Vol 11 Goldmines Quotes and Quips

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  • "Whatever it is that keeps people from getting rich, most of us have it."
  • "Nobody is rich enough to buy back his past."
  • "Learn to know and appreciate the importance of others who touch your life. It will help you touch other lives in meaningful ways."
  • "Tact is the ability to make a person see the lightning without hitting him with the bolt."
  • "This present world is the world of the dying. The next world is the home of the living."
  • "Hide not your talents, for use they were made; what's a sun dial in the shade?" (Ben Franklin)     
  • Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a trip around the sun every day.
  • "Speak well of your enemies….after all, you made them."
  • “Unless you can create the whole universe in 6 days, then perhaps giving advice to God isn’t such a good idea.”
  • "Happiness is a perfume you can't pour on others without getting some on yourself."
  • Temper gets most of us in trouble, and pride keeps us there.

  • "Love is simply using one's God-given power of choice to say or do that which is in the best interest and for the best good of another person, regardless of feeling." (Unknown)
  • “Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.”  (Stewart E. White)
  • "It is the law of our humanity that man must know good through evil. No great principle ever triumphed but through much evil. No man ever progressed to greatness and goodness but through great mistakes." (Frederick Robertson)
  • “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and Earth will have to pause and say, ‘Here lived a great sweeper, who swept his job well.’” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • "Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized.  In the first, it is ridiculed.  In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self-evident." (A. Schopenhaus)
  • "How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?" (Harry S. Truman)
  • "Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example." (Mark Twain)
  • "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't." (Mark Twain)
  • “God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.”  (Oswald Chambers; from Leadership Magazine)
  • "I have not lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere." (Unknown)
  • " I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than to live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is." (Unknown)
  • "Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved." (Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, 1862)
  • "It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." (William Blake)
  • "It pays to use words of good taste.  You might have to eat them!" (Unknown)

  • "Love is more easily demonstrated than defined."
  • "One of the tragedies of life is that love is defined by those who have never experienced much of it."
  • "Those who deserve love least are often the ones who need it most."
  • "Love at first sight is often cured by second sight."
  • "They say love quickens all the senses – but it certainly seems to dull common sense."
  • "The love of God cannot be earned but it can be spurned."
  • "One who loves only himself is the poorest of all people."
  • "Humility is the ability to give thanks when eating crow."
  • "If you have wept genuine tears over another’s pain, misery and frustration, you may be surprised to find that when happiness comes to that person it also comes to you."
  • "It's true that we don't know what we've got until it's gone, but it's also true that we often don't know what we've been missing until it arrives."
  • "Make allowances for some people and you may have to support them forever."
  • "Silence cannot be misquoted."
  • "When you have struggled to find solutions to another’s problems, you may be surprised to learn how the solution helps you too."
  • "Always try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too."
  • "If you want others to take the right road you must take it yourself."
  • "Necessity may be the mother of invention, but frustration is often the father of success."
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” (Oliver Goldsmith)
  • “Patience is a quality most needed when it is exhausted.

  • “If I am killed, I can die but once: but to live in constant dread of it is to die over and over again.” (Abraham Lincoln)
  • “All of the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
  • Jesus is the bread of life, not the cake for special occasions.
  • “NOTHING in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” (Calvin Coolidge)
  • WHOEVER will gossip TO you will also gossip ABOUT you.
  • Quotable Quote:  “It is impossible to underrate human intelligence--beginning with one's own.” – Thomas Adams
  • A person’s character is like a wood fence. It cannot be strengthened with whitewash.
  • He who runs from God in the morning will probably not be able to find Him the rest of the day.
  • Human nature makes us able to measure everybody but ourselves.
  • God has not retained any of us as lawyers, but He does call us to be witnesses, to tell others of the good things He has done.
  • Many a person who is proud of his right to say what he thinks wishes he had the courage to do so. And many a person who does say what he thinks comes to wish later on that he had kept his mouth shut.
  • Never wrestle with a pig. You will both get dirty, but only the pig is likely to enjoy it.
  • Never wrestle with a skunk. You’ll smell bad even if you win.
  • Nobody is saved by owning a Bible he does not read, or by reading a Bible he does not obey.
  • When opportunity knocks, don’t complain about the noise.
  • Wild oats takes something out of the soil of one’s life that no system of crop rotation can ever put back.
  • You can’t train a horse or a child with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper.

