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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 1/115

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ABILITY

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test - Elbert Hubbard

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do - Marden

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it - Lou Holtz

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious - Albert Einstein

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that - Von Goethe

If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly, like a millionaire intent on going broke - Brenda Francis

What you were born for you were also built for

More scarce than ability is the ability to recognize ability

ABORTION

RU-486 is human pesticide - Pat Buchanan

I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born - Ronald Reagan

Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive

If it isn't a baby, then you aren't pregnant, so what are you aborting?

More babies have died by abortion since 1973 than the combined populations of NYC, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas, St. Louis and Atlanta (a fifteen year-old statistic)

Children today are facing abortion, abuse and abandonment

Roe v. Wade - was that the decision Washington had to make before crossing the Potomac?

Abortion, infanticide and euthanasia are al dominoes in a line. Abortion has fallen, infanticide is tottering and euthanasia is braced for the fall

ACCOUNTABILITY

Uzzah was struck dead for touching the Ark, Ahio wasn’t. Why? Because Uzzah was a preacher and knew better

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions - Ronald Reagan

ACHEIVEMENT

There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened - Mary Kay Ash

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

Who will win the war? The general answered, “The army that advances”

Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently - William Arthur Ward

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability - John Wooden

ACTION

I learned early on that I missed 100% of the shots I didn’t take - Wayne Gretzky

Be an all-out, not a hold-out - Norman Vincent Peale

If you don’t start where you are you will stay where you are - Keith Moore

Fate knows where you are going, but it is up to you to drive there - Michelle Keesling

Just do it! - Nike ad

Live in action, not in traction

We are to live in the active, not passive; 1st person, not 2nd person; in the indicative mood, not the subjective mood; in the present tense, not the past or future tense

Is yours an applied Christianity or an implied Christianity?

You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind – Irish Proverb

Get light on it then get right on it!

You’re more likely to act your way into a feeling than feel your way into acting - Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner

You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great

Words on headstone in Switzerland cemetery where many climbers have been buried - “He died climbing!” Not making excuses, pouting or quitting…he died climbing

If I lectured you all morning on swimming would you be a better swimmer when I finished? No, to swim you have to swim - Jack Canfield

The universe rewards action - Jack Canfield

Allow motion to equal emotion - Elbert Hubbard

Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down

Think like a man of action; act like a man of thought - Henri-Louis Bergson/ 1927 Nobel Prize winner in literature

A father was asked what his career student son would be when he finally graduated. Dad said, “A very old man”

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little - Edmund Burke

Guy looked at beautiful farm with fine fences, barns and lush fields grazed with stock. “God’s really blessed you with a nice place”. “Perhaps so”, said the farmer having worker hard to build it, “but you should have seen the place when He had it by himself”.

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can - John Wesley

Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Don’t stand shivering on the bank, dive in and get it over with

God does business with those that do business - Adrian Rogers

You can’t steal second base if you keep your foot on first

The best way you can predict your future is to create it - Steven Covey

You will never win if you never begin - Robert Schuller

Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was - Richard Evans

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

Well done is better than well said - Benjamin Franklin

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do - Johann Wolfgan von Goethe

I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history - Al Oerter

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand - Thomas Carlyle

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs - Frederick Douglass

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin; a grass blade’s no easier to make than an oak - James Russell Lowell

The only good thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good man to do nothing - Edmund Burke

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do - Henry Ford

We live in deeds, not years,
In thoughts, not breaths,
In feelings, not figures on a dial.
He lives most who lives the best,
Lives more in weeks than in years do some,
Where fat blood sleeps along its veins

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do - Edward Everett Hale

A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow - George Patton

Whatever lot life gives you, build something on it!

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied - Arnold Glasgow

The right angle to approach your problems is the try-angle

Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them

There must be more shooting and less shouting; fewer words and more real work - Theodore Roosevelt

Vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare

Act your way into a new way of feeling, not feel your way into a new way of acting

Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up.  It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle.  When the sun comes up in the morning, you had better be running - Unknown

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought - Henri Bergson

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails - St. Augustine

What may be done at any time will be done at no time - Scottish Proverb

If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them - Zig Ziglar

I am a verb - Ulysses S. Grant

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step - Lao Tzu

If you want to know your past - look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future - look into your present actions - Chinese Proverb

