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When needing some provocative thoughts that can take you beyond the “now” and “here”, be invigorated by the following aphoristic observations.  They come from some astute people.  Also, they are complimentary, on the house, and beside that, they are free!!!  Enjoy, be blessed, and reflect.

  • A rational man acting in the real world may be defined as one who decides where he will strike a balance between what he desires and what can be done. (Walter Lippman)
  • Christ brought to the world a new conception of royalty.  He rules by love and not by force.  That, as He expressly said, is the difference between His kingdom and the kingdoms of this world. (Archbishop William Temple)
  • A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power. (Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
  • A spirit of ingratitude is the first step toward apostasy.  (Ammon S. Kauffman)
  • Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. (Philo of Alexandria)A wise man does not try to hurry history.  (Adlai Stevenson)
  • A young person who wishes to remain a strong atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. (C.S. Lewis, referring to the impact of GK Chesterton)
  • Christianity has not been tried and found wanting;   it has been found difficult and not tried. (G.K. Chesterton)
  • All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare. (Spinoza)
  • All the water in the world, however hard it tried, could never sink a ship unless it got inside.
  • Behavior unchallenged is encouraged.
  • Any group with authority to tell a culture’s creation story, functions as a kind of priesthood.  (Nancy Pearcy.  (Christianity Today, May 22, 2000)
  • A generation is the primary agent of social change . . . Reform is thus brought organically into a society.  People don’t change, generations do. (Landon Jones in Great Expectations)
  • Cherish your happy moments.  They are a fine cushion for old age. (Booth Tarkington)
  • Anything that dims my vision of Christ or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.(J. Wilbur Chapman)
  • Are you more concerned with the quality of your goals or the quantity of your goods?
  • Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist the better. (Andre Gide)
  • Be it resolved:  First, that every man should live to the glory of God.  Second, that whether others do this or not, I will. (Jonathan Edwards)
  • Concentrating on the politicians while ignoring the culture and the public sentiment it shapes, is myopic and futile.  (attributed to Don Eberly in Christianity Today, October 25, 1999)
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world (Gandhi)
  • Biblical spirituality is earthy, face-to-face, and often messy. (David Goetz in “Suburban Spirituality,” Christianity Today,  July 2003)
  • A hungry man listens not to reason nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayer. (Seneca)
  • By failing to grasp both the nature and the limits of politics, we can more easily be beguiled by its promises.  (Jack Wyman, in Christianity Today, October 25, 1999)
  • By words, the mind is winged. (Aristophanes)
  • Civilization is nothing else but the attempt to reduce force to being the last resort. (Jose Ortega y Gasset)
  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.  (Henry Ford)