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Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919 &endash; )

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.~Zsa Zsa Gabor

Frank L. Gaines

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

Carla Galanos

Our lives are shaped by the decisions we make ... The decisions we make are shaped by the condition of our heart. --Carla Galanos

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.- John Kenneth Galbraith

Meetings are held because men seek companionship or, at a minimum, wish to escape the tedium of solitary duties. They yearn for the prestige which accrues to the man who presides over meetings, and this leads them to convoke assemblages over which they can preside. Finally, there is the meeting which is called not because there is business to be done, but because it is necessary to create the impression that business is being done. Such meetings are more than a substitute for action. They are widely regarded as action. John Kenneth Galbraith , The Great Crash 1929

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908)

Wisdom itself is often an abstraction associated not with fact or reality but with the man who asserts it and the manner of its assertion.
John Kenneth Galbraith , The Great Crash 1929


Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.-- Galen

All those who drink of this remedy recover in a short time, except those whom it does not help, who die. Therefore, it is obvious that it fails only in incurable cases. --Galen (circa 100 A.D.)

Galileo Galilei (1564 &endash; 1642)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei

Wine is sunlight held together by water.- Galileo

Maggie Gallagher

The debate over same-sex marriage, then, is not some sideline discussion. It _is_ the marriage debate. Either we win--or we lose the central meaning of marriage. The great threat unisex marriage poses to marriage as a socialinstitution is not some distant or nearby slippery slope, it is an abyss at our feet. If we cannot explain why unisex marriage is, in itself, a disaster, we have already lost the marriage ideal. Same-sex marriage would enshrine in law a public judgment that the desire of adults for families of choice outweighs the need of children for mothers and fathers. It would give sanction and approval to the creation of a motherless or fatherless family as a deliberately chosen "good." It would mean the law was neutral as to whether children had mothers and fathers. Motherless and fatherless families would be deemed just fine.
[...]Meanwhile, _cui bono_? To meet the desires of whom would we put our most basic social institution at risk? No good research on the marriage intentions of homosexual people exists. For what it's worth, the Census Bureau reports that 0.5 percent of households now consist of same-sex partners. To get a proxy for how many gay couples would avail themselves of the health insurance benefits marriage can provide, I asked the top 10 companies listed on the Human Rights Campaign's website as providing same-sex insurance benefits how many of their employees use this option. Only one company, General Motors, released its data. Out of 1.3 million employees, 166 claimed benefits for a same-sex partner, _one one-hundredth of one percent_. -- Maggie Gallagher, "What Marriage Is For", _The Weekly Standard_, August 4 / August 11, 2003

Tom Galloway

I'll defend to the death your right to say that, but I never said I'd listen to it!    - Tom Galloway

Indira Gandhi (1917 &endash; 1984)

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten. -- Indira Gandhi

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. - Indira Gandhi (1917 &endash; 1984)

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.- Mahatma Gandhi

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it: always. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948

I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. --Mohandas Gandhi

It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists. ~Mohandas Gandhi

Be the change you want to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians, Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. -- Mahatma Gandi

I look upon an increase of the power of the State with the greatest fear, because although while apparently doing good by minimizing exploitation, it does the greatest harm to mankind by destroying individuality, which lies at the root of all progress. We know of so many cases where men have adopted trusteeship,but none where the State has really lived for the poor.--Mahatma Gandhi, Interview to Nirmal Kumar Bose _The Hindustan Times_ 10/17/1935

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. --- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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

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

Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected. ~Mohandas Gandhi

All of your scholarship, all your study of Shakespeare and Wordsworth would be vain if at the same time you did not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.~ Gandhi

John Garang

I ask this very important question:  is the jihad a religious right of those who declare and wage it, or is it a violation of the human rights of the people against whom it is declared and waged? - John Garang, chairman of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement, press conference in Geneva March 1999

Greta Garbo (1905-1990)

I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be left alone.' There is all the difference. Greta Garbo

Ava Gardner

Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.-- Ava Gardner , Quoted in: Roland Flamini, Ava, ch. 8 (1983)

Booth Gardner (1936 &endash; )

Things happen more frequently in the future than they do in the past. - Booth Gardner (1936 &endash; )

Herbert Gardner

Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything. Herbert Gardner

John W. Gardner 1912 &endash; 2002)

History never looks like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.-John W. Gardner

Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. John W. Gardner

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.~John Gardner

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

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.John W. Gardner(1912-____)

The creative individual is particularly gifted in seeing the gap between what is and what could be (which means, of course, that he has achieved a certain measure of detachment from what is).- John W. Gardner(1912-____) "Self-Renewal," 1963.

An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.- John W. Gardner

James Garfield (1831 &endash; 1881)

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

I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.- James A. Garfield (1831 &endash; 1881)

Men are tending to materialism. Houses, lands, and worldly goods attract their attention, and as a mirage lure them on to death. Christianity, on the other hand leads only the natural body to death, and for the spirit, it points out a house not built with hands, eternal in the heavens... Let me urge you to follow Him, not as the Nazarene, the Man of Galilee, the carpenter's son, but as the ever living spiritual person, full of love and compassion, who will stand by you in life and death and eternity.- James A. Garfield, preaching before he becamr president of the USA.

Judy Garland (1922-1969)

In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
Judy Garland (1922-1969) "The Book of Quotes," by Barbara Rowes, 1979

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.-Judy Garland (1922-1969) "Imagination," In "Judy Garland," by Anne Edwards, 1975.

Cindy Garner

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

Ortega y Gasset

The masses think that is is easy to flee from reality, when it is the most difficult thing in the world.--Ortega y Gasset

Caroline Gascoigne

An error gracefully acknowledged is a victory won. Gascoigne, Caroline

Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970)

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown. Charles de Gaulle

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.-- Charles De Gaulle

The graveyards are full of indispensable men: De Gaulle

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.- Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970) "War Memoirs," Vol. 2.

