quotes by author


Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

Love's secret is always to be doing things for God, and not to mind because they are such very little ones. --Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

We all go to our graves unknown, worlds of unsuspected greatness. Frederick W. Faber

Georg Fabricius

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

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

Anne Fadiman

As the scholar and preacher Thomas Fuller wrote in 1642,"A common-place-book contains many notions in garrison whence the owner may draw out an army into the field" In his day, every educated gentleman maintained such a garrison, a hand-copied collection of memorable passages from which he could draft apposite quotations. ~Anne Fadiman, The American Scholar (2000)

Clifton Fadiman (1904 &endash; 1999)

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

Mary Fairchild

Everything I've accomplished I've accomplished through the grace of God and pure stubbornness. -Mary Fairchild

Fortunately, God suffers fools gladly, I think. It's part of His job, and it's the only explanation I can think of for my own survival. -- Mary Fairchild

Henry Fairlie

Perhaps no one sins more outrageously in our age, or is more characteristic of the slackness we tolerate, than the priest and the theologian who reduce God to no more than a concept but insist that they believe enough to remain members of their church or temple. They are making it awkward to be an atheist. ...Why stand outside the doors of the church as an atheist, and think gravely of the falsehoods preached within that one feels compelled to combat, when all the time one could just step inside and in God's own house preach against them in His name? --Henry Fairlie, _The Seven Deadly Sins Today_

King Farouk

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

F.W. Farrar

No ages are worse, no places more corrupt, than those that draw the iridescent film of an intellectual culture over the deep stagnancy of moral degredation. F.W. Farrar (said of Tarsus) in Life & Work of Saint Paul, p.16

Walter Farrell

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

Tolerance does not...do anything, embrace anyone, champion any issue. It wipes the notes off the score of life and replaces them with one long bar of rest. It does not attack error, it does not champion truth, it does not hate evil, it does not love good.--Walter Farrell, _The Looking Glass_, 1951

If the men of our time had their way, God would be on the carpet all the time offering soothing explanations to angry questions.--Walter Farrell, _The Looking Glass_, 1951

Frederick A. Farris

Most people are just selfish and egocentric, wanting what they want, when they want it, without regard to the rest of society. The vast majority of people are cave-men in designer clothes, without morals or ethics. -- Frederick A. Farris, Las_Vegas_Sun (Thu 25 Apr 2002)

William Faulkner (1897 &endash; 1962)

The past is never dead. It's not even past. William Faulkner:_Requiem For A Nun_.

Only vegetables are happy.-William Faulkner

William Feather

If you're naturally kind you attract a lot of people you don't like.-- William Feather

Dianne Feinstein

Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it. - Dianne Feinstein

Federco Fellini

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

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

Taxi drivers are always asking me, "Federico, why don't you make pictures we can understand?" I answer them that it is because I tell the truth, and the truth is never clear, while lies are quickly understood by everyone. An honest man is contradictory, and contradictions are more difficult to understand.I Fellini, by Charlotte Chandler,, p.97

Francois de Fenelon (1651-1715)

Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in exemption from, suffering.-Francois de Fenelon_The Book of Positive Quotations_

The more vigour you need, the more gentleness and kindness you must combine with it. All stiff, harsh goodness is contrary to Jesus.... Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)

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

John Ferguson

The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God's good time.- John Ferguson, The Enthronement of Love

Sarah Ferguson

When in doubt, go shopping.--Sarah Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson

The determining factor of my existence is no longer my past. It is Christ's past.-- Sinclair Ferguson

Not a better salvation, but salvation better - Sinclair Ferguson on the experiences of OT & NT believers.

Peter Ferrara

All of this illiberalism [of the campaigns to defund and exclude the Boy Scouts from public facilities] stems from a fundamental change in the gay rights movement. It began by arguing that adults should be free to do what they choose in the privacy of their own bedrooms, without government interference. But today, the movement advocates the very different proposition that the power of government should be used to force everyone to approve of homosexual conduct, morally and socially. That cannot be achieved by liberal means, because it is not a liberal goal.-- Peter Ferrara

