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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



When the Sun was up the Son was out!


Israel got in trouble when they worshiped a gold bull - watch out for putting your trust in a “bull” market

I don’t mind that my son makes more money than I did on my first job. What disturbs me is that he’s only six, and it’s his allowance!

Why did God create Gentiles? Somebody had to pay retail - Van Crouch

In Reagan’s day the national debt in $1000 bills would have stacked 67 miles into space, now it is 900 miles


When you stop learning you stop leading

The more you learn, the more you earn

I never let my schooling interfere with my education - Mark Twain

Schools teach us what to think but not how to think - John Maxwell

If you want to change you output, you have to change your input - Zig Ziglar

Learn, earn and return - these are the three phases of life - Jack Balousek

The tassel is worth the hassle - Robert Schuller

The boy got five Fs on his report card and one D. Dad said, “Obviously he’s spending too much time on one subject”.

To get into Who’s Who you have to know what’s what

A B.A. degree adds an average of $1 million earnings in a lifetime, a professional degree, $4 million

Formal education will earn you a living, self-education will earn you a fortune

He knows so little and knows it so fluently!

In school they said, “Pie are squared. No, pie are round. Cornbread are squared” - Van Crouch

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after - Newton D. Baker

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday - Abraham Lincoln

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance - Derek Bok

All who have meditated on the art of governing Mankind are convinced that the fate of empires depends on the educating of youth - Aristotle

52% of Harvard graduates in the 17th century became ministers

We need both information and inspiration. The first puts us in the know, the second puts us on the grow

Inspiration without education leads to frustration

Give one hour a day to something 6 days a week and you’ve amassed 312 hours of study in a year. You can do anything or learn anything if you only will commit the needed time to it

The first hour of the morning is the rudder for the rest of your day, so as you stretch your physical muscles when you crawl out of bed, you also need to stretch your mental and spiritual muscles

The only thing more painful than learning from experience is not learning from experience

It’s whatever you learn after you know it all that counts - John Wooden

There is no such thing as a full grown tree. The day a tree stops growing is the day it dies. Likewise in our minds and hearts. We have to keep growing. There is such a thing as growing old without getting old. Never quit your education regardless of how many degrees you may have

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow - Woodrow Wilson

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? - Scott Adams

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years - Gracie Allen

A university is a place where ancient tradition thrives alongside the most revolutionary ideas.  Perhaps as no other institution, a university is simultaneously committed to the day before yesterday and the day after tomorrow - Ronald Reagan

Old principals never die, they just lose their faculties

You need to get (or stay) smarter than the next person, which means that you have to be committed, in some form, to school for life - Tom Peters

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me - Thomas Jefferson

We're trying to build a university our football team can be proud of - former Oklahoma U. president

Curiosity is more important than knowledge - Albert Einstein

For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled…This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing - Adolf Hitler


Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow

Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do - Elbert Hubbard

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second - William James

If you run in place you can expect to get passed

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can - Henry Drummond

You only give 75% today, you can’t give 125% tomorrow to make up for it - John Wooden

There are no traffic jams on the second mile - Zig Ziglar

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra” - Zig Ziglar


Princess Diana/ she appeared so beautiful on the outside but the autopsy showed that she bled to death on the inside

People don’t make you angry, they just reveal the anger that is already within you

Run your emotions or you will be run by them - Burke Hedges

Resentment does as much good as drinking poison then waiting for the other person to die

Half of our mistakes are caused by feeling when we ought to think, the other half from thinking when we ought to feel


When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. Everything came out all right in the end

Praise makes good people better and bad people worse - Thomas Fuller

Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul - John Maxwell

Keep chin up and knees down! - Dr. Erdman

One buffalo to another after a cowboy told him how mangy, ugly and stinky the buffalo was - “Did I just hear a discouraging word?”

