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The Bible: He wrote it - we quote it! Why quote others?

Bees gather honey from a lot of flowers so speakers need to gather nectar from a lot of sources

If you haven’t struck oil in the first three minutes, stop boring – George Jessel

The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own – Charles Spurgeon

 

 

E-Clips . . . quotes gathered through
three decades of Kris’ reading and study

updated 1/1/15

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CALLING

Do you have a call? I don’t think I’ve heard a call. Then perhaps you’re not in calling distance. Move closer to God and see if you can’t hear Him

CALVARY

Mel Gibson stated he did not appear in his own movie, by his choice, with one exception:  It is Gibson's hands seen nailing Jesus to the cross. Gibson said he wanted to do that because it was indeed his own hands that nailed Jesus to the cross (along with all of ours.)

At Calvary hard rocks rent in two while some men’s hard hearts didn’t even budge

People that we wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole Jesus died for on a ten-foot pole

CHALLENGE

Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.

Anything unattempted remains unattained

I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail - Woodrow Wilson

I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star, I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are - Milton Berle

Leaders stretch with challenges, followers struggle with challenges, losers shrink from challenges

CHANGE

You will always get what you’ve always got if you always do what you’ve always done

When you’re through changing, you’re through - Bruce Barton

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced - James Baldwin

Change is a process, not an event

Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself - Leo Tolstoy

A person’s age can be determined by the degree of pain he experiences when he comes in contact with a new idea - Quincy Jones

What you can tolerate you cannot change. You must hate the present to qualify for a future - Mike Murdock

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man attempts to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man - George Bernard Shaw

If you want to change an area of your life you have to do it immediately and flamboyantly - William James

Nothing changes until something changes

Change is permissible - I’m allowed to change
Change is personal - I need to change
Change is possible - I am able to change
Change is profitable - I’ll be rewarded to change

Change doesn’t usually happen when you see the light but when you feel the heat

It is in the turns not the straight-aways where we lose control - TD Jakes 

Blessed are those who are flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

It’s time to move from analogue to digital. Why wait for the tape to rewind when you can move to the next song in life instantly? Our greatest scientific achievements came when men switched from old math to algebraic abstractions

Choice, not chance determines change

The only person who likes change is a wet baby - Mark Twain

Though all progress brings change, not all change brings progress - John Maxwell

My grandfather had a farm, my father had a garden, and I have a can opener

Don’t rock the boat; sink it and start over - Tom Peters

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again.  They really do it.  It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful.  But it happens every day.  I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion - Carl Sagan

If the pastor yields to the Spirit, he will immediately start a membership drive - he will drive the members who are preventing revival right out of his church - Sid Roth

CHARACTER

True character is the same whether in the boardroom or the bedroom

Reputation is what people think you are. Character is who you really are. Take care of your character and your reputation will take care of itself.

Ability can get you to the top but only character can keep you there - John Wooden

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost -sma

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him - Abraham Lincoln

Can God use someone who does not have character? Sure - if someone was dying of thirst He in His love would give them a drink even if out of a dirty cup.

Your gift will take you there, but your character will keep you there

As the twig is bent, the tree shall grow

The Mirror test - Am I true to myself?
The Mentor test - Am I true to my teacher?
The Masses test - Am I true to my followers? - John Maxwell

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him - Leo Aikman

It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves - Edmund Hillary

Don't be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright - Ben Franklin

Surely the world we live in is but the world that lives in us - Daisy Bates

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right... - Martin Luther

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour - Japanese Proverb

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right - William Safire

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us - Thomas Paine

When I do right, no one remembers. When I do wrong, no one ever forgets

Every institution is the lengthened shadow of a man. His character determines the character of the institution - Emerson

Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked

It takes two things to blow down a tree, strong winds and internal decay and rot. As long as the inside is strong no external storm will defeat it

People have three names, the one they inherited, the one their parents gave them, and the one they make for themselves

Lead your life so you won’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip - Will Rogers