Edward Feser

But what grounds the right of self-ownership itself? The answer, according to Locke, was that it derives from God. How? God, being the creator of everything that exists other than Himself - including us - is the ultimate owner of everything that exists - including us. Therefore, when a person harms another person by killing him, stealing from him, and so forth, he in effect violates the rights of God, because he damages what is God's property. To respect God's rights over us, therefore, we must recognize our duty not to kill, harm, or steal from each other, which entails treating each other as having certain rights relative to each other - the rights to life, liberty, and property. And these rights can usefully be summed up as rights of self-ownership. But ultimately, as it turns out, we don't really own ourselves: God does. Relative to Him, we are merely "leasing" ourselves, as it were, and are accountable to Him for how we use His property. Relative to other human beings, however, we are in effect self-owners; we must treat others as if they owned themselves, and not use them as if they were our property. That Locke's version of classical liberalism favors a decidedly religious social order should be obvious. Of course, Locke is also famous for promoting the idea of religious toleration, and would vehemently reject the suggestion that any particular denomination or its teachings ought to be promoted by government. But Locke was nevertheless very far in his thinking from the interpretation of the doctrine of the separation of church and state favored by the ACLU. For he also held that toleration cannot be extended to atheists, precisely because their denial of the existence of God amounted, in his view, to the denial of the very foundations of the moral order in general, and the classical liberal political order in particular. In Locke's estimation, if the suggestion that liberalism entails a right of toleration of atheism isn't exactly a self-contradiction, it will do until the real thing comes along; for the existence of any rights at all presupposes the falsity of atheism. -- Edward Feser, The Trouble with Libertarianism http://www.techcentralstation.com/072004C.html

Paul Feyerabend

Science is much closer to myth than a scientific philosophy is prepared to admit. It is one of the many forms of thought that have been developed by man, and not necessarily the best. It is conspicuous, noisy, and impudent, but it is inherently superior only for those who have already decided in favour of a certain ideology, or who have accepted it without ever having examined its advantages and its limits. -- Paul Feyerabend, in "Against Method"

Richard Feynman (1918 &endash; 1988)

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

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

I think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence. Richard Feynman

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. -- Richard Feynmann

Jim Fiebig

When someone demands blind obedience, you'd be a fool not to peek. Jim Fiebig

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

In reality, the world have payed too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding (1707-1754) "Tom Jones," bk. 5, ch. 1, 1749

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the latter. --Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. Henry Fielding

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

W. C. Fields (1880 &endash; 1946)

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

Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven. ~W.C. Fields 1880-1946

Madam, there's no such thing as a tough child -- if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender. -- W. C. Fields

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. W. C. Fields

Lady Godiva put everything she had on a horse.
W. C. Fields (1880-1946) "The Manager's Book of Quotations," by Lewis D. Eigen and Jonathan P. Siegel, 1989.

Analyzing humour is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
W. C. Fields (1880-1946) "W. C. Fields, Rowdy King of Comedy," by Robert L. Taylor.

The first thing any comedian does on getting an unscheduled laugh is to verify the state of his buttons.
W. C. Fields (1880-1946) "W. C. Fields, Rowdy King of Comedy," by Robert L. Taylor.

Start every day with a smile and get it over with. -- W C Fields

Secretary: "It must be hard to lose your mother-in-law."
W.C: Fields "Yes it is, very hard. It's almost impossible."

After two days in hospital, I took a turn for the nurse.-- W. C. Fields

A man without a woman is like a neck without a pain. --W C Fields

I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for.
The Great Man (W. C. Fields), NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1941), screenplay by Prescott Chaplin and John T.Neville, from a story by W. C. Fields.

Take the bull by the tail and face the situation ~ W.C. Fields

Sometimes a man just has to take the bull by the horns and face the situation. -W. C. Fields

Bobbi Fillmore

And yes the reason I love quotes‚ it gets us back to the way life used to be and should be ... and we must be reminded as life is becoming very stressful, very busy, families are no longer what they "used to be" and I love to be reminded to "slow down and smell the roses." Think about where you are going and what you are doing. They truly give life perspective. ~ Bobbi Fillmore

Gianfranco Fini

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

Charles Finney

I cannot believe that a person who has ever known the love of God can relish a secular novel. Charles Finney

My brother, sister, friend - read, study, think, and read again. You were made to think. It will do you good to think; to develop your powers by study. God designed that religion should require thought, intense thought, and should thoroughly develop our powers of thought.-- Charles G. Finney

Carrie Fisher

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.  Carrie Fisher

M. F. K. Fisher (1908 - 1992)

". . . word-sniffing . . . is an addiction, like glue -- or snow -- sniffing in a somewhat less destructive way, physically if not economically. . . . As an addict, I am almost guiltily interested in converts to my own illness . .M. F. K. Fisher (1908 - 1992) "Cook's and Diner's Dictionary," 1968

Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962)

When there is no explanation, they give it a name, which immediately explains everything. --Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962) _Fischerisms_

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them." -Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

Sure you can psychoanalyze, but, why bother to sort garbage. -- Martin H. Fischer

John Fiske

The promulgation of Calvin's theology was one of the longest steps that mankind has taken toward personal liberty. -- John Fiske

Edward Fitzgerald 1809-1883

The Moving Finger writes: and having writ,
Moves on: nor or thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all the Tears wash our a Word of it.
Edward Fitzgerald 1809-1883, Omar Khayydm ed1.51

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 &endash; 1940)

All things come to him who mates. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Flanders and Swan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gustave Flaubert (1821 &endash; 1880)

Exuberance is better than taste.-- Flaubert

 To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.-Gustave Flaubert

John Flavel

When God intends to fill a soul, he first makes it empty. When he intends to enrich a soul, he first makes it poor. When he intends to exalt a soul, he first makes it sensible to its own miseries, wants, and nothingness. -- John Flavel on "Humility"

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

Oh, that I might live to see that day when professors shall not walk in vain show; when they shall please themselves no more with a name to live, being spiritually dead; when they shall no more (as many of them now are) be a company of frothy, vain, and unserious persons, but the majestic beams of holiness shining from their heavenly and serious conversation shall awe the world, and command reverence from all who are about them; when they shall warm the hearts of those who come nigh them, so that men shall say, 'God is truly in these men! - JOHN FLAVEL

Oh, study your hearts, watch your hearts, keep your hearts! Away with empty names and vain shows; away with unprofitable discourse and bold censures of others. Turn in upon yourselves, get into your closets, and now resolve to dwell there. You have been strangers to this work too long; you have kept other vineyards too long; you have trifled about the borders of religion too long. Will you now resolve to look better to your hearts? Will you hate and come out of the crowds of business and clamors of the world and retire yourselves more than you have done? Oh, that this day you would resolve upon it! - JOHN FLAVEL

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

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

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

Christ is the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the world, so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet. -JOHN FLAVEL, Christ Altogether Lovely

Love Him in all His offices. See the goodness of God in providing such a sacrifice for thee. Meat, drink, and air are not more necessary to maintain thy natural life than the death of Christ is to give and maintain thy spiritual life. Oh, then, with a deep sense of gratitude in thy heart, let thy lips say, 'Blessed be God for Jesus Christ.' John Flavel

'He spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all; how shall he not with him freely give us all things?' (Rom. 8:32). How is it imaginable that God should withhold, after this, spirituals or temporals, from his people? How shall he not call them effectually, justify them freely, sanctify them thoroughly, and glorify them eternally? How shall he not clothe them, feed them, protect and deliver them? Surely if he would not spare his own Son one stroke, one tear, one groan, one sigh, one circumstance of misery, it can never be imagined that ever he should, after this, deny or withhold from his people, for whose sakes all this was suffered, any mercies, any comforts, any privilege, spiritual or temporal, which is good for them.-- John Flavel

Do our desires after Christ lead us to effort, to use all the means of grace to accomplish His will? He is revealed in His Word; do we read it? He is preached in the gospel; do we hear it? He will be found of those who seek Him: do we seek Him? Are our desires atter Christ permanent or only a sudden fit of emotion, fear and impulse? If our hearts and our longing for union with Him are a work of grace, we will only be satisfied when we awake with His likeness. Nothing that this world affords can possibly take us from this goal. Do our desires after Christ spring from a deep sense of our need of Christ? Has conviction opened our eyes to see our misery, to feel our burden of sin, to understand our inability and to make us sensible that the remedy lies only in the Lord Jesus Christ? Bread and wine are made necessary by hunger and thirst. Christ becomes precious to those who need Him.--John Flavel

If therefore, in doubtful cases, you would discover God's will, govern yourselves in your search after it by these rules: 1. Get the true fear of God upon your hearts; be really afraid of offending Him. 2. Study the Word more, and the concerns and interests of the world less. 3. Reduce what you know into practice, and you shall know what is your duty to practice. 4. Pray for illumination and direction in the way that you should go. 5. And this being done, follow Providence as far as it agrees with the Word, and no farther.-- John Flavel

By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware.
-- John Flavel

We preach and pray, and you hear; but there is no motion Christ-ward until the Spirit of God blows upon them. --John Flavel

