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

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.
Sherlock Homes to Dr. Watson in 'A Scandal in Bohemia'

People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts. Robert Keith Leavitt

Facts do not "speak for themselves." They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.
Thomas Sowell


Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.

Mistakes are often the stepping stones to utter failure.

A man may make many mistakes, but is not a failure until he starts blaming someone else for them.

You have not really failed or been defeated unless you believe it.

I entered the Failure of the Year competition and came in last. They gave me the trophy and then took it away.

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

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

Nothing is ever a complete failure; it can always serve as a bad example. Carlson's Consolation (from Murphy's Laws)

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. --  Bill Cosby

When you subsidise poverty and failure, you get more of both.-- James Dale Davidson

The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures.
Humphrey Davy (1778-1829)

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. --George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880) _Middlemarch_ [1871], Book 2, Chapter 22

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.... Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)

The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.   - B. C. Forbes, 1880 - 1954

Failure is success if we learn from it.-- Malcolm S. Forbes

Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, I have failed three times, and what happens when he says, I'm a failure.    - Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, 1906 - 1992

Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.--Homer (c. 700 BC)_The Odyssey_, Book XV, Line 400

Every man has something to do which he neglects; every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat. -- Samuel Johnson: Idler #43

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.    - Charles F. Kettering, 1876 - 1958

Nature gave men two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. George R. Kirkpatrick

There is a deep peace that grows out of illness and loneliness and a sense of failure. God cannot get close when everything is delightful. He seems to need these darker hours, these empty-hearted hours, to mean the most to people.--Frank C. Laubach

Nothing is really lost by a life of sacrifice; everything is lost by failure to obey God's call. --Henry P Liddon

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. - Abraham Lincoln

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. - Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865

Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don't want to set him down as a failure till he's dead or loses his courage - and that's the same thing. -George Lorimer (1867-1937)

Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call " failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford (1894-1979) In "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner, 1992.

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.    - William Saroyan, 1908 - 1981

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? - Robert Schuller

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night."
Charlie Brown--C Schulz, Peanuts.

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.   - Earl Warren, 1891 - 1974


Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, but faith looks up.

I wish I could leave you my most cherished possession -- my faith in Jesus Christ.

When you have come to the edge
Of all light that you know
And are about to drop off into the darkness
Of the unknown
Faith is knowing
One of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on or
You will be taught to fly.

I believe in the sun, even when it doesn't shine.
I believe in love, even when I don't feel it.
I believe in God, even when He is silent.
Inscription on the wall of a cellar in Cologne where some Jews remained hidden for the entire duration of thewar.

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
Kingsley Amis, One Fat Englishman

Credo ut intelligam (Anselm)

I had a number of strong religious beliefs but little faith in God.There is a distinction between *belief* in a set of propositions and a *faith* which enables us to put our trust in them. ~Karen Armstrong

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. --. Augustine

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.
Augustine (354-430) In Ioannis Evangelium

Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love and the future to God's providence. -- Augustine

Faith is not only a commitment to the promises of Christ; faith is also a commitment to the demands of Christ.
William Barclay, The Letters of James and Peter

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Ps. 9:9 -10.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.- Augustine

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

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

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

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

There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God. Calvin on Gen 17:1.

Now we shall possess a right definition of faith if we call it a firm and certain knowledge of God's benevolence toward us, founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ, both revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts through the Holy Spirit. John Calvin (1509-1564)

The weakest measure of faith is to be accepted in those who desire to be admitted into the church, because weak Christians, if sincere, have the essence of the faith, repentance, and holiness which are required in church members. Moreover, these weak Christians have most need of the church's ordinances for the confirmation of their faith and their growth in grace.-- Cambridge Platform, 10:3.

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had [to] do it again, I'd do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. Fidel Castro (1927-____) N: In "New York Times," 22 Apr. 1959.

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. ~Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Man is what he believes. Anton Chekhov

A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. --G. K. Chesterton, _Heretics_, 1905

The less you feel and the more firmly you believe, the more praiseworthy is your faith and the more it will be esteemed and appreciated; for real faith is much more than a mere opinion of man. In it we have true knowledge: in truth, we lack nothing save true faith.... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?)

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou biddest me come to Thee
O, Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Charlotte Elliott

Faith, without trouble or fighting, is a suspicious faith; for true faith is a fighting, wrestling faith. RALPH ERSKINE

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible. ~ Frank L. Gaines

Alongside getting faith out of a heart that is utterly hostile and unbelieving, making a silk purse out of a sow's ear or getting blood from a turnip is child's play. JOHN GERTSNER

Faith is like breath in an infant's lungs. Breath is not the cause of life; but where there is no breath, there is no life. Even so, faith is not the cause of life, but where there is no faith, there is no spiritual life. JOHN GILL

In religion, we are not asked to make up our minds, we are asked to make up our lives... We may refuse to make up our minds, but our lives get made up, one way or the other... Whatever we believe with our minds, our lives are committed either to God's way or to the God-denying way, and what matters in religion is the act of commitment.... A. Leonard Griffith (1920- ), Barriers to Christian Belief [1962]

The Christian must trust in a withdrawing God. WILLIAM GURNALL

The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God. Charles Hodge

When we inculcate that faith ought to be certain and secure, we conceive not of a certainty attended with no doubt, or of a security interrupted by no anxiety; but we rather affirm, that believers have a perpetual conflict with their own diffidence, and are far from placing their consciences in a placid calm never disturbed by any storms. Yet, on the other hand, we deny, however they may be afflicted, that they ever fall and depart from that certain confidence which they have conceived in the divine mercy. ... Charles Hodge (1797-1878), Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans

Some things have to be believed to be seen.-Ralph Hodgson

More important than any belief a man holds is the way he holds it. --Sidney Hook

The axioms of reason are non-demonstrable assumptions. Why should faith not be granted the same privilege? The denial of the truths of faith is, in the last analysis, no less a faith than faith itself, for it rests on personal assumptions which are apart from scientific necessity. In other words, as the truth of reason carries its own evidence, so also with faith. To the mind to whom the axioms of reason are not self-evident, they cannot be proven. So also in the case of faith: for the mind that is not enlightened by faith, the evidence of faith is ridiculous. But for the man whose eyes have been enlightened by the Spirit, faith has its proper evidence, though different from that of reason. The only sufficient ground of faith is the authority of God Himself as he addresses me in His Word. Paul K. Jewett, Emil Brunner's Concept of Revelation

Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.-- Julius Caesar

Faith is required of thee, and a sincere life, not loftiness of intellect, nor deepness in the mysteries of God.
Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, IV

O Lord, how happy should we be,
If we could cast our care on Thee,
If we from self could rest;
And feel at heart that One above
In perfect wisdom, perfect love,
Is working for the best.

How far from this our daily life
How oft disturb'd by anxious strife,
By sudden wild alarms;
Oh, could we but relinquish all Our earthly props,
and simply fall On Thine Almighty arms!
John Keble.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.... Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.

This is true Christian resignation to God, which requires no more to the support of it than such a plain assurance of the goodness of God as Abraham had of His veracity. And if you ask yourself what greater reason Abraham had to depend upon the Divine veracity than you have to depend upon the Divine goodness, you will find that none can be given. ... William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728]

Never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world. There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it. C.S.Lewis, MereChristianity

It is a dreadful truth that the state of having to depend solely on God is what we all dread most... It is good of Him to force us; but dear me, how hard to feel that it is good at the time.'-- C.S. Lewis

Now Faith...is the art of holding on to things your reason 'has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods "where they get off," you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.
C S Lewis -- _Mere Christianity_

With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another. G. C. Lichtenberg

Faith is the bird that sings while it is yet dark. MAX LUCADO

Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your fingers the kiss of your Father on your face . -- Max Lucado

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. - Martin Luther

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. ``Faith is not enough,'' they say, ``You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.'' They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says, ``I believe.'' That is what they think true faith is. But, because this is a human idea, a dream, the heart never learns anything from it, so it does nothing and reform doesn't come from this `faith,' either. Instead, faith is God's work in us, that changes us and gives new birth from God. (John 1:13). It kills the Old Adam and makes us completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits, our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn't stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without ceasing. Anyone who does not do good works in this manner is an unbeliever. He stumbles around and looks for faith and good works, even though he does not know what faith or good works are. Yet he gossips and chatters about faith and good works with many words. Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire! Therefore, watch out for your own false ideas and guard against good-for-nothing gossips, who think they're smart enough to define faith and works, but really are the greatest of fools. Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do. MARTIN LUTHER, from "An Introduction to St. Paul's Letter to the Romans

The whole being of any Christian is Faith and Love... Faith brings the man to God, love brings him to men .
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

If God promises something, then faith must fight a long and bitter fight, for reason or the flesh judges that God's promises are impossible. Therefore faith must battle against reason and its doubts............. Faith is something that is busy, powerful and creative, though properly speaking, it is essentially an enduring than a doing. It changes the mind and heart. While reason holds to what is present, faith apprehends the things that are not seen. Contrary to reason, faith regards the invisible things as already materialized. This explains why faith, unlike hearing is not found in many, for only few believe, while the great majority cling to the things that are present and can be felt and handled rather than to the Word. ~ Martin Luther, The Promises

Faith unites the soul with Christ as a bride is united with her bridegroom. As Paul teaches us, Christ and the soul become one flesh by this mystery (Eph 5:31-32). And if they are one flesh, and if marriage is for real - indeed, it is the most perfect of all marriages, and human marriages are poor examples of this one true marriage - then it follows that everything that they have is held in common, whether good or evil. So the believer can boast of and glory of whatever Christ possesses, as though it were his or her own; and whatever the believer has, Christ claims as his own. Let us see how this works out, and see how it benefits us. Christ is full of grace, life and salvation. The human soul is full of sins, eath and damnation. Now let faith come between them. Sins, death and damnation will be Christ's. And grace, life and salvation will be the believer's. MARTIN LUTHER

We are justified propter Christum per fidem - that is, on acount of Christ, through faith. The basis of God's decision to place us in right relationship with Him lies in Christ Himself. We are justified on account of His obedience during His lifetime and His death upon the cross. It is because of Him, and nor because of anything we have done or will do, that we are made right with God. But the means by which we are justified is faith. Faith is like a channel through which the benefits of Christ flow to us...both the external foundation and the internal means of appropriation of justification are God-given. Faith is not something we can achieve; it is something achieved within us by God. ALISTER McGRATH

Feeling always seeks something in itself; faith keeps itself occupied with who Jesus is. Do not forget that the faith of which God's Word speaks so much stands not only in opposition to works but also in opposition to feelings, and therefore for a pure life of faith you must cease to seek your salvation not only in works but also in feelings. Let faith always speak against feeling. When feeling says "In myself I am sinful, I am dark, I am weak, I am poor, I am sad", let faith say, "In Christ I am holy, I am light, I am strong, I am rich, I am joyful". - Andrew Murray

Now I can do no more. We must trust to the great disposer of all events, and to the justice of our cause.
Nelson to Sir Henry Blackwood, at Trafalgar having signalled the fleet to engage the enemy more closely.

