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Jonathan Edwards

John M. Eades

There are some days I practise positive thinking and some days I am not positive I am thinking. ~ John M. Eades

Mark Earley

The postmodern worldview denies that there is such a thing as truth: historical, moral, or otherwise. It denies that truth exists independently of our perspectives and interests. - Mark Earley, BreakPoint 08/13/2002

Abba Eban (1915- 2002)

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives. Abba Eban (1915- 2002)

His ignorance is encyclopaedic -- Abba Eban

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.  - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

M.C. Echer

I think. . .I think it's in my basement. . .Let me go upstairs and check. --M.C. Echer

Meister Eckhart, c. 13th-14thC

One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand persons who have mastered only the contents of books, but no one can get anything out of life without God.-- Meister Eckhart, c. 13th-14thC

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. Meister Eckhart

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

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.... Meister Eckhart, Body, Mind and Spirit

Let God operate in thee; Hand the work over to Him and do not disquiet thyself as to whether or no He is working with nature or above nature, for His are both nature and grace. .. Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?

Arthur Stanley Eddington

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another to account for its origin. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own. -- Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, _Space, Time, and Gravitation_

Alfred Edersheim

For God to explain a trial would be to destroy its purpose, calling forth simple faith and implicit obedience.... Alfred Edersheim

Thomas A. Edison

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. --Thomas Edison

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress. --Thomas A. Edison

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.-Thomas A. Edison

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

Irwin Edman (1896-1954)

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

Bob Edwards (1947 &endash; )

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

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

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.-
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)_The Christian Pilgrim_

If it be enquired how man came to sin, seeing he had no sinful inclinations in him, except God took away his grace from him that he had been wont to give him and so let him fall, I answer there was no need of taking away any that had been given him, but he sinned under that temptation because God did not give him more. He did not take away that grace from him while he was perfectly innocent which grace was his original righteousness, but he only withheld his confirming grace given now in heaven, grace as shall surmount every temptation.... JONATHAN EDWARDS, Miscellany 290

The necessity of Christ's satisfaction to divine justice is, as it were, the center and hinge of all doctrines of pure revelation. Other doctrines are of little importance comparatively except as they have respect to this. JONATHAN EDWARDS

 Indeed the saints in themselves have no excellence as they are in and of themselves.... They are in themselves filthy, vile creatures and see themselves to be so. they have an excellence and a glory in them because they have Christ dwelling in them.... Tis some. thing of God. This holy heavenly spark is put into the soul in con version, and God maintains it there. All the power of hell cannot put it out.... Though it be small ... 'tis a powerful thing. It has influence on the heart to govern that, and brings forth holy fruits in the life, and won't cease to prevail 'til it has consumed all the corruption that is left in the heart and 'til it has turned the whole soul, as it were, into a pure, holy and heavenly flame. JONATHAN EDWARDS

We are under greater obligations to love a more lovely being than a less lovely; and if a being be infinitely excellent and lovely, our obligations to love him are therein infinitely great.... The unworthiness of sin or opposition to God rises and is great in proportion to the dignity of the object and inferiority of the subject; but on the contrary, the value of respect rises in proportion to the value of the subject… J.EDWARDS

Love is the sum of all virtue, and love disposes us to do good. JONATHAN EDWARDS

They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, and not as creditors: they come for mere mercy, for sovereign grace, and not for anything that is due. JONATHAN EDWARDS

The change that takes place in a man when he is converted and sanctified, is not that his love for happiness is diminished but only that it is regulated with respect to its exercises and influences, and the course and objects it leads to...when God brings a soul out of a miserable state and condition into a happy state of conversion, he gives him happiness that before he had not (namely in God), but he does not at the same time take away any of his love of happiness. JONATHAN EDWARDS

True saints have their minds, in the first place, inexpressibly pleased and delighted with the sweet ideas of the glorious and amiable nature of the things of God. And this is the spring of all their delights, and the cream of all their pleasures... JONATHAN EDWARDS - Religious Affections

Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice....Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more...[According to Ps. 119:100] 'I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.' JONATHAN EDWARDS