A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

I respect those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.- Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970) In "The Ultimate Success Quotations Library," by http://www.cyber-nation.com, 1997.

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History? - Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970) "War Memoirs," vol. 3, ch. 7, 1959.

John Gay (1685-1732)

If the heart of a man is depress'd with cares,
The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.
John Gay (1685-1732)_The Beggar's Opera_ [1728], Act II, Scene III, Air 21

Norman L. Geisler

When a comparison is made of the variant readings of the New Testament with those of other books which have survived from antiquity, the results are little short of astounding. For instance, although there are some 200,000 "errors" among the New Testament manuscripts, these appear in only about 10,000 places, and only about one-sixtieth rise above the level of trivialities. Westcott and Hort, Ezra Abbot, Philip Schaff, and A. T. Robertson have carefully evaluated the evidence and have concluded that the New Testament text is over 99 percentpure. In the light of the fact that there are over 5,000 Greek manuscripts, some 9,000 versions and translations, the evidence for the integrity of the New Testament is beyond question. ... Norman L. Geisler & William E. Nix, From God to Us

Marc Gellman

Would you really be more proud of and more connected to your Judaism if it had nothing to say about hunger or homelessness; nothing to say about capital punishment or abortion; nothing to say about euthanasia or rationing health care; nothing to say about genetic engineering or third world debt, violence or pornography, poverty or slavery? Woud Judaism truly inspire you and uplift you, would it transform your soul and realize your dreams if it was merely a complete theory of candle lighting and bread blessing?-- Marc Gellman, "Joe Lieberman as Rorschach Test", _First Things_, Dec. 2000

King George III

On July 4, 1776, King George III wrote in his diary, "Nothing of importance today." --Leonard W. Levy, first line of Introduction, _The Framing and Ratification of the Constitution_, co-editor Dennis J. Mahoney, 1987

John Gerard

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

John H. Gerstner

If the perfect Son of God is unattractive to you, then obviously you are an unattractive person. --John H. Gerstner, "A Primer on Free Will"

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

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. -- Edward Gibbon

We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and we must win.
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) In "The Book of Success," ed. Richard Shea, 1993

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.--Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. - Edward Gibbon

Frank J. Giblin

Be yourself, who else is better qualified? -- Frank J. Giblin

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

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

Edmund Gibson

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

Mel Gibson (1956 &endash; )

This life is just a testing ground. It's not a popular view, I know. People will.say that I'm sort of a mindless robot who's using religion as a crutch to get through life. Well, I'm not a mindless robot, but I am using [religion] as a crutch to get through life. ~Mel Gibson

I think I've scratched the surface after twenty years of marriage. Women want chocolate and conversation. ~ Mel Gibson,1956-

I'm too rich to care what the critics say.~Mel Gibson

I'll tell you what really turns my toes up -love scenes [between] 68 year old men and young actresses. I promise you, when I get to that age I will say no. ~Mel Gibson, The Observer (16 May 1999) -referring to Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones in Entrapment

A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.~Mel Gibson (1991)

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

Mel Gibson has come under fire for being hard on Jews in his film "The Passion of the Christ" &emdash; but apparently, he feels that Protestants are also doomed to damnation. In fact, it looks like Gibson, a conservative Catholic, believes that his Episcopalian wife could be going to hell.
Gibson was interviewed by the Herald Sun in Australia, and the reporter asked the star if Protestants are denied eternal salvation. "There is no salvation for those outside the Church," Gibson replied. "I believe it."
He elaborated: "Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She's a much better person than I am. Honestly. She's, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it's just not fair if she doesn't make it, she's better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it." - Jeannette Walls with Ashley Pearson,Mel Gibson says his wife could be going to hell,MSNBC,Feb. 10, 2004

Andre Gide (1869 &endash; 1951)

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation. Andre Gide, Fruits of the Earth

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. - André Gide, 1869 - 1951

Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. Andre Gide

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide

Those who have never been ill are incapable of real sympathy for a great many misfortune. Andre Gide

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. -- Andre Gide

Ram Gidoomal

The Huntington scenario which pits a monolithic Islam against a monolithic West in a ' clash of cultures' is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. We need to discuss the issues with our Muslim friends. How do religion and politics relate? What is the balance between their desire for all to accept Islam and the need to live in harmony with people of other faiths? - Ram Gidoomal in The Asian Age, Nov 2001

What are the consequences of this assault?  Well, the idea that the person has inestimable value is just 'your view', not a principle to govern law. The idea that the unborn child must be protected or that older people deserve respect and honour becomes but a value preference, not an enduring truth. I want to be clear here. If Christianity is banished totally from public life, then the tentacles of the culture of death will spread still further. Break the link between Christianity and morality, you break the link between morality and law. The battle ground is the pro life debate. But the secular assault is starting new fronts. "Not the Church, not the State must decide a woman's fate" - you've heard the chants of the baby haters. My warning is that it has already added "Must decide what a family is" by extending the benefits of marriage to any kind of partnership. And it will soon add "... Must decide a child's schooling". Church schools watch out.- Ram Gidoomal ,"Karma, Politics and the Holy Spirit" - A Review of the CPA's Future, Address to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group, Saturday June 19th 224 Friends House, Euston

