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He who teaches his child to live on a small means has left him a fortune.

You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. --Isa. 61:6

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

Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.
Winston Churchill

To the fervent proponents of ruthless corporate capitalism I say: make a millionaire CEO live as a poor sweatshop worker in Indonesia for one month and then ask him about the merits of the world economic system. -- Vassilis Epaminondou

Necessity never made a good bargain.--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) _Poor Richard's Almanac_ [1735], "April"

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. -- Richard Feynman

He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation. -- President James Garfield 1881

The excess credit which the Fed pumped into the economy spilled over into the stock market- triggering a fantastic speculative boom. Belatedly, Federal Reserve officials attempted to sop up the excess reserves and finally succeeded in braking the boom. But it was too late: by 1929 the speculative imbalances had become so overwhelming that the attempt precipitated a sharp retrenching and a consequent demoralizing of business confidence. As a result, the American economy collapsed... The world economies plunged into the Great Depression of the 1930's. --Alan Greenspan _The Objectivist_ (1966)

If anything is evident it should be that, while nations might abide by formal rules on which they have agreed, they will never submit to the direction which international economic planning involves - that while they may agree on the rules of the game, they will never agree on the order of preference in which the rank of their own needs and the rate at which they are allowed to advance is fixed by majority vote. Even if, at first, the peoples should, under some illusion about the meaning of such proposals, agree to transfer such powers to an international authority, they would soon find out that what they have delegated is not merely a technical task, but the most comprehensive power over their very lives. -- Friedrich Hayek, _The Road to Serfdom_

Communal/managed economics have always been more destructive of their societies than those driven by greed. This is what the Dosadi say: Greed sets its own limits, its self-regulation. --Frank Herbert, -The Dosadi Analysis -- a Bureau of Sabatoge Text

In the long run, free trade benefits everyone; in the short run it is bound to produce much pain. -- Henry Hobhouse

Give me control over a nations economy, and I care not who writes its laws."
Meyer Amschel Rothschild. Quoted in The Federal Reserve Bank by H.S. Kenan.

If patriotism is, as Dr. Johnson used to remark, the last refuge of the scoundrel, wrapping outdated industry in the mantle of national interest is the last refuge of the economically dispossessed. In economic terms, pleading national interest is the declining cottage industry of those who have been bypassed by the global economy.-- Kenichi Ohmae

America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to 'the common good,' but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.-- Ayn Rand

Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the market-place will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process. --Ronald W. Reagan

When everything that matters can be bought and sold,when commitments can be broken because they are no longer to our advanrage, when shopping becomes salvation and advertising slogans our litany, when our worth is measured by how much we earn and spend, then the market is destroting the very virtues on which it depends. That, not the return of socialism, is the danger that advanced economies now face. Jonathan Sacks, Markets and Morals, First Things, August 2000.

Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.--Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. --Thomas Sowell

The first rule of economics is that there is an infinite number of desires chasing a finite number of goods, services and resources. The first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics.-- Thomas Sowell

The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.-- Thomas Sowell

Government is the only agency which can take a useful commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it totally worthless. --Von Mises

It is impossible to understand the history of economic thought if one does not pay attention to the fact that economics as such is a challenge to the conceit of those in power.-- Ludwig von Mises


An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. -- Evan Esar

An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible.--- Alfred A. Knopf

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.--Laurence J. Peter

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?--Kelvin Throop, III

Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, "on one hand... on the other." --Harry Truman


Use soft words and hard arguments.

Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school each day,
T'wasn't even in the rule.
It made the children laugh and play,
To have a Lamb at school

And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became;
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His Name.! ;

Every day got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gun shots and tears.

What must we do to stop the crime,
That's in our schools today?
Let's let the Lamb come back to school
And teach our kids to pray!

...the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their roles as the proslytizers of a new faith...The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new - the rotting corpse of Christianity...and the new faith of Humanism. -- "A Religion for a New Age", _The Humanist_, Jan./Feb. 1983

To teach is to learn.... Japanese Proverb

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams (1744-1818)

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators. --Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)

We have succeeded so completely in expelling particularistic religious beliefs from modern schooling and in providing a dispassionate, objective, scientific, value-free education, that our success is becoming our demise. For when put into practice, dispassionate value-freedom comes to mean that no institution is worth defending and no ideal of ultimate significance. With no conception of things sacred,we can communicate neither a social vision nor a sense of purpose to our youth. --Chanan Alexander

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.--Aristotle

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it.--Aristotle (384-322 BC)(Quoted in Jean Guitton's _A Student's Guide to Intellectual Work_ [1951]

First, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.
Thomas Arnold 1795-1842.. appointed headmaster of Rugby, 1828

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

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

The more learned and witty you bee, the more fit to act for Satan will you bee. ~John Cotton, 1642

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. --Thomas Carruthers

People will pay more to be entertained than educated.-- Johnny Carson

Man arrives as an apprentice at all the times of his life.-- Chamfort

Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre;
But al that he myghte of his freendes hente,
On bookes and on lernynge he it spente,
And bisily gan for the soules preye
Of hem that yaf hym wherwith to scoleye.
Of studie took he moost cure and moost heede,
Noght o word spak he moore than was neede,
And that was seyd in forme and reverence,
And short and quyk and ful of hy sentence;
Sownynge in moral vertu was his speche,
And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Clerk's Portrait

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. -- Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Dogma is actually the only thing that cannot be separated from education. It IS education. A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. There are no uneducated people; only most people are educated wrong. The true task of culture today is not a task of expansion, but of selection-and rejection. The educationist must find a creed and teach it.- G. K. Chesterton

My education was interrupted only by my schooling. --Winston Churchill

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. - Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. --W. Edwards Deming

Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning. --Benjamin Disraeli

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.--Benjamin Disraeli (1874)

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.-Norman Douglas

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.-Will Durant

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. --Bob Edwards

Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine. ~Irwin Edman (1896-1954)

I have found it; I have discovered the cause of all the misfortunes which befell him. A public school, Joseph, was the cause of all the calamities which he afterwards suffered. Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.
Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Abraham Adams speaking of his host, Wilson, in "Joseph Andrews," bk. 3, ch. 5, 1742.

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.-- Anatole France (1844-1924) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software,1994.

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

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind, yet strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers.- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) "Sand and Foam."

They say that the more a person learns, the more they find there is to learn. Therefore the smarter you think you are, the dumber you really are. - Chris Hamono

Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.-- Sydney J. Harris

No plan of instruction ought to be encouraged in which intellectual instruction is not subordinate to the regulation of the thoughts and habits of children by the doctrines and precepts of revealed religion. -- Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Schools (1839)

I am as sure as I am of the fact of Christís reign, that a comprehensive and centralised system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.--A A Hodge

Children are not to be allowed to grow up without care or control. They are to be instructed, disciplined, and admonished, so that they be brought to knowledge, self-control and obedience. This whole process of education is to be religious, and not only religious, but Christian. It is the nurture and admonition of the Lord, which is the appointed and the only effectual means of attaining the end of education. Where this means is neglected or any other substituted in its place, the result must be disastrous failure. The moral and religious element of our nature is just as essential and as universal as the intellectual. Religion therefore is as necessary to the mind as knowledge. And as Christianity is the only true religion, and God in Christ the only true God, the only possible means of profitable education is the nurture and admonition of the Lord. That is, the whole process of instruction and discipline must be that which he prescribes, and which he administers, so that his authority should be brought into constant and immediate contact with the mind, heart and conscience of the child. It will not do for the parent to present himself as the ultimate end, the source of knowledge and possessor of authority to determine truth and duty. This would be to give his child a mere human development. Nor will it do for him to urge and communicate every thing on the abstract ground of reason; for that would be to merge his child in nature. It is only by making God, God in Christ, the teacher and ruler, on whose authority every thing is to be believed and in obedience to whose will every thing is to be done, that the ends of education can possibly be attained. It is infinite folly in men to assume to be wiser than God, or to attempt to accomplish an end by other means than those which he has appointed.-- Charles Hodge