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being - Von Goethe

A minute of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success


It is tough for kids right from the start. Think of how we spell our numbers. One doesn’t have a “wuh” letter in it anywhere and it has an “e” that you don’t even need. Two on the other hand has a “wuh” in it that you don’t use. Weird. We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Note the different pronunciations for bomb, tomb, comb, home, some, from, Tom, back to bomb

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people: Recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"?


Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice - Burke Hedges

Burke Hedges’ motto - “Fire, ready, aim”.

If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm - Vince Lombardi

People who never get carried away should be - Malcolm Forbes

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life - Edward Butler

Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough - Paul Meyer

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas - Henry Ford

In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions - Henry Ward Beecher

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn - John Wesley

A salesman minus enthusiasm is just a clerk - Harry Banks

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life - Edward Butler

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel - Carl Buehner

Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes – another man has enthusiasm for thirty days, but it is the man who has it for thirty years who makes a success in life - Edward B. Butler


There is a fable that Satan's agents were failing in their various attempts to draw into sin a holy man who lived as a hermit in the desert of northern Africa. Every attempt had met with failure; so Satan, angered with the incompetence of his subordinates, became personally involved in the case. He said, "The reason you have failed is that your methods are too crude for one such as this. Watch this." He then approached the holy man with great care and whispered softly in his ear, "Your brother has just been made Bishop of Alexandria." Instantly the holy man's face showed that Satan had been successful: a great scowl formed over his mouth and his eyes tightened up. "Envy," said Satan, "is often our best weapon against those who seek holiness

Envy provides the mud that failure throws at success - John Mason

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse:  envy alone wants both - Robert Burton

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself exclude - William Hazlitt

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive - Havelock Ellis

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own - Harold Coffin


So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other


The Baptist Barber gave one guy such a close shave that no stubble had returned in three weeks. He went back and asked if the beard would ever grow again to which the barber said, “Well you know how we Baptist barbers believe, once shaved always...”


He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment, but a fool forever - Tillotson

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future; and he inherits his own past - H.F. Hedge

There’s none but fears a future state; and when the most obdurate swear they do not, their trembling hearts belie their boasting tongues - John Dryden


The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants - General Omar Bradley


God lives in a mobile home - YOU

Jesus wasn’t in the Tabernacle or the Temple but in the Towns talking, teaching, touching

We can’t win the world by ringing church-bells but we can by ringing doorbells and prayer-bells

Prayer without evangelism is an arrow shot nowhere

Why do we sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” when most of the army has gone AWOL?

Conscience tells me to go; Calvary compels me to go; Pentecost propels me to go

Instead of “rescuing the perishing”, too often we are busy rescuing the perishables. It has become a job for us in just keeping the “saved” saved

2/3rds of God’s Name is “Go”! and half of Satan’s name is “sat”. And remember that the Gospel has a GO in it. So we need some sold out go-go girls and go-go guys to “go into all the world and preach” Christ

We need more knowing and more growing but even more going

In America today Islam is growing at the rate of 16%, Hinduism at 12% but Christianity is only growing at the rate of 9%

Evangelism is to the church what CO2 is to carbonated water. A church without the fizz of evangelism will soon fizzle out

Evangelism and discipleship are not competitors, they are companions

At the end of World War II, Robert Woodruff, president of the Coca-Cola Company from 1923 to 1955, had a mission. "In my generation," he declared, "it is my desire that everyone in the world have a taste of Coca-Cola." With a vision and dedication rarely matched in corporate American culture, Woodruff and his colleagues spanned the globe with their soft drink. Why is it all right for people to feel that passionate about a soft drink but not about taking Christ to the world?

We must either evangelize or fossilize!

Here’s Christ’s method - when he reached out to the woman at the well. He 1) broke the rules, 2) broke the ice, 3) broke the news

When an emergency vehicle screams by everything else is required to pull over to the side of the road and stop. Evangelism is an emergency mission. All else must come to a stand still.

