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No sane man will dance. - Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

"I invite ...[her] to dance. She is big and graceful as a parade float and I steer her effortlessly out into the middle of everything. "Our father is pressed into dancing which he does like a flightless bird, all flapping arms and pot belly. Still, he dances. Our mother has a kiss for him. -Michael Cunningham_A Home at the End of the World_, 1990 p. 33

They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their head. --Terence (c. 190-159 BC)




Don't take life too seriously -- you'll never get out if it alive.

The high cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.

Relax - otherwise you might die all tensed up .

Stanton's Law of Minimum Requirements. Bad breath is better than no breath at all.

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

Many who plan to seek God at the eleventh hour die at 10:30.

A "Frisbeterian" believes that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof, and you can't get it back down.

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

Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.

My uncle taught me not to say anything about the dead unless it was good. So, is he dead? Good! -- heard on drivetime radio

Forget not Death, O man! for thou may'st be
Of one thing certain--he forgets not thee.
Persian saying

What is Dying?

A ship sails
and I stand watching
till she fades on the horizon
and someone at my side says,
"She is gone."
Gone Where?
Gone from my sight, that is all:

She is just as large as when I saw her.
The diminished size,
and total loss of sight
Is in me, not in her,

And just at the moment
when someone at my side says
"She is gone"
There are others
who are watching her coming,
and other voices take up a glad shout,

"There she comes!"

and that, is dying.

Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all. --The Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus 8:7

To the good man to die is gain. The foolish fear death as the greatest of evils, the wise desire it as a rest after labours and the end of ills. -- Ambrose

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.
He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.
Job 14:1-2

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

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

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

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

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

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.

THERE 's little joy in life for me,
And little terror in the grave ;
I 've lived the parting hour to see
Of one I would have died to save.

Calmly to watch the failing breath,
Wishing each sigh might be the last ;
Longing to see the shade of death
O'er those beloved features cast.

The cloud, the stillness that must part
The darling of my life from me ;
And then to thank God from my heart,
To thank Him well and fervently ;

Although I knew that we had lost
The hope and glory of our life ;
And now, benighted, tempest-tossed,
Must bear alone the weary strife.

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

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

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

I eveywhere teach that no one can be justly condemned and perish except on account of actual sin; and to say that the countless mortals taken from life while yet infants are precipitated from their mother's arms into eternal death is a blasphemy to be universally detested.
John Calvin , in Augustus H. Strong "Systematic Theology", page 663.

I John Calvin, servant of the Word of God in the church of Geneva, weakened by many illnesses...thank God that he has not only shown mercy to me, his poor creature....and suffered me in all sins and weaknesses, but what is more than that, he has made me a partaker of his grace to serve him through my work...I confess to live and die in this faith which he has given me, inasmuch as I have no other hope or refuge than his predestination upon which my entire salvation is grounded. I embrace the grace which he has offered me in our Lord Jesus Christ, and accept the merits of his suffering and dying that through him all my sins are buried; and I humbly beg him to wash me and cleanse me with the blood of our great Redeemer, as it was shed for all poor sinners so that I, when I appear before his face, may bear his likeness."
Calvin's Last Will (April 25, 1564) Letters of John Calvin, 29

Come Love, come Lord, and that long day
For which I languish, come away.
When this dry soul those eyes shall see
And drink the unseal'd source of Thee,
When glory's sun faith's shades shall chase,
Then for Thy veil give me Thy face.
Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne Devotions XVII

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
John Donne

 All our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.--John Donne (1572-1631)_Sermons_ No. 4

Since.....the children of believers are holy......in virtue of the covenant of grace, in which they, together with the parents, are comprehended, godly parents have no reason to doubt of the election and salvation of their children, whom it pleaseth God to call out of this life in their infancy
(Canons of Dordt, I/17).

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
To be we know not what, we know not where.
John Dryden. 1631-1701. Aurengzebe. Act iv. Sc. 1.

So softly death succeeded life in her,
She did but dream of heaven, and she was there.
John Dryden (1631-1700)_Eleonora_, Line 315

Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die. -- Jim Elliot , journal: 25 March 1951

My son, a perfect little boy of five years and three months, had ended his earthly life. You can never sympathize with me; you can never know how much of me such a young child can take away. A few weeks ago I accounted myself a very rich man, and now the poorest of all. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)_Letter to Thomas Carlyle_ [February 28, 1842]

Since the last communion here, one of our dear helpers in this presbytery from whose lips you used to hear the joyful sound, is gone away to the communion-table above; and glory be to God that he got a full gale of heavenly wind, to drive him in with holy joy and triumph to the harbor of glory. RALPH ERSKINE

Death comes to all
But great achievements build a monument
Which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
Georg Fabricius

Most men need patience to die, but a saint who understands what death admits him to should rather need patience to live. I think he should often look out and listen on a deathbed for his Lord's coming; and when he receives the news of his approaching change he should say, 'The voice of my beloved! behold, He cometh leaping over the mountains, skipping upon the hills' (Song of Solomon 2:8)--JOHN FLAVEL

A Christian in this world is but gold in the ore; at death the pure gold is melted out and separated and the dross cast away and consumed. -- Flavel

If this were the last day of your life, my friend
Tell me, what do you think you would do then?
Stand up to the blow, that fate has struck upon you?
Make the most of all you still have coming to you? or
Lay down on the ground and let the tears flow from you
Crying to the grass and trees
And heaven finally on your knees:

Let me live again
Let life come find me wanting
Spring must strike again
Against the shield of winter
Let me feel once more
The arms of love surround me
Telling me the danger's past
I need not fear the icy blast again.
S Genesis "Undertow"

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Await alike the inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Gray's Elegy

Now, as touching my death, rejoice as I do, my dearest sister, that I shall be delivered of this corruption, and put on incorruption; for I am assured that I shall for losing a mortal life win one that is immortal, joyful and everlasting...Lady Jane Grey (1537-54) before execution

This machine will take off a head in a twinkling, and the victim will feel nothing but a sense of refreshing coolness. We cannot make too much haste, gentlemen, to allow the nation to enjoy this advantage. -- . I. Guillotin

I want to die in my sleep peacefully like my grandfather not screaming and in terror like his passengers. --Jack Handey

He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave. -- Matthew Henry

Death will be the funeral of all our evils and the resurrection of all our joys. --GEORGE HERBERT.

When the cancer that later took his life was first diagnosed, Senator Richard L. Neuberger remarked upon his "new appreciation of things I once took for granted--eating lunch with a friend, scratching my cat Muffet's ears and listening for his purrs, the company of my wife, reading a book or magazine in the quiet of my bed lamp at night, raiding the refrigerator for a glass of orange juice or a slice of toast. For the first time, I think I actually am savoring life. _Better Homes and Gardens_

 I suppose all of us hover between two ways of regarding death, which appear to be in hopeless contradiction with each other. First there is the familiar and instinctive recoil from it as embodying the supreme and irrevocable disaster...But, then, there is another aspect altogether which death can wear for us. It is that which first comes to us, perhaps, as we look down upon the quiet face, so cold and white, of one who has been very near and dear to us. There it lies in possession of its own secret. It knows it all. So we seem to feel. And what the face says in its sweet silence to us as a last message from one whom we loved is:
 'Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!'
 So the face speaks. Surely while we speak there is a smile flitting over it; a smile as of gentle fun at the trick played us by seeming death...
Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918) `The King of Terrors.' Sermon in St. Paul's on 15 May 1910), at which time the body of King Edward VII was lying in state atWestminster.