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing youhave to do when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.- Thomas H. Huxley

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. -- Thomas Jefferson

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. -- Carl Gustav Jung

Whatever or abilities or application, we must submit to learn from others what perhaps would have lain hid for ever from human penetration, had not some remote inquiry brought it to view;  as treasures are thrown up by the ploughman and the digger in the rude exercise of their common occupations. -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #154

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. -- Carl Gustav Jung 

Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent. - John Maynard Keynes

America still doesn't understand what has happened to its colleges. A strong and implacably non-diverse campus culture has arisen around very dangerous ideas. Among them are radical cultural relativism, non-judgmentalism, and a post-modern conviction that there are no moral norms or truths worth defending -- all knowledge and morality are constructions built by the powerful. Add to this the knee-jerk antagonism to the "hegemony" of the West and a reflexive feeling of sympathy for anti-Western resentments, even those expressed in violence. This is a toxic mix, and it is now crucial for those both on and off the campus to start saying so.-- John Leo, October 1, 2001, http://www.townhall.com/columnists/johnleo/jl20011001.shtml

The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be "undemocratic." These differences between pupils &endash; for they are obviously and nakedly individual differences &endash; must be disguised. This can be done at various levels. At universities, examinations must be framed so that nearly all the students get good marks. Entrance examinations must be framed so that all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities, whether they have any power (or wish) to profit by higher education or not. At schools, the children who are too stupid or lazy to learn languages and mathematics and elementary science can be set to doing things that children used to do in their spare time. Let, them, for example, make mud pies and call it modeling. But all the time there must be no faintest hint that they are inferior to the children who are at work. Whatever nonsense they are engaged in must have &endash; I believe the English already use the phrase &endash; "parity of esteem." An even more drastic scheme is now possible. Children who are fit to proceed to a higher class may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma -- Beelzebub, what a useful word! &endash; by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. --C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Proposes A Toast (1959)

I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has "the freeborn mind." But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing. For economic independence allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of Government who can criticise its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology. Read Montaigne; that's the voice of a man with his legs under his own table, eating the mutton and turnips raised on his own land. Who will talk like that when the State is everyone's schoolmaster and employer? -- C.S. Lewis

I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them on the hearts of youth. I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution in which men and women are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must be corrupt.--Martin Luther

I do not see how anyone can contemplate present-day educational conditions without seeing that something is radically wrong. And about one thing that is wrong - indeed by far the most important thing - there can be no doubt. It is found in the widespread ignorance of the Christian religion as that religion is founded upon the Word of God.... I do not believe that there can be any truly comprehensive science that does not take account of the solid facts upon which the Christian religion is based. Hence I sympathize fully with your desire to promote an education that shall be genuinely Christian. And I pray that those who, like you, wherever they may be, cherish such a desire may not be discouraged by the opposition of the world. You represent a cause which cannot ultimately fail. -- Gresham Machen

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
Horace Mann (1796-1859) "Twelfth Annual Report to the President of Antioch," 1848.

I will now teach my son Increase (and others of my children) the way of raising a lesson out of every verse in his reading of the Bible; and of turning it into a Prayer; and engage him (and them) unto a daily Course in reading the Bible in such a way. C. Mather--Diary v.2, p.251

If you think education is expensive, TRY IGNORANCE!!! --Andy McIntyre

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.-- H.L. Mencken

A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency over the body. ... All attempts by the State to bias the conclusions of its citizens on disputed subjects are evil." --John Stuart Mill,_On Liberty_ (1859)

Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies. --John Milton (1608-1674) _The Reason of Church Government_ [1641], Book II, "Introduction"

The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him. --John Milton

Education, the great mumbo-jumbo and fraud of the age, purports to equip us to live and is prescribed as a universal remedy for everything from juvenile delinquency to premature senility. For the most part it only serves to enlarge stupidity, inflate conceit, enhance credulity and put those subjected to it at the mercy of brain-washers with printing presses, radio and TV at their disposal. Malcolm Muggeridge, in the "Observer", 1966

It is the business of education in our social democracy to eliminate the influence of parents... We have decided that children shall not be at the mercy of their parents. It is the business of the local education authority to see that they are not.
Professor Frank Musgrove -- The Family, Education and Society, RKP 1966

It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.--Benito Mussolini, _The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism_ (1932)

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. -Friedrich Nietzsche

September is when millions of bright, shining, happy, laughing faces turn toward school. They belong to mothers. --The Orben Comedy Letter

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.Plato (429-347 BC)

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. -- Bertrand Russell

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.--George Santayana (1863-1952)

Today we have a weakness in our education process in failing to understand the natural associations between the disciplines. We tend to study all our disciplines in unrelated parallel lines. This tends to be true in both Christian and secular education. This is one of the reasons why evangelical Christians have been taken by surprise at the tremendous shift that has come in our generation.- Francis A. Schaeffer

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius. -Felix E. Schelling

A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family. - Thomas Scott

Every schoolmaster knows that for everyone person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty who don't want to learn... much. ~ W.C.Sella rand R.J.Yeatman , And Now All This, `Introduction', 1932

What we ask is simply this, that the Bible and the teaching of the Bible to the children of this vast Empire shall be an essential and not an extra. That religious teaching shall be carried on within school hours, not without school hours... What! Exclude by Act of Parliament religious teaching from schools founded, supported by public rates! Declare that the revealed Word of God and religious teaching shall be exiled to the odds and ends of time, and that only at such periods shall any efforts be devoted to the most important part of the education of the youth of this Empire! It is an outrage upon the national feelings, and, more than this, it is, without exception, the grossest violation of the rights of religious liberty that was ever perpetrated, or even imagined, in the worst times by the bigotry of any Government whatever, foreign or domestic. -- Lord Shaftesbury , On the 1870 Education Act:

And how is 'education' supposed to make me smarter? --The Simpsons

Too much of what is called "education" is little more than an expensive isolation from reality. - Thomas Sowell 5/01/98

The mother university of England, the seat of letters and study at a time when Cambridge was a desolate fen,and Oxford a tangled forest in a wide waste of waters.--St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, founded 598, described by Dean Stanley in Memorials of Canterbury.

Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands anat whom it is aimed.Joseph Stalin

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. - Bob Talbert

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.--William Temple (1881-1944)

Recently there have been great debates about religious education. I believe politicians must see that religious education has a proper place in the school curriculum. The Christian religion - which, of course, embodies many of the great spiritual and moral truths of Judaism - is a fundamental part of our national heritage. For centuries it has been our very lifeblood. Indeed we are a nation whose ideals are founded on the Bible. Also, it is quite impossible to understand our history or literature without grasping this fact. That is the strong practical case for ensuring that children at school are given adequate instruction in the part which the Judaic-Christian tradition has played in molding our laws, manners, and institution. How can you make sense of Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, or of the constitutional conflicts of the seventeenth century in both Scotland and England, without some such knowledge? But I go further than this. The truths of the Judaic-Christian tradition are infinitely precious, not only, as I believe because they are true, but also because they provide the moral impulse which alone can lead to that peace, in the true meaning of the word, for which we all long.
Margaret Thatcher, speech to theChurch of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. --Mark Twain

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.--G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962)_)

He shows great originality, which must be curbed at all cost.--Peter Ustinov's "favorite school report," as quoted in his _Dear Me_

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils. --Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

I perceive all the professors of exoteric knowledge to be full of learning with no application - Day and night wasting their lives, pursuing discussion, chatter, and empty disputation.-- Ni'matullah Wali (1331-1431?)