  • No one ever got lost on a straight and narrow road if he stayed on it.
  • One who practices what he preaches may have to put in some overtime.
  • The road to success is filled with women devotedly pushing their husbands along it.
  • 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)
  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." (T. S. Eliot)
  • We won’t go far without enthusiasm......but neither will we go far if that’s all we have.

  • Character is determined by what you stand for. Reputation is made by what you fall for.
  • People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do.
  • People who are afraid of death are usually uncertain about the life they are living.
  • When you are on fire for the Lord people will come to see you burn.
  • There is a difference between having something to say and having to say something.
  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  • "Most of us get what we deserve, but only the most successful will admit it."
  • “DEATH and taxes are inevitable, but death doesn’t get worse every time Congress is in session.”

  • It is confusing to give good advice while setting a bad example.
  • It is a terrible condemnation of any Christian that no one would suspect him of it.
  • One is generally paid for using brains, not just for having them.
  • When life and circumstances drive you to your knees you are in a perfect position to pray.
  • When you talk you can only say something you already know. But when you listen you may learn what somebody else knows, something you do not know yet.
  • "What is food to one man is bitter poison to others." (Lucretius)
  • It seems in our society that the Lord's name can only be used in public for cursing and vulgarity.
  • "We come and go just like ripples in a stream." (John V. Politis)
  • "The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live. " (Albert Einstein)

  • "You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result." Mahatma Gandhi
  • When you give someone a cup of milk don't skim it.
  • The successful man likes to present himself as self-made. A wise wife simply smiles and lets it go at that.
  • “Lord, when we are wrong make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with.” – Peter Marshall
  • A true friend is one who can put his finger on your fault without rubbing it in.
  • Nothing ruins the truth more than stretching it.

  • "THE STRENGTH or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization.  Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life.  If a nation's spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure or by any industrial development.  A tree with a rotten core cannot stand." (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
  • Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in. (Evan Davis)
  • OPPORTUNITY: Out of clutter, find simplicity.  From discord find harmony.
  • In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. (Author unknown)
  • Eric Hoffer wrote, "The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything."
  • "Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color." (Seneca)
  • "When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do." (William Blake)
  • There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. (Pablo Picasso)

  • Some people are like blisters.  They don’t show up until after the work is done.
  • “Duty is ours.  The results belong to God.”  (John Adams)
  • You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.
  • “THIS CIVILIZATION cannot survive without the dynamic of Christianity.”  (Gen. Douglas MacArthur)
  • “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.  But it cannot survive treason from within.  An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly.  But the traitor moves among those with the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys heard in the very halls of government itself.”                     -- Cicero , 42 B.C.
  • “I BELIEVE IN CHRISTIANITY as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”  (C. S. Lewis)
  • "Be thankful for what you have before you get what you deserve."
  • "Patience is the ability to let your light shine before your fuse blows."
  • “IF YOU WISH another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself.”  - Latin proverb
  • Some people are born with a grin. Others don’t acquire it until they become grandparents.
  • God is more interested in making us what we ought to be than in giving us what we think we ought to have.
  • Character is assessed by noting who approves and supports one, and who doesn’t – and why.
  • One minute of keeping your mouth shut can be worth more than an hour of explanation.
  • JOY: when J-esus O-ccupies Y-ou

  • Cowboy Wisdom: The best way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket
  • The body is the shell of the soul, and dress the husk of that shell; but the husk often tells what the kernel is.
  • There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, but have I gotten even one thing done? Tomorrow I will work on getting one thing done and that is being a better Christian than I was today.
  • Change of self is needed more often than a change of scene.
  • Conscience is that still small voice inside that makes you feel smaller.
  • When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

  • "Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think." (Hanna Arendt, 1906 - 1975)
  • Noise proves nothing. often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. (Mark Twain)

(1) The check is in the mail.
(2) My wife doesn't understand me.
(3) I'm from the government, and  I am here to help you.

  • Change of self is needed more often than a change of scene.
  • Conscience is that still small voice inside that makes you feel smaller.