Quotes to grow by.

Photo by Robert D. Scott

Below is a list of quotes which in the main speak to making the most of our existence.


A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

The more you understand what is wrong with a figure, the more valuable that figure becomes.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

There is one thing I feel strongly in respect to investigation in physical or chemical laboratories—it leaves no room for shady, doubtful distinctions between truth, half-truth, whole falsehood. In the laboratory everything tested or tried is found true or not. Every result is true. Nothing not proved true is a result;—there is no such thing as doubtfulness. The search for absolute and unmistakable truth is promoted by laboratory work in a manner beyond all conception.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

Blow a soap bubble and observe it. You may study it all your life and draw one lesson after another in physics from it.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

Nothing can be more fatal to progress than a too confident reliance on mathematical symbols; for the student is only too apt to take the easier course, and consider the formula not the fact as the physical reality.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

The fact that mathematics does such a good job of describing the Universe is a mystery that we don't understand. And a debt that we will probably never be able to repay.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

S. P. Thompson: "Once when lecturing in class he [the Lord Kelvin] used the word 'mathematician' and then interrupting himself asked his class: 'Do you know what a mathematician is?' Stepping to his blackboard he wrote upon it: integral from - infinty to + infinity of exp(-x^2)dx = sqrt(pi). Then putting his finger on what he had written, he turned to his class and said, 'a mathematician is one to whom that is as obvious as that twice two makes four is to you.'"

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

A single curve, drawn in the manner of the curve of prices of cotton, describes all that the ear can possibly hear as the result of the most complicated musical performance…. That to my mind is a wonderful proof of the potency of mathematics.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

The mystery of radium, no doubt we shall solve it one day; but the freedom of the will, that is a mystery of another kind.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

One half of hypnotism is fraud and the rest bad observation.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

To live among friends is the primary essential of happiness.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

Large increases in cost with questionable increases in performance can be tolerated only in race horses and fancy women.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

One word characterized the most strenuous of the efforts for the advancement of science that I have made perseveringly during fifty-five years; that word is FAILURE. I know no more of electric and magnetic force, or of the relation between ether, electricity, and ponderable matter, or of chemical affinity, than I knew and tried to teach my students of natural philosophy fifty years ago in my first session as Professor. Something of sadness must come of failure; but in the pursuit of science, inborn neccessity to make the effort brings with it much of the certaminis gaudia, and saves the naturalist from being wholly miserable, perhaps even allows him to be fairly happy in his daily work.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

A boy should have learnt by the age of twelve to write his own language with accuracy and some degree of elegance; he should have a reading knowledge of French, should be able to translate Latin and easy Greek authors and should have some acquaintance with German.

Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.

A.W. Tozer

And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.

Thomas Jefferson

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

Martin Luther

There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.

Nigel Marsh

When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

Charles Spurgeon

Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject; only, the shorter it is, the better.

Charles Spurgeon

Linguinol is a virtual chemical that exhibits linguiluminescence, with a post-retinal red glow, when mixed with an appropriate blogging agent. Linquinol is a transparent, odorless, optically applied, etymological solvent. Investigators utilize linquinol to detect vulgar ad hominem, bloviations, pseudo-intellectual word constructs, tangential topic drift, illogical logic and other non-constructive verbal abuses. Linguinol is often used to reveal WBS, Wasted Brain Syndrome.

Linguinol - Word coined 2016-08-30, Robert D. Scott

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Charles Spurgeon

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Albert Einstein

Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.

Albert Einstein

Human beings can attain a worthy and harmonious life only if they are able to rid themselves, within the limits of human nature, of the striving for the wish fulfillment of material kinds. The goal is to raise the spiritual values of society.

Albert Einstein

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.

Albert Einstein

I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure personages is the only thing that can lead us to find ideas and noble deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and always irresistibly tempts its owner to abuse it. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Gandhi with the moneybags of Carnegie?

Albert Einstein

...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.

Albert Einstein

I believe that the horrifying deterioration in the ethical conduct of people today stems from the mechanization and dehumanization of our lives - the disastrous by-product of the scientific and technical mentality. Nostra culpa. Man grows cold faster than the planet he inhabits.

Albert Einstein

Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary.

Albert Einstein

Never regard your study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

Albert Einstein

Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.

