Vol 9 Goldmines Quotes and Quips

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  • 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).
  • If you don't laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.
  • What you do not understand, treat with reverence and be patient, and what you do understand, cherish and keep (Augustine of Hippo).
  • You are younger right now than you will be ever be.
  • You can keep folks from having a bad opinion of you, but you can keep them from being right about it.
  • There’s trouble in the home when mother is a soft voice and father is a soft touch.
  • We teach more by what we are than by what we say and do.
  • The cooing may stop when the honeymoon is over, but the billing will probably go on forever.
  • The sanctity of marriage and the family relation make the corner-stone of our American society and civilization (James A. Garfield)
  • Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms.

  • Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times.  So keep on swinging.
  • If someone says he can do at 60 everything he did at 20, he probably wasn’t doing much at 20.
  • Nobody has enough money or other resources to buy back his past.
  • Your reputation is what people think you are. Your character is what you and God know you are.
  • "If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place." -- Orison Swett Marden
  • "Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise."  -- Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye, 1988
  • "Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival." -- W. Edwards Deming
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Some Observations

     The trouble with those who stand up for their rights is that they usually sit down when it comes to responsibility.
     Attempting to shirk responsibilities is like trying to run away from your shadow. It goes wherever you go.
     The rights of others are seldom considered by those who demand their rights.
     Everyone is responsible for what they say and do. No exceptions!

  • “A man’s character is like a fence—it cannot be strengthened by whitewash.”
  • “The greatest glory of a freeborn people is to transmit that freedom to their children” (William Havard; from Trib-Bits, Decatur, IL Herald).
  • About the time we learn to make the most of life, the greater part of it is gone.
  • Cold feet may be a sign your soul is wearing out.
  • Many things that are learned by experience should not have been learned at all.
  • Sometimes a man holds opinions and sometimes they hold the man.
  • The most sought after labor saving device for a woman is a man with money.
  • There is a difference between the books that men make and the Book from God that makes men. The Bible is often rejected by the world which is put off by people who supposedly are produced and directed by it. How could anyone be expected to accept and respect a Bible which Christians neglect and a God they represent so poorly
  • As a plant upon the earth, so man rests upon the bosom of God. He is nourished by unfailing fountains and he draws, at his need, inexhaustible power” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
  • Modesty is the first line of defense for sexual purity (1 Timothy 2:9-10)-  A Long, Hot Summer, Neil W. Anderson, editor, Gospel Advocate, September 2007, p. 3.

     “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” (Winston Churchill)
     “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” (George Bernard Shaw)
     “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”  (Frederic Bastiat, French Economist, 1801-1850)
     “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” (P.J. O’Rourke)
     “Talk is cheap—except when Congress does it.”  (Unknown)
     “I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.”  (Will Rogers) -Submitted by Don Henwood

  • "Do not let anyone claim the tribute of American patriotism if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics." (George Washington from his Farewell Address to the nation.)
  • Don’t give God instructions—just report for duty!
  • The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
  • The will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.
  • Abraham Lincoln once said: “It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty, for yourselves, and not for me…. I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that with you, and not with politicians and office-seekers, but with you is the question, ‘Shall the Union and the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generation?’” - Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune
  • POLITICIAN: A person who stays in office, not by solving problems, but by subsidizing them.
  • A NOTABLE QUOTE: "It is an infallible reminder that our greatest hope and faith rests upon two mighty symbols-the cross and the flag; the one based upon those immutable teachings which provide the spiritual strength to persevere along the course which is just and right-the other based upon the invincible will that human freedom shall not perish from the earth." --Gen. Douglas Macarthur
  • “The riches that are in the heart cannot be stole” (Russian Proverb)
  • “The principal objective of American government at every level should be to see that children are born into intact families and that they remain so.” (Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
  • Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. (Aristotle, 384 -322 BC)
  • Diplomacy is the art of making your guests feel at home when you wish they were.
  • Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. (George Jean Nathan; 1882 - 1958)
  • The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. (Jean Giraudoux)

“Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns the press.”
“Someone has said that freedom is like a handful of sand.  The second you relax any of your fingers, it starts slipping away from you."

“It is freedom itself that still hangs in the balance, and freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.” (Ronald Reagan)
   “It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.” (Goethe)
   “Taxation has become an instrument for the transfer of power, freedoms and treasure from the people to the government.”

  • For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.
  • Our Lord has written the promise of the Resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime (Martin Luther).
  • Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
  • There is something definitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter (Rachel Carson).
  • In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous (Aristotle).
  •  Sin pays!   What it pays is death.
  • Aspire to inspire before you expire.
  • Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death (William Gurnall, The Christian In Complete Armour; 1665).
  • We all want to go to heaven, but nobody wants to do what it takes to get there (Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes).
  • God has two dwellings:  one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart (Izaak Walton).

