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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



"Know your enemy," is a phrase probably derived from the Art of War, written in the second century B.C. by Chinese strategist Sun-Tzu. He wrote that "one who knows neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated in every engagement"

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind...And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar - William Shakespeare

Health officials respond to plagues by isolation and eradication. Their objective is not only to control the spread of a disease, but also to kill it so it won't infect others. If that is an effective method for combating a plague, why is it not also a good strategy for combating the islamofascist plague? - Cal Thomas

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender - Winston Churchill

A truly successful army is one that, because of its strength and ability and dedication, will not be called upon to fight, for no one will dare to provoke it - Ronald Reagan

The most fundamental paradox is that, if we're never to use force, we must be prepared to use it and to use it successfully. We Americans don't want war, and we don't start fights. We don't maintain a strong military force to conquer or coerce others. The purpose of our military is simple and straightforward:  We want to prevent war by deterring others from the aggression that causes war. If our efforts are successful, we will have peace and never be forced into battle. There will never be a need to fire a single shot. That's the paradox of deterrence - Ronald Reagan

Nations do not distrust each other because they are armed. They are armed because they distrust each other - Ronald Reagan

In war there is no substitute for victory! - Douglas MacArthur

Three military needs according to Ollie North: Readiness, Recruitment and Retention

In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will - Winston Churchill

If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves - Winston Churchill

War doesn’t determine who is right, only who is left

WARFARE (Spiritual)

Battles are thought out before they are fought out

Yes you’ll have to fight the devil to live fore God but you’d have to fight God to live for the devil. Which is harder?

Bobby Leach, an Englishman, startled the world some years ago by his daring feat of going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He came through the experience miraculously unscratched. Some time later, Leach was walking down the street and slipped on a small orange peel. He was rushed to the hospital with a badly fractured leg. Believers are more frequently brought down by a minor skirmish than by a major battle

The World - our external enemy
The Flesh - our internal enemy
The Devil - our infernal enemy
Sin - our eternal enemy

Freedom is never given voluntarily by the Oppressor. It must be demanded. Pharaoh didn’t give up until divine power was posed against him

The devil needs exposed, opposed then deposed

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was a commissioned naval officer during World War II. In August 1943, the patrol torpedo boat he commanded, PT 109, was rammed and sunk by an enemy destroyer near the Japanese-held Solomon Islands. Kennedy and a fellow officer swam from one enemy-occupied island to the next until they found some friendly islanders who helped them get a message to U.S. forces. Years later, Kennedy was regarded as a war hero. His response: "It was involuntary. They sank my boat” - Ray Stedman (we are in the battle involuntarily)

We overcome the devil with the name of Jesus on our lips and the nature of Jesus in our lives

A city-wide war will require a city-wide church - Francis Frangipane

Each believer is a member of an occupational force which has one principal purpose: to enforce the victory of Calvary - Jack Hayford

Snares are seasonal, darts are daily - Perry Stone

The only "good" fight is a fight that we win. Paul called it the "good fight of faith" (1 Tim 6:12) because we are expected to win it


Never complain about things being too luxurious. The padded seat you are on could be done away with. You could be sitting on the floor. Air-conditioning used to a luxury for the super rich. That is all relative. God can pay for the electric bill on a big house as easily as a small one

The very poor live day to day, the poor live week to week, the middle class lives month to month, the rich live year to year and the very rich live decade to decade

The real measure of our wealth is how much we would be worth if we lost all our money - John Henry Jowett

John D. Rockefeller told everyone - “God has made me rich”. He was worth in his time the equivalent of $320 billion today

When you increase wisdom you increase wealth - Mike Murdock

Wealth, if you got to get it you ain’t got it, but if you can create it you’ve already got it, because it is within you - Mark Chirrona

We have to get rid of this preacher’s discount mentality. They ought to charge us more than everyone else. We want others to prosper. Why shouldn’t it be at our expense?

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has - Henry Ward Beecher


Midwinter note to the weather bureau - “Have just shoveled two feet of partly cloudy off of my driveway”


Champions aren’t made in a gym; champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire; a dream; a vision. They have to have last minute stamina. They have to be a little faster. They have to have the skill and the will, but the will must be stronger than the skill - Mohammed Ali


The Devil instigates things, God orchestrates things

When you are operating in your assignment you have no competition. Only you can fill that role - Mike Murdock

People say that the will of God is always done, when in fact, the will of God is seldom done

It appears that God has three wills - 1) His Perfect Will - because we were created perfect, 2) His Circumstantial Will - because we are flawed, 3) His Ultimate Will - because we are redeemed

If you know God’s “will” then other men’s “won’t” doesn’t matter

It is not “Thy will be changed”, but “Thy will be done” - William Barclay


Losers let things happen - winners make things happen

Losers visualize the penalties of failures. Winners visualize the rewards of success - Rob Gilbert

Everyone in this house is a winner. You won the ultimate match, winning the sperm race, beating 50,000 others – Jack Canfield

You don’t win by making the good play, you win by not making a bunch of bad plays - Lou Holtz

Why live in “Lose-iana” when you could live in “Win-iana”?

Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing - Ed Foreman (only person elected to Congress from two different states)

Winners find ways to make things work, losers make excuses why things don’t work

I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page, nothing but man’s failures - Earl Warren

Not everyone can win the blue ribbon but everyone can win. We are not winners by comparing ourselves against others but by how we score against ourselves

You were born to win, but you were conditioned to lose

Not everyone can win the blue ribbon but everyone can win. We are not winners by comparing ourselves against others but rather how we scored against ourselves

Winners are ex-losers that got mad - Van Crouch

The guy that gets up one more time than he falls down is the guy that wins - John Hagee

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

Do you consider yourself about “average”? Remember that average is a combination of the best of the worst and the worst of the best - not much to brag about

Average is considered outstanding to average people but it will never suffice for people of faith. John Mason speaks of “an enemy called average”

Many people have heard opportunity knock at the door but by the time they got up off the recliner, shut off the TV, unhooked the chain, unbolted the deadbolt and decoded the alarm system, the opportunity was gone

The only difference between a groove and a grave is the depth. People who are always in the “same old groove” are literally in the same old grave. It’s resurrection time

Winners have mastered the art of self-discovery, self-development, self-denial, self-discipline and self-determination

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? - Vincent Lombardi

The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost – George Schultz

The first key to winning is don’t beat yourself

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing - Vince Lombardi

It used to be a given, a saying in the industry: Don't ever bid against Rupert Murdoch for anything Rupert wants, because if you win you lose. You will have paid way too much - John Malone

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win - Sun Tzu

Winning is the science of being totally prepared - George Allen

To finish first you must first finish - Rick Mears

“It was Father's Day, 1964, when the Phillies' Jim Bunning, a father of seven, took the mound against the Mets. Ninety pitches later, Bunning had struck out 10 and allowed not one batter to reach first base. Twenty-seven up, 27 down. The first perfect game in 86 years in the National League” - Pat Buchanan

Perfect games are few and far between but they are possible. Aim for the best

Always remember, however sure you are that you could easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think he also had a chance - Winston Churchill


Getting a miracle is like getting a loaf of bread. Getting wisdom is like owning the bakery

From the example of the past, the man of the present acts prudently so as not to imperil the future - Titian

I once heard of a mental hospital that had devised an unusual test to determine when patients were ready to go back into the world. They brought candidates for release into a room where a tap was turned on, sending water pouring out over the floor. Next they handed the patient a mop and told him to mop up the water. If the patient had a firm enough grasp of reality to turn off the tap before mopping up the water, he was ready to go out into society. But if he started mopping up the water without turning off the tap, they knew that more treatment was needed - Ray Stedman

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials - Lin Yutang

There are four kinds of people:
Those who know not, and know not that they know not - these are foolish.
Those who know not, and know that they know not - these are simple, and should be instructed,
Those who know, and know not that they know - these are asleep; wake them.
Those who know, and know that they know-– these are wise; listen to them - Arab Philosopher

We owe almost all of our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed - Charles Cotton

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts - Sign hanging in Albert Einstein's office at Princeton.

Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech - Evangel

Guts are important. Your guts are what digest things. But it is your brains that tell you which things to swallow and which not to swallow - Austin Dacey

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace – Helen Keller

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life - Immanuel Kant

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification - Martin Fischer

Guy said, “I ran out of gas and the person who stopped to help me was a sinner and I got to witness to him so I know God wanted me to run out of gas”. Yea, but the tenant of the Exxon station two miles back was also a sinner. Couldn’t he have witnessed to him as easily? - Mike Murdock

Some people are wise, others are otherwise

A wise man learns by the experience of others, an ordinary man learns by his own experience, a fool doesn’t learn by either

Wisdom teeth are what develop when you bite off more than you can chew

If wisdom’s ways, you’d wisely see, five things observe with care…
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how and why and where

Horse sense is having the ability to say nay

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad


We are witnesses, not DAs or judges

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it

There are two kinds of light: the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures - James Thurber.


Could you imagine how much advice God would have gotten had He created woman before man!

