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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



I’m glad Mary didn’t say, “Sorry, I don’t do virgin births”. I’m glad Noah didn’t say, “I don’t like boats”

Any act of obedience shortens the distance to your miracle - Mike Murdock

Obedience to the will of God gives wings not chains - Warren Wiersbe

Bible promises are in seed form. Bible doctrines are in creed form. Bible obedience is in deed form

As speedily as possible we try to get rid of a servant who is habitually disobedient. But that a child of God should be disobedient every day is not regarded as anything extraordinary - Andrew Murray

Obedience is possible. The thought of a demand which man cannot possibly cuts at the very root of true hope and strength. The secret thought “No man can obey God” throws thousands back into the Old Covenant life and into a false peace that God does not expect more than that we do our best - Andrew Murray


You can see yourself as super-annuated or as super-animated!

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams - John Barrymore

The heavy metal age - when there’s gold in your teeth, silver in your hair and lead in your pants

Old age - when the only thing you can sink your teeth into is a glass

There are four ages of man:
(1) When you believe in Santa Claus.
(2) When you don't believe in Santa Claus.
(3) When you are Santa Claus.
(4) When you look like Santa Claus.

Childhood: the time in life when you make funny faces in the mirror. Middle age: the time of life when the mirror gets even

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The woman who tells her age either is too young to have anything to lose or else too old to have anything to gain

The ten best years in a woman’s life are between 29 and 30

Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying - Ronald Reagan

Old age is mind over matter; if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter - Satchel Paige

Relish love in our old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating! - Leo Buscaglia

Beautiful young people are acts of nature but beautiful old people are works of art

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old - you grow old because you stop laughing

You know you are old when a night out requires a day in, when you bend over to tie your shoelaces and ask, “What else can I do while I’m down here?”, your children look middle-aged, you know all the answers but nobody asks you any questions, your knees buckle but your belt won’t, you have to get the rocking chair going before you sit down in it, you burn the midnight oil all the way to 9 PM, your back goes out more often than you do, the little gray-haired lady you helped across the street was your wife, you sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there, everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

We senior saints have a tendency to react instead of respond, talk instead of listen, and to build walls instead of bridges - Warren Wiersbe

A young person knows the rules, but the old person knows the exceptions

Few things are more pathetic than the sight of an old man shuffling his walker out of his garage to get into a new Corvette - TD Jakes

At age  4  success is not peeing in your pants
At age 12 success is having friends
At age 16 success is having a drivers license
At age 20 success is having a girlfriend that thinks you a really good looking
At age 35 success is having money
At age 50 success is having money
At age 60 success is having a girlfriend that thinks you are really good looking
A t age 70 success is having a drivers license
At age 75 success is having friends
At age 80 success is not peeing in your pants

An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into.  She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried. The dispatcher said, "Stay calm.  An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in. "Disregard," he says. "She got in the back-seat by mistake"

Three sisters ages 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96 year old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?" The 94 year old yells back, "I don't know.  I'll come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses, "Was I going up the stairs or down?" The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood." She then yells, "I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door"

Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, "Windy, isn't it?" "No," the second man replied, "it's Thursday." And the third man chimed in, "So am I. Let's have a Coke"

Old age is bifocals, bridges, bulges, baldness and bunions

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!" He said, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"

Victor Hugo’s friend lamented turning fifty. Hugo said “You should rejoice, my friend, that you have escaped the forties which is the old age of youth and have at last reached the fifties, which is the youth of old age”

Better to be over the hill than under the hill

How can I be over the hill when I haven’t even got to the top yet?

“Will you love me when I’m old and gray?” asked the wife. “Why not, I’ve loved you through five other hair colors”, answered the man

Old age is the price we pay for not dying young - Robert Schuller

Hope you live to be 100 and the last voice you hear is mine - Frank Sinatra

Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young - Oscar Wilde

Hope writes the poetry of the boy, but memory that of the man. Man looks forward with smiles, but backward with sighs...The cup of life is sweetest at the brim, the flavor is impaired as we drink deeper, and the dregs are made bitter that we may not struggle when it is taken from us - A. Monod


Gentlemen, we are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities - Pogo

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the one you miss.

To young men who are looking for an opportunity and who complain there is no opening for them, permit me to say this: ‘Go where the poor and the under-privileged are. They will be glad to hear you. When you have learned to bless them, others will be calling for your services. Don't wait for opportunity to come walking up to you. Go to meet it - Gordon Lindsay

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work -Thomas Edison

The sign on the door of opportunity reads PUSH.

Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter - B. C. Forbes

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers - Walter Chrysler

An optimist sees and opportunity in every calamity. A pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.

Opportunity comes from the old Latin words ob porter which signified a ship waiting outside the port, anticipating a high tide to ride on to the shore

It doesn’t take a lot of keys to start your car, just the right key

People who stand tall are the first ones to spot opportunities - Robert Schuller

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission - a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment he finds greatness. It is his finest hour - Winston Churchill

Shoe salesman sent to remote island, saw that none of the islanders wore shoes, wrote back to the office, “I’m leaving tomorrow, no one here wears shoes”. A second salesman sent there wrote back, “Send me all the shoes you can, I’ve never seen such opportunity before”

Do what you can with what you have where you are - Theodore Roosevelt

I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it - Jonathan Winters


No one ever developed eye strain looking on the bright side of things.

I was forced to go to a positive thinking seminar. I couldn't stand it. I went out into the parking lot and let half the air out of everybody's tires. As they came out, I said, "So…are your tires half full or half empty? - Christian comedian Adam Christing

Outlook determines outcome - Warren Wiersbe

An optimist looks at a glass and says it is half full. A pessimist looks at that same glass and says it is half empty. An engineer looks at the glass and says it is twice as big as it needs to be

The last four letters in the word American is “I CAN” (as well as Republican)

Be a Possibilitarian - Norman Vincent Peele

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are - Anais Nin

Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw mud, one saw stars

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine - Emerson

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up - Les Brown

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar - Helen Keller

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead - Robert Brault

Positive anything is better than negative nothing - Elbert Hubbard

Optimism invented the airplane - pessimism invented the parachute

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties - Harry Truman

A pessimist has no starter - an optimist has no brakes

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the leader sets his sails accordingly

I am not a has-been, I am a will be - Loren McCall

Change your thinking from TGIF to TGIT - Thank God it’s today! David said, “This is the day the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psa 118:24)

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition

When they go to run you out of town get out in front of them so people will think it’s a parade in your honor - C.M. Ward

If you’re going to step up to the plate at least take a full swing. No one ever hit a homerun by taking a bunt

Don’t listen to the noise of the nagatives. Einstein stated that it takes 11 correct inputs to counteract 1 negative or incorrect input

If someone walked into your living room and dumped their wastebasket garbage on your clean white carpet you would throw them out on their ear. Why is it that many will let negative people dump their junk every day upon their innocent minds?

An optimist opts for the optimum in every opportunity

An optimist looks at an oyster and expects to find a pearl; a pessimist looks at an oyster and expects to get ptomaine poisoning - Barbara Johnson

If I have inside me the stuff to make cocoons, maybe the stuff of butterflies is there too - Trina Paulus

Forget the rabbit habit, THINK MINK! - Mary Crowley of Home Interior Decorators

THINK PINK! - Mary Kay Ash

Add this one - when a guy has a wreck they call in a wrecker. He already has a wreck so he sure doesn’t need to compound his dilemma

A positive attitude won’t allow you to ANYTHING but it will allow you to do EVERYTHING better - Maxwell

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties - Harry Truman

The sun shines not on us but in us - John Muir


The police are not here to create disorder. They’re here to preserve disorder - Mayor Richard Daley, ’68 Democratic Convention

God made it to where we feel pleasure when we create order. Clean up your room and you feel good about it


Originality is the art of concealing your source - Thomas Edison

As John Doe someone once I occasionally I always say

Some of my best thinking has been done by others

Imitation is limitation - John Mason

If God had wanted you otherwise He would have created you otherwise - Goethe

Be what you are. This is the first step in becoming better than you are - Julius Hare

You were born an original; don’t die a copy - John Mason

My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier you’ll become a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope”. Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso - Pablo Picasso


You can’t spell “brothers” without others

Others Lord, yes others, let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others, that I might live like Thee

Before Jesus thought of Himself on the cross He had prayed for others (Father forgive them), served others (Woman, behold thy son) and ministered to others (Today you will be with me in paradise)

Telegram from General Booth to a convention he was not able to attend, “Dear delegates: Others” - signed General William Booth

If you’re not your brother’s keeper, you are your brother’s killer/ Cain and Abel

The entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others - John Andrew Holmes

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