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Roger Babson (1875-1967)

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. --Roger Babson (1875-1967)

Lauren Bacall (1924-____)

People should tell your children what life is all about -- it's about work. Lauren Bacall (1924-____)

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.Lauren Bacall (1924-____)In "Daily Telegraph" (London), 2 Mar 1988.

Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life. Lauren Bacall (1924-____) In "Daily Mail" (London), 1 Nov 1990.

J S Bach (1685 &endash; 1750)

An agreeable harmony for the honour of God and the permissible delights of the soul.
J S Bach's definition of music, in Derek Watson, Music Quotations, 1911

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging. J.S. Bach

There is nothing to it,. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
J S Bach Of the Organ, in K Geiringer, The Bach Family, 1954

Richard Bach (1936 &endash; )

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. - Richard Bach (1936 &endash; )

There's no disaster that can't become a blessing, and no blessing that can't become a disaster. -- Richard Bach, "ONE".

Francis Bacon. 1561-1626

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. -- Francis Bacon

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.--- Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.- Francis Bacon, 1561 - 1626

Natural abilities are like plants that need pruning by study.--- Francis Bacon

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. --Francis Bacon

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626.

Silence is the virtue of fools --Francis Bacon

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.
Francis Bacon

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.-- Francis Bacon

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. -Francis Bacon

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est. Knowledge is power. -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Meditationes Sacrae, De Haeresibus

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.-Francis Bacon_New Organon_I, Aphorism 42

This delivering of knowledge in distinct and disjointed aphorisms doth leave the wit of man more free to turn and toss, and to make use of that which is so delivered to more several purposes and applications. -- Francis Bacon, _Novum Organum_, 1620

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Discourse.

Princes are like to heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration but no rest. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Empire.

Chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Fortune.

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Goodness.

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.-- Sir Francis Bacon, 'Of Great Place', _Essays_,

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
Francis Bacon Essays "Of Love" (1597)

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Marriage and Single Life.

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Marriage and Single Life.

The remedy is worse than the disease. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Seditions.

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Studies.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Studies.

Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns on water, or but writes in dust. -- Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Studies.

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.-- Francis Bacon. 1561-1626. Of Truth.

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge, fitter for execution than for counsel, and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
Francis Bacon. 1561-1626 Of Youth and Age.

Zakki Badawi

Muslim Theology offers, up to present, no systemetic formulation of a status of being a minority - Zakki Badawi quoted in "Islam in Britain" Philip Lewis, London 1981.

Frank Baer

Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable. &emdash;Frank Baer

Isn't it curious that narrow-minded people are often the most thickheaded? -- Frank Baer

Reforms come from the bottom. No man with four aces requests a new deal. Frank Baer

To get nowhere, follow the crowd. --Frank Baer

When you don't have an education, you have to use your brains. Frank Baer

Joan Baez (1941-____)

Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers. Joan Baez

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now. -- Joan Baez (1941-____)

Walter Bagehot  (1826 &endash; 1877)

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault. -- Walter Bagehot  

Covert Bailey

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office. Covert Bailey

Gamaliel Bailey

Night brings out stars, as sorrow shows us truths. -- Gamaliel Bailey

John Baillie (1886-1960)

Give me a stout heart to bear my own burdens. Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others. Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon Thee, O Lord. ... John Baillie (1886-1960)

The evidence for Christian truth is not exhaustive, but it is sufficient. Too often, Christianity has not been tried and found wanting -- it has been found demanding, and not tried.... John Baillie (1886-1960)

Robert A. Baker

To assume that either conversation or drugs --or a combination of both-- could solve all the problems of human existence and make every life fulfilled and complete is the kind of magical and wishful thinking that has made one class of our citizenry, the therapeutic community, successful and wealthy; and another class, their clients, more miserable and unsettled than they were before they began placing their hopes on the promissory note that someone else could tell them what to think and how to live, and thereby make them happy.---------- Robert A. Baker, American psychologist, from his book, "Mind Games: are we obsessed with therapy?";1996.

Christina Baldwin

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. - Christina Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.-James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Stanley Baldwin

What the proprietorship of these newspapers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot through the ages.-- Stanley Baldwin

A. J. Balfour (1848-1930)

He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the even more refined accomplishments of skipping and skimming.A. J. Balfour (1848-1930)

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be entrusted to speak the truth. ~ Arthur James Balfour.

The motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic.--A. J. Balfour, c.1910

His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed in any other country.--Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour writes to Baron Rothschild, 2 November 1917

George W. Ball

Nostalgia is a seductive liar. - George W. Ball

Irving Ball

The past should be a springboard not a hammock. Irving Ball

Lucille Ball (1911 &endash; 1989)

Divorce is defeat.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Lucille Ball (1911-1989)

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.- Lucille Ball (1911-1989) In "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.    - Lucille Ball, 1911 - 1989

Honore de Balzac (1799 &endash; 1850)

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. -- Honore de Balzac

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)

[W]e have not been scuffling in this waste-howling wildness for the right to be stupid.-- Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995) "The Salt Eaters," 1980.

George Bancroft

He that will not honor the memory, and respect the influence of Calvin, knows but little of the origin of American independence. -- George Bancroft

[The Confession of Faith] infused enduring elements into the institutions of Geneva, and made it for the modern world, the impregnable fortress of popular liberty--the fertile seed-plot of Democracy.-- George Bancroft

W. N. P. Barbellion

Life pursues me like a fury. Everything, at all times, I am feeling, thinking, hoping, hating, loving, cheering. It is impossible to escape.-- W. N. P. Barbellion

William Barclay (1907-1978)

A saint is someone whose life makes it easier to believe in God. - William Barclay

Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.... William Barclay (1907-1978)

True prayer is asking God what He wants. --William Barclay

Division has always been a disease of the church... The Love Feast, which should have been the sign and symbol of perfect unity, has become a thing of divisions and class distinctions. And here there is something which only the newer translations reveal. In the older translations, it is said that to eat and drink at the sacrament without discerning the Lord's body is the way to judgment and not to salvation. But in the best Greek text, the word Lord's is not included. The sin is not to discern the body; that is to say, not to discern that the church is a body, not to be aware of the oneness of the church, not to be aware of the togetherness in which all its members should be joined.... William Barclay (1907-1978), Ethics in a Permissive Society

We may not understand how the spirit works; but the effect of the spirit on the lives of men is there for all to see; and the only unanswerable argument for Christianity is a Christian life. No man can disregard a religion and a faith and a power which is able to make bad men good...
William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John (Vol.1)

For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him. When we love anyone with our whole hearts, life begins when we are with that person; it is only in their company that we are really and truly alive. It is so with Christ. In this world our contact with Him is shadowy, for we can only wee through a glass darkly. It is spasmodic, for we are poor creatures and cannot live always on the heights. But the best definition of it is to say that heaven is that state where we will always be with Jesus, and where nothing will separate us from Him any more. ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John (Vol. 2)

The humblest and the most unseen activity in the world can be the true worship of God. Work and worship literally become one. Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever; and man carries out that function when he does what God sent him into the world to do. Work well done rises like a hymn of praise to God. This means that the doctor on his rounds, the scientist in his laboratory, the teacher in his classroom, the musician at his music, the artist at his canvas, the shop assistant at his counter, the typist at her typewriter, the housewife in her kitchen -- all who are doing the work of the world as it should be done are joining in a great act of worship. ... William Barclay, The Revelation of John, vol. 1 [1961]

K. A. Barden

Casual Christians Become Christian Casulties.--. K. A. Barden

Brigitte Bardot (1934-____)

I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals. - Brigitte Bardot (1934-____)In "The Harper Book of Quotations," by Robert I. Fitzhenry, 1993.

It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen. - Brigitte Bardot

I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful much adulated, very famous and very unhappy.- Brigitte Bardot (1934-____)"London Times," 28 Sep 1984.

Kevin G. Barkes

The Internet is run by a guy named Heisenberg, and his principles are uncertain.~ Kevin G. Barkes, alt.quotations, 3 Oct 2001

Christiaan H. Barnard  (1922 &endash; 2001)

Suffering isn't ennobling; recovery is. Christiaan H. Barnard

Clive Barnes

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what the people do want.~Clive Barnes

Simon Barnes

I'll tell you what Fowler's trouble is. It is making jokes. It is falling foul of the global conspiracy of the humourless. Jokes humanise, jokes civilise, jokes deflect wrath. Jokes give perspective, insight, clarity. Jokes give complexity. Jokes add life-giving layers of possibility. Jokes do not compromise the seriousness: jokes add to a serious intention and make deeper the meaning. Ask Shakespeare if you don't believe me, or Donne, or Joyce.
But so much of daily life is organised by the conspiracies of the jokeless: the dehumanisers, those who dread perspective, balance, thought. Lord deliver us from the humourless - I fear Fowler has fallen into their clutches. Moral: don't make jokes. Ever. The humourless always win.
Simon Barnes, The Times, April 7 1999 - (written after Fowler landed in hot water for sniffing the touchline as if it was a line of coke)

Carl Barney

There are three types of men in the world. One type learns from books. One type learns from observations. And one type just has to urinate on the electric fence himself.'--Carl Barney, quoted in `` Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives,'' Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Natalie Barney

Fashion: the search for a new absurdity. -- Natalie Barney, _Little Mistresses_

Eaton Stannard Barrett

Woman--last at the cross, and earliest at the grave.-- Eaton Stannard Barrett

Donald Grey Barnhouse

Just as the Holy Spirit came upon the womb of Mary, so He came upon the brain of a Moses, a David, an Isaiah, a Paul, a John and the rest of the writers of the divine library. The power of the Highest overshadowed them, therefore that holy thing which was born of their minds is called the Holy Bible, the word of God. The writing of Luke will, of course, have the vocabulary of Luke and the work of Paul will bear the stamp of Paul s mind. However, this is only in the same manner that the Lord Jesus might have had eyes like his mother s or hair that was the same color and texture as hers. He did not inherit her sins because the Holy Spirit has come upon her. If we ask, how could this be, the answer is God says so. And the writings of men of the Book did not inherit the errors of their carnal minds because their writings were conceived by the Holy Spirit and born out of their personalities without partaking of their fallen nature. If we ask, how could this be, again the answer is God says so.

 Marice Barres (1862 &endash; 1923)

The politician is an acrobat; he keeps his balance by doing the opposite of what he says. Marice Barres (1862 &endash; 1923)

James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

If I were younger, I'd know more. -- James Barrie

Life is a long lesson in humility.~James M. Barrie

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humbles hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. --Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) _The Little Minister_ [1891], Chapter 1

George Barrington

From distant climes o'er widespread seas we come.
Though not with much eclat or beat of drum,
True patriots all; for be it understood.
We left our country for our country's good.
[author uncertain. First known use by George Barrington, pickpocket, Sydney,1796 as prologue to a play

Dave Barry

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.~ Dave Barry

Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard. -Dave Barry

Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet. - Dave Barry

To judge from the covers of countless women's magazines, the two topics most interesting to women are: (1) Why men are all disgusting pigs and (2) How to attract men. -- Dave Barry

John Barrymore

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

The way to beatt a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run. -- John Barrymore

Joseph Barth

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. Joseph Barth

Karl Barth (1886-1968)

In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians -- Karl Barth

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.-Karl Barth

Men have never been good, they are not good, they never will be good.- Karl Barth (1886 &endash; 1968)

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone. Karl Barth

The statement that God is dead comes from Nietzsche and has recently been trumpeted abroad by some German and American theologians. But the good Lord has not died of this; He who dwells in the heaven laughs at them. KARL BARTH

The theologian who has no joy in his work is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this science. --Karl Barth (1886-1968) (Quoted in his obituary, _New York Times_ [December 11, 1968])

We may all be inclined to think of man's countless foolish and selfish intentions, his twisted and mischievous words and deeds. From all these, sin can be known, as a tree can be known from its fruits. Yet these outward signs are not sin itself, the wages of which are death. Sin is not confined to the evil things we do. It is the evil within us, the evil which we are. Shall we call it our pride or our laziness, or shall we call it the deceit of our life? Let us call it for once the great defiance which turns us again and again into the enemies of God and of our fellowmen, even of our own selves. -- Karl Barth (1886-1968)

What God chooses for us children of men is always the best. -- Karl Barth

Bruce Barton

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things--a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a newstand--I am tempted to think...there are no little things.--Bruce Barton

Bernard Baruch (1870 &endash; 1965)

Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. -- Bernard M. Baruch.

No man can humiliate me or disturb me. I won't let him. -- Bernard Baruch

To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am. Bernard M. Baruch (1870 &endash; 1965)

Jacques Barzun

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth. Jacques Barzun

 The lexicon of pussyfooting is familiar. On its title page should appear the motto: `Never say, "I think," which is obsolete; always say, "I feel," as in, "I feel that the Treasurer has been dipping into the till"; then, if you are wrong, you haven't said anything. --Jacques Barzun _The House of Intellect_ (1959), Chap. III, "Conversation, Manners, and the Home"

Finding oneself was a misnomer; a self is not found but made. --Jacques Barzun, _From Dawn to Decadence_

The sexual reality [after the sexual revolution] was often halfhearted and disappointing, much obsession but little passion--what D. H. Lawrence had called "sex in the head." Men and women did not benefit from the boasted "revolution" as they had expected; it did give some people the free play they wanted, but it pushed many more into courses unsuited to their nature and capacities. It did not install the Mohammedan paradise on earth, although everything in sight suggested that it had. Pornography is a form of utopian literature and, like the advertising of Desire, it set a standard that brought on paralysis. When an erectifying drug was put on the market, the millions who rushed to obtain it numbered the healthy young as well as the ailing old, and women at once demanded its feminine equivalent. It was apparently not known that desire must be dammed up to be self-renewing. -- Jacques Barzun, _From Dawn to Decadence_, 2000

Andrew Basden

This is the glory of the Biblical view of sin: it is not inherent and will not last forever - a very optimistic view. And, on a personal level, it can be forgiven and even woven into God's plan.Those who deny the reality of sin, have a very pessimistic view: that evil is with us forever because it is in inherent in reality.- Andrew Basden, post on Thinknet

Frédéric Bastiat

The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat

What then, is the common denominator to which all forms of socialism are reducible, and what is the bond that unites them against natural society, or society as planned by Providence? There is none except this: They do not want natural society. What they want is an artificial society, which has come forth full-grown from the brain of its inventor... They quarrel over who will mould the human clay, but they agree that there is human clay to mould. Mankind is not in their eyes a living and harmonious being endowed by God Himself with the power to progress and to survive, but an inert mass that has been waiting for them to give it feeling and life; human nature is not a subject to be studied, but matter on which to perform experiments. - Frederic Bastiat

We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life˜physical, intellectual, and moral life. But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. This process is necessary in order that life may run its appointed course. Life, faculties, production˜in other words, individuality, liberty, property˜this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.- Frédéric Bastiat _The Law_

Herbert Ernest Bates

Climate helps to shape the character of peoples, certainly no people more than the English. The uncertainty of their climate has helped to make the English, a long-suffering, phlegmatic, patient people rather insensitive to surprise, stoical against storms. slightly incredulous at every appearance of the sun, touched by the lyrical gratitude of someone who expects nothing and suddenly receives more than he dreamed. --- Herbert Ernest Bates, The Country Heart.

Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self control,
Thy liberty in law!
Katharine Lee Bates, "America, the Beautiful"

Lida Bates

Clinton smoked marijuana but did not inhale. He had an inappropriate relationship with a woman but did not have sex. He lied but did not commit perjury. So, what else did he not do, this self-defined innocent sinner?--Lida Bates, NEWSWEEK,12 October 1998

Basil the Great

A woman who intentionally destroys a fetus is guilty of murder. And we do not even talk about the fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed. Basil the Great

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

As a remedy against all ills - poverty, sickness, and melancholy - only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work. --Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.-- Charles Baudelaire

I am unable to understand how a man of honor can take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust. --Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

My dear brothers, never forget when you hear the progress of the Enlightenment praised, that the devil's cleverest ploy is to persuade you he doesn't exist - attributed to Baudelaire (1821-67)

Herman Bavinck

According to Scripture, God is incomprehensible yet knowable, absolute yet personal. HERMAN BAVINCK

The essence of the Christian religion consists therein: that the creation of the Father, destroyed by sin, is again restored in the death of the Son of God and recreated by the grace of the Holy Spirit to a Kingdom of God.--Herman Bavinck

Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

And the longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?
Richard Baxter

As the enjoyment of God is the heaven of the Saints, so the loss of God is the hell of the ungodly. And, as the enjoying of God is the enjoying of all, so the loss of God is the loss of all.... Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

He is not drowning His sheep when He washeth them, nor killing them when He is shearing them. But by this He showeth that they are His own; and the new shorn sheep do most visibly bear His name or mark, when it is almost worn out and scarce discernible on them that have the longest fleece.
Richard Baxter on Affliction

If they can see you love them, you can say anything to them. Richard Baxter

I remember myself, that when I was young, I had sometime the company of one ancient godly minister, who was of weaker parts than many others, but yet did profit me more than most; because he would never in prayer or conference speak of God, or the life to come, but with such marvelous seriousness and reverence, as if he had seen the majesty and glory which he talked of. - RICHARD BAXTER

Lord, it belongs not to my care,
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short--yet why should I be sad
To soar to endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God's kingdom comes,
Must enter by this door.

Come, Lord, when grace has made me meet
Thy blessed face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet,
What will Thy glory be!

Then shall I end my sad complaints,
And weary, sinful days;
And join with the triumphant saints,
To sing Jehovah's praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But 'tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with him.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Overvalue not therefore the manner of your own worship, and overvilify not other men's of a different mode.- Richard Baxter

Never does sin so reign in the Church or State, as when it has gained reputation,or, at least, is no disgrace to the sinner,nor is a matter of offence to we who behold it. - Richard Baxter

Rebirth brings us into the Kingdom of grace, and death into the Kingdom of glory.-- - Richard Baxter

Remember the perfections of that God whom you worship, that he is a Spirit, and therefore to be worshipped in spirit and truth; and that he is most great and terrible, and therefore to be worshipped with seriousness and reverence, and not to be dallied with, or served with toys or lifeless lip-service; and that he is most holy, pure, and jealous, and therefore to be purely worshipped; and that he is still present with you, and all things are naked and open to him with whom we have to do. The knowledge of God, and the remembrance of his all-seeing presence, are the most powerful means against hypocrisy. RICHARD BAXTER

Screw the truth into men's minds.- RICHARD BAXTER (on preaching)

See that your chief study be about heart, that there God's image may be planted, and his interest advanced, and the interest of the world and flesh subdued, and the love of every sin cast out, and the love of holiness succeed; and that you content not yourselves with seeming to do good in outward acts, when you are bad yourselves, and strangers to the great internal duties. The first and great work of a Christian is about his heart.

Serve God with gladness and cheerfulness of heart, as one that hath found the way of life, and never had cause of gladness until now. If you see your servant do all his work with groans, and tears, and lamentations, you will not think that he is well pleased with his master and his work.- Richard Baxter

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all. Richard Baxter 1651

You may know God, but not comprehend Him. - Richard Baxter

Keep up you conjugal love in constant heat and vigour. Richard Baxter, A Christian Directory 2.43

I preached as never sure to preach again,
And as a dying man to dying men.
Richard Baxter, 1615-1691, Love Breathing Thanks and Praise.

 ".... he thought secracy a virtue, and dissimulation no vice, and simmulation, that is in plain English, a lie, or perfiderousness to be tolerable fault in case of necessity. - Richard Baxter, Reliquiae Baxterianae.. on Oliver Cromwell

He was of a sanguine complexion, naturally of such a vivacity, hilarity and alacrity as another man is when he hath drunken a cup too much. - Richard Baxter, Reliquiae Baxterianae.. on Oliver Cromwell

I was but a pen, and what praise is due to a pen? -- Baxter, _Reliquiae Baxterianae_

Pierre Bayle

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false. Pierre Bayle

The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth. Pierre Bayle

Paul Bayne

Beware of a strong head and a cold heart.- Paul Bayne

Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. (1908-1974)

It is absolutely unimportant in the eyes of God how many people follow the "Anglican tradition" of belief and practice. It is of the greatest importance how many people there are who have come to know and love our Lord because of what we Anglicans have said and done. .. Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. (1908-1974)

Todd Beamer

[Todd] Beamer then told Jefferson [the GTE supervisor with whom he was in mobile phone contact] that he and the others had decided to "jump on" the hijacker wearing the bomb. Jefferson could hear shouts and commotion and then Beamer asked her to pray with him. They recited the 23rd Psalm. He got Jefferson to promise that she would call his family, then dropped the phone, leaving the line open. That's when Jefferson heard what Lisa Beamer believes were her husband's last words: "Let's roll. ~from post-gazette.com

Melody Beattie

What if we knew for certain that everything we're worried about today will work out fine? What if . . . we knew the future was going to be good, and we would have an abundance of resources and guidance to handle whatever comes our way? What if . . . we knew everything was okay, and we didn't have to worry about a thing? What would we do then? We'd be free to let go and enjoy life. -- Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go

Charles A. Beard

The lessons of history? There are four: The bee fertilizes the flower it robs; whom the gods would destroy they first make mad with power; the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small; when it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Charles A. Beard

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars... Charles A. Beard

Pierre De Beaumarchais

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them. -- Pierre De Beaumarchais

Lord Beaverbrook (1879-1964)

Buy old masters. They fetch a better price than old mistresses. -- attributed to Lord Beaverbrook (1879-1964)

He did not seem to care which way he travelled providing he was in the driver's seat. Lord William Maxwell Aitken Beaverbrook (1879 &endash; 1964), on David Lloyd George

The British electors will not vote for a man who does not wear a hat.-- Lord Beaverbrook

..the King had only to persevere in order to prevail. - Lord Beaverbrook's opinion , November 1936, in Lord Beaverbrook, The Abdication of King Edward VIII p.46 ( In a month the king had abdicated)

Samuel Beckett

The quantum of wantum remains constant. - Samuel Beckett


I pray you, noble Jesus, that as you have graciously granted me joyfully to imbibe the words of Your Knowledge, so You will also of Your bounty grant me to come at length to Yourself, the fount of all wisdom, and to dwell in Your presence forever.- Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, translated by Benjamin Webb

Thomas Beecham (1897 &endash; 1961)

Everything is controlled by the sods. The country is riddledwith homosexuals who are teaching the world how to behave--a spectacle of revolting hypocrisy.--Sir Thomas Beecham

'Have you heard any Stockhausen?' Sir Thomas Beecham was asked. 'No,' he replied, 'but I believe I have trodden in some.'

Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands - and all you can do is scratch it.
Sir Thomas Beecham to a lady cellist during a rehearsal

When we sing, 'All we like sheep have gone astray', might we, please, have a little more regret and a little less satisfaction? -
Sir Thomas Beecham while rehearsing for a performance of Messiah; Beecham stopped the proceedings and addressed the choir.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1878)

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation overthings evil. Henry Ward Beecher

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road. Henry Ward Beecher

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher

Christianity works while infidelity talks. She feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick, and seeks the lost, while infidelity abuses her and babbles nonsense and profanity. "By their fruits ye shall know them.-- Henry Ward Beecher

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. Henry Ward Beecher

Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled by them. Henry Ward Beecher

Memory can glean, but never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety--all this rust of life--ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth.--Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Oh, ye infidel philosophers, teach me how to find joy in sorrow, strength in weakness, and light in darkest days; how to bear buffeting and scorn; how to welcome death, and to pass through it inot the sphere of life, and this not for me only, but for the whole world that groans and travails in pain; and till you can do this, speak not to be of a better revelation than the Bible.-- Henry Ward Beecher

On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans; on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen.
Henry Ward Beecher

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Sorrow makes men sincere. Henry Ward Beecher

The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor; and no man can tell what becomes of his influence. --Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Henry Ward Beecher

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy-- Henry Ward Beecher

Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.-- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots ... the other, wings. --Henry Ward Beecher

There is no system which equals Calvinism in intensifying, to the last degree, ideas of moral excellence and purity of character. It has always worked for liberty. There never was a system since the world began, which puts upon man such motives to holiness, or builds batteries which sweep the whole ground of sin with such horrible artillery. -- Henry Ward Beecher

We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things. -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1878)

We are never ripe till we have been made so by suffering.~Henry Ward Beecher

Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore? Henry Ward Beecher

Thank God for books! And yet thank God that the great realm of truth lies yet outside of books, too vast to be mastered by types or imprisoned in libraries. ~ Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887)

There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men that public opinion.--Henry Ward Beecher_Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit_ [1887]

When a man says that he is perfect already, there is only one of two places for him, and that is heaven or the lunatic asylum. --Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) _Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit_ [1887]

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Applaud friends, the comedy is over. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Handel is the greatest composer who ever lived. I would bare my head and kneel at his grave. - Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827

Brendan Behan

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They're there every night, they see it done every night, they see how it should be done every night, but they can't do it themselves. Brendan Behan--Quoted by Gyles Brandreth in *Theatrical Disasters*

I'd rather be dead than think about death. --Brendan Behan

I never turned to drink. It seemed to turn to me.
Brendan Behan when told to turn from drinking 12 pints plus 2-3 bottles of whisky a day.

Aphra Behn (1640 &endash; 1689)

Come away; poverty's catching. - Aphra Behn (1640 &endash; 1689)

S. N. Behrman (1893 &endash; 1973)

A wonderful discovery, psychoanalysis. Makes quite simple people feel they're complex. --S. N. Behrman

Arnold Beichmen

...the myth of socialism is far stronger than the reality of capitalism. That is because capitalism is not really an ism at all. It is what people do if you leave them alone. --Arnold Beichmen

Alexander Graham Bell, (1847-1922)

So little done, so much to do.--- Alexander Graham Bell, his last words.

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.... Alexander Graham Bell, (1847-1922)

Bernard Iddings Bell

Thank God, our Christian chance is not permanently gone from us [in world affiars]. Ecclesiastics seems for the most part to have failed, failed both man and God; but God has not failed, Jesus has not failed. The God-man still remains the only leader into cooperation whose wisdom is sufficient for a permanent, competent, and free Society. The dictators and would-be dictators will not do. They overreach themselves. Eventually they will destroy one another, and kill off most of us. But even that disaster will not eradicate the desire of men and women to lay down lives for that which is more than themselves. Men will continue to demand not the freedom from that degree of unity for which the dictatorships stand, but rather a finer, more noble, more perceptive kind of unity: a human solidarity which is not nationalistic but world-embracing, a human integration which in aim and purpose is not secularist but spiritual. What the world unwittingly is groping after is allegiance to the eternal, the compassionate, the completely integrating Christ.... Bernard Iddings Bell, Still Shine the Stars [1945]

Gerald D. Bell

You are 100 percent responsible for your own happiness. Other people aren't responsible. Your parents aren't responsible. Your spouse isn't. You alone are. So if you are not happy, it's up to you to change something. It's not up to someone else to "fix it" for you.    Gerald D. Bell

Thomas Bell (1792-1880)

1858 has not, indeed, been marked by any of those discoveries which at once revolutionize, so to speak, the department of science in which they occur.Thomas Bell (1792-1880) President of the Linnean Society, speaking of the year in which Darwin read his papers on the origin of species to the society.in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Blood thought he knew the native mind;
He said you must be firm, but kind.
A mutiny resulted.
I shall never forget the way
That Blood stood upon this awful day
Preserved us all from death.
He stood upon a little mound
Cast his lethargic eyes around,
And said beneath his breath:
'Whatever happens, we have got
The Maxim Gun, and they have not.'
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)"The Modern Traveller" (1896)

Saul Bellow(1915 &endash;2005 )

Ignorance of death is destroying us. Death is the dark backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything. -- Saul Bellow

Joel Belz

Everything in life has to do with your world view. You go to the zoo either to rejoice in the Creator or to find some alternative to Him. Your help for the needy is wrapped either in the arrogance that you are godlike and can figure out every detail, or in the modesty and humility that admits even your kindness might be wrong. Your starting point, and your discoveries along the way, determine how you build and manage both your zoos and your governments --- if, indeed, these days you can tell the difference. --Joel Belz in WORLD

[W]hile I have no late-breaking evidence that this conflict is imminent, only a fool would fail to get ready for what is almost certainly just ahead. I refer to the threat faced by thousands of churches, schools, and other charitable organizations that their tax-exempt status will sooner or later be placed in jeopardy unless they follow the "public interest" and extend full rights, of every conceivable kind, to homosexuals. Many of us&emdash;and that includes WORLD magazine&emdash;choose to discriminate on the basis of sexual behavior when it comes to initial employment, position, and promotion. But when we do so, it is not merely a matter of choice; we are obligated, we believe, by our most basic convictions to do so....But the homosexual chant is unrelenting: "Separate is never equal," they say, drawing gratuitously on our sensitivities to racial injustices of the past. They don't just want their rights; they want the privilege to exercise those rights smack in the middle of our cherished settings. They want to change our families, our schools, our workplaces, and our churches. For until they do, they know our institutions will sit in implied judgment on their ways. It is that implied judgment they cannot tolerate.- Joel Belz:

Rick Beneteau

You might be poor, and unhappy; but become suddenly rich, and you will still be unhappy.-- Rick Beneteau

Judah Philip Benjamin (1811-1884)

The gentleman will please remember that when his half-civilised ancestors were hunting the wild boar in Silesia, mine were princes of the earth.
Judah Philip Benjamin (1811-1884), said in reply to an anti-Semitic remark made by a senator of German origin:

Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. - Robert Benchley (1889-1945) In "The Algonquin Wits," ed. by Robert E. Drennan, 1968.

Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people. Robert Benchley

Don't worry if you're a kleptomaniac, you can always take something for it. Robert Benchley

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony. Robert Benchley

There may be said to be two classes of people in the world: those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.- Robert Charles Benchley

Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)

The trouble is not that we are never happy -- it is that happiness is so episodical.
Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking. - Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) "Patterns of Culture," ch. 1, 1934

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) "An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict," by Margaret Mead, 1959

Alan Bennett (1934-)

Gielgud is a very humble man. He can be wayward, obstinate and maddeningly changeable, but one can forgive all these because he sets so little store by his own reputation.-Alan Bennett, 8 October 1968.

Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key.- Alan Bennett

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.- Alan Bennett

Of course my standards are out of date! That's why they're called standards. - Alan Bennett

We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules. - Alan Bennnett 

I am all in favour of free expression as long as it's kept rigidly under control.~ Alan Bennett 1934-, Forty Years On (1969)

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

It is well, when one is judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.-- Arnold Bennett

Arthur Bennett

I have often loved darkness,
observed lying vanities,
forsaken thy mercies,
trampled underfoot they beloved Son,
mocked thy providence,
flattered thee with my lips,
broken thy covenant,
It is of thy compassion that I am not consumed.
Lead me to repentance, and save me from despair;
Let me come to thee renouncing, condemning, loathing myself,
but hoping in the grace that flows even to the chief of sinners.
At the cross may I contemplate the evil of sin, and abhor it,
look on him whom I pierced,
as one slain for me, and by me.
- From The Valley of Vision. Arthur Bennett

Dan Bennett

The reason that the Ten Commandments are short and clear is that they were handed down direct, and not through several committees... Dan Bennett

William Bennett

Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed.--W. C. Bennett

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. --William Bennett

In America today, the only respectable form of bigotry is bigotry directed at religious people.- William Bennett, quoted in John Bolt, A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper's American Public Theology, Eeerdmans, 2001

Christianity's record is indisputably spotted. But standing in eternal reproof of that record, crying hypocrisy and betrayal, is Christianity itself, quitessentially embodied in the example of Jesus. In the case of Islam, the charge of hypocrisy hardly applies--certainly not on the matter of religious violence. To put the issue at its starkest, there is simply no equivalent in the Koran to the New Testament's admonishment to "turn the other cheek"; conversely, there is no equivalent in the New Testament to the Koranic injunction to "kill the disbelievers wherever you find them".-- William Bennett, _Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism_, 2002

A. C. Benson (1862 &endash; 1925)

I don't like authority. At least I don't like other people's authority. - A. C. Benson (1862 &endash; 1925)

Jeremy Bentham (1748 &endash; 1832)

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.-- Jeremy Bentham

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual. -Jeremy Bentham _An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation_, 1789 Chapter I, "Of the Principle of Utility"

Nicolai A. Berdyaev

We find the most terrible form of atheism, not in the militant and passionate struggle against the idea of God himself, but in the practical atheism of everyday living, in indifference and torpor. We often encounter these forms of atheism among those who are formally Christians. - Nicolai A. Berdyaev

Ralph Bergengren (1871- )

Christmas itself may be called into question,
If carried so far it creates indigestion.
Ralph Bergengren (1871- ) _The Unwise Christmas_

Peter Berger

There is a hidden double standard. The past can be relativized simply by explaining the misconceptions of the ancient worldview. The present, however, remains strangely immune from relativization...In other words, the New Testament writers are seen as afflicted with a false consciousness rooted in their time, but the contemporary analyst take the consciousness of his time as an unmixed intellectual blessing. The electricity- and radio-users are placed intellectually above the Apostle Paul. - PETER BERGER

Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. Ingrid Bergman.

It is not fatness; it is development.-- Ingrid Bergman, on her middle-age spread, @ 20 years ago

Bishop Berkeley

It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbours should be true to the public. -- Bishop Berkeley, _Maxims Concerning Patriotism_

Milton Berle

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? --Milton Berl

Money can't buy happiness. It just helps you look for it in more places. --Milton Berle

Louis Berkof

According to Scripture the essence of man consists in this, that he is the image of God. As such he is distinguished from all other creatures and stands supreme as the head and crown of the entire creation. -LOUIS BERKOF

David Berlinsky

The history of science resembles a collection of ghosts remembering that once they too were gods.-- David Berlinsky

Silvio Berlusconi

We must be aware of the superiority of our civilisation, a system that has guaranteed well-being, respect for hman rights and - in contrast with Islamic countries - respect for religious and political rights, a system that has as its value understanding of diversity and tolerance. - Silvio Berlusconi, BBC News, 27 Sep 2001

Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)

A pretext is never lacking to him who would break with a friend. - Bernard of Clairvaux, _Letters_

Prayer is a wine which makes glad the heart of man.-- Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)

Jesus is honey in the mouth, music in the ear, a song of gladness in the heart.... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) Sermon 15 on the Canticle of Canticles

Dorothy Bernard

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. - Dorothy Bernard

Carl Bernstein

For the first time in our history the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.-- Carl Bernstein

Dale Berra

The similarities between me and my father are different. --Dale Berra (Yogi Berra's son)

Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (1925 &endash; )

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. --Yogi Berra

Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical. --Yogi Berra

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.-- Yogi Berra

I don't want to make the wrong mistake - Yogi Berra(1925-____)

If the people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's gonna stop 'em.--Yogi Berra

If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.-- Yogi Berra

If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else.... Yogi Berra

I really didn't say everything I said. --Yogi Berra

It's like deja vu all over again. Yogi Berra

I wish I had an answer to that, because I'm tired of answering that question...Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

No wonder nobody comes here; it's too crowded. --Yogi Berra

The future ain't what it used to be...Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

We're lost, but we're making good time...Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

When asked what time it is: Do you mean now?..Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel. .Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

You can observe a lot by just watching. --Yogi Berra

Wendell Berry

Every day do something that won't compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing. Love someone who doesn't deserve it. Plant sequoias. Be joyful even though you've considered the facts. Practice resurrection. - Wendell Berry

George Best

I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered. - George Best, who also squandered the greatest football talent of his generation.

Alfred Bester (1913 &endash;-1987)

And the bartender says to Rene Descartes, 'Another beer?' And Descartes says, 'I think not,' and disappears. - Alfred Bester (1913 &endash;-1987)

John Betjeman

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
A Baby in an ox's stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?

And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
John Betjeman Christmas From A Few Late Chrysanthemums (1954)

Parish of enormous hayfields
Perivale stood all alone,
John Betjeman Middlesex From "A Few Late Chrysanthemums" (1954)

There's a line of harbour lights at Perivale,
John Betjeman Harrow-on-the-Hill From "A Few Late Chrysanthemums" (1954)

When things go wrong it's rather tame
To find we are ourselves to blame,
It gets the trouble over quicker
To go and blame things on the Vicar.
The Vicar, after all, is paid
To keep us bright and undismayed
John Betjeman: "Blame the Vicar" -from "Church Poems", published by John Murray

Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows. --John Betjeman _Summoned by Bells_

Aneurin Bevan (1897 &endash; 1960)

 This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time. - Aneurin Bevan (1897 &endash; 1960)

Ernest Bevin (1881 &endash; 1951)

If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be cut right out from under your feet. - Ernest Bevin

Jello Biafra

Don't hate the media, become the media - Jello Biafra; Dead Kennedys

Elizabeth Bibesco

Death is part of this life and not of the next. -- Elizabeth Bibesco, _Haven_, 1951

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.-- Ambrose Bierce.

Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.-- Ambrose Bierce

The covers of this book are too far apart. --Ambrose Bierce

Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. Ambrose Bierce

Apothecary, n. The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave-worm's provider. -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Capital Punishment, a penalty regarding the justice and expediency of which many worthy persons -- including all the assassins -- entertain grave misgivings. -- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's Dictionary", 1911

CARTESIAN, adj. Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, *Cogito ergo sum* -- whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The dictum might be improved, however, thus: *Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum* -- "I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;" as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made. --Ambrose Bierce (1842-c.1914) in The Devil's Dictionary (1911)

CLAIRVOYANT, n. A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron, namely, that he is a blockhead. Ambrose Bierce: Devil's Dictionary

Egotist, n: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. --"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce

Female: One of the opposing, or unfair, sex. Ambrose Bierce

Future, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured - Ambrose Bierce, The Devils Dictionary

Harbour, n. A place where ships taking shelter from storms are exposed to the fury of the Customs.The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

MAMMON, n. The god of the world's leading religion. The chief temple is in the holy city of New York. - THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911

Old Age, n. That time in life when we condemn the vices we no longer have the enterprise to commit.The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

Opiate, n. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.--Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Peace - In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Ambrose Bierce: Devil's Dictionary

POLITICS: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1911)

RED-SKIN, n. A North American Indian, whose skin is not red -- at least not on the outside. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's Dictionary", 1911

Responsibility. A detachable burden easily shifted to shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. --Ambrose Bierce

Satan, n. One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes. Being instated as an archangel, Satan made himself multifariously objectionable and was finally expelled from Heaven. Halfway in his descent he paused, bent his head in thought a moment and at last went back. "There is one favor that I should like to ask," said he. "Name it." "Man, I understand, is about to be created. He will need laws." "What, wretch! you his appointed adversary, charged from the dawn of eternity with hatred of his soul˜you ask for the right to make his laws?" "Pardon; what I have to ask is that he be permitted to make them himself." It was so ordered. A Bierce The Devil's dictionary

SELF-ESTEEM, n. An erroneous appraisement. -- Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary

Year, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.- The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

The average person thinks he isn't. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), "The Devil's Dictionary", 1911

Henry Wheeler "Josh Billings" Shaw (1818 &endash; 1885)

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. Josh Billings (1818-1885) In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994

As scarce as the truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.-- Josh Billings

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. Josh Billings

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves. Josh Billings (1818-1885)

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

The problem with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so. -- Josh Billings (c.1874)

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. --Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885)

He whom prosperity humbles, and adversity strengthens, is the true hero. -- Josh Billings, "Stray Children," Everybody's Friend, 1874

Rowland Bingham

There are no accidents in the life of the Christian.- ROWLAND BINGHAM

Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them.
Laurence Binyon, For the Fallen, 1914.

Max Bircher

The those two great medicines: Diet and Self-Control.--Max Bircher (As quoted in Gordon Young's _Doctors Without Drugs_ [1962])

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)

If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans. Otto von Bismarck

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.-- Otto von Bismarck

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.-Otto von Bismarck

The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night. -- Otto von Bismarck, attributed

To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.- Otto von Bismarck, 1815 - 1898

You can trust all Englishmen except those who speak French. ---Otto von Bismarck, attributed

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable . . . the art of the next best.--Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Remark to Prince Meyer von Waldeck, 11 Aug 1867.

Shirley Temple Black (1928- )

I stopped believing in Santa Claus at age six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph. Shirley Temple Black

H. J. Blackham

On humanist assumptions, life leads to nothing; and every pretense that it does not is a deceit. ... H. J. Blackham

Sir William Blackstone (1723 &endash; 1780)

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer. - Sir William Blackstone (1723 &endash; 1780)

Upon these foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation (Holy Scripture), depend all human laws; that is to say no human laws should be suffered to contradict these. WILLIAM BLACKSTONE

No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God. ~Blackstone, Commentaries on the English Common Law

Lawana Blackwell

The hatred you're carrying is a live coal in your heart - far more damaging to yourself than to them. --Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

Robert Blair

Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance. -- Robert Blair

John Blanchard

An elastic ecclesiastic -- J Blanchard

Evangelicalism is like a swimming bath. Most noise at the shallow end. J Blanchard

Michelle Blake

... one of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God,we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God's arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God's grace that gives us that faith. As with all spiritual knowledge, two things are true, and equally true, at once. The mind can't grasp paradox; it is the knowledge of the soul.
Michelle Blake The Tentmaker, 1999, p. 153 (in Ch. 16)

William Blake (1757-1827)

Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street.
William Blake, "Gnomic Verses"

The whore and gambler, by the state
Licensed, build the nation's fate.
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Both read the Bible day and night
But thou read'st black where I read white
Wm Blake, The Everlasting Gospel. (1818)

God appears, and God is Light,
To those poor souls who dwell in Night;
But does a Human Form display
To those who dwell in realms of Day.
William Blake (1757-1827)

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence. -- William Blake

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. --William Blake (1757-1827)

The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.- William Blake, (1757-1827)

There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on. - William Blake

William D. Blake

Expect more! - William D Blake

God's people fail a hundred times
Before each day is done.
But Grace, in whispers, lifts them up ˜
One hundred times and one.
William D. Blake

Jesus never married. So, should we not marry also? Jesus never used an electric appliance; never endorsed any medical procedure; never worked to save a troubled marriage. He never endorsed community volunteerism [i.e., Boy Scouts, Red Cross, United Way, etc.]; never owned a car; never went to college; never addressed juvenile delinquency or civil rights; never healed a case of alcoholism/alzheimer's/crib death/down's syndrome/drug abuse. Jesus never took time out for a hobby; never addressed professional burnout; never endorsed the ideals of saving money, of planning for retirement, of democracy. Do we REALLY want to "do as Jesus did" in these matters? His life was perfect in those areas that his life and words directly addressed. - William D Blake

Sometimes I suffer from delusions of adequacy. -- William D Blake

The evidence of God's "Expect more" message is evident even within the short time frame of the New Testament. For example, Jesus never mentioned "giving thanks" in the Lord's Prayer. But Paul did! In Phil. 4:6, Paul not only advised Christians to pray with thanksgiving, but to "pray about everything!" Jesus didn't ask us to ask God for "wisdom" when we pray; but James did! [Jas 1:5] Jesus' model prayer never included the provision for asking God to heal the sick. But James 5:13 gives us sanction to do exactly that in our prayers. And no Christian, praying with a burden for others, to my knowledge, has ever hesitated over whether he should ask for God's help in doing a hundred other tasks, just because Jesus' Model Prayer never instituted it.- William D Blake

Harry Blamires

Of what significance is it to us that, on this particular occasion, at this particular time, there are but half a dozen of us, or thirty of us, or a hundred of us, gathered together for the breaking of bread and for prayers,when these acts themselves unite us with millions who have repeated them daily throughout the centuries and now gather unseen at our side?
Harry Blamires, The Tyranny of Time

