “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”—William James
500. “Wisdom, the principle of doing things aright. Justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private. Fortitude, the principle of not fleeing danger, but meeting it. Temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately.”—Plato
501. “...wise words endure.”—Thorndike
502. “I understand the fury of your words, but not your words.”—Shakespeare
503“Work smarter, not harder.”—American proverb
504. “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players...one man in his time plays many parts.”—Shakespeare
505.“We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it.”—French proverb
506. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”—Dale Carnegie
507. “Never worry about anything in the past. Charge it up to experience and forget the trouble.”—Herbert Hover
508. “When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back.”—General George C. Marshall
509. “Some men never do anything wrong simply because they never do anything.”
510“If things go wrong don’t go with them.”—Roger Babson
511. “The years teach much which the days never know.”—Emerson
512. “Better than counting your years is to make your years count.”—Unknown
513“The road of life can only reveal itself as it is travelled.”—A.P. Gouthey
514. “You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions and acts.”—Wilferd Peterson
515. (Would you like it if ) “...the whole world would know the exact truth about you?...Are you the kind of man you would like to see the world made of?”—Councillor
516. “Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.”—Buddha
517. “Zeal without knowledge is a run-away horse.”—Louis Grafe
518. “One day soon we shall hear the last words, ‘It is finished.’—your life and mine...What is written will remain an indelible record. No year, month, day, hour or minute can be recalled and relived. Regrets will be futile...We shall be stripped of everything but character. We shall carry with us only what we are. Neither friend or enemy can journey with us...Only one word will matter then—His word. Happy shall we be if...we hear Him speak softly, “Well done.”—A.P. Gouthey
519. “For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks—not that you won or lost—
But how you played the game.”
520. Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
521. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."
522. A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.—Will Rogers
523. A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.—Will Rogers
524. A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.—Will Rogers
525. Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need.
526. Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.—Will Rogers
527. America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few.
528. An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.—Will Rogers
529. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.—Will Rogers
530. Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.—Will Rogers
531. Buy land. They ain't making any more of the stuff.—Will Rogers
532. Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.—Will Rogers
533. Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.—Will Rogers
534. Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious.—Will Rogers
535. Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.—Will Rogers
536. Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.—Will Rogers
537. Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.—Will Rogers
538. . Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.—Will Rogers
539. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment._Will Rogers
540. Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.— Will Rogers
541. I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.—Will Rogers
542. I read about eight newspapers in a day. When I'm in a town with only one newspaper, I read it eight times.—Will Rogers
543. I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.—Will Rogers
544. If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress.—Will Rogers
545. If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?—Will Rogers
546. If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep.—Will Rogers
547. . If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.—Will Rogers
548. In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can't read. If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.—Will Rogers
549. In Hollywood you can see things at night that are fast enough to be in the Olympics in the day time.—Will Rogers
550. Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.—Will Rogers
551. It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.—Will Rogers
552. It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.—Will Rogers
553. Last year we said, 'Things can't go on like this', and they didn't, they got worse.—Will Rogers
554. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.—Will Rogers
555. Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.—Will Rogers
556. . Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.—Will Rogers
557. Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have.—Will Rogers
558. Now if there is one thing that we do worse than any other nation, it is try and manage somebody else's affairs.—Will Rogers
559. Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.—Will Rogers
560. On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.—Will Rogers
561. One Ad is worth more to a paper than forty Editorials.—Will Rogers
562. One-third of the people in the United States promote, while the other two-thirds provide.—Will Rogers
563. Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.—Will Rogers
564. People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.—Will Rogers
565. People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.—Will Rogers
566. People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.—Will Rogers
567. Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.—Will Rogers
568. So let's be honest with ourselves and not take ourselves too serious, and never condemn the other fellow for doing what we are doing every day, only in a different way.—Will Rogers
569. The 1928 Republican Convention opened with a prayer. If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking.—Will Rogers
570. The best way out of a difficulty is through it.—Will Rogers
571. The difference between a Republican and a Democrat is the Democrat is a cannibal they have to live off each other, while the Republicans, why, they live off the Democrats.—Will Rogers
572. The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.—Will Rogers
573. The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it.
574. The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.—Will Rogers
575. The man with the best job in the country is the vice-president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How is the president?"—Will Rogers
576. The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That's one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.—Will Rogers
577. The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.—Will Rogers
578. The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.—Will Rogers
579. The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.—Will Rogers
580. The only way you can beat the lawyers is to die with nothing.—Will Rogers
581. The time to save is now. When a dog gets a bone, he doesn't go out and make a down payment on a bigger bone. He buries the one he's got.—Will Rogers
582. . The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.—Will Rogers
583. There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in.—Will Rogers
584. There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.—Will Rogers
585. There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.—Will Rogers
586. This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.—Will Rogers
587. We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.—Will Rogers
588. We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by.—Will Rogers
589. We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?—Will Rogers
590. What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.—Will Rogers
591. When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do well, that's Memoirs.—Will Rogers
592. Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.—Will Rogers
593. You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.—Will Rogers
594. You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.—Will Rogers
595. 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'
596. . "It seems that God has asked me to do some heavy trusting these last few years. I have felt in the past months like I am suspended between a past for which I long for and a future for which I hope. The present is not an easy place to be."— Gwen Buscher
597. . William Carey, missionary to India said, “attempt great things for God and expect great things from God.”
598. “He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down”? C.S. Lewis, from “A Grief Observed”
599. Nature forms.
600. I want to learn how to learn because no one can take that away from me.--unknown
801. When Augustus learned that Herod’s own son was amongst the infants under two years of age, whom he has caused to be slain, he said that it was better to be Herod’s pig than his son.—Pascal
802. ...finite between two infinites [=man]—Pascal...negligence is insufferable.—Pascal
803. The immortality of the should...of so great consequence ...that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent as to know what it is...our ultimate end.—Pascal
804....pass their life without thinking of this ultimate end of life.—Pascal
805....neglect to seek...carelessness in a matter which concerns themselves, their eternity, their all...—Pascal
806....death which threatens us every moment...There is nothing more real than this, nothing more terrible...the end which awaits the noblest life in the world....there is no good in this life but in the hope of another.—Pascal
807...terrible ignorance of everything.—Pascal
808. I see nothing but infinites on all sides...[and] death which I cannot escape.—Pascal
809. And this same man...is the very one who knows without anxiety and without emotion that he will lose all by death. It is a monstrous thing to see in the same heart and at the same time this sensibility to trifles and this strange insensibility to the greatest objects. —Pascal
810...to desire the truth of eternal promises.—Pascal
811. [we are like] men in chains, and all condemned to death, where some are killed each day in the sight of others and those who remain see their own fate...It is an image of the condition of men.—Pascal
812. It is a horrible thing to feel all that we possess slipping away....between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.—Pascal
813...nothing would be too dear to me for eternity.—Pascal
814. God is infinite, without parts...there remains an infinity for you to know [about God].—Pascal
815. The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite...the justice of God must be vast like His compassion. —Pascal
816. If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible—Pascal.
817. ...let us act as if we had only eight hours to live.—Pascal
818. ...foolishness and blindness [those who live indifferent to the search for truth]—Pascal
819...the duration of this life is but a moment; ...the state of death is eternal.—Pascal
820....if reason were reasonable—Pascal
821. [the fool says]...I know only that, in leaving this world, I fall forever either into annihilation or into the hands of an angry God...I conclude that I ought to spend all the days of my life without caring to inquire into what must happen to me...I will go without foresight and without fear to try the great event, and let myself be led carelessly to death, uncertain of the eternity of my future state. —Pascal
822. It is natural for the mind to believe, and for the will to love; so that, for lack of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.—Pascal
823. Imagination cannot makes fools wise; but she can make them happy.—Pascal
824. ...imaginary knowledge...they establish themselves by force, the others by show [appearances].—Pascal
825. ...illusion...strengthened by custom—Pascal
826. ...there is nothing natural [created] he may not lose.—Pascal
827. He wants to be great, but he sees himself small...he devotes all his attention to hiding his faults both from others and from himself, and he cannot endure either.—Pascal
828....nothing is simple which is presented to the soul—Pascal
829.Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are not longer the same persons.—Pascal
830. [what man seeks after]: play and the society of women, war, and high posts [status].—Pascal
831. Men are entrusted from infancy with the care of their honor, their property, their friends, and even with the property and the honor of their friends...they cannot be happy unless their health, their honor, their fortune, that that of their friends be in good condition.—Pascal
832. [without diversions]...they would see themselves; they would reflect on what they are, whence they came...—Pascal
833. “Try to bottle light and you get only darkness.”—Peter Kreeft
834. “Scripture is God’s verbal sign, nature His pictorial sign.”—Peter Kreeft
835. “Joy is the touch of God’s finger.”—Peter Kreeft
836. “A story is only as good as its ending.”—John Eldredge
837. “All that is desirable in things is an image of the supremely desirable God.”—Peter Kreeft
838. “. . . love the Father, then you will understand the teaching of the Son.”—Peter Kreeft
839. “God’s single solution to all our problems is Jesus Christ.”—Peter Kreeft
840. “Heaven would hardly be heaven if we could define it.”—William Biederwolf (missionary)
841. Bad decisions make good stories
842. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
843. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
844. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.
845. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
846. Believe in love at first sight.
847. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
848. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
849. Don't judge people by their relatives.
850. Talk slowly but think quickly.
851. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
852. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
853. When you lose, don't lose the lesson...
854. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
855. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
856. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice
857. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
858. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.
859. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
860. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
861. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
862. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
863. Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.
864. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.
865. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
866. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM. It could be a right number.
