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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936

James Branch Cabell (1879-1958)

No lady is ever a gentleman. James Branch Cabell, Something About Eve: A Comedy of Fig-Leaves(1927)

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) "The Silver Stallion" (1926), Ch. 6.

Julius Caesar

Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.-- Julius Caesar."De Bello Gallico" and Other Commentaries

Helen Caldicott

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

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

Taylor Caldwell

A wise man distrusts his neighbor. A wiser man distrusts both his neighbor and himself. The wisest man of all distrusts his government. --Taylor Caldwell, _The Devil's Advocate_ (1952)

John Callahan

Please help me; I am suffering from attention deficit dis....John Callahan

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

Maria Callas

When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed its point.... Maria Callas

C. S. Calverey

Thou, who when fears attack,
Bidst them avaunt, and Black
Care, at the horseman's back
Perching, unseatest;
Sweet when the morn is gray;
Sweet when they've cleared away
Lunch; and at close of day
Possibly sweetest:
C. S. Calverey, "Ode to Tobacco"

John Calvin

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.... John Calvin (1509-1564)

Ambition is the mother of all Heresies...Almost all corruptions of doctrine flow from the pride of men. - John Calvin (Acts 20:30)

Assuredly there is but one way in which to achieve what is not merely difficult but utterly against human nature: to love those who hate us, to repay their evil deeds with benefits, to return blessings for reproaches. It is that we remember not to consider men's evil intention but to look upon the image of God in them, which cancels and effaces their transgressions, and with its beauty and dignity allures us to love and embrace them.- John Calvin

At this day, the earth sustains on her bosom many monster minds, minds which are not afraid to employ the seed of Deity deposited in human nature as a means of suppressing the name of God. Can anything be more detestable than this madness in man, who, finding God a hundred times both in his body and his soul, makes his excellence in this respect a pretext for denying that there is a God? He will not say that chance has made him different from the brutes; but, substituting Nature as the architect of the universe, he suppresses the name of God.- John Calvin

Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols. John Calvin

For though we very truly hear that the kingdom of God will be filled with splndour, joy, happiness and glory, yet when these things are spoken of, they remain utterly remote from our perception, and as it were, wrapped in obscurities, until that day when he will reveanl to us his glory, that we may behold it face to face. JOHN CALVIN

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

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us -- as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray. John Calvin (1509-1564)

Grant, Almighty God, as at the present time thou dost deservedly chastise us for our sins, according to the example of thine ancient people, that we may turn our face to thee with true penitence and humility: May we throw ourselves suppliantly and prostrately before thee; and, despairing of ourselves, place our only hope in thy pity which thou hast promised. J. Calvin.

Having ingrafted us into his body, [Christ] makes us partakers, not only of all his benefits, but also himself. [Christ is not] received merely in the understanding and imagination. For the promises offer him, not so that we end up with the mere sight and knowledge of him, but that we enjoy a true communication of him. JOHN CALVIN

Hence that dread and amazement with which as Scripture uniformly relates holy men were struck and overwhelmed whenever they beheld the presence of God men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God. -- JOHN CALVIN

I come now to our doctrine. Many people condemn it out of prejudice, without hearing or exploring it. They are to occupied with some opinion or other that totally dulls the sharp edge of their minds. I am not going to mention the insults and even criminal acts that are imputed to us in an effort to keep everyone from tasting our doctrine. Only one thing can be charged against us, that we strive to call back to their own banner (namely, the Word of God) all those who are counted as belonging to Christ but have been wandering about wretchedly. We are also bringing it about that all controversy over the worship of God is settled on the basis of his Word, so that each person may believe what is established as being from God. What of our adversaries? They are making a counterfeit church, a short shield of Ajax, so that they may hide behind its empty facade. The prophets and apostles faced the same situation when they had to deal with men who were usurping, by their wicked beliefs, the very name of the church and its highest authority. John Calvin

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

In truth we know by experience that song has great force and vigour to move and inflame the hearts of men to invoke and praise God with a more vehement and ardent zeal.-  John Calvin (1509-64)

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

It is entirely by the intervention of Christ's righteousness that we obtain justification before God. This is equivalent to saying that man is not just in himself, but that the righteousness of Christ is communicated to him by imputation, while he is strictly deserving of punishment. John Calvin

Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ. John Calvin

[Justification is] the main hinge on which salvation turns. JOHN CALVIN

Let us always remember that the end of the resurrection is eternal happiness, of whose excellence scarcely the minutist part can be described by all that human tongues can say. For though we are truly told that the kingdom of God will be full of light, and gladness, and felcity, and glory, yet the things meant by these words remain most remote from sense, and as it were involved in enigma, until the day arrive on which he will manifest his glory to us face to face. JOHN CALVIN

Let us not cease to do the utmost, that we may incessantly go forward in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair of the smallness of our accomplishments. JOHN CALVIN

Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake Godand forge some idol in his own brain. JOHN CALVIN

No true Christian is his own man. JOHN CALVIN

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)

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

Scripture will ultimately suffice for a saving knowledge of God only when its certainty is founded upon the inward persuasion of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, these human testimonies which exist to confirm it will not be vain if, as secondary aids to our feebleness, they follow that chief and highest testimony. But those who wish to prove to unbelievers that Scripture is the Word of God are acting foolishly, for only by faith can this be known. John Calvin (1509-1564)

Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. -- John Calvin

The Creed sets forth what Christ suffered in the sight of men, and then appositely speaks of that invisible and incomprehensible judgement which he underwent in the sight of God in order that we might know not only that Christ's body was given as the price of our redemption, but that he paid a greater and more excellent price in suffering in his soul the terrible torments of a condemned and forsaken man. -- John Calvin (1509-1564)

The Fanaticism which discards the Scripture,under the pretence of resorting to immediate revelations is subversive of every principle of Christianity. For when they boast extravagantly of the Spirit, the tendency is always to bury the Word of God so they may make room for their own falsehoods. John Calvin

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

The most perfect way of seeking God, and the most suitable order, is not for us to attempt with bold curiosity to penetrate to the investigation of His essence, which we ought more to adore than meticulously to search out, but for us to contemplate Him in His works, whereby He renders Himself near and familiar to us, and in some manner communicates Himself. ... John Calvin (1509-1564)  

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. -- John Calvin

There is a communion of men with God by which, having entered the heavenly sanctuary, appeal to him in person concerning his promises in order to experience, where necessity so demands, that what they believed was not in vain, although he had promised it in word alone. John Calvin

There is not one blade of grass, there is no colour in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. John Calvin

The world invents its own good works and persuades itself that they are good. But Paul declares that good and right according to the world are to be judged by the commandments of God. JOHN CALVIN

Those talents which God has bestowed upon us are not our own goods but the free gifts of God; and any persons who become proud of them show their ungratefulness. ... John Calvin (1509-1564)

We are continually tormented until God delivers us from misery and anguish by the remedy of His own love towards us. - John Calvin

We must always speak of the efficacy of the ministry in such a manner that the entire praise of the work may be reserved for God alone.
John Calvin (1509-1564)

We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too. John Calvin

Wherefore all theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though the philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what is short-lived, and even mixed up with wicked and erroneous sentiments. JOHN CALVIN

M. Let us now see how far this command has reference to us.
S. In regard to the ceremony [the resting one day in seven], I hold that it was abolished, as the reality existed in Christ.
M. How?
S. Because, by virtue of his death, our old man is crucified, and we are raised up to newness of life.
M. What of the commandment then remains for us?
S. Not to neglect the holy ordinances which contribute to the spiritual polity of the Church; especially to frequent sacred assemblies, to hear the word of God, to celebrate the sacraments, and engage in the regular prayers, as enjoined.
M. But does the figure give us nothing more?
S. Yes, indeed. We must give heed to the thing meant by it; namely, that being engrafted into the body of Christ, and made his members, we cease from our own works, and so resign ourselves to the government of God.
Calvin's Catechism for the Church at Geneva. - on the Fourth Commandment

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

It is profitable for the pious to be unsettled on earth, lest, by setting their minds on a commodious and quiet habitation, they should lose the inheritance of heaven. -- Calvin on Gen 20:1

Though Satan instils his poison, and fans the flames of our corrupt desires within us,we are yet not carried by any external force to the commission of sin, but our own flesh entices us, and we willingly yield to its allurements. Calvin on Gen 22:1

True discrimination between right and wrong does not then depend on the acuteness of our intelligence, but on the wisdom of the Spirit. J Calvin on Luke 24:16

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence. J Calvin on Luke 24:45

Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation is set open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering, but our own unbelief. Calvin On Acts 1:21.

The violence of the wind had the effect of making them afraid. For we are never rightly prepared to receive the grace of God unless the vain confidence of the flesh has been mastered. For as by faith we have open access to Him, so it is that humility and fear open the door for Him to come to us. He will have nothing to do with proud and careless men who please themselves.
Calvin On Acts 1:2

No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief. Calvin Commentary on Acts 2:21

Man with all his shrewdness is as stupid about understanding by himself the mysteries of God, as an ass is incapable of understanding musical harmony. -- Calvin on 1Cor 1:20.

... when Christ is included in the law, the sun shines forth through the midst of the clouds, so that men have light enough for their use; but when Christ is disjoined from it, there is nothing left but darkness, or a false appearance of light, that dazzles men's eyes instead of assisting them.- Calvin, commenting on 2 Corinthians 4:3

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. -- John Calvin, Commentary, Eph 3:21

Whenever His Wrd is set before us, we must tremble, because nothing is hid from Him.-- John Calvin, Commentary on Heb 4:13

What would become of us if we did not take our stand on hope,and if our heart did not hasten beyond this world through the midst of the darkness upon the path illumined by the word and Spirit of God? - John Calvin on Hebrews 11:1.

With reguard to men, he says just the opposite: 'it is a shame to them if they where long hair'...If we suggest that this is of no great importance, we see what God says about it by his Prophet: namely that He will reform the strange clothes.
John Calvin For Men Women and Order in the Church

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors. John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion

A lawsuit, however just, can never be rightly prosecuted by any man, unless he treat his adversary with the same love and good will as if the business under controversy were already amicably settled and composed. Perhaps someone will interpose here that such moderation is so uniformly absent from any lawsuit that it would be a miracle if any such were found. Indeed, I admit that, as the customs of these times go, an example of an upright litigant is rare; but the thing itself, when not corrupted by the addition of anything evil, does not cease to be good and pure. ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion

As God alone is a fit witness of himself in his Word, so also the Word will not find any acceptance in men's hearts before it is sealed by the inward testimony of the Spirit. The same Spirit, therefore, who has spoken by the mouth of the prophets must penetrate into our hearts, to persuade us that they faithfully proclaimed what has been divinely commanded.
John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion [1559]

At this day... the earth sustains on her bosom many monster minds, minds which are not afraid to employ the seed of Deity deposited in human nature as a means of suppressing the name of God. Can anything be more detestable than this madness in man, who, finding God a hundred times both in his body and his soul, makes his excellence in this respect a pretext for denying that there is a God? He will not say that chance has made him different from the brutes; ... but, substituting Nature as the architect of the universe, he suppresses the name of God. -- John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion

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 whe
n 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

However these deeds of men are judged in themselves, still the Lord accomplished his work through them alike when he broke the bloody scepters of arrogant kings and when he overturned intolerable governments. Let the princes hear and be afraid. But we must, in the meantime, be very careful not to despise or violate that authority of magistrates, full of venerable majesty, which God has established by the weightiest decrees, even though it may reside with the most unworthy men, who defile it as much as they can with their own wickedness. For, if the correction of unbridled despotism is the Lord's to avenge, let us not at once think that it is entrusted to us, to whom no command has been given except to obey and suffer.- John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion [1559]

In that obedience which we have shown to be due the authority of rulers, we are always to make this exception, indeed, to observe it as primary, that such obedience is never to lead us away from obedience to him, to whose decrees all their commands ought to yield, to whose majesty their scepters ought to be submitted. And how absurd would it be that in satisfying men you should incur the displeasure of him for whose sake you obey men themselves! The Lord, therefore, is the King of Kings, who, when he has opened his sacred mouth, must alone be heard, before all and above all men; next to him we are subject to those men who are in authority over us, but only in him. If they command anything against him, let it go unesteemed. John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion [1559]

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

We are consecrated and dedicated to God; therefore, we may not hereafter think, speak, meditate or do anything but with a view to his glory...We are God s; to him, therefore, let us live and die. JOHN CALVIN, The Institutes

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

Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other. For, in the first place, no man can survey himself without forthwith turning his thoughts towards the God in whom he lives and moves ...Opening words of Calvin's 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, ii.2.4 [1559]

