"Abraham Lincoln", "Lord Acton", Charles Curran, Dennis Deaton, Don Herald, Edward R. Murrow, Eugene Delacroix, Henry David Thoreau, Isak Dinesen, John Stott, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Joseph Girzone, Lesslie Newbegin, Mark Twain, Meister Eckhart, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, William James, William Penn
How I appreciate those who can say so much and still be precise and provocative. The following are samples!!!
- Tell me who you love and why, and I will tell you who you are.
- Since the gospel is the good news of mercy to the undeserving, the symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales. (John Stott)
- That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions. (Jose Ortega y Gasset)
- Some people love God as they love their cow. They love their cow for the milk and cheese and profit it makes for them. They do not rightly love God when they love Him for their own advantage. (Meister Eckhart)
- Sorrows can be more easily borne if you put them in a story or tell a story about them. (Isak Dinesen)
- Take your choice: be led by God or be driven by the devil.
- Spend your life for something that outlasts it. (William James)
- That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our life and character. So, worship carefully. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
- The consummate truth of life is that we alter our destiny by altering our thoughts. (Dennis Deaton)
- Western culture differs from other cultures in that in the West, human beings exploit other human beings, whereas elsewhere in the world, it is the other way around.
- The incentive to peacemaking is love, but it degenerates into appeasement whenever justice is ignored. (John Stott)
- A bigot’s mind is like the pupil of the eye: the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
- The most certain test to judge if a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. (Lord Acton)
- The hole and the patch should be commensurate. (Thomas Jefferson)
- The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. (Old Japanese proverb)
- The Resurrection is God’s ‘Amen’ to Christ’s ‘It is finished’!
- The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comforting way of dying.
- The status quo can never be totally accepted by one who has an eschatological vision. (Charles Curran, in Theology Today)
- We do not truly understand the Gospel if we spend all our time preaching it to Christians. The Gospel is communication of news to those who do not know it, and we only really understand it as we are involved in so communicating it. (Lesslie Newbegin in The Good Shepherd)
- For the thousand hacking at the branches of evil, one is striking at its root. (Henry David Thoreau)
- Few things are wholly evil or wholly good. (Abraham Lincoln)
- There are two times in your life when you should not speculate: when you can’t afford to and when you can. (Mark Twain)
- There is a beauty of soul in a humble person who has no other obvious talent than the humility to stand in awe of the gifts God has given to others (Joseph Girzone)
- To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful. (Edward R. Murrow)
- Truth never lost ground by inquiry, because she is most of all reasonable. (William Penn)
- Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another’s trouble and courage in your own.
- Unhappiness — not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. (Don Herald)
- We read to know we are not alone.
- We work not only to produce, but to give value to time. (Eugene Delacroix)
Comments are welcome, as always