Cool Quotes & Quick Thoughts

One human's collection of quotations and thoughts on current events, philosophy, life, politics, religion, and related topics.

One of the greatest blessings we have is the ability to learn from those who have come before us.  Can you imagine how far we wouldn't get without the head start we've been given from our ancestors?

It's very easy to take this wisdom for granted and I hope this page can, in some small way, aid in preventing that from happening.  Of course, not all that has been left for us bears the same message and it will always be our job to sort through it and find the gems of truth.  I have included quotations that I believe are sound and uplifting.

I have also thrown in a few thoughts of my own on this page so please don't think that I am somehow equating my tidbits with the rest, I mean I'm egocentric but not that bad!

How do I verify these quotations?

A while back I received an email from an individual who liked this page but was curious as to how accurate the contents were.  It occurred to me that I really should have been citing source information from the start.  To that end, I've begun to include source material for each quotation as I find the time.  For every quotation that has source and/or background information available there will be an information button just like this:

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Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but no one has a right to be wrong about the facts. Without the facts, your opinion is of no value.

--Rene Dahinden, August 1999

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http://sasquatchresearch.net/billmiller.html

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Organization doesn’t really accomplish anything.  Plans don’t accomplish anything, either.  Theories of management don’t much matter.  Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved.  Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.

--Colin Powell
Meaninglessness comes not from being weary of pain, but from being weary of pleasure.

--G. K. Chesterton
Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.

--Unknown

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This was originally attributed to Abraham Lincoln but I can find no support for this. I have changed it to unknown until more information comes to light. I still love the quote so I'm keeping it listed.

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This is the case with thousands: they appear desirous of knowing the truth, but have not patience to wait in a proper way to receive an answer to their question.

--Adam Clarke
How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?

--Albert Einstein

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Found in "Math-A-Day: A Book of Days for Your Mathematical Year" by Theoni Pappas, pg 178.

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A good sermon is going to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. It inspires you. It provokes you. It should make your soul soar.

--Rob Bell

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Delivered at a Sunday service at Mars Hill Bible Church.

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

--Mahatma Gandhi
I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.

--Malcolm X
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

--G. K. Chesterton

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Encyclopedia of Christian Quotes (Baker, 2004), p. 106

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I know, sir, how well it becomes a liberal man and a Christian to forget and forgive. As individuals professing a holy religion, it is our bounden duty to forgive injuries done us as individuals. But when the character of Christian you add the character of patriot, you are in a different situation. Our mild and holy system of religion inculcates an admirable maxim of forbearance. If your enemy smite one cheek, turn the other to him. But you must stop there. You cannot apply this to your country. As members of a social community, this maxim does not apply to you. When you consider injuries done to your country your political duty tells you of vengeance. Forgive as a private man, but never forgive public injuries. Observations of this nature are exceedingly unpleasant, but it is my duty to use them.

--Patrick Henry
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

--Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787
I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone...I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God.

--William Buckley
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

--John Wooden
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not to envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

--William Arthur Ward

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Leadership, Vol. 5, no. 3

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In the software business, you can't afford not to have a hacker-centric culture.

--Paul Graham

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Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not...There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.

--Kop Kopmeyer in Simple Truths by Mac Anderson

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Kop Kopmeyer in Simple Truths by Mac Anderson

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I was watching the last gubernatorial debate between Gray Davis and Dan Lungren for the 1998 California general election. The topic of sex education, condom distribution, and abstinence training in our public schools came up. I was struck by a comment that Gray Davis made in his response to these topics and I paraphrase, "If we provide our children with accurate and complete information, they will do the right thing." I don't think that's true at all. What if a child simply chooses to do the wrong thing in spite of being fully informed? Apparently, Gray Davis believes that we are born basically good and if we make kids happy and give them lots of love then they will just naturally do good things. I understand this is a very common believe among many of our educators. A disturbing variation on this belief says that if children have a high self-esteem, they will do the right thing. This has actually prompted some educators to not point out mistakes in children's tests because they feel it would damage their self-esteem. In a nutshell, I believe that we are born neutral, that it is much easier for us to do the wrong thing, and that doing the right thing must be taught and reinforced throughout our lives.

--Bugs

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Source: ME!!!

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You can do anything, but you can't do everything, so choose wisely.