What a mercy was it to us to have parents that prayed for us before they had us, as well as in our infancy when we could not pray for ourselves!
John Flavel

Brethren, it is easier to declaim against a thousand sins of others, than to mortify one sin in ourselves.- John Flavel

Man's extremity is God's opportunity.-- John Flavel

A hot iron, though blunt, will pierce sooner than a cold one, though sharper.- JOHN FLAVEL

And is it well done, then, to repine and droop because your Father consults more the advantage of your souls than the pleasing of your humors? Because He will bring you a nearer way to heaven than you are willing to go? Is this a due requital of His love, who is pleased so much to concern Himself for your welfare? This is more than He will do for thousands in the world, upon whom He will not lay a rod or send an affliction for their good (Hosea 4:17; Matthew 15:14). But alas! We judge by sense, and reckon things good or evil according to what we, for the present, can taste and feel in them. - JOHN FLAVEL

Jerome P. Fleishman

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

Ian Fleming

Goldfinger's flat hard stare didn't flicker....He said " Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.".-- Goldfinger to James Bond in Ian Fleming's "Goldfinger".(1959)

Grace Nies Fletcher

1965 youth, with casual flippancy, calls psychoanalysis "the examination of the id by the odd."
(in *What's Right With Our Young People* by Grace Nies Fletcher, 1966)

Kay Fletcher

Maybe life is a grindstone; whether it polishes you or wears you down depends on what you're made of. Kay Fletcher

Phineas Fletcher

A saint abroad, at home a fiend. --Phineas Fletcher, _The Purple Island_ VII (1633)

Daniel J Flynn

When searching for examples of state-sponsored barbarities, intellectuals are quick to point to the Spanish Inquisition or its Protestant imitation, the Witchhunt. How could anyone, modern academics wonder, persecute another for their beliefs? These same intellectuals, ironically, are often the very people who served as cheerleaders for political persecution and mass murder on a scale unmatched in human history. The Spanish Inquisition claimed slightly more than 2,000 lives during its 25-year apex between 1480 and 1505. One would be hard pressed to find any 25-day period in Russia under Stalin, China under Mao, or Cambodia under Pol Pot in which the killing was that slight. Yet it is a Torquemada or Salem that is equated with homicidal intolerance. The crimes of Communismare ignored. Being generous, one might suppose that intellectuals are simplyblinded by the prejudices of our age and are unable to detach themselves and see the killing that has occurred right under their noses. A more cynical perspective might view their amnesia as a self-induced condition brought on as a method to absolve themselves of their own role in supporting murder. --Daniel J Flynn, Ideas Have Consequences... Like Murder, Tyranny, and Repression

Ferdinand Foch (1851 &endash; 1929)

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

Robert (Bertie) Charles Forbes (1880-1954)

How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.-- B. C. Forbes (1880-1954) In "Reader's Digest," Jan 1991.

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

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. B. C. Forbes

The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought to.-- B. C. Forbes (1880-1954) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919 &endash; 1990)

A man who enjoys responsibility usually gets it. A man who merely likes exercising authority usually loses it.~Malcolm S. Forbes

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

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

Alan Ford

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

Harrison Ford (1942-____)

I don't feel good about taking the platform, merely on account of my celebrity. I believe that the people I support are in a position to make a better argument for the cause, based on facts and their expertise, than I am on the authority of my celebrity.
Harrison Ford (1942-____) "Bad Grades Lead to Acting Career for Harrison Ford," by Bob Thomas, Associated Press Writer, Aug. 1993.

Henry Ford (1863 &endash; 1947)

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

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

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. -- Henry Ford

Francis Forro (1914-1974)

Ah, yes, but they will make fine ancestors.
Francis Forro (1914-1974) replied to a journalist's comment, that the Hungarian refugees arriving at Mascot aerodrome (Australia) looked scruffy:

Theodore Forstmann

We have entered an Orwellian era in which entitlement replaces responsibility, coercion is described as compassion, compulsory redistribution is called sharing, race quotas substitute for diversity, and suicide is prescribed as 'death with dignity.' Political discourse has become completely corrupted. The reason is that if you tell people directly that you want to raise their taxes, transfer their wealth, count them by skin color, or let doctors kill them, most will object. Statists know this and therefore are obliged to obfuscate. -- Theodore Forstmann

Peter Taylor Forsyth (1848-1921)

If within us we find nothing over us we succumb to what is around us.- P T Forsyth, Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind, 1907

You must live with people to know their problems, and live with God in order to solve them. --Peter Taylor Forsyth (1848-1921)

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

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

I would rather live in a world where life is surrounded by mystery, than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.- Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) "Riverside Sermons."

