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Capturing big thoughts with picturesque conciseness makes for a quieter and more pensive world.  Do you sometimes like less noise?  If so, the following is a gift for you today!! 

  • Consumerism trains us to value things too little, not too much, as it destroys our contentment and thankfulness.  (attributed to Mark Buchanan in Christianity Today, October 25, 1999)
  • Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based upon excellence of performance. (James Conant)
  • Courage is that virtue which champions the cause of right. (Cicero)
  • Forgiving the unforgivable is hard.  So was the cross: hard words, hard wood, hard nails (William Stoddard)
  • Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. (William Jennings Bryan)
  • Don’t give up till you have reliable news that God is dead or has forgotten to be gracious. Remember, Moses was once a basket case!
  • God gave us memory that we might have roses in December. (James Barrie)
  • Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the course of centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved. (Andre Malraux)
  • Every now and then a person’s mind is stretched by a new idea and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
  • Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. (Edmund Burke)
  • Express honest thought and be a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty. (Robert Ingersoll)
  • Forewarned, forearmed – to be prepared is half the battle. (Cervantes)
  • God is not opposed to digging the wells of joy with the spade of sorrow. (Art Yohner)
  • Not every difference of opinion is a difference in principle.  (Thomas Jefferson)
  • Every man has a right to his own opinion.  But, no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. (Bernard Baruch)
  • Great minds have purposes, and others have wishes. (Washington Irving)
  • Freedom is a good horse, but you must ride it somewhere. (Matthew Arnold)
  • Experience is sometimes a poor teacher. For example, when a cat jumps onto a hot stove lid, he learns to never do that again. However, he has also learned to not jump onto a COLD stove lid. (Mark Twain)
  • Great is the one who neither seeks nor shuns greatness, but who finds glory only because glory lay in the plain path of duty. (Thomas Macaulay)
  • Frustration and conflict are raw materials for spiritual development. (David Goetz in “Suburban Spirituality” – Christianity Today, July 2003)
  • Heaven is a place of happiness because it is a place of holiness.  Sin and happiness cannot dwell together.
  • Grass is not greener on the other side of the fence, it’s greenest where it’s watered.  Water your grass.
  • Grow up! is one thing to say to artists who claim to deal boldly with deep topics but have trouble touching on anything so profound as religion.  (Martin E. Marty)
  • He who is ignorant of what happened before his birth is always a child. (Cicero)
  • Here below, to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. (John Henry Newman in Essay on Development)