You got it from your father, it was all he had to give.
So it’s yours to use and cherish. For as long as you may live.
If you lose the watch he gave you, it can always be replaced.
But a black mark on your name, son, can never be erased.
It was clean the day you took it, and a worthy name to bear.
When he got it from his father, there was no dishonor there.
So make sure you guard it wisely, after all is said and done,
You’ll be glad the name is spotless, when you give it to your son

Before you pray for a change in circumstances, you should pray for a change in character - John Allan Lavender

Living a double life will get you nowhere twice as fast - John Mason

Some people try to make something for themselves, others try to make something of themselves

Many a man’s reputation would not recognize his character if they met in the dark - John Mason

Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are? - John Mason

You cannot carve rotten wood - Chinese Proverb

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy - Martin Luther King

He has worn out his constitution and is living on his bylaws - Woodrow Wilson

If I take care of my character; my reputation will take care of itself - D.L. Moody

Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me - D. L. Moody

Christ before career, character before ministry, unity before growth, people before program, ownership before organization, unreached before reached, integrity before popularity - Saji Lukos, Reaching Indians Ministries International

Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God’s Paradise - Phillips Brooks

CHILDREN

Small children give you a headache; big children give you a heartache

When your children aren’t a pain in the neck they are a lump in your throat

Hannah took her kid to church and left him there. Ever feel like doing that?

There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone or forbid your children to do it - Monta Crane

Kids are like mosquitoes, the moment they stop making noise you know they are getting into something

Children may be deductible but they’re still taxing

You can con a con and fool a fool but you can’t kid a kid

Parents need to be the soul supporters of their children

The rocking-chair in a Christian nursery is higher than a throne - RG Lee

Children, like canoes, are easier to control if paddled from the rear

Children today are facing abortion, abuse and abandonment

Where would we be without our children? Maui, Acapulco, etc

Just when your children become fun to live with they live with someone else

CHRISTIANITY

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ - Gandhi

In Christianity you don’t get something to believe but Someone to receive

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried - G.K. Chesterton

Christianity is not extreme, it is mainstream

Do you call God “our Father” on Sunday then live like an orphan the rest of the week?

CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas to our Christian friends; Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends; to our Atheist friends - good luck!”

A television interviewer was walking streets of Tokyo at Christmas time. Much as in America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan. The interviewer stopped one young woman on the sidewalk, and asked, "What is the meaning of Christmas?" Laughing, she responded, "I don't know. Is that the day that Jesus died?" There was some truth in her answer.

To avoid offending anybody, the school dropped religion altogether and started singing about the weather. At my son's school, they now hold the winter program in February and sing increasingly non-memorable songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman" and--this is a real song--"Suzy Snowflake," all of which is pretty funny because we live in Miami. A visitor from another planet would assume that the children belonged to the Church of Meteorology - Dave Barry in his "Notes on Western Civilization" Chicago Tribune Magazine

The hinge of history was hung on a Bethlehem stable door

According to EF Bullinger in the Companion’s Bible, it appears that Jesus was born on the 15th of Tisri, Sept 29, 4 BC which would have placed conception at Dec 25th, or 1st Tebeth. On Dec 25 the Word was made flesh and Sept 29 tabernacled among us.

As to the “X” in X-mas: in math stands for an unknown. X is a symbol for multiplication. It is the Roman Numeral for 10, a perfect number. X marks the spot. It can be a substitute for someone’s signature. It is “chi” in the Greek alphabet which is the first letter in the word Christos.

CHURCH

Whenever I pass by a church, I always stop to visit, So on that day I’m carried in, the Lord won’t ask, “Who is it?”

The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it - William Temple

Before Church we talk to God; at church He talks to us; after church we talk to others

Sunday is not the Lord’s morning but the Lord’s Day

Boy was asked what church he attended - “I am a Seventh Day Absentist!”

A cold church is like cold butter - it doesn’t spread very well

Corinth was a fellowship of feuds, factions, frauds and fornicators

Is the church converting the world or is the world perverting the church?