So why did I join? (The Christian Peoples Alliance) Well, when I came to the UK I saw it was a Christian country - its Christian foundations were the reason for tolerant and compassionate asylum regime. Over time I realised that Christianity underpinned both law and our political institutions. Yet today it is under threat. Truly we are witnessing a clash of cultures - not Christianity versus Islam, but religious world views against secular fundamentalisms. What are we to do about it? For me, the CPA is a means to renew the consent for the Christian world view in public life and policy. When our opponents talk of 'pluralism', I find thisÝis a mask for an agenda to privatise Christianity.  They oppose the idea that  Christianity should remain  public truth in the public square. They want  it to be  one choice among many. How often are we told "You can have that view, but keep it to yourself"? "- Ram Gidoomal     "Karma, Politics and the Holy Spirit" - A Review of the CPA's Future, Address to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group, Saturday June 19th 2204, Friends House, Euston

And then there was another question. I had met Christ, but what kind of a Christian had I become? Was I a Protestant, or a Catholic? I avoided that question like the plague. I just didn't know, and I didn't dare ask. Years later when we were living in Geneva, my son was born and I had to register his birth. As I filled in the forms I came to the question 'Protestant ou Catholic'?  I replied 'Chrétien' &endash; 'Christian'. 'But,' said the Registrar, 'that doesn't exist &endash; the computer won't accept it!' I went to my Pastor, who explained about Henry VIII and the birth of the Protestant movement. But I couldn't reconcile any of that with what I read in the Bible! After three days of arguing with the Registrar, the deadline approached and she gave in. 'Look, Monsieur Gidoomal, I've created a separate box here - it's marked "Chrétien" and we've even changed the computer programme!'- Ram Gidoomal     "Karma, Politics and the Holy Spirit" - A Review of the CPA's Future, Address to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group, Saturday June 19th 2004 Friends House, Euston

Orin Philip Gifford (1847- )

You may juggle human laws, you may fool with human courts, but there is a judgment to come, and from it there is no appeal.--Orin Philip Gifford (1847- ) Mead, Frank S. (1965), The Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Westwood, NJ: Revell).

W S Gilbert (1836-1911)

You must stir it and strump it
And blow your own trumpet
Or - trust me - you haven't a chance.
Gilbert & Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance)

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

Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own....
W. S. Gilbert, _The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu"

It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs. ~W. S. Gilbert 1836-1911

You've no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself -- and how little I deserve it.-- William Gilbert (1836-1911)

Doug Giles

Because I am a man, my opinion regarding the role of women in society no longer counts.  Not because I'm not properly briefed regarding women's issues, but because I am a Christian, conservative, white male.  Yes sir, I'm the new millennium's latest whipping boy … the receptacle of all society's ills … the pariah of postmodernism … the spawn of all societal sewage. - Doug Giles, Day Dreamin' Anti-Dude Dames, http://www.townhall.com/columnists/douggiles/dg20040424.shtml

John Gill

The Godhead of Christ is that which stamps value upon His sufferings and renders the whole of His obedience, in life and in death, infinitely meritorious and effectual. JOHN GILL

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

Vince Gill

Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you'll have left is your character.--- Vince Gill

Carol Gilligan

It all goes back ,of course, to Adam and Eve -a story which shows among other things, that if you make a woman out of a man, you are bound to get into trouble. ~ Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice (1982)

Strickland Gillilan

You may have tangible wealth untold,
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be,
I had a Mother who read to me.
"The Reading Mother" by Strickland Gillilan

Alexis Gilliland

Well, sure, the government lies, and newspapers lie, but in a democracy they aren't the same lies. -- Alexis Gilliland

Comedians and politicians each tell the audience what it wants to hear. The difference is that the audience laughs at the comedian and the politician laughs at the audience.-- Alexis A. Gilliland

James M. Gillis 

Only in Atheism does the spring rise higher than the source, the effect exist without the cause, life come from a stone, blood from a turnip, a silk purse from a sow's ear, a Beethoven Symphony or a Bach Fugue from a kitten walking across the keys..... --James M. Gillis 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Human Work"

John Gilmour

The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it, -- John Gilmour

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Whoever controls the media -- the images -- controls the culture. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Louis Ginsberg

Life is ever
Since man was born,
Licking honey
from a thorn.
Louis Ginsberg

William Ewart Gladstone (1809 &endash; 1898)

All the wonders of the Greek civilization heaped together are less wonderful than the single book of Psalms. Greece had all that this world could give her; but the flowers of Paradise blossomed in Palestine alone. --Gladstone, _Place of Ancient Greece_, 1865

Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right. - William E. Gladstone (1809 &endash; 1898)

Censure and criticism never hurt anybody. If false, they can't hurt you unless you are wanting in manly character; and if true, they show a man his weak points, and forewarn him against failure and trouble. ~ William Gladstone

Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic. William Ewart Gladstone

No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.-- Gladstone

Justice delayed is justice denied. --William Ewart Gladstone

Arnold H. Glasow

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. Arnold H. Glasow

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. --Arnold Glasow

Jamie Glazov

Many of Islam‚s apologists insist that suicide bombing is not Islamic because the Koran forbids suicide. Mmm-hmm. So where are all the Muslims gathering in mass demonstrations to vehemently condemn this practice that slanders their religion? Why does contemporary Islam promote „martyrdom‰ as the highest duty of Muslims? Why are photographs of suicide bombers plastered everywhere in Beirut? Because Islam is what Islam does. -- Jamie Glazov, Suicide For Allah http://frontpagemag.com/columnists/glazov/2002/glazov02-06-02.htm

Jackie Gleason

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it. -- Jackie Gleason

Germain G. Glidden

The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don't say much. -- Germain G. Glidden

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. -- Ben Johnson

Jan Glidewell

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. --Jan Glidewell

Bob Goddard

To err is human; to blame it on the other guy is even more human. --Bob Goddard

Herman Goering

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

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. Hermann Goering

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.-- Goethe

A man does not mind being blamed for his faults, and being punished for them, and he patiently suffers much for them; but he becomes impatient if he is required to give them up. -- Goethe, _Maxims and Reflections_, early 19thC