Therefore, in reading profane authors, the admirable light of truth displayed in them should remind us, that the human mind, however much fallen and perverted from its original integrity, is still adorned and invested with admirable gifts from its Creator. If we reflect that the Spirit of God is the only fountain of truth, we will be careful, as we would avoid offering insult to him, not to reject or condemn truth wherever it appears. In despising the gifts, we insult the giver. How then can we deny that truth must have beamed on those ancient lawgivers who arranged civil order and discipline with so much equity? Shall we say that the philosophers, in their exquisite researches and skilful description of nature, were blind? Shall we deny the possession of intellect to those who drew up rules of discourse, and taught us to speak in accordance with reason? Shall we say that those who, by the cultivation of the medical art, expended their industry on our behalf were only raving? What shall we say of the mathematical sciences? Shall we deem them to be the dreams of madmen? Nay, we cannot read the writings of the ancients on these subjects without the highest admiration; an admiration which their excellence will not allow us to withhold. But shall we deem anything to be noble and praiseworthy, without tracing it to the hand of God? Far from us be such ingratitude; an ingratitude not chargeable even on heathen poets, who acknowledged that philosophy and laws, and all useful arts were the inventions of the gods. Therefore, since it is manifest that men whom the Scriptures term 'carnal' are so acute and clear-sighted in the investigation of inferior things, their example should teach us how many gifts the Lord has left in possession of human nature, notwithstanding its having been despoiled of the true good....
Nor is there any ground for asking what concourse the Spirit can have with the ungodly, who are altogether alienated from God. For what is said as to the Spirit dwelling in believers only, is to be understood of the Spirit of holiness, by which we are consecrated to God as temples. Notwithstanding this, he fills, moves and invigorates all things by virtue of the Spirit, and that according to the peculiar nature which each class of beings has received by the Law of Creation. But if the Lord has been pleased to assist us by the work and ministry of the ungodly in physics, dialectics, mathematics, and other similar sciences, let us avail ourselves of it, lest, by neglecting the gifts of God spontaneously offered to us, we be justly punished for our sloth John Calvin (Institutes 2:2:15-16).

If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is 'of him' [1 Corinthians 1:30]. If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing. If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects [Hebrews 2:17] that he might learn to feel our pain [cf. Hebrews 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross [Galatians 3:13]; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given to him to judge. In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.--John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Philadelphia, 1960) II, xvi, 19, p. 297

For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit, in which, as nothing is omitted that is both necessary and useful to know, so nothing is taught but what is expedient to know. Therefore we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what it is in any way profitable to suppress.
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion III.21.3

But for those who are so cautious or fearful that they desire to bury predestination in order not to disturb weak souls--with what colour will they cloak their arrogance when they accuse God indirectly of stupid thoughtlessness, as if he had not foreseen the peril that they feel they have wisely met? Whoever, then, heaps odium upon the doctrine of predestination openly reproaches God, as if he had unadvisedly let slip something hurtful to the church. Calvin Institutes III.21.4

When they inquire into predestination, they are penetrating the sacred precincts of divine wisdom. If anyone with carefree assurance breaks into this place, he will not succeed in satisfying his curiosity and he will enter a labyrinth from which he can find no exit. For it is not right for man unrestrainedly to search out things that the Lord has willed to be hidden in Himself; nor is it right for him to investigate from eternity that sublime wisdom, which God would have us revere but not understand, in order that through this also He should fill us with wonder. He has set forth by His Word the secrets of His will that He has decided to reveal to us. These He decided to reveal in so far as He foresaw that they would concern and benefit us. ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion (III, xxi, 1)

Our children, before they are born, God declares that he adopts for his own when he promisesd that he will be a God to us, and our seed after us. In this promise their salvation is included. Calvin's Institutes (4.xv.20)

...we maintain that children who happen to depart this life before an opportunity of immersing them in water, ar not excluded from the kingdom of heaven. ...it follows, that the children of believers are not baptised, in order that though formerly aliens from the Church, they may then, for the first time, become children of God, but rather are received into the Church, by a formal sign, because, in virtue of the promise, they previously belonged to the body of Christ. Hence, if, in omitting the sign, there is neither sloth, nor contempt, nor negligence, we are safe from all danger. Calvin's Institutes (4.xv.22)

These darts are aimed more at God than at us. For it is very clear from many testimonies of Scripture that circumcision was also a sign of repentance. Then Paul calls it the seal of the righteousness of faith....For although infants, at the very moment they were circumcised, did not comprehend with their understanding what that sign meant, they were truly circumcised to the mortification of their corrupt and defiled nature, a mortification that they would afterward practice in mature years. To sum up, this objection can be solved without difficulty: infants are baptized into future repentance and faith, and even though these have not yet been formed in them, the seed of both lies hidden within them by the secret working of the Spirit.
J Calvin Institutes, IV, xvi, 20

And though, in adults, the receiving of the sign ought to follow the understanding of its meaning, yet, as will shortly be explained, a different rule must be followed with children. No other conclusion can be drawn from a passage in Peter, on which they strongly found. He says, that baptism is "not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 3:21). From this they contend that nothing is left for pÊdobaptism, which becomes mere empty smoke, as being altogether at variance with the meaning of baptism. But the delusion which misleads them is, that they would always have the thing to precede the sign in the order of time. For the truth of circumcision consisted in the same answer of a good conscience; but if the truth must necessarily have preceded, infants would never have been circumcised by the command of God. But he himself, showing that the answer of a good conscience forms the truth of circumcision, and, at the same time, commanding infants to be circumcised, plainly intimates that, in their case, circumcision had reference to the future. Wherefore, nothing more of present effect is to be required in pÊdobaptism, than to confirm and sanction the covenant which the Lord has made with them. The other part of the meaning of the sacrament will follow at the time which God himself has provided. John Calvin, Insitutes of the Christian Religion, IV,16,21

For the statement of some, that the law of God given through Moses is dishonored when it is abrogated and new laws preferred to it, is utterly vain. For others are not preferred to it when they are more approved, not by a simple comparison, but with regard to the condition of times, place, and nation; or when that law is abrogated which was never enacted for us. For the Lord through the hand of Moses did not give that law to be proclaimed among all nations and to be in force everywhere; but when he had taken the Jewish nation into his safekeeping, defense, and protection, healso willed to be a lawgiver especially to it; and -- as became a wise lawgiver -- he had special concern for it in making its laws.
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Philadelphia, 1960)IV, xx, 16, p. 500

The children of believers are baptized not in order that they who were previously strangers to the church may then for the first time become children of God, but rather that, because by the blessing of the promise they already belonged to the body of Christ, they are received into the church with this solemn sign J Calvin Institutes, IV, xv, 22

The offspring of believers are born holy, because their children, while yet in the womb, before they breathe the vital air, have been adopted into the covenant of eternal life. Nor are they brought into the church by baptism on any other ground than because they belonged to the body of the Church before they were born.
[Interim Adultero&endash;&endash;germanum: cui adiecta est vera Christianae Pacificationis et Ecclesiae Reformandae Ratio. Per Joann. Calvinum. Corpus Reformatorum, vol. 35, 619, cited by Schenck, The Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant: An Historical Study of the Significance of Infant Baptism in the Presbyterian Church in America, Yale Univ. Press, 1940, p. 13.]

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

Let us remember therefore this lesson: That to worship our God sincerely we must evermore begin by hearkening to His voice, and by giving ear to what He commands us. For if every man goes after his own way, we shall wander. We may well run, but we shall never be a whit nearer to the right way, but rather farther away from it.
John Calvin, Sermon 155: Deut. 28:9-14, "Separation unto Blessing", Thursday, March 12, 1556

Let us therefore learn (as I have said before) so to behave ourselves in obedience to God that men also on their parts be friendly towards us. For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God. John Calvin, Sermon 161, Thursday, March 26, 1556

Alan Cameron

The cruel question was asked him. 'Do you know them' His son's head and hands which were very fair, being a man of fair complexion like himself.' He kissed them saying, 'I know them, I know them. They are my son's, my own dear son's. It is the Lord. Good is the will of the Lord, Who cannot wrong me nor mine, but has made goodness and mercy to follow us all our days.' Alan Cameron, Covenanter.

Richard Cameron (1648-1680)

Cameron had but time for a few words of prayer, one petition of which he repeated thrice, " Lord, spare the green and take the ripe!" On concluding this prayer, he took his brother's hand for the last time, and said, " Now, let us fight it out to the last: for this is the day I have longed for, and the day I have prayed for, to die fighting against our Lord's avowed enemies?" The struggle was short but desperate. Cameron himself was killed in the thick of the fray, as well as his brother and seven others. Five, also, were sore wounded and taken prisoners (Hackston of Rathillet being leader), while the rest escaped over the moss, whither the cavalry could not pursue them. The prisoners were taken to Edinburgh, and there hanged. The head and hands of Cameron were cut off and taken to Edinburgh; and on delivering them up, the officer who carried them said, " There are the head and hands of a man who lived praying and preaching, and who died praying and fighting." - The Covenanters of Ayrshire by Rev. Roderick Lawson, 1904.

Mrs Patrick Campbell (1865 &endash; 1940)

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. ~Mrs Patrick Campbell, letter to GBS (1912)

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

Nancy Reader Campion

Bloom where you are planted.--- Nancy Reader Campion

Thomas Campion 1567-1620

A prudent pharmacist often vends something for your complaint. But wine merchant you do this invariably.~ Thomas Campion 1567-1620 , The Epigrams of Thomas Campion.

Albert Camus (1913 &endash; 1960)

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

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

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower. - Albert Camus

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool.- Albert Camus

Life is absurd.~ Albert Camus

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. -- Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1955)

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

Ergun Mehmet Caner

I am a Persian Turkish immigrant raised as a Sunni Muslim, and in the interest of full disclosure, I must state that I left Islam in 1982, and became an American citizen...The present conflict is not a war against Islam, and neither is it a "war for oil." In the previous six military endeavors, American troops sided with Muslims who were under attack, and there are much less extreme methods of garnering oil. This is a war of ideologies, and with Fahrenheit 911, Moore clearly shows his. [...] The central fact of the current controversy is the conflict between Islamic theocracy and American democracy. Islam has not now nor has it ever allowed religious freedom or freedom of expression. The best the Islamic republics can offer is "religious toleration." Based on the "Pact of Umar," religious toleration allows non-Muslims to enter Islamic republics, but they must pay a tax (jizyat). They can practice their faiths, but they cannot convert nyone from Islam. To do so means deportation or worse. Further, Islamic prophecy foretells of worldwide conversion to Sharia law under Islam, and thus, those who are fighting against us are "holy warriors." In this instance, I would say our president is half-right. He says we are not at war with Islam. I agree. However, a significant portion of Islam is in fact at war with us. -- Dr. Ergun Mehmet Caner, Moore's 'hate-riotism' http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0604/hate-riotism.php3

Joe Cannon

Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons.-Joe Cannon

Al Capone (1899 &endash; 1947)

You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone. -- Al Capone

Truman Capote (1924-1984)

In California, everyone goes to a therapist, is a therapist, or is a therapist going to a therapist.-- TRUMAN CAPOTE (1924-1984)

Al Capp (1909 &endash; 1979)

Abstract art? A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. Al Capp

Orson Scott Card

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

George Carey

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

A fourth challenge facing moderate Muslims is to resist strongly the taking over of Islam by radical activists and to express strongly, on behalf of the many millions of their co-religionists, their abhorrence of violence done in the name of Allah. We look to them to condemn suicide bombers and terrorists who use Islam as a weapon to destabilise and destroy innocent lives. Sadly, apart from a few courageous examples, very few Muslim leaders condemn, clearly and unconditionally, the evil of suicide bombers who kill innocent people. We need to hear outright condemnation of theologies that state that suicide bombers are 'martyrs' and enter a martyrs reward. We need to hear Muslims expressing their outrage and condemning such evil. - Lord Carey of Clifton, Christianity and Islam: Collison or convergence? Gregorian University, Rome,, March 25 2004

Muslim leaders often tell Christians and Jews that 'there is no compulsion in religion'. This sadly is only half true. If non-Muslims are not compelled to become Muslim, Muslims are not free to choose another faith. There is, we find, some compulsion, after all. - Lord Carey of Clifton, Christianity and Islam: Collison or convergence? Gregorian University, Rome,, March 25 2004

Sandra Carey (1941- )

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.--Sandra Carey (1941- )

William Carey

Expect great thing from God. Attempt great things for God. W Carey

David Carlin

The Hugh Hefner Curve: You start a magazine proclaiming that sex; so far from being dirty, is not even serious, it's just good clean fun. A few decades later you have massive abortions, vast numbers of illegitimate children born to teenagers from the poorest strata of society, and a delightful organisation named the "North American Man Boy Love Association" going on national T.V. to explain that your basic paedophile is not a pervert and child molester, but rather a lonely boy's best friend. David Carlin