An education is like a crumbling building that needs constant upkeep with repairs and additions. Edith Wharton

How the bold teacher's doctrine, sanctified
By truth, shall spread, throughout the world dispersed.
William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets. Part II, XVII, To Wickliffe


One nice thing about egotists, they don't talk about other people.

EGOTIST: A manwho is always "me deep" in conversation.

When science finally locates the center of the universe, some people will be surprised to learn they're not it.

There is no 'I' in 'Team. -- Sign at Longview High School (TX) Fieldhouse

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

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

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

He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. --George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880) _Adam Bede_ [1859], Chapter 33

I don't watch television, I think it destroys the art of talking about oneself. --Stephen Fry, _Paperweight_, 1992

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. --Frank Leahy (1908- ) _Look_ [January 10, 1955]

An egotist has one thing in his favor, he doesn;t go around talking about other people WGP

I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar. Sigismund (1368 &endash; 1437)

Most people hate egotists.
They remind them of themselves.
I love egotists.
They remind me of me.
Raymond Smullyan

Egotism -- usually just a case of mistaken nonentity.
Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) In "Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotable Definitions," by Eugene E. Brussell, 1988.


Election having once pitched upon a man, it will find him out and call him home, wherever he be. It called Zaccheus out of accursed Jericho; Abraham out of idolatrous Ur of the Chaldees; Nicodemus and Paul, from the College of the Pharisees, Christ's sworn enemies; Dionysius and Damaris, out of superstitious Athens. In whatsoever dunghills God's elect are hid, election will find them out and bring them home. --JOHN ARROWSMITH

God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe. --AUGUSTINE

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

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

God foreordained, for his own glory and the display of his attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation.- John Calvin

The ground of discrimination that exists among men is the sovereign will of God and that alone; but the ground of damnation to which the reprobate are consigned is sin and sin alone. --JOHN CALVIN

My Lord, I did not choose You,
For that could never be;
My heart would still refuse You,
Had You not chosen me.
You took the sin that stained me,
You cleansed me, made me new;
Of old you have ordained me,
That I should live in You.

Unless Your grace had called me
And taught my op'ning mind,
The world would have enthralled me,
To heav'nly glories blind.
My heart knows none above You;
For Your rich grace I thirst.
I know that if I love You,
You must have loved me first."
Josiah Conder, 1789-1855

As God did not at first choose you because you were high, so he will not forsake you because you are low.-- -- John Flavel

Oh despise not election! therein lies all your hope, that there is a remnant who shall infallibly be saved.-- Thomas Goodwin

None can know their election but by their conformity to Christ; for all who are chosen are chosen to sanctification.--MATTHEW HENRY

Holiness is the only evidence of election. --CHARLES HODGE

God graciously elected some to salvation, and he decreed justly to leave others to their deserts.-- R. B. KUIPER

The sincere student of Scripture cannot avoid the truth of God's choice of individuals from among the sinful race of men. We may not understand this, but we must never deny it. Scripture is filled with this great truth: it is not an isolated doctrine of the Word.... Robert J. Lightner

I knew nothing; I was nothing. For this reason God picked me out.-- Catherine Laboure

Election. The foundation of salvation itself in the eternal election of the Father is "in Christ." Paul says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:3, 4). The Father elected from all eternity, but He elected in Christ. . . there was no election of the Father in eternity apart from Christ. And that means that those who will be saved were not even contemplated by the Father in the ultimate counsel of His predestinating love apart from union with Christ--they were chosen in Christ. As far back as we can go in tracing salvation to its foundation we find "union with Christ"; it is not something tacked on; it is there from the outset. John Murray (Redemption Accomplished and Applied,

The names and number of the elect are a secret thing, no-- doubt...But if there is one thing clearly and plainly laid down about election, it is this - that elect men and women may be known and distinguished by holy lives. J. C. RYLE

"Moreover whom he did predistinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified". Romans 8:30
"Observe the steps in salvation that Paul describes in these verses:
1) "Whom he did foreknow... ";
2) "...he also did predestinate" (verse 29);
3) "Whom he did predestinate, them he also called";
4) "And whom he called, them he also justified";
5)"And whom he justified, them he also glorified."
If God has chosen you, you're as good as in heaven now! If God has justified you, rest quietly, beloved, you will be in heaven.
Too often God's choosing is presented in such a cold theological fashion. It is treated as though it were merely a process of selection and elimination. But when Paul wrote these words, he had only one purpose: to give you assurance. If the idea of predestination is presented in such a way that it decreases your assurance, then it isn't being presented the way the Bible teaches it. The Bible only teaches about God's choosing in order to give you assurance of your salvation. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, your heart can be still. He'll carry you through the gates of glory.
Having spoken of God's assurance in choosing us for salvation, Paul now finds assurance in the fact that God sent His Son Jesus to die for us.
F.A. Schaeffer "The Finished Work of Christ" Crossway Books, 1998 p. 227

I only know this, that if He had not sought me out, I would never have come to Him.-- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I'm so glad that God chose me before the foundation of the world, because he never would have chosen me after I was born!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

I believe in the doctrine of election, because I am quite sure that if God had not chosen me I would neverwould have chosen him; and I am sure he chose me before I was born, or else he never would have chose me afterward.-- C. H. SPURGEON

We can never know that we are elected of God to eternal life except by manifesting in our lives the fruits of election.--B. B. WARFIELD 

The marvel of marvels is not that God, in his infinite love, has not elected all this guilty race to be saved, but that he has elected any. --B. B.WARFIELD

Whom he predestinated, them he also called'. Election is the foundation-cause of our vocation. It is not because some are more worthy to partake of the heavenly calling than others, for we were 'all in our blood' (Ezek. 16:6). What worthiness is in us? What worthiness was there in Mary Magdelene, out of whom seven devils were cast? What worthiness in the Corinthians, when God began to call them by the gospel? They were fornicators, effeminate, idolaters. 'Such were some of you, but ye are washed'. Before effectual calling, we were not only without strength, but 'enemies' (Col. 1:21). So that the foundation of vocation is election. -- THOMAS WATSON

God does not choose us for faith but to faith. --THOMAS WATSON

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he goes to the university of election and predestination. GEORGE WHITEFIELD


Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. - Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

Something in our human nature longs for that experience of complete emotional absorption, that magical moment when we are swept away. It is passion that entertains us. When a book is written ,without passion, you lose interest. When a team plays without passion, the game becomes boring. "These guys are asleep," a fan complains. To feed this appetite, we reward those who can stir our emotions to the greatest heights. Actors, athletes and rock musicians make millions because they know how to turn on our passion.--Barbara De Angelis, _Passion_

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

Our affections, however laudable, in this transitory world, should never master us; we should guide them, guide them. --Charles Dickens ,_The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chapter 2_.

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove! --John Dryden (1631-1700) _The Rival Ladies_ [1664]

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.- Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion. --Carl Jung

Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism.--C.S. Lewis The Abolition of Man

Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased. - C S Lewis

As no scripture is of private interpretation, so is there no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone -- which is not, in some form or degree, in every human heart.... George MacDonald (1824-1905), "Abba, Father!"

Christianity doth not abrogate affections, but regulates them. - Thomas Manton

To understand via the heart is not to understand.-- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Emotional sickness is avoiding reality at any cost. Emotional health is facing reality at any cost.- - M. Scott Peck

The mind leads, the emotions follow. -- Ayn Rand


Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins, you can't imagine the smell.


Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget--lest we forget!
Rudyard Kipling, from "Recessional"

There remains deep in the soul (if I dare use that word) a persistent and unconscious anxiety that something is missing - some ingredient that makes life worth living.-- Prince Charles


"What do you give a man who has everything?" the pretty teenager asked her mother. "Encouragement, dear," she replied.