--Bugs

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Source: ME!!!

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While other [military] alliances have been formed to win wars, our fundamental purpose is to prevent war while preserving and extending the frontiers of freedom.

--Ronald Reagan (1988)
Eschew obfuscation.

--bumper sticker

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This is so much of what I'm about. I love this.

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Sadly, like the British before them, Americans have lost interest in doing things and become more interested in being things, and indulging in self-gratification, personal satisfaction and the fruitless search for equality. America is now a nation of lawyers, social workers and diversity consultants.

--Ed West

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Ed West is a journalist and social commentator who specialises in politics, religion and low culture. He is @edwestonline on Twitter.

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The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty ... students' perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens.

--Thomas Jefferson
What do you wish religious people knew about scientists, and what scientists knew about believers?

Scientists see sometimes a caricature of what belief is about. They draw the conclusion that belief is something that is arrived at purely by emotion. They don't perceive the notion that faith can be a completely rational choice, as it was for me.

Just as scientists sometimes are exposed to caricatures of religious people, I think religious people oftentimes have a view of scientists that is based upon certain extremists. Forty percent of scientists are believers in a personal God to whom one can pray and expect an answer. That's proven by various surveys.

We need all kinds of ways of knowing. We need all kinds of ways of speaking the truth. Science is one way. Faith is another. They are not really about opposite things. They're about different ways of answering the most important questions.

--Francis Collins

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'God Is Not Threatened by Our Scientific Adventures'

A genome researcher explains how he reconciles science with his deep Christian faith.

beliefnet interview with Francis Collins

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Stand with anybody that stands right while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.

--Abraham Lincoln
We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think.    --The Buddha, 500 BC

One's own thought is one's world. What a person thinks is what he becomes.    --Maitri Upanishad, 1,000 BC

As a man thinketh, so is he.    --Proverbs 23:7

--Wisdom
Grace misunderstood will always lead to jealousy.

--Ravi Zacharias
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

--Elbert Hubbard
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

--Rick Warren
Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined;

--George Washington

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Source: First Annual Message to Congress, January 8, 1790

I found this quote after discovering that what I had in this spot before was the following BOGUS quotation:

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."

More explanation about this bogus version can be found here Bogus Founder Quotes.

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We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

--Winston Churchill
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not to envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

--William Arthur Ward, Leadership, Vol. 5, no. 3
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

--T.H. Huxley
A thought for my libertarian friends to ponder:

Once a number of men set out to sea. In an idle and mischievous moment, one of the passengers started to bore a hole in the bottom of the boat where he was sitting. "What are you trying to do?" ... cried his fellow passengers in alarm.

"What does it concern you what I am doing?" ... replied the man ... "I am not boring a hole under where you are sitting, only under my own place."

"It may be only under your place" ... retorted the others ... "But should the water fill the boat, it will capsize ... Then all of us will drown."

--Judean Sage, Simeon bar Yochai
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

--Benjamin Franklin
Faith is not the opposite of reason. Faith rests squarely upon reason, but with the added component of revelation.

--Francis Collins

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Time in partnership with CNN
God vs. Science
By Dan Cray/Los Angeles Sunday, Nov. 05, 2006

From an in studio debate between Francis Collins and Richard Dawkins.

Debate Transcript

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Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless.

--Bertrand Russell

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The quote in A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren on the title page of Chapter 1 by Bertrand Russell can be found in the book The Meaning of Life by philosopher Hugh S. Moorhead. It is the book that Rick mentions in the same chapter that has the quote. Hugh Moorhead collected statements on the meaning of life from 250 writers and scholars. In this compilation of statements you'll find the one from Bertrand Russell.

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Discontent is an ungrateful sin, because we have more mercies than afflictions; and it is an irrational sin, because afflictions work for good...The devil blows the coals of passion and discontent and then warms himself at the fire.

--Thomas Watson
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

--William A. Foster
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.

--Thomas Sowell
Yes, if truth is not undergirded by love, it makes the possessor of that truth obnoxious and the truth repulsive.

--Ravi Zacharias
Designers shouldn't aim to control, but to enable.