We have filled our church rolls with the names of baptized pagans that couldn’t be found with a search warrant

The church was not intended to be an accompanist with the world but a soloist in the world

In one church, the pastor, apparently fed up with all the excuses given over the years as to why people don't go to church, included "Ten Reasons Why I Never Wash" in the Sunday bulletin:
1. I was forced to as a child.
2. People who wash are hypocrites - they think they are cleaner than everybody else.
3. There are so many different kinds of soap, I can't decide which one is best.
4. I used to wash, but I got bored and stopped.
5. I wash only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
6. None of my friends wash.
7. I'll start washing when I get older and dirtier.
8. I can't spare the time.
9. The bathroom is never warm enough in winter or cool enough in summer.
10. People who make soap are only after your money

What kind of church would my church be if all the members were just like me?

The world at its worst needs the church at its best

Seven words that kill a church - We never did it that way before. Seven words that reignite a church - I can do all things through Christ

Church members are like car engines; they start missing a little before they finally quit

He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother - Augustine

Come tired, leave inspired!

The old song “Me and Jesus - Got our own thing goin’” is not only bad grammar, it is bad theology

The church is like Noah’s ark, the stench on the inside would be unbearable if it were not for the storm on the outside

The church is not to be a reluctant caboose following the train of history but is to be the steam engine that directs the course of history

Sometimes the tares make better looking church members than the wheat...but they don’t make very good bread - Jack Hyles

A congregation of morning glories that bloom at church on Sunday morning but fold up for the rest of the week

Some people only go to church three times in their whole life - when they’re hatched, when they’re matched and when they’re dispatched

The church is not to be a reluctant caboose on the train track of history, but is supposed to be a steaming, streaming locomotive that directs the course of history

The temple of truth will not be damaged so much by woodpeckers on the outside as the termites on the inside - Vance Havner

Let us never forget that His church is a sheepfold, not a zoo, and pastors are undershepherds, not keepers of a menagerie - Vance Havner

There is no point in spending our time sighing for the church that was. Neither should we settle down in the church that is - We should make our goal the church that ought to be - until the day when we join the church triumphant, the church that shall be - Vance Havner

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin

Sign on one church advertised, "Crawl-ins welcome!"

Everyone's welcome, nobody's perfect, anything's possible

The church is the only institution that exists primarily for its non-members

Is it sufficient for a lighthouse to flash its warning of rocks just one night a week? - Leonard Ravenhill

CIRCUMSTANCE

Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances - Napoleon

We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance - Benjamin Disraeliad

How are you doing? “Not bad under the circumstances.” What are you doing under there?

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them - George Bernard Shaw

The one who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it

Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way - Viktor Frankl

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance - Thomas Carlyle

CLERGY

Bob Harrington used this acronym for the CLERGY/ C - Cowardly, L - Lazy, E - Empty, R - Rebellious, G - Greedy, Y - Yo-yos

COMMITMENT

The kamikaze pilot who was able to fly 50 missions was involved, but never committed - Coach Lou Holz

Other men think of many things all day long. I just think of one thing all day long - Thomas Edison

Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference - Robert Frost

Some people miss out in life because they are living somewhere in the “terrible too’s” - too tired, too poor, too busy, etc.

Did you know that the average American Christian claims three home churches - Tommy Barnett

A motivational speaker once said there are two kinds of people in this world: those who say "whatever" and those who say, "whatever it takes." "Whatever" is the response of the shrug. It's a "who cares?" attitude, one of indifference and apathy. "Whatever it takes" is the response of the committed. It's a "can do" attitude that refuses to give up or give in.

Then there’s the school teacher who got a nasty call from an irate mother. The mother called - “did you tell the kids in the class that they ought to all be institutionalized?” “No”, said the teacher, “I just told them that they ought to be committed”. Friend, you won’t make it very far in business or life if you’re not committed

You have to pay a lot of tolls along the road to success

Success is achieved by making a decision, making it yours, then if need dying by it!