There is no longer a Christian mind ... the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization. He accepts religion -- its morality, its worship, its spiritual culture; but he rejects the religious view of life, the view which sets all earthly issues within the context of the eternal, the view which relates all human problems social, political, cultural to the doctrinal foundations of the Christian Faith, the view which sees all things here below in terms of God's supremacy and earth's transitoriness, in terms of Heaven and Hell. HARRY BLAMIRES

Lady Marguerite Blessington (1789 &endash; 1849)

Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.Lady Marguerite Blessington (1789-1849)

Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular. - Lady Marguerite Blessington (1789 &endash; 1849)

Ernest Blevins

The best exercise for strengthening the heart is reaching down and lifting people up.-- Ernest Blevins

George John Blewett

The last and highest result of prayer is not the securing of this or that gift, the avoiding of this or that danger. The last and highest result of prayer is the knowledge of God -- the knowledge which is eternal life -- and by that knowledge, the transformation of human character, and of the world. ... George John Blewett

Allan Bloom

[Children who have undergone divorce counseling] have beentold how to feel and what to think about themselves by psychologists who are paid by their parents to make the whole thing work out as painlessly for the parents as possible. This, it seems, is a part of no-fault divorce. If ever there was a conflict of interest, this isfast are the sworn enemies of guilt. And they have an artificial language for the artificial feelings with which they equip children. Prosthesis for spiritual amputees, which unfortunately does not permit them to get a firm grip on anything." --Allan Bloom, 1985

Anthony Bloom 

There are whole periods when you are neither at the bottom of the sea nor at the top of the peak, when you have to do something about praying, and that is the period when you cannot pray from spontaneity but you can pray from conviction.-Anthony Bloom  

Theresa Bloomingdale

If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma.
Theresa Bloomingdale

Dennis Bloodworth

The Chinese are only too often ready to sweep the dust of reality under the carpet of appearance. --Dennis Bloodworth, _Chinese Looking Glass_, (1967)

Ronald Blythe

I sometimes think that God will ask us, 'That wonderful world of mine, why didn't you enjoy it more?--Ronald Blythe , "Out of the Valley"

The British churchman goes to church as he goes to the bathroom, with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.
Ronald Blythe "The Age of Illusion"


But now, it is not as a woman descended from noble ancestry, but as one of the people that I am avenging lost freedom, my scourged body, the outraged chastity of my daughters. Roman lust has gone so far that not our very person, nor even age or virginity, are left unpolluted. But heaven is on the side of a righteous vengeance; a legion which dared to fight has perished; the rest are hiding themselves in their camp, or are thinking anxiously of flight. They will not sustain even the din and the shout of so many thousands, much less our charge and our blows. If you weigh well the strength of the armies, and the causes of the war, you will see that in this battle you must conquer or die. This is a woman's resolve; as for men, they may live and be slaves. -- Boadicea, queen of the Iceni, in Tacitus' _Annals_, Book XIV

David D. Boaz

The difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can't tolerate a libertarian community. -- David D. Boaz (1997)

Jan H. Boer

Muslims and Christians are at war with each other in Nigeria--and in many other places, unfortunately. That is a normal situation, for Islam regards its relationships with others as one of permanent war. Peaceful relations with others are only a matter of temporary strategy. Genuine Muslim peace with others is realized only when they have turned Muslim, when the House of War has become the House of Islam. They fully expect others to enter the House of Islam at one time or another and they are willing to work towards that with the patience of Job. = The Anatomy of Miss World, Dr. Jan H. Boer, (January, 2003)

William J.H. Boetcker (1873-1962)

The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow.-- William J.H. Boetcker

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. --William John Henry Boetcker


Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrariwise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content. -- Boethius

L Boettner

The doctrine of Total Inability, which declares that men are dead in sin, does not mean that all men are equally bad, nor that any man is as bad as he could be, nor that any one is entirely destitute of virtue, nor that human nature is evil in itself, nor that man's spirit is inactive, and much less does it mean that the body is dead. What it does mean is that since the fall man rests under the curse of sin, that he is actuated by wrong principles, and that he is wholly unable to love God or to do anything meriting salvation. His corruption is extensive but not necessarily intensive. -- Boettner

Peter Bohler (1712-1775)

Preach faith until you have it.-- Peter Bohler (1712-1775) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

Henry George Bohn (1796-1884)

He who knows himself best esteems himself least.--Henry George Bohn (1796-1884)

Neils Bohr (1885-1962)

No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. -Niels Bohr, (1885-1962)

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.-- Neils Bohr

James Montgomery Boice

The cross means this: Jesus taking our place (huper) to satisfy the demands of God's justice and turning aside God's wrath. JAMES M. BOICE

..if the death of Christ on the cross is the true meaning of the Incarnation, then there is no gospel without the cross. Christmas by itself is no gospel. The life of Christ is no gospel. Even the resurrection, important as it is in the total scheme of things, is no gospel by itself. For the good news is not just that God became man, nor that God has spoken to reveal a proper way of life for us, or even that death, the great enemy, is conquered. Rather, the good news is that sin has been dealt with (of which the resurrection is a proof); that Jesus has suffered its penalty for us as our representative, so that we might never have to suffer it; and that therefore all who believe in him can look forward to heaven. ...Emulation of Christ s life and teaching is possible only to those who enter into a new relationship with God through faith in Jesus as their substitute. Theresurrection is not merely a victory over death (though it is that) but a proof that the atonement was a satisfactory atonement in the sight of the Father (Rom 4:25); and that death, the result of sin, is abolished on that basis. Any gospel that talks merely of the Christ-event, meaning the Incarnation without the atonement, is a false gospel. Any gospel that talks about the love of God without pointing out that his love led him to pay the ultimate price for sin in the person of his Son on the cross is a false gospel. The only true gospel is of the one mediator (1 Tim. 2:5-6), who gave himself for us. Finally, just as there can be no gospel without the atonement as the reason for the Incarnation, so also there can be no Christian life without it. Without the atonement the Incarnation themeeasily becomes a kind of deification of the human and leads to arrogance and self advancement. With the atonement the true message of the life of Christ, and therefore also of the the life of the Christian man or woman, is humility and self sacrifice for the obvious needs of others. The Christian life is not indifference to those who are hungry or sick or suffering from some other lack. It is not contentment with our own abundance, neither the abundance of middle class living with home and cars and clothes and vacations, nor the abundance of education or even the spiritual abundance of good churches, Bibles, Bible teaching or Christian friends and acquaintances. Rather, it is the awareness that others lack these things and that we must therefore sacrifice many of our own interests in order to identify with them and thus bring them increasingly into the abundance we enjoy...We will live for Christ fully only when we are willing to be impoverished, if necessary, in order that others might be helped.
JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE, Foundations of the Christian Faith

We are to believe and follow Christ in all things, including his words about Scripture. And this means that Scripture is to be for us what it was to him: the unique, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God, and not merely a human testimony to Christ, however carefully guided and preserved by God. If the Bible is less than this to us, we are not fully Christ's disciples.... James Montgomery Boice, "The Preacher & God's Word"

John Bolt

..sectarian governments with coercive sword power eliminate their dissenting opposition. The sectarian world brooks no opposition; s view of justice and liberty demands purity. Thus, hard line theocrats vehemently oppose genuine pluralism; any pluralism that permits "false religions" full opponent be tolerated in "Christian America". Similarly, sectarian secularists cannot tolerate even the teeny-tiniest vestige of religious symbolism in the square. The full exercise of the state's coercive power must be used to remove every creche or menorah from the town squares of America, which are to be kept purely and nakedly secular. - John Bolt, A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper's American Public Theology, Eerdmans, 2001, p 379

The coalition with Roman Catholics was born out of a cultural cobelligerance against the overwhelming and growing pressures of secularism in Dutch nineteeth century education. - - John Bolt, A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper's American Public Theology, Eerdmans, 2001, p 394

The fight for liberty is one in which we ought to be willing to engage. It goes without saying that Christians who judge the battle to be one that requires active participation are required to fight in accordance with the appropriate application of Christian "just war" criteria. In the political arena, the rule of civility is top of the list. - John Bolt, A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper's American Public Theology, Eerdmans, 2001 p.384

Robert Bolton

For it is utterly impossible that any finite cause, created power, or anything out of God himself, should primarily move and incline the eternal, immutable, uncreated, omnipotent will of God. The true original and prime motive of all gracious, bountiful expressions and effusions of love upon his elect, is the good pleasure of his will. And therefore to hold that election to life is made upon foresight of faith, good works the right use of free will, or any created motive, is not only false and wicked, but also ignorant and absurd tenet. To say no more at this time, it robs God of his all-sufficiency, making him go out of himself, looking to this or that in the creature, upon which his will may be determined to elect. - ROBERT BOLTON

Gold can no more fill the spirit of a man, than grace his purse. A man may as well fill a bag with wisdom, as the soul with the world.-- Robert Bolton

He that thirsts after grace is already entitled to the well of life and fullness of heavenly bliss, by a promise from God's own mouth. . . (Rev. 21:6) - ROBERT BOLTON

Were the holiest heart upon earth enlarged to the vast comprehension of this great world's wideness; nay, made capable of all the glorious and magnificent hallelujahs and hearty praises offered to Jehovah,both by all the militant and triumphant church, yet would it come infinitely short of sufficiently magnifying, admiring, and adoring the inexplicable mystery and bottomless depth of this free, independent mercy, and love to God, the Fountain and First Mover of all our good. - ROBERT BOLTON

Samuel Bolton

The law sends us to the gospel , that we may be justified, and the gospel sends us to the law again to enquire what is our duty, being justified. Samuel Bolton

There are no provisos to be laid down in point of faith; all is truth, and we must believe all. Faith does not single out its object; it does not pick and choose, but believes all that God has spoken.-- Samuel Bolton

Sarah Knowles Bolton

Be glad today. Tomorrow may bring tears.
Be brave today. The darkest night will pass.
And golden rays will usher in the dawn.
Who conquers now shall rule the coming years.
Sarah Knowles Bolton

Erma Bombeck (1927-96)

I am not a glutton -- I am an explorer of food. -- Erma Bombeck

I have never understood, for example, how come a child can climb up on the roof, scale the TV antenna and rescue the cat--yet cannot walk down the hallway without grabbing both walls with his grubby hands for balance. Or how come a child can eat yellow snow, kiss the dog on the lips, chew gum that he found in the ashtray, put his mouth over a muddy garden house . . . and refuse to drink from a glass his brother has just used. ~ Erma Bombeck 1927-1996 , If Life is a Bowl of Cherries--What Am I Doing in the Pits? (1978)

Gustave le Bon (1841-1931)

If atheism spread, it would become a religion as intolerable as the ancient ones. ~ Gustave le Bon 1841-1931, Aphorisms du temps présent

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling. --Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. ... Napoleon Bonaparte, "Maxims", 1804-1815

England is a nation of shopkeepers. -- Napoléon

Equality for women? This is madness. --Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) (Quoted in Daniel Savage Gray's _In the Words of Napoleon_ [1977])

Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. --Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

I die before my time and my body shall be given back to the earth and devoured by worms. What an abysmal gulf between my deep miseries and the eternal Kingdom of Christ. I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of myself and of Alexander and of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant-Jesus-should be able to stretch his hands across the centuries, and control the destinies of men and nations.--NAPOLEON

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.-- Napoleon Bonaparte

Philosophers try to solve the mysteries of the universe by their empty theories. Fools! They are like children who demand the moon for a toy. Christ never hesitates. He speaks with authority. His religion is a mystery, but it subsists by its own power. He seeks, and absolutely requires, the love of men, the most difficult thing in the world to get. Alexander, Caesar and Hannibal conquered the world, but had no friends. I am perhaps the only person today who loves them. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires, but upon what? Force! Jesus founded His empire on love, and at this hour millions would die for Him. I myself have inspired many people such that they would die for me. But my presence was needed. Now that I am in St Helena, where are my friends? I am forgotten, soon to return to the earth, and become food for worms. But Christ is proclaimed, loved and adored, and His eternal kingdom is extending over all the earth. Is this death? I tell you, the death of Christ is the death of a God. I tell you, Jesus Christ is God. --Napoleon I

The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.--- Napoleon

Victory belongs to the most persevering. -- Napoleon (1769-1821)

What, sir, you would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense. - - Napoleon to Robert Fulton

You think you are too intelligent to believe in God. I am not like you. ~Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 -1821

Andrew Bonar

I have often felt things in study so plainly given me, not at all like the products of my own skill, that this is the way in which I account for them. The Lord sends them because of people praying for me. - Andrew Bonar s journal: DECEMBER 18, 1846

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Faith is rest, not toil. It is the giving up all the former weary efforts to do or feel something good, in order to induce God to love and pardon; and the calm reception of the truth so long rejected, that God is not waiting for any such inducements, but loves and pardons of His own goodwill, and is showing that goodwill to any sinner who will come to Him on such a footing, casting away his own poor performances or goodnesses, and relying implicitly upon the free love of Him who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son. ... Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), "The Everlasting Righteousness"

He has come! the Christ of God;
Left for us His glad abode,
Stooping from His throne of bliss,
To this darksome wilderness.

He has come! the Prince of Peace;
Come to bid our sorrows cease;
Come to scatter with His light
All the darkness of our night.

He, the Mighty King, has come!
Making this poor world His home;
Come to bear our sin's sad load,--
Son of David, Son of God!

He has come whose name of grace
Speaks deliverance to our race;
Left for us His glad abode,--
Son of Mary, Son of God!

Unto us a Child is born!
Ne'er has earth beheld a morn,
Among all the morns of time,
Half so glorious in its prime!

Unto us a Son is given!
He has come from God's own heaven,
Bringing with Him, from above,
Holy peace and holy love.
Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Not what my hands have done
Can save my guilty soul;
Not what my toiling flesh has borne
Can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do
Can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears
Can bear my awful load.

Thy work alone, O Christ,
Can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
Can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God,
Not mine, O Lord, to thee,
Can rid me of this dark unrest,
And set my spirit free.

Thy grace alone, O God,
To me can pardon speak;
Thy pow'r alone, O Son of God,
Can this sore bondage break.
No other work, save thine,
No other blood will do;
No strength, save that which is divine,
Can bear me safely through.

I bless the Christ of God;
I rest on love divine;
And with unfalt'ring lip and heart,
I call this Saviour mine.
His cross dispels each doubt;
I bury in his tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear,
Each ling'ring shade of gloom

I praise the God of grace;
I trust his truth and might;
He calls me his, I call him mine,
My God, my joy, my light.
"Tis he who saveth me,
And freely pardon gives;
I love because he loveth me,
I live because he lives.
Horatius Bonar, 1861

Paul Bonchard

Someone quoting the hackneyed sarcasm that "between Protestantism and Romanism thre is but a paper wall," the reply was, "True, but the whole Bible is printed on it." -- Paul Bonchard

Tal Bonham

Helping his wife wash the dishes, a minister protested, "This isn't a man's job." "Oh yes it is," his wife retorted, quoting 2 Kings 21:13: "I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down." --Tal Bonham

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software

A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes...and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.- Dietrich Bonhoeffer ,in a letter:, 1943

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered,
and confidently waiting come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to greet us each new day.

Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented,
still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare.

And when this cup You give is filled to brimming
with bitter suffering, hard to understand,
we take it thankfully and without trembling,
out of so good and so beloved a hand.

Yet when again in this same world You give us
the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun,
we shall remember all the days we lived through,
and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - in the concentration camp, shortly before his death.

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfil all His promises . . . leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Much that worries us beforehand can afterwards, quite unexpectedly, have a happy and simple solution. Worries just don't matter. Things really are in a better hand than ours. -- DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it would be wrong to try to find a substitute .... It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; he does not fill it, but on the contrary, he keeps it empty and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain.-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) In "Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World," by Edythe Draper, 1992.

Only he who believes is obedient. Only he who is obedient, believes. Bonhoeffer

Salvation is free, ... but discipleship will cost you your life.-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The man who finds God in his earthly happiness...does not lack reminder that earthly things are transient...and...there will be times when he can say in all sincerity, "I wish I were home." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God's coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God's coming should arouse in us. We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant and agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us. The coming of God is truly not only glad tidings, but first of all frightening news for everyone who has a conscience.- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Furthermore, [the unchristian environment] is the place where we find out whether the Christian's meditation has led him into the unreal, from which he awakens in terror when he returns to the workaday world, or whether it has led him into a real contact with God, from which he emerges strengthened and purified. Has it transported him for a moment into a spiritual ecstasy that vanishes when everyday life returns, or has it lodged the Word of God so securely and deeply in his heart that it holds and fortifies him, impelling him to active love, toobedience, to good works? Only the day can decide.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together

Human love has little regard for truth. It makes the truth relative, since nothing, not even the truth, must come between it and the beloved person. Human love desires the other person, his company, his answering love, but it does not serve him. On the contrary, it continues to desire even when it seems to be serving. There are two marks, both of which are one and the same thing, that manifest the difference between spiritual and human love: Human love cannot tolerate the dissolution of a fellowship that has become false for the sake of genuine fellowship, and human love cannot love an enemy, that is, one who seriously and stubbornly resists it. Both spring from the same source: human love is by its very nature desire - desire for human community. So long as it can satisfy this desire in some way, it will not give it up, even for the sake of truth, even for the sake of genuine love for others. But where it can no longer expect its desire to be fulfilled, there it stops short - namely, in the face of an enemy. There it turns into hatred, contempt, and calumny. Dietrich Bonhoffer from "Life Together"

Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. He will only do harm to himself and to the community. Alone you stood before God when He called you; alone you had to answer that call; alone you had to struggle and pray; and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot escape yourself; for God has singled you out. If you refuse to be alone, you are rejecting Christ's call to you, and you can have no part in the community of those who are called.... Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. Into the community you were called -- the call was not meant for you alone; in the community of the called you bear your cross, you struggle, you pray. You are not alone even in death, and on the Last Day you will be only one of the great congregation of Jesus Christ. If you scorn the fellowship of the brethren, you reject the call of Jesus Christ. ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together

Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God, either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God, too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and in the end there will be nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words... never really speaking to others.... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together

The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love of God begins in listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God's love for us that He not only gives us His Word but lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him.... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together

The heart of man is revealed in temptation. Man knows his sin, which without temptation he could never have known; for in temptation man knows on what he has set his heart. The coming to light of sin is the work of the accuser, who thereby thinks to have won the victory. But it is sin which is become manifest which can be known, and therefore forgiven. Thus the manifestation of sin belongs to the salvation plan of God with man, and Satan must serve this plan.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Temptation

But when once Christ had called him, Peter had no alternative he must leave the ship and come to Him. In the end, the first step of obedience proves to be an act of faith in the word of Christ. But we should completely misunderstand the nature of grace if we were to suppose that there was no need to take the first-step, because faith was already there. Against that, we must boldly assert that the step of obedience must be taken before faith can be possible. Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1905-1945), The Cost of Discipleship

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like the cheapjack1s wares. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
D Bonhoeffer The Cost of Discipleship, 1937

Let the Christian rest content with his worldliness and with this renunciation of any higher standard than the world. He is living for the sake of the world rather than for the sake of grace. Let him be comforted and rest assured in his possession of this grace˜for grace alone does everything. Instead of following Christ, let the Christian enjoy the consolations of his grace! That is what we mean by cheap grace, the grace which amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sins departs. Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must the asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: „ye were bought at a price, and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Cost of Discipleship

Margaret Bonnano

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. --Margaret Bonnano


I'm sick and tired of Irish Americans coming up to me, who haven't been back to their country in years, and talking about the glory of the revolution. Where's the glory in taking a man out in front of his wife and kids and shooting him? In leaving people out with their medals all brushed up laying under the rubble, dying for the glory of the revolution? ~Bono, New Musical Express(1988)

Edward de Bono

The solid wealth of insurance companies and the success of those who organsie gambling are some indication of the profits to be derived from the efficient use of chance.~Edward de Bono

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. ~ Edward De Bono

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.--Corrie Ten Boom

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. --Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?... Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.--Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)

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

Daniel Boorstin (1914-____)

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers. Daniel Boorstin (1914-____)

Neal Boortz

The principal purpose of the Democratic Party is to use the force of government to take property away from the people who earn it and give it to people who do not.--Neal Boortz

Catherine Booth

The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right.
Last words of Catherine Booth, 61, wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth. 4.10.1890

William Booth (1829 &endash; 1912)

In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell. --Gen. Booth

What then is there left for me to do? Not count the weeks, the days and the hours which will bring me again into her sweet company.....My work plainly is to fill up the weeks, the days and the hours and cheer my poor heart as I go alongwith the thought that, when I have served my Christ and my generation according to the will of God -- which I vow this afternoon I shall do with the last drop of my blood -- then I trust that He will bid me to the skies as he bade her.
William Booth at the grave of his wife, in Blood and Fire, Roy Hattersley, 1999

While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight˜I'll fight to the very end! -- General William Booth

William Borah

Peace purchased at the cost of any part of our national integrity is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased for such a price it is a delusion, for it cannot last. - Wm. Borah

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. -- William Borah

Victor Borge

He was happily married - but his wife wasn't. - Victor Borge

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

What is the difference between a Nazi and a Dog? The Nazi lifts his arm! ---Victor Borge, 1930s

Jorge Luis Borges

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

Max Born (1882-1970)

There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible and those who believe that 'belief' must be discarded and replaced by 'the scientific method. - Max Born (1882-1970) "Natural Philosophy of Cause and Chance," Appendix One.

Giosué Borsi

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.~Giosué Borsi

Alexander Boswell

He gart Kings ken they had a lith in their neck. - Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck, in James Boswell, Tour of the Hebrides.

James Boswell

We have no right to make people happy against their will. - James Boswell quoted in James Pope-Hennesy, Sins of the Fathers

We never have a long continuation of agreeable life. It is frequently interrupted, and a company who have been very happy together must have the pain of parting. After every enjoyment comes weariness or disgust. We never have a large lawn of agreeable life. It is cut to pieces with sunk fences, even where it is smoothest. -- James Boswell , letter, June 1774

Schmuly Boteach

The Talmud teaches that Mount Sinai, which means "mountain of hatred," earned its name because the Ten Commandments that were given there made the Jewish people the most hated nation on Earth. The world does not want a conscience, and the Earth's inhabitants have always sought freedom from a moral code. [...]
Because the Jews were entrusted by God with commandments such as "Thou shalt not kill," they immediately become the enemies of murderers. And now that America has become the moral conscience of the world by aggressively promoting liberty and justice, it too is being demonized. The Democratic Party would have us believe that there is something wrong in having the whole world oppose you. But the Jews have long known that there is honor in it as long as you are right and they are wrong. -- Schmuly Boteach, "Democrats want 'Moore' than Kerry", _Jerusalem Post_, July 28, 2004,

Jean de Boufflers 1738-1815

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.-Jean de Boufflers, 1738-1815

Paul Bourquet

Universal suffrage is the most monstrous and iniquitous of tyrannies-because the force of numbers is most brutal, having neither courage nor talent. Paul Bourquet, Le Diciple, 1889

Christian Nevell Bovee

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.-- Christian Nevell Bovee

Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit. ~ Christopher N. Bovee

Charles Synge Christopher Bowen, Baron Bowen (1835-96)

The rain it raineth on the just
And also on the unjust fella;
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust steals the just's umbrella.
Charles Synge Christopher Bowen, Baron Bowen (1835-96)

Linda Bowles

The socialist state requires greater and greater degrees of force to make it function. If resources and wealth are allocated on the basis of need rather than production, people will compete to be more needy rather than more productive. -- Linda Bowles

The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice. --Linda Bowles, "The Weaning Process, " Washington Times, December 20, 1994, p. A16.

L. M. Boyd  

Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one.- L. M. Boyd  

Stephen Boydstun

We are as free as and free in exactly the sense that our neuronal processes are free. -- Stephen Boydstun

John Boys

As the Babylonians used daily to sacrifice to their Bel; so the glutton to his belly; making it his God, Phil 3:19 - John Boys

He doth preach most that doth live best. JOHN BOYS

William Bradford

And herewith I shall end this year [1621]. Only I shall remember one passage more, rather of mirth then of waight. One ye day called Christmas-day, ye Govr [William Bradford] caled them out to worke, (as was used,) but ye most of this new-company excused them selves and said it wente against their consciences to work on yt day. So ye Govr tould them that if they made it mater of conscience, he would spare them till they were better informed. So he led-away ye rest and left them; but when they came home at noone from their worke, he found them in ye streete at play, openly; somepitching ye barr, & some at stoole-ball, and shuch like sports. So he went to them, and tooke away their implements, and tould them that was against his conscience, that they should play & others worke. If they made ye keeping of it mater of devotion, let them kepe their houses, but ther should be no gameing or revelling in ye streets. Since which time nothing hath been atempted that way, at least openly.-- William Bradford, History of Plymouth Colony

IN The Name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. In WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth and of Scotland, the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620
William Bradford , The Mayflower Compact

Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981)

We need to learn to set our course by the stars and not by the lights of every passing ship. Omar Bradley

We have too many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. --General Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981) _Armistice Day speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce_ [1948]

Tom Bradley (1917-____)

The thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you. - Tom Bradley (1917-____) "The Impossible Dream," 1986.

Anne Bradstreet

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. -Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If every wife was happy with a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
Anne Bradstreet "To My Dearest and Loving Husband," 1678

H. N. Brailsford

In Europe, the epoch of conquest is over, and save in the Balkans and perhaps on the fringes of the Austrian and Russian empires, it is as certain as anything in politics that the frontiers of our national states are finally drawn. My own belief is that there will be no more wars among the six Great Powers.~ H. N. Brailsford, 1913

David Brainerd (1718-47)

I find that both mind and body are quickly tired with intenseness and fervor in the things of God. Oh that I could be as incessant as angels in devotion and spiritual fervor. -- David Brainerd

Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. Oh, that God would make me more fruitful and spiritual.... David Brainerd (1718-1747)

There is a God in heaven who over-rules all things for the best; and this is the comfort of my soul. DAVID BRAINERD

We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God.-- David Brainerd

It is good to follow the path of duty, though in the midst of darkness and discouragement. - David Brainerd journal

God designs that those whom He sanctifies...shall tarry awhile in this present evil world, that their own experience of temptations may teach them how great the deliverance is, which God has wrought for them.--David Brainerd- tract, 3 Februaury 1744

Stewart Brand

Brand's Asymmetry
The past can only be known, not changed. The future can only be changed, not known. -- Stewart Brand

Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.- Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities. -Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) "DeSanto vs. Pennsylvania," 1926.

Publicity is justly commended as a remedy of social and inductrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. L. Brandeis, Other People's Money (1933 edition, p. 62)

Nathaniel Branden

Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves. -- Nathaniel Branden

Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. -- Nathaniel BrandenSelf esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. -- Nathaniel Branden

Many factors contribute to who we become as human beings: our genes, our maturation, our unique biological potentials and limitations, our life experiences and the conclusions we draw from them, the knowledge and information available to us, and, of course, our premises or philosophical beliefs, and the thinking we choose to do or not to do. And even this list is an oversimplification. The truth, is we are far from understanding everything that goes into shaping the persons we become, and it is arrogant and stupid to imagine that we do.-
Nathaniel Branden, The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand

Anthony Brandt

Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. --Anthony Brandt

Wernher Von Braun (1912 &endash; 1977)

In this modern world of ours many people seem to think that science has somehow made such religious ideas as immortality untimely or old fashioned.I think science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of His universe, doesn t it make sense to assume that He applies it to the masterpiece of His creation, the human soul? Dr.WERNHER VON BRAUN

 The best computer is a man, and it's the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labour. --Wernher Von Braun

Bertolt Brecht (1898 &endash; 1956)

With whom would the just man not sit
To help justice?
What medicine is too bitter
For the man who's dying?
What vileness should you not suffer to
Annihilate vileness?
If at last you could change the world, what
Could make you too good to do so?
Who are you?
Sink in filth
Embrace the butcher but
Change the world: it needs it!
Bertolt Brecht

Craig Breedlove

There's only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that's if we quit. - Craig Breedlove

Gerald Brenan (1894-1987)

Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else. We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by those involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures.~ Gerald Brenan

Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values. Gerald Brenan (1894-1987)

Leonid Brezhnev (1906 &endash; 1982)

One sits the whole day at the desk and appetite is standing next to me. 'Away with you,' I say. But Comrade Appetite does not budge from the spot. - Leonid Brezhnev (1906 &endash; 1982)

Jerry Bridges

Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.--Jerry Bridges

Robert Bridges (1884-1930)

When men were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,
Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town;
Deadening, muffling, stifling its murmurs failing,
Lazily and incessantly floating down and down:
Silently sifting and veiling road, roof and railing;
Hiding difference, making unevenness even,
Into angles and crevices softly drifting and sailing.

For now doors open, and war is waged with the snow;
And trains of sombre men, past tale of number,
Tread long brown paths, as toward their toil they go.
But even for them awhile no cares encumber
Their minds diverted, the daily word is unspoken,
The daily thoughts of labour and sorrow slumber
At the sight of the beauty that greets them, for the charm they have broken.
Robert Bridges: London Snow

Ashleigh Brilliant

Appreciate me now, and avoid the rush.-- Ashleigh Brilliant

By doing just a little every day, you can gradually let the task completely overwhelm you.-- Ashleigh Brilliant

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right. &emdash; Ashleigh Brilliant

If you don't like my opinion of you, you can always improve - BRILLIANT, ASHLEIGH (1933-)

David Brins

In all of history, we have found just one cure for error -- a partial antidote against making and repeating grand, foolish mistakes, a remedy against self-deception. That antidote is criticism. - David Brins

Jill Briscoe

A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality ~ Jill Briscoe

Steuart H. Britt

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. Steuart H. Britt

Noel Britton

I'm trying to lose some weight so I've gone on a garlic diet. You eat garlic with everything. It doesn't make you lose any weight but people stand further back and you look thinner at a distance. ~ Noel Britton.