--Dan Hill

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Dan Hill is the head of interactive technology and design for BBC Radio and Music Interactive. He's charged with designing and building the BBC's radio and music-based interactive offerings across Web, digital TV, and mobile platforms. From "Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices" by Dan Saffer, pg. 167

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Jesus created a movement because He offered the truth and set people free.

--Rick Dancer
Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.

--David Hackworth
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

--Goethe
If history has proven anything, it is that the spread of the gospel by the sword or by coercion has done nothing but misrepresent the message and bring disrepute to the gospel.

--Ravi Zacharias
Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

--George Washington

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Source: George Washington's Farewell Address

I originally had this quotation: "Do not let any one claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics."

The problem was that is nowhere to be found in the Farewell Address, but it is commonly quoted on the Internet. I believe someone boiled down the quote I have listed there now because the sentiment is clearly present. Somehow the paraphrased version found its way to a web page and since very few people actually check sources (I used to be one of them!) it got propogated.

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In all things it is a good idea to hang a question mark now and then on the things we have taken for granted.

--Bertrand Russell
Search for the perfect church if you will; when you find it, join it, and realize that on that day it becomes something less than perfect.

--Father Andrew Greeley
Illusions are perceptual realities.

--Rashid Elisha

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From Adobe Photoshop Master Class by John Paul Caponigro, pg 112.

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In Christian ethics ... animals are seen as mere things. They can therefore be used for vivisection, hunting, coarsing, bull-fights and horse-races and can be whipped to death as they struggle along with their heavy carts of stone. Shame on such a morality that fails to recognise the eternal essence that exists in every living thing and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

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On the Basis of Morality (German: Ãœber die Grundlage der Moral) is one of Arthur Schopenhauer's major works in ethics, in which he argues that morality stems from compassion. Schopenhauer begins with a criticism of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, which Schopenhauer considered to be clearest explanation of Kantian ethics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Basis_of_Morality

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Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of free men. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom.

--Patrick Henry
You see, Doctor, God didn't kill that little girl. Fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs. If God saw what any of us did that night he didn't seem to mind. From then on I knew... God doesn't make the world this way. We do.

--Rorschach

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Watchmen (2009) Director: Zack Snyder Based on Graphic Novel: Alan Moore

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A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.

--Milton Friedman
Position folds, power fades, preparation fails, but purpose overcomes.

--Sherman S. Pemberton
We can’t build a safer world with honorable intentions and good will alone. Achieving the fundamental goals our nation seeks in world affairs – peace, human rights, economics progress national independence and international stability – means supporting our friends and defending our interests.

--Ronald Reagan (1983)
I lose sleep worrying that we, as a species, are indeed simply too stupid to figure out the universe. There's even some YouTubes of me offering this lament. I [In] other words, we are not as candid as we should be about our neuro-biological limitations.

--Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson opened up to an online AMA "ask me anything" session. I found this answer of particular interest. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/mateq/i_am_neil_degrasse_tyson_ama/

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Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning...

--C.S. Lewis
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

--Herodotus
But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us;

--C. S. Lewis

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MERE CHRISTIANITY, Book 2 "What Christians Believe", Chapter 5 "The Practical Conclusion"

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It is the faithfulness of God that allows epistemology to model ontology.

--John Polkinghorne
There are exceptions to every rule, including this one.

--Bugs

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Source: ME!!! ...as well as many others I'm quite sure.

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It takes less time to do a thing right, than explain why you did it wrong.

--Henry Longfellow
If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.

--Rene Descartes

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Found in "Math-A-Day: A Book of Days for Your Mathematical Year" by Theoni Pappas, pg 179.

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Don't find fault, find a remedy.

--Henry Ford
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.

--Margaret Thatcher
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

--General George Patton
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Destiny is no matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

--William Jennings Bryan
The only alternative to war is peace. The only road to peace is negotiation.

--Golda Meir

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Remarks made during peace negotiations with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, 1977.

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If you love the Creator, then take care of Creation.

--bumper sticker

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I saw this on a vehicle's bumper while vacationing in Ocean City State Park in Washington State during the month of August 2005.

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

--F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack-Up" (1936) US novelist (1896 - 1940)

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If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

--Herodotus
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

--Frank A. Clark
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

--Arthur Ashe
The best way to predict the future, is to invent it.