God hath my daily petitions, for I am at peace with all men, and He is at peace with me . . . and this witness makes the thoughts of death joyful.
Richard Hooker died at 46 His last words

We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve. --Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

It is important to speak of suffering and death in a way that dispels fear. Indeed, dying is a part of life. - Pope John Paul II in Austria: Message to the sick and suffering June 1998

It is, indeed, apparent, from the constitution of the world, that there must be a time for other thoughts; and a perpetual meditation upon the last hour, however it may become the solitude of a monastery, is inconsistent with many duties of common life. But surely the remembrance of death ought to predominate in our minds, as an habitual and settled principle, always operating, though not always perceived; and our attention should seldom wander so far from our own condition as not to be recalled and fixed by the sight of an event which must soon, we know not how soon, happen likewise to ourselves, and of which, though we cannot appoint the time, we may secure the consequence." -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #78

He is gone, and we are going.-- Samuel Johnson, letter to Mrs Thrale on the death of her son, Harry: 25 March 1776.

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson)

Since business and gaiety are always drawing our attention away from a future state, some admonition is frequently necessary to recall it to our minds, and what can more properly renew the impression than the examples of mortality which every day supplies? The great incentive to virtue is the reflection that we must die; it will, therefore, be useful to accustom ourselves, whenever we see a funeral, to consider how soon we may be added to the number of those whose probation is past, and whose happiness or misery shall endure forever. Samuel Johnson: Rambler #78

Every funeral may justly be considered as a summons to prepare for that state into which it shows us that we must some time enter; and the summons is more loud and piercing as the event of which it warns us is at less distance. To neglect at any time preparation for death is to sleep on our post at a siege; but to omit it in old age is to sleep at an attack. - Samuel Johnson: Rambler #78

Nothing confers so much ability to resist the temptations that perpetually surround us, as an habitual consideration of the shortness of life, and the uncertainty of those pleasures that solicit our pursuit; and this consideration can be inculcated only by affliction. 'O Death! how bitter is the remembrance of thee, to a man that lives at ease in his possessions!' If our present state were one continued succession of delights, or one uniform flow of calmness and tranquility, we should never willingly think upon its end; death would then surely surprise us as 'a thief in the night;' and our task of duty would remain unfinished, till 'the night came when no man can work.'- Samuel Johnson: Adventurer #120

Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour;
Improve each moment as it flies!
Life's a short summer, man a flower;
He dies -- alas! how soon he dies!
Samuel Johnson from "Winter, An Ode",

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a 'wandering to find home,' why should we not look forward to the arrival?
C.S. Lewis letter:7 June 1959

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

In the chapter, "Farewell to Shadowlands," the children are afraid of being sent away from Narnia. Aslan assures them that they will not - and a wild hope rises in them. Aslan tells them that there was a real railway accident. "Your father and mother and all of you are -- as you used to call it in the Shadowlands -- dead. The term is over: the holiday has begun. The dream is ended. This is the morning...things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And as for us, this is the end of all stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia have only been the cover of the Great Story which none on earth has read; which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before." C. S. LEWIS, Last Battle

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in words alone,but in every leaf in springtime. --Martin Luther

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea&emdash;
Come, Friend of sinners, and thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile;
And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Henry Francis Lyte - 1793-1847

"Now I leave off to speak any more to creatures, and turn my speech to Thee, O Lord. Now I begin my intercourse with God which shall never be broken off. Farewell, father and mother, friends and relations.
Farewell, meat and drink.
Farewell, the world and all delights.
Farewell, sun, moon, and stars.
Welcome God and Father.
Welcome sweet Lord Jesus, Mediator of the New Covenant.
Welcome Blessed Spirit of Grace, God of all Consolation.
Welcome Glory.
Welcome Eternal Life.
Welcome death."
Dr. Matthew MacKail stood below the gallows, and as his martyr cousin writhed in the tautened ropes, he clasped the helpless jerking legs together and clung to them that death might come the easier and sooner. And so, with Christ was Hugh MacKail "with his sweet boyish smile."
The martyrdom of Hugh MacKail

After the fever of life &emdash; after weariness, sicknesses, fightings and despondings, languor and fretfulness, struggling and failing, struggling and succeeding &emdash; after all the changes and chances of this troubled and unhealthy state, at length comes death &emdash; at length the white throne of God &emdash; at length the beatific vision. J. H. Newman

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.--George S. Patton, Jr

Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective. -- P.J. O'Rourke

United with his fellowmen by the strongest of all ties, the tie of a common doom, the free man finds that a new vision is with him always, shedding over every daily task the light of love. The life of Man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. One by one, as they march, our comrades vanish from our sight, seized by the silent orders of omnipotent Death. Very brief is the time in which we can help them, in which their happiness or misery is decided. Be it ours to shed sunshine on their path, to lighten their sorrows by the balm of sympathy, to give them the pure joy of a never-tiring affection, to strengthen failing courage, to instil faith in hours of despair. Let us not weigh in grudging scales their merits and demerits, but let us think only of their need, of the sorrows, the difficulties, perhaps the blindnesses, that make the misery of their lives; let us remember that they are fellow-sufferers in the same darkness, actors in the same tragedy with ourselves.-- Bertrand Russell The Free Man's Worship" [1903]

Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.-- Walter Scott

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Hamlet, Act III

Farewell! a long farewell to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: today he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes; tomorrows blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do.
William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, III,ii.351

"What!" cries one, "Is there not a terrible amount of pain connected with death?" I answer, No. It is life that has the pain; death is the finis of all pain. You blame death for the disease of which he is the cure.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_

No believer dies an untimely death. Long life is not to be reckoned by years as men count them. He lives longest who lives best. Many a man has crowded half a century into a single year. God gives his people life, not as the clock ticks, but as he helps them to serve him, and he can make them to live much in a short space of time. There are no untimely figs gathered into God's basket. The great Master of the vineyard plucks the grapes when they are ripe and ready to be taken, and not before.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Vol. 18 [1872]

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise. --Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) _Virginibus Puerisque_ [1881], Part 2, "Crabbed Age and Youth"

Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end? --Tom Stoppard (1937-____) In "Quote Disk 1,2,3," by DBUG, 1991.

To a true believer, death is but going to Church: from the Church below to the Church above.-Augustustus Toplady--Works, p.543

I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.--Mark Twain

If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ingnorance of his danger.

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own. -- H G Wells

You have now such faith as is necessary for your living unto God. As yet you are not called to die. When you are, you shall have faith for this also.
John Wesley letter: 17 April 1776

Our birth is nothing but our death begun, as tapers waste the moment they take fire.-- Edward Young


When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the... religio [religion] of amulets and holy places and priest craft: Protestantism, in its corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes. C.S. Lewis


Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe.-- Demosthenes (B.C. 384-322)

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool. - Richard P. Feynman (1918 &endash; 1988)

We are never deceived: we deceive ourselves.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.
Fulke Greville (1554-1628) In "Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips," MCR software, 1995.

The true way to be deceived is to think oneself more clever than others.--La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)_Reflections; or, Sentences and Moral Maxims_ [1678], Maxim 127

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. -- Leonardo da Vinci

Neither a borrower nor a lender be
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."
Wm Shakespeare,Hamlet

A good retreat is better than a bad stand. Irish Proverb

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.- Ernest Hemingway (1889-1961)

All defeat is a collaboration. --Peggy Noonan. What I Saw at the Revolution, p. 294

What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better. - Wendell Phillips

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. -Marilyn vos Savant


Democracy is mob rule, but with income taxes.

Why don't more people vote? Is it ignorance or apathy?
I don't know, and I don't care.

