Goldmines Quotes and
- Sermon a little too long? The preacher
asked a man who got up to leave during
the service, “Where are you going? “Out
to get a haircut,” the man replied. “But
why didn’t you get it before you came
here?” “I didn’t need it then.”
- Happiness is in the heart, not in the
- Just suppose "church" was like
"school" and you 'had to maintain a
passing grade to stay in. How many would
"graduate?" How many would "drop out?"
- If absence makes the heart grow
fonder, some members must be deeply in
love with the church.
- Most of the world does not read the
Bible, but reads carefully the lives –
the attitudes and actions – of those who
claim to follow the Bible’s teaching.
- Religion should be a steering wheel,
not a spare tire.
- One of the best evidences of the
inspiration of the Bible is the fact
that it has survived the fanaticism of
some of its friends.
- “The church is the glue that keeps us
together when we disagree. It is
the gasoline that keeps us going during
the tough times. It is the guts
that enable us to take risks when we
need to.” (Mary Nelson) - From
- “Pray” is a four – letter word you can
say anywhere – except in public schools.
- In our town where I held a meeting the
paper reported—”Leon Hill came to our
town for a revival meeting and did
nobody any harm.”
- My faithful and wise maid said in
response to the question of what keeps
people from praying, "To stiff to bend,
- “Prayer is the key of the morning and
the bolt of the evening.”
- "Great wisdom is generous; petty
wisdom is contentious. Great speech is
impassioned, small speech
(369 BC - 286 BC), On Leveling All
- “The true American religious
tradition, the one that disciplines
power, subjugating it to reason, truth
and, ultimately, an all-powerful God, is
not a threat to liberty but its best
defender.” [Judge Janice Rogers
- “No small concern of those who created
the Constitution was the prospect of
legislative tyranny, the exercise of
power for illegitimate purposes carried
out in the name of the majority.” [Gary
- “If your day is hemmed with prayer, it
is less likely to come unraveled.”
- "God couldn't re-create the world
today in 7 days. He couldn't get
environmental impact clearance
permission in under nine months." (Henry
- When shepherds start speaking well of
wolves, the sheep are in big trouble.
- Do not laugh at those who fall. There
are, no doubt, some slippery places in
your own path.
- Even if happiness could be bought,
most people would not pay the price.
They would still insist that it be given
- Even those who doubt their ability
have few doubts about their importance.
- If you want to be sure God will hear
you when you pray you must make sure you
hear Him when He speaks.
The best way to compliment the preacher on
his sermon is to bring somebody with you to
hear the next one.
Very few people find the sermon too long if
it is helpful.
Too many folks would rather hear a good
sermon on Sunday than to live one during the
It is easy to appreciate any point of a
sermon that prods somebody else.
- A GOOD QUESTION? If someone were to
pay you ten cents for every kind word
you ever spoke about people and collect
five cents for every unkind
word…...would you be rich or poor?
- Attending church services regularly is
like making a path through the forest ~
the more often you use it, the less
obstruction you find in the way.
- Before you run words through your
mouth, run them through your heart and
- Before you give anyone a piece of your
mind be sure you can get by with what
you have left.
- If you give a piece of your mind to
too many people they may begin to think
you are not all there.
- One who sings his own praises is often
- If you want to criticize someone, go
look in your mirror.
- Criticism is the disapproval of people
who have faults different from yours.
- Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head
lacks brains, nature is apt to fill it
- Fool fights with his own shadow.
- He who has an inflated ego should wear
- Criminal: A person with predatory
instincts who has not sufficient capital
to form a corporation. (Howard Scott)
- I would rather be a coward than brave
because people hurt you when you are
brave. (E. M. Forster, 1879-1970)
- Stay Humble or Stumble.
- “HUMILITY is that strange thing that
the moment you think you have it, you
lost it!” (Unknown source)
THINK ABOUT IT—
What you think of
yourself is much more important than what
others think about you.
Silence is foolish if we
are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
The weak can never
forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute
of the strong. - Matatma Gandhi
- I wish people were always as nice as
they are when they want something.
- If arousing enthusiasm were as easy as
arousing suspicion, just think what we
- If you want to succeed you must be
easy to start and hard to stop.