It is better to die for something than to live for nothing - Bob Jones Sr

When Christ calls a man He bids him come and die - Deittrich Boenhoffer

Wherever you are…be there

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live - Martin Luther King

When I'd get tired and want to stop. I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him quit, I'd push myself harder - Dan Gable

Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard - E. Joseph Cossman

The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom

University of Moscow student to Billy Graham colleague - “You Christians say you are going to win the world, but we’ve done more in fifty years than you have done in 2,000 years. And do you know why? It is because you are uncommitted. We are. We will win, you see”

Don't go into something to test the waters, go into things to make waves

What a strange army! A sword in one hand and a suitcase in the other - Mario Murillo

It’s very dangerous to try to leap a chasm in two bounds - Chinese proverb

We need to fence off our altars so high that to get to them would take a do or die effort - Leonard Ravenhill

For everything you gain you lose something - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One movie actress saw the other reading her horoscope and said, “I didn’t know you believed that”. “Oh”, she responded, “I believe everything a little bit”. That’s the problem with people, they don’t believe anything with their whole heart - Billy Graham

COMMITTEES

Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to Adam - A. Whitney Griswold

As individuals they do nothing; as a group they decide nothing

A camel is a horse that was designed by a committee

Search all the parks in all the cities; you won’t find any monuments to committees

If Columbus would have had an advisory committee he would still be at the Portuguese dock

COMMON SENSE

Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out

Never sharpen a boomerang

COMMUNISM

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin - Ronald Reagan

I have one question for those rulers: If communism is the wave of the future, why do you still need walls to keep people in and armies of secret police to keep them quiet? - Ronald Reagan

Two Soviets...were talking to each other. And one of them asked, "What's the difference between the Soviet Constitution and the United States Constitution?" And the other one said, "That's easy. The Soviet Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of gathering. The American Constitution guarantees freedom after speech and freedom after gathering - Ronald Reagan

Communism has won more in a cold war than it could ever win in a hot war - Vance Havner

COMPASSION

Christian lady was dressing the open oozing wounds of a leper in Calcutta. Another lady said, “Ooh, I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars”. The other replied, “I wouldn’t either”. Christian love is worth far more than that meager sum

Compassion needs tempered with wisdom. Mother ostrich went for a drink; compassionate elephant’s motherly instinct took over and decided to help out, so she sat on her eggs and made scrambled eggs

I couldn’t care more

Good for you, you have a heart, you can be a liberal. Now, couple your heart with your brain, and you can be a conservative - Glenn Beck

How far you go in your life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these - George Washington Carver

COMPETENCE

Some people seem to confuse confidence, which is a function of attitude, with competence, which is a function of ability…If you think you can do something, that’s confidence. If you can do it, that’s competence - John Maxwell

COMPLAINING

Would you like some cheese with your Whine?

“Whines” are the products of sour grapes

A drive-up window complaint department deals in fast feuds

In Numbers they mumbled about the man and grumbled about the manna

COMPROMISE

A lion and lamb laid together in a cage. Sign said “study in mutual coexistence”. “How do you get the two to get along?” someone asked. “That’s easy, we’ll just throw a couple more lambs in tomorrow morning”

Have you ever seen a four-way yield sign?

Samson lost his locks in the world’s most expensive haircut at the Sorek barber shop

Middle of the road people get ran over

A school teacher applying for a job was asked if she taught that the world was round or flat. “Which way do you want it taught? I can teach it both ways”

Too many are trying to be neither-nor in a world that is either-or. The need is for courage under fire but they are known for caution under cover

Boenhoffer was executed less than a week before his prison camp was liberated. By compromising he could have held out a week - he didn’t

The greatest moderate of Luther’s day was Erasmus. It was said that he could shade down “yes” until it sounded like “no”, and burnish up “no” until it almost passed for “yes” - Vance Havner

It is better to die for a conviction than to live with a compromise - Vance Havner

Adlai Stevenson was reported to have devised the word “yo”, which can mean either yes or no

The only colors Mr. Spurgeon knew were black and white. In all things he was definite. With Spurgeon you were either up or down, in or out, alive or dead - Joseph Parker

They say we can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but we’re not in the fly catching business

There is nothing in the middle of the road except yellow stripes and dead armadillos - John Mason

I dreamed that somehow I had come to dwell in Topsy-Turvydom,
Where vice was virtue, virtue was vice,
Where nice was nasty, nasty was nice,
Where right was wrong, wrong was right,
Where white was black, black was white

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last - Winston Churchill

Antipas, whose name means "against all," was advised that "the whole world is against you!"  He replied, "Then I am against the whole world!"

