Vol 10 Goldmines Quotes and Quips

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  • 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 circumstances.
  • 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 Leadership Magazine
  • “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, I guess."
  • “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 cantankerous."   [Chuang-tzu (369 BC - 286 BC), On Leveling All Things]
  • “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 Brown]
  • “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 McDowell]

  • “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 L. Mencken)
  • 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 to them.
  • 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.
Sermon Quotes

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 week.
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 mind first.
  • 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 a soloist.
  • 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 with conceit.
  • Fool fights with his own shadow.
  • He who has an inflated ego should wear heavy shoes.
  • 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)
    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 could accomplish.
  • 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 life.
  • 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. – Paul Harvey

  • To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
  • A PRAYER TO BE PRAYED MORE OFTEN: "Dear Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulder, and your hand over my mouth."
  • "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 will them.
  • "An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity." -  Winston Churchill
  • 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 Him.
  • 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. (Emerson)
  • 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 should you?
  • “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 Georgina Rossetti)

  • Don’t mistake a poor memory for a clear conscience.
  • 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 say it.
  • The true test of loyalty may not be willingness to tell your friends about Christ, but to tell your enemies about Him.
  • There is probably some good in every person, but in some it is certainly more difficult to find than we expect it to be.
  • 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 before anyone.
  • 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, poet, historian)

     “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 liberties.”

     “Government is a lot like your digestive system—if it is working right, you hardly know you have it.”
     “The national 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 B.C.)
     "Character is like the foundation of a house - strong below the surface.
                       --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 together.
  Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.  (Benjamin Franklin)
  He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.  (Abraham Lincoln)

- Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.  No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them (Edward R. Muggow).
- 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? (Albert Camus).
- 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 Tarkington).
- 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 (Mark Twain).
- Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking (Henry Louis Mencken).

  • “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 one.
  • Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelve minutes.  Half-times take twelve minutes.  This is not coincidence.  (Erma Bombeck)
  • 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 Ward Beecher)

  • 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. Rice)
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time.  For that’s the stuff life is made of. (Benjamin Franklin)
  • Time wasted is existence; used, it is life.
  • What the new year brings to you will depend in part on what you bring to the new year.
  • 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 much.
  • 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 just impossible?
  • 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 Twain)
  • 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. (Richard Feynman)
  • 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. (Bernard Berenson)

  • 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 yours.
  • If you cut a person too much slack you shouldn’t be surprised when he becomes a slacker.
  • 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 not.
  • One cannot go anywhere by straddling the fence.
  • 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." -- Author Unknown
  • 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)