You all have by you a large treasure of divine knowledge, in that you have the Bible in your hands; therefore be not contented in possessing but little of this treasure. God hath spoken much to you in the Scripture; labour to understand as much of what he saith as you can. God hath made you all reasonable creatures; therefore let not the noble faculty of reason or understanding lie neglected. Content not yourselves with having so much knowledge as is thrown in your way, and as you receive in some sense unavoidably by the frequent inculcation of divine truth in the preaching of the word, of which you are obliged to be hearers, or as you accidentally gain in conversation; but let it be very much your business to search for it, and that with the same diligence and labour with which men are wont to dig in mines of silver and gold.-- JONATHAN EDWARDS

As long as a person has a notion that he is guided by immediate direction from heaven, it makes him incorrigible and impregnable in all his misconduct. Jonathan Edwards

That peace, which has been described, and which believers enjoy, is a participation of the peace which their glorious Lord and Master himself enjoys, by virtue of the same blood by which Christ himself has entered into rest. It is in a participation of this same justification; for believers are justified with Christ. As he was justified when he rose from the dead, and as he was made free from our guilt, which had had as our surety, so believers are justified in him and through him; as being accepted of God in the same righteousness. It is the favour of the same God and heavenly Father that they enjoy peace. 'I ascend to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." It is in a participation of the same Spirit; for believers have the Spirit of Christ. He had the Spirit given him beyond measure, and of his fullness do they all receive, and grace for grace.-- Jonathan Edwards

Christ is like a river in another respect. A river is continually flowing, there are fresh supplies of water coming from the fountain-head continually, so that a man may live by it, and be supplied with water all his life. So Christ is an ever-flowing fountain; he is continually supplying his people, and the fountain is not spent. They who live upon Christ, may have fresh supplies from him to all eternity; they may have an increase of blessedness that is new, and new still, and which never will come to an end. JONATHAN EDWARDS

Christ is not only a remedy for your weariness and trouble, but he will give you an abundance of the contrary, joy and delight. They who come to Christ, do no only come to a resting-place after they have been wandering in a wilderness, but they come to a banqueting-house where they may rest, and where they may feast. They may cease from their former troubles and toils, and they may enter upon a course of delights and spiritual joys.

But Christ Jesus has true excellency, and so great excellency, that when they come to see it they look no further, but the mind rests there. It sees a transcendent glory and an ineffable sweetness in him; it sees that till now it has been pursuing shadows, but that now it has found the substance; that before it had been seeking happiness in the stream, but that now it has found the ocean. The excellency of Christ is an object adequate to the natural cravings of the soul, and is sufficient to fill the capacity. It is an infinite excellency, such an one as the mind desires, in which it can find no bounds; and the more the mind is used to it, the more excellent it appears. Every new discovery makes this beauty appear more ravishing, and the mind sees no end; here is room enough for the mind to go deeper and deeper, and never come to the bottom. The soul is exceedingly ravished when it first looks on this beauty, and it is never weary of it. The mind never has any satiety, but Christ's excellency is always fresh and new, and tends as much to delight, after it has been seen a thousand or ten thousand years, as when it was seen the first moment. --JONATHAN EDWARDS

The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These arebut streams. But God is the ocean. JONATHAN EDWARDS

True saints have their minds, in the first place, inexpressibly pleased and delighted with the sweet ideas of the glorious and amiable nature of the things of God. And this is the spring of all their delights, and the cream of all their pleasures.
JONATHAN EDWARDS - Religious Affections

To pretend to describe the excellence, the greatness or duration of the happness of heaven by the most artful composition of words would be but to darken and cloud it; to talk of raptures and ecstasies, joy and singing, is but to set forth very low shadows of the reality. JONATHAN EDWARDS

The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean. JONATHAN EDWARDS

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you was suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up. There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell, since you have sat here in the house of God, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship. Yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell.
O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread,with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.-- Jonathan Edwards, 1703-58, SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD , preached Enfield, CT in 1741