- It should be comforting to know that
God still has His hands on the wheel of
the universe. There’s nobody else I
would trust to drive this world or my
- The concern of Jesus was not to get
people out of the slums. He walked the
squalid streets of the world of his time
getting the slums out of the people. –
- To be innocent is to be not guilty;
but to be virtuous is to overcome our
- A PRAYER TO BE PRAYED MORE OFTEN:
"Dear Lord, please keep your arm around
my shoulder, and your hand over my
- "LORD, thank you for this beautiful
day! Please help me to see the beauty in
every day, and help others to see the
beauty in your wonders. Guide me through
perils toward your brilliant
light. Amen." - Kate E. Ritger,
Prayer in All Things
- BEING "QUICK TO HEAR": Always listen
to the opinions of others. It
probably won't do you any good, but it
- "An optimist sees an opportunity in
every calamity; a pessimist sees a
calamity in every opportunity." -
- THE LAW ENFORCEMENT Assistance
administration spent $27,000 to find out
why inmates want to escape from prison.
(Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 9-5-'04)
- A person may make many mistakes in
working for the Lord, but he makes a
much greater mistake in not working for
- A good novel tells us the truth about
its hero; but a bad novel tells us the
truth about its author. G. K. Chesterton
(1874 - 1936)
- An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has
come."- Victor Hugo
- All I have seen teaches me to trust
the Creator for all I have not seen.
- Nothing is outside the reach of prayer
except what is outside the will of God.
- God Himself doesn’t propose to judge a
man until he is dead. So why
- “God doesn’t call the qualified; He
qualifies the called.”
- “We don’t change the message; the
message changes us.”
- "Were there no God, we would be in
this glorious world with grateful hearts
and no one to thank." (Christina
- Don’t mistake a poor memory for a
- A friend is someone who oils the
hinges of opportunity for others.
- Many of those who repent loud and long
sometimes only seem to be bragging.
- Strange isn’t it? People repeat some
scandalous rumor while declaring they do
not believe it.
- The difference between a smart man and
a wise man: a smart man knows what to
say; a wise man knows whether or not to
- The true test of loyalty may not be
willingness to tell your friends about
Christ, but to tell your enemies about
- There is probably some good in every
person, but in some it is certainly more
difficult to find than we expect it to
- To marry a woman for her beauty is
like buying a house for its paint.
- When Christ was on the cross you were
on His mind.
- TODAY’S LAUGH: “I was always taught to
respect my elders, but it keeps getting
harder to find one.”
- He who kneels before God can stand
- He who is good at making excuses is
seldom good for anything else.
- "Happy he who learns to bear what he
cannot change." Johann Friedrich Von
Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist,
“Our national life
is ended as soon as it has lost the power of
noble anger. When it paints over and
apologizes for its pitiful criminalities and
endures its false weights and adulterated
food, dares not decide practically between
good and evil, and can neither honor the one
nor smite the other, but sneers at the good
as if it were hidden evil, and consoles the
evil with pious sympathy, the end is
come.” --John Ruskin
“He who loses wealth loses much; he who
loses a friend loses more; but he that loses
his courage loses all.”
--Miguel de Carvantes
A Wise Voice from the Past:
Regardless of what you may think of
President Woodrow Wilson, he gave us a very
wise warning when he said, “The history of
liberty is the history of resistance.
The history of liberty is a history of the
limitation of governmental power, not the
increase of it. When we resist the
concentration of power, we are resisting the
powers of death. Concentration of power
precedes the destruction of human
THOUGHTS ON GOVERNMENT—
“Government is a
lot like your digestive system—if it is
working right, you hardly know you have it.”
budget must be balanced. The public
debt must be reduced. The arrogance of
the authorities must be moderated and
controlled. Payments to foreign
governments must be reduced if the nation
doesn’t want to go bankrupt. People must
again learn to work instead of living on
public assistance." (Tillius Cicero, 55
"Character is like
the foundation of a house - strong below the
--Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune
Words are best kept sweet and soft
because someday you may have to eat them.
What’s the use of having ignorance if
you can’t show it? (Lou Costello)
If you want to go fast, go
alone. If you want to go far, go
Any fool can criticize, condemn and
complain, and most fools do. (Benjamin
He can compress the most words into
the smallest idea of any man I know.
- Everyone is a prisoner of his own
experiences. No one can eliminate
prejudices - just recognize them (Edward R.