867. Think about this ... No one ever says "It's only a game" when his team is winning.
868. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. Thomas Jefferson
869. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
870. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
871. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
872. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
873. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
874. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
875. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
876. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
877. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
878. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
879. Duct tape is like 'The Force.' It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
880. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
881. “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent… These United States of America can never be destroyed from forces outside its borders. If America falls, it will fall from within. Brought down by apathy. When good people do nothing, anarchy reigns.”–Abraham Lincoln
882. “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody, ought not to be trusted by anybody.”– Thomas Paine
883. Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.—William Penn
****Finish.... Man lost in Westminister Cathedral...small door...light, choir...cried.
884. Don't necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
885. “I was doing nothing quite well.” (see James 2:14-17) Peggy Kirkpatrick...the verses that convicted her and prompted her to start the Missouri Food bank which, last year, distributed over 21 million pounds of food to needy families and school children.
886. “If God doesn’t interact with this world, if he doesn’t speak into our lives, if he just wound us up and let us go, then for all practical purposes such a God would be irrelevant.”
887. Get quote by Max Lucado on Grace to hold book, etc.
888. One-half of our problems come from wanting our way. The other half comes from getting it. Unknown
889. Poverty does not breed crime, the human heart does! If poverty did breed crime, my mother, father, siblings, and I would have been on the FBI's 10 most wanted list before we were grown. Name withheld.
890. False friends are like a shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us when we cross into the shade. quote by Christian Bovee
891. The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them. Ken Hubbard
892. Keep your eyes open before marriage; Half shut afterwards. Benjamin Franklin
893. There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say-- unless you insist on saying it.
894. Our youths love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority—they show disrespect for their elders and love to chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when their elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company,
gobble up food, and tyrannize teachers. — Socrates, c. 400 b.c.
895. There is as much diginity in plowing a field as in writing a poem. Booker T. Washington
896. Do something worth remembering. Elvis Presley
897. Don't apologize for your work. Robert Penn Warren
898. Thanks cost nothing. Creole Saying
899. God, as devout and devoted Southerners are sure, took special pains in creating the South. Jonathan Daniels
900. Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything. Billy Graham
901. Arrogance has its own built-in misery. Billy Graham
902. Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson
903. People see God every day; they just don't always recognize him. Pearl Bailey
904. Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows what is good for us. Socrates
905. There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it. Monta Crane
906. The Bible without The Holy Spirit is a sun-dial by Moonlight. D.L.Moody
907. The Trinity is one God, not so that the Father be the same Person, who is also the Son and the Holy Ghost: But that the Father be the Father, and the Son be the Son, and the Holy Ghost be Holy Ghost, and this Trinity One God. St. Augustine
908. Tell me how it is that in this room there are three candles but one light, and I will explain to you the mode of the Divine existence. John Wesley
909. If you treat your friend shabbily while he lives, you have no right to try to even up matters by whining over him when he is dead. Joseph F.Berry
910. Twas a thief said the last kind word to Christ. Christ took the kindness and forgave the theft. Robert Browning
911. There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe themselves sinners. The rest, sinners who believe themselves righteous. Blaise Pascal
912. He that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages. Sir Roger L'Estrange
913. God helps the man who won't marry until he finds the perfect woman, and God helps him still more if he finds her. Benjamin Tillett
914. Tact is the intelligence of the heart. Anonymous
915. There is more hope for a self-convicted sinner than there is for a self-conceited saint. Anonymous
916. You can always tell when a man is a great way from God. When he is always talking about himself, how good he is. Dwight L. Moody
917. Self-righteousness is the devil's masterpiece to make us think well of ourselves. Thomas Adams
917. The six most important words: "I admit I made a mistake". The five most important words: "You did a good job". The four most important words: "What is your opinion?". The three most important words: "If you please". The two most important words: "Thank you". The least most Important word: " Me".
918. "Help me never to judge another person until I have walked a mile in his shoes". This is a quote that I heard many times when I was A child. I heard it from my Indian Grandmother who told me that she got it from an Indian prayer that she learned from her people. Different Indian tribes claim this quote.
Be able to stick with a job until it is finished.
Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even.
Be able to carry money without spending it.
Do your duty without being supervised.
by Ann Landers
919. People who care about each other enjoy doing things for one another. They don't consider it servitude.—Ann Landers
920. Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.by Ann Landers
921. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
922. The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet.—Ann Landers
Be able to stick with a job until it is finished.
Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even.
Be able to carry money without spending it.
Do your duty without being supervised.
924. If you marry a man who cheats on his wife, you'll be married to a man who cheats on his wife.
925. “Clergymen, in my experience, tend to get holier and holier-looking as they mover farther and farther away from their faith.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
926. “Christianity is at its best in difficult times.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
927. “I see myself as a discarded product of a discarded civilization, believing nothing, hoping for nothing, fearing nothing except the consciousness of my own melancholy.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
928. “...the voice of reason and righteousness in an unreasonable and unrighteous world.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
929. “...materialist society is excessively boring. What brings it down is not really its brutality but its emptiness.” (p. 118) —Malcolm Muggeridge
930. “I am conscious of having been ruled by buffoons, taught by idiots, preached at by hypocrites and preyed upon by charlatans in the guise of advertisers.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
931. “The question is: whether God would pass an examination in theology? What do you think about that? It’s an awkward question.” (p. 131) —Malcolm Muggeridge
932. “...A sex-ridden, fear-ridden, neurotic and essentially unstable society; a ‘feigned folly form in fantasy,’...” (p. 133, 134) —Malcolm Muggeridge
933. “Marriage counselors have usually been divorced, dietary experts are usually chronic dyspeptic, extollers of potency are usually impotent, and the roads to private and public bankruptcy are paved with economists.” (p. 141) —Malcolm Muggeridge
934. “...a musician who had managed to hear celestial music should have to return to his poor fiddle.” (p. 148) —Malcolm Muggeridge
935. “What lives on is the memory of a man [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] who died, not on behalf of freedom or democracy, or a steadily rising Gross National Product, nor for any of the twentieth century’s counterfeit hopes and desires, but on behalf of a Cross on which another man died two thousand years before.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
936. “...all the world’s in a grain of sand, and ecstasy lies in holding it up to catch the light.” (Muggeridge quoting Hugh Kinsmill). —Malcolm Muggeridge
937. “Mother Teresa...What commentary or exposition, however eloquent, lucid, perceptive, inspired even, can equal in elucidation and illumination the effect of these dedicated lives? What mind has conceived a discourse, or tongue spoken it, which conveys even to a minute degree the light they shine before men.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
938. “Doing something beautiful for God is, for Mother Teresa, what life is about.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
939. “When the train began to move, and I walked away, I felt as though I were leaving behind me all the beauty and all the joy in the universe.” [how he felt leaving Mother Teresa and her work with the poor of Calcutta] —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 170)
940. “...when I meet people who agree with me, I nearly always find they’re the enemy.” (p. 173)—Malcolm Muggeridge
941. “To reality, men must sooner or later return; but they will only return to it through suffering, and with humble and contrite hearts.” (p. 174)—Malcolm Muggeridge
942. “Then I found that I was living on a planet rolling through space...that my my days were numbered...I wept and wept to see the earth so lovely.” —Malcolm Muggeridge
943. “The most wonderful thing about Christendom has always seemed to me its basis insistence that the only thing that matters in the whole universe is individual souls.” (p. 184)—Malcolm Muggeridge
944. “I began to understand that Christianity was a great drama rather than a mere set of enlightened values...” (p. 188)—Malcolm Muggeridge
945. “...they were able to agree about almost anything because they believed almost nothing.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 192)
946. “When faith goes, sentimentality rather than skepticism fill the resultant vacuum.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 193)
947. “The one thing above all other that You [God] require of us is, surely, the truth.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 194)
948. “We bemoan the passing of a liturgy in which we never participated, of high virtues which we never practiced, of an obedience we never accorded and an orthodoxy we never accepted and often ridiculed.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 195)
950. “In the class-rooms, on campuses...seminars manifest the thoroughness of the brain-washing to which they have been subjected; rarely do they deviate in any essential way in the opinions they express from the hard consensus line.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 200)
951. “At the Transfiguration the disciples present were positively dazzled by the shining ecstasy in Christ’s face; when poor Judas picked up his thirty pieces of silver a cold and terrible gloom, I am sure, hung like a cloud over the scene.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 201)
952. “Those who ask little tend to be accorded nothing—a saying which may well be the epitaph of twentieth-century institutional Christianity.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 213)
953. “Life is like a train journey; what matter whether one go first class or third class, the destination is the same, the scenery is the same.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 216)
954. “The craving to be known, like all other cravings, is its own undoing...” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 218)
955. “I often think that the difference between great and little people is precisely that; the little man reduces life to his own dimensions...whereas the great man has exactly the opposite effect, and makes even what is seemingly insignificant somehow significant.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 219)
956. “On the whole educated people are the most stupid.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 222)
957. “The only candidate I ever wanted to vote for was a man who based his appeal on the fact that, having been confined to a lunatic asylum, he had a certificate of sanity.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 222)
958. “We are living in one of those periods when the only certainty is uncertainty...” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 225)
959. “Every writer, however lowly, must seek above all else to produce words that are alive, in the hope that they, too, may go on existing gracefully and truthfully, if only for a little while.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 229)
960. “...the dark cell is our ego, in which obscurity and tiny dimensions we are confined...Christ tell us how to escape...putting a window in the dark cell through which we may joyously survey the wide vistas of eternity and the bright radiance of God’s universal love.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 230)
961. “...our generation, needing a Saviour more, perhaps, than any that has ever existed, would be too humane to allow one to be born; too enlightened to permit the Light of the World to shine in a darkness that grows ever more oppressive.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 232)
962. “...suffering is an integral and essential part of our human drama.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 247)
963. “I like very much the answer given by an octogenarian when asked how he accounted for his longevity—”Oh, just back luck!” —Malcolm Muggeridge
964. “A month spent last winter in Florida...Withered bodies arrayed in dazzling summer-wear, hollow eyes glaring out of garish caps, skulls plastered with cosmetics, lean shanks tanned a rich brown, bony buttocks encased in scarlet pants.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 254)
965. “I hear the words: I am the resurrection, and the life, and feel myself to be carried along on a great tide of joy and peace.” —Malcolm Muggeridge (p. 266)
966. “I thought you were a man of God?” ...”I am, but I don’t believe God plans his day around me.” (from the movie “Gandhi.”)