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. -- Lord Acton

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments. - Aristotle, Rhetoric, Independency

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

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

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

The devil was the first democrat. --Byron

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

The next time they give you all that civic bull.... about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election.- George Carlin

Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. -- Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 11 Nov. 1947

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill

It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny. - James Fenimore Cooper

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge, and principles of the majority form the tribunal of appeal.
James Fenimore Cooper

Nor is the people's judgement always true,
The most may err as grossly as the few."
John Dryden, _Absalom and Achitophel_

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom. -- F.A. Hayek

In each age it is necessary to adapt to the popular mythology. At one times kings were anointed by Deity, so the problem was to see to it that Deity anointed the right candidate. In this age the myth is 'the will of the people'.
Professor Bernardo de la Paz on recently elected congress, in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", by Robert Heinlein.

The Masses are Asses - Cornelious C. Janzen

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.--- Thomas Jefferson

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic. -- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

..there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows. ----C. S. Lewis "Membership" Sobernost #31 (June 1945)

I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on these grounds is that they are not true....Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.  CS Lewis

When the people have no tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one. Lord Lytton

.no man shall be admitted to the body politic but such as are members of some of the churches within the limits' of the colony. - The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 18 May 1631

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. -- H.L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.--H.L. Mencken

Democracy is a form of religion; it is the worship of jackals by jackasses. -- H.L. Mencken

Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.--Mark Twain

The essence of democracy is not that everyone makes and administers laws but that lawgivers and rulers should be dependent on the people's will in such a way that they may be peaceably changed if conflict occurs.-- Ludwig von Mises

Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.--Plato, The Republic. Book VIII. 558

Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. --George Bernard Shaw

A democracy is a state in which the poor, gaining the upper hand, kill some and banish others, and then divide the offices among the remaining citizens equally, usually by lot.-- Plato, The Republic, VIII

Because in the oligarchical State they are disqualified and driven from office, and therefore they cannot train or gather strength; whereas in a democracy they are almost the entire ruling power, and while the keener sort speak and act, the rest keep buzzing about the bema and do not suffer a word to be said on the other side; hence in democracies almost everything is managed by the drones. -- Plato, "The Republic"

When 25 percent of the population believe the President should be impeached and 51 percent of the population believe in UFOs, you may or may not need a new President, but you definitely need a new population. -Harry Reasoner

"Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!""
Adlai E. Stevenson called back ""That's not enough, madam, we need a majority

Enemies within are those who do not believe in the democratic system but who will use violence or intimidation - some means other than democracy - to attain their ends. - Margaret Thatcher, speaking on Channel 4 TV quoted in Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p160

When Abraham Lincoln spoke in his famous Gettysburg speech of 1863 of 'government of the people, by the people, and for the people,' he gave the world a neat definition of democracy which has since been widely and enthusiastically adopted. But what he enunciated as a form of government was not in itself especially Christian, for nowhere in the Bible is the word democracy mentioned. Ideally, when Christians meet, as Christians, to take counsel together, their purpose is not (or should not be) to ascertain what is the mind of the majority but what is the mind of the Holy Spirit - something which may be quite different.
Nevertheless I am an enthusiast for democracy. And I take that position, not because I believe majority opinion is inevitably right or true - indeed no majority can take away God-given human rights - but because I believe it most effectively safeguards the value of the individual, and, more than any other system, restrains the abuse of power by the few. And that is a Christian concept.
Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?- Harry Truman

Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.--Mark Twain

From bondage to spiritual faith,from spiritual faith to great courage,
from great courage to liberty,
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to selfishness,
from selfishness to complacency,
from complacency to dependency,
from dependency back into bondage.
Alexander Fraser Tytler ,Lord Woodhouselee (1748-1813), "The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic"

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.--Oscar Wilde

The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. --John Wycliffe (ca.1330-1384)

The only way to settle questions of an ideological nature or controversial issues among the people is by the democratic method, the method of discussion, of criticism, of persuasion and education, and not by the method of coercion or repression. --Mao Ze-dong, "On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People", 1957


Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

There are many reasons why God would not want you. But don't worry. You're in good company.
- Moses stuttered.
-- David's armor didn't fit.
--- John Mark was rejected by Paul.
---- Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
----- Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
------ Jacob was a liar.
------- David had an affair.
-------- Solomon was too rich.
--------- Abraham was too old.
---------- David was too young.
----------- Timothy had ulcers.
------------ Peter was afraid of death.
------------- Lazarus was dead.
-------------- John was self-righteous.
--------------- Jesus was too poor.
-------------- Naomi was a widow.
------------- Paul was a murderer. So was Moses.
------------ Jonah ran from God.
----------- Miriam was a gossip.
---------- Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
--------- Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
-------- Elijah was burned out.
------- John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
------ Martha was a worry-wart
----- Mary was lazy.
---- Samson had long hair.
--- Noah got drunk.
-- Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
- So did Peter, Paul - well, lots of folks did.
But God doesn't require a job interview.
He doesn't hire and fire like most bosses, because He's more our Dad than our Boss.
He doesn't look at financial gain or loss.
He's not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.
As much as we try, God's gifts are free.
We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be . . .Wonderful.
Satan says, "You're not worthy."
Jesus says, "So what? I AM."
Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.
God looks back and sees the cross.
He doesn't calculate what you did in '78. It's not even on the record.
Sure. There are lots of reasons why God shouldn't want us.
But if we are magically in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath,
He'll use us in spite of who we are, where we've been, or what we look like.
Step out of your limitations into the illimitable nature of who God is.

Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.... French Proverb

If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you. Jewish proverb

Some days you're the pigeon; some days you're the statue. ~ Roger Anderson

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Thomas Aquinas

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honour and glory. --. Augustine

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)

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.--Prov. 17:22

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

I can have all the money and cars in the world and be unhappy. Once you find out that money and fame and success doesn't do it, where do you go then? That's a big dilemma. I had all those things: A beautiful wife, cars, a home, money, friends. All the things that you think a man could need and it didn't stop me drinking. I was depressed. I was suicidal. Eric Clapton

Some days are diamonds
Some days are stones
Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone
Sometimes the cold wind blows a chill in my soul
Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.
Neil Diamond

And the best part of health is fine disposition. It is more essential than talent, even in the works of talent. Nothing will supply the want of sunshine to peaches, and, to make knowledge valuable, you must have the cheerfulness of wisdom. Whenever you are sincerely pleased, you are nourished. The joy of the spirit indicates its strength. All healthy things are sweet-tempered. Genius works in sport, and goodness smiles to the last; and, for the reason, that whoever sees the law which distributes things, does not despond, but is animated to great desires and endeavors. He who desponds betrays that he has not seen it....It is observed that a depression of spirits develops the germs of a plague in individuals and nations. Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life

He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable.Now he's miserable and depressed.- David Frost

Melancholy attends the best joys of an ideal life. --Margaret Fuller

A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected. --Samuel Johnson, Rasselas

Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking. Boswell: Life of Johnson

No disease of the imagination ... is so difficult of cure as that which is complicated with the dread of guilt: fancy and conscience then act interchangeably upon us, and so often shift their places that the illusions of one are not distinguished from the dictates of the other. If fancy presents images not moral or religious, the mind drives them away when they give it pain; but when melancholic notions take the form of duty, they lay hold on the faculties without opposition, because we are afraid to exclude or banish them. For this reason the superstitious are often melancholy, and the melancholy almost always superstitious." - Samuel Johnson: Rasselas [the character Imlac]