Men deride what they do not understand and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies. ~ J.W. Goethe 1749-1832

Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand, and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. (1749-1832), Faust (1806)

We are never deceived: we deceive ourselves.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. -- Goethe (1749-1832)

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Don't give us your doubts, gives us your certainties, for we have doubts enough of our own.-- Goethe

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

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. Goethe (1749-1832)

"Know thyself"? If I knew myself I'd run away. --Goethe

I can promise to be sincere, but not to be impartial. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it. --Goethe

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Only law can give us freedom.--Goethe

A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise. Johann Goethe

There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.--- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflections? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then shalt thou know what is in thee. -- Goethe

There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that never other otherwise would have occurred . . .
Whatever you can do,
Or dream you can do,
Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The solution of every problem is another problem. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm. In the real world, all rests on perseverance.-Goethe

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

A man's errors are what make him amiable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Ray Goforth

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid that you will succeed. - Ray Goforth

Jonah Goldberg

Ultimately, as I've always believed, the burden is on those who irrationally love the guy. That he is a liar and a narcissist of Biblical proportions is irrefutable. Even the instrumentalist argument, that they love him because he is "good at his job," is preposterous because he has been good at betraying all of the principles that Clinton-lovers hold dear. [...] No, I think the irrational people are the lonely hearts of both sexes who prostituted themselves for the pimp they love; every time he bitch-slapped them, they forgave him because he is such a beautiful, complicated man. Hating Bill Clinton (both the sins and the sinner) is a rational response; loving him takes a bizarre leap of faith. -- Jonah Goldberg

I'd like to know why sociologists can't decide whether movie sex and violence has any effect on children, but there's a universal consensus that even a glimpse of a Camel will force children to become lifelong smokers. -- Jonah Goldberg

But the Left has truly mastered this art [of misrepresentation], perhaps because they get so much practice in university English departments. After all, if you can reduce the millions of pages of the Western canon into a bumper sticker of racism, sexism, and homophobia, how hard can it be to make a conservative sound racist when he talks about a "colorblind society" or "equal opportunity"?-- Jonah Goldberg

Americans understand that truth telling matters, I think. I hope. And I thought the press understood this, but I'm changing my mind. Look at all of the time and energy the media has spent policing George Bush's verbal gaffes while ignoring Gore's lying. While annoying and sometimes embarrassing, a speech problem is almost entirely meaningless. Moses stuttered, for heaven's sake. But lying goes to the heart of politics and turns it black. It is always relevant. And after eight years of Bill Clinton it is supremely relevant. -- Jonah Goldberg, Oct. 2000

There is one particular angle to the stem-cell debate that nobody's addressing: the total silence of the anti-biotech left. For some reason, whenever Monsanto comes out with a genetically enhanced carrot or a faster-growing soybean, some white guy with faux dreadlocks and open-toed shoes is out there screaming about the end of the world. But when the NIH wants to crack open a human embryo so it can grow a new liver or human heart or just a plain old human in a petri dish, there's total silence. -- Jonah Goldberg

No popular film in the last two decades treats the Devil with more seriousness and subtlety [than The Exorcist]; indeed, it is stunnig to watch the film today. We all remember the vomiting and head-spinning, but what stands out now in an age of special effects is the dialogue about the nature of good and evil, the Devil's aim to confuse the two, and the unreliability of modern science in clarifying the issue. Satan is not treated as someone or something that can be reduced to petty human motivations or simplistic ambitions or explanations. He is what he is: a mystery, the omnipresent tempter. He is the Devil without quotation marks. -- Jonah Goldberg

Arthur Golden

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. --Arthur Golden

Harry Golden

He advised that Methodists be accepted as jurymen because their religious emotions can be transmuted into love and charity; but warned against taking Presbyterians because they knew right from wrong. -- Harry Golden, _For 2¢ Plain_ (ON CLARENCE DARROW)

William Golding (1911-1993)

Marx, Darwin and Freud are the three most crashing bores of the Western World. Simplistic popularization of their ideas has thrust our world into a mental straitjacket from which we can only escape by the most anarchic violence. - William Golding

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. - William Golding (1911-1993) In "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989.

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. - William Golding (1911-1993)

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry. - William Golding (1911-1993) Rough Magic, lecture, 16 Feb 1977.

He was as fitted to survival in this modern world as a tapeworm in an intestine. - William Golding (1911-1993) : Free Fall, 1959.

James Goldsmith(1933 &endash; 1997)

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. - James Goldsmith(1933 &endash; 1997)

Joel S Goldsmith

I awaken in the morning with confidence, rejoicing in whatever work is given to me to do. Whatever that work is, I do it, not in order to earn a living or in a sense of performing an onerous duty; but, with joy and gladness, I let it unfold as the activity of God's expression through me. ~ Joel S Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

I love everything that 's old,--old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. -- Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer, act i.

How small, of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!
Goldsmith, _The Traveller_

Hope... like the gleaming taper's light,
adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
Oliver Goldsmith

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village

Johnson to be sure has a roughness in his manner; but no man alive has a more tender heart. He has nothing of the bear but his skin.-
Oliver Goldsmith, in Boswell's _Life of Johnson_

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,/
That one small head could carry all he knew.
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) "The Deserted Village;" of the village schoolmaster.

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well. --Oliver Goldsmith

Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.- Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

The secret to true happiness is a combination of low expectations and insensitivity.-Olivia Goldsmith

Emmanuel Goldstein

The idea that war should be conducted within a moral framework may seem like a quaint medieval practice, but as speech separates humans from the apes, so morality separates civilisation from the barbarians.-Emmanuel Goldstein

Barry Goldwater (1909 &endash; 1998)

Women are hard enough to handle now without giving them a gun! -- Senator Barry Goldwater on women in the military

Samuel Goldwyn.

