Quotes by Author

Bashir Maan

There must be prayers in the Scottish Parliament so that the people who are there know that God is watching what they do.
Bashir Maan, President of Glasgow Central Mosque

Douglas MacArthur (1880 &endash; 1964)

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul. - General Douglas MacArthur

There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.... Douglas MacArthur, 1955

Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859)

An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia. T. B. Macaulay, 1837

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

No man in the world acts up to his own standard of right. --T. B. Macaulay, _Hallam_, 1828 (Edinburgh Review, Sept.)

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

In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Lord Macaulay Horatius

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.... George Macdonald (1824-1905)

To the dim and bewildered vision of humanity, Godís care is more evident in some instances than in others; and upon such instances men seize, and call them providences. It is well that they can; but it would be gloriously better if they could believe that the whole matter is one grand providence. ... George MacDonald (1824-1905)

Hunger may drive the runaway child home, and he may or may not be fed at home; but he needs his mother more than his dinner. Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other need: prayer is the beginning of that communion, and some need is the motive of that prayer... So begins a communion, a talking with God, a coming-to-one with Him, which is the sole end of prayer, yea, of existence itself in its infinite phases. We must ask that we may receive; but that we should receive what we ask in respect of our lower needs, is not God's end in making us pray, for He could give us everything without that: to bring His child to His knee, God withholds that man may ask.... George MacDonald (1824-1905), "The Word of Jesus on Prayer"

He feared nothing for Himself; and never once employed His divine power to save Himself from His human fate. Let God do that for Him if He saw fit. He did not come into the world to take care of Himself... His life was of no value to Him but as His Father cared for it. God would mind all that was necessary for Him, and He would mind the work His Father had given Him to do. And, my friends, this is just the one secret of a blessed life, the one thing every man comes into this world to learn. ... George Macdonald, Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood [1866]

The shadows of the evening that precedes a lovelier morning are drawing down around us both. But our God is in the shadow as in the shine, and all is and will be well: have we not seen his glory in the face of Jesus? and do we not know him a little? . . . This life is a lovely time, but I never was content with it. I look for better --- oh, so far better! I think we do not yet know the joy of mere existence. . . . May the loving Father be near you and may you know it, and be perfectly at peace all the way into the home country, and to the palace home of the living one -- the life of our life." --George MacDonald, Letter of November 11, 1894

As no scripture is of private interpretation, so is there no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone -- which is not, in some form or degree, in every human heart.... George MacDonald (1824-1905), "Abba, Father!"

It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God's. He begs you to leave the future to Him and mind the present. -- George MacDonald

A man's real belief is that which he lives by. What a man believes is the thing he does, not the thing he thinks.-- George Macdonald

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

Do you think you love your children better than He who made them? Is not your love what it is because He put it into your heart first? Have you not often been cross with them? Sometimes unjust to them? Whence came the returning love that rose from unknown depths in your being, and swept away the anger and the injustice? You did not create that love. Probably you were not good enough to send for it by prayer. But it came. God sent it. He makes you love your children.George Macdonald (1824-1905)

I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans. George Macdonald (1824-1905)

To the dim and bewildered vision of humanity, God's care is more evident in some instances than in others; and upon such instances men seize, and call them providences. It is well that they can; but it would be gloriously better if they could believe that the whole matter is one grand providence.
George Macdonald (1824-1905)

O Christ, my life, possess me utterly.
Take me and make a little Christ of me.
If I am anything but thy father's son,
'Tis something not yet from the darkness won.
Oh, give me light to live with open eyes.
Oh, give me life to hope above all skies.
George Macdonald (1824-1905), Diary of an Old Soul

A God must have a God for company.
And lo! thou hast the Son-God to thy friend.
Thou honour'st his obedience, he thy law.
Into thy secret life-will he doth see;
Thou fold'st him round in live love perfectly--
One two, without beginning, without end;
In love, life, strength, and truth, perfect without a flaw.
George Macdonald, Diary of an Old Soul [1905]

Grant MacDonald

The only ability you need to serve God is availablity--Grant MacDonald

Ramsey MacDonald

'I (Ramsey MacDonald) perhaps am prejudiced by the immediate harm he ( the former Edward VIII) has done, and when the future open up I shall see, as indeed I believe, that it was all for the good. Still, one does not so much respect as be thankful for the tools of Providence.' By ' tools of Providence.', MacDonald presumably meant Wallis Simpson.- Susan Williams, The People's King, p.240

Russ MacDonald

Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure.-- RUSS MacDONALD

Gresham Machen

I do not see how anyone can contemplate present-day educational conditions without seeing that something is radically wrong. And about one thing that is wrong - indeed by far the most important thing - there can be no doubt. It is found in the widespread ignorance of the Christian religion as that religion is founded upon the Word of God.... I do not believe that there can be any truly comprehensive science that does not take account of the solid facts upon which the Christian religion is based. Hence I sympathize fully with your desire to promote an education that shall be genuinely Christian. And I pray that those who, like you, wherever they may be, cherish such a desire may not be discouraged by the opposition of the world. You represent a cause which cannot ultimately fail. -- Gresham Machen

"It is a great mistake ... to suppose that we who are called 'conservatives' hold desperately to certain beliefs merely because they are old, and are opposed to the discovery of new facts. On the contrary, we welcome new discoveries with all our hearts, and we believe that our cause will come to its rights again only when youth throws off its present intellectual lethargy, refuses to go thoughtlessly with the anti-intellectual current of the age, and recovers some genuine independence of mind. In one sense, indeed, we are traditionalists ... But on the whole, in view of the conditions that now exist, it would perhaps be more correct to call us 'radicals' than to call us 'conservatives' ... We are seeking in particular to arouse youth from its present uncritical repetition of current phrases into some genuine examination of the basis of life; and we believe that Christianity flourishes not in the darkness, but in the light. A revival of the Christian religion, we believe, will deliver mankind from its present bondage. Such a revival will not be the work of man, but the work of the Spirit of God. But one of the means which the Spirit will use, we believe, is an awakening of the intellect ... The new Reformation, in other words, will be accompanied by a new Renaissance; and the last thing in the world that we desire to do is to discourage originality or independence of mind. J. Greshem Machen

The first chapters of the Bible tell us of the sin of man. The guilt of that sin had rested upon every single one of us, it guilt and its terrible results..but..it also tells us of something greater still; it tells us of the grace of the offended God. J. GRESHAM MACHEN

God is the ruler of history. His times are well chosen The Roman Empire was an instrument in his hand. And so are the nations of the modern world. --J. Gresham Machen

After listening to modern tirades against the great creeds of the Church, one receives a shock when one turns to the Westminster Confession... and discovers that in doing so one has turned from shallow modern phrases to a "dead orthodoxy" that is pulsating with life in every word. In such orthodoxy there is life enough to set the whole world aglow with Christian love. -- J. Gesham Machen, 1923.