As God delights in his own beauty, he must necessarily delight in the creature's holiness which is a conformity to and participation of it, as truly as [the] brightness of a jewel, held in the sun's beams, is a participation or derivation of the sun's brightness, though immensely less in degree. JONATHAN EDWARDS

It is no solid objection against God aiming at an infinitely perfect union of the creature with himself, that the particular time will never come when it can be said, the union is now infinitely perfect. God aims at satisfying justice in the eternal damnation of sinners; which will be satisfied by their damnation, considered no otherwise than with regard to its eternal duration. But yet there never will come that particular moment, when it can be said, that now justice is satisfied. But if this does not satisfy our modern free-thinkers who do not like to talk about satisfying justice with an infinite punishment; I suppose it will not be denied by any, that God, in glorifying the saints in heaven with eternal felicity, aims to satisfy his infinite grace or benevolence, by the bestowment of a good infinitely valuable, because eternal: and yet there never will come that moment, when it can be said, that now this infinitely valuable good has been actually bestowed.-- JONATHAN EDWARDS

And at the end of the world, when the church of Christ shall be settled in its last, and most complete, and its eternal state, and all common gifts, such as convictions and illuminations, and all miraculous gifts, shall be eternally at an end, yet then divine love shall not fail, but shall be brought to its most glorious perfection in every individual member of the ransomed church above. Then, in every heart, that love which now seems as but a spark, shall be kindled to a bright and glowing flame, and every ransomed soul shall be as it were in a blaze of divine and holy love, and shall remain and grow in this glorious perfection and blessedness through all eternity! Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Once as I rode out into the woods for my health, in 1737, having alighted from my horse in a retired place, as my manner commonly had been to walk for divine contemplation and prayer, I had a view that for me was extraordinary, of the glory of the Son of God. As near as I can judge, this continued about an hour; and kept me the greater part of the time in a flood of tears and weeping aloud. I felt an ardency of soul to be what I know not otherwise how to express, emptied and annihilated; to love Him with a pure and holy love; to serve and follow Him; to be perfectly sanctified and made pure with a divine and heavenly purity.
Jonathan Edwards

Spiritual pride in its own nature is so secret, that it is not so well discerned by immediate intuition on the thing itself, as by the effects and fruits of it; some of which I would mention, together with the contrary fruits of pure christian humility. Spiritual pride disposes to speak ofother persons' sins, their enmity against God and his people, the miserable delusion of hypocrites, and their enmity against vital piety, and the deadness of some saints, with bitterness, or with laughter and levity, andan air of contempt; whereas pure christian humility rather disposes, either to be silent about them, or to speak of them with grief and pity. Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others; whereas an humble saint is most jealous of himself; he is so suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart. The spiritually proud person is apt to find fault with other saints, that they are low in grace; and to be much in observing how cold and dead they are; and being quick to discern and take notice of their deficiencies. But the eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home, and sees so much evil in his own heart, and is so concerned about it, that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts; he complains most of himself, and complains of his own coldness and lowness in grace. He is apt to esteem others better than himself, and is ready to hope that there is nobody but what has more love and thankfulness to God than he, and cannot bear to think that others should bring forth no more fruit to God's honour than he. Some who have spiritual pride mixed with high discoveries and great transports of joy, disposing them in an earnest manner to talk to others, are apt, in such frames, to be calling upon other Christians about them, and sharply reproving them for their being so cold and lifeless. There are others, who in their raptures are overwhelmed with a sense of their own vileness; and, when they have extraordinary discoveries of God's glory, are all taken up about their own sinfulness; and though they also are disposed to speak much and very earnestly, yet it is very much in blaming themselves, and exhorting fellow-Christians, but in a charitable and humble manner. Pure christian humility disposes a person to take notice of every thing that is good in others, and to make the best of it, and to diminish their failings; but to gave his eye chiefly on those things that are bad in himself, and to take much notice of every thing that aggravates them.
In a contrariety to this, it has been the manner in some places, or at least the manner of some persons to speak of almost every thing that they see amiss in others, in the most harsh, severe, and terrible language. It is frequent with them to say of others' opinions, or conduct, or advice--or of their coldness, their silence, their caution, their moderation, their prudence, &c.--that they are from the devil, of from hell; that such a thing is devilish, or hellish, or cursed, and that such persons are serving the devil, or the devil is in them, that they are soul-murderers, and the like; so that the words devil and hell are almost continually in their mouths. And such kind of language they will commonly use, not only towards wicked men, but towards them whom they themselves allow to be the true children of God, and also towards ministers of the gospel and others who are very much their superiors. And they look upon it as a virtue and high attainment thus to behave themselves. Oh, say they, we must be plain hearted and bold for Christ, we must declare war against sin wherever we see it, we must not mince the matter in the cause of God and when speaking for Christ. And to make any distinction in persons, or to speak the more tenderly, because that which is amiss is seen in a superior, they look upon as very mean for a follower of Christ when speaking in the cause of his Master. What a strange device of the devil is here, to overthrow all christian meekness and gentleness, and even all show and appearance of it, and to defile the mouths of the children of God, and to introduce the language of common sailors among the followers of Christ, under a cloak of high sanctity and zeal, and boldness for Christ! And it is a remarkable instance of the weakness of the human mind, and how much too cunning the devil is for us!
Jonathan Edwards , Adoption of Wrong Principles (Thoughts on the Revival of Religion).