Albert Einstein

If someone can enjoy marching to music in rank and file, I can feel only contempt for him; he has received his large brain by mistake, a spinal cord would have been enough.

Albert Einstein

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.

Albert Einstein

Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth.

Albert Einstein

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Albert Einstein

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Albert Einstein

Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself because of his enormous size.

Albert Einstein

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

Albert Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

Atheists are like a bunch of light bulbs denying that there is a power grid.

Robert D. Scott

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Charles Spurgeon

A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.

Charles Spurgeon

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.

Charles Spurgeon

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.

Charles Spurgeon

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

Charles Spurgeon

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.

Charles Spurgeon

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

Albert Einstein

Giving is true having.

Charles Spurgeon

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.

Charles Spurgeon

Better to be a strong man with a weak point, than to be a weak man without a strong point. A diamond with a flaw is more valuable than a brick without a flaw.

William J. H. Boetcker

If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight.

William J. H. Boetcker

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.

William J. H. Boetcker

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

William J. H. Boetcker

The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow.

William J. H. Boetcker

The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.

William J. H. Boetcker

The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for others, the more you will learn to enjoy the abundant life.

William J. H. Boetcker

True religion... is giving and finding one's happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others.

William J. H. Boetcker

We will never have real safety and security for wage earners unless we provide for safety and security for the wage payers and wage savers.

William J. H. Boetcker

What a different world this would be if people would listen to those who know more and not merely try to get something from those who have more.

William J. H. Boetcker

You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.

William J. H. Boetcker

Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself.

William J. H. Boetcker

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln)

And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:17-18

The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done the right thing.


As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)

Why shouldn't truth be stranger than Fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do, than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor and catch tradewinds in your sail.

Mark Twain

A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

William Shedd

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.

Albert Einstein

No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.


If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

Thomas Jefferson

Optimal health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.


What you should really focus on in school is learning to work together with others on projects, in particular learn how other people approach problems and how they differ from your approach.


I never argue with fools. People might not know the difference.


Let us not forget that the value of this great system does not lie primarily in its extent or even in its efficiency. Its worth depends on the use that is made of it... For the first time in human history we have available to us the ability to communicate simultaneously with millions of our fellowmen, to furnish entertainment, instruction, widening vision of national problems and national events. An obligation rests on us to see that it is devoted to real service and to develop the material that is transmitted into that which is really worthwhile.

Herbert Hoover, Secretary of Commerce, 1924
Regarding the potential of broadcast radio

It was state of the art, he said. The art in this case was probably pottery.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, "Good Omens"

Thy purpose firm is equal to the deed: Who does the best his circumstance allows does well, acts nobly; angels could no more.

Edward Young 1684-1765

When I use the talents God has given me, I can feel His pleasure...

Eric Liddell - Chariots of Fire

Q: What is the definition of 'Crazy'?
A: Doing the same thing and expecting different results.


"-tomorrow is our permanent address"

E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962)

Better, faster, cheaper - choose two


Fantasy is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited.

Albert Einstein

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Lao Tzu

It's a [darn] poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.

Andrew Jackson

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.


The educated person is not the person who can answer the questions, but the person who can question the answers.

T. Schick Jr.

We as humans have an instinct for creativity and a moral instinct. A good educational system ought to nurture and encourage these aspects of human life and allow them to flourish. But of course that has problems. For one thing, it means that you will encourage challenge of authority and domination. It will encourage questioning of powerful institutions. So the way schools actually function, by and large, there's a very strong tendency which works its way out in the long run and on average, for the schools to have a kind of filtering effect. They filter out independence of thought, creativity, imagination, and in their place foster obedience and subordination.

Noam Chomsky

Those who are enamored of practice without theory are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he [sic] is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.

Leonardo da Vinci

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.

B. F. Skinner

The end of democracy, and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.

Thomas Jefferson

There are people who don't accept, who aren't obedient. They are weeded out, they're "behavior problems". The long-term effect of this is to reward and foster subordination; it begins in kindergarten and goes all the way through your professional or other career. If you challenge authority, you get in one or another kind of trouble. It's not 100 percent the case, and there are some areas of life where it's dramatically not the case, but on average and overwhelmingly in the outcomes, it holds.