I can see little consistency in a type of Christian activity which preaches the gospel on the street corners and at the ends of earth, but neglects the children of the covenant by abandoning them to a cold and unbelieving secularism.-- J. Gresham Machen

The Christian cannot be satisfied so long as any human activity is either opposed to Christianity or out of connection with Christianity. Christianity must pervade not merely all nations but also all of human thought. J. Gresham Machen

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 &endash; 1527)

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt. --Niccolo Machiavelli

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

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.--Niccolo Machiavelli

Whoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. --Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) _Discourses_ [1517]

Wise men say, and not without reason, that whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who have been, and ever will be, animated by the same passions, and thus they must necessarily have the same results. -Niccolo Machiavelli

As the observance of divine institutions is the cause of the greatness of republics, so the disregard of them produces their ruin; for where the fear of God is wanting, there the country will come to ruin, unless it be sustained the fear of the prince, which temporarily supply the want of religion.
Machiavelli, _Discourses_, 1519

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.-- Niccolo Machiavelli

Charles Mackay

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. Charles Mackay

Harvey Mackay

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.... Harvey Mackay

Hugh Mackay (1938-)

Being born in the middle of the 20th century, Boomer's education and outlook have been strongly influenced by the towering presence of two revolutionary figures : Freud and Einstein. Despite many Boomers not having formally studied or even been aware of the work of either of these men, The Freudian and Einsteinian views of the world have been deeply embedded into the culture which has shaped their generation. Freud and Einstein, from their utterly different perspectives, have influenced Western popular culture by generating two powerful beliefs: the belief that all the answers to our psychological (and even spiritual) questions are within us: and the belief that everything (not just time and space, but knowledge and morality as well) is relative.- Hugh Mackay (1938-) Generations: Baby Boomers, their parents and their children. Ch.3. (1997)

Henry MacKenzie

Mankind, in the gross, is a gaping monster, that loves to be deceived, and has seldom been disappointed. --Henry MacKenzie

Louis Mackey (1926- )

The secular university is scandalized by the claims of revelation. Those who have, for whatever historical reasons, become seekers-on-principle, cannot tolerate the allegation that truth is a gift. To have to receive offends those who have determined to take.... Louis Mackey (b. 1926)

James Mackintosh

It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are.-- Sir James Mackintosh

Shirley MacLaine

Sex is hardly ever just about sex. Shirley MacLaine

Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910)

Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures's will. Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910)

The gospel is not speculation but fact. It is truth, because it is the record of a person who is the Truth. Alexander Maclaren

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

Donald Macleod

The only thing worse than paying income tax is not paying income tax. --Donald Macleod

Ian Macleod

Equality of opportunity means equal opportunity to be unequal. --Ian Macleod

Seamus MacManus

Three things to beware of: the hoof of a horse, the horn of a bull and the smile of an Englishman. ~ Seamus MacManus

Harold Macmillan (1894 &endash; 1986)

I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. - Harold Macmillan (1894 &endash; 1986)

He (Aneurin Bevan) enjoys prophesying the imminent fall of the capitalist system, and is prepared to play a part, any part, in its burial, except that of mute. -- Harold Macmillan, speech in Commons, 1934

Lets be frank about it; most of our people have never had it so good.
Harold Macmillan (First Earl of Stockton), 1957.

If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency...decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don't think it's enough. -- Harold MacMillan, 1980

Thomas F Madden

When the crusades of the Middle Ages are remembered at all, it is usually with disdain and derision. In a post Enlightenment word, the concept of religious warfare is odious, largely because most people no longer believe that one's religious beliefs are relevant to one's view of the world or place in it. Instead, modern wars are fought for political and ideological causes, like democracy or nationalism - ideas that would not seem worth the shedding of one drop of blood to most medieval men and women. ....Rather than fighting for a patriotic vision of a nation state, thousands of medieval Europeans marched off to fight for Christ. If both cases, the soldiers felt similarly about their causes. They were willing to sacrifice their lives to defend what the held most sacred. Thomas F Madden, A Short History of the Crusades, p1

Brenda Maddox

We're a cavalry regiment led by a corporal in the Women's Royal Army Corps - An unidentified Conservative leader on Margaret Thatcher as their newly elected leader, quoted by Cecil Parkinson in Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p125

Even her closest allies were not safe from her sharp tongue. "I remember",says Deedes,"Airey (Neeve) walking out of a meeting saying that he'd never been spoken at so rudely in his life before." (That superlative was impressive from a man who had been in Colditz.) - Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p108

Conviction and pragmatism are not incompatible. - Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p130

John Maddox

Maddox's Third Law
Just as nature is supposed to abhor a vacuum, so scientific opinion abhors questions unlikely to be answered soon, whence the general belief that the origin of the Universe is now nearly understood. -- John Maddox

W.C. Magee

I'd rather that England should be free than that England should be compulsorily sober. With freedom we might in the end attain sobriety, but in the other alternative we should eventually lose both freedom and sobriety. --W.C. Magee, Archbishop of York Sermon at Peterborough (1868)

John Maidstone

His body was wel compact and strong, his stature under 6 foote ( I beleeve about two inches) his head so shaped, as you might see it a storehouse and shop both of vast tresury of natural parts. His temper exceeding fyery as I have known, but the flame of it kept downe, for the most part, or soon allayed with those moral endowments he had. He was naturally compassionate towards objects in distresse, even to an effeminate measure; though God had made him a heart, wherein was left little roume for any feare, but what was due to himselfe, of which there was a large proportion, yet did he exceed in tenderness towards suffrerers. A larger soule, I thinke, hath seldom dwelt in a house of clay than his was. - John Maidston, Letter to John Winthrop, 24 March 1659.( This by a servant of Cromwell's disproves the saying that no man is a hero to his valet)

Henry Sumner Maine

It is perfectly possible...to revive even in our day the fiscal tyranny which once left even European populations in doubt whether it was worth while preserving life by thrift and toil...You have only to take the heart out of those who would willingly labor and save, by taxing them ad misercordiam for the most laudable philanthropic objects. -- Sir Henry Sumner Maine The Prospects of Popular Government

It makes not the smallest difference to the motives of the thrifty and industrious part of mankind whether their fiscal oppressor be an Eastern despot, or a feudal baron, or a democratic legislature, and whether they are taxed for the benefit of a Corporation called Society, or for the advantage of an individual styled King or Lord. -- Sir Henry Sumner Maine The Prospects of Popular Government

Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle m\'erite. Every nation has the government it deserves.
Maistre, Joseph de (1753-1821) [1811.08.15] Letter to X in _Lettres et Opuscules In\'edits_ (1851) vol. 1, Letter 53  

Thomas Major

Our treatment of the natives may be deemed unjustifiable by some. Naturally they may say it was their country, and ask what business we had there? Quite so; but the same argument may be said in all new countries. It will not hold water, however, nor can we change the un-alterable law of Nature. For untold centuries the aborigines have had the use of the country, but in the march of time they, like the extinct fossil, must make way. They now encumber the ground, and will not suit themselves to cultured circumstances. The sooner they are taught that a superior race has come upon them, and are made to feel its power, the better for them. ~Thomas Major, Leaves from a Squatter's Notebook (1900

Miriam Makeba

Age ain't nothin' but a number. But age is other things too. It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. It is experience and knowledge. And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
Miriam Makeba

Bernard Malamud

WITHOUT HEROES, we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.- Bernard Malamud, The Natural

Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.- Malcolm X (1925-1965) "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," 1965.