. ...the first effect of the power of God in the heart in regeneration is to give the heart a Divine taste or sense; to cause it to have a relish of the loveliness and sweetness of the supreme excellency of the Divine nature. JONATHAN EDWARDS

Any sin is more or less heinous depending upon the honor and majesty of the one whom we had offended. Since God is of infinite honor, infinite majesty, and infinite holiness, the slightest sin is of infiniteconsequence. The slightest sin is nothing less than cosmic treason when we realize against whom we have sinned. JONATHAN EDWARDS, The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners

There has been a wonderful alteration in my mind, in respect to the doctrine of God's sovereignty, from that day to this...God's absolute sovereignty...is what my mind seems to rest assured of, as much as of any thing that I see with my eyes...The doctrine has very often appeared exceeding pleasant, bright and sweet. Absolute sovereignty is what I love to ascribe to God...God's sovereignty has ever appeared to me, a great part of his glory. It has often been my delight to approach God, and adore him as a sovereign God. --JONATHAN EDWARDS, Personal Narrative

An erroneous principle, than which scarce any has proved more mischievous to the present glorious work of God, is a notion that it is God's manner in these days to guide His saints by inspiration, or immediate revelation.... As long as a person has a notion that he is guided by immediate direction from heaven, it makes him incorrigible and impregnable in all his misconduct.
Jonathan Edwards, Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England, p.1:404

If some Christians that have been complaining of their ministers had said and acted less before men and had applied themselves with all their might to cry to God for their ministers -- had, as it were, risen and stormed heaven with their humble, fervent, and incessant prayers for them -- they would have been much more in the way of success.-- Jonathan Edwards

The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.-- Jonathan Edwards

I would exhort those who have entertained a hope of their being true converts--and who since their supposed conversion have led off the duty of secret prayer, and ordinarily allow themselves in the omission of it--to throw away their hope. If you have left off calling upon God, it is time for you to leave off hoping and flattering yourselves with an imagination that you are the children of God.-- Jonathan Edwards

Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.-- Jonathan Edwards

Be assiduous in reading the Holy Scriptures. This is the fountain whence all knowledge in divinity must be derived. Therefore let not this treasure lie by you neglected..-- Jonathan Edwards

There is no leveler like Christianity, but it levels by lifting all who receive it to the lofty table-land of a true character andof undying hope both for this world and the next.-- Jonathan Edwards

Conversation between God and mankind in this world, is maintained by God's Word on his part, and by prayer on ours. By the former, he speaks and expresses his mind to us; by the latter, we speak and express our minds to him. Sincere friendship towards God, in all who believe him to be properly an intelligent, willing being, does most apparently, directly, and strongly incline to prayer; and it no less disposes the heart strongly to desire to have our infinitely glorious and gracious Friend expressing his mind to us by his word, that we may know it. -- Jonathan Edwards

Can the believing husband in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving wife in Hell? Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell? Can the loving wife in Heaven be happy with her unbelieving husband in Hell? I tell you, yea! Such will be their sense of justice that it will increase rather than diminish their bliss.-- Jonathan Edwards

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

Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves--our weakness,errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.--Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws - a thing which can never be demonstrated Tyron Edwards

If you would know anything thoroughly, teach it to others. Tryon Edwards

Paul Ehrlich

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

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

Adolf Eichmann

We shall meet again. I have believed in God. I obeyed the laws of war and was loyal to my flag.-- Adolf Eichmann: last words , hanged on 31 May 1962.