--Alan Kay

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From "Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices" by Dan Saffer, pg. 220

"The best way to predict the future," said Alan Kay, the Xerox PARC scientist who came up with the idea of a laptop computer, the Dynabook, in 1972, "is to invent it." The future arrives, second by second, whether we want it to or not, and it is the job of interaction designers to invent it, or at least to make it more humane. The sheer number of products and services, augmented by new technologies, that will become widely available in the next decade and their likely effect on the world will be staggering. Between the advancing technology and the people who will use it stand interaction designers, shaping, guiding, cajoling the future into forms for humans.

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Freedom Know this, that every man is free
To choose his life and what he'll be.
For this eternal truth is given,
God will force no man to heaven.
He'll call, persuade, direct aright,
Bless with wisdom, love, and light;
In nameless ways be good and kind,
But never force the human mind.

--William C. Clegg
Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

--Steven Covey
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.

--Abraham Lincoln
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs an comes short again and again; who knows the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt
Whether you think you can or think you can't -- you are right.

--Henry Ford
I was listening to Paul Harvey's news show at noon last Friday, January 23. Just as I tuned in he was reading a letter he had received from one of his listeners. The letter was very touching as it explained how this listener had recently lost his beloved pet dog. Apparently this wasn't a typical relationship where an owner of a departed pet gets over the loss in a few weeks and goes on with life. This listener was truly overcome with grief over this loss and it didn't sound like he had a lot of close family to help him through. In his sorrow, he reached out by writing this letter and he explained how he hadn't been much of a church goer but seeing as how Paul Harvey was a personal friend of Billy Graham he wondered if he would pass on this question: Is there room for animals, like his Buddy, in heaven? Because he could carry on life so much better if he knew he would someday see his little friend again.

Well, at this point I was thinking how could Mr.Graham answer this question without either lying to this poor guy or devastating him further and possibly cutting him off from a chance to come closer to God. Because, you see, I asked this very same question in second grade and was downcast by the answer I received when I was told that, "No, animals don't go to heaven". Billy Graham's answer so made and impression on me that I just had to write it down here so I would remember it for a long time.

Heaven is a place where there is complete happiness. He assured the man that if having his Buddy there was essential to his happiness then he could be sure that God would have him there. And if he wanted literal support for this reassurance, to read Isaiah 65:25.
"The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the Lord.
I have met many people who think there is something incorrect about "loving" animals and treating them other than just hamburgers or moving targets. After thinking about this more I recalled a parable from 2 Samuel that gave me a lot of comfort concerning God's attitude toward having pets and loving pets.
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. "Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him." David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."
-- 2 Samuel 12:1-6
Of course, it is important to keep in mind that this was a parable told to David to admonish him for an evil he had done. Underneath and a little to the left of all that, however, I believe God viewed the relationship with the little ewe lamb acceptable and, yes, beautiful.

--Bugs

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Source: ME!!!

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Good citizenship and defending democracy means living up to the ideals and values that make this country great.

--Ronald Reagan (1986)
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.

--Sir Winston Churchill
When we come to the realization that what anyone says is purely their perception, it has nothing to do with who we are or what we believe. It is their thought and has no value to measure us.

--Arla Collett Williams
Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history.

--John Polkinghorne
Bow your head down to worship some god, he never speaks to me I wonder if that's odd. Then he says, you're never listening.

--the church.starfish.lost
What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see.

--Jean Piaget

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From Adobe Photoshop Master Class by John Paul Caponigro, pg 169.

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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

--Jesus Christ

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Source: The Gospel according to Matthew 7:1-5

This one is for all those who have tried to take this teaching out of context. Please notice that Jesus was not prohibiting judging but rather warning against judging others when you are not ready to be judged by the same standard. He says in the last sentence that once you have taken the problem out of your own life, then you can deal with your brother.

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Happy moments, PRAISE GOD Difficult moments, SEEK GOD Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD Painful moments, TRUST GOD Every moment, THANK GOD

--Rick Warren
Treat your body as if you wanted to live forever, and your soul as if you were to die tomorrow.

--St. Augustine
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

--Pastor Martin Niemoller
Yes, the cost is high, but the price of neglect would be infinitely higher.

--Ronald Reagan (1982)
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment.  Go some distance away, because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

--Leonardo da Vinci
Racial prejudice,
religious bigotry,
fetal genocide.