Humanism sucks the egg of personality's value and then tries to hatch a higher religion out of it. -- Harry Emerson Fosdick, _As I See Religion_, 1932

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.- Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him. - Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

Charles de Foucauld

Crosses release us from this world and by doing so bind us to God. -- Charles de Foucauld

Gene Fowler

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves Gene Fowler, "Skyline"

Charles James Fox

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

Emmet Fox

Stop thinking about your difficulties, whatever they are, and start thinking about God instead.--- Emmet Fox

George Fox (1624-1691)

it be a certain truth, that none can understand [the prophets' and apostles'] writings aright, without the same Spirit by which they were written.
The Journal of George Fox (1624-1691)

Christ it was who gave me hope, which is himself (and) revealed himself in me, and gave me his spirit and gave me his grace, which I found sufficient ... he it was that opened to me when I was shut up and had neither hope nor faith.-- George Fox &emdash; The Journal of George Fox. Nickalls ed. I2

Bruce Foyle

Many years ago when an adored dog died a great friend, a bishop, said to me, "You must always remember that, as far as the Bible is concerned, God only threw the humans out of Paradise." Bruce Foyle "Pets and Their People"

Anatole France (1844-1924)

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. -- Anatole France

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.-- Anatole France, _The Garden of Epicurus_, 1894

It is in the ability to deceive oneself that one shows the greatest talent.---Anatole France

Intelligent women always marry fools ~Anatole France

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

He who undertakes to guide men must never lose sight of the fact that they are malicious monkeys.... The folly of the revolution was in aiming to establish virtue on the earth. When you want to make men good and wise, free, moderate, generous, you are led inevitably to the desire of killing them all.
Anatole France (1844-1924)

I freely acknowledge that it is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.
Anatole France, _La Revolte des anges_

Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.-- Anatole France

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

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.~ Anatole France

A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows. -- Anatole France

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another. -- Anatole France (1844-1924) "The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard."

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

Anne Frank

I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift...of expressing all that is in me.
Anne Frank, 14, diary:, April 4th 1944

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -- Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, 1952

I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains. -Anne Frank

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.--Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) German-Dutch diarist "The Diary of a Young Girl," 1947; tr. 1952

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank (1929-1945)  "The Diary of a Young Girl," 1952.

Glenn Frank

There is in me, as there is in men everwhere to-day, a hunger for a positive faith that will..."satisfy the soul of the saint without disgusting the intellect of the scholar". Though neither a saint nor a scholar, I have this hunger because I belong to this generation and this is the modern religious hunger. There is something in me that holds me fascinated at a street corner listening to a Salvation Army exhorter, despite my inner revolt against his inadequate conception of life and religion. --Glenn Frank, 1923

Felix Frankfurter

Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalized medium of reason, that's all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feeling. Felix Frankfurter

Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep. -- Felix Frankfurter

Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 - 1997)

What is to give light must endure burning.   - Viktor Emil Frankl, 1905 - 1997

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

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances. -- Victor Frankl

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. -- Benjamin Franklin

To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.- Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.- Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 17

1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e.,waste nothing.
6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that areyour duty.
9. MODERATION. Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as youthink they deserve.
10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
11.TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12. CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Virtues.

It may be well my posterity should be informed that to this little artifice, with the blessing of God, their ancestor ow'd the constant felicity of his life, down to his 79th year, in which this is written.
What reverses may attend the remainder is in the hand of Providence;but, if they arrive, the reflection on past happiness enjoy'd ought to helphisbearing them with more resignation.
To Temperance he ascribes his long-continued health, and what is still left to him of a good constitution;to Industry and Frugality, the early easiness of his circumstances and acquisition of his fortune, with all that knowledge that enabled him to be a useful citizen, and obtained for him some degree of reputation among the learned; to Sincerity and Justice, the confidence of his country, and the honorable employs it conferred upon him; and to the joint influence of the whole mass of the virtues, even in the imperfect state he was able to acquire them, all that evenness of temper, and that cheerfulness in conversation, which makes his company still sought for, and agreeable even to his younger acquaintance. I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit.
In this piece it was my design to have endeavored to convince young persons that no qualities were so likely to make a poor man's fortune as those of probity and integrity.
My list of virtues contain'd at first but twelve; but a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud; that my pride show'd itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent, of which he convinc'd me by mentioning several instances; I determined endeavouring to cure myself, if I could, of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added Humility to my list.
In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.- Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790, [Thus far written at Passy, 1741]

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? --Benjamin Franklin, debates in the Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1787. &emdash;James Madison, _Journal of the Federal Convention_, ed. E. H. Scott

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. - Benjamin Franklin

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife? Franklin, Benjamin

There are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice.--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.&emdash;Benjamin Franklin

Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one. -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin. 1706-1790. Letter to M. Leroy, 1789.

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

To the discontented man no chair is easy.-- Benjamin Franklin

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. --Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1749

Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain and most fools do. --Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

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

Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all virtues. Franklin (1706-1790)

Don't you know, that all wives are in the right? It may be you don't, for you are yet a young husband. Benjamin Franklin

I know not which lives more unnatural lives,
Obeying husbands, or commanding wives.
Franklin (1706-1790).

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard's Almanack 1738.

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price. --Benjamin Franklin

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means.I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. - Benjamin Franklin, in "The Encouragement of Idleness," 1766

Exactly a week before the final treaty with England was signed, Franklin saw Paris's first balloon ascension at the Champ-de-Mars... What good, some skeptic asked, could a balloon be? What good, Franklin replied, was a new-born baby? "Benjamin Franklin" by Carl van Doren

The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding), lies here, food for worms; but the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.
Epitaph on Benjamin Franklin's grave, composed by Benjamin Franklin.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanac [1746], June

Vice knows she's ugly, so puts on her mask. Benjamin Franklin

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.-- Benjamin Franklin

If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it?--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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

Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.--Benjamin Franklin

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.~Benjamin Franklin

Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion. -- Benjamin Franklin , from Ben Zoma. Bablylonian Talmud Shabbat 32a.

History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion. . . and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern. B Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can arise without His aid?... I... believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and byword down to future ages. And, what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, and conquest. -- Benjamin Franklin, addressing the Constitutional Congress, quoted in _Benjamin Franklin_, Carl van Doren

All the Constitution guarantees is the pursuit of happiness. You have to catch up with it by yourself. --Benjamin Franklin

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) _Poor Richard's Almanac [1733]_

In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes. -- Benjamin Franklin, letter to J.-B. LeRoy, Nov. 13, 1789

As all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. here is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever. --Ben Franklin Addressing the Constitutional Convention (June 2, 1787)

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

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

Sir James George Frazer (1854 &endash; 1941)

The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology. - Sir James George Frazer (1854 &endash; 1941)

Frederick the Great

It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible this must be prevented. My people must drink beer. - Frederick the Great

By push of bayonets, no firing till you see the whites of their eyes. -- Frederick the Great, at Prague, May 6, 1757.

Chriswell Freeman

Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life's most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders.--Chriswell Freeman

Robert Freeman

Character is not made in a crisis--it is only exhibited. --Robert Freeman

When accusing the West of imperialism, Muslims are obsessed with the Christian Crusades but have forgotten their own, much grander Jihad. In fact, they often denounce the Crusades as the cause and starting point of the antagonism between Christianity and Islam. They are putting the cart before the horse. The Jihad is more than four hundred years older than the Crusades.-- Paul Fregosi, _Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries_

Paul Fregosi

We must accept what our ancestors, Christian or Muslim, did. It was done and nothing can change that now. We must know our past and accept it. It is all part of the immense mosaic of mankind, whosehistory is a complex picture of good and bad. Let us keep it in the past where it belongs. [...But, i]t needs to be said: Islam considers itself doctrinally a religion whose destiny it is to dominate and to rule the world. In the spiritual sphere it believes that it has taken over from the older Jewish and Christian religions. It considers them outdated and itself therefore entitled to the recognition of its true and superior status, and to their deference. Politically others see Islam and it sees itself as the would-be successors of the Russians and now, strangely enough, of the Americans. Let us never forget the ideological dimension of Islam. -- Paul Fregosi, _Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries_, 1998

When accusing the West of imperialism, Muslims are obsessed with the Christian Crusades but have forgotten their own, much grander Jihad. In fact, they often denounce the Crusades as the cause and starting point of the antagonism between Christianity and Islam. They are putting the cart before the horse. The Jihad is more than four hundred years older than the Crusades. -- Paul Fregosi, _Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries_

James French

How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries. ~James French- electrocuted in Oklahoma 1966