967. Just as the counterfeit looks very much like the real, in like manner the real looks very much like the counterfeit!
968. “If he [God] gives you an insight into truth, meditate on it until you have thoroughly assimilated it.” —Dallas Willard
969. “...my life counts for eternity as I live and walk with God.” —Unknown
970. “...And departing, leave behind us footprints on the sand of time.” —Longfellow
971. “We live in a world that is sometimes constipated by its own superficiality. But life’s difficulties are ever a privilege, in that they allow us, or force us, to break through the superficiality to the deeper life within.”—Tim Hansel
972. “Our level of joy (and therefore strength and healing) is directly proportionate to our level of acceptance. Our attitude is the key.”—Tim Hansel
973. “It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.” —Horace Mann
974. “...the fact remains the same. We are given one life.”—General Omar Bradley
975. “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”—Hubbard
976. “Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.”—Hannah More
977. “Afflictions clarify the soul.”—Quarles
978. “To have the harvest we must sow the seed.”—Bailey
979. “I owe you punctuality; I have no right to throw away your time...”—Richard Cecil
980. “When someone does something good, applaud! You’ll make two people happy.”—Sam Goldwyn
981. “Associate with people that are doing things, others steal your time.”—Charles Simmons
982. “Friends...help make us what we are. Be therefore careful in selecting them; and when wisely selected, never sacrifice them.”—H. Hulburd
983. “What makes men great is their ability to decide what is important, and then focus their attention on it.”—Unknown
984. “When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world.”—George Washington Carver
985. “To one man, the world is barren, dull and superficial, to another rich, interesting and full of meaning.”—Schopenhauer
986. “Very few of our people are now called upon to apply imagination to their jobs.”—Alex Osborn
987. “I worked for a menial’s hire, only to learn...that any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have paid.”—J.B. Rittenhouse
988. “Put “beauty and love and service into your life.”—A. A. Montapert
989. “Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.”—John Lubbock
990. “Belief is power.”—F.W. Robertson
991. “One cannot learn to love beauty or to love God as one learns arithmetic. The sense of beauty can only be given by beauty itself. Beauty is...everywhere.”—Alexis Carrel
992. “Count your own blessings and let your neighbor count his.”—James Thurber
993. “The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.”—Shakespeare
994. “Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.”—John Lubbock
995. “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.”—E.P. Whipple
996. “Whosoever, therefore, acknowledges himself to be a zealous follower of truth, of happiness, of wisdom, of science, or even of the faith must of necessity make himself a lover of books.”—Richard De Bury
997. “The choice of books, like that of a friend, is a serious duty.”—John Lubbock
998. “It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts.”—W.E. Channing
999. “Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you’ll find a happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”—Dale Carnegie
1000. “The more you say, the less people remember.”—Fenelon
1001.“The loftier the building the deeper must be the foundation be laid.”—Thomas A Kempis
1002. “Let us not pray for lighter burdens but for stronger backs.”—Roger Babson
1003. “Think and do things in order of their importance.”—Henry Doherty
1004. “...business is full of brilliant men who started out with a spurt, and lacked the stamina to finish.”—J.R. Todd
1005. “We don’t want a paper; we want news. We don’t want glasses; we want vision...the entire art of buying right must be considered in terms of the satisfaction...we obtain from the article bought.”—A.B. Zu Tavern
1006. “Confidence is faith in action.”—A.P. Gouthey
1007. “Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.”—Benedetto Croce
1008. “The successful man is one who had the chance and took it.”—Roger Babson
1009. “His words were bullets. His character was the power that drove them.”—Unknown
1010. “Every man is the architect of his own character.”—C.D. Boardman
1011. “Enduring character is not built with inferior materials.”—Roger Babson
1012. “Are we a “joy-bearing agent to the world?”—H.W. Beecher
1013. “It is only now and then that a scene opens to draw forth the latent energies of a great mind.”—N. Emmons
1014. “The applause of fools is to be shunned.”—J.S. Blackie
1015. “Children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.”—Roy L. Smith
1016. “The man who seeks one thing in life, and but one, may hope to achieve it before life is done; but he who seeks all things, wherever he goes, only reaps from the hopes, a harvest of barren regrets.”—Owen Meredith
1017. “Explanations seldom explain.”—Grenville Kleiser
1018. “Mutual confidence is the pillar of friendship.”—Unknown
1019. “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.”—George Herbert
1020. “The real conquerors of the world indeed are not the generals, but the thinkers.”—John Lubbock
1021. “...enjoy the luxury of thought...”—Lydia Sigourney
1022. “I will listen to anyone’s convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.”—Goethe
1023. “A one man army never wins a war.”—A.P. Gouthey
1024. “In the average person, judgment grows automatically with years, while creativity dwindles unless consciously kept up.”—Alex Osborn
1025. “In the crises of life, our words show where our souls have been feeding.”—H.E. Fosdick
1026. “When speak ill of thee, live so nobody will believe them.”—Plato
1027. “Titus on finding he had done no worthy action during the day: “I have lost a day!”
1028. “A day is a miniature eternity.”—Emerson
1029. “Concerning death: “A ship disappears over the horizon, but it is still there.”—E.J. Rollings
1030. “Debt and misery live on the same road.”—Russian proverb
1031. “No one ever fools you as constantly and as successfully as you fool yourself.”—Dr. Paul Parker
1032. “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest great intention.”—Gaspard Doughet
1033. “Man learns little from victory, but much from defeat.”—Japanese proverb
1034. “Even a lion has to defend himself against flies.”—German proverb
1035. “We cannot all be brilliant, but any of us can be dependable.”—Roy L. Smith
1036. “Desire is the motivating force of life itself.”—Claude Bristol
1037. “Desire is not enough; it must be backed with vigorous resolution, determination which knows no retreat.”—O.S. Marden
1038. “When all else is lost the future still remains.”—Unknown
1039. “It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.”—Jeremy Taylor
1040. “Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.”—Gracian
1041. “The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.”—Ellen Glasgow
1042. “I have always found it paid to adopt a policy of assuming that there is some way out of every difficulty no matter how insuperable it may appear to be. The is always a best way.”—Charles Gow
1043. “Some men make difficulties; difficulties make some men.”—Unknown
1044. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”—Walt Disney
1045. “It is better to say, ‘This one thing I do,’ than to say, ‘these forty things I dabble in.’”—W. Gladden
1046. “Lord deliver me from “...meaningless words which provoke nothing.”—Alexis Carrel
1047. “You can tell how big a man is by observing how much it takes to discourage him.”—Unknown
1048. “Do more than talk. Say something.”—John H. Rhoades
1049. “In the Western world, a man is known by what he does; in the Eastern world, a man is known by what he dreams.”—Tibor Koeves
1050. “When in doubt, take all the time you need to get the facts.”—Donald Laird
1051. “If you would be a real seeker of truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”—Descartes
1052. “A man is no greater than his dreams...its the dream that makes the man.”—Unknown
1053. “Leave the world better than you found it.”—Charles Gow
1054. “He that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night.”—Benjamin Franklin
1055. “It is well to be up before daybreak for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.”—Aristotle
1056. “...a small leak will sink a great ship.”—Benjamin Franklin
1057. “Like trying to eat soup with a fork, some things just aren’t expedient!”—Unknown
1058. “There are efforts and there are results.”—E.R. Girard
1059. “About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.”—Unknown
1060. “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”—Unknown
1061. “How much is a sunset worth?”—Unknown
1062. “All we possess is just loaned to us.”—A.A. Montapert
1063. “Greet the dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.”—Unknown
1064. “It often requires an event in life, and an unexpected one, to make us clearly aware of the existence of feelings which have long influenced us.”—Disraeli
1065. “People would rather be shown how valuable you are, not told.”—Roger Babson
1066. “Excellence resides in quality not in quantity.”—Gracian
1067. “The most useless thing you can give is an excuse.”—Roy L. Smith
1068. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”—Teddy Roosevelt
1069. “Use it or lose it is nature’s dictum.”—Unknown
1070. “In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”—Unknown
1071. “The eye is the window of the soul.”—H. Powers
1072. “Eyes speak all languages.”—Emerson
1073. “A good face is the best letter of recommendation.”—Queen Elizabeth I
1074. “If you are not good-looking at sixteen you can blame your parents. If you are not good-looking at sixty you can blame yourself.”—Dr. Paul Parker
1075. “Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.”—Bernard Baruch
1076. “No man is a failure until he gives up.”—Bishop of London
1077. “A majority of great historic accomplishments of the past have been the final result of a persistent struggle against discouragement and failure.”—Charles Gow
1078. “Faith is...the backbone of all great accomplishments.”—E.F. Girard
1079. “Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.”—J.F. Newton
1080. “Lord give me no more fame than would glorify you.”—Unknown
1081. “Fame is something which must be won; honor is something which must not be lost.”—Schopenhauer
1082. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”—Benjamin Franklin
1083. “Faults are thick when love is thin.”—Unknown
1084. “Fear brings more pain than the things I fear.”—Dr. Paul Parker
1085. “More people fail through fear than ability.”—Bob Bales
1086. “Fear and faith cannot live in the same house.”—Marchant
1087. “His words are bonds; his oaths are oracles; his heart is as far from fraud as heaven from earth.”—Shakespeare
1088. “There is perhaps nothing more conducive to success in any important and difficult undertaking than a firm, steady, unremitting spirit.”—E. Emmons
1089. “Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted.”—Sophocles
1090. “Man is like a tree. Everything depends on his roots. When storms strike—the roots are the things.”—Richard Halverson
1091. “Save all you can...give all you can.”—John Wesley
1092. “No man is free who cannot command himself.”—Pythagoras
1093. “Freedom and duty always go hand in hand...”—John Foster Dulles
1094. “Freedom...where a man is free to do what he ought.”—Kingsley