This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus. John Newton

Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt. John Henry Newman

Men love to trust God (as they profess) for what they have in their hands, in possession, or what lies in an easy view; place their desires afar off, carry their accomplishment behind the clouds out of their sight, interpose difficulties and perplexities -- their hearts are instantly sick. They cannot wait for God; they do not trust Him, nor ever did. Would you have the presence of God with you? Learn to wait quietly for the salvation you expect from Him. John Owen (1616-1683)

We admit no faith to be justifying, which is not itself and in its own nature a spiritually vital principle of obedience and good works. John Owen (1616-1683)

. ...the essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. JOHN PIPER

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him....the capacity to taste a thing must precede our desire for its sweetness...the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever and of living by faith in future grace...the essence of faith is being satisfied with all God is for us in Jesus. JOHN PIPER - Future Grace

Faith, the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the human race;
whose continuing mission is to trust God in all areas and not waver,
to seek out new insights from His Word,
and to boldly offer Salvation to all who'll listen.
Graham Pockett (with apologies to Gene Roddenberry)

Faith, without trouble or fighting, is a suspicious faith; for true faith is a fighting, wrestling faith. RALPH ERSKINE

I can let Christ grip me; but I cannot grip him. I love to sit on Christ's knee; but I cannot set my feet to the ground, for afflictions bring the cramp upon my faith. All I now do, is, to hold out a lame faith to Christ, like a beggar holding out a stump, instead of an arm or leg; and cry, Lord Jesus, work a miracle. ... Samuel Rutherford, letter [1637]

Just as the only basis for the removal of our guilt is the finished work of Christ upon the cross in history, plus nothing, so the only instrument for accepting that finished work of Christ upon the cross is faith. This is not faith in the twentieth-century or Kierkegaardian concept of faith as a jump in the dark --not a solution on the basis of faith in faith. It is believing the specific promises of God; no longer turning our backs on them, no longer calling God a liar, but raising the empty hands of faith and accepting that finished work of Christ as it was fulfilled in history upon the cross. The Bible says that at that moment we pass from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God's dear Son. We become, inividually, children of God. We are children of God from that time on. I repeat, there is no way to begin the true Christian life except through the door of spiritual birth, any more than there is another way to begin physical life except through the door of physical birth. F A Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Chapter 1

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession. ~GBS

The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in. R. C. SPROUL

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too. Charles Spurgeon, "Morning and Evening Daily Readings"

Who has ever seen an idea? Who has ever seen love? Who has ever seen faith? The real things in the world are the invisible spiritual realities. Is it so difficult then, to believe in God? Charles Templeton Life Looks Up

'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard, Mister Harry-- every man of every nation has done that-- 'tis the living up to it that is difficult, as I know to my cost. --W. M. Thackeray, Henry Esmond

Everybody should believe in something....I believe I'll go fishing. -- Thoreau

Everbody should believe in something....I believe I'll have another beer.

Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. . . . How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?"-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

We believe, but we do not know how to enjoy what we believe. --Henri de Tourville (1842-1903)

Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God... a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. --A. W. Tozer

True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it. --A. W. Tozer

Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves -- blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God

Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.--D. Elton Trueblood

In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.
Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829) In "The Ultimate Success Quotations Library

It is never on account of its formal nature as a psychic act that faith is conceived in Scripture to be saving...It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or nature of faith, but in the object of faith. B. B. WARFIELD

Faith lives in a broken heart. 'He cried out with tears, Lord, I believe.' True faith is always in a heart bruised for sin. They, therefore, whose hearts were never touched for sin, have no faith. If a physician should tell us there was a herb that would help us against all infections, but it always grows in a watery place; if we should see a herb like it in colour, leaf, smell, blossom, but growing upon a rock, we should conclude that it was the wrong herb. So saving faith always grows in a heart humbled for sin, in a weeping eye and a tearful conscience. - THOMAS WATSON

Immediately it stuck into my mind, "Leave off preaching. How can you preach to others, who have not faith yourself?" I asked Boehler, whether he thought I should leave it off or not. He answered "By no means." I asked, "But what can I preach?" He said, "Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith." -- John Wesley, Journal, 4 Mar 1738

Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all the saving graces, and is no dead faith, but worketh by love.

Faith is not a feeling. It is not even the feeling that something is going to happen in answer to our prayers. Faith may be easier to exercise when such feelings are present. Nevertheless, feelings of that sort never constitute faith. Faith is a response on our part, the obedient response of our wills to who God is and what He says.-- John White 


...the Lord rewards faithfulness above fruitfulness, which puts us all on the same footing, whether famous for our effectiveness or unknown in our faithfulness. JOHN PIPER

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Having looked at your homepage I would like you to come up and see me sometime. Mae West

I had nothing to declare but my genius, but that was before I visited Graham's homepage. Oscar Wilde


All is ephemeral,--fame and the famous as well. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. 121-180 A. D.

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Longfellow - A Psalm of Life

The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it. --- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The desire for fame is the last infirmity cast off even by the wise.-- Cornelius Tacitus, Histories


Familiarity breeds attempt. ~ Jane Ace 1905-1974

The most important events, when they become familiar, are no longer considered with wonder or solicitude; and that which at first filled up our whole attention, and left no place for any other thought, is soon thrust aside into some remote repository of the mind, and lies among other lumber of the memory, overlooked and neglected. -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #78


A healthy family is sacred territory.

Family ties are precious things
woven through the years,
of memories of togetherness
of laughter, love and tears.

Family ties are cherished things
forged in childhood days,
by love of parents, deep and true
and sweet familiar ways.

Family ties are treasured things
and far though we may roam,
the tender bonds with those we love
still pull our hearts toward home.

Our little ones, whom you so often recommend to my care and instruction, shall not be deficient in virtue or probity, if the precepts of a mother have their desired effect; but they would be doubly enforced, could they be indulged with the example of a father alternately before them. I often point them to their sire, -----"engaged in a corrupted state, Wrestling with vice and faction." -- Abigail Adams

The family is the school of duties... founded on love. Felix Adler

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

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. John Bowring

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. George Carlin

The men and women who, for good reasons and bad, revolt against the family, are, for good reasons and bad, simply revolting against mankind. Aunt Elizabeth is unreasonable, like mankind. Papa is excitable, like mankind. Our youngest brother is mischievous, like mankind. Grandpapa is stupid, like the world; he is old, like the world.... The best way that a man could test his readiness to encounter the common variety of mankind would be to climb down a chimney into any house at random, and get on as well as possible with the people inside. And that is essentially what each one of us did on the day that he was born. -- G.K.C.

That all men should be brothers is the dream of people who have no brothers. -- Charles Chincholles

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.---Winston Churchill

State power is the messianic force through which the Left intends to implement its social redemption, and the family is the last bulkwark against the power of the state......the family is the enemy of progress and profressives everywhere. - Peter Collier and David Horowitz, "It's a War Stupid!", Heterodoxy, Nov 1996

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius

It is my view that our society can be no more stable than the foundation of individual family units upon which it rests. Our government, our institutions, our schools...indeed, our way of life are dependent on healthy marriages and loyalty to the vulnerable little children around our feet. James C. Dobson

People talk about "dysfunctional" families; I've never seen any other kind. -- Sue Grafton

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.--Theodore Hesburgh

There is no synthetic replacement for a decent home life. Our high crime rate, particularly among juveniles, is directly traceable to a breakdown in moral fiber--to the disintegration of home and family life. Religion and home life are supplementary. Each strengthens the other. It is seldom that a solid and wholesome home life can be found in the absence of religious inspiration. --J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) _Christian Herald_

I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned how to dance, waiting in line for the bathroom. -- Bob Hope

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. John Paul II, 1986

The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family. Paul Johnson

The great high of winning Wimbledon lasts for about a week. You go down in the record book, but you don't have anything tangible to hold on to. But having a baby -- there isn't any comparison. Chris Evert Lloyd (1954-____)

The devil has a great spite at Christ's kingdom and he knows no better way to crush it than by the perversion of youth, and family duties. He strikes at all church duties but at family duties with more success because the practice is not so seriously and conscientiously regarded as it should be, and neglecting it is not liable to be noticed or rebuked.-- Thomas Manton

Religion was established first in families and there the devil seeks to crush it.The family is the training ground for both the Church and the State and if children are not well-principled there, all will fail. The fathers of families have as truly the charge of the souls in those families, as pastors have of the churches.-- Thomas Manton

All the wealth in the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united. Margaret of Youville

The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding and social peace. -- Daniel P Moynihan

From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future -- that community asks for and gets chaos. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Article in a Jesuit magazine at the time of publication of his report on the black family (mid-60s)

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible--the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nuturing family. --Virginia Satir

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.-George Bernard Shaw

Remember as far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal family. ---Homer Simpson

[on Spurgeon's college not having residential accommodations] The residence of a number of young men in one house encourages andnecessarily generates levity; their separation from common social life is a serious injury, and tends to unfit them for the wear and tear of future work among ordinary mortals. When a young man resides in a Christian family, not only is he under the most vigilant oversight, but he never ceases to be one of the people.
C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.115

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.Desmond Tutu (1931-____)Address at enthronement as Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, 7 Sep 1986.

Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life. Denzel Washington (1954-____)

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die. -- Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"


We call Japanese soldiers fanatics when they die rather than surrender,whereas American soldiers who do the same thing are called heroes.~Robert Hutchins

Fanatical religion driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all, but not quite.~Will Rogers

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.~George Santayana

The gods mercifully gave mankind this little moment of peace between the religious fanaticisms of the past and the fanaticisms of class and race that were speedily to arise and dominate time to come. --G. M. Trevelyan, English Social History, p. 354.

And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed ~ Oscar Wilde

The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity ~ Oscar Wilde


Fantasy is literature for teenagers. V. S. Naipaul (1932-____) In "W.O.W. - Writers on Writing," by Jon Winokur, 1990.


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

Everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing above the state. -- Mussolini


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

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

Exuberance is better than taste.-- Flaubert

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. -- Henry Thoreau (Walden, 1854)

It is better to be old-fashioned and right than to be up-to-date and wrong. Tiorio (?)

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Prayers belong strictly to the worship of God. Fasting is a subordinate aid, which is pleasing to God no farther than as it aids the earnestness and fervency of prayer. John Calvin

An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons -- marriage, or meat, or beer, or cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning. C S Lewis Mere Christianity

Leanness of body and soul may go together. John Owen



A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

You hear it said that fathers want their sons to be what they feel they cannot themselves be, but I tell you it also works the other way. A boy wants something very special from his father. Sherwood Anderson

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

Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren't through being children. ~Cindy Garner

There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence. --Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)_Boswell's Life of Johnson_ [July 14, 1763]

My father's a quiet and stable man. Ian Paisley Jnr The Times Magazine 18.1.97


Riches and strength lift up the heart, but the fear of the Lord is better than both. There is no loss in the fear of the Lord, and with it there is no need to seek for help. Sirach 40:26

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

But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
Isa. 43:1-3 NIV

What then are we afraid of? Can we have too much of God? Is it a misfortune to be freed from the heavy yoke of the world, and to bear the light burden of Jesus Christ? Do we fear to be too happy, too much delivered from ourselves, from the caprices of our pride, the violence of our passions, and the tyranny of this deceitful world? ... FranÁois FÈnelon (1651-1715)

There is no greater recipe for disaster than a persistent refusal to face unwelcome facts. Roy Jenkins.