Tom Bromley

We've been invaded without a shot being fired. It's been an absolute waste of time going to war in 1914 and 1939. Millions of people died who didn't want a federal Europe and now Tony Blair's surrendering it. If you live in South Africa and you're a patriot, they give you the Nobel Prize, If you live in England and you're a patriot, they call you a bigot. Nobody represents us. ----Tom Bromley, Daily Telegraph (UK), November 8, 2000

David Bronnert

It belongs to the very nature of the gospel that the Church is built across cultural, social, and racial barriers. There are siren voices (as well as gut reactions) telling Christians that the way to success in evangelism is to follow the natural divisions, and to try to build churches along cultural, social and racial divisions. In doing so, they ignore the "success" in the New Testament in crossing these lines; more importantly, they are in fact stressing success more highly than the truth of the gospel. To buy success at the price of treating the fundamental nature of the gospel as dispensable is to follow a false gospel.
David Bronnert, "The Gospel and Culture" in The Changing World

Anne Bronte (1820 &endash; 1849)

YES, thou art gone ! and never more
Thy sunny smile shall gladden me ;
But I may pass the old church door,
And pace the floor that covers thee.

May stand upon the cold, damp stone,
And think that, frozen, lies below
The lightest heart that I have known,
The kindest I shall ever know.

Yet, though I cannot see thee more,
'Tis still a comfort to have seen ;
And though thy transient life is o'er,
'Tis sweet to think that thou hast been ;

O think a soul so near divine,
Within a form so angel fair,
United to a heart like thine,
Has gladdened once our humble sphere.

Walter Hargrave: Are you as happy as you desire to be?
Helen Huntingdon: No one is so blest as that comes to on this side of eternity.
Anne Bronte ,The Tenant of Wildfell Hall p 257

He is very fond of me - almost too fond. I could do with less caressing and more rationality. I should like to be less of a pet and more of a friend if I might choose, but i won't complain of that! I am only afraid his affection loses in depth where it gains in ardour. - - Anne Bronte ,The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, p164

Lady Lowborough: Helen; you've been weeping I see - that's our grand resource, you know - but doesn't it make your eyes smart? and do you always find it to answer?
Helen Huntingdon: I never cry for effect; nor can I conceive how anyone can.
Anne Bronte ,The Tenant of Wildfell Hall p.191

I have sometimes frequented the gaming houses just to watch the on-goings of those mad votaries of chance - Anne Bronte ,The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Let God be the judge of sin Mr Marcham. We are all too eager to think our pleasures must be blessed. - The Tenant of Wildfell H, BBC TV adatptaion of Anne Bronte. (not found in the novel)

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. - Charlotte Bronte

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong. Charlotte Bronte

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones." - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte(1818 &endash; 1848)

I don't know if it be a peculiarity in me, but I am seldom otherwise than happy while watching in the chamber of death, should no frenzied or despairing mourner share the duty with me. I see a repose that neither earth nor hell can break, and I feel an assurance of the endless and shadowless hereafter--the Eternity they have entered--where life is boundless in its duration, and love in its sympathy, and joy in its fulness. I noticed on that occasion how much selfishness there is even in a love like Mr Linton's, when he so regretted Catherine's blessed release! To be sure, one might have doubted, after the wayward and impatient existence she had led, whether she merited a haven of peace at last. One might doubt in seasons of cold reflection; but not then, in the presence of her corpse. It asserted its own tranquillity, which seemed a pledge of equal quiet to its former inhabitant.
Emily Bronte

I lingered round them [tombstones], under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth. --Emily Bronte (1818-1848) _Wuthering Heights_ [1847], "Conclusion"

Rupert Brooke 1887-1915

Hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke 1887-1915 The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed.
Rupert Brooke 1887-1915 The Soldier

Gwendolyn Brooks, (1917-2000)

Abortions will not let you forget.
You remember the children you got that you did not get........
I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.
I have contracted. I have eased
My dim dears at the breasts they could never suck.
I have said, Sweets, if I sinned, if I seized
Your luck
And your lives from your unfinished reach,
If I stole your births and your names,
Your straight baby tears and your games,
Your stilted or lovely loves, your tumults, your marriages, aches,
and your deaths,If I poisoned the beginnings of your breaths,
Believe that even in my deliberateness I was not deliberate...............
Gwendolyn Brooks, The Mother

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life he is leading, with the thoughts he is thinking, with the deeds he is doing; when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is still, in spite of all, the child of God.... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune. --Phillips Brooks

I hear men praying everywhere for more faith, but when I listen to them carefully, and get to the real heart of their prayer, very often it is not more faith at all that they are wanting, but a change from faith to sight. Faith says not, "I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it," but, "God sent it, and so it must be good for me." Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely.... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.-- Phillips Brooks

I do not know how a man can be an American, even if he is not a Christian, and not catch something with regard to God's purpose as to this great land.- Phillips Brooks, _National Needs and Remedies_, 1890

The great danger facing all of us... is not that we shall make an absolute failure of life, nor that we shall fall into outright viciousness, nor that we shall be terribly unhappy, nor that we shall feel [that] life has no meaning at all -- not these things. The danger is that we may fail to perceive life's greatest meaning, fall short of its highest good, miss its deepest and most abiding happiness, be unable to tender the most needed service, be unconscious of life ablaze with the light of the Presence of God -- and be content to have it so -- that is the danger: that some day we may wake up and find that always we have been busy with husks and trappings of life and have really missed life itself. For life without God, to one who has known the richness and joy of life with Him, is unthinkable, impossible. That is what one prays one's friends may be spared -- satisfaction with a life that falls short of the best, that has in it no tingle or thrill that comes from a friendship with the Father. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Sermons

Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

A man's most glorious actions will at last be found to be but glorious sins, if he hath made himself, and not the glory of God, the end of those actions.Thomas Brooks

Believer, closet prayer will be found to be but a lifeless, comfortless thing, if you do not enjoy communion with God in it. That should be the very soul of all your closet duties, therefore press after it, as for life; when you go into your closet banish every thing that can hinder your enjoyment of Christ. - THOMAS BROOKS

Christians are not to receive anything lightly that concerns faith and salvation. They need to try and examine it over and over. We are not to reject an error ignorantly, but rationally; nor are we to embrace a truth till we have debated and examined whether it is a truth or not. --Thomas Brooks

Christ is a most precious commodity, he is better than rubies or the most costly pearls; and we must part with our old gold, with our shining gold, our old sins, our most shining sins, or we must perish forever. Christ is to be sought and bought with any pains, at any price; we can not buy this gold too dear. He is a jewel more worth than a thousand worlds, as all know who have him. Get him, and get all; miss him and miss all. --THOMAS BROOKS

Christ is the sun, and all the watches of our lives should be set by the dial of his motion.- Thomas Brooks

Christ never undertakes to heal any but he makes a certain cure, 'Those whom thou givest me I have kept, and none of them is lost' (John17:12). Other physicians can only cure them that are sick, but Christ cures them that are dead, 'And you hat he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins' (Eph. 2:1). THOMAS BROOKS

Christ's love is like his name, and that is Wonderful, Isa. ix. 6; yea, it is so wonderful, that it is supra omnem creaturam, ultra omnem measuram, contra omnem naturam, above all creatures, beyond all measure, contrary to all nature. It is above all creatures, for it is above the angels, and therefore above all others. It is beyond all measure, for time did not begin it, and time shall never end it; place doth not bound it, sin doth not exceed it, no estate, no age, no sex is denied it, tongues cannot express it, understandings cannot conceive it: and it is contrary to all nature; for what nature can love where it is hated? What nature can forgive where it is provoked? What nature can offer reconcilement where it receiveth wrong? What nature can heap up kindness upon contempt, favour upon ingratitude, mercy upon sin? And yet Christ's love hath led him to all this; so that well may we spend all our days in admiring and adoring of this wonderful love, and be always ravished with the thoughts of it. - THOMAS BROOKS

Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man, myself.--Thomas Benton Brooks (1608-1680)

Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.- Thomas Brooks

God has nowhere in the Scripture required any worthiness in the creature before believing in Christ.- Thomas Brooks

God's house of correction is His school of instruction.-Thomas Brooks

God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are. There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God, but that wherein the heart is sincerely and wholly. The true mother would not have the child divided. God loves a broken and a contrite heart, so He loathes a divided heart. God neither loves halting or halving.- Thomas Brooks

Grace and glory differ very little; the one is the seed, the other is the flower; grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant.- Thomas Brooks

Grace is given to trade with; it is given to lay out, not lay up. -- THOMAS BROOKS

He that doth not believe that there is a God, is more vile then a devil. To deny there is a God, is a sort of atheism that is not to be found in hell.
Thomas Brooks

Here God gives his people some taste, that they may not faint; and he gives them but a taste, that they may long to be at home, that they may keep humble, that they may sit loose from things below, that they may not break and despise bruised reeds, and that heaven may be more sweet to them at last.

He who lives up to a little light shall have more light; he who lives up to a little knowledge shall have more knowledge; he who lives up to a little faith shall have more faith, and he who lives up to a little love shall have more love. Verily the main reason why men are such babes and shrubs in grace is because they do not live up their attainments. - THOMAS BROOKS

I am His by purchase and I am His by conquest; I am His by donation and I am His by election; I am His by covenant and I am His by marriage; I am wholly His; I am peculiarly His; I am universally His; I am eternally His. Once I was a slave but now I am a son; once I was dead but now I am alive; once I was darkness but now I am light in the Lord; once I was a child of wrath, an heir of hell, but now I am an heir of heaven; once I was Satan's bond-servant but now I am God's freeman; once I was under the spirit of bondage but now I am under the Spirit of adoption that seals up to me the remission of my sins, the justification of my person and the salvation of my soul.-- THOMAS BROOKS

I say, who can hear Jesus Christ speaking thus, and his heart not fall in love and league with Christ, and his soul not unite to Christ and resign to Christ, and cleave to Christ, and for ever be one with Christ, except it be such that are for ever left by Christ? Well, remember this, the more vile Christ made himself for us, the more dear he ought to be unto us. - THOMAS BROOKS

If you would have a clear evidence that that little love, that little faith, that little zeal, you have is true, then live up to that love, live up to that faith, live up to that zeal that you have; and this will evidence beyond all contradiction. THOMAS BROOKS

Much faith will yield unto us here our heaven, but any faith, if true, will yield us heaven hereafter.- Thomas Brooks

Prayer is nothing but the breathing that out before the Lord, that was first breathed into us by the Spirit of the Lord.- Thomas Brooks

Satan promises the best, but pays with the worst; he promises honour, and pays with disgrace; he promises pleasure, and pays with pain; he promises profit, and pays with loss; he promises life, and pays with death. But God pays as he promises; all his payments are made in pure gold.- Thomas Brooks

Solomon bids us (Prov 23:23) to buy the truth, but doth not tell us what it must cost, because we must get it though it be never so dear. We must love it both shining and scorching. Every parcel of truth is precious as the filings of gold; we must either live with it, or die for it. THOMAS BROOKS

The best and sweetest flowers of Paradise God gives to his people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven, a key to let us in to Paradise.- Thomas Brooks

The best way to do ourselves good is to be doing good to others; he best way to gather is to scatter. - Thomas Brooks

The flowers smell sweetest after a shower;
vines bear the better for bleeding;
the walnut-tree is most fruitful when most beaten;
saints spring and thrive most internally,
when they are most externally afflicted.
Afflictions are the mother of virtue.
Manasseh's chain was more profitable to him than his crown.
All of the stones that came about Stephen's ears
did but knock him closer to Christ, the corner-stone.

The lives of ministers oftentimes convince more strongly than their words; their tongues may persuade, but their lives command.- Thomas Brooks

The person of Christ is the object of faith. It is Christ in the promises that faith deals with. The promise is but the shell, Christ is the kernel; the promise is but the casket, Christ is the jewel in it; the promise is but the field, Christ is the treasure that is hid in that field; the promise is a ring of gold, Christ is the pearl in that ring; and upon this sparkling, shining pearl, faith delights most to look. Faith hath two hands, and with both she lays earnest and fast hold on King Jesus. Christ's beauty and glory is very taking and drawing; faith cannot see it, but it will lay hold on it. Christ is the principle object about which faith is exercised, for the obtaining of righteousness and everlasting happiness.- Thomas Brooks

The rattle without the breast will not satisfy the child; the house without the husband will not satisfy the wife; the cabinet without the jewel will not satisfy the virgin; the world without Christ will not satisfy the soul. -- Thomas Brooks

The sovereignty of God is that golden sceptre in his hand by which he will make all bow, either by his word or by his works, by his mercies or by his judgements. Thomas Brooks

Though our private desires are ever so confused, though our private requests are ever so broken, and though our private groanings are ever so hidden from men, yet God eyes them, records them, and puts them upon the file of heaven, and will one day crown them with glorious answers and returns.- THOMAS BROOKS

Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins. THOMAS BROOKS

An implicit confession is almost as bad as an implicit faith; wicked men commonly confess their sins by wholesale, We are all sinners; but the true penitent confesses his sins by retail -- Thomas Brooks A Cabinet of Jewels: Works, vol. 3, pp. 405-406.

Joyce Brothers

An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change . . . . A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life. - Joyce Brothers(1928-____)

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. . . . If you want to influence someone, listen to what he says. . . . When he finishes talking, ask him about any points that you do not understand.
Joyce Brothers (1928-____) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash - Joyce Brothers

There is a rule in sailing that the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable. I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relations as well. -- Joyce Brothers

Heywood Broun

Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist there is no God. - Heywood Broun

Andrew Brown

Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. - Andrew Brown

Dave Brown

All the kings throughout history sent their people out to die for them Only one person ever died for their people willingly and lovingly. -- DAVE BROWN

God promises to deliver us from the penalty of sin (justification), the power of sin (sanctification) and the presence of sin (glorification). --DAVE BROWN

We often don't always know why things happen to us and others in a given situation or cirumstance but we know why we trust God who does know why. DAVE BROWN

Gene Brown

The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there. - Gene Brown

John Mason Brown

Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.- John Mason Brown

Paul Brown

A winner never whines. -- Paul Brown

Rita Mae Brown

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. Brown, Rita Mae

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. -- Rita Mae Brown

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself. --Rita Mae Brown

Steve Brown

A little is as much as a lot, if it is enough. --Steve Brown

Cecil Browne

But not so odd
As those who choose
a Jewish God,
But spurn the Jews."
Cecil Browne in reply to Ewer

Harry Browne

Libertarians understand a very simple fact of life: Government doesn't work. It can't deliver the mail on time, it doesn't keep our cities safe, it doesn't educate our children properly. But people love to play a gigantic game of "let's pretend": Let's pretend the War on Poverty really does help poor people. Let's pretend the War on Drugs really does reduce drug abuse and crime. Let's pretend the right government program can keep the wrong people out of the country. --Harry Browne WorldNetDaily.com (6/20/2002)

Robert Browning 1812-89

And gain is gain, however small.- Robert Browning (1812-1889) In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.