--bumper sticker
MORPHEUS: You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up and believe…whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill… and I show you just how deep the rabbit hole [i.e., the truth] goes. Remember…all I’m offering you is the truth, nothing more.

--Morpheus, The Matrix, 1999
Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

--John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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From bartleby.com:

AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)

QUOTATION: Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, remarks in Bonn, West Germany, at the signing of a charter establishing the German Peace Corps, June 24, 1963.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 503.

This remark may have been inspired by the passage from Dante Alighieri’s La Comedia Divina, trans. Geoffrey L. Bickersteth, “Inferno,” canto 3, lines 35–42 (1972):

by those disbodied wretches who were loth when living, to be either blamed or praised.
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Fear to lose beauty caused the heavens to expel these caitiffs; nor, lest to the damned they then gave cause to boast, receives them the deep hell.

A more modern-sounding translation: “They are mixed with that repulsive choir of angels … undecided in neutrality. Heaven, to keep its beauty, cast them out, but even Hell itself would not receive them for fear the wicked there might glory over them.”—Dante’s Inferno, trans. Mark Musa, p. 21 (1971).

http://www.bartleby.com/73/1211.html

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The well-meaning contention that all ideas have equal merit seems to me little different from the disastrous contention that no ideas have any merit.

--Carl Sagan
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

--Carl Sagan
Longing for the ideal while criticizing the real is evidence of immaturity. On the other hand, settling for the real without striving for the ideal is complacency. Maturity is living with the tension.

--Rick Warren
It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.

--Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 1816
Sir my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God's side.

--Abraham Lincoln
We must not mind insulting men, if by respecting them we offend God.

--St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople and Church Father (349–407)
The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

--Arthur C. Clarke
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

--Tim Notke

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Tim Notke was a high school basketball coach who used this quote as a theme for a season according to answers.com

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In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without heart.

--John Bunyan, Leadership, vol. 6, no. 2
An America that is militarily and economically strong is not enough. The world must see an America that is morally strong with a creed and a vision. This is what has led us to dare and achieve. For us, values count.

--Ronald Reagan (1983)
When it is not possible to reason with holy warriors, it is necessary to immobilize them or crush them.

--William F. Buckley Jr.
People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.

--John Wanamaker
If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay that way, but if you treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.

--Jesus Christ
Here's a brave old reality, taxes don't go away; raising them never generates revenue, never ever ever.

--Neil Cavuto
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.

--Eleanor Roosevelt
Do, or do not. There is no try.

--Master Yoda
Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites.  Experts often possess more data than judgment.  Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.

--Colin Powell
We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

--Winston Churchill
There is nothing wrong with America that Americans can’t fix.

--Ronald Reagan
A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.

--Max Lucado

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I pulled this off of a friend's profile on Facebook. This quote and a variation of it where "Christ" is in place of "God" have been attributed to Maya Angelou, Carol Wimmer and Max Lucado. From what I can gather from internet research this was originally from Max Lucado. If anyone knows differently please let me know.

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If you talked to others the way you talk to yourself, would you have any friends?

--Rick Warren
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

--Rev. William John Henry Boetcker

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When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tyler wrote about the fall of the Athenian republic over a thousand years ago:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.

--Alexander Tyler

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There are only two races, the decent and the indecent.

--Viktor Frankl
God has formed us moral agents... that we may promote the happiness of those with whom He has placed us in society, by acting honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way, respecting sacredly their rights, bodily and mental, and cherishing especially their freedom of conscience, as we value our own.

--Thomas Jefferson to Miles King, 1814
Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.

--M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals could believe them.

--George Orwell
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

--Ronald Reagan
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

--Anatole France
To give truth to him who loves it not is but to give him more plentiful material for misinterpretation.

--George MacDonald, Minister, poet, and novelist (1824 - 1905)
The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.

--Martin Van Buren
Go to college, get the knowledge, and stay there 'til you're through. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread then they can make something out of you.

--Mohammed Ali
The first rule is, to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

--Marcus Aurelius (121–180)
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.

--John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.)

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

--abolitionist Wendell Phillips (1811-1844) paraphrasing John Philpot Curran (above)
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

--Ben Franklin
The greatest person alive in the world at this moment is some unknown individual in some obscure place who, at this hour, has gone in love to be with another person in need.

