Vol 8 Goldmines Quotes and Quips

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  • "A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts." (Colette)
  • I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.  (Charles Lamb)
  • One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns.  (“Real Facts #168 Snapple bottle top)
  • “Be kind to unkind people—they need it the most.” (Anonymous)
  • “It is not the parts of the Bible I don’t understand that bother me. It’s the parts I do understand.”  (Mark Twain)
  • It only takes one counterfeit Christian to put all Christians under suspicion.
  • No two people are exactly alike, and probably both are glad of it.
  • One purpose of a wedding ring is to cut off your circulation.
  • Your day often goes the way the corners of your mouth turn.
  • Never comes mortal utterance so near to eternity as when a child utters words of loving praise to a mother. Every syllable drops into the jewel box of her memory to be treasured forever and ever. (George B. Lyon)
  • “Let us remember that, as much as has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • THE AVERAGE DURATION of an American marriage is now 9.4 years.
  • THE MOST NEGLECTED ability is that of being able to mind one’s own business.
  • SENSE OF HUMOR: What makes you laugh at something which would have made you mad if it had happened to you.
  • “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” (Henry Ford)
  • Keep your head and your heart going in the right direction and you will not have to worry about your feet.

  • "Be ye fishers of men.  You catch them-He'll clean them."
  • IT TAKES COURAGE to stand up and be counted, but to keep on standing up after being counted is the real test.
  • "The man who prides himself on having courage to say what he thinks should be sure he thinks."
  • “A Christian should be like a good watch: open face, busy hands, pure gold, well regulated, and full of good works
  • MADE A MISTAKE? Then replace "If only." with "Next time."
  • Success is sweet, but the secret to it is sweat.
  • Any person who criticizes you for the way you do a good work places himself under a solemn obligation to do that same work in a better way.
  • No one ever got lost on a straight and narrow road if he stayed on it.
  • What a person is can be determined in large part by what he does when he has nothing to do.
  • You will never reach the right destination by traveling in the wrong direction.
  • Never give the devil a ride, he will always want to drive.
  • Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock (Mahatma Gandhi).
  • Keep your face turned toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.
  • Avoid suspicion:  When you are walking through your neighbor’s melon patch don’t tie your shoe. – Chinese Proverb
  • Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible! (George Lorimer)
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go (William Feather).

  • "TEMPER is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride keeps us there."
  • “Nothing makes people go into debt like trying to keep up with people who are already in debt.”
  • If it is true that "to err is human" - some are apparently more human than others.
  • To err is human, but to remain in error is stupid.
  • The longer a person remains in error the more certain he becomes that he is right.
  • “He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” (Anonymous)
  •  There is a difference between having something to say and having to say something.
  •  It is a terrible condemnation of any Christian that no one would suspect him of it.
  • When a person turns green with envy it is a sure sign he is ripe for trouble.
  • The wages of sin will never be reduced. (Rom. 6:23)
  • "A hypocrite is someone who is not himself on Sunday."
  • ANGER is just one letter short of DANGER! (Wise Words and Quotes)
  • Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
  • Never miss a good chance to shut-up.
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • Always remember that you’re unique.  Just like everyone else.
  • I define ego as Edging God Out. (Kenneth Blanchard; from Leadership Magazine)

  • A fellow who has to keep declaring he is not a fool is giving others a reason to think he is.
  • Gossip is like mud thrown at a clean wall. It may not stick, but it always leaves a dirty mark.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s motto: I will prepare myself and opportunity will come.
  • “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” (Ben Franklin)
  • God has a Plan for your Life--He's waiting to tell you about it.
  • Consult Owner's Manual, It's called THE BIBLE!
  • If anyone speaks badly of you, live so that none will believe it.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • “The three non-negotiables of manhood: integrity, commitment, action.” –Bill McCartney, head football coach
  • “To belittle is to be little.”
  • “Well done is better than well said.”  --Ben Franklin

  • Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.  -- Benjamin Franklin
  • Hard work is always a more dependable horse to ride than either “luck” or “smarts.”
  • Be careful with your thoughts. They have a way of breaking into words at any time, often without warning and, once spoken your words never come back.
  • Intelligence is like a river. The deeper it is the less noise it makes.
  • No one can grow by letting others make his choices and decisions.
  • One who runs from responsibility will never get very far.
  • "ONE POUND of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply  it." (Unknown)
  • The private and personal blessings we enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty and integrity, deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life." -- Jeremy Taylor
  • Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside of us.
  • Any great truth can -- and eventually will -- be expressed as a cliche -- a cliche is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea. For instance, my grandmother used to say, 'The black cat is always the last one off the fence.' I have no idea what she meant, but at one time, it was undoubtedly true. -- Solomon Short
  • "Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in reaching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny."  -- Carl Schurz
  • Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so. -- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

  • "A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water."
  • “A half truth is a whole lie.”  --Ancient proverb
  • ANGER: An acid which can do more damage to the vessel that holds it than to anything on which it is thrown.
  • A BARGAIN? "When you get something for a song, watch out for the accompaniment."
  • One who sings his own praises is often a soloist.
  • Fools still rush in where fools have often been before. I suppose that is because fools do not want to learn from other fools.
  • Some people can’t tell a lie, some can’t tell the truth, and some can’t tell the difference.
  • Some people think they are bearing their cross when they are only putting up with themselves.
  • Some battle their way to the top. Some bottle their way to the bottom.
  • Some people want to be in the front of the bus, the back of the church auditorium, and in the middle of the road.
  • Sometimes a fellow who acts like a big gun on the job doesn’t dare pop off at home.
  • The devil has many tools, but sin is the one handle that fits them all.
  • The person who can laugh at himself will never cease to be amused
  • Sin pays!   What it pays is death. What it pays is death.
  • An egotistical person thinks that, had he not been born, people in the world would want to know why.
  • Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. (Diogenes the Cynic -- 412 BC - 323 BC)
  • I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. (W. C. Fields; 1890 - 1946)
  • Some people will walk a mile for a cigarette, but can’t walk two blocks to church.
  • Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature is apt to fill it with conceit.
  • Ambrose, a bishop of Milan in the fourth century, said, “As we must render an account for every idle word, so we must of our idle silence.” - Jack Wilhelm, Know Your Bible, The Paradoxical Tongue, Gospel Advocate, June 2008, p. 10.
  • I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. (Voltaire)
  • I've been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn't require my presence. (Gary Trudeau)
  • If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

  • We would do well to follow Martin Luther's dictum: "Peace if possible, truth at all costs." - Gregory Alan Tidwell, The Spirit and the Truth, Gospel Advocate, September 2007, p. 24.
  • "ALTHOUGH God demands a whole heart, He will accept a broken one if He gets all the pieces."
  • THE LORD’S PRAYER is comprised of 66 words.  The Ten Commandments contain 179 words.  The Declaration of Independence, 1300 words.  U.S. government regulations on the sale of cabbage, 26,911 words.
  • Smile and take a cloud off your face.
  • The person who can laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
  • Always do the right thing first. You can find out later if it was also the smart thing.
  •  To be almost saved, is to be totally lost!
  • Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
  • The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close - Honore de Balzac

