"We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience." - Unknown
"Stop talking about it." - Morgan Freeman, on how to end racism
"People may refuse our love, or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers." - Rick Warren
“Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism, whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and ’swept along by every wind of teaching,’ looks like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires." - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, April 18, 2005
"Truth has nothing to do with the number of people it convinces." - Paul Claudel
"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on." - Churchill
"If we really think that home is elsewhere, and that this life is a "wandering to find home," why should we not look forward to the arrival?" - C.S. Lewis
"Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame." - Thomas a Kempis
Let the stable still astonish:
Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes,
dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
Crumbling crooked walls;
No bed to carry that pain,
And then, the child,
Ragged-wrapped, laid to cry
In a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said: "Yes,
Let the God of all the heavens and earth
Be born here, in this place"?
Who but the same God
Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms
of our hearts
and says, "Yes,
let the God of Heaven and Earth be born here -
in this place."
- Leslie Leyland Fields
"In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him." - C.S. Lewis
"A comprehended God is no God at all." - Gerhard Tersteegen
"[If] liberals were as sophisticated and open-minded as they fancy themselves to be,they would make an effort to understand why most Americans disagree with them rather than simply dismissing them as idiots." - James Taranto, www.opinionjournal.com, 11/4/04
"[An individual's] personal struggle with moral absolutes does not invalidate the conservative values he espouses. Think of it this way: Is the health advice 'don't smoke' invalidated because the cigarette-puffing adviser has lung cancer? On the contrary, the advice is all the more urgent." - Mary Jo Anderson
"....all is well, and all is well, and all manner of things shall be well. " - Julian of Norwich
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back into bondage." - Alexander Tyler, 1787
"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw
"The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore." - G.K. Chesterton
"...a man is not usually called upon to have an opinion of his own talents at all, since he can very well go on improving them to the best of his ability without deciding on his own precise niche in the temple of Fame." -- C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and Punishment (1764).
"It is possible to want something, and not have it, and still survive."
"A falsehood can never be accepted as a legitimate 'point of view.' "
"It is customary in democratic countries to deplore expenditures on armament as conflicting with the requirements of the social services. There is a tendency to forget that the most important social service that a government can do for its people is to keep them alive and free." - Sir John Slessor
"Some things have to be believed to be seen." - Sandy Murry (Madeleine L'Engle)
"Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"But flippancy is the best of all. In the first place it is very economical. Only a clever human can make a real Joke about virtue, or indeed about anything else; any of them can be trained to talk as if virtue were funny. Among flippant people the Joke is always assumed to have been made. No one actually makes it; but every serious subject is discussed in a manner which implies that they have already found a ridiculous side to it. If prolonged, the habit of Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour-plating against the Enemy that I know..." - The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis /ffont>(Chapter 11.)
"The call for cultural diversity is a call for ideological conformity." - Thomas Sowell
"The more I practice, the luckier I seem to get." - Arnold Palmer
"Should a man nourish anger against his fellows, and expect healing from the Lord? Should a man refuse mercy to his fellows, yet seek pardon for his own sins?" - Sirach 28:3-4
"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." --Bertrand Russell
"You son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked man that he shall surely die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked man, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself."
- Ezekiel 33:7-9
"Home is what catches you when you fall - and we all fall."
"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." - Colette
"There is a sort of underbred history going about, according to which women in the past have always been in the position of slaves. It is much more to the point to note that women have always been in the position of despots. They have been despotic, because they ruled in an area where they had too much common sense to attempt to be constitutional. You cannot grant a constitution to a nursery...." - G.K. Chesterton (1922)
"They that would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But how are men to call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men preach unless they are sent?" - Romans 10:13-15
"...Never look for justice, but never cease to give it." - Oswald Chambers
"Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it." - G.K. Chesterton
"Anything worth having is worth asking for - some say yes, some say no."
"Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like." - G. K. Chesterton
"If you can change your mind, you can change your life."
"...the nature of sin [is] my claim to my right to myself...the nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to say, ‘I am my own god.' " - Oswald Chambers
"A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your holy spirit take not from me. Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me." - Psalm 52:12-14
"It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you. You better let somebody love you, before it's too late." - Don Henley, Glenn Frey
"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." - Franklin P. Jones
"We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us." - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
"When you are in the right, you can afford to keep your temper; when you are in the wrong, you can't afford to lose it." - Mahatma Gandhi
Last updated 12/22/08