I will not wish thee riches, nor the glow of greatness,
but that wherever thou go some weary heart shall gladden at thy smile,
or shadowed life know sunshine for a while.
And so thy path shall be a track of light,
like angels' footsteps passing through the night.
(words on a church wall in Upwaltham England)

One kind word can warm three winter months.-Japanese proverb

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

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

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal.
Jerome P. Fleishman

We can often better help another by fanning a glimmer of goodness than by censuring his faults. --Edmund Gibson

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Take heart therefore, O ye saints, and be strong; your cause is good, God himself espouseth your quarrel, who hath appointed you his own Son, General of the field, called 'the Captain of our salvation,' Heb 2:10. WILLIAM GURNALL

If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.... Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.
William Dean Howells

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. Jesse Jackson.

A Compliment is verbal sunshine. -Robert Orben (1927 - ____)

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. - Plato (427BC-347BC)

What men and women need is encouragement . . . Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. --Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) _Pollyanna_ [1912]

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism." - Charles M. Schwab

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.... Henry David Thoreau

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. --Zig Ziglar


Observe your enemies for they first find out your faults

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. Antisthenes

The wise learn many things from their enemies. Aristophanes, 450-385 BC, Birds, 414 BC

We must always seek to ally ourselves with that part of the enemy that knows what is right.--Gandhi


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

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

Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still.
Charles Churchill. 1731-1764. The Farewell. Line 27.

There is no doubt but that we of England are this saved people, by the eternal and infallible presence of the Lord predestined to be sent into these Gentiles in the sea, to those Isles and famous Kingdoms, there to preach the peace of the Lord: for are not we only set upon Mount Zion to give light to all the rest of the world? Have we not the true handmaid of the Lord to rule over us...? It is only we, therefore, that must be these shining messengers of the Lord, and none but we.
John Davys 1550-1605

There are many things in life more worthwhile than money. One is to be brought up in this our England which is still the envy of less happy lands.
Lord Denning, The Observer (Sayings of the Week), 4 Aug 1968

The air is soft and delicious. The men are sensible and intelligent. Many of them are learned. They know their classics, and so accurately that I have lost little in not going to Italy. The English girls are divinely pretty and they have one custom which cannot be too much admired. When you go anywhere on a visit, the girls kiss you. They kiss you when you arrive. They kiss you when you go away. They kiss you when you return. Once you have tasted how soft and fragrant those lips are, you could spend your life there. -Erasmus on England, 1497 from _Life and Letters of Erasmus_

The words and promises you bring are fair enough, but because they are new to us and doubtful, I cannot consent to accept them and forsake those beliefs which I and the whole English race have held so long.- King Ethelbert to Augustine - AD 597

The whole world is in revolt. Soon there will be only five Kings left--the King of England, the King of Spades, The King of Clubs, the King of Hearts, and the King of Diamonds. - King Farouk of Egypt, 1948

As a nation which represents 84% of the people on these islands, we are being marginalised, because a third of the Cabinet are Scottish, and our institutions are paralysed about offending minorities. - Alan Ford, quoted by Boris Johnson, Lend Me Your Ears p 191

When all is said, its atmosphere (England's) still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived.-- Arthur Koestler, quoted in _Newsweek_, Feb. 23, 1976

Rejoice, O Albion! severed from the world,
By Nature's wise indulgence.
John Philips, _Cider_, 1708

I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow Airport for myself.- Dennis Potter (1935 &endash; 1994)

James was always repeating, "No Bishop, no King," to himself, and one day a certain loyal citizen called Sir Guyfawkes, a very active and conscientious man, overheard him, and thought it was the slogan of James's new policy. So he decided to carry it out at once and made a very loyal plan to blow up the King and the bishops and everybody else in Parliament. Although the plan failed, attempts are made every year on St. Guyfawkes' Day to remind the Parliament that it would have been a _Good Thing_. -- W. C. Sellars and R. S. Yeatman, _1066 And All That_

This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,
Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Shakespeare, Richard II act 1, sc 4

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,--
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
William Shakespeare. King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1.

The game's afoot.
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry, "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"
William Shakespeare (1564Ð1616), King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 32-4 (1600).

Divers peoples in this kingdom but chiefly in the county of Lancaster have found out the trade of making fustians, made of a kind of bombast of down, being a fruit of the earth growing upon little shrubs or bushes brought into the kingdom by the Turkey merchants. - A late 16th century account quoted by Barbara Tuchman, Bible and Sword, p.111

I would like to live in Manchester, England. The transition between Manchester and death would be unnoticeable.--Mark Twain

The members of the English Parliament are fond of comparing themselves to the old Romans...(but) here follows a more essential difference between Rome and England, which gives the advantage entirely to the later-viz., that the civil wars of Rome ended in slavery, and those of the English in liberty. The English have doubtless purchased their liberties at a very high price, and waded through seas of blood to drown the idol of arbitrary power. Other nations have been involved in as great calamities, and have shed as much blood; but then the blood they split in defence of their liberties only enslaved them the more.
Voltaire (1694-1778), Letters on England (1778)

Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
Oh! raise us up, return to us again;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
So didst thou travel on life's common way,
In cheerful godliness; and yet the heart
The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
William Wordsworth, "London, 1802"

I travelled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea:
Nor England! Did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
~Wm Wordsworth, I Travelled Among Unknown Men (1801)

The Romans merely took Palestine. The English have taken the whole of its history and literature, But they have taken it because--despite all the aberrations and iniquities of Imperialism--it represents their own ideal of justice for all races. --Israel Zangwill (1864-1926), _War for the World_, 1921


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

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

The reason why Englishmen are the best husbands in the world is because they want to be faithful. A Frenchman or an Italian will wake up in the morning and wonder what girl he will meet. An Englishman wakes up and wonders what the cricket score is. Barbara Cartland

We are Englishmen; that is one good fact.--Cromwell, speech to Parliament, 1655

I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonor should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.-Queen Elizabeth I Speech to her armies shortly before the sea battle in the English that defeated the Armada.

The English, the English, the English are best
I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.

The rottenest bits of these islands of ours
We've left in the hands of three unfriendly powers
Examine the Irishman, Welshman or Scot
You'll find he's a stinker, as likely as not.

The Scotsman is mean, as we're all well aware
And bony and blotchy and covered with hair
He eats salty porridge, he works all the day
And he hasn't got bishops to show him the way!

The English, the English, the English are best
I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.

The Irishman now out contempt is beneath
He sleeps in his boots and he lies through his teeth
He blows up policemen, or so I have heard
And blames it on Cromwell and William the Third!

The English are noble, the English are nice,
And worth any other at double the price

The Welshman's dishonest and cheats when he can
And little and dark, more like monkey than man
He works underground with a lamp in his hat
And he sings far too loud, far too often, and flat!

And crossing the Channel, one cannot say much
Of French and the Spanish, the Danish or Dutch
The Germans are German, the Russians are red,
And the Greeks and Italians eat garlic in bed!

The English are moral, the English are good
And clever and modest and misunderstood.

And all the world over, each nation's the same
They've simply no notion of playing the game
They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
And they practice beforehand which ruins the fun!

The English, the English, the English are best
So up with the English and down with the rest.

It's not that they're wicked or natuarally bad
It's knowing they're foreign that makes them so mad!
For the English are all that a nation should be
And the flower of the English are Donald (Michael)
Donald (Michael) and Me!
Flanders & Swan, From the album 'At The Drop of Another Hat'. Song of Patriotic Prejudice.