Talking of constitutional melancholy, he observed, "A man so afflicted, Sir, must divert distressing thoughts, and not combat with them." Boswell: "May not he think them down, Sir?" Johnson: "No, Sir. To attempt to think them down is madness. He should have a lamp constantly burning in his bed chamber during the night, and if wakefully disturbed, take a book, and read, and compose himself to rest. To have the management of the mind is a great art, and it may be attained in a considerable degree by experience and habitual exercise.." Boswell: "Should not he provide amusements for himself? Would it not, for instance, be right for him to take a course of chymistry?" Johnson: "Let him take a course of chymistry, or a course of rope-dancing, or a course of any thing to which he is inclined at the time. Let him contrive to have as many retreats for his mind as he can, as many things to which it can fly from itself." - James Boswell: Life of Johnson

The black dog I hope always to resist, and in time to drive, though I am deprived of almost all those that used to help meWhen I rise my breakfast is solitary, the black dog waits to share it, from breakfast to dinner he continues barking, except that Dr Brocklesby for a little keeps him at a distanceNight comes at last, and some hours of restlessness and confusion bring me again to a day of solitude. What shall exclude the black dog from a habitation like this?
Samuel Johnson, Letter to Mrs Thrale, 28 June 1783, in R. W. Chapman (ed.) Letters of Samuel Johnson (1952) vol. 3 (on his attacks of melancholia; more recently associated with Winston Churchill, who used the phrase black dog when alluding to his own periodic bouts of depression)

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. --Carl Jung

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable. Letitia Landon (1802-1838)

[Melancholy] falls upon a contented life, like a drop of ink on white paper, which is none the less a stain that it carries no meaning with it.
John Gibson Lockhart

Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
Henry W. Longfellow. 1807-1882. The Rainy Day

Depression is the inability to construct a future. --Rollo May

I cannot stand being awake, the pain is too much. ~Spike Milligan

Believe not these suggestions, which proceed
From anguish of the mind, and humours black
That mingle with thy fancy.
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

Mirth, and even cheerfulness, when employed as remedies in low spirits, are like hot water to a frozen limb.-- Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)

Our every defence against Satan rests upon the power of Jesus Christ. Drawing upon that power, the Protestant Reformation itself a a mighty fortress. Luther also used more direct means of defence, such as cheerfulness, laughter, boisterousness, bawdiness,scorn, insults and obscenity. Everything active, assertive, earthy and good humoured fends off the depression on which the prince of darkness thrives. One of Luther's best defences was to go to bed with Katie. --J Russell The Prince of Darkness p 173

Sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.- May Sarton

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Hamlet, Act III

Macbeth: Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart?
Doctor: Therein the patient Must minister to himself.
Shakespeare., Macbeth

When you are depressed, the past and the future are absorbed entirely by the present, as in the world of a three-year-old. You can neither remember feeling better nor imagine that you will feel better…. Depression means that you have no point of view.-- Andrew Solomon, "Anatomy of Melancholy". The New Yorker. 12 Jan 1998

I wonder if anyone will ever know the emptiness of my life. Personal Diary - Last entry "Oh what's the point?"
Kenneth Williams

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. --Steven Wright


Good design follows the pattern set not by our desire, but our Designer.-- Graham Clarke, graphic designer


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.

The desires of man increase with his acquisitions; every step which he advances brings something within his view, which he did not see before, and which, as soon as he sees it, he begins to want. Where necessity ends, curiosity begins; and no sooner are we supplied with every thing that nature can demand, than we sit down to contrive artificial appetites. -
Samuel Johnson: Idler #30

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. -- C S Lewis--Mere Christianity


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

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

In idleness there is a perpetual despair.-- Thomas Carlyle

Despair is the conclusion of fools. --Disraeli, _Alroy_, 1833

Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope. Austin O'Malley

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. --Terence (B.C. 185-159)


Give the devil an inch, and he'll become your ruler.

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)

Of course I believe in the devil. If I did not, I should have to believe that I am the devil myself. --G. K. Chesterton

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. --Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) _Letters from New York_, Volume 1 [1843], Letter 33 [December 8, 1842]

There is an evil power, a Satanic power, which holds souls in error, and which persists. It is interesting to note that in the first centuries of the Christian era many demoniacal phenomena appeared in countries in the course of being converted from idolatry to Christianity. The same is true of pagan civilisation today. In my research into the fourth century, I was surprised to find a great recrudescence of magical practices at the very moment when Roman civilization under Constantine was about to be snatched away bodily from paganism and enter... into the kingdom of the Son; at that time, all the rites of sorcery took on an incredible virulence... Jean Danielou, The Salvation of the Nations

The attributes of God have been carefully explored. But the Devil's attributes have been left vague. I think I've found one of them. It is he who puts the prices on things." "Doesn't God put a price on things?" "No. One of his attributes is magnanimity. But the Devil is a setter of prices, and a usurer, as well. You buy from him at an agreed price, but the payments are all on time, and the interest is charged on the whole of the principal, right up to the last payment, however much of the principal you think you have paid off in the meantime."-- Robertson Davies, _World Of Wonders_

Look at me -- underestimated from Day One! You'd never think I was a master of the universe, now, would you?--John Milton aka Satan, in Devil's Advocate 1997

The Devil does not shock a saint into alertness by suggesting whopping crimes. He starts off with little, almost inoffensive things to which even the heart of a saint would make only mild protests.--Walter Farrell, _Companion to Summa_, 1941

The devil gets up to the belfry by the vicar's skirts. --Thomas Fuller

No popular film in the last two decades treats the Devil with more seriousness and subtlety [than The Exorcist]; indeed, it is stunnig to watch the film today. We all remember the vomiting and head-spinning, but what stands out now in an age of special effects is the dialogue about the nature of good and evil, the Devil's aim to confuse the two, and the unreliability of modern science in clarifying the issue. Satan is not treated as someone or something that can be reduced to petty human motivations or simplistic ambitions or explanations. He is what he is: a mystery, the omnipresent tempter. He is the Devil without quotation marks. -- Jonah Goldberg

To deny the existence of these evil spirits, to deny the existence of the Devil, is to deny the truth of the New Testament. To deny the existence of these imps of darkness is to contradict the words of Jesus Christ . . . If we give up the belief in devils, we must give up the inspiration of the Old and New Testament. We must give up the divinity of Christ. To deny the existence of evil spirits is to utterly destroy the foundation of Christianity . . . If all the accounts in the New Testament of casting out devils are false, what part of the Blessed Book is true? . . . If the Devil does not exist, the Christian creeds all crumble. Robert Green Ingersoll

The Devil has been one of the organising principles of world politics for as long as Christian civilisation has existed. The Devil serves to identify what evil is and became an entity who was reponsible for evil that let God and ourselves off the hook. That has been the function of the Devil in history.--Leslek Kolakowski

Satan is inconsistent. He persuades a man not to go to synagogue on a cold morning; yet when the man does go, he follows him into it.
The Koretser Rabbi, 18thC, quoted _Hasidic Anthology_, ed.Louis Newman

It is so stupid of the twentieth century to have abandoned belief in the devil when he is the only explanation for it. -- Ronald Knox

He is the most diligent preacher of all other; he is never out of his diocese.--Hugh Latimer, _Sermons_, 1549

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and healthy interesting in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.--C. S. Lewis, _The Screwtape Letters_

Let us act with humility, cast ourselves at one another's feet, join hands with each other, and help one another. For here we battle not against pope or emperor, but against the devil, and do you imagine that he is asleep?--Martin Luther

I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face, and tell him that through God I am more than a match for him. Martin Luther