Albert Einstein (1879--1955)

A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of Mother or Father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.-- ALBERT EINSTEIN, (1879-1955)

Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.--Albert Einstein (1879-1955) (In Armin Hermann's _Albert Einstein_ [1994])

How long is a minute depends on which side of the bathroom door you are on. (Albert Einstein)

When the solution is simple, God is answering. - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly. --Albert Einstein.

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

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social evironment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions. Albert Einstein

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.-- Albert Einstein

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...............The solution of this problem lies in the heart of humankind.
Albert Einstein(1879-1955) Speech to US National Commission of Nuclear Scientists, 24 May 1946

The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man. --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics. Albert Einstein

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.-- Albert Einstein

It is appallingly obvious our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein

I cannot believe that God plays dice with the cosmos. -- Albert Einstein, in Observer, 1954

If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.
Albert Einstein, The Reporter, November 18 1954

It is the theory that decides what can be observed.-Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.-Albert Einstein _Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium_ (1941) ch. 13

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.-Albert Einstein

 Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source offeeling, however springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image:science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.--Albert Einstein,_Ideas and Opinions_, p. 46 (1954)

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. -Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ... Albert Einstein, (1875-1955)

Katharena Eiermann

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

Loren C.Eiseley

It is surely one of the curious paradoxes of history that science which professionally has little to do with faith, owes its origins to an act of faith that the universe can be rationally interpreted, and that science today is sustained by that assumption.~Loren C.Eiseley, "Darwin's Century: Evolution and the Men Who Discovered It," (1958)

Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969)

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight , it's the size of the fight in the dog. EISENHOWER, DWIGHT DAVID (1890-1969)

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."-- Dwight David Eisenhower

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. Dwight David Eisenhower

The essence of war is fire, famine, and pestilence. They contribute to its outbreak; they are among its weapons; they become its consequences.- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Paul Eldridge, (1888-1982)

With the stones we cast at them, geniuses build new roads for us. ~Paul Eldridge, (1888-1982) ,Maxims for a Modern Man (1965)

George Eliot (1819-1880)

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? -George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880)

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

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.--George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880)_Daniel Deronda_ [1876], Book 2, Chapter 15

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

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand. --George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880) _Silas Marner_ [1861], Chapter 18

In every parting there is an image of death. --George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880) _Scenes of Clerical Life_ [1858], "Amos Barton"

Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible…But the effects of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not as ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who have lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. - George Eliot, Middlemarch

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life--to strengthen each other in all labor,to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting. --George Eliot

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. George Eliot

Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. -- attr to George Eliot

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

We cannot reform our forefathers. --George Eliot, Adam Bede, 1859

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot (1819-1880), Scenes of Clerical life (1858)

It is never to late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

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

What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? -George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

T. S. Eliot (1888 &endash; 1965)

Success is relative: it's what we can make of the mess we have made of things. -T. S. Eliot

It is not enough to understand what we ought to be, unless we know what we are; and we do not understand what we are, unless we know what we ought to be. Thomas Stearns Eliot

Give, Sympathise, Control - T S Eliot, The Wasteland

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot Little Gidding V, Four Quartets. (1943)

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
T. S. Eliot, 'The Hollow Men'

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down. T.S. Eliot

If you find examples of humanism which are anti-religious, or at least in opposition to the religious faith of the place and time, then such humanism is purely destructive, for it has never found anything to replace what it has destroyed. -- T. S. Eliot, "Humanism of Irving Babbit," _Selected Essays_, 1917-1928