An Englishman is a man who lives on an island in the North Sea governed by Scotsmen. -- Philip Guedella, "Supers and Superman"

The English women, I am told," she said, 'are frightened to know that they have a part to their bodies which men like! They are horrified, and even disgusted--not like us Eastern women who are proud to think that our men desire us. An Englishman is starved of all passion, that is why the poor things are always taking exercise."-- Princess Musbah Haidar, 1918 in _Arabesque_, 1968

Adams: But Sir, how can you do this in three years?
Johnson: Sir, I have no doubt I can do it in three years.
Adams: But the French Academy, which consists of forty members, took forty years to compile their dictionary.
Johnson: Sir, thus it is. This is the proportion. Let me see; forty times forty is sixteen hundred. As three to sixteen hundred, so is the proportion of an Englishman to a Frenchman.
James Boswell, Life of Johnson

Shaw's works make me admire the magnificent tolerance and broadmindedness of the English. - James Joyce (1882 &endash; 1941)

Three things to beware of: the hoof of a horse, the horn of a bull and the smile of an Englishman. ~ Seamus MacManus

One matter Englishmen don't think in the least funny is their happy consciousness of possessing a deep sense of humor. - Marshall McLuhan (1911 &endash; 1980)

The English, of all ranks and classes, are at bottom, in all their feelings, aristocrats. They have some concept of liberty, and set some value on it, but the very idea of equality is strange and offensive to them. They do not dislike to have many people above them as long as they have some below them. - John Stuart Mill, letter to Mazzini, 15 Apr.1858, Collected Works, xv, p553

God is decreeing to begin some new and great period in His Church, even to the reforming of Reformation itself. What does He then but reveal Himself to His servants, and as His manner is, first to His Englishmen? --John Milton Areopagitica

The Englishman has all the qualities of a poker except its occasional warmth. ~ Daniel O'Connell 1775-1847 , attrib.

The atmosphere in which we English live is favourable to humour. It is so often hazy, and very rarely is everything clear-cut. J B Priestly quoted in Kate Fox, Watching The English

Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life. Cecil Rhodes 1902

One Englishman - an idiot, two Englishmen - a sporting event, three Englishmen - an empire. --Santayana

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it..It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth, without making some other Englishman despise him. --George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

Cry, "God for England, Harry! and Saint George!" -- Henry V, act 3, sc 1. The king rallies his army at the siege of Harfleur.

The English talk loudly and seem to care little for other people. This is their characteristic, and a very brutal and barbarous distinction it is.~Sydney Smith

They have too many centuries of fog in their throats.They are naturally lazy, and spend half their time in taking tobacco ~ Samuel de Sorbière 1615-1670 on the English

Those things which the English public never forgives -youth, power and enthusiasm. ~ Oscar Wilde, in R. Ross, Collected Works of Oscar Wilde (1908)

Indeed, in many respects she was quite English and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, the language.-- Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost (1888)

We must be free or die who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold
Which Milton held.
William Wordsworth. 1770-1850


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

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

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.~ Anatole France

Enthusiasm is the key not only to the achievement of great things but to the accomplishment of any thing that is worthwhile. ---Samuel Goldwyn.

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. -- Charles Kingsley

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.--William McFee

Without fanaticism we cannot accomplish anything. - Eva Peron (1919-1952)

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm. -- E A Poe, Tales of the Supernatural

Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier. --Susan Rabin (How to Attract Anyone, Anytime, Anyplace)

When he was asked the reason for his success, Mark Twain replied: "I was born excited!"

When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn~ John Wesley

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software,1994.


Shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased; thus do we refute entropy. -- Spider Robinson, "Post Toast", Callahan's Chronicals


If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.

Envy is like a fly that passes all the body's sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores. Arthur Chapman

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.-Harold Coffin

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. --Salvador Dali

The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be. Robert Fulghum

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.-Ivan Illich

The urge to distribute wealth equally, and still more the belief that it can be brought about by political action, is the most dangerous of all popular emotions. It is the legitimation of envy, of all the deadly sins the one which a stable society based on consensus should fear the most. The monster state is a source of many evils; but it is, above all, an engine of envy.-- Paul Johnson

Whoever rises above those who once pleased themselves with equality, will have many malevolent gazers at his eminence.--Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), _The Rambler_ [1750-1752], #172

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

We envy those whose possessions or achievements are a reflection on our own. They are our neighbors and equals. It is they, above all who make plain the nature of our failure.-- Helmut Schoeck

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It's just as hard to chew. You've got to mow it, too. It's just different grass. -Bob Smith

Our envy of others devours us most of all. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Envy plus rhetoric equals "social justice." -- Thomas Sowell

Covetousness is dry drunkeness. - THOMAS WATSON


I am all in favour of Bishops speaking out for biblical truth and defending the orthodox Christian position - I am just not used to them doing it .
An evangelical friend who asks to remain anonymous

Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson.

Having heard the bishop I am now convinced of the apostolic succession from Judas Iscariot . --Sydney Smith


Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she's at rest, and so am I.
--John Dryden (1631-1700) (Epitaph intended for his wife)

Here lies one whose name was writ in water.-- John Keats 1795-1821, his own epitaph.


We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. --Konrad Adenauer (1876-1976)

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

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.--Descartes

Equality of opportunity and equality of result are entirely alien to each other. Men are entitled to equal rights - but to equal rights to unequal things.
Charles James Fox

The heart of the liberal philosophy is a belief in the dignity of the individual, in his freedom to make the most of his capacities and opportunities according to his own lights.... This implies a belief in the equality of man in one sense; in their inequality in another.- Milton Friedman

Men are born equal but they are also born different. ~Erich Fromm

From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict which each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time. --F.A. Hayek

There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. -- F.A. Hayek

That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent. -- Aldous Huxley

I said to [Johnson] I supposed there was no civilised country in the world, where the misery of want in the lowest classes of the people was prevented. Johnson: "I believe, Sir, there is not; but it is better that some should be unhappy, than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality." -- Jamers Boswell: Life of Johnson

One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them. --Rosamond Lehmann

Equality of opportunity means equal opportunity to be unequal. --Ian Macleod

I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them. - Steve Martin

The trauma of the Sixties persuaded me that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. I now see the hierarchical as both beautiful and necessary. Efficiency liberates; egalitarianism tangles, delays, blocks, deadens. --Camille Paglia

'Equality before the law' is not a fact but a political demand based on a moral decision ; and it is quite independent of the theory - which is probably false - that 'all men are born equal'. - Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies

All men are not creative equally.-- John Solie

There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville ---Democracy in America, Book 1 -Chapter III

Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: "Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I."
Alexis de Tocqueville

There exists in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom. --Tocqueville


There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.-- John Dalberg Acton (1834-1902)

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. -- H.L. Mencken


Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise. -- THOMAS WATSON


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

If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so . G. K. CHESTERTON

When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom profit that loses.: Shirley Chisholm (1924-____) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.--A. Hitler, _Mein Kampf_

This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.
C.S. Lewis The Case for Christianity

All men alike stand condemned, not by alien codes of ethics, but by their own, and all men therefore are conscious of guilt.-- C S Lewis --The Problem of Pain

If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator? C.S. Lewis--The Problem of Pain

A man's real belief is that which he lives by. What a man believes is the thing he does, not the thing he thinks.-- George Macdonald

If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency...decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don't think it's enough. -- Harold MacMillan, 1980

The ethic of the bible reflects the character of the God of the Bible. Remove from Scripture the transcendent holiness, righteousness and truth of God and its ethic disappears. JOHN MURRAY

Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on its way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as the unexceptionable. -- Richard John Neuhaus

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.-- Thomas Paine

In the area of morals, we have none of these answers except on the basis of a true, space-time, historic Fall. There was a time before the Fall, and then man turned from his proper integration point by choice; and in so doing, there was a moral discontinuity --- man became abnormal. Remove that and the Christian answer in the area of morals is gone. Often I find evangelicals playing games with the first half of Genesis. But if you remove a true, historic, space-time Fall, the answers do not exist. ("He is There and He is Not Silent", Francis Schaeffer)

Good conduct arises out of good doctrine. It is only when we have grasped clearly who we are in Christ, that the desire will grow within us to live a life that is worthy of our calling and fitting to our character as God's new society.-- John R. W. Stott

What we are governs how we think, and how we think determines how we act.-- John R. W. Stott

Two things, belief and conduct, are indissolubly bound together; they are part of one whole, as roots and fruit are both alike parts of one tree, organically connected. -- LIONEL SPENCER THORNTON


If God had wanted us to use the metric system, Jesus would have had 10 apostles.