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

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead. &emdash;Samuel Goldwyn

We have passed a lot of water since then. -Sam Goldwyn

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.--Samuel Goldwyn

Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793 &endash; 1860)

Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar. - Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793 &endash; 1860)

Thomas Goodwin

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

Christ's riches are unsearchable, and this doctrine of the gospel is the field this treasure is hidden in.

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks.-- Thomas Goodwin

Judas heard all Christ's sermons.-- Thomas Goodwin

 The poets themselves said, that amor Deum gubernat, that love governed God. And, as Nazianzen well speaks, this love of God, this dulcis tyrannus, &emdash;this sweet tyrant,&emdash;did overcome him when he was upon the cross. There were no cords could have held him to the whipping-post but those of love; no nails have fastened him to the cross but those of love. - THOMAS GOODWIN

Adoniram J. Gordon

Doctrine is the framework of life - the skeleton of truth, to be clothed and rounded out by the living grace of a holy life. ~ Adoniram J. Gordon

Sorrow is only one of the lower notes in the oratorio of our blessedness. Adoniram Gordon

Brian Gordon

Your soul needs a Lover more than your floor needs carpet. --Brian Gordon

Linda Gordon

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

S. D. Gordon

Jesus was God spelling himself out in language humanity could understand. -- S. D. Gordon

Thomas P. Gore

He has every attribute of a dog except loyalty.--Thomas P. Gore

Bob Gorrell

I regret that I have but one country to give for my life. "Bill Clinton" in a cartoon by Bob Gorrell

A. J. Gossip (1873-1954)

Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance that all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain -- well, that may betoken health, as you suppose: but are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954)

Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there. ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954)

No doubt the gospel is quite free, as free as the Victoria Cross, which anyone can have who is prepared to face the risks; but it means time, and pains, and concentrating all one's energies upon a mighty project. You will not stroll into Christlikeness with your hands in your pockets, shoving the door open with a careless shoulder. This is no hobby for oneís leisure moments, taken up at intervals when we have nothing much to do, and put down and forgotten when our life grows full and interesting... It takes all one's strength, and all oneís heart, and all oneís mind, and all oneís soul, given freely and recklessly and without restraint. This is a business for adventurous spirits; others would shrink out of it. And so Christ had a way of pulling up would-be recruits with sobering and disconcerting questions, of meeting applicants ó- breathless and panting in their eagerness -- by asking them if they really thought they had the grit, the stamina, the gallantry, required. For many, He explained, begin, but quickly become cowed, and slink away, leaving a thing unfinished as a pathetic monument of their own lack of courage and of staying power. ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd [1924]

Lori Gottlieb

The three words women most want to hear from a man are, "You lost weight"- Lori Gottlieb

 Charles Gounod

Bach is a colossus of Rhodes, beneath whom all musicians pass and will continue to pass. Mozart is the most beautiful, Rossini the most brilliant, but Bach is the most comprehensive: he has said all there is to say. If all the music written since Bach's time should be lost, it could be reconstructed on the foundation which Bach laid.- Charles Gounod

Michael Gove

Why ... do the myths of America the Hateful take such powerful hold? Because anti-Americanism provides a useful emotional function which goes beyond logic and reaches deep into the darker recesses of the European soul. In centuries past those on the Left who wished to personalise their hatred of capitalism, who sought to make it emotionally resonant by fastening an envious political passion on to a blameless scapegoat people, embraced anti-Semitism. It was the socialism of fools. Which is what anti-Americanism is now. - -- Michael Gove, "The hatred of America is the socialism of fools"

Billy Graham

If I didn't have spiritual faith, I would be a pessimist. But I'm an optimist. I've read the last page in the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.--Billy Graham

Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short God and His will for us.--Billy Graham

No matter how hard we try words simply cannot express the horror, the shock, and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a day to remember.--Billy Graham, Speech, "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance" (14 September 2001)

We've always needed God from the very beginning of this nation but today we need Him especially. We're facing a new kind of enemy. We're involved in a new kind of warfare and we need the help of the Spirit of God. The Bible's words are our hope... --Billy Graham, Speech, "National Day of Prayer anRemembrance" (14 September 2001)

James Graham, Marquis of Montrose (1612 - 1650)

Let them bestow on every airth a limb;
Then open all my veins, that I may swim
To thee, my Maker! in that crimson lake;
Then place my parboiled head upon a stake -
Scatter my ashes - strew them in the air; -
Lord! since thou know'st where all these atoms are,
I'm hopeful thou'lt recover once my dust,
And confident thou'lt raise me with the just.
James Graham, Marquis of Montrose (1612 - 1650) Lines written on the Window of his Jail the Night before his Execution 1650

Katharine Graham (1917 &endash; 2001)

Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn. - Katharine Graham

Ruth Graham

If God doesn't bring judgment on America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. ... Ruth Graham

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

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

Frederick C. Grant

We are frequently advised to read the Bible with our own personal needs in mind, and to look for answers to our own private questions. That is good, as far as it goes... But better still is the advice to study the Bible objectively, ... without regard, first of all, to our own subjective needs. Let the great passages fix themselves in our memory. Let them stay there permanently, like bright beacons, launching their powerful shafts of light upon life's problems -- our own and everyone's -- as they illumine, now one, now another dark area of human life. Following such a method, we discover that the Bible does "speak to our condition" and meet our needs, not just occasionally or when some emergency arises, but continually.- Frederick C. Grant:

John Gray

What all liberals have in common is a touching certainty that they are right. Liberalism is a missionary faith, and proselytising zeal is not normally conducive to sceptical inquiry. Whatever the core values of liberalism, they can surely conflict with one another - and with other goods such as social cohesion. Yet it rarely occurs to liberals to ask themselves whether their values - however vaguely or inconsistently defined - are viable in the long term. - John Gray http://www.newstatesman.com/books.php3?URN=300000090978

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Await alike the inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Gray's Elegy

To each his suff'rings: all are men,
Condemn'd alike to groan,
The tender for another's pain;
Th' unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
THOMAS GRAY (1716-1771) An Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (London: R. Dodsley, 1747)

The hues of bliss more brightly glow, Chastised by sabler tints of woe. --- Thomas Gray, Ode on the Pleasure arising from Vicissitude. Line 45.