George Carlin (1937 &endash; )

A bus station is where a bus stops.
A train station is where a train stops.
On my desk I have a workstation. --George Carlin

How can it be a spy satellite if they announce on television that it's a spy satellite?-George Carlin

I have as much authority as the Pope...I just don't have as many people who believe it.--George Carlin

In Los Angeles there's a hotline for people in denial. So far no one has called. George Carlin

In Rome, the emperor sat in a special part of the Coliseum called the Caesarean Section. George Carlin

Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny? - George Carlin

I went to the Missing Persons Bureau. No one was there. George Carlin

Most people with low self-esteem have earned it. -George Carlin

One can never know for sure what a deserted area looks like. -- George Carlin

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

Why do they bother saying 'Raw sewage'? Do some people cook that stuff?-George Carlin

Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them? -George Carlin

Anne Carlson

Clinton was slicing the baloney so thin you could see through it.--Anne Carlson , Time

Wayne Carlson

As a symbol of their covenant with God and each other, the Scottish Covenanters began wearing a red collar around their neck. Noting the symbolism, the English began to derisively refer to these religious dissenters as "Rednecks." Thus, the origin of the term was born in Christian reformation and resistance to religious and political coercion. Due to their religious and political oppression, and eventual defeat, many of Scotland's Covenanters fled their homeland and came to settle the American South. So it is that the South became the historic home for the Scottish "Rednecks," who sought to live according to the true teachings of the Bible. In Praise Of"Redneckism" By Wayne Carlson - 02.19.02 http://www.sierratimes.com/02/02/19/carlson.htm

Jane Welsh Carlyle

Strong-minded, able-bodied women are my aversion, and I run out of the road of one as I would from a mad cow.
Jane Welsh Carlyle, Letter to Mrs Russell, Aug 30, 1861

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you. --Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.... Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881)

Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky, but the stars are there, and will reappear. --Carlyle

The Christian must be consumed with the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin.... Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

The deadliest sin were the consciousness of no sin. --Thomas Carlyle

The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.-- Thomas Carlyle

The three great elements of modern civilization, Gunpowder, Printing, and the Protestant Religion. --Thomas Carlyle

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.Thomas Carlyle

Work is the grand cure for all maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind - honest work, which you intend getting done.-- T Carlyle (1795-1881)

I confess I have an interest in this Mr Cromwell; and indeed, if truth must be said, in him alone. The rest are historical, dead to me; but he is epic, still living. Hail to thee, thou strong one; hail across the longdrawn funeral-aisle and night of time! --Thomas Carlyle, Historical Sketches

Vain hope to make men happy by politics! -- Thomas Carlyle, _Journal_, 1831

The true University of these days is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, 'The Hero as A Man of Letters', On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic. (1841)

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

Deep unto deep, O Lord,
Crieth in me,
Gathering strength I come,
Lord, unto Thee.
Jesus of Calvary,
Smitten for me,
Ask what Thou wilt, but give
Love to me.
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

From easy choices, weakenings,
Subtle love of softening things,
(Not thus are spirits fortified;
Not this way went the Crucified;)
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
0 Lamb of God, deliver me..

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God!
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, "You do not understand", or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other's highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love. If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying peace, peace, where there is no peace; if I forget the poignant words, "Let love be without dissimulation" and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love. Amy Carmichael

If I ask to be delivered from trial rather than for deliverance out of it, to the praise of His glory; if I forget that the way of the Cross leads to the Cross and not to a bank of flowers; if I regulate my life on these lines, or even unconsciously my thinking, so that I am surprised when the way is rough and think it strange, "Think it not strange, Count it all joy," then I know nothing of Calvary love. ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and the little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love.... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

Joy is not gush: joy is not jolliness. Joy is simply perfect acquiescence in God's will, because the soul delights itself in God himself... rejoice in the will of God, and in nothing else. Bow down your heads and your hearts before God, and let the will, the blessed will of God, be done.... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

Andrew Carnegie (1835 &endash; 1919)

One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity. -- Andrew Carnegie

The United States was Scotland realized beyond the seas. - Andrew Carnegie

Dale Carnegie

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.... Dale Carnegie

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.-- Dale Carnegie

Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog. --Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime. Dale Carnegie

John le Carre

If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.-- John le Carre

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, because I'm not myself, you see. --Lewis Carroll

I have had prayers answered - most strangely sometimes - but I think our heavenly Father's loving kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me. ~ Lewis Carroll

'You are old,' said the youth, 'and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak -
Pray, how did you manage to do it?'

'In my youth,' said his father, 'I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength that it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.' - Carroll, Father William

"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before
And make errors few people could bear;
You complain about everyone's English but yours --
Do you really think this is quite fair?"
"I make lots of mistakes," Father William declared,
"But my stature these days is so great
That no critic can hurt me -- I've got them all scared,
And to stop me it's now far too late."
L Caroll

"Who is the world am I?" Ah, that's the great puzzle! ~Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all." -- Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Through The Looking Glass 1871

Thomas Carruthers

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

D.A. Carson

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. D.A. Carson, For the Love of God, Cited in "Reflections," Christianity Today (July 31, 2000)

Johnny Carson

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. Johnny Carson (1925-____)

People will pay more to be entertained than educated.-- Johnny Carson (1925-___

Jimmy Carter (1924-____)

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.-- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, On Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, address to the nation 4 Jan 80

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. - Jimmy Carter (1924-____) Speech, 20 Jan 1977; quoting his teacher, Julia Coleman.

Stephen L. Carter

One sees a trend in our political and legal cultures toward treating religious beliefs as arbitrary and unimportant, a trend supported by a rhetoric that implies that there is something wrong with religious devotion. -- Stephen L. Carter, _The Culture of Disbelief_, 1993

Barbara Cartland (1901 &endash; 2000)

Among men, sex sometimes results in intimacy; among women, intimacy sometimes results in sex.
Barbara Cartland

On being asked by a journalist if the British class system had changed Barbara Cartland replied, "Of course it has, otherwise I woild not be talking to a person like you."

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

Joanna Cartwright

That this nation of England, with the inhabitants of The Netherlands, shall be the first and the readiest to transport israel's sons and daughters in thier ships to the land promised to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for an everlasting Inheritance, - Joanna and Ebenezer Cartwright, 1649 petition, quoted by Barbara Tuchman, Bible and Sword.

George Washington Carver (1864 &endash; 1903)

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver

I have made it a rule to go out and sit . . . at four o'clock every morning and ask the good Lord what I am to do that day. Then I go ahead and do it. - Carver, George Washington.

Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

Pablo Casals (1876-1973), the great cellist, when in his 90s, was once asked why he continued to practice on the cello for hours every day. His answer: "Because I think I'm seeing improvement."

To retire is to begin to die.--Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

Mary Case

No pressure, no diamonds.    - Mary Case

Johnny Cash (1932 &endash; 2003)

Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world except money. - Johnny Cash (1932 &endash; 2003)

Louis Cassels (1922-1974)

The Hebrew word, nabi, translated "prophet" in English Bibles, has the connotation of "message bearer". The prophets were men called by God to serve as His messengers to a stubborn and unheeding people. They were always careful to point out that they were not voicing their own wisdom. Their warnings, entreaties, and promises were always prefaced by the awesome proclamation: "Thus says the Lord..." When the prophets did engage in prognostication, they usually were concerned with events which were fairly close at hand, such as the Assyrian conquest of Israel and the Babylonian conquest of Judah (both of which they foretold with deadly accuracy). But occasionally a prophet's vision ranged farther into the future, to the day when God would enter into a new covenant with his rebellious children. The hope of reconciliation was often linked with the coming of a very particular person, a Messiah or Savior. What made the prophets so sure that they had a right -- nay, a duty, to speak in the name of God? It is clear from their writings that they were not megalomaniacs who confused their own thoughts with the voice of God. On the contrary, they were humble men, awe-stricken by the responsibilities thrust upon them... The prophets minced no words in their indictments of the sins of Israel and Judah, and they trod especially hard on the toes of the rich, the powerful, and the pious. The Establishment responded then as some church members are wont to respond now when a preacher speaks out on controversial public issues: "One should not preach of such things!" (Micah 2:6). ... Louis Cassels (1922-1974), Your Bible [1967]

Fidel Castro (1927-____)

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.

J. V. L. Casserley

The end product of atheist humanism is the modern totalitarian state, in which the illusion of man's metaphysical freedom from divine government goes hand in hand with the reality of his political subjection. -- J. V. L. Casserley, _Retreat from Christianity in the Modern World_, 1952

Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)

I clearly recognize that all good is in God alone, and that in me, without Divine Grace, there is nothing but deficiency... The one sole thing in myself in which I glory, is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)

The one sole thing in myself in which I glory is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory. Catherine of Genoa


Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Nails were not enough to hold God-and-man nailed and fastened on the Cross, had not love held Him there.... Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Catherine the Great (1729-1796)

I praise loudly, I blame softly Catherine the Great (1729-1796) Russian empress: Letter, 23 Aug 1794

Marcus Porcius Cato

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. --Marcus Porcius Cato

Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple. -- Marcius Porcius Cato (The Elder)

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Come to the Bible, not to study the history of God's divine action, but to be its object; not to learn what it has achieved throughout the centuries and still does, but simply to be the subject of its operation.... Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)

Edith Cavell (1865-1915)

Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.
The last words of British nurse Edith Cavell, shot as a spy by the German authorities in Brussels on 12 October 1915.

Daniel Cawdray

As a man, looking steadfastly on a dial, cannot perceive the shadow move at all, yet viewing it after a while, he shall perceive that it hath moved; so, in the hearing of the Word, but especially in the receiving of the Lord's Supper, a man may judge even his own faith, and other graces of God, to be little or nothing increased, neither can he perceive the motion of God's Spirit in him at that time; yet by the fruits and effects thereof, he shall afterward perceive that God's Spirit hath little by little wrought greater faith and other graces in him. Daniel Cawdray

If a sheep stray from the flock, the shepherd sets his dog after it, not to devour it, but to bring it in again; even so our Heavenly Shepherd. -Daniel Cawdray

George W. Cecil

On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the Door of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting -- died!
George W. Cecil, _The American Magazine_, March 1923, p. 87

Richard Cecil

God denies a Christian nothing, but with a design to give him something better. -- Richard Cecil

Think of the ills from which you are exempt, and it will aid you to bear patiently those which may never come.-- Richard Cecil

Robert Cecil

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

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.--Miguel de Cervantes

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

Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!- Miguel de Cervantes (1547 1616)

Truth may be stretched, but it cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water. ~Miguel de Cervantes

He preaches well that lives well, quoth Sancho; that's all the divinity I understand.--Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) _Don Quixote_

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.CERVANTES, MIGUEL de (1547-1616,){Don Quixote de la Mancha, 1605-1615}

There's not the least thing can be said or done, but people will talk and find fault. --Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) _Don Quixote de la Mancha_ [1605-1615]

'Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes. --Cervantes *Don Quixote* (1605)

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

Susanna Centlivre (1667-1723)

There's more glory in subduing our wild desires, than an embattl'd foe. --Susanna Centlivre (1667-1723)_The Perjur'd Husband_ [1700], Act IV, Scene I

Marc Chagall

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -- and never succeeding. ~ Marc Chagall

B. N. Chakravaty

The Americans are a funny lot; they drink whiskey to keep them warm; then they put some ice in it to keep it cool; they put some sugar in it to make it sweet; and then they put a slice of lemon in it to make it sour. Then they say "here's to you" and drink it themselves.-- B. N. Chakravaty

John W. Chalfant

Christians neutralized into inactivity will be spectators of their country's free fall to collapse. -- John W. Chalfant, _Abandonment Theology_, 1996[I]

John Chamberlain

Thou shalt not covet" means that it is sinful even to contemplate the seizure of another man's goods -- which is something which Socialists, whether Christian or otherwise, have never managed to explain away.  -- John Chamberlain

Joseph Chamberlain (1836 &endash; 1914)

In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight. - Joseph Chamberlain (1836 &endash; 1914)

Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940)

.....a far away country....people of whom we know nothing.
Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940) Radio broadcast 27.9.38, referring to Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

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

My worth to God in public is what I am in private.--Oswald Chambers

The emphasis to-day is being put on the fact that we have to save men; we have not. We have to exalt the Saviour Who saves men, and then make disciples in His Name.- Oswald Chambers

Sebastien Chamfort

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life. -Sebastien Chamfort

Raymond Chandler(1888 &endash; 1959)

As elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find anywhere outside an advertising agency.--Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) on Chess

She was a blonde. The kind of blonde that would make a bishop kick in a stained glass window. Raymond Chandler

She was a suicide blonde, dyed by her own hand. Raymond Chandler

Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.- Coco Chanel (1883-1971) In "McCall's Magazine."