Sigmund Freud (1856 &endash; 1939)

The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ``What does a woman want?'-- Sigmund Freud, Letter to Marie Bonaparte

Do you not know how uncontrolled and unreliable the average human being is in all that concerns sexual life? --Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) _Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis_ [1916-1917]

I have found little that is good about human beings. In my experience, most of them are trash. - Sigmund Freud (1856 &endash; 1939)

This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever. -- Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)

Anatomy is destiny-- Sigmund Freud

The game replaces sexual enjoyment by pleasure in movement- Freud

Sophie Freud

In my eyes, both Adolf Hitler and my grandfather were false prophets of the 20th century. ~Sophie Freud, interview in Manfred Becker doco, Neighbours: Freud And Hitler In Vienna (2003)

Thomas L. Friedland

The United States has not sent troops to the Saudi desert to preserve democratic principles. The Saudi monarch is a feudal regime that does not even allow women to drive cars. Surely it is not American policy to make the world safe for feudalism. This is about money, about protecting governments loyal to America and punishing those that are not, and about who will set the price of oil. ~ Thomas L. Friedland, 'Washington's Vital Interests', NY Times.

David Friedman

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

Milton Friedman (1912-____)

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience.
Milton Friedman (1912-____) : "Essays in Positive Economics," 1953.

Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.- Milton Friedman

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.    - Milton Friedman

What kind of society isn't structured on greed? The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system.- Milton Friedman

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

The long-range sloution to high unemployment is to increase the incentive for ordinary people to save, invest, work, and employ others. We make it costly for employers to employ people; we subsidize people not to go to work We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
Milton Friedman, article in US News & World Report (March, 1977)

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. -Milton Friedman (1912-____) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.-Milton Friedman (1912-____) - In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software,1994.

Robert Fripp (1946 &endash; )

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. - Robert Fripp (1946 &endash; )

Erich Fromm

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. -Erich Fromm

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

David Frost

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

Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.~David Frost

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost (1874-1963), Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost (1874-1963), The Road Not Taken (1949)

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.
I should have called it
Something you somehow haven't to deserve.
Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man, 1914

The only way round is through.-- Robert Frost (1874-1963) In "Barnes & Noble Book of Quotations," by Robert I. Fitzhenry, 1987.

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

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.--Attributed to Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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

Robert Lee Frost

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

J. A. Froude (1818-1894)

Toleration is a good thing in its place; but you cannot tolerate what will not tolerate you, and is trying to cut your throat. J. A. Froude

The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith.
James A. Froude (1818-1894) In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum

In order to have a clear understanding of the Law of Moses and its relationship to the believer, it is necessary to view it as the Scriptures view it: as a unit that cannot be divided into parts that have been done away with and parts that have not.the Law in its totality no longer has authority over any individual - Arnold Fruchtenbaum: [Hebrew Christianity. p82-3].

The Law of Moses has been disannulled and we are now under a new law. This new law is called the Law of Christ.the Law of Christ contains many commandments similar to those found in the Mosaic Law.nine of the Ten Commandments are to be found in the Law of Christ. But this does not mean that the Law of Moses is still in force Arnold Fruchtenbaum: [HC. p86]

David Frum

[By the end of the '70s, many people] hungered for religion's sweets, but rejected religion's discipline; wanted its help in trouble, but not he strictures that might have kept them out of trouble; expected its ecstasy, but rejected its ethics; demanded salvation, but rejected the harsh, antique dichotomy of right and wrong. --David Frum, _How We Got Here: The 70s--The Decade That Brought You Modern Life, For Better or Worse_

Elizabeth Fry

Oh Lord, may I be directed what to do and what to leave undone. - Elizabeth Fry

Roger Fry

Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian. -- Roger Fry

Stephen Fry

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

Francis Fukuyama

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

Robert Fulghum

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

Daniel Fuller

We may sum up the relationship between God's love and wrath with the statement, so vital for understanding His plan in redemptive history, that God's kindness...is His free, ultimate work in which His soul finally and fully delights, whereas God's wrath in punishment is His necessary, penultimate work. Though He finds no pleasure in punishing the wicked, He nevertheless does it as somehting He must do, so that without devaluing His glory, He can fully rejoice in being merciful to the penitent. DANIEL FULLER

John Fuller

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

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

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

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

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

He that fears not the future may enjoy the present-- Thomas Fuller

A man in passion rides a horse that runs away with him. - Thomas Fuller, 1608 - 1661