Can you back the Metric system every inch of the way?

The common law will remain the basis of our legal system, and our Courts will continue to operate as they do at present..- British Government White paper 1971 on the effects of the proposed entry into the European Common Market,, quoted in Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p210

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

We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not comprised. We are associated but not absorbed. And should European statesmen address us and say, 'Shall we speak for thee?', we should reply, 'Nay Sir, for we dwell among our own people'. --Winston Churchill - 1953

Europe's true heritage is its identity, and if by identity we mean above all our historic memory, then Christianity belongs fully to Europe. Even those who are not believers have to admit that a European constitution that failed to make any reference to our continent's Christian identity would be a disavowal of our origins. - Gianfranco Fini, Italian Deputy Prime Minister

European integration was a noble idea, born of the desire that France and Germany should not go to war again. - Boris Johnson, Lend Me Your Ears p296

Until the last 50 years the most prominent enthusiasts for a single European state were Napoleon and Hitler --Rod D. Martin, 8 October 1998. Vanguard

How did it ever happen that, when the dregs of the world had collected inWestern Europe, when the Goths and the Franks and the Normans and the Lombards had mingled with the rot of old Rome to form a patchwork of hybrid races, all notable for ferocity, hatred, stupidity, craftiness, lust and brutality &emdash; how did it happen that from all this, there should come the Gregorian chant, cathedrals, the poems of Prudentius, the commentaries and histories of Bede, St. Augustine's _City of God_? -- Thomas Merton, "The Seven-Storey Mountain"

As is well known, the constitution of the European Union very pointedly makes no reference to Christianity in its preamble alluding to European identity. This fall the leaders of member nations gathered in Rome to formally sign the constitution. The signing took place on the Capitolino, a beautiful square designed by Michelangelo. The leaders were photographed sitting beneath a huge statue of the fifth-century Pope Innocent I. In the same room is a fine bust of the emperor Constantine. One expects that some of the politicians had a hard time remembering that Christianity played no part in the formation of Europe. -- Richard John Neuhaus, _First Things_, Jan. 2005, http://firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0501/public.html

I was born a Tory, am a Tory and shall die a Tory. I never yet heard that it was any part of the faith of a Tory to take the institutions and liberties, the laws and customs which this country has evolved over centuries and merge them with those of eight other nations into a new-made artificial state, and what is more to do so without the willing approbation and consent of the nation. --Enoch Powell February 1974

To me the nation is the ultimate political reality. There is no political reality beyond it. But what it is cannot be determined scientifically, you cannot pick it up, you cannot measure it. --Enoch Powell The Listener, May 1981

To pretend that you cannot exchange goods and services freely with a Frenchman or an Italian unless there is an identical standard of bathing beaches or tap water in the different countries is not logic. It is naked aggression." --Enoch Powell Article, May 1990

This is not economic. It is a pure political process.-Romano Prodi, 31 Dec 2001, on the launching of the Euro currency.

In my lifetime all our problems have come from mainland Europe and the solutions have come from the English-speaking nations of the world -Baroness Thatcher at the Conservative conference , The Times, 9.10.99

I am not a Europhobe, afraid of Europe, I am a misEU, believing the EU to be a bad thing.- GJW

What is most disturbing, for example, about the bizarre debate over the mere mention of Christianity's contributions to European civilization in the proposed European Constitution is that the amnesiacs who wish to rewrite European history by eliminating Christianity from the historical equation are doing so in service to a thin, indeed anorexic, idea of procedural democracy. To deny that Christianity had anything to do with the evolution of free, law-governed, and prosperous European societies is more than a question of falsifying the past; it is also a matter of creating a future in which moral truth has no role in governance, in the determination of public policy, in understandings of justice, and in the definition of that freedom which democracy is intended to embody. - George Weigel, First Things, Feb 2004


[I]it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it, hanging between life and death. nor is it licit even when a sick person is no longer able to live - Augustine

No newborn infant should be declared human until it has passed certain tests regarding its genetic endowment and that if it fails these tests, it forfeits the right to live.-- Francis Crick, 1978

I confirm that euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person.- Evangelium Vitae- Gospel of Life- Pope John Paul II - 1995

The most merciful thing a large family can do for one of its infant members is to kill it.-- Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race, Truth Publishing, 1920

Species membership in Homo-sapiens is not morally relevant. If we compare a dog or a pig to a severely defective infant, we often find the non human to have superior capacities.-- Peter Singer

Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent ot killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all. -- Peter Singer _Practical Ethics_

Since it is virtually certain that an infant at such a stage of its development does not possess the concept of a continuing self, and thus does not possess a serious right to life, there is excellent reason to believe that infanticide is morally permissible in most cases where it is otherwise desirable.
Michael Tooley, Ethics for Modern Life, St. Martin's Press, 1987


Our Presbyterian forefathers are good caretakers of our ancient fireplaces, but many of them haven't started a fire in quite some time. --Rice Brooks

"...if some are evangelists then is it their job to preach the gospel and be responsible for the work of evangelism rather than every Christian? I remember well when this idea first came to us. It was welcomed with open arms. Everyone immediately discovered they didn't have to bother unless they were 'evangelists'. They were equally certain that none of them was! It was the only time in the history of the country when we were left with no 'evangelists' - (except me, and I had to because I was the Director of the Department of Evangelism!). What a great foolishness it all was."--John Chapman

We are not sent to get galley-slaves for the oars, or a bear to the stake: but He sends us to woo you as spouses, to marry you to Christ. - WALTER CRADOCK

[Christ] feeds and gathers at once, and this gathering of souls is as sweetly refreshing and delightsome to our blessed Lord Jesus , as the plucking of the sweetest flower is to a man walking in a garden. And there is nothing more acceptable and welcome to him, than a seeking sinner....So long as our Lord Jesus has a church and ordinances in it, so he will continue to gather [his people], and he is not idle, but is still gathering; though at some times, and in some places, this may be more sensible and abundant than ordinary. - JAMES DURHAM

As the devil showed great skill in tempting men to perdition., equal skill ought to be shown in saving them. The devil studied the nature of each man, seized upon the traits of his soul, adjusted himself to them and insinuated himself gradually into his victims's confidence -- suggesting splendors to the ambitious, gain to the covetous, delight to the sensuous, and a false appearance of piety to the pious -- and a winner of souls ought to act in the same cautious and skillful way.
Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Every generation of Christians has this problem of learning how to speak meaningfully to its own age. It cannot be solved without an understanding of the changing existential situation which it faces. If we are to communicate the Christian faith effectively, therefore, we must know and understand the thought forms of our own generation.--Francis A. Schaeffer (Escape From Reason, Introduction)


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

More people go to discos than to high opera, and one of the courageous things about evangelicals is their ability to embrace bad taste for the sake of the gospel. - Richard Holloway, quoted in Grove Booklet Ev 59 'Preaching for the Unchurched' p 17

It attracted a following of people who were ahead of their time: the pre-post-evangelical. --Simon Jenkins