The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown, and it's plain sailing. - John Lennon, 1940 - 1980

Serve the Lord with fear, and exult with trembling" (Ps.2:11). Let somebody bring this into harmony for me: exult and fear! My son Hans can do it in relation to me, but I can't do it in relation to God. When I'm writing or doing something else, my Hans sings a little tune for me. If he becomes too noisy and I rebuke him a little for it, he continues to sing but does it more privately and with a certain awe and uneasiness. This is what God wishes: that we be always cheerful, but with reverence.-- Luther's Tabletalk (from No. 148)

As the observance of divine institutions is the cause of the greatness of republics, so the disregard of them produces their ruin; for where the fear of God is wanting, there the country will come to ruin, unless it be sustained the fear of the prince, which temporarily supply the want of religion. Niccolo Machiavelli

And here comes in the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might be answered that we should wish to be both; but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. --Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) _The Prince_ [1513], Chapter 8

Only he who can say, 'The Lord is the strength of my life' can say, 'Of whom shall I be afraid?' - Alexander MacLaren

It is one thing to fear God as threatening, with a holy reverence, and another to be afraid of the evil threatened.... John Owen (1616-1683)

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear. . .is fear itself. . .nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The only known cure for fear is faith.--Lena Kellogg Sadler (1875-1939)

To one who is afraid, everything rustles. -- Sophocles

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.... Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), (1835-1910)



Dom't rely on feelings. Remember Isaac.

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

Sense of sin may be often great, and more felt than grace; yet not be more than grace. A man feels the ache of his finger more sensibly than the health of his whole body; yet he knows that the ache of a finger is nothing so much as the health of the whole body. - THOMAS ADAMS

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

Feelings and me have an understanding. They try to bother me and I don't let them.- Andy Dalziel, in Dalziel and Pascoe, BBC TV. 19 Nov 2001

The less you feel and the more firmly you believe, the more praiseworthy is your faith and the more it will be esteemed and appreciated; for real faith is much more than a mere opinion of man. In it we have true knowledge: in truth, we lack nothing save true faith.... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?)

If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.-- William James

[God] is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him. C.S. Lewis --The Problem of Pain

I think there is a scriptural distinction between faith and feeling, grace and comfort....The degree of the one is not often the just measure of the other.
John Newton ,letter 16.4.1772

He who looks upon Christ through frames and feelings is like one who sees the sun on the water, and so sees it quivering and moving as the water moves. But he that looks upon him in the glass of his word by faith, sees him forever the same. -- J. T. Nottidge

For there be many Christians most like unto young sailors, who think the shore and the whole land doth move, when the ship and they themselves are moved; just so, not a few do imagine that God moveth and saileth and changeth places, because their giddy souls are under sail, and subject to alteration, to ebbing and flowing. But 'the foundation of the Lord abideth sure'. God knoweth that ye are His own. Wrestle, fight, go forward, watch, fear, believe, pray; and then ye have the infallible symptoms of one of the elect of Christ within you. - Samuel Rutherford, Letter I. To LADY KENMURE ANWOTH, July 27, 1628

Measure not God's love and favour by your own feeling. The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof.--Richard Sibbes

I would have the whole of my experience one continued sense -- first, of my nothingness, and dependence on God; second, of my guiltiness and desert before Him; third, of my obligations to redeeming love, as utterly overwhelming me with its incomprehensible extent and grandeur... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

"Alas," says one, "I do not feel as I once did." Well, dear friend, it may be that you make some mistake in reference to your own experience. When the passion of love was first lighted in your breast, there was, as it were, a blaze of the match, the paper, and the wood, although the coals had not yet ignited. Yours was then the flush of joy, but not the vehement heat. Now your heart is all on fire like a solid ruby. There is much more heat, though there is less blaze.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_, Vol. 8 [1862], Pg. 341


The fellowship of being near unto God must become reality, in the full and vigorous prosecution of our life. It must permeate and give color to our feeling, our perception, our sensations, our thinking, our imagining, our willing, our acting,our speaking. It must not stand as a foreign factor in our life, but it must be the passion that breathes throughout our whole existence.- Kuyper, Abraham. To Be Near Unto God. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979 ).

Let the reader, where we are equally confident, stride on with me; where we are equally puzzled, pause to investigate with me; where he finds himself in error, come to my side; where he finds me erring, call me to his side. So that we may keep to the path, in love, as we fare on toward Him, 'whose face is ever to be sought.' -- Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity 1.5

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual walk with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive.... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691)

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

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

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
Henry Francis Lyte, 1847. The three verses of Abide With Me which are often omitted.

Christians in consort are an abridgement of heaven, shining like a firmament of bright stars. . . Surely, of all fellowships, this is the only good fellowship. Next to communion with God, there is no communion like the communion of saints. = GEORGE SWINNOCK

One hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become "unity" conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]




So you're a feminist...Isn't that cute.

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.--Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818)_Letter to John Adams_ [March 31, 1776]

We are obliged to go fair and softly and, in practice, you know we are the subjects. We have only the name of masters, and rather than give up this, which would completely subject us to the despotism of the petticoat, I hope General Washington and all our brave heroes would fight.
John Adams , replying to Abigail's March 1776 letter.

I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman. ~John Adams to his wife, Abigail Adams.

I can conceive of nothing worse than a man-governed world- except a woman-governed world. -- Nancy Astor

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

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

This is a feminist bookstore. There is no humor section. --John Callahan

A liberated woman is one who rises up and says to her menfolk, 'I will not be dictated to,' and proceeds to become a stenographer. - Chesterton

NOW may become a lonely haven for angry women who condemn Christian principles, hate men, favor alternative lifestyles, and support abortion-on-demand. Such attitudes do not represent the women in mainstream America whom I know.
Karl Day, senior editor of Washington Watch, a publication of the Family Research Council, concerning the stand that the National Organization for Women has taken against PromiseKeepers. Washington Times for September 21, 1997. Page B4.

How will the family unit be destroyed? ... the demand alone will throw the whole ideology of the family into question, so that women can begin establishing a community of work with each other and we can fight collectively. Women will feel freer to leave their husbands and become economically independent, either through a job or welfare.--Roxanne Dunbar, _Female Liberation_

Feminists don't like me, and I don't like them. -- Mel Gibson

The nuclear family must be destroyed, and people must find better ways of living together. ... Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process. ... --Functions of the Family, Linda Gordon, WOMEN: A Journal of Liberation, Fall, 1969.

Women are early taught that to appear to yield is the only way to govern. - Sarah Moore Grimke (1792 &endash; 1873)

We're tired of having radical feminist ideology pased off as the lock-step view of all women. As heirs of a tradition of strong, capable Christian women, we emphatically affirm that we are beneficiaries, not victims of our strong Christian faith.
Diane Knippers, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Her organization criticized the National Organization for Women's (NOW) attack on the PromiseKeepers. Washington Times for Setpember 17, 1997. Front page.

Women's Rights are men's duties. -- Karl Kraus

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister Newsweek, October 23, 1972

I feel that 'man-hating' is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.
Robin Morgan, editor of _Ms_ magazine

It is not Christianity, but priestcraft that has subjected woman as we find her. Lucretia Mott

I resolved to claim for my sex all that an impartial Creator had bestowed, which, by custom and a perverted application of the Scriptures, had been wrested from woman. Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Anyone familiar with academia knows that it breeds ideological cults that are prone to dogma and resistant to criticism. Many women believe that this has now happened to feminism. In her book _Who Stole Feminism?_ the philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers draws a useful distinction between two schools of thought. _Equity feminism_ opposes sexual discrimination and other forms of unfairness to women. It is part of the classical liberal and humanistic tradition that grew out of the Enlightenment, and it guided the first wave of feminism and launched the second wave. _Gender feminism_ holds that women continue to be enslaved by a pervasive system of male dominance, the gender system, in which "bi-sexual infants are transformed into male and female gender personalities, the one destined to command, the other to obey." It is opposed to the classical liberal tradition and allied instead with Marxism, postmodernism, social constructionism, and radical science. It has become the credo of some women's studies programs, feminist organizations, and spokespeople for the women's movement.
Equity feminism is a moral doctrine about equal treatment that makes no commitments regarding open empirical issues in psychology or biology. Gender feminism is an empirical doctrine committed to three claims about human nature. The first is that differences between men and women have nothing to do with biology but are socially constructed in their entirety. The second is that humans possess a single social motive -- power -- and that social life can be understood only in terms of how it is exercised. The third is that human interactions arise not from the motives of people dealing with each other as individuals but from the motives of _groups_ dealing with other groups -- in this case, the male gender dominating the female gender.--Steven Pinker, _The Blank Slate The Modern Denial of Human Nature_

By its very nature... the women's liberation movement precipitates a series of conflict situations--in the legislatures, in the courts, in the schools, in industry--with man targeted as the enemy. Confrontation replaces co-operation as the watchword of all relationships. Women and men become adversaries instead of partners.
Phyliss Schlafly, "The Power of The Positive Woman", 1977

Something odd began to happen -- mainly to the country, and incidentally to people like me. As feminism and multiculturalism more and more sought to remake society, attacking much that had served humanity well as narrow or even antique, we concluded we could no longer in good conscience remain on that side. There was both too little respect for the accumulated wisdom of the ages and too much playing havoc with truth and common sense.--Harry Stein, _How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (and Found Inner Peace)_, 2000

What the radical feminists have in fact accomplished is projecting a vision and an agenda of sexual 'liberation' that have had the net effect of making it easier for husbands to dump their wives and children. They have also made it harder for new families to form, by creating a contentious atmosphere between the sexes. Women and men have both lost out, in different ways, in all this. Children have of course lost out worst of all from the decline of families. Yet the feminazis have made 'childhood poverty' one of their political cries. They are shameless. Dr. Thomas Sowell

I owe nothing to Women's Lib. Margaret Thatcher The Observer December 1, 1974

Women who complain that [she] was not a feminist because she didn't help other women or openly acknowledge her debt to feminism have a point, but they are also missing something vital. She normalised female success... No one can ever question whether women are capable of single-minded vigour, of efficient leadership, after Margaret Thatcher. She is the great unsung heroine of British feminism.~Natasha Walter, The New Feminism


The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means. Oscar Wilde


A gentleman is one who keeps his promises to one who cannot enforce them.