There are those who believe something, and therefore will tolerate nothing; and on the other hand, those who tolerate everything, because they believe nothing. -R. Browning

Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought. Robert Browning (1812-1889) "A Death in the Desert."

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?"
Robert Browning 1812-89 (Andrea del Sarto (1855) L.97

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!
Robert Browning (1812 - 1889) "'Rabbi Ben Ezra"

Tammy Bruce

Who needs debate, the Left rationalizes, when those who disagree are bigoted, homophobic, sexist pigs? Dealing with their arguments is a just a waste of time. In this model, dissenters begin to look less and less like members of society with a right to their own opinions and more and more like speed bumps on the road to social change. -- Tammy Bruce, _The New Thought Police_, 2001

F. F. Bruce

The evidence for our New Testament writings is ever so much greater than the evidence for many writings of classical authors, the authenticity of which no-one dreams of questioning. And if the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would generally be regarded as beyond all doubt. It is a curious fact that historians have often been much readier to trust the New Testament than have many theologians.
F. F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? [1949], p. 15

Kurt Bruner

Many refuse to accept the reality of a personal God because they are unwilling to submit to His authority Kurt Bruner

Emil Brunner

This autonomy of man, this attempt of the Ego to understand itself out of itself, is the lie concerning man which we call sin. The truth about man is that his ground is not in himself but in God -- that his essence is not in self sufficient reason but in the Word, in the challenge of God, in responsibility, not in self-sufficiency. The true being of man is realized when he bases himself upon God's Word. Faith is then not an impossibility or a salto mortale [mortal leap], but that which is truly natural; and the real salto mortale (a mortal leap indeed!) is just the assertion of autonomy, self-sufficiency, God-likeness. [It is] through this usurped independence [that] man separates himself from God, and at the same time isolates himself from his fellows. Individualism is the necessary consequence of rational autonomy, just as love is the necessary consequence of faith.... Emil Brunner, The Word and The World [1931]

Evil can be interpreted as guilt only where human existence is understood as personal, and that means where the existence of man is understood to be in responsibility to the Divine Thou. This is the depth of human distress, that we are separated from God, that our communion with Him is destroyed, that man has emancipated himself (has taken himself out of the hand of God) and has become independent, his own master. ... Emil Brunner, The Word and the World [1931]

Giordano Bruno

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. -- Giordano Bruno

Harry Bruno

Automobiles will start to decline almost as soon as the last shot is fired in World War II. The name of Igor Sikorsky will be as wellknown as Henry Ford's, for his helicopter will all but replace the horseless carriage as the new means of popular transportation. Instead of a car in every garage, there will be a helicopter.... These 'copters' will be so safe and will cost so little to produce that small models will be made for teenage youngsters. These tiny 'copters, when school lets out, will fill the sky as the bicycles of our youth filled the prewar roads. -- Harry Bruno, aviation publicist, 1943.

William Jennings Bryan (1860 &endash; 1925)

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; itis not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.... William Jennings Bryan

Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed. William Jennings Bryan (1860 &endash; 1925)

James Bryce (1838 &endash; 1922)

No wonder that, when a political career is so precarious, men of worth and capacity hesitate to embrace it. They cannot afford to be thrown out of their life's course by a mere accident.-- James Bryce (1838-1922) "The American Commonwealth," vol. 2, ch. 58, 1888.

Yul Brynner (1920 &endash; 1985)

Now that I'm gone, I tell you: don't smoke, whatever you do, don't smoke.--Yul Brynner, cancer victim (In a posthumous anti-smoking commercial)

Bill Bryson

A tramp in Britain is a bum in America, while a bum in Britain is a fanny in America, while a fanny in Britain....well, we've covered that. ~ Bryson Mother Tongue

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? -Bill Bryson_Notes from a Small Island_, 1996:

Martin Buber (1878 &endash; 1965)

Eclipse of the light of heaven, eclipse of God - such indeed is the character of the historic hour through which the world is now passing.- Martin Buber, quoted in The Eclipse of Heaven, A J Conyers, Inter Varsity Press, 1992.

Martin Bucer (1491-1551)

Flee formulae, bear with the weak. While all faith is placed in Christ, the thing is safe. It is not given for all to see the same thing at the same time. --Martin Bucer (1491-1551)

John Buchan (1875-1940)

In a time like the present, when the ties of religion have been sadly relaxed, there is a tendency for popular leaders to exalt themselves in a kind of bogus deity and to think their shallow creeds a divine revelation. The answer to all that sort of folly islaughter. John Buchan, 1938

A devotee of law, he was forced to be often lawless; a civilian to the core, he had to maintain himself by the sword; with a passion to construct, his task was chiefly to destroy; the most scrupulous of men, he had to ride roughshod over his own scruples and those of others; the tenderest, he had continually to harden his heart; the most English of our greater figures, he spent his life in opposition to the majority of Englishmen; a realist, he was condemned to build that which could not last. -- John Buchan, Oliver Cromwell. The Dictionary of Biographical Quotations.

The robe of flesh wears thin, and with the years God shines through all things.- John Buchan (1875-1940) "The Wise Years."

Patrick Buchanan

Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free. Patrick Buchanan

A lot of what we call science is actually faith in disguise. I think some people were desperately searching for something other than traditional Christianity, and they have elevated to the level of hard truth some things - notably about Darwin - that have not yet been proven beyond dispute. To believe in the theory of evolution is to me as much of an act of faith as to believe in Adam and Eve. I don't think it's been proven at all. I remember Piltdown Man, and the bones of that 'prehistoric ancestor of mankind' in Africa that turned out to be the bones of a pig. There is a lot of hoax and fraud in the contentions of science. The theory of evolution contains as much hypothesis as any religion. - Patrick Buchanan, Right Now! June 202

An important point is that the correlation between the death of religious faith and the death of peoples and civilisation is absolute. I believe that the death of Christianity in the soul of Western man, and its replacement by a more materialistic, hedonistic, individualistic, la dolce vita belief, and the embrace ofthe sexual revolution combined, mean that Western man has consumed a carcinogenic that is killing him. Peoples that no longer believe in the cult out of which their culture and civilisation came will not sustain that civilisation. And as TS Eliot said: "If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes". The Christian faith and belief in which Western man was marinaded for 2,000 years was fundamentally the immune system of the West, which warded off all manner of psychic infections. But Christianity has died, and been replaced by a new faith of secular humanism, which is having an effect on the West comparable to that of the HIV virus on a person. Eventually, it will kill us. - Patrick Buchanan, Right Now! June 2022

Global capitalism and Marxism share a belief that it is far better to have women in the marketplace than at home. The old Marxists - Marx, Engels and the others - wanted to bring down the traditional family, and move women out of the home and into the marketplace, to make them independent of the family. The global capitalists want the same thing. Women who live at home are not consuming or producing enough, they think. Global capitalism seeks to make everyone an employee, everyone a worker. There is a tremendous premium on bringing into the marketplace talented and capable women workers - who are more reliable in many cases - so that they can boost productivity and consume more goods.- Patrick Buchanan, Right Now! June 2022

Many teachers of the Sixies generation said "We will steal your children", and they did. A significant part of America has converted to the ideas of the 1960s - hedonism, self-indulgence and consumerism. For half of all Americans today, the Woodstock culture of the Sixties is the culture they grew up with - their traditional culture. For them, Judeo-Christian culture is outside the mainstream now. The counter-culture has become the dominant culture, and the former culture a dissident culture - something that is far out, and 'extreme'. - Patrick Buchanan, Right Now! June 2022

Art Buchwald

The best things in life aren't things. -Art Buchwald

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. -- Art Buchwald

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. -- Art Buchwald

Mary Buckley

Husbands are awkward things to deal with; even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.-- Mary Buckley

William F. Buckley, Jr.

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. William F. Buckley, Jr.

I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon. --William F. Buckley

If Bach is not in Heaven, I am not going! - William F. Buckley

J. Budziszewski

As any sin passes through its stages from temptation, to toleration, to approval, its name is first euphemized, then avoided, then forgotten. A colleague tells me that some of his fellow legal scholars call child molestation "intergenerational intimacy": that's euphemism. A good-hearted editor tried to talk me out of using the term "sodomy": that's avoidance. My students don't know the word "fornication" at all: that's forgetfulness. -- J. Budziszewski, "The Revenge of Conscience", _First Things_, June 1998,

Carl W. Buechner

People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechner

Frederick Buechner

A glutton is one who raids the icebox for a cure for spiritual malnutrition.-- Fredereck Buechner

Avarice, greed, concupiscence and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of Jesus that it is more blessed to give than to receive is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that Jesus tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too. -- Frederick Buechner

Beauty is to the soul as food is to the body. It fills a need in us that nothing else can fill. -- Frederick Buechner

Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst. Frederick Buechner

Maybe the reason God doesn't explain to Job why terrible things happen is that He knows what Job needs isn't an explanation. Suppose God did explain....then what? Understanding why his children had to die, Job would still have to face their empty chairs at breakfast every morning.
Frederick Buechner

[Poetic words] set echoes going the way a choir in a great cathedral does, only it is we who become the cathedral and in us that the words echo
Frederick Buechner

The world says, The more you take, the more you have. Christ says, the more you give, the more you are. Frederick Buechner

We all tend to make ourselves the center of the universe. FREDERICK BUECHNER

Lust is the ape that gibbers in our loins. Tame him as we will beday, he rages all the wilder in our dreams by night. Just when we think we're safe from him, he raises up his ugly head and smirks, and there's no river in the world flows cold and strong enough to strike him down. Almighty God, why dost thou deck men out with such a loathsome toy? - Frederick Buechner , Godric

If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that he speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts and minds open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we can come to recognize, beyond all doubt, that, however little we may understand of it, his word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling. FREDERICK BUECHNER, Now and Then

Faith in God is less apt to proceed from miracles than miracles from faith in God. -- Frederick Buechner, _Wishful Thinking_, 1971

Nikolai Bukharin

Christian love, which applies to all, even to one's enemies, is the worst adversary of Communism. --Nikolai Bukharin, _Pravda_, March 30, 1934

Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman    - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 - 1873

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it. -Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes.-- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth. --Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

It was a dark and stormy night and the rain fell in torrents -- except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. -- Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1830

Ted Bundy

The most damaging kind of pornography - and I'm talking from hard, real, personal experience - is that which involves violence and sexual violence. The wedding of those two forces - as I know only too well - brings about behavior that is too terrible to describe. - Ted Bundy

Ralph Bunche (1904-1971)

If you want to get an idea across, wrap it up in a person.Ralph Bunche (1904-1971)

To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.Ralph Bunche (1904-1971) A Critical Analysis of the Tactics and Programs of Minority Groups, In "Journal of Negro Education, Jul 1935.

Blame is for God and small children. Ralph Bunche (1904-1971) In "Papillon."

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day. John Bunyan

If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder.-- John Bunyan

In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God. John Bunyan

Let us learn like Christians to kiss the rod, and love it.-John Bunyan

Prayer opens the heart to God, and it is the means by which the soul, though empty, is filled by God.-- John Bunyan

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.-- John Bunyan

Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. -- John Bunyan

Remember also that this fear of the Lord is His treasure, a choice jewel, given only to favourites, and to those who are greatly beloved.-- John Bunyan

No child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness.-- John Bunyan

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.-- John Bunyan

What is God's majesty to a sinful man, but a consuming fire? And what is sinful man in himself, or in his approach to God, but as stubble fully dry. Since the name of God is that by which his nature is expressed, and since He naturally is so glorious and incomprehensible, His name must needs be the object of our fear;and we ought always to have a reverent awe of God upon our hearts at what time soever we think of or hear his name; but most of all when we ourselves do take his Holy and fearful name into our mouths, especially in a religious manner; that is, in preaching, praying, or Holy conference. Make mention then of the name of the Lord at all times with great dread of His majesty on your hearts,and in great soberness and truth. To do otherwise is to profane the name of the Lord, and to take his name in vain.-- John Bunyan

When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words be without heart.- John Bunyan

After this it was noised abroad that Mr. Valiant-for-truth was taken with a summons by the same post as the other, and had this for a token that the summons was true, "That his pitcher was broken at the fountain." Eccl. 12:6. When he understood it, he called for his friends, and told them of it. Then said he, I am going to my Father's; and though with great difficulty I have got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who will now be my rewarder. When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went, he said, "Death, where is thy sting?" And as he went down deeper, he said, "Grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Cor. 15:55. So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side. -- John Bunyan, Pilgrims Progress

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. Up this way, therefore did burdened Christian run, but withoug great difficulty, because of the load on his back.
He ran thus till he came at a pace somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream that just as Christian caem up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more. Pilgrim's Progress

It is easier going out of the way when we are in, than going in when we are out.
John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress, Bypath Meadow

Thus say the common people that know him: "A saint abroad, and a devil at home." --John Bunyan (1628-1688) _The Pilgrim's Progress_ [1678], Part I

Jakob Burckhardt

The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human nature. The mob and the intellectuals derived from it the vision of a Golden Age which would arrive without fail once the noble human race could act according to its whims. -- Jakob Burckhardt

Billie Burke(1886 - 1970)

Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese. - Billie Burke, 1886 - 1970

Edmund Burke. 1729-1797

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. -- Edmund Burke

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Men are qualified for civil liberties in exact proportion to thier disposition to put moral chains upon their appetites: in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity. E Burke in F A Hayek, The Fatal Conceit.

Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.--Burke (1729-1797)

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

Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.--- Edmund Burke (1729-1797), attributed

To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. --Edmund Burke

Whenever Parliament is persuaded to assume the offices of executive government, it will lose all the confidence, love and veneration which it has ever enjoyed whilst it was supposed to be the corrective and control on the acting powers of the state. This would be the event though its conduct in such a perversion of its functions would be tolerable, just and moderate; but if it should be iniquitous, violent, full of passion and full of faction it would be considered as the most intolerable of all modes of tyranny. - Edmund Burke.