In this sort of temptation and struggle, contempt is the best and easiest method of winning over the devil. Laugh your adversary to scorn and ask who it is with whom you are talking. But by all means flee solitude, for the devil watches and lies in wait for you most of all when you are alone. This devil is conquered by mocking and despising him, not by resisting and arguing with him. Therefore, Jerome, joke and play games with your wife and others. In this way you will drive out your diabolical thoughts and take courage Be of good courage, therefore, and cast these dreadful thoughts out of your mind. Whenever the devil pesters you with these thoughts, at once seek out the company of men, drink more, joke and jest, or engage in some other form of merriment. Sometimes it is necessary to drink a little more, play, jest, or even commit some infraction in defiance and contempt of the devil in order not to give him an opportunity to make us scrupulous about trifles. We shall be overcome if we worry too much about falling into some sin. Accordingly if the devil should say, "Do not drink," you should reply to him, "On this very account, because you forbid it, I shall drink, and what is more, I shall drink a generous amount." Thus one must always do the opposite of that which Satan prohibits. What do you think is my reason for drinking wine undiluted, talking freely, and eating more often, if it is not to torment and vex the devil who made up his mind to torment and vex me. Martin Luther

The best way to get rid of the Devil, if you cannot kill it with the words of Holy Scripture, is to rail at and mock him. Music, too, is very good; music is hateful to him, and drives him far away. Martin Luther

The Devil fears the word of God, He can't bite it; it breaks his teeth. Martin Luther

It is the devil's masterstroke to get us to accuse him.--George Meredith (1828-1909)

Romantics regarded Milton's Satan as the most important symbol of the rebelliousness that they considered the greatest good.
Jeffrey Russell, The Prince of Darkness, p205

The prince of darkness is a gentleman. --Shakespeare, _King Lear_

It is in the highest interests of the devil to persuade the world that religious people are disagreeable.--Hubert van Zeller, _We Live With Our Eyes Open_, 1949


A diary will show you that troubles that loomed so large and menacingly at the time become insignificant and usually forgotten over the months.

Rien. [Nothing.] - The diary of Louis XVI for 14 July 1789 - the day the Bastille was stormed.

I do not keep a diary. Never have. To write a diary every day is like returning to one's own vomit. --Enoch Powell Article, 1977


He who stuffeth, puffeth.

One day I will diet. The other 364 I'll eat what I like.

If you are going to be thin you will have to be hungry the rest of your life.

Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.

Dieting is wishful shrinking.

Dieting is a losing battle.

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.

Tubby or not tubby, fat is the question! -- Sign in a Belfast slimming clinic

Use three physicians still:
First Doctor Quiet,
Then Doctor Merryman,
And Doctor Diet.
Cited by Robertson Davies in a letter (Nov. 3, 1986) to Margaret Laurence & identified only as "old medieval medical advice."

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

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

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)

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.

Sweets are the destiny that shapes our ends. - Andy Chap's Funnies

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook. -- Julia Child

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it. -- Jackie Gleason

The three words women most want to hear from a man are, "You lost weight"- Lori Gottlieb

Äs God's Word is food for our spirit. Being spiritually skinny is not attractive to God. -- Ron Haithcock

Food is an important part of a balanced diet. -- Fran Lebowitz

"It's true that a good diet is the best medicine when it suits the individual, but to live medically is to live wretchedly." Then he related some examples of deceased persons who starved themselves to death on the advice of their physicians. "I eat what I like and will die when God wills it."-- Luther's Tabletalk from No.3801

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.- John Mortimer

I am not fat. I am pleasantly plump -- Obelix the Gaul.

Dieting is a way of starving to death so you can live longer. --Bob Phillips

I'm on a new tranquilizer diet. I haven't lost an ounce, but I don't care. -- Bob Phillips

I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting. --William Powell

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight. -- Rita Rudner

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Julius Caesar_ [1599], Act I, Scene ii, Line 191

Thou seest I have more flesh than another man and therefore more fraility ~William Shakespeare 1564-1616, Henry IV (1597)

Health food makes me sick. -- Calvin Trillin

A diet is when you have to go to some length to change your width. -- Wit & Wisdom


It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.--- Isaac Asimov

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.--- E. Joseph Crossman

When Solomon said that there was a time and a place for everything he had not encountered the problem of parking an automobile. - Bob Edwards (1947 - )

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. - Henry Ford, 1863 - 1947

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.
William S. Halsey

The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong." --Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) _Pieces of Eight_

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. - Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) "Reflections on the Human Condition," aph. 157, 1973.

Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it,    - Michael Jordan

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. -- Hannah Moore

I have only one eye: I have a right to be blind sometimes: I really do not see the signal
Horatio Nelson routs the French at the Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April 1801, ignoring Admiral Parker's order to disengage.


Diplomacy: thinking twice before saying nothing.

Diplomacy --- The art of letting other people achieve your ends.

Diplomacy: lying in state. Oliver Herford

Diplomacy - the art of letting someone have your way.-- attributed to Daniele Vare


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

Let the abbott restrain the badly behaved, and the inflexible and the proud, or the disobedient, with blows or chastisement of the body.
Rule of Benedict, in R Lacey and D Danziger, The Year 1000, Little, Brown and Co,GB, 1999, p107

Whomever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of his fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil. It is the Heavenly Father's will thus to exercise them so as to put his own children to a definite test. Beginning with Christ, his first-born, he follows this plan with all his children. --John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion [1559]

When you were quite a little boy, somebody ought to have said ``hush'' just once. --- Mrs Patrick Campbell, to George Bernard Shaw.

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it. -- Cervantes, _The Dialogue of the Dogs_, 1613

No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) "Living Under Tension."

God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill. - WILLIAM GURNALL

Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild. Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804)

I would rather have the rod to be the general terror to all, to make them learn, than tell a child, if you do thus or thus, you will bemore esteemed than your brothers or sisters. The rod produces an effect which terminates itself. A child is afraid of being whipped, and gets his task, and there's an end on't; whereas, by exciting emulation, and comparisons of superiority, you lay the foundation of lasting mischief; you make brothers and sisters hate each other." -- Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides)

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.... Jim Rohn

God had one Son without sin, but not a single child without the rod. C. H. Spurgeon Meditation for Morning May 31

The price of excellence is discipline.The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.-William W. Ward


Our company does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, or religion... unless the religions are bizarre and unpopular and can be considered cults (and so may be freely discriminated against), or you are a short, fat, bald, ugly,white heterosexual male (and can be picked on without restraint), or are anerd, smoker, or single person. Stupid people may now also be discriminated against due to the failure of their lobbying efforts.

There is a mania in legislation in detecting discrimination. But all life is about discrimination. Enoch Powell Article, 1975

 In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent. - Carter G. Woodson(1875 &endash; 1950)


An impetuous maiden named Marion,
An antidisestablishmentarian,
Took a rabbit, a bear
And a pig to the fair,
And posed as a veterinarian.

Without honesty, trust, faithfulness to an obligation, respect for the rights and interests of others and love of neighbour, civilised society falls apart. I believe that process would become all the more pronounced in a society that abandoned its historic spiritual framework in favour of an avowedly secular one. - George Carey 23 Apr 2002

The minimal nature of the Anglican establishment, its relative openness to other denominations and faiths seeking a public space and the fact that its very existence is an ongoing acknowledgement of the public character of religion are all reasons why it may seem far less intimidating to the minority faiths than a triumphal secularism
Tariq Modood Not Easy Being British.