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.-- Amiel

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences andendowments of the human mind.- - Cicero

...the Lord rewards faithfulness above fruitfulness, which puts us all on the same footing, whether famous for our effectiveness or unknown in our faithfulness. JOHN PIPER

It is better to be faithful than famous. ~ Theodore Roosevelt


Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century. They have slapped into the American mind more misinformation in one evening than the Dark Ages could muster in a decade. -- Ben Hecht, _A Child of the Century_, 1954

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

I am neither a prophet nor a movie critic. I am merely an Orthodox rabbi using ancient Jewish wisdom to make three predictions about The Passion. First: Mel Gibson and Icon Productions will make a great deal of money. Those distributors who surrendered to pressure from Jewish organizations and passed on The Passion will be kicking themselves, while Newmarket Films will laugh all the way to the bank. Theater owners are going to love this film. Second: The Passion will become famous as the most serious and substantive Biblical movie ever made. It will be one of the most talked-about entertainment events in history. My third prediction is that the faith of millions of Christians will become more fervent as The Passion uplifts and inspires them. The Passion will propel vast numbers of unreligious Americans to embrace Christianity. The movie will one day be seen as a harbinger of America's third great religious reawakening. Those Jewish organizations that have squandered both time and money futilely protesting The Passion, ostensibly in order to prevent pogroms in Pittsburgh, can hardly be proud of their performance. They failed at everything they attempted. They were hoping to ruin Gibson rather than enrich him. They were hoping to suppress The Passion rather than promote it. Finally, they were hoping to help Jews rather than harm them. --The Dividers The Passion's critics fail. By Rabbi Daniel Lapin http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/lapin200402250902.asp

With perhaps one in five Americans already having seen it, "The Passion" continues to rack up attendance records. Would you like to hear an amazing statistic? In spite of dire warnings by some Jewish groups, no Jews wending their way homewards from the synagogue have been set upon by crucifix-wielding Christians intent on wreaking revenge for the death of Jesus. I am not being sarcastic. This truly is an amazing statistic. According to Boston police reports, the Oliver Stone-Quentin Tarantino 1994 "Natural Born Killers" inspired several imitation murders, including a firefighter killed by a man who claimed to be fascinated by the film. Nathaniel White claimed that "Robocop" showed him how to kill five women and one girl in a year-long murder spree. Four young gunmen embarked on a killing spree, murdering four after watching the TV movie "Helter Skelter," a film about the Manson murders. The annals of American crime are filled with instances of the unbalanced and the demented acting out silver screen slashing extravaganzas.
Back in February, when "The Passion" was released, would anyone have been willing to guarantee that out of millions of theatergoers, not one lunatic would emerge with mayhem on his mind? I would have offered no such guarantee. Yet, nothing of the sort happened. What did happen is that several criminals were inspired to confess their crimes and submit to trial and incarceration after experiencing "The Passion."
Even the most hostile critic must concede that just as depraved films stimulate degenerate imitation, so do uplifting films stimulate noble behavior. That is certainly what has been happening with "The Passion." Wouldn't it be uplifting and even noble were the Jewish groups who earlier had insulted "The Passion," its maker, the Gospels that inspired it and indeed all Christians, now to issue an apology? -- Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "Jewish activists: Apologize to Mel" http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38197

That is really where the rub is. The critics &endash; sometimes Jews and always liberals &endash; just don't like the New Testament. They resent this movie with the same intensity that Canaanites would have resented a movie about Joshua. I am tempted to write a satirical movie review along these lines. "Mr. Gibson's handling of traditional Canaanite religious beliefs is grossly insensitive. And, when he creates scene after scene based on Deuteronomy 7:16, he violates artistic propriety." - Gary North , Did Jesus Get Lost in Translation?, http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north251.html


We may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, 'Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.' Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. Steven Wright


A Flatterer is a man that tells you your opinion and not his own.

Less of your honey, and more of your honesty.

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies....Yiddish proverb

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed. Josh Billings (1818-1885) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

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

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are.That is the difference between the sexes.-- Oscar Wilde


Ogden Nash . A Dissertation on the Antiquity of Fleas


Bank's Law of Misplaced Objects-You always find something in the last place you looked for it.

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

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives. Abba Eban (1915-)

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt George Eliot

If 50 million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France

We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.
F. A. Hayek Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972)

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. Mary Ellen Kelly 

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. -- H.L. Mencken

The essence of folly is turning from God as the trustworthy touchstone of all reality and instead making their own preferences the measure of what is real.- John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

One man's folly is another man's wife. -- Helen Rowland (1876 - 1950)

'Tis by our follies that so long
We hold the earth from heaven away.
Edward Rowland Sill (1841-87) The Fool's Prayer

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. --Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. - Ludwig Wittgenstein



One of the most wonderful things about life is that we must regularly stop what we are doing and devote our attention to eating.

A smiling face is half the meal.

Start a new movement -- eat prunes.

Food has replaced sex in my life, now I can't even get into my own pants.

Those who indulge tend to bulge. "Alan !" <aycee@comswest.net.au>

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

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

...Dean Mohamet, a Muslim landowner from Patna who had followed his British patron to Ireland. There he soon eloped with, and later marries, Jean Daly, from a leading Anglo-Irish family.... In 1807 Dean Mohamet moved to London where he opened the country's first Indian owned curry restaurant, Dean Mohamet's Hindoostanee Coffee House :...He finally decamped to Brighton where he opened what can only be described as Britain's first oriental massage parlour and became "Shampooing Surgeon to Kings George IV and William IV. "-William Dalrymple, White Mughals, p. xlii

In the vicinities of Quito the inhabitants have with to the maize an other plant that serves to support in great part their existence: the potatoes, that they are of the roots similar to the tubercoli, supplies of one rind more or little hard; when they come bubbled they become to hold like the cooked chestnuts; seccate to the sun call to them chuno and they are conserved for the use. - Pedro de Cieza de Leon 1540

Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality. - Clifton Fadiman, Any Number Can Play (1957)

Potatoes of the Virginia. The potato of the Virginia has many coppers flexible cables and that crawl for earth... The root is thick, large and tuberosa; not much various one for shape, color and sapore from common potatoes (the sweet potatoes) but a smaller Pò; some are round as spheres, other ovals; the some longer other shortest ones... It grows spontaneously in America where, as Clusius has reported, it has been discovered; from then I have received these roots from the Virginia otherwise Norembega calls; they grow and they prosper in my garden like in their country of origin... Its correct name is cited in the title it. Poichè it possesses not only the shape and the proportions of potatoes, but also their gradevole sapore and virtue we can call them potatoes of the America or Virginia." Herbal, John Gerard 1597

The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlor firesides on winter evenings, when one's ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries. ~ Kenneth Grahame 1859-1932, The Wind in the Willows (1908)

Let food be your medicine. -- Hippocrates

O Creator! Thou who givest life to all things and hast made men that they may live, and multiply. Multiply also the fruits of the earth, the potatoes and other food that thou hast made, that men may not suffer from hunger and misery. - Inca prayer, perhaps 2000 years old.

Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else. Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson)

A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner. Samuel Johnson

Let me smile with the wise and feed with the rich. Dr. Johnson

It is not very easy to fix the principles upon which mankind have agreed to eat some animals, and reject others; and as the principle is not evident, it is not uniform. That which is selected as delicate in one country, is by its neighbours abhorred as loathsome.
Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

Comfort food doesn't take us back to the womb, but to the period shortly thereafter, when we were safely cradled and gently fed. Fragrant stews, thick soups and bubbling gratins make us feel safe, warm and well protected from the raging elements...and so forget the stresses of a sometimes cruel world. ~Sue Kreitzman, Comfort Food

When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we're rained out. -- Tommy Lasorda

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only when he is buying. Fran Lebowitz

Inhabitants of underdeveloped nations and victims of natural disasters are the only people who have ever been happy to see soy beans. Fran Lebowitz

There are three possible parts to a date of which two must be offered: entertainment, food and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertaiment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection has replaced the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.--- Judith Martin, _Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior_ (New York, Appleton, 1982), p. 288.

Kissing don't last: cookery do. -George Meredith

One must eat to live, and not live to eat.--Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673)_L'Avare_, Act III, Scene 1

A man should think less of what he eats and more with whom he eats because no food is so satisfying as good company.-Montaigne

Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were silent. "When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said. A A Milne

I can neither eat nor sleep for thinking of You, my dearest love. I never touch even pudding. -- Horatio Nelson to Lady Emma Hamilton, 1800

I was . . . overwhelmed by the amazing stink of kimchi, the garlic and hot-pepper sauerkraut that's breakfast, lunch and dinner in Korea. Its odor rises from this nation of 40 million in a miasma of eyeglass-fogging kimchi breath, throat-searing kimchi burps and terrible, pants-splitting kimchi farts. . . .The Koreans are . . perfectly capable of a three- hour lunch, and so are Giannini and I. We ordered dozens of bowls of pickles, garlics, red peppers and hot sauces and dozens of plates of spiced fish and vegetables and great big bottles of OB beer and mixed it all with kimchi so strong it would have sent a Mexican screaming from the room with tongue in flames. By the time we drove, weaving, back to Seoul, you could have used our breath to clean your oven.--P.J. O'Rourke (1947- )_Holidays in Hell_ [1988], "Seoul Brothers"

Tis sunstantial happiness to eat - WS, As You Like It.

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw

There are *two* Italies...The one is the most sublime and lovely contemplation that can be conceived by the imagination of man ; the other is the most degraded, disgusting, and odious. What do you think? Young women of rank actually eat - you will never guess what - *garlick*
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Letter, Naples, 22 Dec 1818

Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing.-- James Thurber, _Further Fables for Our Time_

Principles have no real force except when one is well fed. Mark Twain

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
VOLTAIRE [Francois Marie Arouet] (1792-1832) {Dialogues Philosophiques}

I saw him even now going the way of all flesh, that is to say towards the kitchen. - John Webster

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. Orson Welles

My wife is a light eater ... as soon as it's light, she starts to eat.... Henny Youngman


I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.

When you argue with a fool, chances are he is doing just the same.

If you argue with an idiot, people watching may not be able to tell who's who.

A fool and his money are soon partying. Bumper sticker

Fools are made, not just born; pretty girls make them in their spare time.

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time."- James Agate (1877 &endash; 1947)

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

Young men think old men are fools; but old men _know_ young men are fools.-- George Chapman, _All Fools_, 1605

Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.-- Liz Dubey

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. - Euripedes (480 &endash; 406 BC)

Fools grow without watering. -- Thomas Fuller

what ship plays with icebergs
and plays soft music as it sinks into the ocean?
what ship on the throw of a dice
feeds a prophet to his fishy destination?
what ship breaks its spine on the rocks
and turns the waves black with lubrication?

a ship of fools
but there are fools and
those who seem to be

what ship is built on a dry highland
is launched by a downpour
and flies on watery wings to the peak of a mountain?
what ship has a crew
of taxmen thieves and fishermen
who decide in the howling storm
to make a small sleeping carpenter
their captain?

a ship of fools
but there are fools and
those who only appear to be
Simon Jenkins

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. -Charles Lamb

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot. -- Groucho Marx

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one. -Moliere

"I really can't come to your party Mrs. Parker, I can't bear fools."
"That's strange; your mother could." Dorothy Parker

I have great faith in fools - my friends call it self-confidence. - Edgar Allan Poe

Sir, I admit your gen'ral rule
that every poet is a fool:
but you yourself may serve to show it
that every fool is not a poet.
Alexander Pope

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. Albert Schweitzer

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. Herbert Spencer

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time. - James Thurber

Ah well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. ~ Mark Twain, on himself, in Edward Wagenknecht, Mark Twain:The Man and His Work.

Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion. - Thornton Wilder (1897 -1975)


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

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football - Albert Camus,

Football is a game you play with your brain - , Johan Cruyff

Forasmuch as there is great noise in the city caused by hustling over large balls, from which many evils may arise, which God forbid, we command and forbid on behalf of the king,on pain of imprisonment, such game to be used in the city in future.
Edward II, Royal proclamation banning football from the streets of London, 1314

Football is nothing but beastlie furie and extreme violence. Sir Thomas Elyot "Boke of Governour" 1531

The game replaces sexual enjoyment by pleasure in movement- Freud

Football is working class ballet. - , Alf Garnett

He isn't fit to lace George Best's drinks. -- A writer in The Independent on Kevin Keegan

You might accuse me of having to politicize everything, but, in my hometown, soccer was very definitely a project of the Left.....It was sort of the athletic equivalent of vegetarianism.-- Jay Nordlinger

To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink. - JB Priestley,

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It is much more impotant than that.   Bill Shankly,

Of course I didn't take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present, it was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves. - Shankly

As concerning football, I protest unto you that it may rather be called a friendly kind of fight than a play or recreation----a bloody and murthering practise than a fellowly sport or pastime. And hereof groweth envy, malice, rancour, choler, hatred, displeasure, enmity and what not else; and sometimes fighting, brawling, contention, quarrel-picking, murder, homicide and great effusion of blood, as experience daily teacheth. Philip Stubbes "Anatomie of Abuses" (1583)

If partying, drinking and dancing is your thing, then play your football over the park. - Terry Venables, first press conference as Leeds United manager, 9 July 2002

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians. Oscar Wilde

Have you noticed how we only win the World Cup under a Labour Government ? - Harold Wilson 1966

They think it's all over - it is now - Kenneth Wolstenholme, June 1966.


The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations. --David Friedman

We read not that Christ ever exercised force but once; and that was to drive profane ones out of his Temple, not to force them in. ... John Milton (1608-1674)

Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force. Thomas Sowell



If I fore knew,
Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book III, 117 - 18


When someone hurts me, forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit. But not nearly as gratifying.

Forgive or relive.  

He who forgives ends the quarrel. African Proverb

Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation - Roberto Assagioli

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

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

Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. Marlene Dietrich

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.--- Robert Lee Frost

Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love - - takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice. Dag Hammarskjold, "Markings":, 17.4.1960

"Hey Dad, what mysterious force keeps me from being hurtled into space?"
"My forgiving nature." Ants, "B.C." strip by Johnny Hart

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven. Lord Herbert

Nobody ever forgets where he buried a hatchet. -- Kin Hubbard

Scarcely any law of our Redeemer is more openly transgressed, or more industriously evaded, than that by which he commands his followers to forgive injuries. - Samuel Johnson, Rambler #185

Of him that hopes to be forgiven it is indispensably required that he forgive. It is therefore superfluous to urge any other motive. On this great duty eternity is suspended, and to him that refuses to practise it the throne of mercy is inaccessible, and the Saviour of the world has been born in vain. -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #185

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

[God] is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him. C.S. Lewis --The Problem of Pain

There is power in forgiveness. Phil McGraw

God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He's even put a 'No Fishing' sign over the spot. D.L.Moody

Our forgiving others will not procure forgiveness for ourselves; but our not forgiving others proves that we ourselves are not forgiven. - John Owen

With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before men; but I have at the same time laboured incessantly to cultivate the deepest humiliation before God. I have never thought that the circumstance of God's having forgiven me was any reason why I should forgive myself; on the contrary, I have always judged it better to loathe myself the more, in proportion as I was assured that God was pacified towards me (Ezekiel 16:63). ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

[When you forgive] you set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself.- Lewis B. Smedes _Forgive and Forget_.

.Over the long run, love's power to forgive is stronger than hate's power to get even.- Lewis B. Smedes _Forgive and Forget_.

Forgiving fits faulty folks. And we are all faulty. The best of us belong to that catholic club where nobody dares throw the first stone.
-Lewis B. Smedes _Forgive and Forget_.

Corrie Ten Boom tells of a time she learned an important aspect of spiritual growth. It was 1947 and she had just finished speaking of God's forgiveness to a group in a small German church.The audience was still haunted by memories of war. Yet the message they heard that day brought a sense of hope. They could forgive those who treated them so cruelly and go on with life. As the service concluded, Corrie noticed a heavyset man coming toward her. Instantly, she remembered him. He had been a guard at the concentration camp where she had been imprisoned. "I know God has forgiven me for the things I did," he said. "But I would like to hear it from your lips. Will you forgive me?" "It was the most difficult thing I had ever had to do," she writes. "I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. [A] healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. 'I forgive you, brother!'"
One of the ways we measure spiritual growth is by the way we extend our arms of forgiveness to others. In doing so, remember that Jesus extended His arms completely for you at Calvary. --Charles Stanley _In Touch_ [March 2, 1993], "Measuring Our Spiritual Growth"

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

Without forgiveness, there's no future. --Desmond Tutu

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. William H. Walton

We need not climb into heaven to see whether our sins are forgiven; let us look into our hearts, and see if we can forgive others. If we can, we need not doubt but God has forgiven us - Thomas Watson


When God created France, He realized that He had gone overboard in creating the most perfect place on Earth. So to balance it out, he created the French people.

The reason French streets have trees planted down both sides is that the Germans like to march in the shade.

I am not like a lady at the court of Versailles, who said: what a dreadful pity that the bother at the tower of Babel should have got language all mixed up; but for that, everyone would always have spoken French~Voltaire, Letter to Catherine the Great (May 26 1767)

The Republic has no need of chemists or savants. The course of justice shall not be interrupted.
Jean Baptiste Coffinhal, President of the French Revolutionary Tribunal that condemned Antoine Lavoisier to the guillotine on trumped-up charges, rejecting his plea for clemency (May 8, 1794).

We propose to burn the academic libraries, because Theology is only fanaticism, History is lies, Philosophy is dreams, and Science is unnecessary. The Commune of Marseilles

The French! They're the fellows we shall be fighting next. -- Field-Marshal Douglas Haig, 1919.

The loss of the battle of Waterloo was the salvation of France. Thomas Jefferson

The victory of the battle of Waterloo helped the English by giving London a large railway station, the appropriate terminus for arrivals from the continent. GJW

The Republic has no need for men of science.
Jean-Paul Marat (1743-93), on the occasion of condemning the celebrated chemist Lavoisier to death at the guillotine.

You must hate a Frenchman as you do the devil. -- Horatio Nelson

The French have a short-man's complex. I recently ran into a Frenchman who lectured me on the prowess of the Napoleonic armies, their last winning team. ("Cry havoc, and let slip the Frogs of yore," I thought.) -- Fred Reed, "In The Shadow Of Fort Terror" http://fredoneverything.net/LifeInGuad.shtml

If you want to visit Paris, the best time to go is during August, when there aren't any French people there. -- Kenneth Stilling

A calcined, scalped, rasped, scraped, flayed, broiled, powdered, leprous, blotched, mangy, grimy, parboiled country without trees, water, grass, fields ... it is infinitely liker hell than earth, and one looks for tails among the people. - Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 &endash; 1909), describing part of France

The faithless vain disturber of mankind, Insulting Gaul.--James Thomson, _The Seasons--Autumn_, 1730

On being asked by a Frenchman as to the spelling of his surname, Woodrow Wyatt replied, "Waterloo, Ypres, Agincourt, Trafalgar, Trafalgar." Reported in The Times


free will

Few have defined what free will is, although it repeatedly occurs in the writings of all. Origen seems to have put forward a definition generally agreed upon among ecclesiastical writers when he said that it is a faculty of the reason to distinguish between good and evil, a faculty of the will to choose one or the other. Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent. ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, ii.2.4 [1559]

Reformed definition of free will: "The power to choose according to one's strongest motive, nature and character." In the unregenerate, to freely choose evil. In the regenerate, to freely choose God and the good. Byron Curtis

No more soul-destroying doctrine could well be devised than the doctrine that sinners can regenerate themselves, and repent and believe just when they please...As it is a truth both of Scripture and of experience that the unrenewed man can do nothing of himself to secure his salvation, it is essential that he should be brought to practical conviction of that truth. When thus convinced, and not before, he seeks help from the only source whence it can be obtained. CHARLES HODGE

Freewill. It's a bitch. -- John Milton aka Satan, in Devil's Advocate 1997

If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will...then we may take it it is worth paying.-- C S Lewis--Mere Christianity

If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright. Martin Luther

. . the issue of free will, like so many great truths, is a paradox. On the one hand, free will is a reality. We can be free to chose without "shibboleths" or conditioning or many other factors. On the other hand, we cannot choose freedom. There are only two states of being: submission to God and goodness or the refusal to submit to anything beyond one's own will - which refusal automatically enslaves one to the forces of evil. We must ultimately belong either to God or the devil.
Scott Peck, - People of the Lie

We must believe in free will. We have no other choice. -- Isaac Bashevis Singer

I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I infer that God's decrees, and the necessity of event flowing thence, neither destroy the true free-agency of men, nor render the commission of sin a jot less heinous. They neither force the human will, nor extenuate the evil of human actions. Predestination, foreknowledge, and providence, only secure the event, and render it certainly future, in a way and manner (incomprehensibly indeed by us; but) perfectly consistent with the nature of second causes. Augustus Toplady

The greatest judgment which God Himself can, in this present life, inflict upon a man is, to leave him in the hand of his own boasted free-will. AUGUSTUS TOPLADY



Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. - Article 18, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. --graffiti seen in Vietnam, then on bumper stickers and many other places since then.