COMPUTERS

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing - Emo Phillips

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image - Stephen Hawking

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest - Isaac Asimov

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers - Sydney J. Harris

Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users? - Clifford Stoll

There will be a road. It will not connect two points.
It will connect all points.
Its speed limit will be the speed of light.
It will not go from here to there.
There will be no more there. We will all only be here - 1994 MCI ad

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing

A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer

CONCEIT

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself - Max Beerbohm

CONFESSION

Don’t say you’re from Lose-iana - say Win-iana

God gave you a mouth to conquer your mind - Mike Murdock

“Everything I eat goes straight to my hips” - you’ve conditioned your hips to receive the command. “I can’t see myself doing that” - you’ve set the image. “I’m sick and tired of that!” - you just made yourself sick and tired

Faith is voice activated - Mark Hankins

The little rock in [David’s] sling followed the path of the rock that had already come from his lips - Billy Joe Daugherty

If you believe everything you say will come to pass, it will shorten your conversation - Billy Joe Daugherty

What is spoke to you must be spoken through you

Stop saying what you have and start having what you say

The word spoke to you must be spoken through you - Mark Hankins

Jesus told you to speak to the mountain. The mountain has been speaking to you - Mark Hankins

CONFIDENCE

Self-confidence is the product of information

Self-confidence isn’t learned in a course but rather on a course - Robert Schuller

A lion doesn’t have to look in the mirror and say, “I’m a lion, I’m a lion, I’m a lion…” He knows what he is - Mike Murdock

There are two kinds of people in the world - those who walk into a room and say, ‘There you are’ - and those who say, ‘Here I am!’" - Abigail Van Buren

If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think that you dare not, you don't; If you'd like to win and you think you can't It's almost certain that you won't. If you think you'll lose, you've lost; For out in the world you'll find Success begins with a fellows will- It's all in the state of mind. If you think that you are out-classed, you are; You've got to think high to rise; You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man; But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can - Edgar Guest

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you - Stewart White

If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me - Emerson

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, I believe - Norman Vincent Peale

Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk - Jack Gibb

CONFLICT

Never get in a spittin’ match with a skunk. Even if you win, you come out smelling bad

Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against; not with; the wind - Hamilton Mabie

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist - Indira Gandhi

Marriage means expectations and expectations mean conflict - Paxton Blair

CONSCIENCE

Conscience: the part of you that feels so bad when the rest of you feels so good

The testimony of a good conscience is better than a dozen character witnesses

The voice of the spirit is conscience, the soul is reasoning, the body is feelings

The man who loses his conscience has nothing else worth keeping - Izaak Walton

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience - French Proverb

Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go - Billy Graham

Joseph would rather lose a good coat than lose a good conscience

Conscience is the internal jury, the world is the external jury and God is the eternal jury

Some mistake the stretching of his conscience for the broadening of his mind - Vance Havner

The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree. It may be strengthened by exercise, as may any particular limb of the body - Thomas Jefferson

No earthly prosperity, no human love, no mirth, music, fun, or intoxication can dispel its clouds or assuage the agony of its gnawing tooth [conscience] - R. A. Torrey

The consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor - Walter Scott

It is astonishing how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel if a single stitch drops - C. Buxton

If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him, you will always remember - Kahlil Gibran

CONTENTION

I don’t have to attend every argument I am invited to

Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite - Abe Lincoln

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me - Dave Barry

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance - Robert Quillen

CONVICTION

The Romans sometimes compelled a captive to be joined face-to-face with a dead body, and to bear it about until the horrible effluvia destroyed the life of the living victim. Virgil describes this cruel punishment: “The living and the dead at his command, were coupled face to face, and hand to hand; till choked with stench, in loathed embraces tied, the lingering wretches pined away and died”

Today’s Christian has too many opinions and not enough convictions

Said the Guide in Pilgrim’s Progress - “I care not for all that profession that begins not with heaviness of mind. The first string that the musician usually touches is the base when he intends to put all in tune. God also plays upon this string first when he sets the soul in tune with Himself”

When before an African Queen, the Holy Spirit spoke to Reinhard Bonnke - “Forget protocol, give an altar call!”

