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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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IDEAS

The dullest pencil is greater than the sharpest mind - Squire Rushnell

Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas? - Joseph Stalin

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones - John Cage

Ideas - form them, firm them, farm them, frame them

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings - C.D. Jackson

The hero is the one with ideas - Jack Welch

The value of a good idea is in using it - Thomas Edison

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an invasion of ideas - Victor Hugo

Maxwell asks, “What do you have cooking?” There should be fresh ideas simmering on the back burners of our minds at all times

Reflective thinking is like the crock-pot of the mind. It encourages your thoughts to simmer until they’re done - John Maxwell

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

One good thought does not make a good life. The people who have one good thought and try to ride it for an entire career often end up unhappy and destitute. They are the one-hit wonders, the one-book authors, the one-message speakers, the one-time inventors who spend their life struggling to protect or promote their single idea. Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years - John Maxwell/ Thinking for a Change

Ideas have a short shelf-life so you have to act on them before the expiration date

A man’s mind stretched with a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions - Oliver Wendell Holmes

IDLENESS

Has anyone asked the question, "How could so many people across the country spend so much time at night marching, rioting and looting, if they had to get up and go to work the next morning?" - Thomas Sowell

Nothing is possible - some people do so every day

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely - Arthur Conan Doyle

The heaviest burden of all is having nothing to carry

A pound of idleness weighs twenty ounces

Temptation seldom comes in working hours - W.M. Taylor

IMAGE

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away - Raymond Hull.

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait - Salvador Dali

Some people put a pig on their refrigerator. Instead, cut out a Cheryl Teague body and put a picture of your head on it.

Isn’t it interesting that breasts only come in two sizes, too big or too small? Why can’t we be happy with who we are?

Your body is like the company car. Nobody expects a Mercedes for the company car. It just needs to be functional, to get you where you are going. Don’t feel bad because you didn’t get a Mercury - Jack Canfield

Someone who wears a toupee is living under an assumed mane

Of all the little things we wear our expression is the most important

Package yourself for where you are going instead of where you have been - Mike Murdock

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration - Niccolo Machiavelli

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance - Henry Ward Beecher

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction - Oscar Wilde

Were we to take as much pains to be what we ought to be, as we do to disguise what we really are, we might appear like ourselves without being at the trouble of any disguise whatever - La Rochefoucauld  

IMAGINATION

Imagination gives men a preview of life’s coming attractions - Albert Einstein

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

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds - G.K. Chesterton

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - Henry David Thoreau

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! - Theodor Geisel

Faith is spiritualized imagination - Henry Ward Beecher

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block - Paul Guaguin

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere - Carl Sagan

The best way to make a living with your imagination is to develop innovative applications, not imagine completely new concepts - Sam Weston, creator of the action-figure GI Joe

All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise, we would never have anything new - Charles Kettering

Imagination is worth more than you can ever imagine

What the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve - Napoleon Hill

Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory - Les Brown

The best way to predict the future is to invent it - Alan Kay

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope - Henry Ward Beecher

IMMORALITY

Free love - the ‘60s saw the expression of it, ‘70s the explosion of it, ‘80s the expense of it

Someone said to Mae West, “Goodness, what diamonds you have!” Goodness had nothing to do with it

Which is more attractive, the pure driven snow or the driven through slush? Mae West once said she started out as pure snow but “drifted”

You can’t tell today if some people are a miss, a mister or a mistake

Doogie Houser on ABC said, “A man is a lot of things but one thing a man isn’t is a virgin”

IMMORTALITY

Life…flows in at birth, it flows out at death; but it did not begin at the one, and it does not end at the other - Frederick Norwood

Death is not the master of the house; he is only the porter at the King’s lodge - J.H. Jowett

If a dear friend is leaving us for a trip to Europe, we talk volubly about all he is to see, about art galleries and palaces and hotels and the quaint ways of foreign lands. But if a friend is about to go to heaven, we have nothing to say - M.H. Lichliter

We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it - Norman Vincent Peale

The two chief instincts of humanity are God and immortality. Surely we cannot drown an instinct as though its voice has no right to be heard; for instinct in its place is just as divinely planted as conscience - Herbert Booth Smith

I do not believe that man is set upon the earth to rise to the sublimities of love and truth and goodness by the hard, steep pathway of their sacrificial quest – only to be doomed to extinction - Stephen Wise

It is good to die if there is God, and sad to live if there is not - George A. Gordon