The main motive for disestablishment, as we meet it in the press and elsewhere, is of course the old secularist agenda, coming from those who are offended that the Enlightenment hasn't been able to have its way with every area of society. When people argue that we live in a religiously plural society, they usually don't actually want to take those religions seriously; they are just repeating another bit of Enlightenment rhetoric, that there are so many religions that all are equally irrelevant. In fact, though of course non-Christian faiths must be taken seriously, they still only represent a tiny minority of people in this country. And there is good evidence that many leaders of Jewish and Muslim communities are much happier that Christianity is the established religion than they would be if secularism were to replace it. The Jews in particular know what that might mean - N. T. Wright, GOD AND CAESAR, THEN AND NOW, Lecture:, Monday 22 April 2002


A bank robber in Vienna has eluded the police after staging a hold-up in the nude. 'His disguise was perfect', said a police spokesman. 'The bank was full of lady employees - and not one of them could describe the guy's face'

Diversity has no inherent value, but is simply a fact of life, which may be employed or endured either well or badly. My circle of friends is diverse. So is my household garbage. --Bruce Thompson


I still miss my ex-husband, but my aim is improving.

Most recent numbers indicate that 52 percent of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate for FIRST marriages is about 37 percent. The divorce rate for SECOND marriages is about 63 percent. The divorce rate for THIRD marriages is about 78 percent. - Your odds of succeeding are far greater if you stick it out with the one you got. - The divorce rate for couples who "pray together regularly" is ONE out of 152.

According to the European Union's statistical office (Eurostat, ugh!) the UK and Finland "Top" the European divorce rate with 2.8 divorces per 1000 people per annum, notwithstanding the rate of marriage is falling. Between 1993 and 1999 the number of divorces in the UK fell for that reason, but 39% of children were born outside wedlock compared with an E U average of 29%

Divorce is defeat. --Lucille Ball

The worst reconciliation is better than the best divorce.-- Cervantes

Any man with eyes in his head, whatever the ideas in his head, who looks at the world as it is today, must know that the whole social substance of marriage has changed . . . Numbers of normal people are getting married, thinking already that they may be divorced . . The Church was right to refuse even the exception. The world has admitted the exception; and the exception has become the rule . . The Catholic Church, standing almost alone, declared that it would in fact lead to an anarchical position; and the Catholic Church was right. --G K Chesterton {The Well and the Shallows, NY: Sheed & Ward, 1935, pp. 42-43}

If Americans can be divorced for "incompatibility of temper" I cannot conceive why they are not all divorced. I have known many happy marriages, but never a compatible one.-- G K Chesterton-_What is Wrong with the World_, 1910

So many people think divorce a panacea for every ill, who find out, when they try it, the remedy is worse than the disease.
Dorothy Dix (1870-1951)"Dorothy Dix, Her Book," 1926.

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.~Zsa Zsa Gabor

All [Christian churches] regard divorce as something like cutting up a living body, as a kind of surgical operation. Some of them think the operation so violent that it cannot be done at all; others admit it as a desperate remedy in extreme cases. They are all agreed that it is more like having both your legs cut off than it is like dissolving a business partnership or even deserting a regiment. What they all disagree with is the modern view that it is a simple readjustment of partners, to be made whenever people feel they are no longer in love with one another, or when either of them falls in love with someone else.
C S Lewis-- _Mere Christianity_

This story has irritated me from the start, and it has nothing to do with Rev. Robinson's sexual orientation. The guy left his wife and kids to go do the hokey-pokey with someone else: that's what it's all about, at least for me. Marriages founder for a variety of reasons, and ofttimes they're valid reasons, sad and inescapable. But "I want to have sex with other people" is not a valid reason for depriving two little girls of a daddy who lives with them, gets up at night when they're sick, kisses them in the morning when they wake. There's a word for people who leave their children because they don't want to have sex with Mommy anymore: selfish. I'm not a praying man, but I cannot possibly imagine asking God if that would be okay. -- James Lileks, http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/03/0803/080703.html

She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook. --Tommy Manville (1894-1967)

To propose that marriage be abandoned and half-marriage substituted is like advising a man with a sty to get a glass eye. He doesn't want a glass eye; he wants his own natural and perfect eye, with the sty plucked out. All such reformers forget that the reall essence of marriage is not the nature of the relation but the performance of that relation. It is a device for time-binding, like every other basic human institution. Its one indomitable purpose is to endure. Plainly enough, divorce ought to be easy when the destruction of a marriage is an accomplished fact, but it would be folly to set up conditions tending to make that destruction more likely. Too much, indeed, has been done in that direction already. The way out for people who are incapable of the concessions and compromises that go with every contract is not to fill the contract with snakes but to avoid it altogether. There are, indeed, many men and women to whom marriage is a sheer psychic impossibility. But to the majority it is surely not. They find it quite bearable; they like it; they want it to endure. What they need is help in making it endurable.-- H. L. Mencken, "Divorce" The New York _World_, Jan 26, 1930


Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news - the good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.

 A patient going to a doctor for his first visit was asked, "And whom did you consult before coming to me?" "Only the village druggist," was the answer. "And what sort of foolish advice did that numbskull give you?" asked the doctor, his tone and manner denoting his contempt for the advice of the layman. "Oh," replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, "he told me to come and see you."

Honour physicians for their services, for the Lord created them; for their gift of healing comes from the Most High and they are rewarded by the King. .... The Lord created medicines out of the earth and the sensible will not despise them. .... And he gave skill to human beings that he might be glorified in his marvelous works. By them the physician heals and takes away pain; the pharmacist makes a mixture from them. God's works will never be finished and from him health spreads over all the earth.My child, when you are ill, do not delay but pray to the Lord and he will heal you. Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly ... Then give physician his place for the Lord created him; do not let him leave you, for you may need him. There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of the physicians, for they too pray to the Lord that he grant them success in diagnosis and in healing for the sake of preserving life.- -- Ecclesiasticus 38

Doctors automatically know what's wrong with you. They have a sick sense. - Beau M., age 10

"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

Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. - Anton Chekhov

Man has discovered that to kneel before God at least is more dignified than to lie down before a psychiatrist.--William A. Donaghy (1909-1975)

The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir. - Thomas Fuller

After death the doctor. Jacula Prudentum. George Herbert. 1593-1632.

Doctors introduce medication of which they know very little, into patients of whom they know even less, against diseases of which they know nothing. -Dr. Barbara Moore.

Psychotherapy conquered what is in effect the human condition by annexing it in its entirely to the medical profession.
Thomas Szasz The Myth of Psychotherapy

Doctor, I have a ringing in my ears.
The doctor said: "Don't answer!"- Henty Youngman


What has four legs and an arm? A happy pit bull.

Absolutely nothing in the world is friendlier than a wet dog.

The greatest dog is the hot dog, for it feeds the hand that bites it.

The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails and not their tongues.

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.

To err is human, to forgive canine.

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

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

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

Faithful: With eye upraised his master's look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man:
The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend,
The only creature faithful to the end.
George Crabbe

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare.And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. -M.Facklam

In life and in making films, it's really important to keep your innocence. Pull a little tail, and maybe there is an elephant at the end. It's important to preserve your innocence and your optimism, especially when it's not easy. It's wonderful, the look in the eyes of some dogs. Such innocence. Such sincerity. A dog does not know how to wag his tail insincerely. Such wonder. Such admiration for us, because we are bigger and seem to know what we are doing. It's an openness which I could almost envy if it did not involve such dependence. I Fellini, by Charlotte Chandler, p. 93

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie˜
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find˜it's your own affair˜
But...you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone˜wherever it goes˜for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long˜
So why in˜Heaven (before we are there?)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
Rudyard Kipling, "THE POWER OF THE DOG"

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. -Ann Landers

I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl. -Penny Ward Moser

How do you know the dog food you bought is really new and improved? "The Great Swami" in a local radio commercial

 That indefatigable and unsavory engine of pollution, the dog.--John Sparrow (1906-1992) (In a letter to _The Times_ [September 30, 1975])


Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.