History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.- Malcolm X (1925-1965) "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," 1965

Rajiv Malhotra

In particular, the 'economic class struggle' theories so pervasive in academe should be thrown out of the window in such an exercise. For, it is clear that the jihadis are not motivated by economic cravings, to drive in BMWs, or to indulge in other Western ways of living. Their struggle is not for wealth, and many of them left wealthy Arab families. [...] It is the religion as interpreted by the bearded men on the ground, running the madrassas, that matters in assessing the aspirations of jihadis, and not the Islam as interpreted by its relatively few Westernized liberal voices. Yes, we all wish Islam were more like it is cranked up to be on American college campuses today, and should encourage any movement in that direction. But, meanwhile, we must plan based on what it is perceived to be by those who are driven to such extremes based on religious dogma.-- Rajiv Malhotra, "America's Last Chance",

S.K Malik

Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponents heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him. - S.K Malik, The Quranic Concept of War, p.59. Pakistan 1979

Stephane Mallarme

That virgin, vital, beautiful day: today -- Stephane Mallarme 1842-1898, Plusieurs sonnets (1881)

George Leigh Mallory

Because it's there. - George Leigh Mallory's reply when asked why he wanted to climb Everest . he died on 19 June 1924 close to the summit.

Andre Malraux (1901-1976)

The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.- Andre Malraux

Be careful, -- with quotations you can damn anything - Andre Malraux(1901-1976) Anti-censorship address, French Assembly, 12 Nov 1966.

W. Russell Maltby

Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble. --W. Russell Maltby

Maxwell Maltz

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut. -- Maxwell Maltz

William Manchester

 ...he drove a sharp needle into Labour policy one day when he met [Clement Atlee] in the men's room. Atlee, arriving first, had stepped up to the urinal trough when Churchill strode in on the same mission, glanced at him, and stood at the trough as far away from him as possible. Atlee said, "Feeling standoffish today, are we, Winston?" Churchill said: "That's right. Every time you see something big, you want to nationalize it." -- William Manchester, The Last Lion (1988) "Dreams of Glory"

Lord Mancroft

Happy is the man who has a wife to tell him what to do and a secretary to do it for him.--- Lord Mancroft

Og Mandino

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.-- Og Mandino

All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath - so what does that make today worth?" - Og Mandino

Irshad Manji

...I'm asking Muslims in the West a very basic question: Will we remain spiritually infantile, caving to cultural pressures to clam up and conform, or will we mature into full-fledged citizens, defending the very pluralism that allows us to be in this part of the world in the first place? My question for non-Muslims is equally basic: Will you succumb to the intimidation of being called "racists," or will you finally challenge us Muslims to take responsibility for our role in what ails Islam? -- Irshad Manji, blurb for her book _The Trouble With Islam_, http://www.muslim-refusenik.com/thebook.html#troublewithislamis

Herman J Mankeiwicz

You know it's hard to hear what a bearded man is saying. He can't speak above a whisker.~Herman J Mankeiwicz, in R.E.Drennan, Wit's End

G. T. Manley

This is our great need, to be more like Christ, that His likeness may be seen in our lives; and this is just what is promised to us as we yield ourselves in full surrender to the working of His Spirit. Then, as we draw nearer to Christ, we shall be drawn nearer to His people; and in our search for unity with the members we shall be drawn closer to the Head.--G. T. Manley, Christian Unity [1945]

The task is not, in essence, the securing of uniformity, or cooperation, or Church reunion, or any of the external forms, through which nevertheless the unity may be manifested. Within the wide bounds of the Christian Church there is abundant scope for the multiplicity of races, languages, and social conditions; room also for separate organizations with different traditions of faith and order, and much diversity of operation. But there is no room for strife or hostility, for pride or selfassertion, for exclusiveness or unkind judgments, nor for that kind of independence which leads men to ignore their fellowship with the great company of believers, the communion of saints. These things are contrary to the revealed will of God, and should be made at once to cease. As these disappear, the outward manifestation of unity will come in such ways as the Spirit of God shall guide.... G. T. Manley, Christian Unity [1945]

Horace Mann (1796-1859)

It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.- Horace Mann (1796-1859) In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.- Horace Mann (1796-1859) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
Horace Mann (1796-1859) "Twelfth Annual Report to the President of Antioch," 1848.

You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it all. But let all you tell be truth.-- Horace Mann

Thomas Mann

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives. Thomas Mann

Eliza Manningham-Buller

Breaking the link between terrorism and religious ideology is difficult.- Eliza Manningham-Buller, MI5's director-general, at the Royal United Services Institute conference in central London 16 June 2003

 Thomas Manton

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

If the scriptures do thoroughly direct men to know God in Christ, and save their own souls, why should we look any further? Now, they do not only furnish every private Christian with this knowledge; but the man of God, who is to instruct others, he needeth look no further, but is furnished out of the scripture with all things necessary to discharge his office. Therefore here we fix and rest, we have a sufficient rule, and a full record of all necessary Christian doctrine. THOMAS MANTON

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

First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it. --THOMAS MANTON

In the Scriptures there is a portrait of God, but in Christ there is God himself. A coin bears the image of Caesar, but Caesar's son is his own lively resemblance. Christ is the living Bible.-- THOMAS MANTON

Christianity doth not abrogate affections, but regulates them. - Thomas Manton

What must we contend for? For every truth of God, according to its moment and weight. The dust of gold is precious; and it is dangerous to be careless in the lesser truths: There is nothing superfluous in the cannon. - Thomas Manton

Works before conversion cannot engage God, and works after conversion can not satisfy God - all the endeavour and labour of the creature will never procure it. - Thomas Manton

Knowledge without wisdom may be soon discerned; it is usually curious and censorious. - Thomas Manton

Tommy Manville (1894-1967)

She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook. --Tommy Manville (1894-1967)

Ammianus Marcellinus

A whole troop of foreigners would not be able to withstand a single Celt if he called his wife to his assistance. The wife is even more formidable. She is usually very strong, and with blue eyes; in rage her neck veins swell, she gnashes her teeth, and brandishes her snow-white robust arms. She begins to strike blows mingled with kicks, as if they were so many missles sent from the string of a catapault. - Ammianus Marcellinus, Celtic Women

Orison Swett Marden

We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it, including the thorns.- Orison S. Marden

A lobster, when left high and dry among the rock, has not instinct or energy enough to work his way back to the sea, but waits for the sea to come to him. If it does not come, he remains where he is and dies, although the slightest effort would enable him to reach the waves, which are perhaps within a yard of him. The world is full of human lobsters; men stranded on the rocks of indecision and procrastination, who, instead of putting forth their own energies, are waiting for some grand billow of good fortune to set them afloat.... Orison Swett Marden (1848-1924)

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
Orison Swett Marden

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, moulding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in moulding us, shaping us.-- Orison Swett Marden

Marie Marguerite of Youville (1701-1771)

All the wealth in the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united. --Marie Marguerite of Youville (1701-1771)

Jacques Maritain

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy -- Jacques Maritain

There are absolute atheists ... Absolute atheism is in no way a mere absence of belief in God. It is rather a refusal of God, a fight against God, a challenge to God. ~ Maritain Jacques

Christopher Marlowe. 1565-1593

I'm armed with more than complete steel,-- The justice of my quarrel.
Christopher Marlowe. 1565-1593 Lust's Dominion. Act iii. Sc. 4.