Horse-sense keeps wives from becoming nags


Abusive words (mean), abrasive words (cutting), coercive words (manipulative), divisive words (discordant), impressive words (flattering), depressive words (darkening), flirtive words (inappropriate), invective words (riotous), diminutive words (belittling), negative words (discouraging)

If your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how and when and where

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day - Emily Dickinson

Eating words has never given me indigestion - Winston Churchill

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all - Winston Churchill

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous - Ingrid Bergman

Sarcasm is barbed ire

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence - Ben Franklin

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug - Mark Twain

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment - Ira Gassen

Language has three important uses--it expresses thought, conceals thought, and takes the place of thought

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn - Robert Southey

Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about things, small minds talk about people

The kindest word is the unkind word unsaid - Mike Murdock


The Lord has given us two ends, they have a common link,
For with the bottom end we sit, and with the top we think,
Success in life depends upon which end you choose to use,
You’ll soon discover this my friend, heads you win and tails you lose!

If you are wearing out the seat of your pants before you do your shoe soles, you’re making too many contacts in the wrong place

Some people quit looking for work once they find a job

Do you need a helping hand? There is one at the end of your arm

In the beginning God created. The first verse of the Bible pictures God busily at work.

Under-promise, Over-produce - Denny Hastert, Speaker of House

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it - Emerson

Too many have quit searching for the secret to success because they feel that secret might be hard work

Shallow men believe in luck - Emerson

Burke Hedges claims that 80% of first time heart attacks occur between 8-10 AM Mondays. People would rather die than go back to work

Don’t spend a dollar’s worth of time on ten cents worth of results

J.O.B. - Just Over Broke!

A reporter once asked Pope John XXIII, "How many people work here in the Vatican?" to which the dear, old Pope answered, "Oh, about half, I guess."

A minister was talking to a professing Christian and asked him if he was active in a local church. The man responded, "No, but the dying thief wasn't active in a church and yet he was still accepted." The minister then asked if he had been baptized. The man responded, "The dying thief was not baptized and he still made it into heaven." The minister then asked if he had partaken of the Lord's Table. The man responded, "No, but the dying thief didn't either, and Christ still received him." The minister then commented: "The only difference between you and the dying thief is that he was dying in his belief and you are dead in yours"

The word “work” appears 564 times in the Bible

The founder of Holiday Inns said that all you have to do to succeed in life is work half-days, six days a week, and it doesn’t matter which half you work, the first twelve hours or the second

Organize or you will agonize. It’s not how hard you work but how smart you work that counts. Choose or you will lose. Evaluate or you will stalemate

A man may walk in his sleep be he never works in his sleep. It’s time to wake up

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work - Aristotle

Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place - Hal Lancaster

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up - Ogden Nash

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all - Sam Ewing

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need - Voltaire

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration - Thomas Edison

We need fewer architects and more bricklayers - Colleen Barrett

The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I think the best possible social program is a job - Ronald Reagan

None of the secrets of success will work unless you do - John Mason

Learn how to make a job, not just take a job

The difference between a job and a career is the difference between 40 and 60 hours a week - Robert Frost

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. My desk is a work station

Do you think that being black entitles you to a lifetime supply of get out of jail free cards, and a double lifetime supply of community chest cards?

WORKS (deeds)

William Booth founder of the Salvation Army made the interesting statement that...Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again, until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other

Be doers not hearers, practitioners not theorists

You are writing a Gospel, A chapter each day,
By the deeds that you do, And the words that you say.
Men read what you write, Whether faithful or true:
Just what is the Gospel, According to you?

An injury graves itself in metal, but a benefit writes itself in water - Francis Beaumont

Anything done for another is done for oneself - Pope Boniface VIII

Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words and kind deeds - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All men are alike in their promises; it is only in their deeds that they differ - Moliere


"Citizen of the world" and "global citizenship" are, strictly speaking, nonsense. Citizenship is defined by legal and loyalty attachments to a particular political entity with a distinctive regime and culture. Neither the world nor the globe is such an entity

What is the truest definition of globalization? Answer: Princess Diana’s death. Question: Why? Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel riding a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian, drunk with Scottish whiskey, followed closely by Italian paparazzi on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines. This article comes to you from a computer used by an Indian, by way of American Bill Gate’s technology with Taiwanese computer chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian truck drivers, hijacked by Indonesians and unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen - T. Valson Abraham


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

The world is a pigpen while the church is a playpen

We believe in separation of church and state, but we wish that Christians would become equally concerned about separation of the church and the world - Vance Havner

The devil accomplishes more by joining churches than by fighting them - Vance Havner


A hundred pounds of worry won’t pay for an ounce of debt

Worry constructively - think of all the things that could go right!

For “F’s” for facing life - Fret not, Fear not, Forget not, Faint not

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength - Corrie Ten Boom

“How in the world do you think…?” We’re not of the world so it doesn’t matter how in the world something is going to be done.

“Take not thought, saying” (Mat 6:31) - worries become words

Today’s world in three words - hurry, worry, bury

Don’t worry about your family. God told Pastor Keith Moore - “You take care of my family and I’ll take care of your family”

Worry is a man with bended head, carrying a load of feathers which he thinks is lead

Said the robin to the sparrow, “I should really like to know, why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so?” Said the sparrow to the robin, “Friend, I think that it must be, that they have no heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me”

Preacher said that 90% of the things we worry about never happened. Someone in the back hollered, “So then it does help!”