Nobody can honestly think of himself as a strong character because, however successful he may be in overcoming them, he is necessarily aware of the doubts and temptations that accompany every important choice. --W. H. Auden

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. --Thomas Carlyle

Materialists and madmen never have doubts.-- G. K. Chesterton

If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.-- Rene Descartes, Discours de la Me'thode, 1637

When in doubt, go shopping.--Sarah Ferguson

The believer will fight another believer over a shade of difference: the doubter fights only with himself.~ Graham Greene, Monsignor Quixote, Pt 1, Ch 4 (1982)

If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt....There is no believing without some doubting, and believing is all the stronger for understanding and resolving doubt. -- Os Guinness

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Don't give us your doubts, gives us your certainties, for we have doubts enough of our own.-- Goethe

Secular faiths such as Marxism left much less room for doubt than religion. Religion knows all about doubt. Since God's ways are unknowable, religion can endure only if it finds a place for self-questioning. Prayer itself is a questioning dialogue with God. But what is Marxism's equivalent of prayer? Since the theory had to be correct, a believer had to disavow the testimony of his own senses; and if reality failed to live up to the promise of theory, then the reality was deficient.
Michael Ignatieff, "The Era of Error", _The New Republic_, Aug.9,1999

After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it -- "I refute it thus." --James Boswell: Life of Samuel Johnson


We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.-Judy Garland (1922-1969) "Imagination," In "Judy Garland," by Anne Edwards, 1975.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. - J K Rowling,, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? -- Leonardo da Vinci


If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins. Mae West


What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.

One difference between a man and a machine is that a machine is quiet when well oiled.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

Alcohol preserves everything except secrets.

Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.

Draft beer, not people!

The Heineken Uncertainty Principle:

You can never be sure how many beers you had last night.

She was only a Bootlegger's Daughter, but I loved her still.

Sometimes too much to drink isn't enough.

Hangover: The wrath of grapes.

Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off.

Scientists for Health Canada suggested that men should take a look at their beer consumption, considering the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer. The theory is that drinking beer makes men turn into women. To test the finding, 100 men were fed 6 pints of beer each. It was then observed that 100% of the men gained weight, talked excessively without making sense, became overly emotional, couldn't drive, failed to think rationally, argued over nothing, and refused to apologize when wrong. No further testing is planned.

I think that I shall never hear
A poem lovelier than beer.
The stuff that Joe's Bar has on tap,
With golden base and snowy cap.
The stuff that I can drink all day
Until my mem'ry melts away.
Poems are made by fools, I fear
But only Schlitz can make a beer.

What's so unpleasant about being drunk? You ask a glass of water.--Douglas Adams THHGttG

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately. What is life then to a man who is without wine? For it was made to make men glad.-- Ecclesiaticus.

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. --Thomas Aquinas

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.

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

 ..wine that gladdens the heart of man - Psa. 104:15

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 1Tim. 5:23 NIV

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.

It is permissible to use wine not only for necessity, but also to make us merry...... [it must be moderate] lest men forget themselves, drown their senses,.....in making merry [those who enjoy wine] feel a livelier gratitude to God. ~ John Calvin, The Institutes of Christian Religion

People who drink light "beer" don't like the taste of beer; they just like to pee a lot.--Capital Brewery, Middleton, WI

Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise. --Miguel De Cervantes

When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast. -- Winston Churchill

I neither want it [brandy] nor need it, but I should think it pretty hazardous to interfere with the ineradicable habit of a lifetime. -- Churchill

No one can ever say that I ever failed to display a meet and proper appreciation for alcohol. --Winston Churchill

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.- Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

Went home to lunch at 12.30 p.m., enjoying a bottle of Shepherd Neame's 5.4% "Bishop's Finger". This really is the elixir of life, but unfortunately, when drinking this strong bitter, I tend to keel over whilst in the middle of a dissertation about the excessive drinking habits of the young.--John Copeland DIARY OF A SUPERANNUATED SOUL w/e22.8.98

Then trust me, there's nothing like drinking
So pleasant on this side of the grave;
It keeps the unhappy from thinking,
And makes e'en the valiant more brave.
Chas. Didbin (1745-1814)

The horse and mule live thirty years
And never know of wine and beers.
The goat and sheep at twenty die
Without a taste of scotch or rye.
The cow drinks water by the ton
and at eighteen is mostly done.
The dog at fifteen cashes in
Without the aid of rum or gin.
The modest, sober, bone-dry hen
Lays eggs for noggs and dies at ten.
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men
Survive three-score years and ten.
And some of us, though mighty few
Stay pickled 'til we're ninety-two.
Charles Duffy

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. - W. C. Fields

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Beer is proof that God loves us. --Benjamin Franklin

It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee. Everybody is using coffee. If possible this must be prevented. My people must drink beer. -- - Fredrick the Great, 1777

Wine is earth's answer to the sun. - Margaret Fuller 1810-1850

Wine is sunlight held together by water.- Galileo

Licker talks mighty loud w'en it git loose fum de jug.
Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), UNCLE REMUS: HIS SONGS & HIS SAYINGS (1880), "Plantation Proverbs".

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently, and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken. --Homer (c. 700 BC) _The Odyssey_, Book XIV, Line 463

And malt does more than Milton can
To justify the ways of God to man.
A E Housman

I like liquor - its taste and its effects - and that is just the reason why I never drink it.
"Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) In "The Harper Book of Quotations," by Robert I. Fitzhenry, 1993.

Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes. Not through mere perversity do men run after it. William James

Boswell: "I think, Sir, you once said to me, that not to drink wine was a great deduction from life." Johnson: "It is a diminution of pleasure, to be sure; but I do not say a diminution of happiness. There is more happiness in being rational."
James Boswell: Life of Samuel Johnson

I called on Dr. Johnson one morning, when Mrs. Williams, the blind lady, was conversing with him. She was telling him where she had dined the day before. "There were several gentlemen there," said she, "and when some of them came to the tea-table, I found that there had been a good deal of hard drinking." She closed this observation with a common and trite moral reflection; which, indeed, is very ill-founded, and does great injustice to animals -- "I wonder what pleasure men can take in making beasts of themselves." "I wonder, Madam," replied the Doctor, "that you have not penetration to see the strong inducement to this excess; for he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
Anecdotes of the Revd. Percival Stockdale; collected in "Johnsonian Miscellanies," edited by G.B. Hill.

In the bottle discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence.- Samuel Johnson: Addison (Lives of the Poets)

We discussed the question whether drinking improved conversation and benevolence. Sir Joshua maintained it did. Johnson: "No, Sir: before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding; and those who are conscious of their inferiority, have the modesty not to talk. When they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous: but he is not improved; he is only not sensible of his defects. --"Boswell: Life of Johnson

Talking of drinking wine, he said, "I did not leave off wine because I could not bear it; I have drunk three bottles of port without being the worse for it. University College has witnessed this." Boswell: "Why then, Sir, did you leave it off?" Johnson: "Why, Sir, because it is so much better for a man to be sure that he is never intoxicated, never to lose the power over himself."
Boswell: Life of Johnson

Boswell: "I think, Sir, you once said to me, that not to drink wine was a great deduction from life." Johnson: "It is a diminution of pleasure, to be sure; but I do not say a diminution of happiness. There is more happiness in being rational." Boswell: Life of Johnson

Boswell: "You must allow me, Sir, at least that it produces truth; in vino veritas, you know, Sir--" "That (replied Mr. Johnson) would be useless to a man who knew he was not a liar when he was sober." --Piozzi: Anecdotes of Johnson

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.--Samuel Johnson

Wine makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others. Samuel Johnson

I . . . strongly object to the tyrannic and unscriptural insolence of anything that calls itself a Church and makes teetotalism a condition of membership. Apart from the more serious objection (that our Lord himself turned water into wine and made wine the medium of the only rite He imposed on all His followers), . . . Don't they realize that Christianity arose in the Mediterranean world where, then as now, wine was as much part of the normal diet as bread? --Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) _Letters of C.S. Lewis_ [1966], "16 March 1955"

I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I lost two weeks. -- Joe E Lewis

Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason, in that it attempts to control a mans appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.- attr to Abraham Lincoln, but most probably not his, though a true observation IMO.

