Vol 13 Goldmines Quotes and Quips

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  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin
  • The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. – Norman Cousins
  • God wants full custody, not just week-end visitations.

  • A hint is something we frequently drop but seldom pick up.
  • God’s commandments are never multiple choice.
  • Wouldn’t it be ironic if the world ended before man is able to destroy it?
  • You cannot draw a straight line with a crooked pattern.
  • A penny saved is a government oversight.
  • Kind actions begin with kind thoughts.
  • Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
  • Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.  (George Washington)
  • Why is it that people who know the least know it the loudest?


    Some men were discussing the various versions of the Bible.  After they were finished giving the pros and cons of each Bible, a man who had been silent spoke up and said, “The best version of the Bible is the one my mother lived!”
    A godly mother will point her children to God by the force of her example as much as by the power of her words.
    Mother’s hands: “What can be said of mother’s hands can also not be said, for who can count the vast drudgeries performed each day—and who can surmise if drudgeries are really joys, because it is their price….  And they also minister kindness.

- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com

  • "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." --John Quincy Adams
  • "Man's problems have arisen because his material progress has outstripped his spiritual development." --Mattie Storms Miller
  • “You cannot control the length of your life, but you can control its width and depth.”  –D.S. Shuller
  • None of us is responsible for all things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen.
  • “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself.” —Benjamin Franklin

Something to Think About….
…The man that puts God first in money matters usually puts him first in every matter. The rich are not always Godly...but the Godly are always rich.

  • An Egotist is a person who seems to be ME DEEP  in everything.
  • “I MUST DO SOMETHING” will always accomplish more than “SOMETHING MUST BE DONE.”
  • “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain
  • “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked” – Bernard Meltzer
  • “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward
  • “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” – Buddha
  • “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russel

  • Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
  • When down in the mouth, remember Jonah.  He came out alright.
  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  • If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  • Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Character Quotes:
‘Tis beauty that doth oft make women proud;
‘Tis virtue that doth make them most admired;
‘Tis modesty that makes them seem divine.

  • Behavior is a mirror in which we show our image.
  • Our true selves are usually revealed in our seemingly trivial acts.  *Copied from Uncle Ben’s Quotebook by Benjamin R. De Jong
  • When searching for faults and flaws the best place to start is with a mirror.
  • Never kick a person when he is down.  You can’t tell how big he will be when he gets up.
  • A truth is a truth even if nobody believes it. A lie is a lie even if everybody believes it.
  • The greatest task of the church is to get sinners into heaven and get saints out of bed.

  • “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • If you want to change the world, forget about Wall Street—occupy church.
  • The only thing worse than growing old is to be denied the privilege.
  • The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.
  • You are now as young as you will ever be. You are also older than you’ve ever been before. Just hope you aren’t as old as you are ever going to be.
  • Those who shrink from personal responsibility shrink in usefulness and reward as well.
  • Real charity does not care if it is deductible or not.
  • Reputation is a bubble that usually bursts when you try to blow it up yourself.
  • To err is human. To blame somebody else for it is even more human.
  • “It is the man who has done nothing who is sure nothing can be done.” - Anonymous
  • “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington

  • The weight of responsibility on your shoulders helps keep your feet on the ground.
  • Those who do not fear Satan will dismiss his threats, ignore him, work with him, believe his lies, and end up in hell with him. Believers find even Satan is afraid of Christ.
  • When one is on fire for the Lord others will come to watch him burn.
  • You can reasonable expect to be paid for using your brains, not just for having them.
  • You can tell the ideals of a man by his works and the ideals of any group by its advertisements.
  • Some are so obsessed with equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
  • “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Allen
  • It's give and take in this world, with more willing to take than to give.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. - Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)
  • Accident, n.: A condition in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body is better. - Unknown

  • Cowardice asks the question – is it Safe? Expediency asks the question – is it Politically Correct?  Vanity asks the question – is it Popular? But the Conscience asks the question – is it Right?
  • And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither Safe, nor Politically Correct, nor Popular, but one must take it because it[‘s RIGHT!
  • “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil—it has no point.”
  • Home-school sign on Internet: “I home-school because I have seen the village and I don’t want it raising my children.”
  • OPPRESSION: “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.  In both instances there is twilight when everything remains unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air—however slight—lest we become victims of the darkness.” [Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas]
  • Nearly everybody has a cure for the troubles and a correction for the mistakes of nearly everybody except his own.
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall can you see Christ in me at all?
  • Self-righteous destroyers are not content to knock off inferiors. To feel really good about themselves they must topple those the mighty who are above them.
  • Better to prepare and prevent than repair and repent.
  • It’s a good thing justice is blind. She might not like some things done in her name if she could see them.
  • All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
  • When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  • What if you woke up today with only the things you “thanked” God for yesterday.

  • Be careful what you see, what you say or sing, what you do, and what you allow others to do. God sees and hears and judges all.
  • The seed that is planted determines the plant that will be produced – in nature and in human nature. The finished product always reveals the seed.
  • "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, many of which never happened." (Mark Twain)
  • The Day of Reckoning Is Coming (2 Cor. 5:10). I think you would want to know the truth. You can blame the preacher, the teacher, your parents, peer pressure, your job, your church, and even the devil. But in the end God will hold you accountable for your own choices, no matter who caused or persuaded you to make them. (Chuck Marshall; Great Bend, Kansas)
  • It is a great deal better to do all the things you should than to spend the rest of your life wishing you had – and trying to explain why you didn’t.
  • Many people who would not lie often present the truth in such a way that nobody will recognize it.
  • Skeletons in the closet don’t have enough sense to stay there.
  • It doesn’t matter who wins and who loses until you lose.
  • What if you woke up today with only the things you “thanked” God for yesterday?

  • Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout your week.
  • Do you know why a car’s windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small? Your past is not as important as your future. Look ahead and move on.
  • Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  • “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day, but a series of oppressions begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrations) too plainly proves a deliberate, systemic plan of reducing us to slavery.”  (Thomas Jefferson)
  • "It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own." (Cicero)
  •  Never try to make anyone like yourself.  You know, and God knows, that one of you is enough. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • The test of a man’s character is how he takes praise.
  • “Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”  (Benjamin Franklin)
  •  “The main problem with mental notes is the ink fades so fast.”

  • All people smile in the same language.
  •     Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.
  •     When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.
  •     When you put the 2 words “THE” and “IRS” together, it spells “THEIRS.”
  • “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time: they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, who denounces against the wicked eternal misery, & insures to the good eternal happiness are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”  (Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, in a letter to Secretary of War James McHenry, Nov. 4, 1800.)
  • Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. [Emily Bronte (1818-1848)]
  • Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. [Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)]