Don Marquis (1878 &endash; 1937)

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.-Don Marquis

When you can't have anything else, you can have virtue. -- Don Marquis

Prohibition makes you want to cry in your beer, and denies you the beer to cry into.--Don Marquis

Williard Marriott

Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees. - Williard Marriott

George M. Marsden

The Church faces the same problem today as it has faced in every era - the problem of communicating to our culture while not identifying with its, values. George M. Marsden

Catherine Marshall (1914-1983)

If your every human plan and calculation has miscarried, if, one by one, human props have been knocked out, and doors have shut in your face, take heart. God is trying to get a message through to you, and the message is: "Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let me handle the matter."... Catherine Marshall (1914-1983)

Peter Marshall (1902-1949)

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change; and when we are right, make us easy to live with. ... Peter Marshall (1902-1949)

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."- Peter Marshall

O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need. Peter Marshall , prayer, 2 Mar 1948

William Marshall

In the United States, pornography is the third largest money-maker for organized crime - after drugs and gambling - an $8 - 10 billion per year enterprise. In response to the FBI's questions on the subject, 81 percent of serial killers surveyed said that hard-core pornography was their highest sexual interest. - William Marshall

Hugh Martin

The breadth and depth of [William] Carey's missionary service [in India] is well illustrated in the principles laid down for themselves by the Serampore Brotherhood to be read three times a year in each station in their charge. Here is a summary:
1. To set an infinite value on men's souls.
2. To abstain from whatever deepens India's prejudice against the Gospel.
3. To watch for every chance of doing the people good.
4. To preach Christ crucified as the grand means of conversions.
5. To esteem and treat Indians always as equals.
6. To be instant in the nurture of personal religion.
7. To cultivate the spiritual gifts of the Indian brethren, ever pressing upon them their missionary obligation, since only Indians can win India for Christ. ... Hugh Martin, Great Christian Books

Happily for us, the fundamental Christian message concerns not what we ought to do, but what God has done and what God is willing to do. In fellowship with Him and with others who are likewise trying to be like Him, we can be lifted up above our native possibilities.... Hugh Martin

Judith Martin (1938-____)

Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace.Judith Martin (1938-____) United Feature Syndicate.

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

Ideological differences are no excuse for rudeness.Judith Martin (1938-____) "Miss Manner's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior," 1982.

The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes - naturally, no one wants to live any other way. ~Judith Martin "Miss Manners

Keith Martin

Is that the aroma of sour grapes I smell wafting from your whine cellar? - Keith Martin

Rod D. Martin

Likewise, it's easy to see why the left fears Christians. People who worship political power, who want government to direct (and thus control) all things, who have effectively deified the state, cannot imagine anyone feeling otherwise. Like Tolkein's Sauron, the thought that anyone would choose to destroy the ring of power is beyond them. And because that power is today so pervasive, they not only covet it, but cannot permit it's falling into the hands of men with whom they disagree. - Rod D. Martin,TOWARD A CHRISTIAN CULTURE July 2002

Until the last 50 years the most prominent enthusiasts for a single European state were Napoleon and Hitler --Rod D. Martin, 8 October 1998. Vanguard

Steve Martin (1945-)

I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them. - Steve Martin

William McChesney Martin (1906 - 1998)

Too many of our prejudices are like pyramids upside down. They rest on tiny, trivial incidents, but they spread upward and outward until they fill our minds.  - William McChesney Martin, 1906 - 1998

Harriet Martineau (1802 &endash; 1876)

Men who pass most comfortably through this world are those who possess good digestions and hard hearts. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) "Society in America," vol. 3, "Marriage," 1837.

Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)

Henry Martyn (1781-1812)

My soul, alas, needs these uneasinesses in outward things, to be driven to take refuge in God. Henry Martyn

Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry, and music have had charms unknown to me before. I have either received what I suppose is a taste for them, or religion has refined my mind, and made it susceptible of new impressions from the sublime and beautiful. O, how religion secures the heightened enjoyment of those pleasures which keep so many from God by their being a source of pride! -- Henry Martyn

God and eternal things are my only pleasure. HENRY MARTYN

I am born for God only. Christ is nearer to me than father, or mother, or sister -- a near relation, a more affectionate Friend; and I rejoice to follow Him, and to love Him. Blessed Jesus! Thou art all I want -- a forerunner to me in all I ever shall go through as a Christian, a minister, or a missionary. ... Henry Martyn (1781-1812)

Justin Martyr

We who formerly delighted in fornication, but now embrace chastity alone; we who formerly used magical arts, dedicated ourselves to the good and unbegotten God, who valued above all things the acquisition of wealth and possessions, now bring what we have into common stock, and communicate to everyone in need; we who hated and destroyed one another, and on account of their different tribe, now since the coming of Christ, live familiarly with them, and pray for our enemies, and endeavour to persuade those who hate us unjustly, to the end that they may become partakers of the same joyful hope of a reward from God the ruler of all. --Justin Martyr

Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

Home is where you hang your head -- Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon. - Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890 &endash; 1977)

Now there sits a man with an open mind. You can feel the draft from here.-- Groucho Marx, on Chico Marx

Money will not make you happy, and happy will not make you money.- Groucho Marx

Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others. -- Grouch Marx

G M: So, Mrs. Smith, do you have any children?
S: Yes, thirteen.
G M: Thirteen! Good lord, isn't that a burden?
S: Well, I love my husband.
G M: Lady, I love my cigar but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.
Groucho Marx, on You Bet Your Life

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men, the other 999 follow women. Groucho Marx

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx

A child of five would understand this. Send somebody to fetch a child of five. --Groucho Marx

Home is where you hang your head.-- Groucho Marx (1890-1977) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software,1994

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

Now there sits a man with an open mind. You can feel the draft from here. -- Groucho Marx

Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere. -- Groucho Marx

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open. -- Groucho Marx

He may look like an idiot, and he may sound like an idiot, but don't let him fool you. He really is an idiot. -- Groucho Marx

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.-- Groucho Marx

I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are. --Groucho Marx

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open. -- Groucho Marx

He may look like an idiot, and he may sound like an idiot, but don't let him fool you. He really is an idiot. -- Groucho Marx

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.-- Groucho Marx

I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are. --Groucho Marx

Karl Marx (1818 &endash; 1883)

By means of the banking system the distribution of capital as a special business, a social function, is taken out of the hands of the private capitalists and usurers. But at the same time, banking and credit become the most effective means of driving captialist production beyond its own limits and one of the most effective vehicles of crises and swindle. Karl Marx, "Capital", vol. 3.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment. --Karl Marx

The English Established Church... will more readily pardon an attack on 38 of its 39 articles than on 1/39 of its income. -- Karl Marx, _Capital_

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. -- Karl Marx

From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need. --Karl Marx

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it. -- Karl Marx Theses on Feuerbach