We are fighting Germany, Austria and Drink, and as far as I can see, the greatest of these deadly foes is Drink. - David LLoyd George, The Times, 30 Mar 1915

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss.--Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then, I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." Robert A. Lotzer

Dear Kate, we arrived in Halle today at eight, but did not continue on to Eisleben because a big Anabaptist met us with waves and hunks of ice. She flooded the land and threathened to rebaptize us ... We take refreshment and comfort in good Torgau beer and Rhenish wine, waiting to see whether the Saale (river) will come down ... The devil resents us, and he is in the water - so better safe than sorry.
Martinn Luther to his wife:, in Theology of the Reformers, Timothy George.

Prohibition makes you want to cry in your beer, and denies you the beer to cry into.--Don Marquis

I'd rather that England should be free than that England should be compulsorily sober. With freedom we might in the end attain sobriety, but in the other alternative we should eventually lose both freedom and sobriety. --W.C. Magee, Archbishop of York Sermon at Peterborough (1868)

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. --Herman Melville

When night
Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 500.

Satiety comes of too frequent repetition; and he who will not give himself leisure to be thirsty can never find the true pleasure of drinking. --Montaigne

I'm sitting here completely surrounded by no beer.~~~ Onslow, Keeping Up Appearances

Dinner without wine is like a kiss without a squeeze.-Robert B. Parker, "The Widening Gyre", p. 21

The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams. - Thomas Love Peacock

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away.
What care I how time advances:
I am drinking ale today.
Edgar Allen Poe

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. -- Thomas De Quincey

Never accept a drink from a urologist. -- Kevin Michael Reed

Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.
Bertrand Russell

Drunkenness does not create vice; it merely brings it into view --Seneca

I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment. --William Shakespeare (1564-1616) _Othello_ Act II, Scene iii, Line 34

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! That we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! --William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Othello_ Act II, Scene iii, Line 293

PORTER: Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things.
MACDUFF: What three things does drink especially provoke?
PORTER: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
Shakespeare, MacBeth, 2:iii

We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards. --William Shakespeare (1564-1616) _The Tempest_ [1611-1612], Act I, Scene I

Put it back in the horse! - H. Allen Smith (1906 &endash;1 976), on tasting his first American beer.

When the pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed at Plymouth rock, the first permanent building put up was the brewery.
Jim West, Drinking With Calvin and Luther! (Carmichael, CA: Jim West 1995), p.14.

Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world. --Kaiser Wilhelm

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. --Henny Youngman

A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says "You've been brought here for drinking. The drunk says "Okay, let's get started.- Henty Youngman

There's nothing romantic, nothing grand, nothing heroic, nothing brave, nothing like that about drinking. It's a real coward's death. -- Warren Zevon


Always try to drive so that your license will expire before you do.

Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

I don't have a license to kill. I have a learner's permit. --Bumper Sticker

There are so many terrible drivers out there. I mean, it's so annoying how motorists drive so closely in front of you. --"HealthWise"

When Solomon said that there was a time and a place for everything he had not encountered the problem of parking an automobile. - Bob Edwards (1947 &endash; )

No other man-made device since the shields and lances of ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile. --Lord Rootes (1894-1964)


I don't take drugs - I'm not even an athlete.

I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.

Man who stands on toilet set is High on POT......

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

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

 Our generation was right about civil rights; we were right about Vietnam; we were right about poverty. Unfortunately, we were wrong about drugs.-- David Crosby

For the past seventeen years I have been experimenting with lager. I am a lager user and one drug leads to another. If you do lager, as night follows day, you'll end up doing Kentucky Fried Chicken~Ben Elton

No families take so little medicine as those of doctors, except those of apothecaries. - from Medical Essays... Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)

There are three side effects of acid. Enhanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third.
Timothy Leary

The pharmaceutical industry is redefining and relabeling as medicinal problems calling for drug intervention a wide range of human behaviors which, in the past, have been viewed as falling within the bounds of the normal trials and tribulations of human existence. -- Drs. Henry L. Lennard, Leon J. Epstein and Donald C. Ransom, _Mystification and Drug Use_, 1971

I will lift mine eyes unto the pills. Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-coloured, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one. It is an age of pills. --Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1989) _The New Statesman_ [August 3, 1962] "London Diary"

In the United States today.... opiates are the religion of the people. -- Thomas Szasz

Like every product of nature and human invention, drugs may be abused. Against that hazard, self-control is the only effective remedy.--Thomas S. Szasz, Los Angeles Times, Nov 23, 2001 p. B17

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.-- Lily Tomlin

I'm addicted to placebos. I'd quit, but it wouldn't matter.-Steven Wright


A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.

Duty is ours; results are God's. -- John Quincy Adams 1831

Use thy duties, as Noah's dove did her wings, to carry thee to the ark of the Lord Jesus Christ, where only there is rest. ISAAC AMBROSE

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

Oh, how comfortable and sweet it is, to feel the assistance of divine grace in the performance of the duties which God has enjoined on us!' - David Brainerd, journal:, 17 Jan 1745

It behooves us to accomplish what God requires of us, even when we are in the greatest despair respecting the results.... John Calvin (1509-1564)

I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather respond to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not. -- Jim Elliot

Heart-work is hard work indeed. To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and careless spirit, will cost no great difficulties; but to set yourself before the Lord, and to tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon him: this will cost you something. To attain ease and dexterity of language in prayer and to be able to put your meaning into appropriate and fitting expressions is easy; but to get your heart broken for sin while you are actually confessing it; melted with free grace even while you are blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the awareness of God's infinite holiness, and to keep your heart in this state not only in, but after these duties, will surely cost you some groans and travailing pain of soul. - JOHN FLAVEL

Be sure that it is a mistaken devotion which interferes with the duties of your natural state of life.... Jean N. Grou (1731-1803)

The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty." Whenever these two concepts fall into disrepute, get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed. -- Robert Heinlein

Fortitude I take to be the quiet possession of a man's self, and an undisturbed doing his duty whatever evils beset, or dangers lie in the way. In itself an essential virtue, it is a guard to every other virtue.-- John Locke

When we have, through Christ, obtained mercy for our persons, we need not fear but that we shall have suitable and seasonable help for our duties. ... John Owen (1616-1683)

O good old man, how well in thee appears
The constant service of the antique world,
When service sweat for duty, not for meed!
Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
When none will sweat but for promotion
W.S., As You Like It, III

When we can say "no" not only to things that are wrong and sinful, but also to things pleasant, profitable, and good which would hinder and clog our grand duties and our chief work, we shall understand more fully what life is worth, and how to make the most of it. _Charles A. Stoddard

We do not know for sure what causes dyslexia, but we do know that it affects children who are physically and emotionally healthy, academically capable, and who come from good home environments. In fact, many dyslexics have the advantages of excellent schools, high mental ability, and parents who are well-educated and value learning. ~ from official definition: US Dept of Health & Human Services


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