Andrew M. Greeley

Jesus had a very bad habit of refusing to fit into anyone's paradigms.He learned a lot from the Pharisees, but He wasn't one of them. He may have hung out with the Essenes, but He was not a compulsive hand-washer. He was surely a Jew, steeped in the Torah, but He put a very different spin on it. He was charming and even witty and told wonderful stories, but He refused to be a celebrity. He dealt politely with those in authority, but did not sign on with them. Half the time He reassured people and the other half of the time He scared them. He told all the old stories but with new and disconcerting endings. He was patently a troublemaker. Which was why they had to get rid of Him. "It's been that way ever since. Everyone claims Him for their own. He's on our side. He's doing things our way. He confirms what we say. Then when we think we've sewed Him up, He's not there anymore. When we have domesticated Jesus, we may have a very interesting person on our hands, even a superstar maybe. Alas, it is not the real Jesus. He's gone somewhere else, preaching His contradictions about His Father's kingdom and stirring up His kind of trouble. A Jesus who does not disconcert and shake us up is not Jesus at all. -- the "little bishop", character, Andrew M. Greeley, _Irish Stew!

Horace Greely

The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.--Horace Greely

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow, only one thing endures--character. --Horace Greeley

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages. Horace Greeley

E. M. B. Green (1930- )

Because the role of the Christian leader is to preach, teach, act as a shepherd, [and] be an example in personal and family life, the New Testament properly insists that he must not be a new convert nor a young man. He must have proved himself [and] demonstrated his God-given charisma for leadership, before he looks to the Church for recognition of it through ordination. Here once again we stand in marked contrast to the New Testament... The early Christians laid great stress on quality of life. A leader must merit respect,with his sexual, drinking [and] financial habits beyond reproach, a man of experience, a family man, someone who has led others to the faith and built Christians up in it. We go, on the whole, for untried men whose degree matters more than their lives, and who may never have led anyone to belief in Christ, or may even regard the whole idea as distasteful. ... E. M. B. Green (1930- ), "Mission and Ministry"

We never find a presbyter in the singular in the New Testament. He is always a member of a team. In thmodern church, the ordained man is almost always on his own in the community, unless he is lucky enough to have a colleague, or to be a member of a team ministry. We expect the ordained man to be almost omnicompetent, and complain at his deficiencies. This is an extremely serious error. It is very bad for the man himself to be made to feel that he is the sole minister: it may lead to despair, arrogance, blindness to the true situation, and inhibiting the gifts of others. It is bad for the parish: they become critical and lazy. When the different limbs in Christ's body are not allowed their special ministry, they are harmed and their gifts atrophy. The ordained man too is harmed, for he has to attempt to do various ministries for which he has no charisma from God, and the church cannot be adequately cared for. ... E. M. B. Green (1930- ), "Mission and Ministry"

Julien Green

Anti-clericalism and non-belief have their bigots just as orthodoxy does. ~ Julien Green, Journal (July 23, 1945)


Keith Green

How could God invite you to heaven, where the most exciting thing to do all day is gaze upon His glorious face, if you're not in heaven right here on earth when you're alone with Him? Do you think that after you die, suddenly you'll be in heaven and "presto!" all at once you're not going to like worldly things anymore? All of a sudden you'll love more than anything else just to hang out with God, when you couldn't stand being alone with Him even 20 minutes a day?- Keith Green

Graham Greene (1904 &endash; 1991)

The believer will fight another believer over a shade of difference: the doubter fights only with himself.~ Graham Greene, Monsignor Quixote, Pt 1, Ch 4 (1982)


Alan Greenspan

All taxes are a drag on economic growth. It's only a question of degree.--Alan Greenspan

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

Germaine Greer

Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life. Germaine Greer

Gregory the Great (540-604)

Obedience is the only virtue that plants the other virtues in the heart and preserves them after they have been planted. -- Gregory the Great (540-604)

Wilfred T. Grenfell

The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not "to have and to hold" but "to give and to serve." There can be no other meaning.--Wilfred T. Grenfell

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell

Fulke Greville (1554-1628)

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.
Fulke Greville (1554-1628) In "Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips," MCR software, 1995.