1095. “No one is free who is a slave to his body.”—Seneca
1096. “Liberty, like dynamite, is an efficacious but dangerous tool.”—Alexis Carrel
1097. “When the evening sky is painted crimson by the setting sun...realize that love and friendship are the greatest things in life.”—Unknown
1098. “The future has a habit of suddenly and dramatically becoming the present.”—Roger Babson
1099. Friends: “The most valuable and fairest furniture of life.”—Cicero
1100. “The nicest thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”—Unknown
1101. “There is a past which is gone forever, but there is a future which is still our own.”—F.W. Robertson
1102. “The pursuit of great gain always involves great risk.”—Councillor
1103. “By gambling we lose both our time and our treasure, two things most precious...”—Owen Feltham
1104. ‘The chessboard is the world...we know that his play is always fair, just and patient...but we also know that he never overlooks a mistake or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”—T.H. Huxley
“1105. Men are very generous with that which costs them nothing.”—Unknown
1106. “Generosity...should always be accompanied by a dash of humor.”—Ebner-Eschenbach
1107. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”—Thomas Edison
1108. “Genius...is oft but perseverance in disguise.”—H.W. Austin
1109. “A gentleman is a man who can disagree without being disagreeable.”—Unknown
1110. “The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness.”—Francis Balfour
1111. “Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”—Unknown
1112. “A worthy goal is to reach our full potential.”—A.A. Montapert
1113. “Write our your goal. What are the obstacles? What are the rewards? Is it worth it? Are you willing to pay the price?”—Unknown
1114. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”—Hannah More
1115. “If we have a goal we really want, we must burn our bridges behind us.”—Unknown
1116. “You have laughed God out of your schools, out of your books, and out of your life, but you cannot laugh God out of your death.”—Dagobert Runes
1117. “Things do not happen; they come to pass in the purpose of God.”—A.P. Gouthey
1118. “Goodness heightens beauty.”—Hannah More
1119. “There is many a good man to be found under a shabby hat.”—Chinese proverb
1120. “How happy a person is depends upon the depth of his gratitude.”—John Miller
1121. “Only the school of Hard Knocks graduates men cum laude for the business of living.”—A.P. Gouthey
1122. “An acorn is not an oak tree when it is sprouted. It must go through long summers and fierce winters...rugged schoolmasters make rugged pupils.”—H.W. Beecher
1123. “Griping about troubles: “If you could kick the man responsible for most of them, you wouldn’t sit down for a week.”—Oren Arnold
1124. “ We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”—John Dryden
1125. “I shall live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement not fashion, to be worthy not rich. I shall think quietly, act bravely, await occasion and never hurry.”—A.P. Gouthey
1125. “A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done. A little child building sand castles... Happiness lies in a constructive job well done.”—Unknown
1126. “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”—Joseph Addison
1127. “The happiness of your life depends upon the character of your thoughts.”—Marcus Aurelius
1128. “Any ship can sail calm seas in good weather, but it requires a sturdy ship to navigate rough seas in stormy weather.”—A.P. Gouthey
1129. “Hard times are made worse by low thinking.”—Roy L. Smith
1130. “Make haste slowly.”—Augustus Caesar
1131. “One good head is better than one hundred strong hands.”—Unknown
1132. “He spent his health to get his wealth, and then with might and main he turned around and spent his wealth to regain his health.”—Unknown
1133. “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave fiver minutes longer.”—Emerson
1134. “If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive.”—Shakespeare
1135. “Civilizations three greatest killers are not heart disease, cancer or accidents, but calendars.”—Dr. Richard Hoffman
1136. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”—Albert Einstein
1137. “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day. No, man was made for immortality.”—Abraham Lincoln
1138. “Our incomes are like our shoes: if too small, they pinch, if too large, we stumble.”—Colton
1139. “Indecision is a slow poison. It is the father of worry and the mother of unhappiness.”—Peter Steincrohn
1140. “Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows...must increase their own sense of the beautiful and holy.”—Alexis Carrel
1141. “Develop an interest in life...in people, things, art, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.”—Henry Miller
1142. “People forget how fast you did a job—but they remember how well you did it.”—Howard Newton
1143. "With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack?"—A.W. Tozer
1144. When God starts pouring the Grace on, don't hold out a thimble when there is enough to fill a bath tub! Get in the tub and soak!!
1145. “Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly.”— A.W. Tozer
1146.“The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them.”— Thomas Watson
1147. “It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.”— C.H. Spurgeon
1148. “No words can express how much the world owes to sorrow. Most of the Psalms were born in the wilderness. Most of the Epistles were written in a prison. The greatest thoughts of the greatest thinkers have all passed through fire. The greatest poets have ‘learned in suffering what they taught in song.’ In bonds Bunyan lived the allegory that he afterwards wrote, and we may thank Bedford Jail for the Pilgrim’s Progress. Take comfort, afflicted Christian! When God is about to make pre-eminent use of a person, He put them in the fire.”— George MacDonald
1149. “If thou dost not stumble at this stone, the devil hath another at hand to throw in the way. He is not so unskillful a fowler as to go with one single shot into the field; and therefore expect him, as soon as he hath discharged one, and missed thee, to let fly at thee with a second.”— William Gurnall
1150. “Afflictions are not to punish, but to purify the believing soul. They are not in wrath, but in mercy . . . Christ, without whose permission and appointment, no evil can befall us! He always sends afflictions for our good; and knows by experience, what it is to suffer them. His kind hand will speedily put an end to all the pains we feel when we have derived from them all the good which He intends to do for us, by them.”— John Fawcett
1151. “I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty and strengthened by my weakness… What fools are we, then, to frown upon our afflictions! They are not intended for our pleasure, they are for our profit.”— Unknown Puritan
1152. “The Lord afflicts us at times; but it is always a thousand times less than we deserve, and much less than many of our fellow-creatures are suffering around us. Let us therefore pray for grace to be humble, thankful, and patient.”— John Newton
1153. “As the world is wearied of me so am I of it.”— John Knox
1154. “Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.”— C.H. Spurgeon
1155. “The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.”— Phillips Brooks
1156. “There is no short-cut to holiness.”—Alan Redpath
1157. “The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”— C.H. Surgeon
1158. “God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain.”— Jerry Bridges
1159. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco. —Will Rogers
1160. Never miss a good chance to shut up.—Will Rogers
1161. Always drink upstream from the herd.—Will Rogers
1162 If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.—Will Rogers
1163. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.—Will Rogers
1164. There are three kinds of men: The ones who learn by reading, the few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.—Will Rogers
1165. “A faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.”—unknown
1166. The word, “excruciate” comes from the Latin word, “out of cross.” It was the deepest pain known to man.
1167. “Truth by definition is exclusive.”—Ravi Zacharius
1168. “A kindness given is a gift to yourself.”—Unknown
1169. “One does not fully appreciate freedom until they have tasted oppression.”—Unknown
1170. “Creativity is undetected plagerism.”—Unknown
1171. Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.—Henri Nouwen
1172. Solitude is the furnace in which transformation takes place.—Henri Nouwen
1173. One way to express the spiritual crisis of our time is to say that most of us have an address but cannot be found there.—Henri Nouwen
1174. One of the tragedies of our life is that we keep forgetting who we are.—Henri Nouwen
1175. We want to live as people chosen, blessed, and broken, and thus become food for the world.—Henri Nouwen
1176. Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity- an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: 'You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.—Henri Nouwen
1177. “...love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.”—Henri Nouwen
1178. Jesus.. says, 'Let go of your complaints, forgive those who loved you poorly, step over your feelings of being rejected, and have the courage to trust that you won't fall into an abyss of nothingness but into the safe embrace of a God whose love will heal all your wounds.—Henri Nouwen
1179. At issue here is the question: "To whom do I belong? God or to the world?" Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.—Henri Nouwen
1180. The soul of the artist cannot remain hidden.—Henri Nouwen
1181. We cannot suffer with the poor when we are unwilling to confront those persons and systems that cause poverty. We cannot set the captives free when we do not want to confront those who carry the keys. We cannot profess our solidarity with those who are oppressed when we are unwilling to confront the oppressor. Compassion without confrontation fades quickly to fruitless sentimental commiseration.—Henri Nouwen
1182. Prayer is not a "spare tire" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.
1183. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.
1184. If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
If our greatest need had been health, God would have sent us a doctor.
But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.
1185. I guess if we burn the candle at both ends we’ll get twice the light!
1186. So what if we’re beheaded. A lot of people don’t use their heads anyway.
1187. Do not disturb! I’m disturbed enough as it is.
1188. Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
1189. I’D PICK MORE DAISIES
By Nadine Stair, age 85
If I had my life to live over, I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives prophylactically and sensibly and sanely,
hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I have had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments,one after another.
Instead of living so many years ahead each day.
I have been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer,
a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things. I'd travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would play hooky more. I wouldn't make such good grades except by accident.
I would ride on merry-go-rounds.
I'd pick more daisies!