We know that violent measures against religion are nonsense; but this is an opinion: as socialism grows, religion will disappear. Its disappearance must be done by social development, in which education must play a part. -- Chicago Tribune Interview with Karl Marx

E. L. Mascall

Enough has... been said to show that the impoverished secularised versions of Christianity which are being urged upon us for our acceptance today rest not upon a serious application of the methods of scientific scholarship nor upon a serious intuitive appreciation of the Gospels as a whole in their natural context, but upon a radical distaste for the supernatural. E. L. Mascall, The Secularisation of Christianity [1965]

I do not wish to imply that God the Son could not, absolutely speaking, have become incarnate by a non-virginal conception, any more than I should wish to deny that God might, absolutely speaking, have redeemed mankind without becoming incarnate at all; it is always unwise to place limits to the power of God. What we can see is that both an incarnation and a virginal conception were thoroughly appropriate to the needs and circumstances of the case and were more "natural", in the sense of more appropriate, than the alternatives... In practice, denial of the virginal conception or inability to see its relevance almost always goes with an inadequate understanding of the Incarnation and of the Christian religion in general.
E. L. Mascall, The Secularization of Christianity [1965]

John Masefield (1878 &endash; 1967)

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.
John Masefield, Cargoes

The trained mind outs the upright soul,
As Jesus said the trained mind might,
Being wiser than the sons of light,
But trained men's minds are spread so thin
They let all sorts of darkness in;
Whatever light man finds they doubt it,
They love not light, but talk about it.
John Masefield, 'The Everlasting Mercy', November 1911

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
John Masefield SEA-FEVER

James Massey

Catering to a sex craze sweeping across our world, authors, publishers, and movie moguls continue to reap the commercial benefits of their selfish pursuits. Gratification and graft have a hammer lock on many, many young minds and lives and have choked out needed spiritual awareness. Evil is out in the open. Sin has gained the privileged position. James Massey

Suzanne Massie

All that the Devil asks is acquiescence ...not struggle, not conflict. Acquiescence.--Suzanne Massie _Journey_

Tommy Manville (1894-1967)

She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook. --Tommy Manville (1894-1967)

Andrew V. Mason

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. --Andrew V. Mason

George Mason

As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.=George Mason, Debates in the Federal Convention, Wednesday, August 22, 1787 Jonathan Elliot, Debates on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 5, p. 458

Erskine Mason (1805 - 1851)

God has so constituted our nature that we cannot be happy unless we are or think we are the means of good to others. We can scarcely conceive of greater wretchedness than must be felt by him who knows he is wholly useless in the world.
Erskine Mason (1805 - 1851)

Jackie Mason(1934 &endash; )

50% of men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe. Jackie Mason

Cotton Mather

It was afterwards by the them confessed, that upon the arrival of the English in these parts, the Indians employed their sorcerers, whom they call powaws, like Balaam, to curse them, and let loose their demons upon them, to shipwreck them, to distract them, to poison them, or in any way to ruin them. All the noted powaws in the country spent three days together in diabolical conjurations, to obtain the assistance of the devils against the settlement of these our English; but the devils at length acknowledged unto them, that they could not hinder those people from their becoming the owners and masters of the country; whereupon the Indians resolved upon a good correspondence with our new-comers.- Cotton Mather (Magnalia, v.1 p.55).

Examples do strangely charm us into imitation. When holiness is pressed upon us we are prone to think that it is a doctrine calculated for angels and spirits whose dwelling is not with flesh. But when we read the lives of them that excelled in holiness, though they were persons of like passions with ourselves, the conviction is wonderful and powerful. - COTTON MATHER

I have often thought of Mr Paul Bayne, his fairwell words to Dr Ames when going to Holland; Mr Bayne perceiving him to be a man of extra-ordinary parts, 'Beware (said he) of a strong head and a cold heart.' COTTON MATHER

I will now teach my son Increase (and others of my children) the way of raising a lesson out of every verse in his reading of the Bible; and of turning it into a Prayer; and engage him (and them) unto a daily Course in reading the Bible in such a way. C. Mather--Diary v.2, p.251

William Mathews

All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth. --William Mathews

Andrew W. Mathis

It is bad luck to be superstitious. -- Andrew W. Mathis

Henri Matisse

All art worthy of the name is religious. -- Henri Matisse

Walter Matthau (1920 &endash; 2000)

I never mind my wife having the last word. In fact, I'm delighted when she gets to it. - Walter Matthau (1920 &endash; 2000)

William Matthews (1822-1896)

The difficulties, hardships, and trials of life, the obstacles one encounters on the road to fortune, are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. Peril is the element in which power is developed. --William Matthews (1822-1896)

William R. Mattox, Jr.

True love isn't so much a dreamy feeling that you have as it is an enduring commitment to give sacrificially - even, or perhaps especially, when you don't feel like it.  - William R. Mattox, Jr.

Gunnar Mattsson

Married happiness is like a tree; it has to grow before you can enjoy its shade. And it doesn't grow if you don't take care of it but run around admiring other plants. It takes many years. If you concentrate your love on a single tree and wait, you can see it grow, and there comes a day when you can lean against it and find coolness in its shade.-Gunnar Mattsson in "The Princess."

Frederick Stanley Maude

People of Baghdad, remember for 26 generations you have suffered under strange tyrants who have ever endeavoured to set one Arab house against another in order that they might profit by your dissensions. This policy is abhorrent to Great Britain and her Allies for there can be neither peace nor prosperity where there is enmity or misgovernment. Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators.- Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude, March 11, 1917 after the deceptively easy march into Baghdad


Non-Muslims have been granted the freedom to stay outside the Islamic fold and to cling to their false, man-made ways if they so wish. They have, however, absolutely no right to seize the reins of power in any part of God's earth nor to direct the collective affairs of human beings according to their own misconceived doctrines. (Maudidi's commentary on Sura 9:29, in Towards understanding the Qur'an. Leicester: The Islamic Foundation, 1988).

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

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

I can read every word that Dr. Johnson wrote with delight, for he had good sense, charm, and wit. No one could have written better if he had not wilfully set himself to write in the grand style. He knew good English when he saw it. --William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) _The Summing Up_ [1938], Chapter XII

My parents died when I was so young, my mother when I was eight, my father when I was ten, that I know little of them but from hearsay. . . He was forty when he married my mother, who was more than twenty years younger. She was a very beautiful woman and he was a very ugly man. . . One of her great friends was Lady Anglesey, an American woman who died at an advanced age not very long ago, and she told me that she had once said to my mother; "You're so beautiful and there are so many people in love with you, why are you faithful to that ugly little man you've married?" And my mother answered: "He never hurts my feelings. --William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) _The Summing Up_ [1938], Chapter VII

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make believe.-- W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938

Tolerance is only another name for indifference. -- W. Somerset Maugham A Writer's Notebook

Andre Maurois (1885 &endash; 1967)

Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true. Everything that is not puts us in a rage. -- Andre Maurois

Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi

The lordship of man over man is the root cause of all corrupt rule. In the light of this principle, no laws are legitimate except God's law, and no government is legitimate except those who rule as God's deputies, implementing God's laws alone, which no-one has the power to change. So I say to you: if you really want to root out corruption now so widespread on God's earth, stand up and fight against corrupt rule; take power and use it on God's behalf. It is useless to think you change things by preaching alone. - Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi. Let us be Muslims. Trans. & ed. Khurram Murad. The Islamic Foundation, Leicester England. (Printed by A.S. Noordeen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ) Third Reprint 1991. First published under the title Kutubat in 1940. (Doc. 18) (p.288)

What Islam demands from those who submit to God as the real Sovereign, their only Ruler, and who accept to abide by His laws as brought by His Prophet, blessings and peace be on him is quite obvious. They should rise to bring their King's land under His law, to destroy the power of those rebels among His subjects who have set themselves up as sovereigns, and to free His subjects from the burden of slavery to others. … wherever you are, in whichever country you live, you must strive to change the wrong basis of government, and seize all powers to rule and make laws from those who do not fear God. … The name of this striving is Jihad. - Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi. Let us be Muslims. Trans. & ed. Khurram Murad. The Islamic Foundation, Leicester England. (Printed by A.S. Noordeen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ) Third Reprint 1991. First published under the title Kutubat in 1940. (Doc. 18) (p.288) (p.290)

Islam is nothing but man's exclusive and total submission to God. - Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi. Let us be Muslims. Trans. & ed. Khurram Murad. The Islamic Foundation, Leicester England. (Printed by A.S. Noordeen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ) Third Reprint 1991. First published under the title Kutubat in 1940. (p. 94).

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

Gin a body meet a body
Flyin' through the air,
Gin a body hit a body,
Will it fly? and where?
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879).

Neal A. Maxwell

Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus. -Neal A. Maxwell

Rollo May (1909-1994)

Depression is the inability to construct a future. --Rollo May

Jack Mayberry

I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache.--Jack Mayberry

Bill Meyer

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. Bill Meyer

F.B. Meyer

The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.--F.B. Meyer

Alice Meynell (1847 - 1922)

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.- Alice Meynell, 1847 - 1922

Ernst Mayr

Evolution as such is no longer a theory for a modern author. It is as much a fact as that the earth revolves around the sun. -- Ernst Mayr

...anyone who writes about "Darwin's theory of evolution" in the singular, without segregating the theories of gradual evolution, common descent, speciation, and the mechanism of natural selection, will be quite unable to discuss the subject competently. --Ernst Mayr

Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984)

. . the circumference of life cannot be rightly drawn until the center is set. Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984)

The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proven to have their counterparts in the world of fact. Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984)

However hard the road, however difficult today, tomorrow things will be better. Tomorrow may not be better, but we must believe that it will be.Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984) In "My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget," by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995.

Giuseppe Mazzini (1805 &endash; 1872)

Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing. - Giuseppe Mazzini (1805 &endash; 1872)

John McArthur

On the cross Jesus was guilty of nothing but God treated Jesus as if he had committed personally every sin ever committed by every person who would ever believe...though in fact he committed none of them. That's what substitution means. Then God exploded the full fury of His wrath against all the sins of all who will ever believe against Jesus. And God exhausted His wrath on Jesus. Jesus was no sinner; God treated Him as though he was. On the other side, God did it in our behalf in order that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus...Jesus lived a perfect life to fulfill all righteousness. Why? So his life could be imputed to us...On the cross Jesus wasn't a sinner; God treated him as if he was; you're not righteous but He treats you as if you are. On the cross, God treated Jesus as if he lived your life so he could treat you as if you had lived his. That's imputation; that's substitution. Jesus came to be poor to exchange his life for yours in order to fulfill the elective plan of God that he might do the will of God perfectly and in the end back the very love gift the Father had given to him. JOHN McARTHUR

Bruce McCall

If the general attitude of Canadians toward their mighty neighbor to the south could be distilled into a single phrase, that phrase would probably be "Oh, shut up." The Americans talked too much, mainly about themselves. Their torrid love affair with their own history and legend exceeded--painfully--the quasi-British Canadian idea of modesty and self-restraint. ... They were forever busting their buttons in spasms of insufferable yahoo pride or all too publicly agonizing over their crises.
Bruce McCall, _Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada_, 1997

Eugene McCarthy

Being in politics is like being in a football game. You have to be smart enough to know the game and stupid enough to think it important.-- Senator Eugene McCarthy (D-MN)

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. - Eugene McCarthy

R. C. McCarthy

Different people must contend with different trials, but adversities in some shape or other come to everyone. Life is a procession of people bearing crosses and when one carries his awkwardly he interferes with his fellow marchers.--R. C. McCarthy

Paul McCartney

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
Paul McCartney -"Yesterday"


Robert Murray McCheyne

Joy is increased by spreading it to others.--Robert Murray McCheyne in a letter: 27 June 1839

Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities. --Robert Murray McCheyne

I am tempted to think that I am now an established Christian,--that I have overcome this or that lust so long,--that I have got into the habit of the opposite grace,--so that there is no fear; I may venture very near the temptation--nearer than other men. This is a lie of Satan. One might as well speak of gunpowder getting by habit of resisting fire, so as not to catch spark. As long as powder is wet, it resists the spark; but when it becomes dry, it is ready to explode at the first touch. As long as the Spirit dwells in my heart, He deadens me to sin, so that, if lawfully called through temptation, I may reckon upon God carrying me through. But when the Spirit leaves me, I am like dry gunpowder. Oh for a sense of this! - ROBERT M M'CHEYNE

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.... Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843)

Even in the wildest storms the sky is not all dark; and so in the darkest dealings of God with His children, there are always some bright tokens for good. - Robert Murray McCheyne letter FEBRUARY 6, 1839

In spiritual things, this world is all wintertime so long as the Saviour is away. - Robert Murray McCheyne letter FEBRUARY 9, 1839

Rose early to seek God and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?'
Robert Murray McCheyne, journal: 23.2.1834.

It is not the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor the fire, but the still small voice of the Spirit that carries on the glorious work of saving souls.
Robert Murray McCheyne

I know well that when Christ is nearest, Satan also is busiest. --ROBERT MURRAY McCHEYNE

I am tempted to think that I am now an established Christian,--that I have overcome this or that lust so long,--that I have got into the habit of the opposite grace,--so that there is no fear; I may venture very near the temptation--nearer than other men. This is a lie of Satan. One might as well speak of gunpowder getting by habit of resisting fire, so as not to catch spark. As long as powder is wet, it resists the spark; but when it becomes dry, it is ready to explode at the first touch. As long as the Spirit dwells in my heart, He deadens me to sin, so that, if lawfully called through temptation, I may reckon upon God carrying me through. But when the Spirit leaves me, I am like dry gunpowder. Oh for a sense of this!" -- ROBERT M M'CHEYNE

For every look at self take ten looks at Christ. -- ROBERT MURRAY MCCHEYNE

Our soul should be a mirror of Christ; we should reflect every feature: for every grace in Christ there should be a counterpart in us.
Robert Murray McCheyne, letter: 26 Feb 1840

It is a sure mark of grace to desire more. --- ROBERT MURRAY MCCHEYNE

Most of God's people are content to be saved from the hell that is without. They are not so anxious to be saved from the hell that is within.
Robert Murray McCheyne, ,letter: 27.2 1839.

Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two: your life preaches all week. If Satan can only make a covetous minister a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good eating, he has ruined your ministry. Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, your thoughts, your words, from God. --Robert Murray M'Cheyne

You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm.-- Robert Murray McCheyne. letter: 9 Mar 1843.

Every wise workman takes his tools away from the work from time to time that they may be ground and sharpened; so does the only-wise Jehovah take his ministers oftentimes away into darkness and loneliness and trouble, that he may sharpen and prepare them for harder work in his service.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843)

Even in the wildest storms the sky is not all dark; and so in the darkest dealings of God with His children, there are always some bright tokens for good.-- Robert Murray McCheyne, letter: , 6 FEBRUARY 1839

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.... Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843)

Pamela McCorduck

McCorduck's Law
A linear projection into the future of any science or technology is like a form of propaganda &emdash; often persuasive, almost always wrong. -- Pamela McCorduck

Claude McDonald

Worriers spend a lot of time shoveling smoke.-- Claude McDonald

Josh McDowell

If you always do what you've always done, You'll always be what you've always been. --Josh McDowell

Kate McEwan

In 1729 the old church (St Mary's) fell down bodily after more than six centuries of constant use ..... when the fund raising committee paid a courtesy call on Jonathan Gurnell, a wealthy Quaker landowner, they were surprised to be told, "Thee knows, friends, that I am not in the habit of giving money to build up steeple houses, but here's a hundred ponds to help thee take away the old one." Kate McEwan, Ealing Walkabout, 1983

William McFee(1881 &endash; 1966)

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.--William McFee(1881 &endash; 1966)

People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune. William McFee (1881-1966)

Grace McGarvie

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking. Grace McGarvie

Bill McGlashen

Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one ahead.-- Bill McGlashen

James Holt McGavran

There is a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage. - James Holt McGavran

Alister McGrath

The idea that Christianity is basically a religion of moral improvement... has its roots in the liberal Protestantism of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century... It is this stereotype which continues to have influence today... But then came the First World War... What had gone wrong was that the idea of sin had been abandoned by liberal Christianity as some kind of unnecessary hangover from an earlier and less enlightened period in Christian history. -- Alister McGrath, _Bridge-Building: Effective Christian Apologetics_, 1992,

Within each of us exists the image of God, however disfigured and corrupted by sin it may presently be. God is able to recover this image through grace as we are conformed to Christ. Just as the figure of David lay hidden within the marble, discernible only to the eye of its creator, so the image of God (however tarnished by sin) lies within us, see and known by God Himself. Yet God loves us while we are still sinners. He doesn't have to wait until we stop sinning. Acceptance of His love is a major step along the road that leads to our liberation from the tyranny of sin. ALISTER McGRATH

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

Calvin dealt with the absolute prohibition upon lending money at interest (usury), for example, by arguing that it was merely an accommodation to the specific needs of a primitive society. Since there was no similarity between such a society and Geneva&emdash;interest is merely rent paid on capital, after all&emdash;he allowed lenders to charge a variable rate of interest. - Alister McGrath, Calvin and the Christian Calling, First Things 94 (June/July 1999): 31-35.

Phil McGraw

Life is managed; it is not cured. Phil McGraw

There is power in forgiveness. Phil McGraw

M. C. McIntosh

Every job has drudgery. ... The first secret of happiness is the recognition of this fundamental fact. -M. C. McIntosh

Andy McIntyre

If you think education is expensive, TRY IGNORANCE!!! --Andy McIntyre

John McIntyre (1916- )

When God finished man He breathed into the human form the divine life, "and man became a living soul." Man is created to be a witness and likeness of God. God and man are so near to one another that it was possible for the Eternal Word to become Man without ceasing to be God, to re-ascend to the Highest without dehumanizing the Manhood which He had assumed; so near that the believer may say in the fullest meaning of the words, "I live, yet not I, but Christ"... John McIntyre (1916- ), Faith's Title Deeds

Mignon McLaughlin

Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. --Mignon McLaughlin

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

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. Mignon McLaughlin

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you will see why. - Mignon McLaughlin

Marshall McLuhan (1911 &endash; 1980)

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. --Marshall McLuhan

One matter Englishmen don't think in the least funny is their happy consciousness of possessing a deep sense of humor. - Marshall McLuhan (1911 &endash; 1980)

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam. Herbert Marshall McLuhan

Frank McManus,

You can be a rooster one day and a feather duster the next ~Frank McManus, on political life, Sydney Morning Herald 28 Dec 1974

R. E. McMaster

Government is always religion applied to economics.--R. E. McMaster

Dick McMullen

Real authority is the power to serve.-- Dick McMullen

Robert McNamara (1916-____)

Brains are like hearts -- they go where they are appreciated --- Robert McNamara (1916-____).In "The New Book of Christian Quotations," by Tony Castle, 1982.

Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Sidney E. Mead

Insofar as theology is an attempt to define and clarify intellectual positions, it is apt to lead to discussion, to differences of opinion, even to controversy, and hence to be divisive. And this has had a strong tendency to dampen serious discussion of theological issues in most groups, and hence to strengthen the general anti-intellectual bias inherent in much of revivalistic Pietism... "Fundamentalism" in America, among other things, was a movement that tried to recall these denominations to theological and confessional self consciousness. But it was defeated in every major denomination, not so much by theological discussion and debate as by effective political manipulations directed by denominational leaders to the sterilizing of this "divisive" element. ... Sidney E. Mead in Church History [1954]

Jonathan Meades

The only bright feature of cultural relativism's triumph is that it has become establishment orthodoxy and will thus one day be derided, resisted and overthrown. -- Jonathan Meades, The Times Magazine, 22 April 2000

Sir Peter B. Medawar (1915 &endash; 1987)

The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it. P. B. Medawar:

I once spoke to a human geneticist who declared that the notion of intel-ligence was quite meaningless, so I tried calling him _un_intelligent. He was annoyed, & it did not appease him when I went on to ask how he came to attach such a clear meaning to the notion of lack of intelligence. We never spoke again. --P. B. Medawar, _Advice to a Young Scientist_

Francis J. Meehan

Men are at war with one another because each man is at war with himself. --Francis J. Meehan

J. W. T. Meehan

If you don't like life, its the way you're livin' A little less takin', a bit more givin'; A little less hatin', a little more lovin'; A little more helpin', not o much shovin'; A little more smilin', not so much strife, And soon you will be in love with life.--- J. W. T. Meehan

Golda Meir (1898 &endash; 1978)

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. Golda Meir

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

Viscount Melbourne

Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life.- Viscount Melbourne

Andrew Melville

Sir, as diverse times before, so now again I must tell you there are two kings and two kingdoms in Scotland; there is Christ Jesus and His Kingdom the Kirk, whose subject King James the Sixth is, and of whose Kingdom he is not a king, nor a head, nor a lord, but a member; and they whom Christ has called, and commanded to watch over His kirk and govern His spiritual kingdom, have sufficient power of Him and authority so to do, both together and severally, the which no Christian King nor prince should control and discharge, but fortify and assist, otherwise not faithful subjects, not members of Christ. - Andrew Melville to James the Sixth (First) in 1596

Herman Melville (1819 &endash; 1891)

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. --Herman Melville

Life's a voyage that's homeward bound. --Herman Melville (1819-1891)

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results . . .. --Herman Melville

Heaven have mercy on us all- Presbyterians and Pagans alike- for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.--Herman Melville,_Moby Dick_ ch 17 "The Ramadan"

Menander 342-291 BC

A chaste woman ought not to dye her hair yellow.~Menander 342-291 BC

Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956)

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. -- H. L. Mencken

No matter how happily a woman is married, she always hopes that her daughter will grab a better one.  H. L. Mencken, _My Life as Author and Editor_, ed. Jonathan Yardley, 1993

No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight.  H. L. Mencken, _My Life as Author and Editor_, ed. Jonathan Yardley, 1993

On one issue at least men and women agree: They both distrust women. - H.L. Mencken

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

Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. Henry Lewis Mencken, 1880 - 1956

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. Henry Lewis Mencken, 1880 - 1956

Democracy is a form of religion; it is the worship of jackals by jackasses. -- H.L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. -- H.L. Mencken

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell the truth.
Mencken, H.L.