Lady Jane Grey (1537-54)

Now, as touching my death, rejoice as I do, my dearest sister, that I shall be delivered of this corruption, and put on incorruption; for I am assured that I shall for losing a mortal life win one that is immortal, joyful and everlasting...Lady Jane Grey (1537-54) before execution

A. Leonard Griffith (1920- )

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

Michael Griffiths

At the earlier Methodist class meetings, members were expected every week to answer some extremely personal questions, such as the following: Have you experienced any particular temptations during the past week? How did you react or respond to those temptations? Is there anything you are trying to keep secret, and, if so, what? At this point, the modern Christian swallows hard! We are often coated with a thick layer of reserve and modesty which covers "a multitude of sins" -- usually our own. Significantly, James 5:16-20, the original context of that phrase, is the passage which urges, "Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Michael Griffiths, Cinderella with Amnesia

Sarah Moore Grimke (1792 &endash; 1873)

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

Matt Groening

God often gives nuts to toothless people. -Matt Groening

John Grondelski

One hears endless calls for 'tolerance' and 'civility'. But those calls invariable ask Christians to be 'tolerant' and 'civil' about being gagged in public life. No one seems to ask, in the name of pluralism, that the atheist 'tolerate' the creche. No, the civility is all on one side and the toleration is a sham--in which Christians are complicit so long as they play by the current misconceived rules. So, yes, Virginia (and Rhode Island and Jersey City and Pittsburgh and Scranton)...'tis the season to fight injunctions. Christmas (or Hanukkah or Ramadan) is only truly worth celebrating when Christians (or Jews or Muslims) can proclaim--even on the public square--their unadulterated message. That is what American religious freedom is about, not about holiday scenes that hid Jesus in his manger behind the jolly snowman Frosty and the red-nosed reindeer Rudolph. -- John Grondelski, Seton Hall professor of Christian ethics, quoted _First Things, Dec. 2000

Alexander Grosse

When Christ reveals Himself there is satisfaction in the slenderest portion, and without Christ there is emptiness in the greatest fulness.

Hugo Grotius

A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city; he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family; he cannot govern a family unless he can govern himself; and he cannot govern himself unless his passions are subject to reason.
Hugo Grotius

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

Jean N. Grou (1731-1803)

Be sure that it is a mistaken devotion which interferes with the duties of your natural state of life.... Jean N. Grou (1731-1803)

Philip Guedella

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

Edgar Guest

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. - Edgar Guest

Che Guevara (1928 &endash; 1967)

Silence is argument carried on by other means. - Che Guevara (1928 &endash; 1967)

H E Guillebaud

God is not only holy, but the source and pattern of holiness: He is the origin and the upholder of the moral order of the universe. He must be just. The Judge of all the earth must do right. Therefore it was impossible by the necessities of his own being that he should deal lightly with sin, and compromise the claims of holiness. If sin could be forgiven at all, it must be on the same basis which would vindicate the holy law of God, which is not a mere code, but the moral order of the whole creation. But such vindication must be supremely costly. Costly to whom? Not to the forgiven sinner, for there could be no price asked from him for his forgiveness; both because the cost is far beyond his reach, and because God loves to give and not to sell. Therefore God himself undertook to pay a cost, to offer a sacrifice, so tremendous that the gravity of his condemnation of sin should be absolutely beyond question even as he forgave it, while at the same the Love which impelled to pay the price would be the wonder of angels, and would call forth the worshiping gratitude of the redeemed sinner. On Calvary this price was paid by God: the Son giving himself, bearing our sin and its curse; the Father giving the Son, his only Son whom he loved. But it was paid by God become man, who not only took the place of the guilty man, but also was his representative...The divine Son, one of the three persons of the one God, he through whom, from the beginning of the creation, the Father has revealed himself to man (Jn 1:18), took man s nature upon him, and so became our representative. He offered himself as a sacrifice in our stead, bearing our sin in his own body on the tree. He suffered, not only awful physical anguish, but also the unthinkable spiritual horror of becoming identified with the sin to which he was infinitely opposed. He thereby came under the curse of sin, so that for a time even his perfect fellowship with his Father was broken. Thus God proclaimed his infinite abhorrence of sin by being willing himself to suffer all that, in place of the guilty ones, in order that he might justly forgive. Thus the love of God found its perfect fulfillment, because he did not hold back from even that uttermost sacrifice, in order that we might be saved from eternal death through what he endured. Thus it was possible for him to be just, and to justify the believer, because as Lawgiver and as Substitute for the rebel race of man, he himself had suffered the penalty of the broken law. H. E. GUILLEBAUD, Why the Cross?

I. Guillotin

This machine will take off a head in a twinkling, and the victim will feel nothing but a sense of refreshing coolness. We cannot make too much haste, gentlemen, to allow the nation to enjoy this advantage. -- . I. Guillotin

Os Guinness

If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt....There is no believing without some doubting, and believing is all the stronger for understanding and resolving doubt. -- Os Guinness

In working out our callings, we are to perform for one audience, the audience of One.--Os Guinness

The Christian should be a conscience in his group. His presence must never be used to provide a Christian justification for evil. To stand as a co-belligerent and not an ally will be to rally the middle ground for a genuine Third Way without mediocre compromise. The Third Way will not be easy. It will be lonely. Sometimes the Christian must have the courage to stand with the establishment, speaking boldly to the radicals and pointing out the destructive and counter-productive nature of their violence. At other times, he will stand as a co-belligerent with the radicals in their outrage and just demands for redress. The Christian is a co-belligerent with either or both when either or both are right, but... fearless in his opposition to either or both when they are wrong. ... Os Guinness, The Dust of Death [1973]

Jean Guitton (1901-1999)

Thought is fugitive; the mind does not repeat itself; if you do not catch the whisperings of the oracle as they come to you, they are lost forever. You must--and this is absolutely essential--convince yourselves that what is offered you this very moment will never be offered again. --Jean Guitton (1901-1999) _A Student's Guide to Intellectual Work_ [1951], Chapter Eight: "Notes and Courses"

Francois Pierre Guizot

Calvin's Institutes, in spite of its imperfections, is, on the whole, one of the noblest edifices ever erected by the mind of man, and one of the mightiest codes of moral law which ever guided him. -- Francois Pierre Guizot

William Gurnall

The Christian's life should put his minister's sermon in print. - WILLIAM GURNALL