1190. Worry ends where faith begins.
1191. "I want to know God's thoughts, the rest are details." --Albert Einstein
1192. Here are some men and women who mocked God :
John Lennon(Singer):Some years before, during his interview with an American magazine, he said: 'Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that...I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him' (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.
Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ):During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.
Cazuza(Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):During a show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: 'God, that's for you.' He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.
The man who built the Titanic: After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: 'Not even God can sink it' The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic
Marilyn Monroe (Actress) She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 'I don't need your Jesus'. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.
Bon Scott (Singer) The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: 'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell'. On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had choked in his own vomit.
Campinas (IN 2005) In Campinas , Brazil , a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend......The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.' She responded: 'Only If He (God) travels In the trunk, cause inside here.....It's already full.' Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken.
Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.
Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive.
1193. The Law of Attraction states that you attract whatever is similar in vibration. You become what you think about, talk about, attend to, and feel deeply about, because your thoughts are energy and will draw the same kind of energy back to you.
1194. Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1195. [Words used to describe C.S. Lewis] “. . . remembering how God used a man for His glory, and for the benefit of so many.”
1196. Abraham Lincoln was a regular attender at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, four blocks from the White House. In order to assure privacy for Lincoln during Wednesday night prayer services, Rev. Phineas Gurley allowed the president to sit in the pastor’s study with the door open to the chancel so he could listen to the sermon without having to interact with the crowd. One Wednesday evening as Lincoln and a companion walked back to the White House after the sermon, the president’s companion asked, “What did you think of tonight’s sermon?” “Well,” Lincoln responded, “it was brilliantly conceived, biblical, relevant, and well presented.” “So, it was a great sermon?” “No,” Lincoln replied. “It failed. It failed because Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.”
1197. Football Quotes:
#1. 'Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas ' - Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.
#2. 'After you retire, there's only one big event left... and I ain't ready for that.' - Bobby Bowden / Florida State
#3. 'The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.' - Lou Holtz / Arkansas
#4. 'When you win, nothing hurts.' - Joe Namath / Alabama
#5. 'Motivation is simple.. You eliminate those who are not motivated.' - Lou Holtz / Arkansas
#8. 'There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the h___ kicked out of you.' - Woody Hayes / Ohio State
#11. 'You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.' - Paul Dietzel / LSU
#13. When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. 'No, but you can see it from here.' - Lou Holtz / Arkansas
#14. 'I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.' - Bear Bryant / Alabama
#18. 'My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.' - Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee
#19. 'I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.' - Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
#20. 'Always remember... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.' - Shug Jordan / Auburn
#21. 'They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces.' - Darrell Royal / Texas
#25. 'Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.' - Bobby Bowden / Florida State
#26. 'Football is not a contact sport - it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.' - Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
#28. 'If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.' - Murray Warmath / Minnesota
#33. 'We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.' - Wilson Matthews / Little Rock Central High School
#34. 'Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.' - Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1198. "Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear." - Mark Twain
1199. “Be active, be diligent. Avoid laziness...fly from every degree, every appearance of it; else you will never be more than half a Christian.”—John Wesley
601. I want to live a long time, therefore I want to have a long time dream.
602. Joni Eareckson Tada on the Sovereignty of God: “God permits things that he hates, he doesn’t like spinal cord injury, takes no pleasure in multiple scleroses or children born with spina bifida. He permits what He can’t stand... it makes Him sick. He permits things that He absolutely hates, in order to accomplish something that He loves... and that is Christ in us, the hope of glory.”
603. “John Piper talked about how God looks at suffering through two lenses, a narrow lens in that he looks at the isolated incident of suffering and he loathes it. His heart hurts when you go through a divorce un expectably. His heart aches when you give birth to that child with multiple disabilities. He hates the isolated incident of suffering, but the wide angle lens He delights in, He sees the bigger mosaic. He sees how it’s all fitting together into this incredible pattern for not only our good but for the good of all those around us... and for His glory.”
604. “I’m just grateful that God is sovereign, His everlasting arms His fingers are holding back a deluge of evil in this world. I am grateful that He only allows to slip through His sovereign fingers that which will help us, help our souls and fit us better for eternity and so yes, things could be worse. You hear people say, “things could be worse.” Yes, they are right, things could be a lot worse... a whole lot worse! So praise God that suffering does not come barreling at us uncontrolled! We have a sovereign God that controls it and permits only so much and no further to fit us for eternity and to glorify His name.”
605. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
606. I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'
607. I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
608. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.
609. I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
610. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
611. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
612. I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
613. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
614. "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato
615. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anyting else.—Emily Dickinson
616. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
617. Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy.
618. Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself. — Franz Grillparzer
619. You are blessed to have had this terrible crisis and be awakened.
620. “I am a forester not of the many, but of the one.”
621. In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
622. “I am but a potential means of grace to you are you are on your journey to God.”
623. Denial and fear keeps us blinded to truth.
624. If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.—
625. No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.—Franz Grillparzer
626. Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.—
627. “Pursue perfection, but accept excellence.”—H. Jackson Brown
628. “It doesn’t take talent to hustle.”—H Jackson Brown
629. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”—Mark Twain
630. “I believe in practicing like a champion.”—Bonnie Blair (Olympic speed skater)
631. “The credit belongs to those who...spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly...”—Theodore Roosevelt
632. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown
633. “People who accomplish big things did small things well.”—H. Jackson Brown
634. “Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.”—H Jackson Brown
635. “Practice like a champion. Play like a champion. Live like a champion.”—Unknown
636. “An expert in anything was once a beginner.”—H. Jackson Brown
637. “You play the way you practice.”—Unknown
638. “As the broken twig so grows the tree.”—Keith Davis
639. “You can’t turn your bowl upside down when it is raining soup.”—Unknown
640. “You’ll never even notice it from the back of a galloping horse.”—Unknown
641. “Every person you meed knows more about something than you do.”—Unknown
642. The road of life may take us where we do not care to go: up rocky paths, down darkened trails, our steps unsure and slow. But our dear Lord extends His hand to hold, to help, to guide us; we never have to feel alone, for He walks close beside us.
643. Preachers err by trying to talk people into their belief. It is better that they reveal the radiance of their discovery.
644. I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.—G. K. Chesterton
645. Frederick Buechner: My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also your. Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track, you and I, of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and te people we have met along the way because it is precisely through these stories in all their particularity, as I have long believed and often said, that God makes himself known to each of us most powerfully and personally. If this is true, it means that to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but spiritually
646. I don’t do insane!
647. It was like directing traffic at a train wreck.
648. “Give a man everything he wants and at that moment everything will not be everything.”—Immanuel Kant
649. “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”—Rabindranath Tagore
650. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll
651. If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about a year ago today.
652. "Prayer strikes the winning blow. Service is merely picking up the pieces."—S.D. Gordon
'653. Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.—Ronald Reagan
654. 'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
655. Human beings are prone to believe a lie—if the lie is forceful and big enough.—Richard Terrell
656. On commenting about a newly formed friendship between two couples, the one said, “They are some old friends we recently met.”
657. In speaking of a man’s character, “He’s solid enough to hang a gate from.” (farm slang)
658. “He (God) has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.”—C.S. Lewis
659. Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.--Bill Ward
670. A clear view of God is the antedote to pride.—Unknown
671. We all need “Vigilant joy”—Deanna (Gary Lynch’s sister)
672. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
673. ”For every one who becomes a hero and a saint through suffering, there are ten who seem to become dehumanized, depressed, or despairing.”—Peter Kreeft
674. “A hundred years ago you were lucky to get through a single year without pain that we would today call terrible. Think of a world without anesthetics. . .”—Peter Kreeft
675. “Yet people are hurting far more psychologically and spiritually today than ever before. Suicides are up. Depression is up. Mindless violence is up. Boredom is up. (In fact, the very word boredom does not exist in any pre-modern language!) Loneliness is up. Drug escapism is up. . .”—Peter Kreeft
676. “Weeping” and “wondering” are two things animals and machines can’t do.—Peter Kreeft
677. “Saint Augustine says, ‘If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good?’”—Peter Kreeft
678. “This little boy went up to his Christian Science preacher and asked him to please pray for his father, who was very sick. The preacher replied, ‘Boy, you don’t understand. your father only thinks he’s sick. Go tell him that. Tell him to have faith.” The boy obeyed and met the preacher the next day. The preacher asked, ‘How’s your father, boy?’ ‘Oh, he thinks he’s dead.’—Peter Kreeft
679. “The Jews gave us the Bible. Yet Rabbi Kushner’s God is not the God of the Bible but the god of the pagans. Kushner teaches rationalism, naturalism and self-justification. Like the rest of the Bible, Job teaches mystery, supernaturalism and sin. If these three notions are unacceptable to the modern mind, well, then the modern mind and the Bible are at odds and one of them must be wrong.”—Peter Kreeft
680. “How you approach the problem of suffering depends on how you approach life itself.”—Peter Kreeft
681. “We are perfectly free to hope, to choose life.”—Peter Kreeft
682. “Sin has made us stupid, so that we can only learn the hard way.”—Peter Kreeft
683. “Job’s position. He’s not a hero of understanding, but a hero of faith.”—Peter Kreeft
684. [regarding Job] “Looking back at your life from the point of view of eternity, God’s point of view, was it all worth it? Do you accept it, with all its suffering, as a package deal? Or would you exchange it for a womb, not to have been born.” [Job would have said it was worth it.]—Peter Kreeft
685. “Consider the following syllogism:
If we do not suffer, we are not wise.
If we are not wise, we are not blessed.