In every age its [liberty's] progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food."--Lord Acton

The numbers of men in all ages have preferred ease, slumber, and good cheer to liberty, when they have been in competition. We must not then depend alone upon the love of liberty in the soul of man for it preservation. Some political institutions must be prepared to assist this love against its enemies. Without these, the struggle will ever end only in a change of imposters.--John Adams, letter to Samuel Adams, October 18, 1790

I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John Adams_Letters to his Wife : Vol. II_Letter #78, 1780

There is no better measure of a person than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose. --Wilma Askinas

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

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

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

Christian freedom, in my opinion, consists of three parts. The first: that the consciences of believers, in seeking assurance of their justification before God, should rise above and advance beyond the law, forgetting all law righteousness...
The second part, dependent upon the first, is that consciences observe the law, not as if constrained by the necessity of the law, but that freed from the law's yoke they willingly obey God's will... The third part of Christian freedom lies in this: regarding outward things that are of themselves "indifferent", we are not bound before God by any religious obligation preventing us from sometimes using them and other times not using them, indifferently... Accordingly, it is perversely interpreted both by those who allege it as an excuse for their desires that they may abuse God's good gifts to their own lust and by those who think that freedom does not exist unless it is used before men, and consequently, in using it have no regard for weaker brethren... Nothing is plainer than this rule: that we should use our freedom if it results in the edification of our neighbour, but if it does not help our neighbour, then we should forego it.
John Calvin (1509-1564) The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Few have defined what free will is, although it repeatedly occurs in the writings of all. Origen seems to have put forward a definition generally agreed upon among ecclesiastical writers when he said that it is a faculty of the reason to distinguish between good and evil, a faculty of the will to choose one or the other. Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent. John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion

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

Cromwell ...was willing to allow a much greater diversity of religious forms to exist than any other seventeenth century English government before or after him. For Presbyterians, Independents and Baptists, who were to be so savagely persecuted after 1660, Cromwellian England was a haven of religious freedom. Barry Coward, Cromwell, Longman 1991, p 111

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. Stephen Covey

He is the freeman whom the truth makes free,
And all are slaves beside.
Cowper, The Task

Your pretended fear lest error should step in, is like the man that would keep all the wine out of the country lest men should be drunk. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy. to deny a man the liberty he hath by nature upon a suppositin that he may abuse it.
Oliver Cromwell,letter to Walter Dundas, 12 Sept. 1650.

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt. -- John Philpot Curran, 1750 - 1817

To be free one needs constant and unrelenting vigilance over one's weaknesses. A vigilance which requires a moral energy most of us are incapable of manufacturing. We relax back into the moulds of habit. They are secure, they bind us and keep us contained at the expense of freedom. To break the moulds, to be heedless of the seductions of security is an impossible struggle, but one of the few that count. To be free is to learn, to test yourself constantly, to gamble. Robyn Davidson

Freedom baby is never having to say you are sorry. -- John Milton aka Satan, in Devil's Advocate 1997

In my youth I stressed freedom; in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. Will Durant

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. Leave men free, and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire. To check the growth of inequality, liberty must be sacrificed, as in Russia after 1917. Even when repressed, inequality grows; only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom, and in the end superior ability has its way. Will Durant _The Lessons of History_

The foolish and the uneducated have little use for freedom. Only the educated are free. Epictetus

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.- Victor Frankl  

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin. 1706-1790. Historical Review of Pennsylvania.

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. Benjamin Franklin

You have freedom when you're easy in your harness.--- Robert Lee Frost

Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.--Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him. --Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. -- Goethe (1749-1832)

Liberty is the power that we have over ourselves. --Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)

Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists. It unavoidably results from that very liberty itself. -- Alexander Hamilton

What we have called the "British tradition" was made explicit mainly by a group of Scottish moral philosophers led by David Hume, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson, seconded by their English contemporaries Josiah Tucker, Edmund Burke, and William Paley, and drawing largely on a tradition rooted in the jurisprudence of the common law. Opposed to them was the tradition of the French Enlightenment, deeply imbued with Cartesian rationalism: the Encyclopedists and Rousseau, the Physiocrats and Condorcet, are the best-known representatives........The sweeping success of the political doctrines that stem from the French tradition is probably due to their great appeal to human pride and ambition. But we must not forget that the political conclusions of the two schools derive from different conceptions of how society works. In this respect the British philosophers laid the foundations of a profound and essentially valid theory, while the rationalist school was simply and completely wrong. --Friedrich A. Hayek _The Constitution of Liberty_

Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions. . . Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.
Friedrich August Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, 1960

There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as DeTocqueville describes it, "a new form of servitude. --F.A. Hayek

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice. --F.A. Hayek

All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest. -- F.A. Hayek

Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. Patrick Henry

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet to be purchased at the price of slavery and chains? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!! Patrick Henry

Our professed love of freedom is increasingly shown to be a sophistry that replaces wisdom and righteousness with self-gratification. Carl Henry

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. -- Frank Herbert.

Liberty too can corrupt, and absolute liberty can corrupt absolutely- Getrude Himmelfarb

There is a road to freedom. Its milestones are Obedience, Endeavour, Honesty, Order, Cleanliness, Sobriety, Truthfulness, Sacrifice, and love of the Fatherland. Adolf Hitler

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Eric Hoffer

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. -- Eric Hoffer

The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned liberal compact majority.--Ibsen

Christianity promises to make men free; it never promises to make them independent. ~Wm Ralph Inge

If you had to describe the century's geopolitics in one sentence, it could be a short one: Freedom won. Free minds and free markets prevailed over fascism and communism.--Walter Isaacson, "Person of the Century: Who Mattered and Why," in the December 31 TIME

Find me the men on earth who care
Enough for faith or creed today
To seek the barren wilderness
For simple liberty to pray.
Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson,"The Pilgrim Forefathers" (1880)

What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or of the aristocrats of a Venetian Senate. And I do believe that if the Almighty has not decreed that man shall never be free (and it is blasphemy to believe it), that the secret will be found to be in the making himself the depository of the powers respecting himself, so far as he is competent to them, and delegating only what is beyond his competence by a synthetical process, to higher and higher orders of functionaries, so as to trust fewer and fewer powers in proportion as the trustees become more and more oligarchical. --Thomas Jefferson letter to Joseph C. Cabell (1816) ME 14:421

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to A. Stuart (1791)

The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good. -- Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in afeather bed. Thomas Jefferson

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferson

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

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Thomas Jefferson

The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborn by the multitude of our assailants.--Dr. Johnson

The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Freedom is in danger precisely when citizens lack pride and the state lacks bounds. - Abraham Kuyper, Christianity and the Class Struggle

In the last six years there has been an all but unseen revolution in our jurisprudence. Six hundred years of common and statute law, the law that has defined and upheld our liberty, has been subjected to the unpremeditated effects of the incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights, through the Human Rights Act and its sequel &endash; the de facto incorporation of a suite of international treaties signed by prerogative power. The interaction of this quiet revolution with the other revolutionary development &endash; of European law &endash; has begun to pose fundamental questions about the conceptual integrity of our legal system and about the relationship between our judiciary, our Parliament and our democracy.
Where once our freedoms were built up layer by layer through the subtle interpretation of the courts and the democratic deliberations of Parliament, they are now subject to the intricate overlay of treaty upon treaty, generality upon generality.
I fear that if we do not begin to act now, to re-establish a structure of constitutional law and a doctrine of rights consonant with our history, we may in the not too distant future find ourselves losing liberties that we presently enjoy.
I fear that, perhaps without the will of Parliament or people being expressed, we may find faith schools loosing the freedom to choose their pupils, orthodox synagogues being stripped of charitable status if they keep out female rabbis, mosques being fined if they employ only Muslims. And I wonder, if in ten years time, it will still be legal to proclaim Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven, a proposition from which I dissent but which I wish to preserve the right of others to utter.
There are other threats to our liberties: the European Arrest Warrant; a restricted right to trial by jury; an end to the double jeopardy rule. Everywhere I look, I see around me the evidence of a need to enshrine our liberties, to delineate and protect the independence of our judiciary, to set out in some perspicuous form the constitutional relationships that protect us from tyranny.
We may not yet appreciate the freedoms we have today, but we will do if they are taken away from us. We may not yet appreciate the history of tolerance and respect &endash; the history of agreeing to differ &endash; that we have forged in this country. But if we begin to see it crumble, we will long for its return.
Let us begin to prevent now the need for such nostalgia and such longings in time to come. Let us reaffirm and enshrine in a new and more robust form the substance of our most precious inheritance &endash; the inheritance of liberty under the rule of law.
And let us, in so doing, provide for the whole nation a means by which the many can become one without ceasing to be many. Let us build a nation that upholds the freedom of each community, so that in return each community may uphold the nation.
Oliver Letwin MP  E pluribus unum - agreeing to differ http://www.conservatives.com/news/article.cfm?obj_id=58240

Free institutions are not the property of any majority. They do not confer upon majorities unlimited powers. The rights of the majority are limited rights. They are limited not only by the constitutional guarantees but by the moral principle implied in those guarantees. That principle is that men may not use the facilities of liberty to impair them. No man may invoke a right in order to destroy it.-- Walter Lippmann

A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone. ~ Martin Luther.

Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element.
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) In "The Russian Revolution," by Paul Froelich, ch. 6, 1940, tr. 1961.

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) "Prison notes," 1918; in "The Russian Revolution," ch. 6, 1922, tr 1961.

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. -- Lord Macaulay

The Root of All Rebellion: It is because we are not near enough to Thee to partake of thy liberty that we want a liberty of our own different from thine. George MacDonald, _What's Mine's Mine_, Chapter 15, 3 vols, 1886

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. W. Somerset Maugham, _Strictly Personal_

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.--H.L. Mencken

I have long been convinced that the idea of liberty is abhorrent to most human beings. What they want is security, not freedom. Thus it seldom causes any public indignation when an enterprising tyrant claps down on one of his enemies. To most men it seems a natural proceeding. Henry Louis Mencken

But what more oft, in nations grown corrupt,
And by their vices brought to servitude,
Than to love bondage more than liberty&emdash;
Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty&emdash;
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license which never hath more scope than under tyrants. John Milton, 1649

I form'd them free, and free they must remain,
Till they enthral themselves.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book III, 124 - 25

The essential characteristic of Western civilisation that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilisations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state. The history of the West, from the age of the Greek polis down to the present-day resistance to socialism, is essentially the history of the fight for liberty against the encroachments of the officeholders. Ludwig von Mises

.[W]ealth is, for most people, the only honest and likely path to liberty. With money comes power over the world. Men are freed from drudgery, women from exploitation. Businesses can be started, homes built, communities formed, religions practiced, educations pursued. But liberals aren't very interested in such real and material freedoms. They have a more innocent--not to say toddlerlike--idea of freedom. Liberals want the freedom to put anything into their mouths, to say bad words and to expose their private parts in art museums. -- P. J. O'Rourke

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell (Eric Blair), Introduction to Animal Farm (1945)

Our forgiving of others will not procure forgiveness for ourselves; but our not forgiving others proves that we ourselves are not forgiven. ... John Owen (1616-1683)

Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it.--Thomas Paine

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.--Thomas Paine,The American Crisis, #1, December 23, 1776.