     “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”  (Aristotle)
  •      “The man who is not permitted to own—is owned.”
  •      “Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice: it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions.  Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.”   (Friedrich Mayek, Nobel Prize Winning Economist)                                                  --Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 12-10-‘08
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN said: “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.  You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.  You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by tearing down the wage payer.  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.  You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do themselves.”             --Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 11-19-‘08
  • The Bible stored on the shelf needs to be stored in the mind if you expect it to do you any good (Psalm 119:11).
  • The Bible survives the ignorance of its friends and the hatred of its enemies.
  • The distance from earth to heaven is not so much a matter of altitude as it is of attitude.
  •  “It isn’t the things that go in one ear and out the other that hurt as much as the things that go in one ear; get all mixed up and then slip out of the mouth.”         —Bulletin Digest
  •  "The word which God has written on the brow of every man is Hope" (Victor Hugo)

  • A good sermon should be preached over and over. Bad sermons should not be preached at all.
  • Church membership does not make one a Christian any more than owning a piano makes one a musician.
  • The fellow who says he is as good as many church members should be required to specify which members.
  • Some consider it a good sermon if it was directed at somebody else.
  • A sermon need not be a mile long if it is only a few inches deep.
  • People these days are so keyed-up and stressed out that it is almost impossible to put them to sleep with an ordinary sermon.
  • The problem is not the church in the world......it is the world in the church!
  •  Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship.
  •  "I don't know why some people change churches.  What difference does it make which one you stay home from?"  - From the Internet

Christian One-Liners-
   "Don't let your worries get the best of you.  Remember, Moses started outas a basket case."

  • A loafer is a person who tries to make both weekends meet.
  • Continuing to treat a penitent sinner like a sinner is the surest way to drive him back to his sins.
  • Following the path of least resistance makes both rivers and men crooked.
  • Sin is sin. It is not changed by the passing of time, the number of participants, or the degree of social acceptance. Sin, unrepented and unforgiven ends in death of the soul.
  • Wild oats is a crop that needs no fertilizer to produce thirty-fold, sixty-fold, or a hundred-fold.
  • Two things are bad for the heart: running up stairs and running down people. (Bernard Baruch)
  • Supervising the improper activities of people does not make them right.
  • "A TART TEMPER never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use."  (Washington Irving)
  • Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. (G. K. Chesterton)
  • "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  •  "Worry looks around, sorry looks back, Faith looks up."
  •  Worry is life a rocking chair; it will give you something to do but it won't get you anywhere.
  •  The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling. (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary)
  • Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune. (Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)

   “Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value—zero.” (Voltaire)
   “A fool can no more see his own folly than he can see his own ears.” (Thacherry)
   “If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.” (Franklin)
   “No man’s head aches while he comforts another.” (Italian proverb)

  • Blessed is the person who makes you homesick for heaven.
  • Satan doesn’t care what we worship as long as it isn’t God.
  • Italian Proverb: “The same fire purifies gold and consumes straw.”
  • “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.”
  •  "You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled." (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
  • "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)
  • "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good..." (Psalm 100:4, 5a)

     “Only when you are silent can you learn something new.”
     “A friend is someone who is coming in when everyone else is going out..”
     “Jumping to conclusions doesn’t take as much exercise as digging for facts
     “Fools rush in where fools have often been before.”

“So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.”
                  - Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

"Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain
We could not have the golden grain;
Without Thy love we'd not be fed;
We thank Thee for our daily bread.
                   - Anonymous

  • The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! — Edward Powell
  • "Prayer is today as powerful a force in our nation as it has ever been. We as a nation should never forget this source of strength." — President Ronald Reagan, 1981
  • A Bible neglected by Christians will probably be rejected by the world.
  • Fingerprints on the Bible are more important than footprints on the moon.
  • No one can grow by letting others make his choices and decisions.
  • Once you ease your conscience by calling something a necessary evil it soon beings to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.
  • When it comes to doing for others, some folks stop at nothing.
  • You begin to cut your wisdom teeth the first time you bite off more than
  • you can chew.
  •  No one can have Christ as the Savior of his soul, who will not let Him be the Master of his life.   - Bulletin Digest
  • “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”  (Francis Bacon)
  • "What one does, one becomes." (Spanish proverb)

  • "A fat kitchen, a lean will." [Benjamin Franklin]
  • "Blame is safer than praise." [R. Waldo Emerson]
  • "Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live. "
  • "Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but for having faults different from ours."
  • "A man of words and not of deeds / Is like a garden full of weeds."
  • "The average man's life consists of 20 years of having his mother ask him where he's going, 40 years of having his wife ask the same question, and, at the end mourners also wondering where he's going."
  • "Is it better to be old and bent or young and broke? It's a toss up."

  • Worry doesn’t eliminate tomorrow from its griefs, but it does empty today of its joys!!
  •  It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.  [T. Roosevelt]
  • No home can rise above the people in it.
  • Back when a woodshed stood behind the American house many cases of juvenile delinquency were settled out of court.
  • It is harder to hide feelings we have than pretend to have feelings we lack.
  • One who thinks he can get along without others is mistaken. One who thinks others can get along without him is even more mistaken.
  • Patience is the willingness to become what you can be, and not a readiness to accept what you are.
  • Patience is when you can listen while a fellow tells you about the same operation you had.
  • The trouble with patience is, the more you have, the more people expect you to use it with them.
  • To be sure the bank of friendship does not fail you must make frequent deposits.
  • What you do not start you will not have to stop.
  •  If you don’t strike the match you won’t have to put out the fire. If you don’t commit the sin you won’t have to suffer the consequences.
  •  Anyone can count the seeds in an apple... but only God can count the apples in a seed. [Author Unknown]
  • “At times, it is better to keep your mouth shut and let people wonder if you’re a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”  [Andrew Carnegie]
  • “It is very difficult for an individual who knows the Scripture ever to get away from it.  It haunts him like an old song.  It follows him like the memory of his ;mother.  It remains with him like the word of a reverenced teacher.  It forms a part of the warp and woof of his life.” [Woodrow Wilson]
  • “It seems that every family tree has some sap in it.”
  • Laughter: The shortest distance between two people..
  •  Home is the place where we are treated best and grumble most.