Therefore, if we do not suffer, we are not blessed.”—Peter Kreeft
686. “Perhaps the revolution of our dilemma is that suffering leads to wisdom in the long run but not in the short run . . .”—Peter Kreeft
687. “Christ’s love makes us shudder. It shatters us with tenderness. Love somehow goes with suffering. Freedom goes with suffering. Truth, wisdom, knowledge of reality, go with suffering.”—Peter Kreeft
688. “. . . mystics boldly plunges our astonished eyes into the deepest and darkest kind of suffering—death—and then sees a light in this very heart of darkness.”—Peter Kreeft
689. “If—somehow—all suffering were connected with that . . . a desperate hope . . . Even the most horrible life on earth would be only a difficult birth.”—Peter Kreeft
690. “As C.S.Lewis says, ‘God whispers in our pleasures but shouts in our pains. Pain is his megaphone to rouse a dulled world . . . If we will not learn to eat the only fruit the universe can grow—the only fruit any possible universe can grow—we must starve eternally.”—Peter Kreeft
691. “. . . ontologically we are very good, morally we are not. We are sinners. Our world is a battlefield strewn with broken treaties, broken families, broken promises, broken lives and broken hearts.”—Peter Kreeft
692. “We need to hear the weeping prophet today; we need to be insulted and told that we are not good people, that “all our righteousness is as filthy rags.” For we no longer think we are desperately ill today, and that is the most desperate illness of all. It is also the reason why suffering is to us a scandal. . . Christianity now has to preach the diagnosis—in itself very bad news—before it can win a hearing for the cure.”—Peter Kreeft
693. “The ‘day of the Lord,’ of course, is the coming of Jesus. His three comings, past, present and future, are the solution to the problem of evil. He came on Calvary, he comes in faith to the hearts and lives, and he will come again into our world at the end to establish his kingdom, heaven on earth . . .”—Peter Kreeft
694. “The most direct and simple answer to the problem of death is resurrection.”—Peter Kreeft
695. “We are finally led not to the answer but to the Answerer.”—Peter Kreeft
696. “Are we broken? He is broken with us. Are we rejected? Do people despise us not for our evil but for our good, or attempted good? He was ‘despised and rejected of men.’ Do we weep? Is grief our familiar spirit, our horrifyingly familiar ghost? Do we ever say, ‘Oh, no, not again!’ . . He was ‘a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.’ Do people misunderstand us, turn away from us? Thy hid their faces from him . . . He sits beside us not only in our sufferings but even in our sin.”—Peter Kreeft
697. “Every tear we shed becomes his tear.”—Peter Kreeft
698. “We cannot know what the meaning of every event is, but we can know that every event is meaningful.”—Peter Kreeft
699. One of the main arguments boils down to the fact that if we prevent evil and suffering we do away with some of our freedoms. .”—Peter Kreeft
700. “Indifference is the only road that never gets to God.”—Peter Kreeft
701. “God is omniscient and knows perfectly what’s best for us in the long run. He has the right to say to us: You need to suffer now.”—Peter Kreeft
702. “For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern mind, the cardinal problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.” [C.S. Lewis]
703. “. . . the secular mind discounts supernatural meanings, transcendental meanings, God-made meanings, and is left with man-made meanings.”—Peter Kreeft
704. “If there is no heaven, death is spontaneous abortion.”—Peter Kreeft
705. “Not all suffering is a way to God; some is a foretaste of hell. Suffering is a reflection of death, a reminder of mortality.”—Peter Kreeft
706. “Modernity cannot understand suffering very deeply because it does not believe in suffering’s ultimate source. Hell.”—Peter Kreeft
707. “God had to risk justice in order to guarantee love, that is what he did. . . Making us robots would have guaranteed justice but at the expense of love . . . love is God’s essence.”—Peter Kreeft
708. “. . . justice also exists before, above, and outside all human minds and wills. It is objective, cosmic, necessary, and absolute.” —Peter Kreeft
709. “Justice remains justice though all men should act or think unjustly.”—Peter Kreeft
710. “Justice demands payment. Christ’s salvation is more like someone interposing himself between a bullet and a victim. The only way to save the victim is to be the victim . . . ‘the wages of sin is death.’ That’s justice. The good news is that ‘the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ That’s grace.”—Peter Kreeft
711. “. . . when history is seen as his-story, suffering is seen as the dark spot in a magnificent painting, heard as the low note in a harmony whose high notes are lost in heaven, . . .” —Peter Kreeft
712. “...the first is...the memory of a memory...I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described...it is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. I call it Joy.”—C.S. Lewis
713. “. . . our faith is often a largely intellectual thing. We talk a good game of God, but really God makes a pretty unspectacular and non-total difference to our lives most of the time.”--C.S. Lewis
714. “...the bright shadow...It was Holiness...Yet, at the same time, never had the wind of Joy blowing through any story been less separable from the story itself...I saw the bright shadow coming out of the book into the real world and resting there, transforming all common things and yet itself unchanged...that night my imagination was...baptized.”—C.S. Lewis (from Surprised by Joy)
715. “All space and time are too little for Him (God) to utter Himself in them once.”—C.S. Lewis
716. “Our business is to present that which is timeless (the same yesterday, today and tomorrow) in the particular language of our own age...”—C.S. Lewis
717. “...either there is ‘pie in the sky’ or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven in to its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced”—C.S. Lewis
718. "It [Heaven] is first of all, a dance. Play...is more ultimate, more heavenly, than work."--C.S. Lewis
719. “. . . war creates no absolutely new situation; it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it.”--C.S. Lewis
720. “What does war do to death? It certainly does not make it more frequent; 100 percent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased. . . war does do something to death. It forces us to remember it.”--C.S. Lewis
721. “ ‘We know not what we shall be’; but we may be sure we shall be more, not less, than we were on earth.”--C.S. Lewis
722. [on relativism and evolution] “. . . in other words, unless Reason is an absolute—all is in ruins. Yet those who ask me to believe this world picture also ask me to believe that Reason is simply the unforeseen and unintended by-product of mindless matter at one stage of its endless and aimless becoming. Here is flat contradiction. They ask me at the same moment to accept a conclusion and to discredit the only testimony on which that conclusion can be based.”--C.S. Lewis
723. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”--C.S. Lewis
724. [on our desire to be in the in-group] “I believe that in all men’s lives at certain periods, and in many men’s lives at all periods between infancy and extreme old age, one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local Ring and the terror of being left outside . . . Of all passions the passion for the Inner Ring is the most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.”--C.S. Lewis
725. “. . . he [today’s student] is seldom engaged in those solitary walks, or walks with a single companion, which built the minds of the previous generations. He lives in a crowd; caucus has replaced friendship . . . —C.S. Lewis
726. “Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.”--C.S. Lewis
727“The individualism in which we all begin is only a parody or shadow of it. True personality lies ahead.”—C.S. Lewis
728. “Neither the individual nor the community as popular thought understands them, can inherit eternal life, neither the natural self, nor the collective mass, but a new creature.”—C.S. Lewis
729. “When you go to a doctor you show him the bit of you that is wrong—say, a broken arm. It would be a mere waste of time to keep on explaining that your legs and eyes and throat are all right . . . Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse . . . To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”—C.S. Lewis
730. “This is my endless recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea (I think St. John of the Cross called God a sea) and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on the the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal . . . Our temptation is to look eagerly for the minimum that will be accepted. We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers. We approve of an income tax in principle. We make our returns truthfully. But we dread a rise in the tax. We are very careful to pay no more than is necessary. And we hope—we very ardently hope—that after we have paid it there will still be enough left to live on.”—C.S. Lewis
731. “The Church will outlive the universe . . . Everything that is joined to the immortal head will share His immortality.”—C.S. Lewis
732. “...praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment.”—C.S. Lewis
733. “Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.”—C.S. Lewis
734. “...one can do one of three things about death: to desire it, to fear it, or to ignore it.”—C.S. Lewis
735. “Where, except in the present, can the Eternal be met?”—C.S. Lewis
736. “The Church will outlive the universe . . . Everything that is joined to the immortal head will share His immortality.”—C.S. Lewis
737. “We must get rid of our arrogant assumption that it is the masses who can be led by the nose...The only people who are really the dupes of their favorite newspapers are the intelligentsia.”—C.S. Lewis
738. “Our business is to present that which is timeless (the same yesterday, today and tomorrow) in the particular language of our own age...”—C.S. Lewis
739. “(the parable of the sheep and the goats) The ‘Goats” are condemned entirely for their sins of omission; as if to make us fairly sure that the heaviest charge against each of us turns not up things he has done but on those he never did...”—C.S. Lewis
740. All things proceed from the Nothing, and are borne toward the Infinite.—Pascal
741...if reason were reasonable—Pascal
742. How comes it that a cripple does not offend us, but that a fool does? [because a cripple knows he is a cripple]—Pascal
743. It is natural for the mind to believe, and for the will to love; so that, for lack of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.—Pascal
744. Imagination cannot makes fools wise; but she can make them happy.—Pascal
745...imaginary knowledge...they establish themselves by force, the others by show [appearances].—Pascal
746. ...illusion...strengthened by custom—Pascal
747. ...there is nothing natural [created] he may not lose.—Pascal
748. He wants to be great, but he sees himself small...he devotes all his attention to hiding his faults both from others and from himself, and he cannot endure either.—Pascal
749. ...nothing is simple which is presented to the soul—Pascal
750. Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are not longer the same persons.—Pascal
751. [what man seeks after]: play and the society of women, war, and high posts [status].—Pascal
752. Men are entrusted from infancy with the care of their honor, their property, their friends, and even with the property and the honor of their friends...they cannot be happy unless their health, their honor, their fortune, that that of their friends be in good condition.—Pascal
753. [without diversions]...they would see themselves; they would reflect on what they are, whence they came...—Pascal
754....to die for nothing...the charm of fame is so great, that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.—Pascal
755. It is not disgraceful for man to yield to pain, and it is disgraceful to yield to pleasure...slavery brings shame.—Pascal
756. May you have: Enough happiness to make you sweet, Enough trials to make you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human, Enough hope to make you happy.