- The only limit to our realization of
tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Let us move forward with strong and active
faith (Franklin Delano Roosevelt).
- But what happiness except the simple
harmony between a man and the life he leads?
- Your success and happiness lie in you ...
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against
difficulties (Helen Keller).
- Cherish all your happy moments: they make
a fine cushion for old age (Booth
- Everything is funny as long as it is
happening to somebody else (Will Rogers).
- There are no grades of vanity, there are
only grades of ability in concealing it
- Conscience is the inner voice that warns
us somebody may be looking (Henry Louis
- “Character is like the foundation of a
house—strong below the surface.”
- "It cannot be emphasized too strongly
or too often that this great nation was
founded, not by religionists, but by
Christians, not on religions, but on the
gospel of Jesus Christ!" (Patrick Henry)
- A friend is someone who will help you
move. A real friend is someone who will
help you move a body. -- Unknown
- A friend is someone who has an
interest in you, but not a controlling
- Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen
hours to prepare. They are
consumed in twelve minutes.
Half-times take twelve minutes.
This is not coincidence. (Erma
- I awoke this morning with devout
thanksgiving for my friends, the old and
new. (Will Carleton)
- “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set
in the hearts of honest men, but be
careful that you do not take the day and
leave out the gratitude.” (E.P. Powell)
- “Remember God's bounty in the year.
String the pearls of His favor. Hide the
dark parts, except so far as they are
breaking out in light! Give this one day
to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!” (Henry
- LIFE is like a coin. You can
spend it any way you wish—but you can
only spend it once.
- No matter what a man’s past may have
been, his future is spotless. (John R.
- Dost thou love life? Then do not
squander time. For that’s the
stuff life is made of. (Benjamin
- Time wasted is existence; used, it is
- What the new year brings to you will
depend in part on what you bring to the
- Do not let the new year bring you a
fresh start on your same old habits.
- Education helps one go from cocksure
certainty to thoughtful uncertainty.
- Education pays - unless you happen to
be the educator.
- Most people don't really fail. They
just quit trying to get things right.
- If you are not able to make good use
of what you have, perhaps you have too
- It is better to wish you had something
you don't have than to wish you didn't
have something you do have.
- It is hard to identify good luck. It
looks so much like something you have
earned or deserve.
- Is thrift becoming unfashionable or
- FRUSTRATION is not having anyone to
blame but yourself.
- Do not anticipate trouble, or worry
about what may never happen. Keep in the
sunlight. (Benjamin Franklin)
- Failure is one thing that can be
achieved without effort.
- Ideas are funny things, they do not
work unless you do.
- If swimming is so good for your
figure, how do you explain whales!
- I have never let my schooling
interfere with my education. (Mark
- Cynics regarded everybody as equally
corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody
as equally corrupt, except
themselves. (Robert Anton Wilson)
- Everyone has a right to a university
degree in America, even if it's in
Hamburger Technology. (Clive James)
- Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy,
you don't need it; if you are sick, you
shouldn't take it. (Henry Ford)
- For a successful technology, reality
must take precedence over public
relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
- God help those who do not help
themselves. (Wilson Mizner)
- If I had only known, I would have been
a locksmith. (Albert Einstein)
- I still believe in liberalism today as
much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a
happy time when I believed in
liberals... (G. K. Chesterton)
- Consistency requires you to be as
ignorant today as you were a year ago.
- Giving all your love to others is no
assurance they will love you back. Wait
for love to grow in their hearts, but if
it doesn’t, be content that it grew in
- If you cut a person too much slack you
shouldn’t be surprised when he becomes a
- Life is like a bath. The longer you
stay in it the more wrinkled you get.
- No rule of success will work if you do
- One cannot go anywhere by straddling
- People with tact keep relationships
intact and have less to retract.
- The grass next door may be greener but
it is just as hard to cut.
- Things could always be worse. Suppose
your errors were counted and published
every day, like a baseball player’s.
- "Before a diamond shows its brilliancy
and prismatic colors it has to stand a
good deal of cutting and smoothing." --
- Those who invite trouble find it
usually accepts the invitation.
- The trouble with going your own way is
that you may not find your way back.
- It is much easier to be critical than
correct. (Benjamin Disraeli)
- “The gem cannot be polished without
friction, nor man perfected without
trials.” (Chinese Proverb)