Andy Chap

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

When your wife asks, "Do I look fat?" The correct response is: "Do I look stupid?" &emdash;Andy Chap

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Neutral men are the devil's allies.--Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Arthur Chapman

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

George Chapman. 1557-1634.

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

Who to himself is law no law doth need,
Offends no law, and is a king indeed.
George Chapman. 1557-1634. Bussy D'Ambois. Act ii. Sc. 1.

They 're only truly great who are truly good. George Chapman. 1557-1634 Revenge for Honour. Act v. Sc. 2

John Chapman

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

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Charles I

...religion is the only firm foothold of all power; that cast loose or depraved, no government can be stable; for when was there ever obedience when religion did not teach it? - Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria in Jemes Barbary, Puritan and Cavalier, p.174

Charles XI, of Sweden (1660-1697)

Madam, we took you in order to have children, not to get advice. ~ Charles XI, King of Sweden 1660-1697 - to his wife

Prince Charles of Prussia

Silent till you see the whites of their eyes. -- Prince Charles of Prussia, at Jagerndorf, May 23, 1745.

Charles, Prince of Wales

I am afraid I believe we delude ourselves if we think that humanity is becoming ever more civilised, ever more sophisticated and ever more reasonable. It's simply not the case. --Charles, Prince of Wales

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

Ray Charles (1930 &endash; 2004)

I did it to myself. It wasn't society...it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing. Ray Charles, on his heroin addiction

Stephen Charnock

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. STEPHEN CHARNOCK

In nature, we see God, as it were, like the sun in a picture; in the law, as the sun in a cloud; in Christ we see Him in His beams; He being 'the brightness of His glory, and the exact image of His person. - STEPHEN CHARNOCK

Let us not satisfy ourselves with a knowledge of God in the mass; a glance upon a picture never directs you to the discerning the worth and art of it.-STEPHEN CHARNOCK

The almightiness of his mercy doth as much transcend our highest iniquities, as it doth our shallowest apprehensions. Our sins, as well as our substance, are but as the dust of the balance, as easily to be blown away by his grace, as the other puffed into nothing by his power.- STEPHEN CHARNOCK

The sole perfection which modern civilization attains is a mechanical one; machines are splendid and flawless, but the life which serves them or is served by them, is neither superb nor brilliant, nor more perfect nor more graceful; nor is the work of the machines perfect; only they, the machines, are like gods.- Karel Capek, "Letters from England"In natures, we see God, as it were, like the sun in a picture; in the law, as the sun in a cloud; in Christ we see Him in His beams; He being 'the brightness of His glory, and the exact image of His person. - STEPHEN CHARNOCK

Unbelief was the first sin, and pride was the first-born of it. STEPHEN CHARNOCK

We may be truly said to worship God, though we lack perfection; but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity. - STEPHEN CHARNOCK

We often learn more of God under the rod that strikes us, han under the staff that comforts us. -Stephen Charnock

When God and his glory are made our end, we shall find a silent likeness pass in upon us; the beauty of God will, by degrees, enter upon our soul. STEPHEN CHARNOCK

Alexander Chase

People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader -- occasionally in the right direction.-- Alexander Chase

Psychiatry's chief contribution to philosophy is the discovery that the toilet is the seat of the soul. ~Alexander Chase , Perspectives.

Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)

Therefore behoveth him a full long spoon,
That shall eat with a fiend.

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

Full wise is he that can himselven know. -- Chaucer The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.

Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) "The Shipman's Tale," The Canterbury Tales

Anton Chekhov(1860 &endash; 1904)

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

Man is what he believes. Anton Chekhov

The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected. Anton Chekhov

Ernest H. Cherrington

We are accustomed to say - that the truth makes men free. It does nothing of the kind. It is the knowledge of the truth that creates freedom. Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. - Ernest H. Cherrington

Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)

Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards.Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image. Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) "The Marrow of Tradition," 1901.

There's time enough, but none to spare.- Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) "The Marrow of Tradition," 1901.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Aim for perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose despondency and laziness make them give it up as unattainable. - Philip Dormer Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies. - Philip Dormer Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds. Earl of Chesterfield

The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable. Lord Chesterfield

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

[A pacifist is] the last and least excusable on the list of the enemies of society.--G. K. Chesterton

Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it has a God who knew his way out of the grave. G.K. Chesterton

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

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. - GK Chesterton

From time to time, as we all know, a sect appears in our midst announcing that the world will very soon come to an end. Generally, by some slight confusion or miscalculation, it is the sect that comes to an end.-G K Chesterton

Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless. --Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.-- G.K. Chesterton

In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don't know it. G K Chesterton

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

If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments.
G.K. Chesterton

I had always believed that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician...I had always felt life firs as a story; and if there is a story there is a storyteller. G. K. CHESTERTON

In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don't know it. G K Chesterton

Love means to love what is unlovable or it is no love at all. ~G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

MODERN masters of science are much impressed with the need of beginning all inquiry with a fact. The ancient masters of religion were quite equallyimpressed with that necessity. They began with the fact of sin -- a fact as practical as potatoes. Whether or not man could be washed in miraculouswaters, there was no doubt at any rate that he wanted washing. But certain religious leaders in London, not mere Materialists, have begun in our day notto deny the highly disputable water, but to deny the indisputable dirt. Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. Some followers of the Reverend R. J. Campbell, in their almost too fastidious spirituality, admit divine sinlessness, which they cannot see even in their dreams. But they essentially deny human sin, which they can see in the street. The strongest saints andthe strongest sceptics alike took positive evil as the starting-point of their argument. If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions he must either deny the existence of God, as all Atheists do, or he must deny the present union between God and man, as all Christians do. The new theologians seem to think it a highly rationalistic solution to deny the cat.-- G K Chesterton

Not only does "orthodox" no longer mean being right, it practically means being wrong. --G. K. Chesterton, 1905

[No society can survive the socialist] fallacy that there is an absolutely unlimited number of inspired officials and an absolutely unlimited amount of money to pay them.--G K Chesterton

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

Silence is the unbearable repartee. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. G. K. Chesterton

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

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.

The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. ~G.K. Chesterton

There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.-G.K. Chesterton

The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves very lightly. G K Chesterton

These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own. G.K. Chesterton

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are alive. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

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

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.- G. K. Chesterton

Blasphemy itself could not survive religion; if anyone doubts that let him try to blaspheme Odin .
G. K. Chesterton, in Geoffrey Hughes, "Swearing" (1991), p. 37.

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.-G.K. Chesterton A Miscellany of Men

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

The Yankee is a dab at electricity and crime,
He tells you how he hustles and it takes him quite a time.
I like his hospitality that's cordial and frank,
I do not mind his money, but I do not like his swank.
~G.K. Chesterton, 'A Song of Self-Esteem' Collected Poems (1933)

Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment of private judgement, I am firmly of the opinion that I was born on the 29 of May 1874 on Campden Hill, Kensington. G. K. Chesterton, _Autobiography_

Even the nature-worship which Pagans have felt, even the nature-love which Pantheists have felt, ultimately depends as much on some implied purpose and positive good in things, as does the direct thanksgiving which Christians have felt. Indeed Nature is at best merely a female name we give to Providence when we are not treating it very seriously; a piece of feminist mythology. There is a sort of fireside fairytale, more fitted for the hearth than for the altar; and in that what is called Nature can be a sort of fairy godmother. But there can only be fairy godmothers because there are godmothers; and there can only be godmothers because there is God. G K Chesterton {Autobiography, NY: Sheed & Ward, 1936, p. 348}

THE object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. - G.K. Chesterton, 'Daily News.'

I believe there is such a thing as witchcraft. Believing that there are spirits, I am bound in mere reason to suppose that there are probably evil spirits; believing that there are evil spirits, I am bound in mere reason to suppose that some men grow evil by dealing with them. ... Yet I should certainly resist any effort to search for witches, for a perfectly simple reason, which is the key of the whole of this controversy. The reason is that it is one thing to believe in witches and quite another to believe in witch-smellers. ... Witches were not the feeble-minded, but the strong-minded - the evil mesmerists, the rulers of the elements. Many a raid on a witch, right or wrong, seemed to the villagers who did it a righteous popular rising against a vast spritiual [sic] tyranny, a papacy of sin. Yet we know that the thing degenerated into a rabid and despicable persecution of the feeble or the old. It ended by being a war upon the weak.
G. K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils(1922) in The Collected works of G. K. Chesterton, IV (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987), 336-7

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.'

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

Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverent realism, says that they are all fools. This doctrine is sometimes called the doctrine of original sin. It may also be described as the doctrine of the equality of men. But the essential point of it is merely this, that whatever primary and far-reaching moral dangers affect any man, affect all men. All men can be criminals, if tempted; all men can be heroes, if inspired. And this doctrine does away altogether with Carlyle's pathetic belief (or any one else's pathetic belief) in 'the wise few.'"- G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, "Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good..." At this point he is somewhat excusable knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp post, the lamp post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their unmedieval practicality. But as things go on they do not work out so easily. Some people have pulled the lamp post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp post, some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes. So, gradually and inevitably, today, tomorrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas lamp, we now must discuss in the dark. --G. K. Chesterton, _Heretics_, 1905

The theory of the unmorality of art has established itself firmly in the strictly artistic classes. They are free to produce anything they like. They are free to write a _Paradise Lost_ in which Satan shall conquer God. They are free to write a _Divine Comedy_ in which heaven shall be under the floor of hell. And what have they done? Have they produced in their universality anything grander or more beautiful than the things uttered by the fierce Ghibelline Catholic, by the rigid Puritan schoolmaster? ... Milton does not merely beat them at his piety, he beats them at their own irreverence. In all their little books of verse you will not find a finer defiance of God than Satan's. Nor will you find the grandeur of paganism felt as that fiery Christian felt it who described Faranata lifting his head as in disdain of hell. --G. K. Chesterton, _Heretics_, 1905

There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions. - G.K. Chesterton ILN, 1/13/06

Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice." - G K Chesterton ILN 9/11/09

War is not 'the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you.-G.K. Chesterton ILN, 7/24/15

The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden. - G.K. Chesterton, ILN 1-3-20

The nineteenth century decided to have no religious authority. The twentieth century seems disposed to have any religious authority.
G K Chesterton [Illustrated London News, April 26, 1924]

These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own. - GKC, _Illustrated London News_ 8-11-28

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. -G.K. Chesterton ILN, 4/19/30

The modern habit of saying, "Every man has a different philosophy; this is my philosophy and it suits me"--the habit of saying this is mere weak mindedness. A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon. -- G K Chesterton, from a forward to an edition of the Book of Job, 1907

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.G.K. Chesterton - Introduction to the Book of Job, 1907

When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. --G. K. Chesterton London _Daily News_ (7/29/1905)

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. --G.K. Chesterton: _Orthodoxy_

Insisting that God is inside man, man is always inside himself. By insisting that God transcends man, man has transcended himself.--G. K. Chesterton,_Orthodoxy_

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) A: "Orthodoxy," 1908

It is indeed a fathomless mystery of theology, and even if I were theologian enough to deal with it directly, it would not be relevant to do so here. Suffice it to say here that this triple enigma is as comforting as wine and open as an English fireside; that this thing that bewilders the intellect utterly quiets the heart: but out of the desert, from the dry places and, the dreadful suns, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the real Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone. --G. K. Chesterton,_Orthodoxy_ ch. 8 (1908)

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. --Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) _Orthodoxy_ [1908], "The Logic of Elfland"

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. -G.K. Chesterton ILN, 1/14/11 'Orthodoxy.'

We all feel the riddle of the earth without anyone to point it out. The mystery of life is the plainest part of it...Every stone or flower is a hieroglyphic of which we have lost the key; with every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand. G. K. CHESTERTON, Orthodoxy

When I fancied that I stood alone I was really in the ridiculous position of being backed up by all of Christendom.
Orthodoxy, G K Chesterton

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

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

WHAT is the difference between Christ and Satan? It is quite simple. Christ descended into hell; Satan fell into it. One of them wanted to go up and went down; the other wanted to go down and went up.--G K Chesterton 'The Ball and the Cross.'