Let him who would move the world, first move himself - Socrates

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly - Robert Schuller

Some just grin and bear it, others do it and just grin

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction - Bill Gates

Don’t stare up the steps; step up the stairs - Zig Ziglar

To make a splash in life you have to dive in

Are you making dust or eating dust? - Bill Grant

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action - Frank Tibolt

Don’t leave up to the Lord what He has left up to you

The only way to start is to start

God is a verb - Buckminster Fuller

Lead, follow or get out of the way

ADAPTABILITY

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people - George Bernard Shaw

We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided - Alexander Hamilton

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile - Indian Proverb

ADVENTURE

It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Walt Disney

The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier - Howard Macey

That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind - Neil Armstrong. First words spoken by a man walking on the moon, 20 July 1969

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do...Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain

The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore...unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible...it is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors...to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown - Ferdinand Magellan, Explorer

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing - Helen Keller

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered - G.K. Chesterton

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle

It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her - Ernest Hemmingway

Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance? - Frank Colby

Beware of those who stand aloof,
And greet each venture with reproof,
The world would stop if things were run,
By men who say, “It can’t be done” - unknown

640k ought to be enough for anybody - Bill Gates, 1981

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us - Western Union internal memo, 1876

ADVERSITY

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much - Mother Teresa

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

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs - Henry Ford

Afflictions may test me, they cannot destroy; one glimpse of Thy love, turns them all into joy - Willett

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records - William A. Ward

There are things that try to knock us, sock us, rock us, mock us, block us.

Adversity introduces a man to himself

If you want your place in the sun, expect some blisters - Dolly Parton

Christ sifts to get rid of the chaff; Satan sifts to get rid of the wheat

We’re like tea bags, not worth much until we get into some hot water

It’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce back that makes the difference

It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow

Robinson Crusoe was written from prison. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress was penned in the Bedford jail. Luther translated the Bible confined in the Castle of Wartburg. Beethoven was almost totally deaf when he produced his greatest works

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out - John Wooden

A painter might make $15 an hour but elevate him 50 stories on the side of a skyscraper and his income will multiply. An adversarial atmosphere will always magnify the rewards possible through your gift - Mike Murdock

When it gets dark enough you can see the stars - Lee Salk

If there were no problems, most of us would be unemployed - Zig Ziglar

In times like these it is good to remember that there have always been times like these - Paul Harvey

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner - English proverb

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit - Napoleon Hill

Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them - Goethe

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them

Just fight one more round - James Corbett

Most people are willing to change not because they see the light but because they feel the heat

What the devil has used to destroy you is what God will use to deploy you - Ron Webb

Time wounds all heels - Bennett Cerf

The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun - Napoleon Hill

In trying times, too many people quit trying - John Mason

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight - Josh Billings

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship - Louisa May Alcott

Touch a thistle timidly. And it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble - William Halsey

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

The situation you live in doesn’t have to live in you - John Maxwell

No society has ever developed tough men in a time of peace

John F. Kennedy was once asked how he became a war hero. His response: “It was quite easy. Somebody sunk my boat!”

Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end - Christina Rosetti

Nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself - Garfield

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them

AIM

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape

Aim at nothing and you will be sure to hit it

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

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind - Seneca

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground - Theodore Roosevelt

The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I just try to concentrate on concentrating - Martina Navratilova

Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing - Michael LeBoef

The concern is not that we aim to high and miss it but that we aim too low and hit it

AIR TRAVEL

Ask the guy at the terminal, “Why do you have a mistletoe hanging above the luggage rack?” He said, “So you can kiss your luggage, Goodbye”

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return - Leonardo Da Vinci

No bird ever flew nonstop from New York to Tokyo, or raced 15 miles high at triple the speed of sound. But birds do something else. They do not conquer the air; they romance it - Peter Garrison

There are only two emotions in a plane:  boredom and terror - Orson Welles

If black boxes survive air crashes, why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff? - George Carlin

AMBITION

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom - Thomas Carlyle

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it - Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as you're going to think anyway, think big - Donald Trump

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars - Les Brown

AMERICA

Immigrant said that the gate to America is very “strait and small” but once you get in there is unlimited possibility

We must all stick together or we will hang separately - John Hancock

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens - George W. Bush

What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from” - Marilyn vos Savant

America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, "You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won't become a German or a Turk" but then he added, "Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American - Ronald Reagan

If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under - Ronald Reagan

Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian - Supreme Court 1892

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers - and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation - to select and prefer Christians for their rulers? - John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of Supreme Court

We’re no longer a Christian nation - America has been arrogant - After 9/11, America didn’t always live up to her ideals - You might say that America is a Muslim nation - Barack Obama

The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty...The rights of the colonists as Christians...may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament - Samuel Adams

Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" DeGuale did not respond. You could have heard a pin drop. When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." You could have heard a pin drop. There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?"
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?" You could have heard a pin drop.