757. He who will know fully the vanity of man has only to consider the causes and effects of love.—Pascal
758...insufferable sadness...reduced to thinking of self. —Pascal
759. If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy.—Pascal
760. ...man wishes to be happy,...and cannot wish not to be so.—Pascal
761...we run carelessly to the precipice, and after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.
When Augustus learned that Herod’s own son was amongst the infants under two years of age, whom he has caused to be slain, he said that it was better to be Herod’s pig than his son.—Pascal
762. Men despise religion; they hate it, and fear it is true...we must make it lovable, to make good men hope it is true; finally, we must prove it is true.—Pascal
763. Of what do you complain?—Pascal
764. [God is] so disguised ...that He will only be perceived by those who seek Him with all their heart.—Pascal
765. ...negligence is insufferable.—Pascal
766. The immortality of the soul...of so great consequence...that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent as to know what it is...our ultimate end.—Pascal
767...pass their life without thinking of this ultimate end of life.—Pascal
768...neglect to seek...carelessness in a matter which concerns themselves, their eternity, their all...—Pascal
769...death which threatens us every moment...There is nothing more real than this, nothing more terrible...the end which awaits the noblest life in the world....there is no good in this life but in the hope of another.—Pascal
770...terrible ignorance of everything.—Pascal
771[the fool says]...I know only that, in leaving this world, I fall forever either into annihilation or into the hands of an angry God...I conclude that I ought to spend all the days of my life without caring to inquire into what must happen to me...I will go without foresight and without fear to try the great event, and let myself be led carelessly to death, uncertain of the eternity of my future state. —Pascal
772. And this same man...is the very one who knows without anxiety and without emotion that he will lose all by death. It is a monstrous thing to see in the same heart and at the same time this sensibility to trifles and this strange insensibility to the greatest objects. —Pascal
773...to desire the truth of eternal promises.—Pascal
774...foolishness and blindness [those who live indifferent to the search for truth]—Pascal
775...the duration of this life is but a moment; ...the state of death is eternal.—Pascal
776...as if they could annihilate eternity by turning away their thought from it, think only of making themselves happy for the moment....they refuse to look...choose to live in ignorance.—Pascal
777[we are like] men in chains, and all condemned to death, where some are killed each day in the sight of others and those who remain see their own fate...It is an image of the condition of men.—Pascal
778...let us act as if we had only eight hours to live.—Pascal
779. The last act is tragic, however happy all the rest of the play is: at the last a little earth is thrown upon our head, and that is the end forever.—Pascal
780. It is a horrible thing to feel all that we possess slipping away....between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.—Pascal
781...nothing would be too dear to me for eternity.—Pascal
782. God is infinite, without parts...there remains an infinity for you to know [about God].—Pascal
783. By faith we know His existence; in glory we shall know His nature.—Pascal
784...you must wager. It is not optional...Which will you choose then?...If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. wager, then, without hesitation that He is....[you have] the infinite to gain....What have you to lose?—Pascal
785...it is certain that we shall not remain here long, and uncertain if we shall here on hour. This last assumption is our condition. Who has most reason to fear hell: he who is in ignorance whether there is a hell, and who is certain of damnation if there is; or he who certainly believes there is a hell, and hopes to be saved if there is?—Pascal
786...saying little things in big words.—Pascal
787...it is far better to know something about everything than to know all about one thing.—Pascal
788Do you wish people to believe good of you? Don’t speak.—Pascal
789Ignorant; squaring the circle.—Pascal
790...made too much of trifles and spoke too much of himself.—Pascal
791...space...an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere. —Pascal
792. All things proceed from the Nothing, and are borne toward the Infinite.—Pascal
793. infinitely divisible—Pascal
794. Too much truth is paralyzing—Pascal
795. It is not disgraceful for man to yield to pain, and is is disgraceful to yield to pleasure...slavery brings shame.—Pascal
796. He who will know fully the vanity of man has only to consider the causes and effects of love.—Pascal
797. insufferable sadness...reduced to thinking of self. —Pascal
798...man wishes to be happy,...and cannot wish not to be so.—Pascal
799. [God is] so disguised ...that He will only be perceived by those who seek Him with all their heart.—Pascal
800. We run carelessly to the precipice, and after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.
1200. The more a person loves, the closer he approaches the image of God. —Martin Luther
1201. In whatever we do, John Wesley urged us to ask, “Have I reason to believe that for this I shall have a reward a the resurrection of the just?”
1202. “A man cannot have an erroneous belief without by-and-by having an erroneous life.”—Charles Spurgeon
1203. “The men who have done the most for God in this world hav been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and fresheness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day.”—E. M. Bounds
1204. “...it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.”—G.K. Chesterton
1205. Give to a pig when it grunts and to a child when it cries, and you will have a fine pig and a spoiled child.” —Charles Spurgeon
1206. “...we can do like the Sioux Indians who, when the Unites States Commissioner of Indian Affairs sent them a supply of grain for sowing, ate it...Men are constantly sacrificing their eternal future to the passing enjoyment of the present moment.” — D.L. Moody
1207. “How foolish—even mad—it is for one with understanding to prefer deliberately temporal things to eternal. How contrary to all reason to prefer the happiness of a year to the happiness of eternity...” —John Wesley
1208. “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as every you can.”—John Wesley
1209. “If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation.” —John Owen
1210. “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.” —Charles Spurgeon
1211. “Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself; he is not at peace with himself, because he is not at peace with God.” —Thomas Merton
1212. “The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” —E.M. Bounds
1213. “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” — William Carey
1214. “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”—C.S. Lewis
1215. “God corrects me with the same love he crowns me.”—Thomas Watson
1216. “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.”
1217. “O my soul...Go to your rest rejoicing, for you are no isolated wanderer, but a beloved child, watched over, cared for, supplied and defended by your Lord.” —Charles Spurgeon
1218. “For there, in your own heart, is a hero of epic proportion, ready at a moment’s notice to join you in the grand struggle to seek and claim the ultimate prize—the satisfaction of a life of purpose, pursued with courage and passion.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1219. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” —George Halas
1220. “I never blame fortune . . .but, I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
1221. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” —Mark Twain
1222. “You never stand so tall as when you reach out to help another.” —Max Cleland
1223. “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
1224. “Right choices are seldom easy ones.” —Samuel Grady
1225. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” —William Feather
1226. “By doing just acts, we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.” —Aristotle
1227. “Ultimately we are remembered for what we give, not for what we take.” —Unknown
1228. “Nothing is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.” —James Kent
1229. “Winners are self-motivated. They don’t wait for someone else to raise the bar. They raise it themselves.” —Unknown
1230. “Thoughts become actions; actions become habits; habits become character; character becomes destiny.” —Unknown
1231. “The credit belongs to those...who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” —Theodore Roosevelt
1232. “Persistence is also important because no one accomplishes everything the first try.” —Jared Heyman
1233. “We first make our habits, then our habits make us. Habits, good or bad, begin as innocent companions. Later they become our masters.” —Unknown
1234. “People who accomplish big things did small things well.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1235. “No champion is embarrassed by his scars.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1236. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1237. “Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1238. “...a great effort is usually the result of a great attitude. Dedicate yourself to a mighty purpose. Win with humility, lose with grace. Practice like a champion.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1239. “A brave heart is a powerful weapon.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1240. “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” —Unknown
1241. “An expert at anything was once a beginner.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1242. “Leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time.” —George Orwell
1243. “Inside each of us are powers so strong, treasures so rich, possibilites so endless, that to command them all to action would change the history of the world.” — Unknown
1244. “I don’t think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.” — Ann Cody
1245. “How we see ourselves is ultimately how others see us.”—Unknown
1246. “The road to success is a tollroad.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1247. “The road to success is always under construction.” — Ed Temple
1248. “You build a successful life a day at a time.” —Lou Holtz
1249. “Scorn mediocrity. Embrace excellence.” √—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1250. When you pray, don’t give God instructions; just report for duty.
1251. Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies beyond the will of God.
1252. “Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power.”—Peter Deyneka
1253. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”— Henry David Thoreau
1254. God's Wings .....After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast....because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live. 'He will cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you will find refuge.' ~ Psalm 91:4
1255. It's unspoken and unmanaged expectations that often cause pressure and rob us of joy.—Ann Weaver
1256. “Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” (Ann Voskamp,
1257 Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. - Henri Nouwen
1258 “Wasted time is gone forever.”
1259. “Live by design, not by default.”—Mark Kiekaeffer
1260 The most joyful people are the most grateful people.—Mark Kiekaeffer
1261. There are no guarantees; the religious life is a venture; foolish and debilitating error is a permanent possibility. (If we can be wrong, however, we can also be right.)” ― Alvin Plantinga
1262. “The mere fact that a belief is unpopular at present (or at some other time) is interesting from a sociological point of view but evidentially irrelevant.”
― Alvin Plantinga
1263. When I asked my grandmother to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
1264. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
1263 “It is the weight of regret which weighs a casket down.”
— Ann Voskamp
1264. One Pure And Holy Passion
Give me one pure and holy passion.
Give me one magnificent obsession.
Give me one glorious ambition for my life:
To know and follow hard after You.
...To know and follow hard after You,
To grow as Your disciple in Your Truth,
...This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing You My Lord.
Lead me on, and I will run after You.
[Champagne For The Soul by Mike Mason is one of my favorite books. Enjoy a few quotes from this wonderful book on joy.’