People will change, not so much when they see the light, but when they feel the heat

Revival conviction puts the sinner in a spiritual check-mate - the Holy Spirit pins him against the wall with nowhere to turn.

Dwayne Friend talks about the man that was saved in one of his meetings at the Cathedral of Tomorrow which was a round auditorium. He felt like there was no place for him to turn. The Holy Ghost had cornered him in a round auditorium

Conviction of sin puts man before the jury. He faces himself - an internal jury, he faces others - an external jury, and he faces God – the eternal jury

Dr. Michael Brown asks us to finish the following line - “I will pour out my ______”. Most will say “I will pour out my Spirit”, but the Bible says “I will pour out my wrath” many, many times more

The difference between first century preaching and last century preaching is that back then Paul was appalling, but today Peale is appealing, Not that Peale is all that bad but that his little “Peal-ings” have twisted everything he has said and taken the sting out of his words

We have too many men of science and not enough men of God. We live in an age of nuclear giants and spiritual pygmies - Omar Bradley

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions - John Mason

Nothing can come of nothing - Shakespeare

A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for - Howard Hendricks

The men of the past had convictions, while we moderns have only opinions - H. Heine

COUNSEL

You can’t eat enough carrots to be able to see behind you. You don’t need better eyes, you need another set of eyes

Those who disagree with your solution to their problem disqualify themselves for further counsel - Mike Murdock

COURAGE

A wishbone can never replace a backbone

It takes guts to leave the ruts - Robert Schuller

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance - Aesop

We cannot lower the mountain, therefore we must elevate ourselves - Todd Skinner, Mountain Climber

Courage comes from a word that means “core” - so it is “core” “age”, or maturity at the core

The turtle has to stick his neck out to get ahead

Courage is fear that has said its prayers

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen - Winston Churchill

He that does not dare will not get to share

It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward

True courage is like a kite, contrary winds only cause it to rise higher

Clearwater, FL/ 1/31 - A high school freshman who walked out of a weightlifting session after Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once - Shakespeare

He is not worthy of the honeycomb who shuns the hives because bees have stings - Shakespeare

Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them, they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight - Orison Marden

A man is a hero not because he is braver than other men but because he is brave for ten minutes longer than other men - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened - Billy Graham

The opposite of courage is not fear; it is conformity - John Mason

Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave - Seneca

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others - Winston Churchill

When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened - Billy Graham

If science could cross breed a jellyfish with a parrot, it could create academic administrators - Thomas Sowell

COURTESY

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you - Dale Carnegie

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours - Yogi Berra

CREATION

They call it the God particle: a mysterious sub-atomic fragment that permeates the entire universe and explains how everything is the way it is. Nobody has ever seen the God particle; some say it doesn't exist but, in the ultimate leap of faith, physicists across the world are preparing to build one of the most ambitious and expensive science experiments the world has ever seen to try to find it - David Adam, The Guardian, August 21, 2004

The world did not bring itself to be, for then it would have been prior to itself, in which case it already was and did not need to become.  We are left to finding the cause of the world's existence before and outside the world - Ramesh Richard

CREATIVITY

Those who design skyscrapers have a different creativity than those who build doghouses. The pay differs too - Mike Murdock

The most valuable resource you bring to your work and to your firm is your creativity. More than what you get done, more than the role you play, more than your title, more than your ‘output’ - it’s your ideas that matter” - Annette Moser-Wellman

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up - Picasso

There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer screwballs gladly - Yale president Kingman Brewster

Sometimes creative thinking lies along the lines of invention, where you break new ground. Other times it moves along the lines of innovation, which helps you to do old things in a new way - John Maxwell

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions - Antony Jay

Heads of Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas’s Star Wars tech company say, “We tell our directors and writers not to write their scripts based on what their understanding of technology is, rather to really roam free and take advantage of their creative spirit”. ILM has provided special effects for eight of the ten highest grossing films of all time, and in the process won 12 Academy Awards.