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground - Lyndon B. Johnson

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth - Charles Luckman

Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people - a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs...” - John Jay

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes America great - Gertrude Stein

ANGER

Anger is one letter short of danger

Hot words never result in cool judgment

If you speak when you’re angry you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret

If you give someone a piece of your mind you lose the peace of your heart

When you give someone a piece of your mind you make your head a little emptier

Dallas Morning News, Oct 14, 1995, ran story of man who was ordered to anger management workshop for assaulting his girlfriend. He arrived there drunk and so infuriated the workshop leader that the anger management counselor “punched him, knocked him to the ground and continued beating him”. The man later died.

Blowing your stack causes air pollution

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority - Alfred Adler

In the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play a routine baseball game. But what happened that day was anything but routine. The Orioles’ John McGraw got into a fight with the Boston third baseman. Within minutes all the players from both teams had joined in the brawl. The warfare quickly spread to the grandstands. Among the fans the conflict went from bad to worse. Someone set fire to the stands and the entire ballpark burned to the ground. Not only that, but the fire spread to 107 other Boston buildings as well.

Anybody can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not easy - Aristotle

If you growl all day you will feel dog tired at night

The 18th-century British physician John Hunter, who was a pioneer in the field of surgery and served as surgeon to King George III, suffered from angina. Discovering that his attacks were often brought on by anger, Hunter lamented, “My life is at the mercy of any scoundrel who chooses to put me in a passion.” These words proved prophetic, for at a meeting of the board of St. George’s Hospital in London, Hunter got into a heated argument with other board members, walked out, and dropped dead in the next room

Of the 455 references to being angry in the OT 375 of them speak of the anger of the Lord. Anger in itself is not necessarily wrong

Reformed drunk that played part of Jesus in a Passion Play. When the centurion spit on him in rehearsal he laid down the cross and punched him in the nose. Producer said we can’t have that - it would destroy the play. The Jesus tried to be better. Then in the play, the centurion really acted his part out and spit on Jesus again, to which he quietly scorned, “I’ll see you after the resurrection!”

National park ranger in British Columbia who has two sets of huge antlers, as wide as a man’s reach; locked together. Evidently two bull moose began fighting, their antlers locked, and they could not get free. They died due to anger

Grinding your teeth in anger doesn’t get you even, that’s not even tooth for tooth. You’re the one losing your fillings - S. I. McMillen

Nothing will cook your goose faster than a red hot temper

Husband to wife, “You talk like an idiot”. Wife, “I have to talk this way so you’ll understand me”

Don’t fly into a rage unless you are prepared for a rough landing…People constantly blowing fuses are generally left in the dark - John Mason

Always count down before blasting off

Time spent in getting even is better spent by getting ahead

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

ANIMALS

Young kangaroos grow by leaps and bounds

A camel is a warped horse. A horse is an oatsmobile

The cow jumped over the moon because there was a short in the milking machine

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals - Winston Churchill

To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult - Isaac Asimov

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms - George Eliot

I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me - Mark Twain

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals - Leo Tolstoy

I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are - Groucho Marx

ANOINTING

Before each message Brother Cho says under his breath - “Let’s go Holy Spirit, we need to help the people”

Keith Moore prayed for “more anointing, more anointing, more anointing”. God said one word, “faithfulness”. If we don’t use the anointing we have why would he give more?