If something comes along that you don't like, there are a few sort of four-letter words that you can use to push it out of the sphere of discussion. If you were in a bar downtown, they might have different words, but if you're an educated person what you use are complicated words like "conspiracy theory" or "Marxist" . It's a way of pushing unpleasant questions off the agenda, so that we can continue in our own happy ideology.

Noam Chomsky

With disorder, I can make 'dat' order!


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

I've come to realize the only thing more dangerous than taking a big risk, or not taking any risk, is taking a risk while minimizing the precarious reality of the situation.


They say that hard work never killed anyone, but I figure, why take a chance?

Ronald Reagan

Government is like a baby--an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

Ronald Reagan

The destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits -- not animals.

Winston Churchill

There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.

Winston Churchill

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Winston Churchill

If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.

Ronald Reagan

Sometimes when I'm faced with an unbeliever, an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook.

Ronald Reagan

Republicans think every day is July 4, and Democrats think every day is April 15.

Ronald Reagan

Don't be humble. You're not that great.

Golda Meir

Giving money and power to Government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P.J. O'Rourke

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.

Lenny Bruce

Facts are stupid things.

Ronald Reagan

Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years, with time off for good behavior?

New York Senator James H. Donovan commenting on capital punishment.

Pain and disappointment are inevitable. Misery is optional.


Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your Microsoft product.


And then the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

You know the world's gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance, and the Germans don't want to go to war.


Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.

Fletcher Knebel

There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary numbers and those who don't.


He represented, indeed to a superlative degree, the great moral fallacy of our time, that collective virtue may be pursued without reference to personal behavior.

Malcolm Muggeridge

We don't have a democracy, we have an auction.


Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.


I don't suffer from Insanity... I enjoy every minute of it...


To become educated you must direct your own education. To learn you must do, and dwell on what prevents you from doing, so that you can change your knowledge base and try again. Seek out confussion in order to learn from it, and pay only as much attention to school as you have to, remembering that school and learning have little to do with each other.

Roger Schank - computer scientist, psychologist and education expert

The ideal condition would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct; but since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.


Knowledge is power. [Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est].

Francis Bacon

The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

T.S. Eliot

If a train station is where the train stops, what is a workstation?


The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

Mark Twain

Truth Like Football. Get kicked around much, before reaching goal.

Charlie Chan

Self-developed 'filters' that separate quality information from the ongoing information flood are a positive survival skill.

unknown (internet newsgroup)

The difference between intelligence and stupidity is that intelligence has its limits.


A man with a good watch always knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.


Trust in God, but tie up your camel.


Think! It ain't illegal yet.

George Clinton

If you can keep smiling when things go wrong, you've thought of someone to place the blame on.


To make a long story short, don't tell it.


Your best interest is secured by making the right decisions the first time.


I child-proofed my house but they are still getting in.


Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.


Rules are written for those who lack the ability to truly reason, But for those who can, the rules become nothing more than guidelines, and live their lives governed not by rules but by reason.

James McGuigan

Computers are like air conditioners - They work fine until you open Windows.


When you idiot-proof something, the world just produces better idiots.


The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.


The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.


A mistake is an event, the full benefit of which has not yet been turned to your advantage.

Senge, The Fifth Discipline, 154

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Mahatma Gandhi

No Lawsuit Ever Fixed A Moron...


Education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

The instructions said to use Windows 98 or better, so I installed Linux.


Take my advice. I'm not using it.


To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

Oscar Levant

A lie can go round the world before the truth has got its boots on.

Terry Pratchett

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.

James Thurber

If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much space.


Reality is something that does not disappear after you cease believing in it.

VALIS, Philip K. Dick

The problem with the world is stupidity. Not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?


Reject religion! Embrace Jesus Christ.


The job of an engineer is to build systems that people can trust. By this criterion, there exist few software engineers.

John Shore

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:5

> ,''`. > UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are : :' : > `. `' > `-


Nothing adds excitement like something that is none of your business.


There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Adams

The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.

Casey Stengel

I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.

Dan Rather

A lot of money is tainted - It taint yours and it taint mine.


One man with a club is a hooligan. A thousand men with clubs are a regiment.


He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.

Mark Twain

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

Johann von Neumann

I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel, born in 1833

We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.

Kin Hubbard 1868 - 1930

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

Will Durant

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.


The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde

First get your facts; then you can distort them at your leisure.

Mark Twain

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.

