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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Recent Quotes

Think of these things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account. Benjamin Franklin

A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful--five years later. Phyllis Battelle

Children can be happy when their parents are miserable. But a parent is never happier than her unhappiest child. -- Laura Lippman

Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them. -- Albert Schweitzer

We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. ~ George Herbert Walker Bush

O Lord, forgive what I have been, sanctify what I am, and order what I shall be. -- Thomas Wilson

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only people you should ever want to get "even" with are those who have helped you. – John Honeyfield

If you want to understand the meaning of happiness, you must see it as a reward and not as a goal. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. Abraham Lincoln

You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body. Do not withhold encouragement from the discouraged. Do not keep affirmation from the beaten down! Speak words that make people stronger. Believe in them as God has believed in you. Max Lucado A Love Worth Giving

Love is an act of will: listening to someone when we are bored, keeping that perfectly couched comeback to ourselves, letting old Mrs. Jones win the argument over something unimportant, biting our tongues instead of reminding others of our triumphs. Love is the decision to behave a certain way even when we don't feel like it. Leslie Williams Seduction of the Lesser Gods

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey

Hospitality is a grand gesture of acceptance. Christ's hospitality is forgiveness and acceptance. It welcomes friends and family, strangers and sinners. Because we live in Christ, the hospitality with which we welcome others is generated by a deep, passionate, single-minded love of Jesus extended to all corners. Hospitality comes from the heart, Christ's true home. Harriet Crosby A Place Called Home

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. Robert Muller

The Greek word translated "workmanship" is poiema; it means "something made" and gives us the English word poem. The Christian who boasts, "I'm a self-made person!" doesn't understand this basic principle that God must work in us before He can work through us. He must prepare us for what He has prepared for us. Warren W. Wiersbe

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. Benjamin Franklin

The whole idea that our lives belong to us is a myth, and an arrogant assumption when it comes right down to it. I did not conceive myself; I wasn't my own idea. I cannot will myself to wake up in the mornings--it is by God's grace alone that I am given even one more day to live. Leslie Williams

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. Thomas a Kempis

Our precious Jesus will meet extra-ordinary pain with extraordinary grace. He will meet extraordinary needs with extraordinary resources. He will meet extraordinary fears with extraordinary comfort. Kathy Troccoli

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lincoln

A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage dares to live.

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Robert M. Pirsig

Many Bible passages (such as Luke 13:3 or Acts 2:38) issue a call for repentance. Repentance? The very thought stops our hearts with chilling honesty, for it insists that we come clean before we set out to execute life's important choices. Repentance demands that we choose a path of holy living. Calvin Miller

God is in the business of restoration, and he's been doing it for a long, long time. We're merely his partners, his apprentices. We're working with a pro! Today open your heart and let God's touch bring restoration to those areas of your life that need repair. Then go and touch others with his restoring love. Amy Nappa

We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it. God's purpose is not limited by your past. He turned a murderer named Moses into a leader and a coward named Gideon into a courageous hero, and he can do amazing things with the rest of your life, too. God specializes in giving people a fresh start. Rick Warren

When all is said and done, more is said than done. Lou Holtz

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your feet on first. Frederick Wilcox

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Theresa

Unless the gospel is preached with contemporary relevance it has not been preached. Martin Luther

The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduced yourself to had life not done it for you. Kendall Hailey

Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying "Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself." If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for that, too. Harrison Ford

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

Patience is also a form of action. Auguste Rodin

I cannot give you the formula for success but I can give you the formula for failure: Which is: Try to please everybody. Herbert B. Swope

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. Richard M. DeVos 1926- (American Businessman, Co-founder of Amway Corp.)

Holiness isn't in a style of dress. It's not a matter of rules and regulations. It's a way of life that emanates quietness and rest, joy in family, shared pleasure with friends, the help of a neighbor--and the hope of a Savior. Joni Eareckson Tada (Holiness in Hidden Places)

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - Not even our troubles. Charlie Chaplin

The Bible calls the good man's life a light; and it is the nature of light to flow out spontaneously in all directions, and fill the world unconsciously with its beams. Horace Bushnell

There may be an easy road to success but the problem is it's very difficult to find.

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. Booker T. Washington

Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no signficance or hope... The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose. Rick Warren

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.

Even God doesn't plan to judge a man till the end of his days, why should you and I? Unknown

The gospel is so simple that simple children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches. Charles Hodge

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. Cherie Carter-Scott

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury. E. H. Chapin

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. Golda Meir

Keep your nose to the grindstone and your shoulder to the wheel, it's a lot cheaper than plastic surgery.

Love is like a roller coaster: When it's good you don't want to get off, and when it isn't you can't wait to throw up.

Humor helps us to think out of the box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the other 385 laughs? Anoymous

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Late Great Quotes

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

Speaking without thinking is like shooting without aiming!

Contentment is not The fulfillment Of what you want -- But the realization Of how much You already have!