Any number of people assume that the Bible says that Eve ate an apple, or that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Yet the Bible never says a word about whales or apples. In the former case it refers to a fish, which might imply any sort of sea-monster; and in the second, to the essential experience of fruition, or tasting the fruit of the tree, which is obviously more general and even more mystical . . . The things that look silly now are the first rationalistic explanations rather than the first religious or primitive outlines. If those original images had been left in their own natural mystery of dark fruition or dim monsters of the deep, nobody would have quarrelled with them half so much . . . But it is unfair to turn round and blame the Bible because of all these legends and jokes and journalistic allusions, which are read into the Bible by people who have not read the Bible.
G K Chesterton {"The Bible and the Sceptics," The Illustrated London News, 20 April 1929}

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

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

They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words - "free love" - as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word. G K Chesterton {The Defendant, NY: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1902, p. 23}

At least five times, . . . with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died.
G K Chesterton{The Everlasting Man, Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1925, p. 254}

It is rather ridiculous to ask a man just about to be boiled in a pot and eaten, at a purely religious feast, why he does not regard all religions as equally friendly and fraternal. G K Chesterton _The Everlasting Man_, 1925

The early Church was ascetic, but she proved that she was not pessimistic, simply by condemning the pessimists. The creed declared that man was sinful, but it did not declare that life was evil . . . The condemnation of the early heretics is itself condemned as something crabbed and narrow; but it was in truth the very proof that the Church meant to be brotherly and broad. It proved that the primitive Catholics were specially eager to explain that they did not think man utterly vile; that they did not think life incurably miserable; that they did not think marriage a sin or procreation a tragedy.
G K Chesterton {The Everlasting Man, Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1925, p. 223}

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) "The Hammer of God."

Logic and truth ... have very little to do with each other. Logic is concerned merely with the fidelity and accuracy with which a certain process is performed, a process which can be performed with any materials, with any assumption. You can be as logical about griffins and basilisks as about sheep and pigs ... Logic, then, is not necessarily an instrument for finding out truth; on the contrary, truth is a necessary instrument for using logic--for using it, that is, for the discovery of further truth ... Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.-- G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who was Orthodox (1963)

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. --Chesterton, _The Man Who Was Orthodox_, 1963

For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen,
Before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.
G.K. Chesterton The Rolling English Road

They love talking about it and they hate hearing about it . . . I fancy there is more than meets the eye in this curious controversial attitude; the desire to ask rhetorical questions and not to ask real questions; the wish to heckle and not to hear. ~G.K. Chesterton, The Thing, (1929)

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. - G.K. Chesterton The Speaker, 12/15/00

There is something odd in the fact that when we reproduce the Middle Ages it is always some such rough and half-grotesque part of them that we reproduce . . . Why is it that we mainly remember the Middle Ages by absurd things? . . . Few modern people know what a mass of illuminating philosophy, delicate metaphysics, clear and dignified social morality exists in the serious scholastic writers of mediaeval times. But we seem to have grasped somehow that the ruder and more clownish elements in the Middle Ages have a human and poetical interest. We are delighted to know about the ignorance of mediaevalism; we are contented to be ignorant about its knowledge. When we talk of something mediaeval, we mean something quaint. We remember that alchemy was mediaeval, or that heraldry was mediaeval. We forget that Parliaments are mediaeval, that all our Universities are mediaeval, that city corporations are mediaeval, that gunpowder and printing are mediaeval, that half the things by which we now live, and to which we look for progress, are mediaeval.
G K Chesterton {"The True Middle Ages," The Illustrated London News, 14 July 1906}

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

A world in which men know that most of what they know is probably untrue cannot be dignified with the name of a sceptical world; it is simply an impotent and abject world, not attacking anything, but accepting everything while trusting nothing; accepting even its own incapacity to attack; accepting its own lack of authority to accept; doubting its very right to doubt. We are grateful for this public experiment and demonstration; it has taught us much. We did not believe that rationalists were so utterly mad until they made it quite clear to us. We did not ourselves think that the mere denial of our dogmas could end in such dehumanised and demented anarchy. It might have taken the world a long time to understand that what it had been taught to dismiss as mediaeval theology was often mere common sense; although the very term common sense, or communis sententia, was a mediaeval conception. But it took the world very little time to understand that the talk on the other side was most uncommon nonsense. It was nonsense that could not be made the basis of any common system, such as has been founded upon common sense. G K Chesterton {The Well and the Shallows, NY: Sheed & Ward, 1935, pp. 79-80}

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.-G.K. Chesterton Tremendous Trifles

History does not consist of completed and crumbling ruins; rather it consists of half-built villa abandoned by a bankrupt builder. This world is more like an unfinished suburb than a deserted cemetery.
G K Chesterton {What's Wrong With the World, NY: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1910, p. 53}

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With the World, pt. 1, ch. 5, 1910

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

Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972)

I prefer old age to the alternative. -- Maurice Chevalier

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

Julia Child

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

Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means. --Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) _Letters From New York_, Volume 1 [1843]

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

Cyrus Ching

I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides, the pig likes it. ---Cyrus Ching

Shirley Chisholm (1924-____)

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

There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.- Shirley Chisholm (1924-____) In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997

Agatha Christie (1890 &endash; 1976)

I learned ... that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back - that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a one-way street, isn't it? Agatha Christie

To care passionately for another human creature brings always more sorrow than joy, but one would not be without that experience.   - Agatha Christie, 1890 - 1976

Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice. - Agatha Christie (1890-1976)Remembered Death, 1945.

Christina, Queen of Sweden

It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life. -- Christina, Queen of Sweden

Mary Cholmondeley

Superstition--what is it but distrust in God! --Mary Cholmondeley _Let Loose in Dracula's Brood_

John Chrysostom (345?-407)

If you say, "Would there were no wine" because of the drunkards, then you must say, going on by degrees, "Would there were no steel," because of the murderers, "Would there were no night," because of the thieves, "Would there were no light," because of the informers, and "Would there were no women," because of adultery. --. John Chrysostom: Homilies, c. 388

A comprehended god is no god.--. John Chrysostom (345?-407)

Musicke doth withdraw our mindes from earthly cogitations, lifteth up our spirits into heaven, maketh them light and celestial. --. John Chrysostom

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts. John Chrysostom

If anyone strives after humility and patience, he is a hypocrite. If he allow himself in the pleasures of this world, he is a glutton. If he seeks justice, he is impatient. If he seeks it not, he is a fool. If he would be prudent, he is stingy; if he would make others happy, he is dissolute. If he gives himself up to prayer, he is vainglorious. And this is the great loss of the Church that by means like these many are held back from goodness! Chrysostom, out of J.M. Neale, out of Spurgeon's Psalms, 31:11

 I exhort and entreat you all, disregard what this man and that man thinks about such things, and inquire from the Holy Scriptures all these things. - Chrysostom

Charles Churchill 1731-1764

Apt alliteration 's artful aid. Charles Churchill. 1731-1764.The Prophecy of Famine. Line 86.

Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still.

Winston Churchill

At the moment it seems quite effectively disguised.
Winston Churchill to his wife, 26 July 1945; she had suggested his election defeat might be a blessing in disguise.

Censure is often useful, praise is often deceitful ~ Winston Churchill 1874-1965

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.  - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

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

In time of war, when truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.-- Winston Churchill, remark at Teheran, 1943.

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

The Great War differed from all ancient wars in the immense power of the combatants and their fearful agencies of destruction, and from all modern wars in the utter ruthlessness with which it was fought. All the horrors of all the ages were brought together .... Every outrage against humanity or international law was repaid by reprisals often on a greater scale and of longer duration .... When all was over, Torture and Cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian States had been able to deny themselves: and these were of doubtful utility. -- Churchill, _The World Crisis_

This is no ordinary war, but a struggle between nations for life and death. It raises passions between nations of the most terrible kind. It effaces the old landmarks and frontiers of our civilization. - Winston S Churchill, The Times, 1 November 1914

Eating words has never given me indigestion Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer

If you're going through hell, keep going. ---Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965

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

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property&emdash;either as a child, a wife, or a concubine&emdash;must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science&emdash;the science against which it had vainly struggled&emdash;the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome. -- Winston Churchill, _The River War

He is one of those orators of whom it was well said, 'Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down they do not know what they have said.' Winston Churchill 1874-1965

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings, the inherent vice of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.~Winston Churchill 1874-1965 (attrib.)

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. -- Winston Churchill

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.-- Winston Churchill

What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. but if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the light of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
Excerpt of Speech given by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons as the The Battle of Britain Begins, 18 June 1940

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

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

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

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

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

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.-- Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never- in nothing great or small, large or petty-never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Winston Churchill 1941--Harrow School

The price of greatness is responsibility - Churchill

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. Winston Churchill

It is not alone that property, in all its forms, is struck at, but that liberty, in all its forms, is challenged by the fundamental conceptions of Socialism.
Winston Churchill

I do not wonder that British youth is in revolt against the morbid doctrine that nothing matters but the equal sharing of miseries; that what used to be called the submerged tenth can only be rescued by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their level; against the folly that it is better that everyone should have half rations rather than that any by their exertions, or ability, should earn a second helping.--Winston Churchill

All men are created equal' says the American Declaration of Independence. 'All men shall be kept equal' say the Socialists.--Winston Churchill

We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.-- Winston Churchil

Let us learn our lessons. Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. Antiquated War Offices, weak, incompetent or arrogant commanders, untrustworthy allies, hostile neutrals, malignant fortune, ugly surprise, awful miscalculations - all take their seat at the Council Board on the morrow of a declaration of war.
Winston Churchill - "My Early Life" (1930)

Churchill, in July 1945, on hearing of the Trinity test said "Stimson, what was gunpowder? Trivial. What was electricity? Meaningless. This atomic bomb is the Second Coming in Wrath." -- Lewis Strauss, "Men and Decisions" (1962)

Saving is a very fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.-- Winston Churchill

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Winston Churchill (radio speech, Oct. 1, 1939)

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.

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.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent ... The Dark Ages may return on the gleaming wings of science. Beware, I say. Time may be short.--Winston Churchill speaks at Fulton, Missouri, on 5 March 1946

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

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

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack.-- Winston Churchill

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." --Winston Churchill (1903)

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.-- Winston Churchill

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.--- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Peace will not be preserved by pious sentiments."Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.-Winston Churchill

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.--Winston Churchill, Speech at White House, June 26, 1954 in New York Times 27 June 1954, p. 1

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime. Dale Carnegie

In time of war, when truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.-- Winston Churchill, remark at Teheran, 1943.

It is not given to human beings [...] to foresee or predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events. In one phase men seem to have been right, in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is another scale of values. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes and kindle with pale gleams the glory of former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience, the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and the sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honour. -Part of Winston Churchill's eulogy for Neville Chamberlain Their Finest Hour, Page 486

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. - Winston Churchill

Old expressions are the best, and short ones even better.-- Winston Churchill

Although prepared for martyrdom, I prefer that it be postponed. -- Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Haven't you heard yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches? ~ Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

For the best part of twenty years the youth of Britain and America have been taught that war was evil, which is true, and that it would never come again, which has been proved false. For the best part of twenty years, the youth of Germany, of Japan and Italy, have been taught that aggressive war is the noblest duty of the citizen and that it should be begun as soon as the necessary weapons and organization have been made. We have performed the duties and tasks of peace. They have plotted and planned for war. This naturally has placed us, in Britain, and now places you in the United States at a disadvantage which only time, courage and untiring exertion can correct. -- Winston Churchill, Dec. 26, 1941 - speech to the United States Congress

Colley Cibber (1671 &endash; 1757)

We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman&emdash;scorned, slighted, dismissed without a parting pang. - Colley Cibber (1671 &endash; 1757)

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials--Cicero

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.    - Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 - 43 BC

And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and for all times, and there will be one master and one rule, that is, God, over us all, for He is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.- Cicero

When you have no basis for argument, abuse the plaintiff.--Cicero, 106 -- 43 B.C.

We are slaves of the law in order that we may be able to be free. --Marcus Tullius Cicero

A room without books is like a body without a soul. Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC).

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

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

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. Cicero

Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child. Cicero

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Morals today are corrupted by our worship of riches. - Cicero

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)"De Divinatione," bk. 2, sct. 58.

In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.--Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. --Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

While there's life, there's hope.--Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), _Ad Atticum_

What is more agreeable than one's home?--Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), _Ad Familiares_

The mind of each man is the man himself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend. - Cicero.

The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of being some day a commander. --Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

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

Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, 63 B.C.

Without the hope of immortality no one would ever face death for his country. --Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) _Tusculanae Disputationes_

Tom Clancy (1947 &endash; )

Don't ask a man what kind of computer he uses. If it's a Macintosh, he'll tell you. If not, why embarass him? --Tom Clancy

The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense. - Tom Clancy(1947 &endash; )

Eric Clapton

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

John Clare (1793-1864)

If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs.John Clare (1793-1864) Letter to a friend; in "John Clare: A Life," by J. W. Tibble and Anne Tibble.