Benjamin Disraeli

Then there was the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches.

W. I. E. Gates

The problem is just that sometimes the lowest common denominator is pretty damned low, and much too common.


"If A = B and B = C, then A = C, except where void or prohibited by law."


It's not the pace of life that concerns me, it's the sudden stop at the end.


No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.

General George S. Patton, Jr

Think outside the box -- the box isn't our friend.

George Herbert

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Carl W. Buechner

Did I misplace my ontological predicates again?


Anyone who says that there is a difference between education and entertainment knows nothing about either one.


The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.


Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

Abraham Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Abraham Lincoln

When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.

Abraham Lincoln

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.

Abraham Lincoln

Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

Abraham Lincoln

You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.

Abraham Lincoln

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

Abraham Lincoln

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.

Oliver Goldsmith (Irish born British essayist, poet, novelist and dramatist. 1730-1774)

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.

Benjamin Franklin

Marriage is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important.

Lisa Hoffman

You don't marry someone you can live with, you marry the person who you cannot live without.


Success in marriage is much more than finding the right person; it is a matter of being the right person.


A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

Paul Sweeney

Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.

Aeschylus (Classical Athens' tragic dramatist, 525-456 BC)

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

Benjamin Franklin (American statesman, scientist, philosopher, printer, writer and inventor. 1706-1790)

To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart-about a finger's breadth-for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.


Being asked whether it's better to marry or not, he (Socrates) replied, "Whichever you do you will repent it.

Diogenes (Greek philosopher; said to be the founder of Cynicism 412-323 BC)

The first bond of society is marriage.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, writer and orator 106-43 BC)

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.

Joseph Barth

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, a church filled with family and friends. I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for, he said one that would make me his wife.


Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day...
give a man a computer and he'll be on
Internet for the day and forget to eat...


Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.


Be ever questioning. Ignorance is not bliss. It is oblivion. You don't go to heaven if you die dumb. Become better informed. Learn from other's mistakes. You could not live long enough to make them all yourself.

Hyman George Rickover (1900-86), Admiral, US Navy, advocated development of nuclear subs & ships

There Are No Stupid Questions, But There Are A Lot Of Inquisitive Idiots


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

Les Brown

Experiment constantly. Enlightened trial and error outperforms the planning of flawless intellects.

John Maloney

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

Chinese Proverb

Call me a Christian and I'll be offended. Call me Christ-like and I'll be honored.


Democracy, like Christianity, is a process, not a destination. If you think you've arrived, you haven't even begun.

Robert D. Scott

Tradition is the revolution of those who have gone before. Revolution is the tradition of those yet to come.

From the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany

Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.

Bill Loveless, Oct. 30, 2004 - (Adventist Review March 2005)

When I talk to God it's called prayer, when God talks specifically to me, it's schizophrenia.


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

Anatole France

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools, lets start with typewriters.

Frank Lloyd Wright

They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.

Garrison Kielor

When you want to test the depths of a stream don't use both feet.

Chinese Proverb

The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter.

Winston Churchill

An imperfect plan executed violently is far superior to a perfect plan.

George Patton

The more you own the more you have to fix!


The phenomenon of a person in deep trouble, who indignantly rejects the only thing that can help him, is observed in every field of endeavour.

E. Jaynes

Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington

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

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on the eve of Britain's entry into World War II

Actions speak louder than words. Inaction is deafening.


He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.


Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson, Bill for the More General diffusion of Knowledge (1778)

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

Ronald Reagan

I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

Bjarne Stroustrup, inventor of the C++ language

In the choice between changing one's mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1909-2006)

What government gives, it must first take away.


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Derek Bok, while president of Harvard

Education is the expansion of one's knowledge. Knowledge, like air and water should be free and readily accessible.

Robert D. Scott

When at war, make sure there's an enemy.

Robert D. Scott

Accuracy trumps popularity in the long run.

Robert D. Scott

Being intelligent is an obligation to your Creator, being wise is a gift from your Creator, being smart is praise to your Creator.

Robert D. Scott

The honor of favored child is nothing to cherish when you're under the wing of those who would consume their own children.

Robert D. Scott

If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.

Mark Twain

The inclination to "negotiate" is absurd when the enemy's first demand is that we cease to exist.


Happiness is the best facelift.


Disillusionment is the emotional awareness that one's understanding to date lacks truth.