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

Fools grow without watering. -- Thomas Fuller

He that returns good for evil obtains the victory. --Thomas Fuller

He that knows nothing will believe anything.--THOMAS FULLER

He that knows least commonly presumes most. -Thomas Fuller

For a wife take the daughter of a good mother. --Thomas Fuller

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty wins the heart. -- Thomas Fuller

The Glutton digs his grave with his owne teeth. Thomas Fuller--A Glasse for Gluttons

Prayer...the key of the day and the lock of the night- Thomas Fuller

Better hazard once than always be in fear.... Thomas Fuller

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

Enquire not what boils in another's pot. - Thomas Fuller

If a friend tell thee a fault, imagine always that he telleth thee not the whole. --Thomas Fuller (I), _Introductio ad Prudentium_, 1731

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

Thomas Fuller (1654-1734)

If afflictions refine some, they consume others. --Thomas Fuller, M.D. (1654-1734) _Gnomologia_ [1732]

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

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. --Thomas Fuller, M.D.

Frank Furedi

Gluttons no longer gorge themselves; they are simply suffering from one of a variety of eating disorders.- Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

To be honest, as a humanist I don't much like the idea of sin. But given the choice of being powerless in the face of God or an impotent client of a therapist, I side with the Church. Therapeutic definitions of addiction elevate the sense of human powerlessness to a level unimaginable in mediaeval times. From the standpoint of our therapeutic culture, powerlessness becomes not merely an episode in one's biography but its defining condition. From this fatalistic perspective, treatment acquires a passive, even fatalistic, character. Addicts are told that they will never be completely cured. We have recovering sex addicts, recovering religious addicts and recovering alcoholics. No one ever really changes. That's why I say bring back the idea of transcendence. Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

Of all the seven deadly sins, pride is the only one that has been completely rehabilitated. That is why pride is never diagnosed as a disease. The American sociologist Joel Best has observed that it is the absence of pride that constitutes a serious psychological problem. These days virtually every social and psychological problem is blamed on low self-esteem. The solution to poor educational performance, teenage pregnancy, anorexia, crime or homelessness is to raise the self-esteem of the victim. In our self-oriented world, society continually incites people to take themselves far too seriously. That is why pride has become one of the prime virtues of our time. - Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

It should be noted that the therapeutic imperative alters the concept not only of sin but also of virtue. In the Middle Ages, practising the seven contrary virtues &emdash; humility, kindness, abstinence, chastity, patience, liberality, diligence &emdash; was believed to protect one against temptation towards the seven deadly sins. Today, people who practise some of these virtues are just as liable to be offered counselling as those who are tempted by sin. Kindness? Too much kindness may lead to compassion-fatigue. Diligence is sometimes dismissed as the act of someone suffering from a 'perfectionist complex'. Humble people lack self-esteem, and chastity is just another sexual dysfunction. Virtue is not so much its own reward as a condition requiring therapeutic intervention. - Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

Once upon a time there were seven deadly sins. They were called deadly because they led to spiritual death and therefore to damnation. The seven sins were (and are): lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride.Now all of them, with the exception of pride, have become medical conditions. Pride has become a virtue.
A secular society always feels uncomfortable with the moral imagination associated with the seven deadly sins. The Enlightenment replaced the idea of sin, which is deemed to be an offence against God, with the idea of crime, which is an offence against other people. But the rationalists still shared with religion the belief that individuals are responsible for their wrongdoing. However, these days we do not simply feel estranged from a religious universe; we also find it difficult to attribute the act of sinning to human behaviour. Today, the notion of personal guilt, which underpins the concept of the seven deadly sins, exists only in caricature. That is why Western culture can only make sense of the act of sinning as a symptom of a regrettable psychological disease. Actions that were once denounced as a sin are no longer interpreted through the vocabulary of morality but are diagnosed through the language of therapy. The deadly sins have become behavioural problems that require treatment rather than punishment.
There are no longer sinners, only addictive personalities. - Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

There are no longer sinners, only addictive personalities. Take lust. Those who would have previously been called lustful are now described as 'addicted' to sex and in need of therapy. - Frank Furedi, "Making a virtue of vice" The Spectator 12 Jan 2002

Benjamin Furleigh

But the thing I've really never understood about atheists is why try to find fault with a religion based mainly on treating others the way you'd like to be treated? ~ Benjamin Furleigh, Mason City Globe Gazette (Jan 13 1997)

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