There is an urgency in this emergency

We missed him. Our chance to change things came and passed and we did not know it was there. A dark-skinned little boy sat through Sunday School classes for three years at a great Baptist Church (First Church, San Antonio) but someone missed him. His name was Sirhan Sirhan, and at age 24 he shot and killed Senator Robert Kennedy. In a welter of words and the shudder of grief throughout our nation, the persistent thought keeps recurring- someone missed him. (Dr. Jimmy Allen, former pastor of First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas in Pulpit Helps

Emergency rooms are made for bloody people. They are made for messy situations and so is the church

“Worship is not a greater calling than evangelism (or to replace evangelism) – Imagine the captain of the boat calling for rescuers to save drowning sailors only to have his crew bow down and say, “Praise you captain. Glory be to the captain!” True worship would be in their obedience to the Captain’s word - Rescue the perishing!” - Ray Comfort

The world is sick of the abominable showman that has gone to the sawdust trail to find a gold dust trail, playing the crusade charade

The evangelist’s mission is one of discovery and recovery

Spend to save! People will empty their pockets for a live project but not for a dead church savings account

“Well you’ll never get in our church!” Fine! God hasn’t been able to get into your church so why would I think I could?

Being saved means being sent

Don’t miss your church on the way to your church (Acts 3, Luke 10)

The church is not a hideout

If 10,000 people live around your church there will be an average of four of them to die each week. Winning one soul a month doesn’t quite cut it

He didn’t place us here to play second fiddle but to blow a trumpet

Prayer without evangelism is an arrow shot nowhere

Jesus said to enter into the closet but He didn’t say to stay there. We need to enter in then interact

Some read our tracts, all watch our tracks

Some want to be His lawyers, arguing His case, but while He sometimes needs apologists, He needs apostle more. We do not have a secret to be hidden but a story to be heralded - Vance Havner

About 812 years ago, a famous Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci, introduced the Arabic numerical system to the West. One day, he was asked to solve an unusual problem: If you confine a pair of rabbits, how many pairs of rabbits will they produce in one year, if each pair produces a new pair after it has been alive for one month? Fibonacci calculated that after one year, the original pair would become 233 pairs of rabbits, or 466 rabbits. In two years, there would be 150,000 rabbits. In 2.5 years, there would be 2.5 million rabbits


If man's basic nature was good, he would have to strive to be evil. Instead, man's fundamental orientation is evil. That is why he must strive and discipline himself to do good things - Ramesh Richard

Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them - Alice Sebold

Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality - Richard Adams

The lack of money is the root of all evil - Mark Twain


Order has never yet been created out of chaos. To believe that would be like believing that a tornado could go through a junkyard and a 747 jet come out on the other side

There is no science without criticism. Any science that weathers the criticism and survives is a better theory for it - Charles Thaxton, chemist

I don’t believe in the evolution of fish to monkeys to man. It’s absolutely irrational garbage. They set up these idols and then they knock them down. It keeps all the old professors happy at the university. It gives them something to do. Everything they told me as a kid has already been disproved by the same experts who made them up in the first place - John Lennon


When I saw the unwearied patience, that unflagging zeal, those enlightened sons of Africa, I became a Christian at his side, though he never spoke to me about it - Stanley, on observing David Livingstone

There is just one way to bring up a child in the way he should go, and that is to travel that way yourself - Abraham Lincoln

Your actions speak so loudly, that I cannot hear what you say - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you - Robert Fulghum

The church has the unique ability to tarnish the reputation of Him who never did anything wrong - Tommy Tenney

People do what people see

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after - Goldsmith

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion - Paulo Coelho


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little word “extra” - Zig Ziglar

No one remembers how fast you did a job, but how well you did it

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way - Booker T. Washington

It was said of the prophet Daniel that he had an “excellent spirit”

Excellence does a common thing in an uncommon way

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence

Mediocrity is doing things sort of right; excellence is doing them exactly right

Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases

If you write a better book, preach a better sermon or build a better mousetrap than your neighbor, the world will make a beaten path to your door - Emerson

The best thing you can do is do the best thing you can do; the best thing you can do is do the thing you do the best

If you are a 6 you will only draw 6’s or less. Move up to the higher bracket. Decide to be an 8 or 9, then a 10 and you will begin to attract 8’s, 9’s and 10’s around you

Excellency is not only doing things right but doing right things

How is it that we never have time to do something right the first time, but we always have time to do it over?