Robert D. Scott

Scientists who deny God are like octipi who with varying degrees of aptitude employ the use of five arms while denying that they might possess additional arms.

Robert D. Scott

School's two formost, surprisingly independant objectives are learning and getting good grades.

Robert D. Scott

We shape our dwellings and afterward our dwellings shape us.

Winston Churchill

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

Science is the method by which one limits reality to understanding.

Robert D. Scott

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.


Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.

Roger Crawford

Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil deeds of men.

Demosthenes (B.C. 384-322)

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.

Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965)

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

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.

Publilius Syrus (fl. B.C. 42)

The greatest power is often simple patience.

E. Joseph Cossman

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1977)

First, arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walks a lonely way.

Harry A. Overstreet

I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him, but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you want enemies, excel your friends; but if you want friends, let your friends excel you.

Francois LaRochefoucauld (1613-1680)

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Those who have not distinguished themselves at school need not on that account be discouraged. The greatest minds do not necessarily ripen the quickest.

Lubbock (1834-1913)

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.

Fyodor Dostoevski (1821-1881)

The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Miracles are not contrary to nature; only to what we know about nature.

St. Augustine

The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice.

Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness - all foes to real understanding. Likewise, tolerance or broad, wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.

John Wesley (1703-1791)

Drunkenness . . . is temporary suicide.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God.

Jean Anouilh (1910-87)

I shall pass through this life but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again.

Etienne de Grellet

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

The greatest want of the world is the want of men,--men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.

E.G. White--Education, p. 57. (1903)

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed undone.

Robert D. Scott

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

Grace Hansen

The truth is always the strongest argument.

Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.

Helen Keller

Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.

Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Ingrid Bergman

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.


You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

Barbara Sher

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.

John James Audubon

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

Harry S. Truman

A Committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done.

comedian Fred Allen

Silence is not only golden; it is seldom misquoted.

comedian Bob Monkhouse

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Thomas More

He who wants to change the world should begin by cleaning the dishes.

Paul Carvel

A good home must be made, not bought.

Joyce Maynard

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."

Lyndon B. Johnson

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.

Warren Buffett

The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

Albert Einstein

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

The difference between salad and garbage is timing.

Dan Kennedy

At Microsoft, quality is job SP1

Book author John Hedtke

It's the job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.

J.R.R. Tolkien

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein

The displacement of the idea that facts and evidence matter by the idea that everything boils down to subjective interests and perspectives is -- second only to American political campaigns -- the most prominent and pernicious manifestation of anti-intellectualism in our time.

Larry Laudan

Good things come to those who wait because the great things were taken by those who didn't.


Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Robert A. Heinlein

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit....The Excellent becomes the permanent.


Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris -- English designer and philosopher

There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.

Ansel Adams

You don't take a photograph, you make it.

Ansel Adams

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments it takes our breath away.


A birth certificate shows you were born...
A death certificate shows you died...
Photographs show that you lived!


Do not be caught by the sensational in nature, as a coarse red-faced sunset, a garrulous waterfall, or a fifteen thousand foot mountain... avoid prettiness -- the word looks much like pettiness --- and there is but little difference between them.


...good and evil are important to us finally as matters of choice, and to show the reality of choice requires that time pass, time for decisions to be made and paid for.

Robert Adams

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

Justice Potter Stewart

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutinary act.

George Orwell

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain

Opportunity is in the can, not in the cannots.

James Patterson

If you're going to think anyway, you might as well think big.

Donald Trump

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.


Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Dr. Seuss

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

John Adams

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect, has intended us to forego their use.

Galileo (1584-1642)

The core of Mencken's social philosophy was relatively simple. He believed it is the nature of the human species to reject what is true but unpleasant and to embrace what is obviously false but comforting. (H.L. Mencken)


Eric Sevareid's Law: The chief source of problems is solutions.

CBS News December 29, 1970

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

Albert Einstein

Church and state are intrinsically separate - at least in a democracy. The state deals with bureaucracy which is necessarily a least common denominator endeavor. Church, in its appropriate form, deals with the individual soul and its spiritual relationship with God which is necessarily the antitheses of any bureaucracy. This natural separation of church and state does not necessitate conflict between the two. On the contrary, both church and state benefit each other when properly respected. To limit the appropriate influence of one upon the other is to destroy both.