A lie goes half way around the world before the truth can get its pants on. Winston Churchill

Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing. Michael Iapoce

The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them. Samuel Butler

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost

If you think education is expensive - try ignorance. Derek Bok

If you are planning for a year, sow rice. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. --Chinese proverb

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out--it's the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert Service

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone. Gertrude Stein

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say 'Thank You'? William A. Ward

Good words are worth much, and cost little. George Herbert

A hug is the perfect gift -- one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it. Ivern Ball

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans. Peter Drucker

There is not a hint of one person who was afraid to draw near him [Jesus]. There were those who mocked him. There were those who were envious of him. There were those who misunderstood him. There were those who revered him. But there was not one person who considered him too holy, too divine, or too celestial to touch. There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected. Max Lucado

Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids--all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile. Paul Tornier

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. Katherine Paterson

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Dale Carnegie

A hypocrite talks upright,but seldom walks upright.

The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born BY his purpose and FOR his purpose. Rick Warren

In pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up. R.H. Grenville

When people speak ill of you, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato

You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. Eldridge Cleaver

[Jesus said] 'I am the resurrection and the life ... Do you believe this?' This is a canyon question which makes sense only during an all-night vigil or in the stillness of smoke-filled waiting rooms. A question that makes sense when all of our props, crutches, and costumes are taken away. For then we must face ourselves as we really are: rudderless humans tailspinning toward disaster. And we are forced to see him for what he claims to be: our only hope. Max Lucado

[John the Baptist said] 'He must increase, but I must decrease.' .. No driven person could ever say what John said, because driven people have to keep gaining more and more attention, more and more power, more and more material assets. The seductions of the public life would have led to a competitive posture, but the original call to commitment from within spoke louder. Gordon McDonald

He is not great who is not greatly good. William Shakespeare

One who receives this Word, and by it salvation, receives along with it the duty of passing this Word on... Where there is no mission, there is no Church, and where there is neither Church nor mission, there is no faith. Emil Brunner

There is a big difference between mishearing and hearing only what we want to hear, right? We, the people of God, seem to have chronic 'itching ears,' and we can usually find somebody to scratch till we say 'Aaahh' (2 Tim. 4:3). Given the option, we will usually choose bigger barns to serve ourselves over bigger hearts to serve others (Luke 12:13-21). Scotty Smith

To be forged upon the anvil of God's purpose, to be at once His hammer, His tongs, and His molten iron; to hear words that rend the heart, see visions that pierce the chest; to be emptied like an urn, again and again and again until one desires only rest, only an end to the refilling -- and to know one cannnot live without the refilling. To be given words that one dare not speak, and to feel those words churning and boiling in the belly until one must speak them aloud, or die. To be despised, soon or late, by everyone except Adonai -- and to desire it so, while hating it. This is to be a prophet. Thom Lemmons

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it. Maimonides

You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. Eldridge Cleaver

There is not one marriage in today's culture that is not vulnerable. Why? Because we've allowed the culture to seep into our souls. ... Clearly we can no longer pattern our marriages after the people around us -- if we ever could. Not only does the world not know how to divorce-proof its marriages, it is well on the way to making broken relationships the norm! Dr. Fred Lowery

A book is not harmless merely because no one is consciously offended by it. T. S. Eliot

It is not the uniqueness of 'Christianity' as a system that we defend, but the uniqueness of Christ. ... So, because in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God first become human (in his birth), then bear our sins (in his death), then conquer death (in his resurrection) and then enter his people (by his Spirit), he is uniquely able to save sinners. Nobody else has his qualifications. John R. W. Stott

It is human to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole France

Terror and tragedy have made us more aware of our vulnerabilities and mortality ... We're living through a time of testing and consequence, and pray that our wisdom and will are equal to the work before us. Condoleeza Rice

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bard

Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger. Lou Holtz

Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself. St. Francis de Sales

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body. Barbara De Angelis

The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed. Sebastien Roch Nicholas Chamfort

People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson (Journals)

Giving advice is sometimes only showing our wisdom at the expense of others. Anthony Shaftesbury

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. Indira Gandhi

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. Indian Proverb

The truth is, living in agreement with God will bring His conviction when we are disobedient. Conviction may feel like a negative thing, but it's just as much a part of God as His smile. He is committed to making our lives work in Him, and He will use the strength and power of His conviction to let us know when we are outside His will. It may feel bad, but conviction is God at work in us. David Edwards

You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. ... Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you! Rick Warren

A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage dares to live. Lao-Tzu

Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present. Unknown

In pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up. R.H. Grenville

I'm not suggesting that we have the power to heal physical conditions with our human fingers. But I do believe there's a healing of the spirit that takes place when we touch others. There's a comfort that can't be found anywhere else but in a touch or a hug. Somehow, God's love and power is ahred with others through the simplicity of our physical touch. Amy Nappa

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me. Thomas Jefferson

Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat.

A friend's eye is a good mirror.

It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. We must not permit anything to stand between us and the book that could change our lives. Jim Rohn