The Holy Spirit is “in you”, “with you” and “upon you” - those are great prepositions with great propositions

The Holy Spirit is the head. We are His temple. That makes our bodies His “headquarters”

In John 4:14 He’s a well springing up and in John 7:37 He’s a river flowing out

The Holy Spirit’s anointing gives new vision, new voice, new volume, new virtue, new voltage and new victory

Let’s talk about balance in the anointing. If we are all Word and no Wind we will dry up - if all Wind and no Word we will blow up. It takes both. Balance worships God in Spirit and in truth

The anointing shatters shackles, breaks bonds and defeats devils

The great flood came both from above and below. God sent rain from above and fountains from the deep. Likewise, there is an anointing that comes from above and an anointing that comes from within. If it doesn’t come down from above, we can always release it from within

“How do I keep the anointing?”, Benny Hinn asked. The Lord answered, “Keep Me - I am the anointing”

Let me tell you of the real information super-highway - the Holy Spirit is its commissioner and it runs from earth to heaven

Notice the Lake Village, Arkansas area, where the river once flowed - but now long lakes stopped up at both ends just sit there - Billy Joe Daugherty

We don’t minister in the coldness of religion or the oldness of the Law but in the boldness of the Spirit

APATHY

There was the schoolteacher who was fed up with his class’s unconcern. In giant letters he wrote two words on the chalkboard - IGNORANCE and APATHY. One boy looked up from his sluggishness and said to the other, “What does that mean?” His friend shrugged his shoulders and answered, “I don’t know and I don’t care”. Need a moment to think? Ignorance and apathy

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment - Robert M. Hutchins

Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water, like Pilate - Graham Greene

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is - Rollo May

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality - Dante Alegheiri

Most of us have no real loves and no real hatreds. Blessed is love, less blessed is hatred, but thrice accursed is that indifference which is neither one nor the other - Mark Rutherford

The long mechanic pacings to and fro, The set, gray life, and apathetic end - Lord Alfred Tennyson

ART/ARTISTS

I am an artist...I am here to live out loud - Emile Zola

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them - Picasso

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything - Eugene Delacroix

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

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model - Van Gogh

From the sterile womb of stone he raises children with God - Angelo

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence transform a yellow spot into the sun - Pablo Picasso

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page - Joan Baez

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every painting needs two artists, one to paint, and one to say quit

All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of  the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas! - T.E. Lawrence

There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through - Dan Rice

Architecture is frozen music - Goethe

Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit round it and pluck blackberries - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

ASKING

Anytime I was desirous of anything there was always this sense that somehow my receiving was going to deprive someone else. It took a long time to learn that the universe doesn’t operate that way - Jane Bluestein

The answer is yes, but you have to ask - Jack Canfield

It’s funny about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it - Somerset Maugham

You don’t always get what you ask for, but you never get what you don’t ask for…unless it’s contagious - Franklyn Broude

Don’t put all your begs in one ask-it

ASSOCIATIONS

Millionaires who get stalled hanging around with millionaires need to change their mastermind group to one of billionaires

A man is known by the company he keeps and the company he avoids

If you lay down with dogs you’ll pick up fleas - Texas Proverb

They can’t get you from the backside if you don’t let them on the inside

You are only four people away from knowing every person on earth

Security is proportional to (1) the thickness of your Rolodex, (2) the rate of Rolodex expansion, (3) the share of Rolodex entries from beyond the corporate walls, and (4) the time devoted to Rolodex maintenance - Tom Peters

ATHEISM

Atheist in Alaska wondering how amazing was nature’s ability to create such beautiful brooks, trees, birds, mountains, etc. by mere chance. Then a 13 ft tall Kodiak bear chased him down. He started calling on God for help who felt hypocritical to ask God to make him a Christian after so many years of denying Christianity. So he asked God to make the bear a Christian instead to which God, out of His great mercy, conceded to the atheist’s prayer. The bear, now born again, bowed in prayer - “God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for this food”

Soviet Union said there is no God. God said there is no Soviet Union - John Davis

Son went off to college where secular humanism and atheism were taught. He came home once and argued that he had given up on believing in God. “For instance”, he said to his Dad, “If there’s a God why would He attach those great big pumpkins to such little vines then attach those acorns to such great big trees?” Right then an acorn dropped and hit him on the head. He got the message, “Hmmm, glad that wasn’t a pumpkin”

My own feeling respecting the ultimate mystery is such that I cannot even try to think of it without some feeling of terror so that I habitually shun the thought - Social Darwinist, Herbert Spencer

Science and logic have brought the world to the stage where God is no longer a useful hypothesis; while a faint trace of God still broods over the world like the smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat, science and knowledge will soon rub that faint trace away - Dr Julian Huxley, once director general of UNESCO