Homiletics, March 31, 1996

--Albert Schweitzer
The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced that which you thought would deliver the ultimate, and it has let you down.

--Ravi Zacharias
Experience is not what happens to man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.

--Aldous Huxley

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From Adobe Photoshop Master Class by John Paul Caponigro, pg 203.

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True love requires focusing your heart not your eyes.

--Bumper Sticker

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I saw this on a bumper sticker at the intersection of Imperial and Beach on Sunday 3/23/2009.

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IF thou would'st hear the Nameless, and wilt dive
Into the Temple-cave of thine own self,
There, brooding by the central altar, thou
May'st haply learn the Nameless hath a voice,
By which thou wilt abide, if thou be wise,
As if thou knewest, tho' thou canst not know;
For Knowledge is the swallow on the lake
That sees and stirs the surface-shadow there
But never yet hath dipt into the abysm,
The Abysm of all Abysms, beneath, within
The blue of sky and sea, the green of earth,
And in the million-millionth of a grain
Which cleft and cleft again for evermore,
And ever vanishing, never vanishes,
To me, my son, more mystic than myself,
Or even than the Nameless is to me.
And when thou sendest thy free soul thro' heaven,
Nor understandest bound nor boundlessness,
Thou seest the Nameless of the hundred names.
And if the Nameless should withdraw from all
Thy frailty counts most real, all thy world
Might vanish like thy shadow in the dark.

'And since—from when this earth began—
The Nameless never came
Among us, never spake with man,
And never named the Name'—

Thou canst not prove the Nameless, O my son,
Nor canst thou prove the world thou movest in,
Thou canst not prove that thou art body alone,
Nor canst thou prove that thou art spirit alone,
Nor canst thou prove that thou art both in one:
Thou canst not prove thou art immortal, no
Nor yet that thou art mortal—nay my son,
Thou canst not prove that I, who speak with thee,
Am not thyself in converse with thyself,
For nothing worthy proving can be proven,
Nor yet disproven: wherefore thou be wise,
Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt,
And cling to Faith beyond the forms of Faith
She reels not in the storm of warring words,
She brightens at the clash of ‘Yes' and ‘No',
She sees the Best that glimmers thro' the Worst,
She feels the Sun is hid but for a night,
She spies the summer thro' the winter bud,
She tastes the fruit before the blossom falls,
She hears the lark within the songless egg,
She finds the fountain where they wail'd ‘Mirage'!

--Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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From 'The Ancient Sage'
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

http://www.bartelby.org/236/98.html

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It is never too late to become what you might have been.

--George Eliot
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

--Irving Kristol
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.

--Patrick Henry
YOU! Out of the gene pool!

--bumper sticker

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I observed this bumper sticker while driving North on the 405 freeway through Long Beach, California on Sunday February 3, 2008.

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Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.

--Michelangelo
To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.

--Edward R. Murrow

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Edward R. Murrow (USIA Director, 1961 - 1964) said in 1963 before a House Subcommittee regarding U.S. public diplomacy activities:

American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful.... truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.

Ref: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32607.pdf

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[Y]oung Americans must never again be sent to fight and die unless we are prepared to let them win.

--Ronald Reagan (1988)
There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.

--Brennan Manning
Aesthetics is for the artist like ornithology is for the birds.

--Barnett Newman

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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte, pg 177.

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All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you remember the things you worried about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?

--Dale Carnegie
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

--Thomas Paine

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India is the most religious country in the world, Sweden is the most secular country in the world, and America is a country of Indians ruled by Swedes.

--Peter Berger
The people and circumstances around me do not MAKE me what I am, they REVEAL who I am.

--Dr. Laura Schlessinger
It AIN'T so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so.

--Josh Billings

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"It AIN'T so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so." In various forms this popular observation gets attributed most often to Mark Twain, as well as to his fellow humorists Artemus Ward, Kin Hubbard, and Will Rogers. Others to whom it's been credited include inventor Charles Kettering, pianist Eubie Blake, and--by Al Gore--baseball player Yogi Berra. Twain did once observe, "It isn't so astonishing the things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren't so," but biographer Albert Bigelow Paine said he was paraphrasing a remark by humorist Josh Billings. (In Following the Equator Twain also wrote, "Yet it was the schoolboy who said, 'Faith is believing what you know ain't so.'") Billings, whose real name was Henry Wheeler Shaw, repeated this theme often in different forms. On one occasion Billings wrote, "I honestly beleave it iz better tew know nothing than two know what ain't so." A handbill for one of his lectures included the line "It iz better to kno less than to kno so much that ain't so." Across this handbill Billings wrote longhand, "You'd better not kno so much than know so many things that ain't so." Apparently the humorist considered this his signature "affurism." Verdict: Credit Josh Billings. http://www.amazon.com/The-Quote-Verifier-Said-Where/dp/product-description/0312340044

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I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.

--Thomas Jefferson to Augustus B. Woodward, 1824
We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.

--G.K. Chesterton

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The New Witness. Christianity Today, Vol. 30 no. 8

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If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

--Thomas Jefferson
Be interesting, be enthusiastic, and don't talk too much.

--Norman Vincent Peale
There are two freedoms -- the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.

--Charles Kingsley

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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
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

--Albert Einstein
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.

--Carl Sagan

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I would respectfully add that perhaps Mr. Sagan wasn't as well acquainted with the religious community as he was its counterpart. Sadly, he missed the recent apologies graciously offered by Pope John Paul II. As regards to politics... he has a good point ;-)

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If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it you don't feel at homne there?

--C. S. Lewis

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Most people would rather die than think, in fact they do.

--Bertrand Russell
Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

--Golda Meir

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Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957

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It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.

--Leo McKern
The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.

--William Safire
Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.

--Benjamin Rush
You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.

--C. S. Lewis

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MERE CHRISTIANITY, Book 3 "Christian Behaviour", Chapter 1 "The Three Parts of Morality"

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The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.

--Margaret Thatcher
Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not?

--Robert F. Kennedy
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

--President Thomas Jefferson
All leaders are learners.  The moment you stop learning, you stop leading.

--Rick Warren
Happy relationships are built, not discovered.

--Sherman Pemberton
I never mean, unless some particular circumstances should compel it, to possess another slave by purchase, it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law.

--George Washington
To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.

--Theodore Roosevelt
If you don't have the freedom to say no, then I can't fully trust your yes.

--anonymous

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It's been rumored a wise woman is the source of this quote. I asked her permission to use it and she agreed but preferred to keep it anonymous.

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The bookends of success are starting and finishing. Decisions help us start; discipline helps us finish.

--John C. Maxwell
We have to realize that this country in its private sector has been fighting the most successful war on poverty the world has seen for the last 200 years.

--Ronald Reagan (1968)
It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

--Carl Sagan
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.

--Ben Franklin
A sense of our own folly is a great step towards being wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord.

--Charles Spurgeon

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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon, September 1: Morning

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You are as happy as you decide to be.

--Abraham Lincoln
I wrote this reply to a question about competition that appeared in Doc Ozone's discussion forum, the Asylum:

The SciFi channel had a Twilight Zone marathon over the New Year's weekend. I did my best to catch up on seeing as many as I could. That show has some incredibly awesome stories and very profound.

Anyways, have you seen the episode "A Game of Pool" with Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters? It was about a pool shark (Klugman) who's only goal was to be the "best". So he get's his wish and Winters comes back from the dead to play Klugman to see who's going to be the best of all time. At one point, Winters says that Klugman ought to take the time to live life and get out of the dark pool hall. Klugman is too consumed with being number one to understand this. Then Winters points out that it's good to have legends to look up to. He says that these legends tell those that follow to do their best and see if they can take the records a step further.

In other words, competition is a very healthy and useful method of doing our best if it's kept in it's proper perspective. I think we should all *use* competition to spur us on to greater achievements. We should use it as a benchmark or a measure to see how well we're doing or to see how good we can be with more effort. But at the same time we must not let our desire to be better overtake the higher priorities of life, such as actually taking the time to live it.

--Bugs

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Source: ME!!!

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Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith.

--Ben Franklin
When we learn to treat our stuff like stuff, we can treat people like people.

--Sherman S. Pemberton

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From a sermon preached on Sunday morning February 17, 2008 at La Habra Christian Church.

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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

--Marcus Aurelius