I cannot say and I will not say, That he is dead - he is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair, It needs must be since he lingers there,
And needs you - O you, who the wildest yearn, For the old-time step and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear, In the love of There as the love of Here - John Whitcomb Riley

Seems it strange that you should live forever? Is it less strange that you should live at all? This is the miracle - Young

I have immortal longings in me - Shakespeare

IMPOSSIBILITY

There is no never in forever - Robert Schuller

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible

Anyone can shut out the sunshine, but no one can stop the dawn - Jack Hayford

Can you imagine a group of bankers sitting around a table when a young earnest man looks them in the eyes and says, “I am going to build a billion-dollar empire based on a mouse, a fairy, and seven dwarfs. Will you help me?” - Laurie Beth Jones

INACTION

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind - Leonardo da Vinci

You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling, than feel yourself into acting - Jerome Bruner

The best time to plant a tree is twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today

Someone standing still will never have to worry about stubbing his toe - John Hagee

Finnish atheist with no descendants wrote in his will that he wanted his farm left to the devil. The courts were dumbfounded by his request. They finally decided to carry out the farmer’s request by permitting briars and weeds to take over the farmland and allow the buildings to go unpainted and deteriorate and erosion to wash the soil away. The court declared in its ruling, “The best way to let the devil have possession of anything is to do nothing”

The paralysis of analysis

The second law of thermodynamics tells us that all things left to themselves deteriorate and fall into entropy. Everything unattended goes downward, never upward. Does your body get healthier with age? Is your sight generally better at 60 than at 20? If that principle works physically would it not also work in every other area of your life?

Losers let it happen; winners make it happen!

When on April 14, 1912, the signals of distress pierced the dark night of the North Atlantic in all directions from the Titanic, the S.S. Californian was nearest to the scene of the accident.  It would have required only about one and a half hours under forced draft for the Californian to have reached the Titanic.  (This was acknowledged by the commanding officer during the subsequent investigation in Washington.)  Still the Californian never reached the place where the Titanic sank. "Why did you not sail to the scene of the accident when the wireless reached you?" inquired Senator William Smith of Michigan at the investigation. The officer shifted uncomfortably in the witness chair. "We feared icebergs and were lying motionless.  For this reason we had banked our fires and had no steam up." Such was the explanation given as to why the Californian, which could have reached the Titanic before it sank, never got there and never rescued a single soul. No fire, no power, no one rescued!

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely - Sherlock Holmes

I don’t like these cold, precise, perfect people who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, in order not to do wrong, never do anything - Henry Ward Beecher

“What’s life’s heaviest burden to carry?” The old man answered, “Having nothing to carry”

Mike Murdock said he brought in six multi-millionaires to teach finances for three days. Those complaining the most about their finances didn’t bother to attend the 21 hours of teaching though many lived less than five minutes away

Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over by just sitting there

Are you waiting on God, or is He waiting on you?

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy - Dale Carnegie

There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction - John F. Kennedy

INCOMPETENCE

My analysis…led me to formulate the Peter Principle: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence - Laurence J. Peter

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few - George Bernard Shaw

The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence...sort of like the Post Office with tanks - Emo Phillips

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence - Elbert Hubbard

Every clique is a refuge for incompetence. It fosters corruption and disloyalty, it begets cowardice, and consequently is a burden upon and a drawback to the progress of the country. Its instincts and actions are those of the pack - Madam Chiang Kai-Shek

Incompetence - When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do - Larry Kersten

INDIFFERENCE

Apathy is the biggest problem in America, but it seems that no one cares

Only dead fish drift with the stream - Malcolm Muggeridge

What you permit, you promote

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime

Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run - Bliss Carman

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference - Elie Wiesel

The horrors which we have seen, and the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untamable people are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile people - George Bernanos

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity - George Bernard Shaw

First they came for the Jews. I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me - Martin Niemoller

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral - Paulo Freire

Before water generates steam, it must register 212 of heat; 200 will not do it. The water must boil to generate enough steam to move an engine. Lukewarm water will not run anything

We used to feel like traveling on, now most just feel like settling down

INDUSTRY

The used key is always bright - Ben Franklin

He who fiddles around seldom gets to lead the orchestra

Every morning when the sun comes up, a gazelle wakes. He knows that he must outrun the fastest lion or he will be eaten. When the sun comes up, the lion wakes. He knows that he must outrun the slowest gazelle, or he will starve. In the end it doesn't matter whether you are a lion or gazelle; when the sun comes up, you better be running

They had to nail Jesus down to keep Him from doing more

INFERIORITY

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt

I would rather have an inferiority complex and be pleasantly surprised, than have a superiority complex and be rudely awakened - Vanna Bonta

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition - Caesar Pavese

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior - Henry C. Link

I would rather have an inferiority complex and be pleasantly surprised, than have a superiority complex and be rudely awakened - Vanna Bonta

INFLUENCE

Food doesn’t change the taste of salt; salt changes the taste of food

Influence and power aren’t the same. Lot had influence but Abraham had power, Saul had influence but David had power, Ahab and Jezebel had influence but Elijah had power, Nicodemus had influence but Jesus had power!