After traveling 65 miles into space the Russian cosmonauts said “there is no God up here”. It is 1,178,000,000,000,000 miles to the nearest star beyond the son. It is 1 decillion light years across the Milky Way. That’s 1 with 36 zeroes behind it and there aren’t that many grains of sand on the Pacific shores. They’ve quit to soon on their search for God

My own feeling respecting the ultimate mystery is such that I cannot even try to think of it without some feeling of terror so that I habitually shun the thought - Social Darwinist, Herbert Spencer

Men are all groping for infinity - every effort to prove there is no God is in itself an effort to reach God - Bishop Charles Locke

ATTITUDE

It’s your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude

Everybody lights up a room. Some when they enter…some when they leave.

Attitude is a mental filter through which we process thoughts and view the world - Burke Hedges

The last of all human freedoms is the ability to choose one’s own attitude in any set of circumstances - Victor Frankl, Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us - Earl Nightingale

I can make up in my attitude what I lack in my aptitude - Mike Murdock

KNOWLEDGE will get you close but only ATTITUDE will get you there!

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it - Coach Lou Holz

If I can change your feelings I can change your focus. If I can change your focus I can change your future - Mike Murdock

The mother asked her daughter - “Did you see that nasty look that the waiter gave me?” “No Mom”, said the daughter, “He didn’t give it to you. You had it when you walked in the door”

Are you content to wade and paddle when you could surf and swim? Dare to overcome mediocrity. Are you content to live in the tight corner of the MINIMUM when you could run free in the open field of the MAXIMUM?

You don’t drown by falling into the water - you drown by staying there

If you wanted to catch the flu you would go to someone who is infected with it. So if you want to catch a positive attitude you should do the same

IQ - Intelligence Quotient, AQ - Attitude Quotient, which is more valuable?

A great attitude gives great latitude

A high attitude can take you to an even higher altitude

Golfer Tom Kite’s pre-shot warm up - 1) Assessment/ distance, direction and difficulty, 2) Alignment, 3) Attitude

All Israel has is the spirit of its people. If we lose our spirit even the United States will not be able to save us - Golda Meir

You must soar before your can score - Robert Schuller

Often our attitude is tested. God chooses what we will go through. We choose how we will go through it

Is today a great day? Just try missing one and you’ll know how great it is

We must make the choice to rejoice!

A good attitude says, “take this job and LOVE IT!”

A healthy self-image is seeing yourself as God sees you, no more, no less

Don’t be content to ride in the back of the bus, take the driver’s seat!

When Jesse Duplantis is asked, “Who do you think you are?”, his answer is, “How much time do you have?”

You need to be yourself, see yourself then free yourself. Build a healthy self-image. What you behold is what you become or as I like to say - “If you can see it you can be it”

Listen to blind Fannie Crosby’s attitude when she was just 8 years old -
“O what a happy child I am although I cannot see,
for I am determined in this world, happy shall I be,
For the blessings I enjoy that other people don’t,
To weep inside because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t”

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change - Wayne Dyer

Attitude is the librarian of our past, it is the speaker of our present, it is the prophet of our future - John Maxwell

I cannot always choose what happens to me, but I can always choose what happens in me

AUTHORITY

You have to come under authority to move under authority

Those that are raised up by God are backed up by God - Francis Frangipane

A man entrusts his loved wife, who is one with him in interests and purpose, with his checkbook, but he would not entrust it to an embezzler - J. Oswald Sanders

You have to assume you have absolute authority until somebody tells you otherwise, until somebody stops you - Richard Perle, Reagan Pentagon staffer

You hate Pharaoh but you won’t follow Moses. You have to be under one or the other - John Hagee

AZUSA STREET

Disgraceful intermingling of the races, they cry and make howling noises all day and into the night. They run, jump, shake all over, shout to the top of their voice, spin around in circles, fall out on the sawdust blanketed floor jerking, kicking and rolling all over it. Some of them pass out and do not move for hours as though they were dead. These people appear to be mad, mentally deranged or under a spell. They claim to be filled with the spirit. They have a one eyed, illiterate, Negro as their preacher who stays on his knees much of the time with his head hidden between the wooden milk crates. He doesn't talk very much but at times he can be heard shouting Repent," and he's supposed to be running the thing...They repeatedly sing the same song, 'The Comforter Has Come.' - A Los Angeles newspaper (September 1906)

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