Goldmines Quotes and
- "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
- It only takes one counterfeit
Christian to put all Christians under
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Keep your face turned toward the
sunshine and the shadows will fall
- Avoid suspicion: When you are
walking through your neighbor’s melon
patch don’t tie your shoe. – Chinese
- 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
- "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
- 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
- “He who falls in love with himself
will have no rivals.” (Anonymous)
- There is a difference between
having something to say and having to
- 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
- Always remember that you’re
unique. Just like everyone else.
- I define ego as Edging God Out.
(Kenneth Blanchard; from Leadership
- 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
- “Be always at war with your vices, at
peace with your neighbors, and let each
New Year find you a better man.” (Ben
- God has a Plan for your Life--He's
waiting to tell you about it.
- Consult Owner's Manual, It's called
- 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
- 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
- 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. --
- "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
- 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.”
- 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
- One who sings his own praises is often
- Fools still rush in where fools have
often been before. I suppose that is
because fools do not want to learn from
- 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
- Sometimes a fellow who acts like a big
gun on the job doesn’t dare pop off at
- 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 -
- Some people will walk a mile for a
cigarette, but can’t walk two blocks to
- Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head
lacks brains, nature is apt to fill it
- 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.
- 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
- To be almost saved, is to be
- 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
- 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
- The gloom that fills the world is but
a shadow. Behind the shadow, but always
within our reach, is the joy of the
- 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
- "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
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."
- 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
- Killing time is a way of murdering
- 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
- “The grand essentials in this life
are: something to do, something to love,
and something to hope for.”
- "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
- "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
- "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"
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
"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
- Stand still and watch the world go
by – and it will.
- One cannot be good or bad without
- 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
- “In a free society, there is much
clamor with little suffering; in a
despotic state there is little complaint
but much suffering.”
- 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;
- "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
- "There is only one thing more painful
than learning from experience, and that
is not learning from experience."
- “People seldom improve when they have
no other model but themselves to copy
- “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
- “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
- “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.”
- “Ten percent of happenings are ninety
percent of the reaction to
it. We are in charge of our
- “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.”
- “Peace starts with a smile.”