Vol 12 Goldmines Quotes and Quips

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  • Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear. (Alan Corenk)
  • Grouch: I am a Marxist--of the Groucho tendency. (Anonymous, French slogan)
  • "It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." (Bertrand Russell)
  • Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to. (H. Mumford Jones)
  • Pessimism:  "That old saying about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed." (Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love)
  • A balanced diet is a cookie in both hands.
  • Life is uncertain: eat dessert first.

  • "Do you really believe that Jesus has taken all your sin, or do you reserve a part for old times sake?"
  • "Those are the best Christians who are more careful to reform themselves than to censure others."
  • Horace Greeley: "Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures, and that is character."
  • "Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
  • "People who have no charity for the faults of others are generally blind to their own!"
  • John Bunyan: "Indeed, this is one of the great mysteries in the world - namely that a righteousness that resides with a Person in heaven should justify me, a sinner, on earth."
  • "One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned."
  • The best thing to save for old age is YOURSELF.

  • What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today.
  • “The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.”
  • The best kind of people are those you can sit on the porch and swing with, never say a word, and leave feeling it was a really good visit.
  • Jumping to conclusions usually means jumping over the facts.
  • God made the deaf and dumb to hear and speak. He even used a donkey to deliver His message to a prophet. Surely He can use me to speak His eternal truth.
  •  "People are very open-minded about new things as long as they are exactly like the old things." (Charles Kettering) - These Were More Noble, by John Gibson, Windsong Notes, a monthly newsletter for Windsong church of Christ in North Little Rock, AR (June 3, 2011, p. 2). Visit the congregation's website at http://windsongchurch.org/
  • “In the pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up!” (R.H. Grenville)

  • “IT TAKES COURAGE to stand up and be counted, but to keep on standing after being counted is the real test.”
  • “Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.”  (Henry Asquith)
  • “Rely on our dear Savior.  He will be the Father of the fatherless and husband to the widow.  Trust in the mercy and goodness of Christ, and always be ready to say with heartfelt resignation, ‘May the Lord’s will be done.’” (Andrew Jackson)
  • “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.  (Patrick Henry, March 28, 1775)
  • One good thing about egotists—they don’t talk about other people.
  • Be careful of half-truths.  You may have the wrong half.

Quotable Quotes—THE BIBLE

     “The Bible is the most remarkable piece of literature this world has ever seen.  It has outsold every other publication, it has been translated into more languages than any other, and has become part of the fabric of society in the English-speaking world…

     “Humanly speaking, it took more than 1500 years to compile the Bible.  About forty authors contributed, and they wrote primarily in Greek and Hebrew, with occasional Aramaic…

     “Some people were so committed to the belief that this is God’s book that they were even willing to die for that proposition.  And strangely, others have been willing to put them to death.  The bitterness and resentment against this book is difficult to explain….  Even in the twentieth century in some countries men and women have been imprisoned and tortured for reading this forbidden book.”  --Ken Connolly, The Indestructible Book: The Bible, Its Translators and Their Sacrifices, p. 7

  • “Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” (Betty Freidan)
  • “I need no inspiration other then Nature's. She has never failed me yet. She mystifies me, bewilders me, sends me into ecstasies. Besides God's handiwork, does not man's fade into insignificance?” (Mohandas Ghandi)
  • “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” (Dave Gardner)
  • "PROPERTY is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.  The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." (John Adams)
  • Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.”
  • God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.

  • I saw a man lose his temper, and I prayed he would never find it.
  • Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing him again.
  • “Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.”   Adlai Steverson
  • "Robert Hutchins, late president of the University of Chicago, reportedly said, "Anytime I have the slightest inclination to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes."" - Dennis Loyd, Physical Exercise and Godliness, Gospel Advocate, August 2011, 3.

A Good Description

I eschew labels, but the following description is one I accept and strive for: "Biblical in doctrine, conservative in practice, liberal in love." (Jimmy Jividen)

    - Preacher Talk, Cecil May, Jr., Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL, Dec. 2006, Vol. 22, No. 3

  • “NOBODY grows old by living a number of years.  People grow old by deserting their ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.” (Douglas Macarthur, 1-26-1955)
  • “Good things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who WORK for them.” – Anonymous

  • ”Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live.” (Marcus Aurelius)
  • ”Tact is getting your point across without stabbing someone with it.” (Shirley Zieve)
  • “Irresponsible power is inconsistent with liberty, and must corrupt those who exercise it.”  (John C. Calhoun)

Thoughts on Patience—
    Be patient with the faults of others; they have to be patient with yours.
    This would be a wonderful world if men showed as much patience in all things as they do in waiting for a fish to bite.
    Patience is the ability to throttle your motor when you feel like stripping the gears.
  • Temptation is sure to ring your bell. But it is up to you whether you shut the door, stand at the door and talk to it, or invite it to come in and stay a while..
  • When truth stands in your way it is time to change direction.

  • Second opinions are becoming very popular these days. People think for a second and then give you their opinion.
  • Don’t keep your eyes on the temptation you are praying not to be led into.
  • “It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.”
  • It is not difficult to make a mountain out of a molehill—just add a little dirt. (Trib-Bits, Decatur Herald)
  • POLITICS: “The art of getting money from the rich and votes from the poor on the pretext of protecting one from the other.”  (Trib-Bits, Decatur Tribune, 11-21-’11)
  • “The biggest problem for a dictator is how to keep the stomachs of his subjects full and their heads empty.”  ( Addison )

  • “It is not the critic that counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomings: but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.” [Teddy Roosevelt]
  • “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” (Thomas Jefferson)
  • THE CHURCH is never a place but always a people. It is never a sacred building but always an assembly of believers. It is not where you pray and worship; it is the people who worship and pray. A structure of wood, brick, glass, or stone is not a church any more than your clothes of wool, cotton, or silk are you. In all the world there is no sanctuary of God except the human soul.
  • When the truth stands in your way it is time to change direction.