If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat - Teddy Roosevelt

If the individual is failing you need a new player, but if the whole team is failing you need a new coach. The leader must examine his own level of excellence

Don’t just seek to be better than your contemporaries or your predecessors, seek to be better than yourself

Things ignored deteriorate, things inspected improve

Mediocrity is a region bounded on the North by indecision, the South by compromise, the East by negative thinking and the West by a lack of vision

Men are developed the same way gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold. But you don’t go looking for dirt. You go looking for gold - Dale Carnegie

John Maxwell has what he calls a “daily dozen deeds for dreamers”. These will go along with our study under the letter X - “examine, exchange, expose, express, expect, exercise, extract, exclude, exceed, exhibit, explore, extend”

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing – Harriet Braiker

Whatever you think is good enough for now, add 10% to it


Excitement is like a forest fire; you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away - Denis Waitley

Revival brings excitement - goose bumps, pulpit thumps, pew jumps and Forrest Gumps. Don’t let it bother you. It’s easier to cool down a fanatic than to warm up a corpse

Church ought to be an invigorating experience. At the close of one service the pastor asked his people to greet the visitors and tell them their names. One lady extended her hand to a visitor and said, “Hi, I’m Gladys Dunn”, to which the bored guest replied, “and I am glad’s done too”

There are a lot of folks who shout like Comanche Indians on Saturday at the ball game then sit like wooden Indians on Sunday at church

If the saints would show up, the backsliders fess up, the tithers pay up, the dry bones shake up, the sleepers wake up and the preachers fire up, God would stand up and send a mighty revival

If the church would stand up the world would sit up and take notice

There is no high higher than the Mighty High!

Excitement is contagious, but so is a lack of excitement

If the sinners are sinnin’ how come the saints aren’t saint’n? - Bob Harrington

Some churches start out with fizz and end up with fizzle. They start with a fever and end with a chill. They sizzle then fizzle, fry then freeze, shooting up like rockets then falling down like rocks

Weed out the dullards; nurture the nuts - Tom Peters


A man may fall many times but he won't be a failure until he says someone pushed him - Elmer Letterman

He who excuses himself accuses himself - Gabriel Meurier

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

Don't make excuses; make good - Elbert Hubbard

We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses

The worst buy is an alibi

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Blame throwers are worse than flame throwers

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David had an affair and was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, Peter denied Christ, The Disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, Mary Magdalene was, well you know, The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once, Zaccheus was too small, Paul was too religious, Timothy had an ulcer...AND Lazarus was dead! So no more excuses now. God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.

You can make money or you can make excuses. You just can’t make both at the same time.

There are reasons and there are results. And reasons don’t count! - Burke Hedges


We can’t afford to not exercise. Endorphins are natural legal “uppers”. A few minutes of running reaps hours of producing

I’m in good shape. Round is a shape, isn’t it?


Ben Franklin's quote: "Blessed is the one who expects nothing, for he shall receive it"

I heard a story the other day about a man who went to the fortuneteller who looked in the crystal ball and said, "Oh, my. This is not good. I look in this ball and see that you will be poor and unhappy until you're 45 years old." The guy said, "Oh, that's terrible. Well, then what's going to happen?" The fortuneteller said, "You'll get used to it."

The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me - George Bernard Shaw


Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it, again

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment

It is necessary for you to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself - H. G. Rickover

Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes - Oscar Wilde
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts - John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach

Experience is the hardest teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward

The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just that no one ever told him about Thanksgiving - Harry Golden

There is only one thing worse than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience - Archibald MacLeish

When a person with experience meets a person with money, the person with experience will get the money, and the person with money will get the experience!

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