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.--Edmund Burke (1729-1797)_A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful_ [1756]

The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves.
Edmund Burke, "Letter to a Member of the National Assembly"

The tyranny of the multitude is a multiplied tyranny. -- Edmund Burke Letter to Thomas Mercer

There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.--Edmund Burke, Observations on Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation. Vol. i. p. 273.

Because half-a-dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that of course they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little shrivelled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour. - Edmund Burke. Reflections on the Revolution in France. P. 344.

Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.   Edmund Burke. Reflections on the Revolution in France P. 453.

In a democracy the majority of citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority...and that oppression of the majority will extend to far great number, and will be carried on with much greater fury, than can almost ever be apprehended from the dominion of a single sceptre. Under a cruel prince they have the plaudits of the people to animate their generous constancy under their sufferings; but those who are subjected to wrong under multitudes are deprived of all external consolation: they seem deserted by mankind, overpowered by a conspiracy of their whole species.- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France , 1790

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.--Edmund Burke (1729-1797) _Reflections on the Revolution in France_ [1790]

There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.--Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 249.

To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
Edmund Burke Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion. --Edmund Burke. 1729-1797.Speech on the Conciliation of America. P. 123.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770)

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.--Edmund Burke to the voters of Bristol, 1774

Leo J.Burke

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one" (Leo J.Burke)

Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993)

Either the Bible will keep you away from sin, or sin will keep you away from the Bible I am convinced that a downgrading in priority of . . . prayer and biblical meditation is a major cause of weakness in many Christian communities. . . . Bible study demands pondering deeply on a short passage, like a cow chewing her cud. It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little. Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993)

George Burns (1896-1996)

If you live to the age of a hundred, you have it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred.-- , GEORGE BURNS (1896-1996)

I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life.--George Burns (1896-1996) At age 87

"Is it true that you smoke eight to ten cigars a day?"
"That's true."
"Is it true that you drink five martinis a day?" "That's true."
"Is it true that you still surround yourself with beautiful young women?"
"That's true."
"What does your doctor say about all of this?"
"My doctor is dead."
George Burns (1896-1996)

I was married by a judge...I should have asked for a jury. - George Burns

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. --George Burns

Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. George Burns

Robert Burns. 1759-1796

But human bodies are sic fools,
For a' their colleges and schools,
That when nae real ills perplex them,
They make enow themsels to vex them.
Robert Burns.

I pick my favorite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armor,offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.~ Robert Burns 1759-1796

And O! be sure to fear the Lord alway,
And mind your duty, duly, morn and night;
Lest in temptation's path ye gang astray,
Implore His counsel and assisting might:
They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright.
Robert Burns, The Cotter's Saturday Night

The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious face,
They, round the ingle, form a circle wide;
The sire turns o'er, with patriarchal grace,
The big ha'-bible, ance his father's pride:
His bonnet rev'rently is laid aside,
His lyart haffets wearing thin and bare;
Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide,
He wales a portion with judicious care;
And "Let us worship God!" he says with solemn air.

They chant their artless notes in simple guise,
They tune their hearts, by far the noblest aim;
Perhaps "Dundee's" wild-warbling measures rise,
Or plaintive "Martyrs," worthy of the name;
Or noble "Elgin" beets the heaven-ward flame,
The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays:
Compar'd with these, Italian trills are tame:
The tickl'd ears no heart-felt raptures raise;
Nae unison hae they with our Creator's praise.

The priest-like father reads the sacred page,
How Abram was the friend of God on high;
Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage
With Amalek's ungracious progeny;
Or how the royal bard did groaning lie
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire;
Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry;
Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire;
Or other holy seers that tune the sacred lyre.

Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme,
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed;
How He, who bore in Heaven the second name,
Had not on earth whereon to lay His head:
How His first followers and servants sped;
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land:
How he, who lone in Patmos banished,
Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand,
And heard great Bab'lon's doom pronounc'd by Heaven's command.

Then kneeling down to Heaven's Eternal King,
The saint, the father, and the husband prays:
Hope "springs exulting on triumphant wing,"
That thus they all shall meet in future days,
There ever bask in uncreated rays,
No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear,
Together hymning their Creator's praise,
In such society, yet still more dear;
While circling Time moves round in an eternal sphere.

Compar'd with this, how poor Religion's pride,
In all the pomp of method, and of art;
When men display to congregations wide
Devotion's ev'ry grace, except the heart!
The Power, incens'd, the pageant will desert,
The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole;
But haply, well-pleas'd, the language of the soul;
And in His Book of Life the inmates poor enroll.

Then homeward all take off their sev'ral way;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest:
The parent-pair their secret homage pay,
And proffer up to Heaven the warm request,
That He who stills the raven's clam'rous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride,
Would, in the way His wisdom sees the best,
For them and for their little ones provide;
But chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside.

From scenes like these, old Scotia's grandeur springs,
That makes her lov'd at home, rever'd abroad:
Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,
"An honest man's the noblest work of God;"
And certes, in fair virtue's heavenly road,
The cottage leaves the palace far behind;
What is a lordling's pomp? a cumbrous load,
Disguising oft the wretch of human kind,
Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refin'd!

O Scotia! my dear, my native soil!
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent,
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blestwith health, and peace, and sweet content!
And O! may Heaven their simple lives prevent
From luxury's contagion, weak and vile!
Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while,
And stand a wall of fire around their much-lov'd isle.
Robert Burns, The Cotter's Saturday Night  

From the lone shieling of the misty island
Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides!
R Burns "My Heart's in the Highlands (1790)

Oh wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel's as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
And foolish notion.
Robert Burns. 1759-1796. To a Louse.

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane
In proving foresight may be vain
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain
For promis'd joy!
~Robert Burns, To a Mouse (1785)

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn.
Robert Burns. 1759-1796. To a Mouse.

Jeremiah Burroughs

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. -- Jeremiah Burroughs

Contentment in every condition is a great art, a spiritual mystery. It is to be learned, and to be learned as a mystery.-- Jeremiah Burroughs

God's name is glorious because of holiness, because it is the special end of all His works to advance holiness. When an artist draws something, he shows art in the beginning, but when he comes to the end he shows the excellency of his workmanship. It is so with God. God will be honored in all His works of creation and providence, but now He comes to the height and zenith of all, and it is that He might be honored as a holy God and that He might have a holy people to honour Him here and to all eternity. Holiness is that at which God aimed in creating heaven and earth. -- Jeremiah Burroughs

Has the luster of the infinite holiness of God ever shone upon your heart and drawn your heart to Him? And has your heart ever leaped at the sight of the brightness of His holiness? Is this why you love Him? If so, you know God correctly and your heart has been correctly drawn to Him. -- Jeremiah Burroughs

Holiness is the very principle of eternal life, the very beginning of eternal life in the heart, and that which will certainly grow up to eternal life. -- Jeremiah Burroughs

If you saw the knife that cut the throat of your dearest child, would not your heart rise against that knife? Suppose you came to a table and there is a knife laid at your plate, and it was told to you that this is the knife that cut the throat of your child. Fathers, if you could still use that knife like any other knife, would not someone say, 'There was but little love to your child?' So when there is a temptation come to any sin, this is the knife that cut the throat of Christ, that pierced his sides, that was the cause of all his suffering, that made Christ to be a curse. Now will you not look upon that as a cursed thing that made Christ to be a curse? Oh, with what detestation would a man or woman fling away such a knife! And with the like detestation it is required that you should renounce sin, for that was the cause of the death of Christ. --Jeremiah Burroughs

It is the happiness of heaven to have God be all in all. - JEREMIAH BURROUGHS

That person will not be proud of his rich and fine clothes who is sensible that he may be stripped by death tomorrow, and sent out of the world, as he came naked into it. He will not today be very proud of his personal beauty, who hath no dependence on escaping tomorrow that stroke of death which will mar all his beauty, and make that face which he now thinks so comely appear ghastly and horrid; when instead of a ruddy and florid countenance, there will be the blood settled, cold and congealed, the flesh stiff and clayey, the teeth set, the eyes fixed and sunk into the head. Nor will he today very much affect to beautify and adorn with gaudy and flaunting apparel, that body concerning which he is sensible that it may be wrapped in a winding sheet tomorrow, to be carried to the grave, there to rot, and be covered and filled with worms. --Jeremiah Burroughs

John Burroughs (1837-1921)

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice. --John Burroughs

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: "To rise above little things." --John Burroughs (1837-1921).

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
John Burroughs (1837-1921) "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994

Benjamin H Burt 1880-1950

One evening in October, when I was one-third sober,
An' taking home a "load" with manly pride,
My poor feet began to stutter, so I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came up an" lay down by my side.
Then we sang "It's all fair weather when good fellows get together,"
Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
You can tella man who boozes by the company he chooses",
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.
Benjamin H Burt 1880-1950, And the pig got up and slowly walked away, 1933 song.

Richard Burton (1821 &endash; 1890)

Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own. ~Sir Richard Burton

Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.-Leo Buscaglia

George Bush

The news media is in a feeding frenzy. George Bush, 1988  

George W. Bush (1946 - )

Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money, its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere. --George W. Bush

They hate us because we love freedom. They hate us because we love and hold dear the idea that anybody can worship an almighty God in any way he or she sees fit. They hate the idea of a free press, free political discourse. That is what they hate. And so long as we love our freedoms, they will try to harm our country.- George W. Bush

Vannevar Bush (1890-1974)

We all know the troubles of old age. The bones creak; the eyes get dim, oneforgets names.. The spark does not ignite; adrenalin has lost its potency. But there is something to be said on the other side... The beauty of nature has lost none of its charm; the beauty of women none of its benediction. There is.a possibility of growing old gracefully, and with content in one's heart.~Vannevar Bush (1890-1974)Letter, 1971

Matt Busby

Winning isn't everything. There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat.-, Matt Busby


Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

He who complies against his will
Is of the same opinion still.
Samuel Butler (1612-1680) Hudibras, Part 3, Canto 3, 555-556.

Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Birds are taken with pipes that imitate their own voices, and men with those sayings that are most agreeable to their own opinions. Samuel Butler

He was born stupid and greatly improved his birthright. Samuel Butler

It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four.- Samuel Butler

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall long be surprised to find out how little remains that we cannot do.-Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Life is one long process of getting tired. --Samuel Butler

The conclusion which he drew, or pretended to draw, as that if it was sinful to kill and eat animals, it was not less sinful to do the like by vegetables, or their seeds. None such, he said, should be eaten, except what had died a natural death, such as fruit that was lying on the ground and about to rot, or cabbage-leaves that had turned yellow in late autumn. These and other like garbage he declared to be the only food that might be eaten with a clear conscience. Even so the eater must plant the pips of any apples or pears that he may have eaten, or any plum-stones, cherrystones and the like, or he would come near to incurring the guilt of infanticide. The grain of cereals, according to him, was out of the question, for ever such grain had a living soul as much as man had, and had as good a right as man to possess that soul in peace.
Samuel Butler, Erewhon: or, Over the Range, chapter XXVII, "The view of an Erewhonian philosopher concerning the rights of vegetables."

There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule. --Samuel Butler

We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself. -- Samuel Butler

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it. Samuel Butler

Rudolf Bultmann

There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting  ... Rudolf Bultmann

Anthony Burgess (1917 &endash; 1993)

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; snore, and you sleep alone. - Anthony Burgess (1917 &endash; 1993)

..when we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honour a contract. -- Anthony Burgess

Gelett Burgess

I NEVER saw a Purple Cow;
I never hope to See One;
But I can Tell you, Anyhow,
I'd rather See than Be One.
Gelett Burgess -- The Purple Cow

James F. Byrnes (1879 &endash; 1972)

When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers. - James F. Byrnes (1879 &endash; 1972)

Lord Byron [George Noel Gordon] (1788-1824)

All who joy would win must share it,
Happiness was born a twin.
Lord Byron [George Noel Gordon] (1788-1824)

He who is only just is cruel.
Who on earth could live were all judged justly?
Byron (1788-1824)

I have no consistency, except in politics; and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether.-- Lord Byron

In life the firmest friend, the first to welcome, foremost to defend. --George Gordon, Lord Byron

Joy's recollection is no longer joy, while sorrow's memory is sorrow still. -- Byron

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. - George Gordon Byron, 1788 - 1824

Opinions are made to be changed --or how is truth to be got at? George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)

The devil was the first democrat. --Byron

The Cardinal is at his wit's end &emdash; it is true &emdash; that he had not far to go. - Lord George Gordon Byron

'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.--Byron

He who ascends to mountain tops, shall find,
The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow;
He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
Must look down on the hate of those below.
Lord Byron [George Noel Gordon] (1788-1824) _Childe Harold's Pilgrimage_, Canto III [1816],

Years steal Fire from the mind as vigor from the limb;
And Life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.
Lord Byron [George Noel Gordon] (1788-1824) _Childe Harold's Pilgrimage_ , Canto III [1816], st. 8

Sylla was the first of victors; but our own
The sagest of usurpers, Cromwell; he
Too swept off the senates while he hewed the throne
Down to a block - immortal rebel! See
What crimes it costs to be a moment free
And famous through all ages.
Lord Byron, Child Harold, canto iv.

What singular emotions fill Their bosoms who have been induced to roam! ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, c.3.21

O Wilberforce! thou man of black renown,
Whose merit none enough can sing or say,
Thou hast struck one immense Colossus down,
Thou moral Washington of Africa!
But there 's another little thing, I own,
Which you should perpetrate some summer's day,
And set the other halt of earth to rights;
You have freed the blacks--now pray shut up the whites.
Lord Byron, _Don Juan_, canto xiv

The best of prophets of the future is the past. --George Noel Gordon [Lord Byron] (1788-1824]_Journal_, [January 28, 1821]

Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absolutely too -- high and will go down.
Lord Byron, letter to James Hogg, March 1814.

I cannot describe to you the despairing sensation of trying to do something for a man who seems incapable or unwilling to do anything further for himself.-- Lord Byron, letter to Thomas Moore

Sublime tobacco! which from east to west
Cheers the tar's labour or the Turkman's rest.
Lord Byron. 1788-1824. The Island. Canto ii. Stanza 19.

Divine in hookas, glorious in a pipe
When tipp'd with amber, mellow, rich, and ripe;
Like other charmers, wooing the caress
More dazzlingly when daring in full dress;
Yet thy true lovers more admire by far
Thy naked beauties--give me a cigar!
Lord Byron. 1788-1824. The Island. Canto ii. Stanza 19.

All human history attests
That happiness for man,--the hungry sinner!--
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.
Lord Byron. 1788-1824. The Island. Canto xiii Stanza 99.

I am ashes where once I was fire. --Lord Byron [George Noel Gordon] (1788-1824) (To the Countess of Blessington, 1823)

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