Robert D. Scott

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes 20 years of hard work to become an overnight success.

Diane Rankin

When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty; When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace; When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice.

Lin Yutang

There are a thousand striking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau

We have not succeeded in answering all your problems. The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.


An Englishman and a Scotsman were discussing oats. The Englishman, with his nose in the air said "In England we feed oats to our horses, and in Scotland you feed oats to your men...", to which the Scotsman replied "...that's why in England you have such fine horses and in Scotland we have such fine men!


There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

Winston Churchhill

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.


All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.

Mao Tse Tung

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Douglas Adams

Don't agonize. Organize.

Florynce Kennedy

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

Winston Churchill

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.


God has entrusted me with myself.


If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.

Orson Scott Card

A verbal agreement is as good as the paper it's written on.

Samuel Goldwyn

Truth is stranger than fiction, for we have fashioned fiction to suit ourselves.

G.K. Chesterton

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

Margaret Young

Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.

William Bridges

Talent is long patience.

Gustav Flaubert

Christianity is how you relate to God in light of the evidence while relating to others in spite of the evidence.


That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau

We are better off not to question trials but rather to let the trials question us.


Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Albert Einstein

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.

Richard Evans

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

John Wooden

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mark Twain

The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.

H. L. Mencken

In the end, the only things that matter are the people we help and the people we hurt.


If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research.

Wilson Mizner

That which is Striking and beautiful
is not always Good
But that which is Good is
Always Beautiful.

Ninon de Lenclos

I have always recognized that the object of business is to make money in an honorable manner. I have endeavored to remember that the object of life is to do good.

Peter Cooper

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

Oscar Wilde

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

Albert Einstein

Doing what's right will not lead to lost friends, but may well expose foes.

Robert D. Scott

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.

Hellen Keller

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Hellen Keller

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Hellen Keller

College isn't the place to go for ideas.

Hellen Keller

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

Hellen Keller

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

Hellen Keller

I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.

Hellen Keller

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

Hellen Keller

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.

Hellen Keller

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.

Hellen Keller

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

Hellen Keller

God Himself is not secure, having given man dominion over His work.

Hellen Keller

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Hellen Keller

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.

Hellen Keller

I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings.

Hellen Keller

The highest result of education is tolerance.

Hellen Keller

Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.

Hellen Keller

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Hellen Keller

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.

Hellen Keller

Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invisible host against difficulties.

Hellen Keller

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.

Herophilus 335BC

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

Margaret Thatcher

If I learned one thing over the years, it's the importance of staying ahead of change... to make things happen rather than wonder what happened.

Bob Stangerone - VP of Communications, Cessna Aircraft

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery...

Winston Churchill

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.

Robert Frost

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.

W. Edwards Deming

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770 - US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)

I am not one who's beliefs can not be challenged by truth. No matter how devastating to my very soul, I would rather every foundational belief I stood on crumble to the ground than remain ignorantly proud on a pedestal of lies believed.


Don't tell God how big your troubles are--tell your trouble HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS.


Abraham Joshua Heschel (January 11, 1907 - December 23, 1972)

Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.


Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying 'I will try again tomorrow.'

Mary Anne Radmacher

Carelessness and overconfidence are more dangerous than deliberately accepted risk.

Wilbur Wright, 1901

And if anything is accomplished to the purpose, it must be done at the golden moment. The slightest inclination of the weight in the balance should be seen, and should determine the matter at once. Long delays tire the angels. It is even more excusable to make a wrong decision sometimes than to be continually in a wavering position; to be hesitating, sometimes inclined in one direction, then in another. More perplexity and wretchedness result from thus hesitating and doubting than from sometimes moving too hastily.

I have been shown that the most signal victories and the most fearful defeats have been on the turn of minutes. God requires promptness of action. Delays, doubtings, hesitation, and indecision frequently give the enemy every advantage....

The timing of things may tell much in favor of truth. Victories are frequently lost through delays. There will be crises in this cause. Prompt and decisive action at the right time will gain glorious triumphs, while delay and neglect will result in great failures and positive dishonor to God. Rapid movements at the critical moment often disarm the enemy, and he is disappointed and vanquished, for he had expected time to lay plans and work by artifice....