  • “The man who knows the truth and has the opportunity to tell it, but who nonetheless refuses to, is among the most shameful of all creatures. God forbid that we should ever become so lax as that.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • "Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.  If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone." (Ronald Reagan)
  • Great teaching and little souls do not get along well together.
  • It is impossible to learn what you think you already know.
  • “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but  always picked himself up and hurried on as though nothing had happened.” (Winston Churchill)
  • No heavenly rest can come to us unless we are willing to accept the rest that Jesus gives today. Take the Lord’s offer of rest.
  • No peace is contained in the future that is not hidden and available in the present moment. Make peace, first with the Lord and then with all others, as much as you can.
  • Only when you know peace can you hope to lead others to peace. For your sake and the sake of others, as much as it is possible for you, make peace and be at peace.
  • The gloom that fills the world is but a shadow. Behind the shadow, but always within our reach, is the joy of the Lord.
  • The shadow may be caused by letting someone or something stand between us and the Lord, obscuring or eclipsing Him from our sight. Let nothing come between you and your Lord.
  • Sometimes the shadow is only there because we have closed our eyes to the light of the Lord. Open your eyes. Look for the Lord. See the Light.
  • You can rejoice in Him who drives away all shadows, darkness, doubt, and gloom. You can rejoice in the Lord always and in everything.
  • "Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth," observed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. (Gregory Alan Tidwell, The Spirit and the Truth, Gospel Advocate, September 2007, 24)
  • It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us. (Peter De Vries)

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.  J.A. Shedd
  • Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. W.J. Cameron
  • “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” Edward Sandford Martin
  • "We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions." Albert Barnes
  • "Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns." Anonymous
  • The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer
  • What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  ~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981
  • A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.  ~Cicero

  • Going to church services and sitting in a “church building” does not make you a Christian any more than sitting in a chicken house and cackling makes you a chicken.
  • Killing time is a way of murdering your opportunities.
  • The world would be better if the people in it tried to become better. And the people would be better if they stopped trying to be better off.
  • You cannot know all the answers. So be glad you are not asked all the questions.
  • “The grand essentials in this life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”  --Addison
  • "Time may be a great healer but it's also a lousy beautician."
  •  Being at peace with yourself is a direct result of finding peace with God (Olin Miller).
  • Live each day as if it were your last – someday you’ll be right.
  • The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation (Peter Marshall).
  • "Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror" (Herb Brody).
  • "What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobody asks me; but if I am asked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled" (Augustine).

   "Time wasted is existence; used, it is life."
   "When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection."
   "If you want to kill time, why not try working it to death?"
   "Each moment is the meeting place of two eternities."

  • Be glad the future only comes one day at a time – at least for the present.
  • If you are going nowhere, just follow the crowd.
  • Stand still and watch the world go by  – and it will.
  • One cannot be good or bad without personal choice.
  • Always do what is right. You will amuse some and amaze the rest.
  • He who does a good deed should keep silent about it. He who receives one should publicize it.
  • One who will not share Christ cannot keep him.
  • “In a free society, there is much clamor with little suffering; in a despotic state there is little complaint but much suffering.”    --Carrot
  • Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything. (Willa Cather; 1873-1947)
  • "Nothing endures but change." ~ Heraclitus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Greek philosopher (540 BC - 480 BC)

About “words” --
    The easiest way to eat crow is while it is still warm, ‘cause the older it gets, the harder it is to swallow.
    Choose your words and actions carefully so if you have to swallow them it will be easier.

  • "The test of character is not whether you conform to moral standards when they are the community norm, but whether you continue to adhere to them when the community strays elsewhere."
  • "A man shows his character by what he laughs at." (Italian proverb)
  • "Wear a smile, and have friends. Wear a scowl, and have wrinkles." (George Elliot)
  • "There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience." (Archibald McLeish)
  • “People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.” (Goldsmith)
  • “How a man plays the game shows something of his character; how he loses shows all of it!”
  • “The Christian life is a reproduction, not an imitation, of the life of Christ.”
  • “Experience gained the hard way brings knowledge that stays with you.”
  • ”Experience is a very good teacher, but a hard one. She gives the test first, and then the lesson.”
  • “Deal with the faults of others at least as gently as you deal with your own.”
  • “To be in the minority can be a test of courage. To be in the majority is a test of tolerance.”
  • “You can't push yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”
  • “Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.” (Eric Sevareid)
  • “Ten percent of happenings are ninety percent of the reaction to it.   We are in charge of our attitudes.”
  • “True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us" (Tyron Edwards).
  • “Humility is strong - not bold; quiet - not speechless; sure - not arrogant.” (Estelle Smith).
  • “Peace starts with a smile.”