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man. Alan Paton

No man is free who depends on his government for his sustenance, job, home, or hope. No constitution, no court, no law can save liberty when it dies in the hearts and minds of men. John Perkins

Power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day, or it is rotten.-- Wendell Phillips

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. --William Pitt to the House of Commons (11/18/1783)

As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner: "This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality." Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom. -- Reagan, "Tear Down This Wall" speech, West Berlin, June 12, 1987

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Ronald Reagan

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.--Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) (Message on the 74th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, [September 22, 1936])

[L]iberty without virtue would be no blessing to us. Benjamin Rush

The world was to be freed from Christianity and feudalism; it was not to be free to become Christian and feudal again. This rigid form of liberty being established, no other form of liberty would be permitted. What the [French] Revolution was really making for... was liberty absolute and forever empty; liberty without foundations in nature or history, but resident in a sort of prophetic commotion. Custom, law, privilege, and religion were not to command allegiance, but to be themes only for criticism and invective. Hence the mortal hatred of any view that recognized realities, or built upon them. --George Santayana _Dominations and Powers: Reflections on Liberty, Society and Government_ (1951)

We find freedom when we find God; we lose it when we lose Him. -- Paul Scherer

No man is free who is a slave to the flesh.--Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD)_Epistolae Ad Lucilium_, XCII

Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it. G. B. Shaw "Maxims for Revolutionists"

[I]f vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established. Algernon Sidney

[L]iberty cannot be preserved, if the manners of the people are corrupted . Algernon Sidney

Freedom is like a coin. It has the word privilege on one side and responsibility on the other. It does not have privilege on both sides. There are too many today who want everything involved in privilege but refuse to accept anything that approaches the sense of responsibility. -- Joseph Sizoo

Private property, not democracy, is the great guarantor of prosperity and liberty. And because it decentralizes power, it safeguards us from madmen with utopian hallucinations.--Thomas Sowell

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson

Freedom of the press... is freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.~R.S. Surtees

The proverb warns that "You should not bite the hand that feeds you." But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself. Thomas Szasz

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered. Dorothy Thompson

They who are in highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are most observed. --John Tillotson (1630-1694), _Reflections_

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.--Alexis de Tocqueville,_Democracy in America_ (1835)

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. Alexis de Tocqueville

When I am the weaker, I ask you for my freedom, because that is your principle; but when I am the stronger, I take away your freedom, because that is my principle. -- Louis Veuillot

Those fighting for free enterprise and free competition do not defend the interests of those rich today. They want a free hand left to unknown men who will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow...-- Ludwig von Mises

The essential characteristic of Western civilisation that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilisations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state. The history of the West, from the age of the Greek polis down to the present-day resistance to socialism, is essentially the history of the fight for liberty against the encroachments of the officeholders. Ludwig von Mises

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
Daniel Webster. 1782-1852. Speech at the Charleston Bar Dinner, May 10, 1847. From Webster's Works. Boston. 1857. Vol. ii. p. 393.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Daniel Webster. 1782-1852. Speech, June 3, 1834. From Webster's Works. Boston. 1857. Vol. iv. p. 47.

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. ~ William Allen White, 1940

Liberty never came from government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. Woodrow Wilson Speech in New York, September 9, 1912

By the same token we are free when our lives are uncommitted, but not to be what we were intended to be. Real freedom is not freedom FROM, but freedom FOR. -- Robert W. Young


freedom of speech

The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newpapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside.
Brooks Atkinson, "December 11," Once Around the Sun (1951)

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

The liberty of the press is most generally approved when it takes libertieswith the other fellow, and leaves us alone.
Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings(1911)

The right to profess the truth must always be upheld, but not in a way that involves contempt for those who may think differently. ~John Paul II

Every man has a right to utter what he thinks as truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.
Samuel Johnson

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. -- Soren Kierkegaard

Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. AJ Liebling

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to my conscience, above all liberties. John Milton


A good friend laughs at your stories even when they're not so good, and sympathises with your troubles even when they're not so bad.

Good friends are like a fireplace., They warm your heart and show you a glimmer of beauty.

Plant the garden of your life with friendship's lovely flowers

A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself.

How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
Easy easy to be hard
Easy to be cold...
How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy easy to be hard
Easy to be cold...
Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice...
Do you only care about the needing crowd?
How about a needing friend?

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

If I could give you a gift, my friend, I'd give you the ability to see yourself as others see you, so you would know how very special you are.

A friend is a person who goes around saying nice things about you behind your back.

Of all the gems on this earth, friends are the most precious.

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

It is well, when one is judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality. --Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

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

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Prov. 17:17

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. Prov. 27:6

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel. Prov. 27:9

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Eccl. 4:10

A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.-- Arthur Brisbane, _The Book of Today_

To have had an intense antagonism with an honoured friend on a supreme issue, without losing either his friendship or comprehension, has in it some enduring elements of comfort as one looks back along the lengthening, fading track of life. --  -- Winston Churchill, "John Morley" _Great Contemporaries_, 1937

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.-- Frank A. Clark

Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer. -- Ed Cunningham

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

...were we to love none who had imperfections, this would be a desert for our love. All we can do is to make the best of our friends; love and cherish what is good in them, and keep out of the way of what is bad: but no more think of rejecting them for it than of throwing away a piece of music for a flat passage or two. -- Thomas Jefferson

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair. Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson)

Grief and sadness knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger than common joys.~Alphonse de Lamartine

He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front. -- Leonard Louis Levinson

True friends don't spend time gazing into each other's eyes. They may show great tenderness towards each other, but they face in the same direction - toward common projects, goals - above all, towards a common Lord. C S Lewis

It is important for our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not. -Mignon McLaughlin

"Friendship," said Pooh, "is a very Comforting sort of Thing."

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that this new world is born. Anais Nin

So long as you are secure, you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone. --Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] (43 BC-18 AD), _Tristia_

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends Plutarch

Could we see when and where we would meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye. Ouida (Maria Louise [de la] Ramee) (1839 &endash; 1908)

There are many moments in friendship, as in love, when silence is beyond words. The faults of our friend may be clear to us, but it is well to seem to shut our eyes to them.... Friendship is usually treated by the majority of mankind as a tough and everlasting thing which will survive all manner of bad treatment. But this is an exceedingly great and foolish error; it may die in an hour of a single unwise word.--- Marie Louise De La Ramee

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower, that man who has lost his wife. And that man who has known that immese unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language holds its peace in impotence.-- Joseph Roux, _Meditations of a Parish Priest_

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.---G. Randolph

If we were all given by magic power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships. -Bertrand Russell

Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another; people are friends in spots. - Geroge Santayana

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.--William Shakespeare

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Sydney Smith

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. --- Robert Southey.

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.-- Robert Southey

True friendship is never serene. Marie de Svign

God save me from my friends - I can protect myself from my enemies. -Marshall de Villars

A true friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway. Christi Mary Warner

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.--- Len Wein

Our faith and our friendships are not shattered by one big act, but by many small neglects.... J. Gustav White

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. -- Oscar Wilde

A true friend stabs you in the front.- Oscar Wilde


In every discipline but one, it is a compliment to be called a fundamentalist. A scientist who gets down to fundamentals is thought to exhibit good understanding. An engineer who gets down to fundamentals is thought to design and build sound structures. A military man who deals in fundamentals demonstrates sound strategy, tactics, and logistics. A business man who deals in fundamentals is thought to be able to demonstrate a goodbottom line. But in religion, a fundamentalist is looked upon with scorn and amusement. --- Charles Colson

Because fundamentalism found itself under attack, it developed a defensive mentality. A harsh and uncharitable spirit came to predominate. . . . Within its own ranks, internal suspicion and bickering over minor points of doctrine increased. From a movement of genuine scholarship, positive statement, and a certain latitude of evangelical position, fundamentalism came to be increasingly a negative, defensive and reactionary movement ---." The New Evangelical Theology, 1963, quoted by Grenz, Renewing the Center, 2000

The opinions of the village atheist are as fundamentalist as anything any Baptist ever believed.-- Rodney Stark, _Touchstone Magazine_, Feb. 2000


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, that amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic

The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden.

No one can predict to what heights you can soar.Even you will not know until you spread your wings.

Duniya mace da ciki ce - The world is a pregnant women, i.e. no-one knows the future.-- Hausa proverb, Nigeria.

God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.-- Augustine

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

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

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

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

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

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

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, `` Keep tomorrow dark'', and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) `` Cheat the Prophet''. The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun. G. K. Chesterton

Big Brother is watching you. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950) _Nineteen Eighty-Four_ [1949], Chapter 1, Section I

The three slogans of the party: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950)_Nineteen Eighty-Four_ [1949], Chapter 1, Section I

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950) _Nineteen Eighty-Four_ [1949], Chapter 3, Section III

THE truth is that all feeble spirits naturally live in the future, because it is featureless; it is a soft job; you can make it what you like. The next age is blank, and I can paint it freshly with my favourite colour. It requires real courage to face the past, because the past is full of facts which cannot be got over; of men certainly wiser than we, and of things done which we could not do. I know I cannot write a poem as good as 'Lycidas.' But it is always easy to say that the particular sort of poetry I can write will be the poetry of the future.-- G K Chesterton, 'George Bernard Shaw.'

You can not focus on the future when your vision is blurred by regret. Decker, Alex

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. - Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)

I desire no future that will break the ties of the past.-- George Eliot

It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.     - E. H. Harriman

A fake fortuneteller can be tolerated. But an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved. One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.-- Robert Heinlein

No one--not even the most brilliant scientist alive today--really knows where science is taking us. We are aboard a a train which is gathering speed, racing down a track on which there are an unknown number of switches leading to unknown destinations. No single scientist is in the engine cab and there may be demons at the switch. Most of society is in the caboose looking backward.- Ralph Lapp, Quoted in the Dust of Death by Os Guiness 1973

We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. C.S. Lewis

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened. - John M. Richardson, Jr

Great talk among people how some of the Fanatiques do say that the end of the world is at hand, and that next Tuesday is to be the day. Against which, whenever it shall be, good God fit us all! --Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) _Diary_ [November 25, 1662]

If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me.-- William Shakespeare, _Macbeth_

The joy I felt as the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities [smallpox] was so excessive that I found myself in a kind of reverie. .Edward Jenner (1749-1823) In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.

I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world -- when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox.- Edward Jenner (1749-1823)

The sun of Great Britain will set whenever she acknowledges the independence of America......the independence of America would end in the ruin of England.
Lord Shelburne in the House of Lords 1782

A future separation of the American tongue from the English was necessary and unavoidable.... Numerous local causes, such as a new country, new associations of people, new combinations of ideas in arts and sciences, and some intercourse with tribes wholly unknown in Europe, will introduce new words into the American tongue. These causes will produce, in a course of time, a language in North America as different from the future language of England as the modern Dutch, Danish and Swedish are from the German, or from one another. ~Noah Webster, Dissertations on the English Language (1789)

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

There is a young madman proposing to light the streets of London-with what do you suppose-with smoke!
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) [On a proposal to light cities with gaslight.]

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

If we were to prophesy that in the year 1930 a population of fifty millions, better fed, clad, and lodged than the English of our time, will cover these islands, that Sussex and Huntingdonshire will be wealthier than the wealthiest parts of the West Riding of Yorkshire now are, that cultivation, rich as that of a flower-garden, will be carried up to the very tops of Ben Nevis and Helvellyn, that machines constructed on principles yet undiscovered, will be in every house, that there will be no highways but railroads, no travelling but by steam, that our debt, vast as it seems to us, will appear to our great-grandchildren a trifling incumbrance, which might easily be paid off in a year or two, many people would think us insane. --T.B. Macaulay, _Southey's Colloquies on Society_, 1830

The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it.... Knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. To this compulsory combination we shall have to adjust ourselves. --Dr Alfred Velpeau, professor at the Paris Faculty of Medicine, 1839.