Humor is also a way of saying something serious. T. S. Eliot

Queen Elizabeth I (1533 &endash; 1603)

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

I have known many persons who turned their gold into smoke, but you are the first to turn smoke into gold. - Queen Elizabeth I (1533 &endash; 1603)

I plucke up the goodlie greene herbes of sentences by pruning, eat them by reading, chawe them by musing, and laie them up at length in the hie seate of memorie by gathering them together; that I, having tasted the sweetenes, l may the lesse perceave the bitternes of this miserable life. ~Elizabeth I 1533-1603 - written in copy of the Epistles of St Paul, ( c.August 1576 )

Queen Elizabeth II

True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others. ~Queen Elizabeth II

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

There are two kinds of worries -- those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.: Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all... Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

Rest in this-it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call, or whatever you want to call it. It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond, or what have you... The sound of 'gentle stillness' after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God.- Jim Elliot

\Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on Earth! I care not if I never raise my voice again for Him, if only I may love Him, please Him. Mayhap in mercy He shall give me a host of children that I may lead them through the vast star fields to explore His delicacies whose finger ends set them to burning. But if not, if only I may see Him, touch His garments, smile into His eyes -- ah then, not stars nor children shall matter, only Himself. Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.-- Jim Elliot

Unwillingness to accept God's "way of escape" from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within. --Jim Elliot

Charlotte Elliott

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

Albert Ellis

The art of love ... is largely the art of persistence.Albert Ellis

Alice Thomas Ellis

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children and children love hamsters. - Alice Thomas Ellis

Havelock Ellis

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men. -- Havelock Ellis

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness. --Havelock Ellis, Engl. 1859 -- 1939

Jacques Ellul

God is always present, always available. At whatever moment in which one turns to him the prayer is received, is heard, is authenticated, for it is God who gives our prayer its value and its character, not our interior dispositions, not our fervor, not our lucidity. The prayer which is pronounced for God and accepted by him becomes, by that very fact, a true prayer.... Jacques Ellul, Prayer and Modern Man, p.17 [1973].

Anwar El-Sadat

 Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.... Anwar El-Sadat

Ben Elton

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
This is a remark Emerson wrote in his journals referring to the unreliability of second hand testimony and worse upon the subject of immortality. It is often taken out of proper context, and has even begun appearing on the internet as "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know" or sometimes just "I hate quotations." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals (May 1849)

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going. ---Ralph Waldo Emerson

The less government we have, the better. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Politics'

I used to always think that I'd look back on us crying and laugh, but, I never thought I'd look back on us laughing and cry. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

There is nothing in history to parallel the influence of Jesus Christ.--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) _Journal_ [August 25, 1843]

Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803&endash;1882) "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man's task is his life preserver. -- Emerson

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

As soon as there is life, there is danger.... Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must have kings, we must have nobles; nature is always providing such in every society, only let us have the real instead of the titular. In every society, some are born to rule, and some to advise. The chief is the chief, all the world over, only not his cap and plume. It is only dislike of the pretender which makes men sometimes unjust to the true and finished man.-- Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.... Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't SAY things. What you ARE stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A hero is no braver than any other man, but he is braver for five minutes longer.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship. RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere. Emerson (1803-1882)

The less government we have, the better , the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is, the influence of private character, the growth of the individual. R. W. Emerson.

Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Things are in the saddle,
And ride mankind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882. Ode, inscribed to W. H. Channing.

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce? Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882. Quotation and Originality.

As the Sandwich-Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptations we resist. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.--Emerson

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn" - 1836

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series, Essay XII, "Art", 1841

God offers to everyone the choice between truth and repose. Take which you please--you can never have both. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Friedrich Engels

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. ~ Friedrich Engels, quoted in: Reg Groves, The Strange Case of Victor Grayson (1975)

John Ensor

Sheep and swine can both end up in the mire. Yet the essential difference in their two natures is quie visible from the reaction each has to its fallen condition. While sheep do stray and stumble into the mire, they quickly loathe the situation and struggle to get free. They may be dirty, but they desire to be clean. They may be stuck, but they bleat for their shepard to come and save them out of the muck. But swine, in keeping with their nature, wallow in the muck, content to stay there all day. JOHN ENSOR