Anthony Mary Claret

It is only by hammer blows that God manages to humble us, no matter how good our native disposition. -- Anthony Mary Claret

Alan Clark

Ludendorff: The English soldiers fight like lions.
Hoffman: True, but don't we know that they are lions led by donkeys.
Alan Clark "The Donkeys," about the First World War.

Arthur C. Clarke

... a minority committed to reason, to excellence, to the high principles of civilization, can make a difference. Society is not led from the middle, but from the top -- by the ideas of the thinkers, the discoveries of the explorers, the creations of the inventors, the words of the philosophers, the marvels of the builders, the sacrifices of the pioneers ... rudders are, as a rule, much smaller than the ships they steer. Leverage matters. Leverage, and whose hands are on the wheel.
Arthur C. Clarke & Michael Kube-McDowell,The Trigger, 1999, p. 446 (paperback edition)

Dick Clark

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? Dick Clark

Frank A. Clark

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find it out. -Frank A. Clark

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. Frank A. Clark

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

Kenneth Clark

..no nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow -and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals ~ Kenneth Clark, The Nude

W. A. Clark

Failure is the line of least persistence. - W. A. Clark

Graham Clarke

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

Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831)

Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software,1994.

Henry Clay (1777 - 1852)

The courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.  - Henry Clay, 1777 - 1852

Steve Cleary

If God gives the call, He gives the confidence. Steve Cleary

Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)

My son is twenty-two years old. If he had not become a Communist at twenty-two I would have disowned him. If he is still a Communist at thirty, I will do it then.-- Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929) Attributed

Clement of Rome

Should it be said that the Greeks discovered philosophy by human wisdom, I reply that I find the Scriptures declare all wisdom to be a divine gift.
Clement of Rome

Jane Tyson Clement

Oh, break the chrysalis of doubt!
Plough up the clods of thick despair
And split the buds of ignorance,
And cleanse the winter-heavy air.

Create a tumult in our hearts!
Drive us to seek what we have lost,
Until the flame of faith again
Has seared us with Thy Pentecost.
Jane Tyson Clement ,To Jesus in the Spring

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.
Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) In his veto of the Texas Seed Bill, 16 Feb 1887

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice. Grover Cleveland

Hillary Clinton

The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not. -- Hillary Clinton, 1992, "60 Minutes" interview

A hard dog to keep on the porch.-- Hillary Clinton, 1999 oin her husband

William Jefferson Clinton

Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless.--William Jefferson Clinton, Inaugural Address (January 20, 1993)

The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth. --William J. Clinton. 10/15/95 speech at Univ. of C T

Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people, time and time again, and betrayed their trust. He is no longer an effective leader. Since he has admitted guilt, there is no reason to put the American people through an impeachment. He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his term; the only possible solution is for the president to save some dignity and resign. --Bill Clinton regarding Richard Nixon, 1974

I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. -W J Clinton

R. Clopton

For every credibility gap, there is a gullibility fill.--R. Clopton

A. H. Clough (1819 &endash; 1861)

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars. -- A. H. Clough, "Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth

Edmund Clowney

Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God's faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self confidence and drive us to our Saviour.
Edmund Clowney, Commentary on 1 Peter.

Christians in community must again show the world, not merely family values, but the bond of the love of Christ. Increasingly the ordered fellowship of the church becomes the sign of grace for the warring factions of a disordered world. Only as the church binds together those whom selfishness and hate have cut apart will its message be heard and its ministry of hope to the friendless be received. --Edmund Clowney, THE CHURCH

As Christian feel the changing winds of political climate, the blasts against their values in the media, the exclusion of the Christian faith from educational institutions, they begin to sense the dangers of complacency and of pietistical world flight. -- Edmund P. Clowney, _The Christian and American Law_. 1998

William Cobbett

I view the tea-drinking as a destroyer of health, an enfeebler of the frome, an engender of effeminacy and laziness, a debaucher of youth and maker of misery for old age.~William Cobbett (1762-1835), The Vice of Tea-Drinking

The tea drinking has done a great deal in bringing this nation into the state of misery in which it now is, it must be evident to every one that the practice of tea drinking must render the frame feeble, and unfit to encounter hard labour or severe weather, while . . . it deducts from the means of replenishing the belly and covering the back. Hence succeeds a softness, an effeminacy, a seeking for the fireside, a lurking in the bed, and, in short, all the characteristics of idleness.William Cobbett , Cottage Economy 1822

The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor. --William Cobbett

John Cochran

That was no discouragement to me; for when the storm blew hardest, the smiles of my Lord were at the sweetest. It is a matter of rejoicing unto me to think how my Lord hath passed by many a tall cedar, and hath laid His love upon a poor bramble bush, the like of me. --John Cochran, shoemaker, hanged 1683

Jean Cocteau (1890-1963)

Matisse's painting "Le Bateau" hung upside down in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for forty-seven days before anyone noticed (October 18 to December 4, 1961). In that period 116,000 people had visited the gallery. --Jean Cocteau (1890-1963) _Past Tense: Diaries_, Volume 1 [1987]

Charles Coffin

The advent of our God
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must meet Him on His road
With hymns of holy joy.

The everlasting Son
Incarnate deigns to be;
Himself a servant's form puts on
To set His people free.

Daughter of Zion, rise
To meet thy lowly King,
Nor let thy faithless heart despise
The peace He comes to bring.

As Judge, on clouds of light,
He soon will come again,
And all His scattered saints unite
With Him in heaven to reign.

Before the dawning day
Let sin's dark deeds be gone;
The old man all be put away,
The new man all put on.

All glory to the Son
Who comes to set us free,
With Father, Spirit, ever One,
Through all eternity.
Charles Coffin, Paris Breviary, 1736 (Instantis adventum Dei); translated by John Chandler in Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837.

Harold Coffin

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

William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (1924- )

The devil is always suggesting that we compromise our high calling by substituting the good in place of the best. --William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (1924- ) _Credo_ [2004], "Life In General"

Alan Cohen

Our history is not our destiny.... Alan Cohen, Wake-Up Calls: You Don't Have to Sleepwalk Through Your Life, Love, or Career! by Eric Allenbaugh

 Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634)

They [corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicate, for they have no souls.
Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) English jurist The Reports of Sir Edward Coke (1658) The case of Sutton's Hospital

For a man's house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium [and one's home is the safest refuge to everyone].
Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), Third Institute

Common law is common right. -. Edward Coke, as quoted by William Penn at his trial.

Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619 &endash; 1683)

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing. --J. B. Colbert (attrib.)

Andrews T. Coleman

I don't like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of 'from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs'. That's socialism. It's written into the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him. --Andrews T. Coleman Commissioner of Internal Revenue, U.S. News & World Report (May 25, 1956)

Clark Coleman

The two most evangelical groups in the world are atheists and vegetarians, especially the least knowledgeable and least intelligent individuals within those groups.- Clark Coleman

Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849)

Her frowns are fairer far
than smiles of other maiden's are.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 1772-1834)

All men, even the most surly are influenced by affection ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 1772-1834)

If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us!  But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.  - Samuel Taylor Coleridge Table Talk 1835

A sadder and a wiser man
He rose the morrow morn.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)_The Ancient Mariner3

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

The most happy marriage I can picture would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. Coleridge

What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dreams you went to heaven and there you plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria (1817).

Each maitin bell, the Baron saith, knells us back to a world of death.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"(1798), pt. 2.

If man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend on it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. He cannot stop at the beast.--Samuel Taylor Coleridge, _Table Talk_, August 30, 1833

Colette (1873-1954)

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. Colette (1873-1954)"The Pure and the Impure," ch. 9, 1933; tr. 1966.

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.-- Colette

Jeremy Collier

Atheism is the result of ignorance and pride; of strong sense and feeble reasons; of good eating and ill-living. It is the plague of society, the corrupter of manners, and the underminer of property. Jeremy Collier

Charles Colson

I have looked back on Watergate and thank God for it. Through that crucible I came to know Christ personally and discovered that in the darkest moments of my life he was working to produce what I would later see as the greatest blessings of my life.
Charles Colson letter to Jonathan Aitken quoted in, Pride and Perjury, Jonathan Aitken, 2000.

... a widespread secularization increasingly descends into a moral, intellectual, and spiritual nihilism that denies not only the One who is the Truth but the very idea of truth itself. - Charles Colson and others, Evangelicals & Catholics Together:The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium,1994

Together we contend for the truth that politics, law, and culture must be secured by moral truth. With the Founders of the American experiment, we declare, "We hold these truths." With them, we hold that this constitutional order is composed not just of rules and procedures but is most essentially a moral experiment. With them, we hold that only a virtuous people can be free and just, and that virtue is secured by religion. To propose that securing civil virtue is the purpose of religion is blasphemous. To deny that securing civil virtue is a benefit of religion is blindness. -Charles Colson and others, Evangelicals & Catholics Together:The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium,1994

We strongly affirm the separation of church and state, and just as strongly protest the distortion of that principle to mean the separation of religion from public life. We are deeply concerned by the courts' narrowing of the protections provided by the "free exercise" provision of the First Amendment and by an obsession with "no establishment" that stifles the necessary role of religion in American life. As a consequence of such distortions, it is increasingly the case that wherever government goes religion must retreat, and government increasingly goes almost everywhere. -Charles Colson and others, Evangelicals & Catholics Together:The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium,1994

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

When the church does not clearly teach the doctrine of hell, society loses an important anchor. In a sense, hell gives meaning to our lives. It tells us that the moral choices we make day by day have eternal significance; that our behaviour has consequences lasting to eternity; that God Himself takes our choices seriously. When people don't believe in a final judgement, they don't feel ultimately accountable for their actions. There is no firm leash holding back sinful impulses. As the book of Judges puts it, there is no "fear of God" in their hearts, and everyone does "what is right in his own eyes." The doctrine of hell is not just some dusty, theological holdover from the unenlightened Middle Ages. It has significant social consequences. Without ultimate justice, people's sense of moral obligation dissolves; social bonds are broken. People who have no fear of God soon have no fear of man, and no respect for human laws and authority. Chuck Colson

America's founders were seized by a great liberal vision -- a country in which people would freely exchange ideas arising from a plurality of interests. From this dialogue, truth could be rationally discovered. But in today's relativistic environment, pluralism no longer means tolerating competing ideas. It means forced neutrality. According to this view, no one should express any idea that could offend someone else.
Charles Colson, BreakPoint Commentary #000223 - 2/23/2000, Just Pipe Down: Are Christians Intolerant?

The gospel of Jesus Christ must be the bad news of the conviction of sin before it can be the Good News of redemption. The truth is revealed in God's Holy Word; life can be lived only in absolute and disciplined submission to its authority.-- Charles Colson

Christians need to focus attention on the issues surrounding just war. The President must respond to the terrorist attacks forcefully and quickly. The Bible teaches that the government has the power of the sword to preserve order and do justice. At the same time, the power of the sword has to be tempered by the restraints of the just war doctrine. Beginning with St. Augustine some 1600 years ago, Christians have thought and written about the appropriate use of military force. Today we need to be the ones who insist that the response to the terrorist attacks be proportionate, that it doesn't create a greater evil, and that civilians are not targeted. I have been watching the television and I have yet to hear the question of just war raised. If we don't bring these issues into public discourse, no one will. The fact is that this country is hurting and grieving. It is perplexed, frustrated, and confused about what needs to be done next. This is the time that we can come alongside and offer compassion, mercy, understanding, and good instead of evil. And we can contribute to the public debate that will inform our nation's actions in a way that reflects God's standards of justice.- Chales Colson - "BreakPoint with Chuck Colson" 17th September 2001

Americans increasingly prefer to be described as "spiritual," rather than "religious." There is a telling difference here: the word "religion" comes from the Latin word religiari, for "binding," and that's the last thing we want our faith to do to us. - BreakPoint with Charles Colson Commentary #011109 - 11/09/2001

The Watergate cover-up reveals the true nature of humanity. Even political zealots at the pinnacle of power will, in the crunch, save their own necks, even at the expense of the ones they profess to serve so loyally. But the apostles could not deny Jesus because they had seen Him face to face, and they knew He had risen from the dead.
No, you can take it from an expert in cover-ups -- I've lived through Watergate -- that nothing less than a resurrected Christ could have caused those men to maintain to their dying whispers that Jesus is alive and is Lord. Two thousand years later, nothing less than the power of the risen Christ could inspire Christians around the world to remain faithful -- despite prison, torture, and death..- "BreakPoint with Chuck Colson" 28 Mar 02

In the clash of civilizations, the West seems bent on unilateral disarmament -- that is, unless people are willing to risk being ostracized by their neighbors who have a badly misshapen notion of tolerance. But thatís exactly what Christians are called to do -- speak the truth in love. - Chuck Colson, BreakPoint, 16 May 2002

Tolerance used to mean an open market for the free discussion of everyone's truth claims&emdash;not anymore. Over the past few decades, it has been redefined to be the notion that not only should I have the right to do what I want to do, but you have to approve of it, as well.- "BreakPoint with Chuck Colson" 2 May 2003

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

It is a mortifying truth, and ought to teach the wisest of us humility, that many of the most valuable discoveries have been the result of chance rather than of contemplation, and of accident rather than of design.-- Charles Caleb Colton

Let any of those who renounce Christianity write fairly down in a book all the absurdities they believe instead of it, and they will find it requires more faith to reject Christianity than to embrace it.~ Charles Caleb Colton

 If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) _Lacon_ [1825], Vol 1, No. 546

The three great apostles of practical atheism that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are health, wealth, and power. --Charles Caleb Colton

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.-- Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832)

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)_Lacon_ [1825], Volume 1, Number 103

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)_Lacon_ [1820-1822]

If you would be known and not know, vegetate in a village. If you would know and not be known, live in a city. Charles Caleb Colton

They who worship gold in a world so corrupt as this, have at least one thing to plead in defence of their idolatry--the power of their idol. This idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite. --Caleb Colton

Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy. How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy! In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age we are looking backward to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day when we have time. C. C. Colton

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. --Caleb C. Colton

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) _Lacon_ [1825], Vol 2, No. 108

Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us, as those that are not wholly wrong; as no watches so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right. --C. C. Colton

Agur said, "Give me neither poverty nor riches"; and this will ever be the prayer of the wise. Our incomes should be like our shoes: if too small, they will gall and pinch us, but if too large, they will cause us to stumble and to trip. But wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he that has much, but wants more. True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. --Caleb C. Colton

Afflictions sent by providence melt the constancy of the noble minded, but confirm the obduracy of the vile, as the same furnace that liquifies the gold, hardens the clay. --Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

And the sea shall grant all men new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home. - Christopher Columbus, 1451 - 1506

Barry Commoner (1917-____)

No action is without its side effects. Barry Commoner (1917-____) Webster's Electronic Quotebase

When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.
Barry Commoner (1917-____) Webster's Electronic Quotebase

Josiah Conder 1789-1855

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

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

Confucius (551-479 BC)

An angry man is full of poison. -- Confucius

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake. Confucius

When a student asked of Confucius:"What do you say concerning the principle that injury should be recompensed by kindness?" The Master replied:"With what, then, will you recompense kindness? Recompense injury with justice and recompense kindness with kindness"

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. --Confucius (551-479 BC)

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

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

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. --Confucius, _Analects_, c. 500BC

The greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fall. - Confucius

William Congreve (1670-1729)

Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
To-morrow's sun to thee may never rise.
William Congreve. 1670-1729. Letter to Cobham.

Music hath charm to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve(1670 &endash; 1729)

Bob Conklin

If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities. Bob Conklin

Cyril Connolly (1903 &endash; 1974)

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. ~ Cyril Connolly, in David Pryce-Jones, Journals and Memoirs (1983)

We create the world in which we live; if that world becomes unfit for human life; it is because we tire of our responsibility~Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)

In the sex-war thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male,vindictiveness of the female. --Cyril Connolly, _The Unquiet Grave_, 1944

Robert Conquest

To congratulate oneself on one's warm commitment to the environment, or to peace, or to the oppressed, and think no more is a profound moral fault.-- Robert Conquest, _Reflections on a Ravaged Century_, 1999

Steve Constable

Comforts corrode our consciences -- Steve Constable

A J Conyers

It is nor secularism per se that differs with (sic) the central thrust of Christianity. But it is this persistent aim to resolve the pain of life, either through changing the outward world or through a personal accommodation to the world, that strikes directly against the core of a Christian view of life. - A J Conyers, The Eclipse of Heaven,, Inter Varsity Press, 1992 p.70.

In our attempt to overcome estrangement and to make ourselves a home in the world, we have made ourselves, more than ever, strangers. - A J Conyers, The Eclipse of Heaven,, Inter Varsity Press, 1992 p.71.

Peter Cook

DM: Do you feel you've learnt by your mistakes here?
PC: I think I have, yes, and I think I can probably repeat them almost perfectly. I know my mistakes inside out.
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, "The Frog and Peach"

Alistair Cooke (1908 -2004)

A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it. - Alistair Cooke (1908 -2004)

Calvin Coolidge (1872 &endash; 1933)

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

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country. --Calvin Coolidge, quoted by Cal Thomas, "Silent Cal Speaks: Why Calvin Coolidge is the Model for Conservative Leadership Today" http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/HL576.cfm

When Calvin Coolidge was vice president, Channing Cox, who had succeeded Coolidge as Governor of Massachusetts, came to Washington and stopped in to see him. Cox was impressed by the fact that Coolidge was able to see long lists of callers every day, yet finished his work by five o'clock. Cox pointed out that he often found himself tied up with visitors until nine in the evening. "What makes the difference?" he asked.
"You talk back," Silent Cal explained. - Bits & Pieces, October 14,1993

Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness. You can display no greater wisdom than by resisting proposals for needless legislation. It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.--Calvin Coolidge, _Have Faith in Massachusetts_ p.4

Gary Cooper (1901-61)

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"

James Fenimore Cooper

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

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

John Copeland

A diary will show you that troubles that loomed so large and menacingly at the time become insignificant and usually forgotten over the months. - John Copeland DIARY OF A SUPERANNUATED SOUL w/e8.8.98

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

Nicholas Copernicus (1473 &endash; 1543)

O Lord, the faith thou didst give to St. Paul, I cannot ask; the mercy thou didst show to St. Peter; I dare not ask; but Lord, the grace thou didst show unto the dying robber, that, Lord, show to me. -- Copernicus, epitaph of his own composition

Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)

If one were asked to name one musician who came closest to composing without human flaw, I suppose general consensus would choose Johann Sebastian Bach. - Aaron Copland, 1900 - 1990

Sir Douglas Copland

Our first settlers were chosen by England's best judges.~Sir Douglas Copland, Sydney Morning Herald (9th July 1960)

James J. Corbett

To become a champion, fight one more round.-- James J. Corbett

Bill Cosby

There's no labor a man can do that's undignified, if he does it right.   -  Bill Cosby

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

Elvis Costello

green for go, green for action
from park royal to north acton
past scrolls and inscriptions like those of the egyptian age
and one of these days the hoover factory
is gonna be all the rage in those fashionable pages

five miles out of london on the western avenue
must have been a wonder when it was brand new
talkin' 'bout the splendour of the hoover factory
i know that you'd agree if you had seen it too
it's not a matter of life or death
but what is?"
"Hoover Factory" (song), Elvis Costello [DPA McManus]

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do. ~Elvis Costello, in an interview by Timothy White entitled "A Man out of Time Beats the Clock." Musician magazine No. 60 (October 1983), p. 52.

Lou Costello

That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted. -- Lou Costello, last words, d. 1959

Kevin Costner

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments. - Kevin Costner

John Cotton

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

Geoffrey Cottrell

In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is. --Geoffrey Cottrell

Emily Sargent Councilman

Courage is a quietness--
Not martial music made--
Born of facing up to life
Even when afraid.
-Emily Sargent Councilman

Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 &endash; 1997)

In 1930, Cousteau passed the highly competitive examinations to enter France's Naval Academy. He served in the navy and entered naval aviation school. A near-fatal car crash at age 26 denied him his wings, and he was transferred to sea duty, where he swam rigorously to strengthen badly weakened arms. The therapy had unintended consequences. "Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course," he wrote. "It happened to me ... on that summer's day, when my eyes were opened to the sea."

Stephen R. Covey

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fireunder you, chances are it will burn very briefly.-Stephen R. Covey (1932 - ____) US consultant, author

The "Inside-Out" approach to personal and self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self - with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.... Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Godfrey Cowan

The most difficult task facing us today is to persuade the person who is enjoying Christian culture and Christian standards that these do not survive of themselves... Godfrey Cowan

Barry Coward

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

William Cowper (1731-1800)

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper

Thousands, careless of the damning sin,
Kiss the book's outside who ne'er look within.
William Cowper

I am but a gatherer, and a disposer of other men's stuff. If the world like it not, so much the worse for them. -- W Cowper

Happy the man who sees a God employed in all the good and ill that chequers life. WILLIAM COWPER

The cares of today are seldom those of tomorrow; and when we lie down at night we may safely say to most of our troubles, "Ye have done your worst, and we shall see you no more."--- William Cowper

Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.:
William Cowper (1731-1800) Retirement, 623

Oh Nymph of transatlantic fame,
Where'er thine haunt, whate'er thy name,
Whether reposing on the side
Of Oroonoquo's spacious tide,
Or listening with delight not small
To Niagara's distant fall,
'Tis time to cherish and to feed
The pungent nose-refreshing weed,
Which, whether pulverised it gain
A speedy passage to the brain,
Or, whether, touch'd with fire, it rise
In circling eddies to the skies,
Does thought more quicken and refine
Than all the breath of all the Nine-
Forgive the bard, if bard he be,
Who once too wantonly made free,
To touch with a satiric wipe
That symbol of thy power, the pipe;
So may no blight infest thy plains
And no unseasonable rains;
And so may smiling peace once more
Visit America's sad shore;
And thou secure from all alarms,
Of thundering drums and glittering arms,
Rove unconfined beneath the shade
Thy wide-expanded leaves have made;
So may thy votaries increase,
And fumigation never cease,
May Newton with renew'd delights
Perform thy odoriferous rites.
While clouds of incense half divine
Involve thy disappearing shrine:
And so may smoke-inhaling Bull
Be always filling, never full.

When was public virtue to be found when private was not? -- William Cowper

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
William Cowper, THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD in Conyer's Collection of Psalms and Hymns, 1772.

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

Patriots have toil'd, and in their country's cause
Bled nobly; and their deeds, as they deserve,
Receive proud recompence. We give in charge
Their names to the sweet lyre. The historic muse,
Proud of the treasure, marches with it down
To latest times; and Sculpture, in her turn,
Gives bond in stone and ever-during brass
To guard them, and to immortalize her trust:
But fairer wreaths are due, though never paid,
To those who, posted at the shrine of Truth,
Have fallen in her defence. A patriot's blood,
Well spent in such a strife, may earn indeed,
And for a time ensure to his loved land,
The sweets of liberty and equal laws;
But martyrs struggle for a brighter prize,
And win it with more pain. Their blood is shed
In confirmation of the noblest claim&emdash;
Our claim to feed upon immortal truth,
To walk with God, to be divinely free,
To soar, and to anticipate the skies.
Yet few remember them. They lived unknown
Till persecution dragg'd them into fame,
And chased them up to heaven. Their ashes flew
&emdash;No marble tells us whither. With their names
No bard embalms and sanctifies his song:
And history, so warm on meaner themes,
Is cold on this. She execrates indeed
The tyranny that doom'd them to the fire,
But gives the glorious sufferers little praise.
He is the freeman whom the truth makes free,
And all are slaves beside.
Cowper, The Task

Marcelene Cox

Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves. -- Marcelene Cox

Walter Craddock

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

Dinah Mulock Craik (1826-1887)

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together . . .Dinah Mulock Craik (1826-1887)

There was never a night that had no morn. Dinah Mulock Craik (1826-1887) "The Golden Gate," "Mulock's Poems, New and Old," 1888.

George Crabbe

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

Clayton Cramer

Christophobia: the irrational fear of Christianity, and the moral system that it promotes. Usage: "You can't be serious! Anyone that thinks that way is just a 'Christophobe!' There's no point in considering what they say!"--Clayton Cramer

My definition of social justice: those who refuse to work deserve to go hungry. --Clayton Cramer

Abandon all hopes of utopia -- there are people involved.-- Clayton Cramer

Monta Crane

There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone to do it, or forbid your children from doing it. --Monta Crane

Stephen Crane (1871 &endash; 1900)

 A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
Stephen Crane, in "War is Kind"

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

This hand hath offended. - Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer, burned at the stake for heresy on 21 March 1556, thrusts into the fire the hand with which, under torture, he had signed a recantation of his beliefs.