In particular, it is important to insist that obscurantism in all its forms is wholly out of keeping with true Evangelicalism. The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God's facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for the knows that all truth is God's truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith. He is called to love God with all his mind; and part of what this means is that, when confronted by those who, on professedly rational grounds, take exception to historical Christianity he must set himself not merely to deplore or denounce them, but to out-think them ... If present day Evangelicals fall short of this, they are false to their own principles and heritage. --Fundamentalism' and the Word of God, J.I. Packer, 1996 Ed., p. 34

We must say that if evangelicals are to be evangelicals, we must not compromise our view of Scripture. There is no use in evangelicalism seeming to get larger and larger, if at the same time appreciable parts of evangelicalism are getting soft at that which is the central core -- namely, the Scriptures.
Francis Schaeffer, No Final Conflict

Here is the great evangelical disaster:the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this:accommodation. The evangelical church is worldly and not faithful to the living Christ. If the truth of the Christian faith is in fact truth, then it stands in antithesis to the ideas and the immorality of our age, and it must be practiced both in teaching and practical action. Truth demands confrontation. It must be loving confrontation, but it must be confrontation nonetheless.-- Francis Schaeffer

If the spirit of Puritanism was best represented graphically by a preacher in an elevated pulpit, the arm raised in vigorous punctuation upon the truth of God, that of modern evangelicalism is probably best represented today by the ubiquitous happy face, a bright smile beckoning smiles in return
David Wells, God in the Wasteland


One does evil enough when one does nothing good. --German proverb

If a man does evil, it will roll back upon him, and he will not know where it came from. Sirach 27:27

We do not easily suspect evil of those whom we love the most. --Peter Abelard c1132 Historia Calamitatum Ch.6

I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils. --Aeschylus (525-456 BC)

We need not despair of any man, so long as he lives. For God deemed it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit evil at all. -- Augustine (345-430)

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

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

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

Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards.Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software,1994.

Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked. It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal, and that you are a paralytic. &emdash;G. K. Chesterton, _As I Was Saying_

We all dislike abject poverty; but it might be another business if we began to discuss independent and dignified poverty. We all disapprove of prostitution; but we do not all approve of purity. The only way to discuss the social evil is to get at once to the social ideal. We can all see the national madness; but what is national sanity? I have called this book "What Is Wrong with the World?" and the upshot of the title can be easily and clearly stated. What is wrong is that we do not ask what is right. -- G. K. Chesterton, from "What Is Wrong With The World"

If we are forced, at every hour, to watch or listen to horrible events, this constant stream of ghastly impressions will deprive even the most delicate among us of all respect for humanity.--Cicero

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.--Christopher Dawson (1889-1970)_The Judgment of the Nations_ [1942]

One may argue about the precise role of religion in the terrorists' mindset, but Mr Blair and Mr Bush, both of them religious believers who purport to derive their moral stances from their religions, are certainly not part of the problem: on the contrary, they are leading the solution. Mr Bush, speaking to an audience of children, addressed the question that everyone has asked: "Why would somebody hate so badly"? And he replied: "my answer is, there's evil in the world. But we can overcome evil. We're good." This is the simple truth &emdash; a truth on which all our futures depend &emdash; yet the moment Mr Bush uttered it, all the intellectuals in the Western world winced. Even those who, like myself, agreed with the proposition, winced, vicariously, because we recognised the intensity of the taboo that was being broken. -- David Deutsch, "What Now", Oct. 25, 2001 http://www.edge.org/documents/whatnow/whatnow_deutsch.html

Who in their right mind, Kevin, could possibly deny that the twentieth century was mine, all of it Kevin, all of it mine?
John Milton aka Satan, in Devil's Advocate 1997

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. --Justice William O. Douglas (1976)

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.--Mahatma Gandhi

In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments.- Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) In "Rutherford B. Hayes and His America," 1954.

The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind. -- Eric Hoffer

The effects which follow too constant and intense a concentration upon evil are always disastrous. Those who crusade, not *for* God in themselves, but *against* the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes even perceptibly worse than it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself.-- Aldous Huxley, _The Devils of Loudun_

One matter Englishmen don't think in the least funny is their happy consciousness of possessing a deep sense of humor. - Marshall McLuhan (1911 &endash; 1980)

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. --Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Combinations of wickedness would overwhelm the world by the advantage which licentious principles afford, did not those who have long practiced perfidy grow faithless to each other. --Samuel Johnson

Wickedness must be opposed by some, or virtue would be entirely driven out of the world. -- Samuel Johnson: Sermon 17

Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen. Thomas à Kempis. 1380-1471. Imitation of Christ. Book iii. Chap. 12

For such is the weakness of human nature, alas, that evil is often more readily believed and spoken of another than good. But perfect men do not easily believe every tale that is told them, for they know that man's nature is prone to evil, and his words to deception.
Thomas à Kempis'_The Imitation of Christ_ [c. 1420]: --Bk. 1, ch. 4: "On Prudence in Action"

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. --Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) _Stride Toward Freedom_ [1958]

No man knows how bad he is until he has tried to be good. There is a silly idea about that good people don't know what temptation means. --Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) _The Screwtape Letters_ [1941]

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake. -- H.L.Mencken

So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride &emdash; the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil. Let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples of the earth &emdash; they are the focus of evil in the modern world. The Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith &emdash; the second oldest in the world &emdash; first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptation: 'Ye shall be as gods.'-- Ronald Reagan.

Though hardness of heart is a great evil, it is no greater an evil than softness of head. --Theodore. Roosevelt.

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is in our hearts that evil lies, and it is from our hearts that it must be plucked out. --Bertrand Russell

If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives devildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Of two evils choose neither.-- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The problem of evil assumes the existence of a world-purpose. What, we are really asking, is the purpose of suffering? It seems purposeless. Our question of the why of evil assumes the view that the world has a purpose, and what we want to know is how suffering fits into and advances this purpose. The modern view is that suffering has no purpose because nothing that happens has any purpose: the world is run by causes, not by purposes.... W. T. Stace, Religion and the Modern Mind [1953]

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done. --Leonardo da Vinci

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied, full of charm; imaginary good is tiresome and flat. Real evil, however, is dreary, monotonous, barren. Real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. -- Simone Weil

Between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before. --Mae West

Evil indulged in eventually becomes evil that controls us.-- John White

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. --Mary Wollstonecraft


Evolution is the opposite of progress. - Emil C. Alain (1868-1951)

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

Nearly all the "skulls," out of which Missing Links and Monkey Men have been made, have been only bits of bone. I do know that even of these bits of bone there are only about two or three in the whole world. But as long as those bits of bone were supposed to point, like the pebbles in the fairy-tale, along a particular path, a very gradual upward path of evolution, a scientific progress, nobody dared to suggest that such evidence was rather slight. Nobody ventured to complain that one skull was insufficient, or that one scrap of one skull was insufficient. Any minute bit of any mouldy bone was good enough for the purpose, so long as the evolutionists recognised it as a good purpose. Anything proved anything, so long as it proved the proper, progressive, really evolutionary thing.
G K Chesterton {"Outlines of History," The Illustrated London News, 13 January 1923}

It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into anything.
G K Chesterton {Saint Thomas Aquinas, Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1933, p. 174}

We have heard much of late of something called Emergent Evolution; a phrase which, like many scientific phrases, we may find rather useful so long as we do not use it scientifically. Evolution as explanation, as an ultimate philosophy of the cause of living things, is still faced with the problem of producing rabbits out of an empty hat; a process commonly involving some hint of design. --G.K. Chesterton 1874 - 1936

"Bosh," answered Grant. "I never said a word against eminent men of science. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one. When people talked about the fall of man they knew they were talking about a mystery, a thing they didn't understand. Now that they talk about the survival of the fittest they think they do understand it, whereas they have not merely no notion, they have an elaborately false notion of what the words mean. The Darwinian movement has made no difference to mankind, except that, instead of talking unphilosophically about philosophy, they now talk unscientifically about science.
Basil Grant in >The Club of Queer Trades<, in a story by G.K. Chesterton

In all the multiplicity of knowledge there is one thing happily that no man knows: whether the world is old or young.-- Chesterton 'The Defendant.'