The greatest promptness is positively necessary in the hour of peril and danger. Every plan may be well laid to accomplish certain results, and yet a delay of a very short time may leave things to assume an entirely different shape, and the great objects which might have been gained are lost through lack of quick foresight and prompt dispatch.

Gospel Workers 1915, Page 134

Ellen G. White

Generosity does not justify misbehavior.

Robert D. Scott

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

Bob Hope

I cannot recommend this individual too highly.


School is a place where former A students teach mostly B students to work for C students.


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.

Blaise Pascal

We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.

Blaise Pascal

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.

Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.

Blaise Pascal

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.

Benjamin Disraeli

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end...

Benjamin Disraeli

Vision without execution is hallucination.

Thomas Edison

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied.

William Gladstone

The only intuitive interface is the nipple; everything else is learned.


In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.

Samuel Butler

Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon.

Peter Lynch

It is better to be vaguely right than exactly wrong.

Carveth Read

Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the ignorant by the incompetent.

John Maynard Keynes

If farming were to be organised like the stock market, a farmer would sell his farm in the morning when it was raining, only to buy it back in the afternoon when the sun came out.

John Maynard Keynes

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

attributed, perhaps wrongly, to Albert Einstein

I want to oppose the idea that the school has to teach directly that special knowledge and those accomplishments which one has to use later directly in life. The demands of life are much too manifold to let such a specialized training in school appear possible [...] The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgement should always be placed foremost.

Albert Einstein

There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind.

Albert Einstein

Those who have too little courage to reprove wrong, or who through indolence or lack of interest make no earnest effort to purify the family or the church of God, are held accountable for the evil that may result from their neglect of duty. We are just as responsible for evils that we might have checked in others by exercise of parental or pastoral authority as if the acts had been our own.

EGW, Patriarachs and Prophets, p.578

Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us the work of judging character and motive.

EGW, Christ's Object Lessons, p. 71

When men endanger the work and cause of God by their own wrong course of action, shall they hear no voice of reproof? If the wrongdoer only were concerned, and the work reached no further than him, he alone should have the words of warning; but when his course of action is doing positive harm to the cause of truth, and souls are imperiled, God requires that the warning be as broad as the injury.

EGW, Selected Messages, vol. 2, p. 153

The names of those who sin and refuse to repent should not be retained on the church books, lest the saints be held accountable for their evil deeds. Those who pursue a course of transgression should be visited and labored with, and if they then refuse to repent, they should be separated from church fellowship, in accordance with the rules laid down in the Word of God. Those who refuse to hear the admonitions and warnings given by God's faithful messengers are not to be retained in the church. They are to be disfellowshiped; for they will be as Achan in the camp of Israel-deceived and deceiving. Who, after reading the record of Achan's sin and punishment, can think it according to the will of God that those who do wickedly, refusing to repent, are to be retained in the church. To retain them would be an insult to the God of heaven.

SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1096

I saw that decided efforts should be made to show those who are unchristian in life their wrongs, and if they do not reform, they should be separated from the precious and holy, that God may have a clean and pure people that He can delight in. Dishonor Him not by linking or uniting the clean with the unclean.

Testimonies for the Church Volume 1, Page 117-118

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

John D. Rockefeller

To "be wise as serpents and harmless as doves" doesn't mean to be as dumb as a rock.

based on Matthew 10:16

One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

Albert Einstein

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis de Tocqueville

You get what you buy, not necessarily what you pay for.

Robert D. Scott

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.

Charles Kettering

The decree which is to go forth against the people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews in the time of Esther. The Persian edict sprang from the malice of Haman toward Mordecai. Not that Mordecai had done him harm, but he had refused to show him reverence which belongs only to God. The king's decision against the Jews was secured under false pretenses through misrepresentation of that peculiar people. Satan instigated the scheme in order to rid the earth of those who preserved the knowledge of the true God. But his plots were defeated by a counterpower that reigns among the children of men. Angels that excel in strength were commissioned to protect the people of God, and the plots of their adversaries returned upon their own heads. The Protestant world today see in the little company keeping the Sabbath a Mordecai in the gate. His character and conduct, expressing reverence for the law of God, are a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and are trampling upon His Sabbath; the unwelcome intruder must by some means be put out of the way.