Worry is interest paid on something you may never own

Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere

The worry cow could have lived till now, If she only had saved her breath,
She feared the hay wouldn’t last the day, so she starved herself to death

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday

You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time - Pat Schroeder

Anything that you nurse grows bigger - same with worries

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today - E. Joseph Cossman

I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time - Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow - Swedish Proverb

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears - Montaigne

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist - Edgar Watson Howe

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen - Pliny the Younger

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night

Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff - Robert Eliot

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable - Theodore N. Vail

No man gets very far pacing the floor

A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem - Harold Stephens

Worry is fear that has unpacked its bags and signed a long-term lease - John Ortberg

Nothing will come of nothing - Shakespeare


Some don’t come seeking Salvation, they come seeking Sal Johnson - Jerry Haynes

A single word can enshrine a wealth of worship, as when the word Rabboni fell from Mary’s lips - J. Oswald Sanders

The man doesn’t pump the fountain - the fountain pumps the man

Faith is the cure for fear, worship the cure for worry, praise the cure for pressure, singing the cure for sorrowing

Revival is a matter of Chronology - the preparation must be right, Theology - the preaching must be right, and Doxology - the praising must be right

When the devil turns up the pressure we need to turn up the praise

Here’s something I’ve learned about worship - we come tired, we leave inspired!

When the praises go up the presence comes down

Hero worship is zero worship - Tommy Tenney

He didn’t say to fake a joyful noise but to make a joyful noise to the Lord

Soul music is not an external color but an internal condition

I like what Ernestine Cleveland Reems said of her youthful days in the black churches - “we had more church accidentally than most folks have on purpose”

There is idol worship, idle worship and ideal worship

The Word encourages us to raise our hands in praise. When in grade school the teacher said that if you have the answer, raise your hand. How many of you have found the answer? And the Sure antiperspirant commercial says to “Raise your hands if you’re sure!” How many of you are sure?

Worship excites the believer, extols the Lord then extends the church

When your work-mate takes a cigarette break you need to take a praise break. If they can cuss Him then you ought to be able to praise Him

Ever see the teenager with his speakers blaring, stopped at the stoplight and really “getting’ down”? Well, if he can get down what would be wrong with we Christians “getting’ up”?

It is possible to spend so much time tuning the instruments that you never get around to playing the song. Yes, we need to be polished but we should never miss the blessing of simple worship. God isn’t after our polish, He’s after our praise

Where are all the worshipers? It’s tragic when the preacher waxes eloquent only to varnish vacant pews. I would rather see wall to wall worshipers than wall to wall wood

Prayer is preoccupation with our needs, praise is preoccupation with our blessings, worship is preoccupation with our God

It was like they were having Pentecostal American Idol. I thought I had died and gone to Hee-Haw - Tim Hill

To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God - William Temple

Don't allow your situation to change your worship, let your worship change your situation - Geron Davis


The Hindenburg was a German airship that arrived in America on May 6, 1937, after cruising across the Atlantic. It was coming in for a landing at an airfield in New Jersey at 7:25 at night, and it was a thrilling sight, three football fields in length, held aloft by 7 million cubit feet of hydrogen. It could fly 84 miles an hour. It was luxurious, with a dining salon, lounges, and staterooms. Gigantic Nazi swastikas were painted on its tail fins. Hundreds of people gathered to watch it land. Suddenly a lapping tongue of fire appeared near the stern, and within a few seconds the Hindenburg exploded in a huge ball of fire, falling tail first with flames shooting out the nose. In one moment, the wonder and excitement and beauty was turned to fire and terror and destruction. Without Christ all of us are passengers aboard the Hindenburg. We may be enjoying ourselves to the fullest, but we don’t realize that the next moment is going to bring us to judgment for without Christ we remain "children of wrath"

Sodom became a pile of soot, Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt

It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It’s more fearful to fall out of those hands - Robert Louis Stevenson

If a rabid dog were loose in your neighborhood wouldn’t you want me to tell you? If a tornado was headed for your community would you want someone to warn you? If a smallpox or polio epidemic was taking lives on your block would you not want to be told? Then should I not warn you to “flee the wrath to come”? - R.G. Lee


The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them - Raymond Chandler

All words are pegs to hang ideas on - Henry Ward Beecher

Learning to write is learning to think. You don’t know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing - Senator S. I. Hayakawa

A small drop of ink makes thousands, perhaps millions think - Lord Byron in epic poem Don Juan

It is a shameful and unseemly thing to think one thing and do another, but how odious to write one thing and think another - Seneca

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