The Darwinian theory is in principle capable of explaining life. No other theory that has ever been suggested is in principle capable of explaining life.
Richard Dawkins

The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.--A: Dawkins, Richard (1941-) _The Blind Watchmaker_ (1986) ch. 11

Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence those newfangled theories.--Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)_Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference_, [November 25, 1864

Darwinian Man, though well-behaved,
At best is only a monkey shaved.
W. S. Gilbert, Psyche's Song, Princess Ida, Act II

I am more interested in the Rock of Ages than the ages of rocks. From the play Inherit the Wind

Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation and that is unthinkable. - Sir Arthur Keith

If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there? -- C S Lewis--Encounter with Light

If Darwin´s theory of Evolution was correct, cats would be able to operate a can-opener by now. --C.S. Lewis

 Maddox's Third Law
Just as nature is supposed to abhor a vacuum, so scientific opinion abhors questions unlikely to be answered soon, whence the general belief that the origin of the Universe is now nearly understood. -- John Maddox

Evolution as such is no longer a theory for a modern author. It is as much a fact as that the earth revolves around the sun. -- Ernst Mayr

...anyone who writes about "Darwin's theory of evolution" in the singular, without segregating the theories of gradual evolution, common descent, speciation, and the mechanism of natural selection, will be quite unable to discuss the subject competently. --Ernst Mayr

In the Beginning, the Big Bang emitted Chaos; and the Chaos was without form, and void, for it was homogeneous and isotropic. And the Singularity moved upon the face of the Chaos and emitted light; and the Universe was no longer homogeneous, for the light was divided from the darkness. And there came forth firmaments and dry land and seas and stars and moons; and the worlds brought forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit trees yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself. It is quite literally true that if you can believe that, you can believe anything; more, you must believe anything. To exclude anything you must make an act of faith. -- Jerry Pournelle, _A Step Farther Out_, 1979

That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy. --Jonathan Swift

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce The Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true. --Robert Wilensky


Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. - Kurt Herbert Adler (1905 &endash; 1988)


Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. John W. Gardner (1912-____) "Excellence."


Too much of a good thing is WONDERFUL. Mae West


Excitement leaped in my breast like a puppy, enthusiastic and more than a little naive.
ZELAZNY, ROGER (1937-1995) {A Night in the Lonesome October, 1993}


He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.~ Benjamin Franklin

Excuse my scribbling, it is late, and I have a poor candle.- Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)


Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.

The only exercise some people get is jumping at conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!

You know you're into middle age when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise

Some people get up early so that they can go for a run. I get up late so that I have to!

As men do walk a mile,
Women should talk an hour,
After supper: 'Tis their exercise.

I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise. - Chauncey Depew (1834 &endash; 1928) Francis Beaumont and JohnFletcher: "Philaster" 1647

Whenever I feel like exercise I lie down until the feeling passes. Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

Exercise!! I never heard that he used any: he might, for aught I know, walk to the alehouse; but I believe he was always carried home again.
Piozzi: Anecdotes of Johnson

I may not jog or workout -- but I'm a very brisk eater. Jim Moore Jr

To exercise is human; not to is divine. Robert Orben

The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it.-- Joan Rivers

Exercise is a dirty word... Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.-- Lucy Van Pelt , Peanuts, Charles M Schulz

Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse. --George Sheehan (1918-1993)_Personal Best_ [1989], "The Many Levels of Motivation."

I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome. - Mark Twain, 70th birthday speech.

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.~ Albert Camus, in Notebooks 1935-1942 (1962), March 1940 entry

A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.~ Albert Camus

Life is absurd.~ Albert Camus

Jean Paul Sartre has said that all of French Existentialism is to be found in Ivan Karamazov's contention that if there is no God, everything is permitted.- Katharena Eiermann, essay on Existentialism and Dostoevsky

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.- Federco Fellini

There is something missing in my life, and it has to do with my need to understand what I must do, not what I must know--except, of course, that a certain amount of knowledge is presupposed in every action. I need to understand my purpose in life, to see what God wants me to do, and this means that I must find a truth which is true to me, that I must find that Idea for which I can live and die. (Soren Kierkegaard, "An Entry from the Journal of the Young Kierkegaard," in Louis Pojman, "Classics of Philosophy, vol. 11, "Modern and Contemporary" (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 902)

The existentialist . . . finds it extremely embarassing that God does not exist, for there disappears with Him all possibility of finding values in an intelligible heaven.- Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism.

All human actions are equivalent. . . and. . . all are on principle doomed to failure. ---  Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) "Being and Nothingness," Conclusion, sct. 2, 1943; tr. 1965.


Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.

Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.

Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.

Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.

Good judgement comes from experience, and experience--well, that comes from poor judgement.

Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

A prune is a plum with experience.

You don't learn anything the second time you're kicked by a mule.

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

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.--Muhammad Ali (1942-____)

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

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

The French are true romantics. They feel the only difference between a man of forty and one of seventy is thirty years of experience.-Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972)

Experience, to most men, is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed. -- Samuel Coleridge

Few know the use of life before 'tis past.--John Dryden, quo. J. R. Lowell, "My Study Windows"

The years teach much which the days never know.--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Experience

...that, by all things, they may come to know more of the power, holiness, justice, truth, goodness, and glory of God in Christ. We use to say," Experience teaches fools." Surely there is not an experienced saint, but will find, that by all the good things and bad things he hath been trysted with, by all the various vicissitudes and changes of providence, he hath come to see more of God than he saw before. RALPH ERSKINE

If we could be twice young and twice old, we could correct all our mistakes.-- Euripides

If you take all the experience and judgement of men over fifty out of the world, there wouldn't be enough left to run it.--Henry Ford

Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward. --Benjamin Franklin, _Poor Richard's Almanac_

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)_Poor Richard's Almanac_ [1743], "December"

How many apples fell on Newton's head before he took the hint? Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.--Robert Frost (1874-1963) In "The Peter Pyramid," by Laurence J. Peter.

From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn. Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. --Aldous Huxley

I know not any thing more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed." -- Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson)

Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you recognise a mistake when you make it again. --F. P. Jones

Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses: We read fine---things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the Author. --John Keats

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches. -- Carolyn Kenmore

Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test first before presenting the lesson. --Vernon Law

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. --James Russell Lowell

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, moulding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in moulding us, shaping us.-- Orison Swett Marden

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realised until personal experience has brought it home.--John Stuart Mill

Conviction without experience makes for harshness.- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) "The Habit of Being," 1979.

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it .... This is the condition of children and barbarians, in whom instinct has learned nothing from experience.
George Santayana (1863-1952), Life of Reason, vol. 1, chap. 12, p. 284 (1905)

I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves.-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, letter to her twin daughters

Experience - the name men give to their mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

The school of life embodies a compulsory education that no man escapes.--George E. Woodberry


Consult a real expert--Call your mother!

If there is anybody I would less trust in a matter of personal liberty than a bureaucrat, it is an expert.
Robert Cecil (1864-1958) Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons (5th Series) 41(1912) 740 parliamentary opponent to the Mental Deficiency Bill, supported by the Eugenics Education Society.

For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert, but for every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.
Thomas Sowell, _The Vision of the Anointed_



Explanations exist; they have existed for all times, for there is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong. Henry Louis Mencken, "The Divine Afflatus," New York Evening Mail, November 15, 1917; Prejudices: Second Series, 1920

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