A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives - Jackie Robinson

The important thing to remember is that if you don't have that inspired enthusiasm that is contagious; whatever you do have is also contagious - Danny Cox

Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man - Thomas Alva Edison

INTEGRITY

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us - Ralph Emerson

Ability takes you to the top, integrity keeps you at the top

What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you are saying to the contrary - Ralph Emerson

Too often we try to be a human doing before we are a human being. We have to BE before we can DO and we have to DO before we can HAVE

What people need is not a motto to say but a model to see

Mae West talked about the girl that climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong

Are you familiar with the little one or two page gospel tracts? There are some who will read our tracts but all will watch our tracks

When at first we practice to deceive we find our kids are not naïve!

The copy adapts himself to the world, the original adapts the world to himself - John Mason

Image is external, integrity is internal. Image is what they see, integrity is what God knows

Joseph was willing to lose a good coat to save a good conscience

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

For thirty shekels of silver Judas didn’t sell out Jesus, Judas sold himself

A man must put restraints on his own lusts and appetites. A train only has freedom when it remains on the tracks. Jump the tracks and all freedom become derailed chaos

When wealth is lost nothing is lost, when health is lost something is lost, when character is lost all is lost

The world is not persuaded by literature, logic or learning, but by LIFE - a life representing Jesus Christ

Why is it that America has an affection for supermodels but not role models?

The only difference between politics and baseball is in baseball when you get caught stealing, you’re out!

He errs, as other men do, but he errs with integrity - Benjamin Franklin (speaking of George Washington)

Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really are - John Maxwell

For thirty shekels of silver, Judas sold himself, not Christ

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what I light I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong - Abraham Lincoln

Integrity is one of several paths. It distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path, and the only one upon which you will never get lost - M.H. McKee

He is most cheated who cheats himself - Leonard Drozd

First, human being then human doing then human having

My life is my argument - Albert Schweitzer

One news reporter tried to justify Gary Hart’s peccadilloes by saying, “Boys will be boys”, to which candidate Ronald Reagan replied, “Boys will be boys, but they will never be president”  

INTELLIGENCE

It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time, and this should help get you started.: During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criteria was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub." "Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup. "No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"

I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic - Lisa Alther

I have always been among those who believe that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking - Woodrow Wilson

Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties - James Monroe, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1817

Light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak? - Steven Wright

I wish there was some way to turn down the stupidity on tv. There's a knob called 'brightness,' but that doesn't work

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence - H.L. Mencken

Junior was being chided for his low grades. Little Robert, who lived a few doors away, was held up as an example. "Robert doesn't get C's and D's does he?" asked his father. "No," Junior admitted, "but he's different. He has very bright parents - Jacob M. Braude

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function - F. Scott Fitzgerald

He must be very ignorant because he answers every question that he is asked - Voltaire

You can be right and not bright - Mike Murdock

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand - Bertrand Russell

Smooth runs the water where the brook runs deep - Shakespeare

INTELLECTUALISM

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows - Dwight D. Eisenhower

INTIMACY

God does not have any favorites but He does have many intimates

If you are right with God you will be tight with God

Hal Holbrook spends three and a half hours getting into Mark Twain’s makeup, but he spent thirteen years getting into Twain’s psyche. Likewise, a Christian can prepare a talk about Jesus in three and a half hours but it takes a lifetime to get into Jesus’ psyche

The brass altar is on the outside. The golden altar is inside. You have to move inside to the place of intimacy with God before you can truly come to know the “beauty of the Lord”

According to Genesis chapters one and two communion comes before dominion

Do we prize fellowship ABOUT God more than fellowship WITH God?

When we live in the heights with God we can come down to the valleys with men and say, “Thus saith the Lord”

God alone sees the heart and the heart alone sees God

ISOLATION

The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps - Charles H. Parkhurst

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