Vassilis Epaminondou

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


Men are not moved by things but by the views which they take of them.-- Epictetus

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

Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control.-- Epictetus

If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: 'He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned. --Epictectus

If I was a nightingale I would sing like a nightingale; if a swan, like a swan. But since I am a rational creature my role is to praise God. --Epictectus

Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace. -Epicetus 

Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)

It seems to me to be the best proof of an evangelical disposition, that persons are not angry when reproached, and have a Christian charity for those that ill deserve it. -- The Colloquies of Erasmus

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth. ~ Erasmus, Praise of Folly, ch.45

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

Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.-- Erasmus

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. -- Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536), Adagia, 1508

Sever me from myself
that I may be grateful to you;
may I perish to myself
that I may be safe in you;
may I die to myself
that I may live in you;
may I wither to myself
that I may blossom in you;
may I be emptied of myself
that I may abound in you;
may I be nothing to myself
that I may be all to you.
Desiderius Erasmus (1467-1536)

Many times what cannot be refuted by arguments can be parried by laughter.--Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)_The Praise of Folly_ [1509]

William Erberry

God dwells as glorious in a saint when he is in the dark, as when he is in light, for darkness is His secret place, and His pavilion round about Him are dark waters. - WILLIAM ERBERRY

Paul Erlich

To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer. --Paul Erlich

Ralph Erskine

O come! And kiss the Son, by believing in Him, and applying the benefits of this glorious transaction to yourself; and be who you will, if you kiss and embrace the Son, you shall find the glorious attributes of God kissing and embracing you, and hugging you in their arms, as a darling of heaven and a favourite in the house of God. - RALPH ERSKINE

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

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

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

Evan Esar (1899-1995)

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. -- Evan Esar (1899-1995)

All work and no pay makes a housewife. --Evan Esar (1899-1995)

Dean Esmay

Don't you love how the words "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" have been interpreted to mean almost the exact opposite of what they once meant? [...] Do the "separation of church and state" extremists have any idea how utterly hateful and intolerance and paranoid and fearful they come across these days? Or how much they've done to make ordinary Americans despise their own government and see it as a thing separate from themselves, an intolerant enemy to be fought? I mean, do they have any idea at all? It's a sad thing, when "pluralism" comes to mean "intolerance." -- Dean Esmay, http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1103280317.shtml

Jane Espenson

 Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence. Think about it. People aren't out to get you, they're just stupid.- Jane Espenson

Valery Giscard d'Estang

The grocer's daughter - French President Valery Giscard d'Estang on Margaret Thatcher, Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p187

Isabella d' Este

The discontent of the people is more dangerous to a monarch than all the might of his enemies on the battlefield. --Isabella d' Este (1474-1530) (In a letter to her husband, February 1495)

King Ethelbert

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

 Chris Eubank

The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. --- Chris Eubank

Euripedes (480 &endash; 406 BC)

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

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

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. --Euripides

The wife should yield in all things to her lord~ Euripedes 484 BC-406 BC, Electra (415 BC)

Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise, The man who lets the contest fall is wise. --Euripides (c. 485-406 BC), _Protesilaus_

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The American elite is almost beyond redemption... Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush -- sophistry washed down with Chardonnay. The ordinary citizens, thank goodness, still adhere to absolutes... It is they who have saved the republic from creeping degradation while their 'betters' were derelict. - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, 1997

William Norman Ewer

How odd
Of God
To choose
The Jews."
William Norman Ewer

Sam Ewing

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. Sam Ewing

Lots of people can't count to 10. They are usually the ones in front of you of you in the supermarket express lane. --Sam Ewing , The Saturday Evening Post , 11/29/96

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. Sam Ewing

The brain is like a TV set; when it goes blank, it's a good idea to turn off the sound. -- Sam Ewing , The Saturday Evening Post 7/14/97

Some people are much like blisters-they don't show up until the work is done. -- Sam Ewing , The Saturday Evening Post ,August '92

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