Men might as well project a voyage to the Moon as attempt to employ steam navigation against the stormy North Atlantic Ocean.
Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793-1859), Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at University College, London.

Rail travel at high speeds above 20 miles per hour is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. Dr. Dionysys Lardner (1793 - 1859).

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

When Gladstone met Michael Faraday, he asked him whether his work on electricity would be of any use. "Yes, sir" remarked Faraday with prescience, "One day you will tax it." .- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p176

Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which men will never have to cope.
Simon Newcomb (1835-1909),the most influential American astronomer of his day.

I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application.
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1857-94), discoverer of radio wave propagation.

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. Western Union internal memo, 1876.

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876

An amazing invention - but who would ever want to use one?
US President Rutherford B. Hayes makes a call from Washington to Pennsylvania with Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, patented on 7 March 1876

Good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attentions of practical or scientific men.
British Parliamentary Committee on Thomas Edison's electric lamp, patented in the USA on 27 January 1879.

Fooling around with alternating current is a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. Thomas Edison

The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have already been discovered and these are now sofirmly established that the possibility of their ever being supplanted in consequence of new discoveries is remote.
Albert Michelson (1852-1931) the American physicist whose experiment with Edward Morley (1838-1923) in 1887 changed the whole face of science and undermined the entire basis of classical physics, in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Lord Kelvin,1895..

Radio has no future. -- Lord Kelvin, 1897, on Marconi's experiments.

I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning, or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of.'' Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), writing to Baden-Powell in 1896in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

`X-rays will prove to be a hoax. Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

Trust you will avoid the gigantic mistake of alternating current.'' Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), writing to Niagara Falls Power Company.

War is a relic of babarism probably destined to become as obsolete as duelling.-- Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).

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

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris ... [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping, -Orville Wright (1871-1948) US inventor, aviation pioneer

I must confess that my imagination, in spite even of spurring, refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.~ H. G. Wells, _Anticipations_, 1901

I do not believe the introduction of motor cars will ever affect the riding of horses; the prophecies that have been made are likely to be falsified as have those made when the railways were introduced. -- Mr Scott-Montagu, 1903

I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder . . . . Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.
Capt. Edward J. Smith, 1906, later to command R. M. S. "Titanic".

I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights. This demonstration of my impotence as a prophet gave me such a shock that ever since I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions. --Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) _In a speech to the Aero Club of France_ [November 5, 1908]

Another popular fallacy is to suppose that flying machines could be used to drop dynamite on an enemy in time of war. -- William H. Pickering, 'Aeronautics,' 1908

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

To affirm that the airplane is going to revolutionize the future is to be guilty of the wildest exaggeration ..._Scientific American Magazine_, 1910

Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value. -Ferdinand Foch (1851 &endash; 1929)

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

There's talk of war. It will never happen. The Germans haven't the credit.~ The Governor of the Bank of England, 1914

Even if a submarine should work by a miracle, it will never be used. No country in this world would ever use such a vicious and petty form of warfare! - William Henderson, British admiral(1914)

Bullets have little stopping-power against the horse. -- General Douglas Haig, 1914.

The director of Military Aeronautics of France has decided to discontinue the purchase of monoplanes, their place to be filled entirely with bi-planes. This decision practically sounds the death knell of the monoplane as a military instrument." Scientific American (1915)

I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it.~ Woodrow Wilson, 1919

There will not be any violations to speak of.- Supervising Revenue Agent Colonel Daniel Porter, 16 January 1920, as the US Congress passes the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Nobody fears that a Japanese fleet could deal an unexpected blow on our Pacific possession...Radio makes surprise impossible." ~ Josephus Daniels, (1922) Former U.S. secretary of the navy, 19 years before Japan surprised the U.S. at Pearl Harbor.

Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine.
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937),in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

To us who think in terms of practical use, the splitting of the atom means nothing.
Lord Richie Calder (1906-82) writing in 1932 in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

There is not the slightest indication that energy will ever be obtainable from the atom.
Albert Einstein (1879--1955) in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

There will not be any violations to speak of.
Supervising Revenue Agent Colonel Daniel Porter,16 January 1920, as the US Congress passes the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages.

In a generation, those who are now children will have lost their taste for alcohol. ~ John Fuller, Atlantis: America and the Future (1925)

Nobody fears that a Japanese fleet could deal an unexpected blow on our Pacific possession...Radio makes surprise impossible." ~ Josephus Daniels, (1922) Former U.S. secretary of the navy, 19 years before Japan surprised the U.S. at Pearl Harbor.

Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine.
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937),in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

To us who think in terms of practical use, the splitting of the atom means nothing.
Lord Richie Calder (1906-82) writing in 1932 in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

There is not the slightest indication that energy will ever be obtainable from the atom.
Albert Einstein (1879--1955) in Robert Youngson, Scientific Blunders: A brief history of how wrong scientists can sometimes be, Robinson,1998

There will not be any violations to speak of.
Supervising Revenue Agent Colonel Daniel Porter,16 January 1920, as the US Congress passes the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages.

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

Go down to reception and get rid of a lunatic who's down there. He says he's got a machine for seeing by wireless! Watch him - he may have a razor on him. -- The editor of the Daily Express, 1925, dealing with John Logie Baird, inventor of a prototype television apparatus.

While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time or dreaming. Lee De Forest, 1926

Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little. A film company's verdict on Fred Astaire's 1928 screen test

A serious depression like that of 1920-21 is outside the range of probability. We are not facing protracted liquidation.
Harvard Economic Society 1929 November, in John Kenneth Galbraith The Great Crash 1929

It was not hard to persuade people that the market was sound; as always in such times they asked only that the dispiriting voices of doubt be muted and that there should be tolerably frequent expressions of confidence. Just a month before the crash, Irving Fisher was saying: "There may be a recession in stock prices, but not anything in the nature of a crash". John Kenneth Galbraith The Great Crash 1929  

Television won't matter in your lifetime or mine. -- Rex Lambert, editor of the Radio Times, 1936.

I tell you, as one who has studied the whole situation, I don't think Hitler is a fool--he is not going to challenge the British Empire.
David Lloyd George, speech, 1937

I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper. - Gary Cooper (1901-61), on his decision to not take the Rhett Butler role in "Gone With the Wind"

Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel. MGM executive, advising against investing in Gone With The Wind

Very interesting, Whittle, my boy, but it will never work.
Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge, shown Frank Whittle's plan for the jet engine

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

Your majesty's name will shine in history as the bravest and best beloved of the sovereigns who have worn the island crown. - Winston S Churchill, letter to Edward VIII on his accession to the throne, quoted in David Cannadine, In Churchill's Shadow p.63

Democracy as we conceive it in the US will not survive in Britain or France after the war - Joe Kennedy, London,1939, quoted in Boris Johnson, Lend Me Your Ears p302

Atomic energy might be as good as our present day explosives, but is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), speaking in 1939.

No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Goering. You may call me Meyer.
Herman Goering, German Air Force Minister, 1939

As far as sinking a ship with a bomb is concerned, you just can't do it. Rear Admiral Clark Woodward (1939)

Even considering the improvements possible...the gas turbine could hardly be considered a feasible application to airplanes because of the difficulties of complying with the stringent weight requirements."US National Academy Of Science (1940)

We won't be at war with Japan within forty-eight hours, within forty-eight days, within forty-eight years.
Wendell Wilkie, US Republican politician, speech, 7 December 1941; it was interrupted by news of Pearl Harbour.

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

You'd better learn secretarial skills or else get married. Modelling agency, rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944

The atom bomb will never go off - and I speak as an expert in explosives. U.S. Admiral William Leahy in 1945

My Führer, I congratulate you! Roosevelt is dead! It is written in the stars that the second half of April will be a turning point for us.
Josef Goebbels: memo to Adolf Hitler on the death of the US President on 12 April 1945, By the end of the month both Hitler and Goebbels had committed suicide.

Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. -Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox, 1946.

That rainbow song's no good. Take it out. MGM memo after first showing of The Wizard Of Oz

Computers in the future may weigh no more than one ton. Popular Mechanics,1949

You ought to go back to driving a truck. Concert manager, firing Elvis Presley in 1954.

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make. - Associates of Mrs. Debbi Fields (1956 &endash; )

Space travel is utter bilge.
Dr. Richard van der Reit Wooley, Astronomer Royal, space advisor to the British government, 1956.(Sputnik orbited the earth the following year.)

I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year. The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

Music is a fine hobby, but you'll never make a living at it. - John Lennon's aunt  

Groups are out, four piece groups with guitars particularly are finished. The boys won't go, Mr. Epstein. We know these things. You have a good business in Liverpool. Stick to that. -- Dick Rowe, Decca Records, 1962 quoted in Brian Epstein's "A Cellarful Of Noise"

We must never forget that if the war in Vietnam is lost ... the right of free speech will be extinguished throughout the world. -- Richard M. Nixon 10 November 1965

Christianity will go. It will vanish and sink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first - rock'n'roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.~John Lennon 4th March 1966

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. -- Bertrand Russell

If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000. Paul Ehrlich in 1969

Abolition of capital punishment once and for all will help create a more civilized society. It will rebound to the advantage and honour of the nation.
Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, speech, House of Lords, 18 December 1969.

The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb, 1975

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,1977

So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet."
Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

If Ronald Reagan is re-elected, accidental nuclear war becomes a mathematical certainty.~ Dr. Helen Caldicott, 1984

The Wall will stand for a hundred years. Erich Honecker, 1988
The Wall was erected August 13, 1961 and came down November 9, 1989

There will be one million cases of AIDS in Britain by 1991.
World Health Organisation in a 1989 report. It over-estimated by 992,301 cases.

Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections. Malcolm Forbes (1919 &endash; 1990)

What we may be witnessing is not just the end of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. - Francis Fukuyama, The End of History? 1989

Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment, Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism. They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely to think that the United States is the most popular target of terrorists. And they almost certainly have the impression that extremist Islamic groups cause most terrorism. None of these beliefs are based in fact. ... While terrorism is not vanquished, in a world where thousands of nuclear warheads are still aimed across the continents, terrorism is not the biggest security challenge confronting the United States, and it should not be portrayed that way. Larry C. Johnson, "The Declining Terrorist Threat," New York Times, July 10, 2001. Johnson, a former CIA officer, was deputy director of the U.S. State Department's Office of Counterterrorism from 1989 to 1993.

Our performance has never been stronger our business model has never been more robust. We have the finest organization in American business today. -- Ken Lay, Chairman and Chief Executive, Enron Corporation (14 Aug 2001 e-mail to employees) In January 2002 Enron filed for the biggest ever US bancrupcy.

They'll never get Hussein - Dr Helen Caldicott, March 2003, "Helen's War - Portrait of a Dissident" (A 2003 film by Caldicott's niece.)

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