1265. “…in order to live consistently in joy people need to set aside times especially devoted to it. Because joy and freedom tend to get swept under the carpet by the dreary pragmatism of existence, periodically we need a shake-up. We need regular reminders of the central importance of joyous freedom in the Christian life.”—Mike Mason
1266. “God cannot be outdone. It’s the nature of His joy to keep expanding. It’s bigger than we are and we can’t possibly hold it all.” .”—Mike Mason
1267. “The present, after all, is the only time over which we have any control. I can’t control the past; it’s gone. As for the future, I don’t know what will happen. Right now, however, I can choose to rejoice and so transform my life.” .”—Mike Mason
1268. To accept joy as a commandment is to admit that it doesn’t come to one effortlessly but requires the cooperation of the will to achieve. Like salvation, joy is a free gift of God that cannot be earned, yet even a gift must be opened and actively enjoyed by the recipient. It takes energy to “shout for joy to the Lord,” but it takes just as much energy (or more) to be miserable. Why not re-channel our energies…”.”—Mike Mason
1269. “It’s not what you look at that matters, but how you see.”—Mike Mason
1270 “Unhappiness is not primarily a product of pain and hardship, but of resisting the will of God.”—Mike Mason
1270 “Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you.”—Deuteronomy 28:47-48
1271. “Take the attitude of a victim and you’ll be crushed; adopt a winning attitude and you’ll excel. The victim, faced with a problem, trembles and wishes the problem would go away. The victor, faced with the identical problem, looks it squarely in the eye and moves forward. A friend who battled cancer adopted this motto: ‘Cancer doesn’t play fair, it plays to win—and so do I.’”—Mike Mason
1272. “If we aren’t winning spiritual battles, we’ll have little joy.” —Mike Mason
1273. “We learn not to hate struggles but to love them because they’re a chance to take action against the enemy and to expand the territory of our happiness.”—Mike Mason
1274. “Spiritual war is a good thing; if it weren’t, Jesus wouldn’t want us doing it. He wants us to fight alongside Him. He longs for us to rise up out of our misery and apathy, to take arms against the foe, and to feel the joy of victory flowing in our veins. He wants us to know how real and alive we feel when we start coming against the things that oppress us.”—Mike Mason
1275. “Do you love God’s will? Then love to wage war. Jesus does. He gave His life in battle. He loves war because He loves us. If I had to choose one key to joy as being most important, it would be this: Love the struggle.”—Mike Mason
1276. “If you are so low that you have only one prayer to offer, let it be a prayer of thanks.”—Mike Mason
1277. “The world is full of reasons to be sad or distressed, but beauty and goodness also abound. Which to look at? What you see is what you get.”—Mike Mason
1278. “Are you unhappy today? Ask yourself what you believe. What is your excuse for believing you cannot live this day in joy?”—Mike Mason
1279. “Some years ago I found myself reciting a litany of my weaknesses to a friend. ‘I don’t do this well, I’m not good at that,’ and so on. Finally this man looked at me and said, ‘You’ve just told me who you’re not. Now tell me who you are.’”—Mike Mason?”
1280. “A life of joy rests upon the discovery of what I, and I alone, am meant to do, and then doing this with all my heart.” —Mike Mason
1281. “If I want to be happy in Jesus, I must begin by setting aside all other goals. I make it my one ambition to bless the Lord in all circumstances, to love Him no matter what, to worship Him always, to remain in Him, to be constantly and eternally grateful. As I do this, the secrets of joy open up.”—Mike Mason
1282. “The trouble with a triumphalist theology of perfect health (besides the obvious fact that sooner or later everyone dies) is that it segregates believers into classes—the well who have great faith and the sick who have little.” —Mike Mason
1283. “The greatest enemy of joy is fear . . . What a pitiful way to live!” —Mike Mason
1284. “Whenever I’m not joyful, it’s because I don’t feel myself in the Lord’s presence. To quote an old chorus, ‘Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart when the King is in residence there.’” —Mike Mason
1285. “Until we start reaching for joy in all circumstances, we’ll have no idea how happy we can be.”—Mike Mason
1286. “If you’re skeptical of being happy every day, it’s because you believe it’s impossible. It is. This is exactly the point. We cannot achieve the life of God on our own. We can no more create joy in ourselves than we can pull real rabbits out of hats. Joy is God’s work, faith is ours.” —Mike Mason
1287. “Since our destination is sure, we can rejoice now just as if we’re already there.”—Mike Mason
1288. “Joy is a message from the heart of God that all is well.”—Mike Mason
1289. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen.”—Martin Luther
[Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts” is one of my all-time favorite books. Enjoy a few of my favorite quotes from that book. ]
1290. “Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life.”—Ann Voskamp
1291. “I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks.”—Ann Voskamp
1292. “They say time is money, but that’s not true. Time is life.” .”—Ann Voskamp
1293. “I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry.” —Ann Voskamp
1294. “Hurry always empties a soul.” —Ann Voskamp
1295. “I just want time to do one life well.” —Ann Voskamp
1296. “Wherever you are, be all there.” —Ann Voskamp
1297. “I am a hunter of beauty…I hunger to taste life. God.” —Ann Voskamp
1298. “The real problem of life is never lack of time. The real problem…is lack of thanksgiving.” — Ann Voskamp
1299. “ Who knows when you might climb a mount of transfiguration?” — Ann Voskamp
1300. “You say you’ve lost a love one, but with God is anything ever truly lost?” (paraphrase of a thought by Ann Voskamp)
1301. “All is grace . . . God is always good and I am always loved.” — Ann Voskamp
1302. “…take the pain that is given, give thanks for it, and transform it into joy.” — Ann Voskamp
1303. “This is what I want…more of His glory.” — Ann Voskamp
1304. “Beauty requires no justification, no explanation; it simply it…”— Ann Voskamp
1305. “The remedy is in the retina . . . How we look (see) determines how we live.” — Ann Voskamp (parenthesis mine)
1306. “Faith is always a way of seeing, a seeking for God in everthing.” — Ann Voskamp
1307. “The truly saved have eyes of faith and lips of thanks.” — Ann Voskamp
1308. “I’ve only got one pure thing to wear and it’s god Made by Jesus on the tag.” — Ann Voskamp
1309. “To sit in the theater of God and see His glory crack the dark, to open the eyes of my heart to see the fountain of His grace…”— Ann Voskamp
1310. “God is happiest of all. Joy is God’s life.” — Ann Voskamp
1311. Have you answered the “invitation to live in Him who is happiest of all?“ — (words in quotes by Ann Voskamp)
1312. “Isn’t joy the art of God?” — Ann Voskamp
1313. “Don’t I give God most glory when I am fully alive? And I am most fully alive beholding God.” — Ann Voskamp
1314. “The windows of home [Heaven] burn bright.” — Ann Voskamp
1315. “Contemplative simplicity isn’t a matter of circumstances; it’s a matter of focus.” — Ann Voskamp
1316. I want to live in the “rhythm of grace,” a term coined by Ann Voskamp.
1317. “Why do I have spiritual Alzheimer’s, always forgetting?” — Ann Voskamp
1318. “To see the glory, name the graces.” — Ann Voskamp
1319. “…inserting verbal gratitude into stressful situations is almost like being healed of mental blindness. I have begun to see again.” — Ann Voskamp
1320. “We don’t have to change what we see. Only the way we see.” — Ann Voskamp
1321. “Feel thanks and it’s absolutely impossible to feel anger. We can only experience one emotion at a time.” Ann Voskamp
1322. “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
1323.”Fear keeps a life small…What if I opened the clenched hand wide to receive all that is? A life that receives all of God in this moment.” Ann Voskamp
1324.”Trust, it’s the antithesis of stress. ‘Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord.’ (Psalm 40:4)” — Ann Voskamp
1325. “Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism.” — Ann Voskamp
1326. “There is no joy without trust!” “Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism.” — Ann Voskamp
1327. “Watch me live a life of yes. To all that was and is and is to come.”— Ann Voskamp
1328. God’s blessings for us never end because His love for us never ends. (condensed thoughts of Ann Voskamp)
1329. “…the heights of our joy are measured by the depths of our gratitude.” — Ann Voskamp
1330. “Expectations kill relationships—especially with God.” — Ann Voskamp
1331. “…when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for greater joy.” — Ann Voskamp
1332. “Joy—it’s always obedience.” — Ann Voskamp
1333. “I am blessed. I can bless.” — Ann Voskamp
1334. “No matter what unfolds here, He is always good and we are always loved. Let go.” — Ann Voskamp
1335. In response to doing the mundane such as housework: “The work becomes worship, a liturgy of thanksgiving.” — Ann Voskamp
1336. “…our happiness comes, too, not in having but in handing over…give away your blessings to multiply blessings, give away so that many might increase, and do it all for the love of God.” — Ann Voskamp
1337. “God extravagantly pays back everything we give away.” — Ann Voskamp
1338. “The way through pain is to reach out to others in theirs.” — Ann Voskamp
1339. “…you can become a current in a river of grace that redeems the world!” — Ann Voskamp
1340. “…heavy with the scent of God.” — Ann Voskamp
1341. “Bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” —Psalm 34:1 (emphasis mine)
1342. “Just those two words He spoke changed my life, ‘Enjoy me!’ ”—Teresa of Avila
1343. “…’woe to thee if thou art contented with anything less than God.” —Francis de Sales
Over the years I have collected hundreds of quotes. As you will soon tell authors such as C.S.Lewis, John Eldredge, Peter Kreeft, Malcolm Muggeridge, Pascal, and Ann Voskamp are among my favorite authors. If there is no author listed by a quote it is because I don't know who wrote the quote. Sorry! I've been collecting quotes for years and wasn't always dilligent in documenting such things. Nonetheless, I hope you find some of these quotes life-changing. Some may even bring a smile. Enjoy!