The Christian must trust in a withdrawing God. WILLIAM GURNALL

O take heed of this squint eye to our profit, pleasure, honour, or anything beneath Christ and heaven; for they will take away your heart ... that is, our love, and if our love be taken away, there will be little courage left for Christ. WILLIAM GURNALL

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

God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures. God loves purity so well He had rather see a hole than a spot in His child's garments.-- William Gurnall

What is Jordan that I should wash in it? What is the preaching that I should attend on it, while I hear nothing but what I knew before? What are these beggarly elements of water, bread, and wine? Are not these the reasonings of a soul that forgets who appoints the means of grace? William Gurnall

The Christian, like a chalice without a base, cannot stand on his own nor hold what he has received any longer that God holds him in His strong hands. William Gurnall

God Himself underwrites your battle and has appointed His own Son 'the captain of your salvation'. W Gurnall

Thou hast no life to lose, because thou hast given it already to Christ, nor can man take away that without God's leave.--William Gurnall

God Himself underwrites your battle and has appointed His own Son 'the Captain of your salvation.'-- William Gurnall

Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.-- William Gurnall

Sin disabled man to keep God's law, but it doth not enfranchise or disoblige him that he need not keep it.--William Gurnall

God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.-- William Gurnall

In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.-- William Gurnall

It is true, Christian, the debt thou owest to God must be paid in good and lawful money, but, for thy comfort, here Christ is thy paymaster.-- William Gurnall

Can Christ be in thy heart, and thou not know it? Can one king be dethroned and another crowned in thy soul, and thou hear no scuffle?-- William Gurnall

How can God stoop lower than to come and dwell with a poor humble soul? which is more than if he had said, such a one should dwell with him; for a beggar to live at court is not so much as the king to dwell with him in his cottage.-- William Gurnall

Humility is a necessary veil to all other graces..-- William Gurnall

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I willtell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

His subject thou art whom thou crownest in thy heart, and not whom thou flatterest with thy lips.-- William Gurnall

All the plots of hell and commotions on earth have not so much as shaken God's hand to spoil one letter or line he has been drawing..-- William Gurnall 

Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.-- William Gurnall

Great comforts do, indeed, bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree of it; the weak child is ofterner in the lap than the strong one. - WILLIAM GURNALL

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

No, the Christian must stand fixed to his principles, and not change his habit; but freely show what countryman he is by his holy constancy in the truth. WILLIAM GURNALL

Arlo Guthrie (1947 &endash; )

You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in. - Arlo Guthrie (1947 &endash; )

James Guthrie

I am more fortunate than the Great Marquis, (Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyle) for my Lord was beheaded, but I am to be hanged on a tree as my Saviour was. I take God to record upon my soul, I would not exchange this scaffold with the palace and mitre of the greatest prelate in Britain. Blessed be God who has shown mercy to me such a wretch, and has revealed His Son in me, and made me a minister of the everlasting Gospel, and that He hath deigned, in the midst of much contradiction from Satan, and the world, to seal my ministry upon the hearts of not a few of His people, and especially in the station where I was last, I mean the congregation and presbytery of Stirling. Jesus Christ is my Life and my Light, my Righteousness, my strength, and my Salvation and all my desire. Him! O Him, I do with all the strength of my soul commend to you. Bless Him, O my soul, from henceforth even forever. Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation. 'Art not Thou from everlasting, O Lord my God. I shall not die but live.' The Covenants! The Covenants! They shall yet be Scotland's reviving. Be not afraid at His sweet, lovely and desirable cross, for although I have not been able because of my wounds to lift up or lay down my head, but as I was helped, yet I was never in better case all my life. He has not given me one challenge since I came to prison, for anything less or more; but on the contrary He has so wonderfully shined on me with the sense of His redeeming, strengthening, assisting, supporting, through-bearing, pardoning and reconciling love, grace and mercy, that my soul doth long to be freed of bodily infirmities and earthly organs, that so I may flee to His Royal Palace even the Heavenly Habitation of my God, where I am sure of a crown put on my head, and a palm put in my hand, and a new song in my mouth, even the song of Moses and of the Lamb, that so I may bless, praise, magnify and extol Him for what He hath done to me and for me. Wherefore I bid farewell to all my dear fellow-sufferers for the testimony of Jesus, who are wandering in dens and caves. Farewell, my children, study holiness in all your ways, and praise the Lord for what He hath done for me, and tell all my Christian friends to praise Him on my account. Farewell, sweet Bible, and wanderings and contendings for truth. Welcome, death. Welcome, the City of my God where I shall see Him and be enabled to serve Him eternally with full freedom. Welcome, blessed company, the angels and spirits of just men made perfect. But above all, welcome, welcome, welcome, our glorious and alone God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; into Thy hands I commit my spirit for Thou art worthy. Amen.
James Guthrie 1 June 1661

Shirley Guthrie

1. Scripture is to be interpreted with confidence in and openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
2. The scripture principle: Scripture is to be interpreted in light of scripture, comparing scripture with scripture, with openness to hear the whole Word of God, not just selected parts of it.
3. The Christological principle: Scripture is to be interpreted in light of God's central self-revelation in Jesus Christ.
4. The rule of love: Scripture is to be interpreted in light of the one commandment of God that summarizes all other commandments -- love for God and for all our neighbors.
5. The rule of faith: Scripture is to be interpreted with respect for the church's past and present interpretation of scripture.
6. Scripture is to be interpreted in light of the literary forms and historical context in which it was written.
7. Scripture is to be interpreted seeking the word and work of the living God in our time and place.
8. Scripture is to be interpreted with awareness of our limitations and fallibility and with openness to change our mind and be corrected. "Reformed" means always being reformed afresh by the Word of God."
Shirley Guthrie, [Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, U.S.A.] Rules for Biblical Interpretation in the Reformed Tradition


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