In the Scriptures be the fat pastures of the soul; therein is no venomous meat, no unwholesome thing; they be the very dainty and pure feeding. He that is ignorant, shall find there what he should learn. --Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)

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

Luciano de Crescenzo

We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other.-- Luciano de Crescenzo

Frederick Crews

Psychoanalysis will fade away just as mesmerism and phrenology did, and for the same reason - its exploded pretensions will deprive it of recruits Frederick Crews

Francis Crick

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

Quentin Crisp (1908 &endash; 1999)

Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.-- Crisp, Quentin (1908-1999) _The Naked Civil Servant_ (1968) ch. 8

The . . . problem that confronts homosexuals is that they set out to win the love of a "real" man. If they succeed, they fail. A man who "goes with" other men is not what they would call a real man. The conundrum is incapable of resolution, but that does not make homosexuals give it up. Quentin Crisp

The young always have the same problem , how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. Quentin Crisp

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and asked if the god I did not believe in was the protestand God or the catholic one. - Quentin Crisp

Tobias Crisp

Through Christ's satisfaction for sin, the very nature of affliction is changed with regard to believers. As death, which was, at first, the wages of sin, is now become a bed of rest (Is. 57:2); so afflictions are not the rod of God's anger, but the gentle (medicine) of a tender father. Tobias Crisp


No one would be foolish enough to choose war over peace--in peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons. Croesus of Lydia

Oliver Cromwell



A man of war is the best ambassador..--Oliver Cromwell

He who stops being better stops being good.--Oliver Cromwell

I would rather Mahommedans were permited among us though one of God's children be persecuted. - Oliver Cromwell, quoted by Barbara Tuchman, Bible and Sword.

Let us restore the king to his throne, and let the king in future agree to govern with the consent of Parliament. Let us restore the old church, with itsbishops, since that is what most of the people want; but since the Puritans and Separatists and Baptists have served us well in the war, let us not persecute them anymore but let them worship as they like, outside of the established church. And so let us have peace and liberty.--Oliver Cromwell

Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it. As quoted in Anecdotes of Painting in England (1762-1771) by Horace Walpole often credited as being the origin of the phrase "warts and all"

Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.--Oliver Cromwell

Put your trust in God, but keep your powder dry.--Oliver Cromwell

To Hell or to Connaught.--Oliver Cromwell

What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.--Oliver Cromwell

Who can love to walk in the dark? But providence doth often so dispose.
Oliver Cromwell, in To Honour God- The Spirituality of Oliver Cromwell, Michael Haykin, 1999

If the remonstrance had been rejected I would have sold all I had the next morning and never have seen England more, and I know there are many other modest men of the same resolution. - Oliver Cromwell, On the passing of the revolutionary Grand Remonstrance of November 1641 listing Parliament's grievances against King Charles I, as quoted in A History of the Rebellion by Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon

I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that you call a Gentleman and is nothing else. - Oliver Cromwell Letter to Sir William Spring (September 1643)

A few honest men are better than numbers. - Oliver Cromwell Letter to Sir William Spring (September 1643)

The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies. - Oliver CromwellStatement before the battle of Marston Moor (July 2, 1644)

Truly England and the church of God hath had a great favour from the lord, in this great victory given us. - Oliver CromwellOn the battle of Marston Moor (1644)

God made them as stubble to our swords. -- Oliver Cromwell after victory at Marston Moor, 2 July 1644

We study the glory of God, and the honour and liberty of parliament, for which we unaminously fight, without seeking our own interests... I profess I could never satisfy myself on the justness of this war, but from the authority of the parliament to maintain itself in its rights; and in this cause I hope to prove myself an honest man and single-hearted. - Oliver Cromwell Statement to Colonel Valentine Walton, (5 or 6 September 1644)

„It is an odd thing, Mr. Ireton, that each man wages war believing that God is on his side.YI'll warrant God should often wonder who is on his.-- Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England (1599-1658), to one of his lieutenants before the 1645 Battle of Naseby, in which Cromwell's „New Model Army Iron Sides utterly defeated the Royalists

I could not riding out alone about my business, but smile out to God in praises, in assurance of victory because God would, by things that are not, bring to naught things that are. - Oliver Cromwell Before the Battle of Naseby (1645)

It's a blessed thing to die daily. For what is there in this world to be accounted of! The best men according to the flesh, and things, are lighter than vanity. Ifind this only good, to love the Lord and his poor despised people, to do for them and to be ready to suffer with them....and he that is found worthy of this hath obtained great favour from the Lord; and he that is established in this shall ( being conformed to Christ and the rest of the Body) participate in the glory of a resurrection which will answer all. - Letter to Sir Thomas Fairfax (7 March 1646)

This is our comfort, God is in heaven...His and only His counsel shall stand. - Oliver Cromwell Letter (21 December 1646)

We declared our intentions to preserve monarchy, and they still are so, unless necessity enforce an alteration. It's granted the king has broken his trust, yet you are fearful to declare you will make no further addresses... look on the people you represent, and break not your trust, and expose not the honest party of your kingdom, who have bled for you, and suffer not misery to fall upon them for want of courage and resolution in you, else the honest people may take such courses as nature dictates to them.- Oliver Cromwell Speech in the commons during the debate which preceeded the "Vote of No Addresses"; as recorded in the diary of John Boys of Kent.

I tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it. - Oliver Cromwell To one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I (1648) in W C Abbott, The Writings and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell, Camgridge, Mass., 1937-47, vol I, p.576.

Cruel necessity.- - Oliver Cromwell On the execution of King Charles I (January 1649)

If we do not depart from God, and disinite by that departure, and fall into disunion among ourselves, I am confident, we doing our duty and waiting upon the Lord, we shall find He will be as a wall of brass round about us till we have finishe that work which he has for us to do.-- Oliver Cromwell, to his army officers, 23 March 1649

This is a righteous judgement of God upon these barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands in so much innocent blood.- Oliver Cromwell After the seige of Drogheda, where Cromwell had forbid his soldiers "to spare any that were in arms in the town". (1649)

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.- Oliver Cromwell,Letter to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland (August 3, 1650)

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.

I am neither heir nor executor to Charles Stuart.- Oliver Cromwell, Repudiating a royal debt (August 1651)

The dimensions of this mercy are above my thoughts. It is for aught I know, a crowning mercy.- Oliver Cromwell,Letter (1651)

Shall we seek for the root of our comforts within us; what God hath done, what he is to us in Christ, is the root of our comfort. In this is stability; in us is weakness. Acts of obedience are not perfect, and therefore yield not perfect peace. Faith, as an act, yields it not, but as it carries us into him, who is our perfect rest and peace; in whom we are accounted of, and received by, the Father, even as Christ himself. This is our high calling. Rest we here, and here only.- Oliver Cromwell, Letter to Charles Fleetwood, 1652.

You have sat here too long for any good you have been doing lately ... Depart, I say; and let us be done with you. In the name of God, go! - Oliver Cromwell dismisses the Rump Parliament on 20 April 1653. Memorials of English Affairs.

When I went there, I did not think to have done this. But perceiving the spirit of God so strong upon me, I would not consult flesh and blood.- Oliver Cromwell, On his forcible dissolution of parliament (April 1653) quoted in Flagellum: or the Life and Death Birth and Burial of Oliver Cromwell the Late Usurper (1663) by James Heath

You are as like the forming of God as ever people were...you are at the edge of promises and prophecies.- Oliver Cromwell, Speech to the "Barebones Parliament" (July 1653)

Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged.- Oliver Cromwell, Referring to a cheering crowd (1654) Variant: The people would be just as noisy if they were going to see me hanged.

Weeds and nettles, briars and thorns, have thriven under your shadow, dissettlement and division, discontentment and dissatisfaction, together with realdangers to the whole.- Oliver Cromwell,Speech dissolving the first Protectoral Parliament.

God has brought us where we are, to consider the work we may do in the world, as well as at home.- Oliver Cromwell,Cromwell to the Army Council (1654)

Though peace be made, yet it's interest that keep peace.- Oliver Cromwell, Quoted in a statement to Parliament as as "a maxim not to be despised" (4 September 1654)

There are some things in this establishment that are fundamental... about which I shall deal plainly with you... the government by a single person and a parliament is a fundamental... and... though I may seem to plead for myself, yet I do not:no, nor can any reasonable man say it... I plead for this nation, and all the honest men therin.- Oliver Cromwell, To the first Protectorate Parliament (12 September 1654)

In every government there must be somewhat fundamental, somewhat like a magna charta, that should be standing and unalterable... that parliaments should not make themselves perpetual is a fundamental.- Cromwell in a speech to the first Protectorate Parliament, 12 September 1654.

Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imagined necessities... are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretenses to break known rules by.- Oliver Cromwell, Speech to the first Protectorate Parliament (September 1654)

I was by birth a gentleman, living neither in any considerable height, nor yet in obscurity. I have been called to several employments in the nation-to serve in parliaments,-and ( because I would not be over tedious ) I did endevour to discharge the duty of an honest man in those services, to God, and his people's interest, and of the commonwealth; having, when time was, a competent acceptation in the hearts of men, and some evidence thereof.- Oliver Cromwell, Speech to the first parliament of the Protectorate (September 1654)

I desire not to keep my place in this government an hour longer than I may preserve england in it's just rights, and may protect the people of God in such a just liberty of their consciences...- Oliver Cromwell, To the first Protectorate Parliament (22 January 1655)

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

[Kingship] is not so interwoven in in the laws...truly though the kingship be not a mere title but a name of office that runs through the whole of the law... as such a title hath been fixed, so it may be unfixed...- Oliver Cromwell, To the representatives of the Second Protectorate Parliament (13 April 1657)

You drew me here to accept the place I now stand in. There is ne'er a man within these walls that can say, "Sir, you sought it", nay, not a man nor woman treading upon english ground.- Oliver Cromwell, Speech to parliament (4 February 1658)

You have accounted yourselves happy on being environed with a great ditch from all the world beside.- Oliver Cromwell,Letter (1658)

Not what they want but what is good for them..- Oliver Cromwell, Letter (1658)

I would have been glad to have lived under my woodside, and to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken this government. --Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)_To Parliament_ [1658]

No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.- Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658) Statement to M. Bellievre, recorded in the Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz;

I would be willing to live and be farther serviceable to God and his people; but my work is done. Yet God will be with his people.
Oliver Cromwell, Dying Sayings in Carlyle, Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches

It is not my design to drink or to sleep, but my design is to make what haste I can to be gone.- Oliver Cromwell, Last words (3 September 1658)


David Crosby

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

E. Joseph Crossman

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


Russel Crowe

I'd move to Los Angeles if Australia and New Zealand were swallowed by a huge tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England, and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack. RUSSEL CROWE, {Interview in Movieline Magazine}

Johan Cruyff

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

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Each of us is born with two contradictory sets of instructions: a conservative tendency, made up of instincts for self-preservation, self-aggrandizement, and saving energy, and an expansive tendency made up of instincts for exploring, for enjoying novelty and risk -- the curiosity that leads to creativity belongs to this set. But whereas the first tendency requires little encouragement or support from outside to motivate behavior, the second can wilt if not cultivated. If too few opportunities for curiosity are available, if too many obstacles are put in the way of risk and exploration, the motivation to engage in creative behavior is easily extinguished.... Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Ottobah Cugoano

But I must own to the shame of my own countrymen, that I was first kidnapped and betrayed by my own complexion, who were the first cause of my exile and slavery; but if there were no buyers there would be no sellers. - Ottobah Cugoano,, Thoughts, Sentiments an the Evil, Wicked Traffic of the Slavery, Commerce of the Human Species, London, 1787.

William Culbertson

Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers. ~ William Culbertson

William Thomas Cummings

There are no atheists in foxholes.--William Thomas Cummings (1903-1944) (Field sermon, Bataan [1942]; From Carlos P. Romulo's _I Saw the Fall of the Philippines_ [1942])

Jerome Cummings

Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words.--Jerome Cummings

William Thomas Cummings

There are no atheists in foxholes.--William Thomas Cummings (1903-1944) (Field sermon, Bataan [1942]; From Carlos P. Romulo's _I Saw the Fall of the Philippines_ [1942])

Michael Cunningham

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

Ed Cunningham

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

Don Cupitt

Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity. - Don Cupitt

Will Cuppy (1884 &endash; 1949)

Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons. Will Cuppy (1884 &endash; 1949)

C. Curran

Social justice is a semantic fraud from the same stable as People's Democracy. C. Curran

John Philpot Curran, 1750 - 1817

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

Byron Curtis

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

George Curtis

Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. George Curtis

The test of civilization is the estimate of woman.-- George William Curtis

Age ... is a matter of feeling, not of years.--George William Curtis

Lionel Curtis

Cynics are further from realities than saints.--Lionel Curtis, "The Capital Question of China"

Cyprian (?-258)

No one is safe by his own strength, but he is safe by the grace and mercy of God.... Cyprian (?-258)

This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden, under the shadow of these vines. But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out over the wide lands, you know very well what I would see--brigands on the high roads, pirates on the seas; in the amphitheaters men murdered to please applauding crowds; under all roofs misery and selfishness. It is really a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. Yet in the midst of it I have found a quiet and holy people. They have discovered a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasures of this sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are the Christians -- and I am one of them. - Cyprian (?-258), a letter

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