Studies of creativity suggest that the biggest single variable of whether or not employees will be creative is whether they perceive they have permission - David Hills

Weed out the dullards; nurture the nuts! - Tom Peters

Too many live life critically instead of creatively

Composer Darius Milhaud was asked, “If you had to go to a desert island, which of your compositions would you take with you?” He replied, “I would take some blank paper because my favorite composition is always the one I will write tomorrow”

All good work is done in defiance of management - Bob Woodward

CRIME

There has been an average of 160,000 troops stationed in Iraq during the last 22 months. During this time the firearm death total was 2,112 for a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. The rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol (which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation) than you are in Iraq. Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, D.C.

Outside of killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country - Marion Barry, former mayor

To reform a criminal you must begin with his grandmother

The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him - J. Edgar Hoover

CRITICISM

It doesn’t take much size to criticize

Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make your own shine any brighter

People who “knock” do so because they don’t know how to ring the bell

Critic, cynic, skeptic, etc. all end with “ick”

Never be afraid of honest criticism. If the critic is wrong, you can help him; and if you’re wrong, he can help you. Either way, somebody’s helped - A.W. Tozer

Where there’s an allegation there’s an alligator

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at him - David Brinkley

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him - Jonathan Swift

Fun people go places and do things. Critics go places and boo things

He who throws dirt loses ground

To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism – Norman Vincent Peale

Cynics and critics wake us up. Kindness often covers up the truth and allows us to sleep on in our ignorance - Wilfred A Peterson

One time many years ago preacher Dwight L. Moody was criticized because of the evangelistic methods he used. Moody replied, "I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it

Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, insinuations, and misrepresentations which are uttered against him - Henry Ward Beecher

If I tried to read, much less answer, all the criticisms made of me, and all the attacks leveled against me, this office would have to be closed for all other business. I do the best I know how, the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing this, down to the very end. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I had been right would make no difference. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me now will not amount to anything - Abraham Lincoln

TV personality Gary Moore had a special way of handling criticism. Whenever he would receive a particularly nasty letter, he would send it back with a note: "The enclosed letter arrived on my desk a few days ago. I am sending it to you in the belief that as a responsible citizen you should know that some idiot is sending out letters over your signature."

Get a friend to tell you your faults, or better still, welcome an enemy who will watch you keenly and sting you savagely. What a blessing such an irritating critic will be to a wise man, what an intolerable nuisance to a fool! - Charles Spurgeon

It’s constructive criticism when I criticize you; it’s destructive criticism when you criticize me - John Maxwell

He’s on the “critical list” - he criticizes everything

There is an unfortunate disposition in man to attend much more to the faults of his companions that offend him then to their perfections which please him - Greville

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism - Charles Schwab

CROSS

I love the scene at the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan. Ryan, who is now seventy years old, returns to Normandy, and he is looking at the grave marker of Captain Miller, the man who died to save him during World War II. Ryan is on his knees. The grave marker is a stark, white cross. He addresses Miller, now long dead: "I’ve tried every day to live up to what you did for me...I hope I’ve lived a life worthy of your sacrifice" - Let’s remember the Cross and strive to live worthy of the sacrifice

There will be no crown wearers in Heaven that were not cross-bearers on earth - John Hagee

The lost boy said to the cop, “I don’t know my address, but I live by a church with a big cross on its roof. If you can get me to the cross, I can make it home from there”

We seek for a higher life, and we shall find it if we sink deeper into the fellowship of the cross with our Lord. God has given the crucified One the highest place - Andrew Murray

The old rugged cross still stands outside the city walls of most organized religion today - Vance Havner

The Lamb obtained His greatest victory with His hands and feet nailed to the cross. We abide in the shadow of the Almighty only so long as we abide under the shadow of the cross – Andrew Murray

Carry the cross patiently, and with perfect submission; and in the end it will carry you - Thomas a Kempis

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