The same masterful mind that plotted against the faithful in ages past is still seeking to rid the earth of those who fear God and obey His law. Satan will excite indignation against the humble minority who conscientiously refuse to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. Wealth, genius, education, will combine to cover them with contempt. Persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will conspire against them. With voice and pen, by boasts, threats, and ridicule, they will seek to overthrow their faith. By false representations and angry appeals they will stir up the passions of the people. Not having a "Thus saith the Scriptures" to bring against the advocates of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday law. Those who fear God cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the Decalogue. On this battlefield comes the last great conflict of the controversy between truth and error. And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Now, as in the days of Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate His truth and His people.

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.

EGW 5T 450-451 (1885)

Racism is a uniquely secular beast, sometimes full fanged, sometimes cloaked in sheep's skin, but always not of God.

Robert D. Scott

The message from God to me for you is 'Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out' (John 6:37). If you have nothing else to plead before God but this one promise from your Lord and Saviour, you have the assurance that you will never, never be turned away. It may seem to you that you are hanging upon a single promise, but appropriate that one promise, and it will open to you the whole treasure house of the riches of the grace of Christ. Cling to that promise and you are safe. 'Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.' Present this assurance to Jesus, and you are as safe as though inside the city of God.

EGW Manuscript Releases, vol. 10, p. 175

Education is to better fathom and cope with our limitations so that we might have a stronger faith in and love for our Creator.

Robert D. Scott

There are only two types of people, the idiot savant and the idiot ignoramus.

Robert D. Scott

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

When wolves in sheep's clothing have their coats removed, has there been a decrease in the population of sheep?

Robert D. Scott

When a community of rats and roaches hires an exterminator, why should they be surprised when the inhabitants scatter?

Robert D. Scott

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

E.B. White

Racism is like a dog fight. It's wrong and ugly no matter which dog you're betting on. The only way to beat dog fighting is to stop and leave the venue.

Robert D. Scott

You're amazing -- or you simply don't live in the same universe as I do.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

The goal of business is not about making money. Making money is the objective of a job, trade or plain dumb luck. Business is about intelligently creating value by leveraging external resources in a systematic, sustainable manner. Cash generated by the business process is an important metric, but is incidental rather than central to a well-run business. If making money alone provided a sufficient description of the goal for business, then every lottery winner is a successful business person. Furthermore, the value created by business should serve to better our fellow man. Money is a measure of power. Value is a measure of greatness. Power that is not subordinate to value is evil and ultimately not sustainable.

Robert D. Scott

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Winston Churchill

So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner.


We’re still lost, but we’re making very good time!

Attributed to Buddy Blattner

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Napoleon Hill

An investment is to take that which you have and combine it with that which you are to make something that is either more or less than that which you have or that which you are. The great mystery is that you have anything at all or that you are anything at all. The faithful and judicious application of these two components will produce a small but wonderful moment of praise to the origin and synergy of these two things given you. A successful investment is like a well formed flower rooted in good soil raising itself to the warmth of the sun. Success is not measured in duration or size, but in the effective absorption and reflection of its life giving elements.

Robert D. Scott

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

Kurt Vonnegut

In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year. Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old Oolitic Silurian Period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi River was upwards of one million three hundred thousand miles long, and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing-rod. And by the same token any person can see that seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long, and Cairo and New Orleans will have joined their streets together, and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Mark Twain - Life on the Mississippi

Sometimes a woman's love of being loved gets the better of her conscience, and though she is agonized at the thought of treating a man cruelly, she encourages him to love her while she doesn't love him at all. Then, when she sees him suffering, her remorse sets in, and she does what she can to repair the wrong.

Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.

Martin Luther, Reply to the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521

“Atticus, you must be wrong." "How's that?" "Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong. . ."

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

The immature conscience is not its own master. It simply parrots the decisions of others. It does not make judgments of its own; it merely conforms to the judgments of others. That is not real freedom, and it makes true love impossible, for if we are to love truly and freely, we must be able to give something that is truly our own to another. If our heart does not belong to us, asks Merton, how can we give it to another?

Jon Katz

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.

Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.

Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons: The Journal of a Naturalist's Year

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hans Hofman

The organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.

Edward L. Bernays,Propaganda

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.

Erma Bombeck

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

John Wooden

More powerful than the pain of rejection is the fear of rejection.

Robert D. Scott

Losers have goals. Winners have systems.

Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert



As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy