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  • We would rather err on the side of helping hurting people than on the side of hurting helpless people.  (Paul Egertson in One Family’s Story)
  • It is not society’s fault that most people miss their vocation. (George Santayana)
  • Wealth, power, and prestige – when sought for their own sake and as the main purpose in life – are finally empty.  At best, they are consolation prizes for those who have lost the main thing.  (Philip Wogaman in Speaking the Truth in Love)
  • What a tangled web do parents weave when they think their children are naïve. (Odgen Nash)
  • What I do today is important because I am paying a day of my life for it. What I accomplish must be worthwhile because the price is high.
  • What is past, is prologue. (Shakespeare)
  • What must die in us is the subconscious desire to please people.  What must not die is the will to love.   There’s the risk. (David Hansen)
  • Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. (Samuel Johnson)
  • When I get a little money, I buy books, and if any is left I buy food and clothes.  (Erasmus)
  • If passion usurps the name of truth, the very idea of truth is tarnished and defiled. (George Santayana)
  • When you have nothing left but God, then for the first time you become aware that God is enough.
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.
  • When you re-read a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before. (Clifton Fadiman)
  • Whenever we are in the wrong place, our right place is empty.
  • Nothing in the world is so exhilarating than to be shot at without result. (Winston Churchill)
  • Without a cause men hated Christ; without a cause He loves them. (Milton Agnew in More than Conquerors)
  • Worldly justice and unworldly justice are different.  The latter says to turn the other cheek, to give up willingly what one has and with no spirit of martyrdom, to rejoice in being the least,  unrecognized, and the slightest. (Dorothy Day in The Long Loneliness)
  • Worry, the interest paid on trouble before it is due, is one of the most foolish and irreligious habits into which we can fall.
  • Worrying is like a rocking chair.  It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Man is born broke.  He lives by mending.  The grace of God is glue.  (Eugene O’Neill, quoted in Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies)
  • We can measure how smart we are by our ability to understand and appreciate the intelligence of someone else.
  • We can never really know where we stand with someone until our capacity to benefit that person is gone. (John Ashcroft)
  • It’s so simple to be wise.  Just think of something stupid to say, then say the opposite.  (Sam Levenson)
  • Write as if you were dying.  At the same time, assume your audience to be terminal patients.  That is, after all, the case.  (Annie Dilliard, in The Writing Life)
  • You can’t control what you love.  You watch it driving recklessly toward the broken bridge, the torn up track, the horror of seventy years ahead.  (Graham Greene)
  • You cannot change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.
  • We cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Although very deficient in talent, yet you may be used to draw someone else to Christ one who, in turn, may become eminent in grace and service.  We little know the possibilities within us.
  • Zeal without knowledge can be dangerous, futile, or maddening.