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. -- H.L. Mencken

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake. -- H.L.Mencken

Explanations exist; they have existed for all times, for there is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.
Henry Louis Mencken, "The Divine Afflatus," New York Evening Mail, November 15, 1917; Prejudices: Second Series, 1920

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented. H.L. Mencken

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart. H. L. Mencken

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

No one in this world, as far as I know.... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.
H.L.Mencken , Notes on journalism, Chicago Tribune Sept. 19, 1926

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.-- H.L. Mencken

Suicide is belated acquiescence in the opinion of one's wife's relatives.-- H.L. Mencken

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods. -- H. L. Mencken

It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law...that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.-- H. L. Mencken

The inferior man‚s reasons for hating knowledge are not hard to discern. He hates it because it is complex because it puts an unbearable burden upon his meager capacity for taking in ideas. Thus his search is always for short cuts. All superstitions are such short cuts.
H. L. Mencken, "Homo neanderthalis", The Baltimore Evening Sun, June 29, 1925

Love, to the inferior man, remains almost wholly a physical matter. The heroine he most admires is the one who offers the grossest sexual provocation; the hero who makes his wife roll her eyes is a perambulating phallus.-- H. L. Mencken

Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell.
H. L. Mencken

A celebrity is one who is known by many people he is glad he doesn't know.-- H. L. Mencken

A great nation is any mob of people which produces at least one honest man a century.-- H. L. Mencken

What men, in their egoism, constantly mistake for a deficiency of intelligence in woman is merely an incapacity for mastering that mass of small intellectual tricks...which constitutes the chief mental equipment of the average male. A man thinks that he is more intelligent than his wife because he can add up a column of figures more accurately, and because he understands the imbecile jargon of the stock market, and because he is able to distinguish between the ideas of rival politicians, and because he is privy to the minutiae of some sordid and degrading business or profession, say soap-selling or the law.-- H. L. Mencken

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.-- H.L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.--H.L. Mencken

Psychology: The theory that the patient will probably get well anyhow, and is certainly a damned fool.-- H. L. Mencken

I'm against slavery simply because I dislike slaves.--H. L. Mencken

Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master.--H. L.

It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone˜that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous. The men of the educated minority, no doubt, know more than their predecessors, and of some of them, perhaps, it may be said that they are more civilized˜though I should not like to be put to giving names˜but the greatmasses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.
H. L. Mencken, "Homo neanderthalis", The Baltimore Evening Sun, June 29, 1925

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.H. L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. Theyare nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.
H. L. Mencken

The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.~H.L. Mencken

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

Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.-- H. L. Mencken

It is my belief, as a friendly neutral in all such high and ghostly matters, that the body of doctrine known as Modernism is completely incompatible, not only with anything rationally describable as Christianity, but also with anything deserving to pass as religion in general. Religion, if it is to retain any genuine significance, can never be reduced to a series of sweet attitudes, possible to anyone not actually in jail for felony. It is, on the contrary, a corpus of powerful and profound convictions, many of them not open to logical analysis. . . .What the Modernists have done . . . [is] to get rid of all the logical difficulties of religion, and yet preserve a generally pious cast of mind. It is a vain enterprise. What they have left, once they have achieved their imprudent scavenging, is hardly more than a row of hollow platitudes, as empty [of] psychological force and effect as so many nursery rhymes. . . . Religion is something else again-in Henrik Ibsen's phrase, something far more deep-down-diving and mud-upbringing. Dr. Machen tried to impress that obvious fact upon his fellow adherents of the Geneva Muhammad [i.e., Calvin]. He failed-but he was undoubtedly right.-- H. L. Mencken, "Dr. Fundamentalis", an obituary of Rev. J. Gresham Machen, Baltimore Evening Sun (January 18, 1937), 2nd Section, p. 15.

Truth would quickly cease to become stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.--Mencken,_Men versus the Man_ III:22

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

The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.~H.L. Mencken

Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable. -- H.L. Mencken

That it should still be necessary, at this late stage in the senility of the human race to argue that women have a fine and fluent intelligence is surely an eloquent proof of the defective observation, incurable prejudice, and general imbecility of their lords and masters. -- H.L. Mencken

Some immemorial imbecilities have been added deliberately, on the ground that it is just as interesting to note how foolish men have been as to note how wise they have been.- Mencken, H. L. (1880-1956)_A New Dictionary of Quotations_ (1942) p. 8

God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat. --H. L. Mencken

It is not a sign of communal well-being when men turn to their government to execute all their business for them, but rather a sign of decay, as in the United States today. The state, indeed, is but one of the devices that a really healthy community sets up to manage its affairs. --H. L. Mencken _The American Mercury_ p.507

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. --Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) _Minority Report_ [1956]

Archbishop: A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ. Henry Louis Mencken

Pastor: One employed by the wicked to prove to them by his example that virtue doesn't pay. Henry Louis Mencken

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. --H. L. Mencken

Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men. Every valuable thing that has been added to the store of man's possessions has been derided by them when it was new, and destroyed by them when they had the power. They have fought every new truth ever heard of, and they have killed every truth-seeker who got into their hands. -- H.L. Mencken

It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men. --Henry L. Mencken (1926) quoted in Nock's _Our Enemey the State_

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

To propose that marriage be abandoned and half-marriage substituted is like advising a man with a sty to get a glass eye. He doesn't want a glass eye; he wants his own natural and perfect eye, with the sty plucked out. All such reformers forget that the reall essence of marriage is not the nature of the relation but the performance of that relation. It is a device for time-binding, like every other basic human institution. Its one indomitable purpose is to endure. Plainly enough, divorce ought to be easy when the destruction of a marriage is an accomplished fact, but it would be folly to set up conditions tending to make that destruction more likely. Too much, indeed, has been done in that direction already. The way out for people who are incapable of the concessions and compromises that go with every contract is not to fill the contract with snakes but to avoid it altogether. There are, indeed, many men and women to whom marriage is a sheer psychic impossibility. But to the majority it is surely not. They find it quite bearable; they like it; they want it to endure. What they need is help in making it endurable.-- H. L. Mencken, "Divorce" The New York _World_, Jan 26, 1930

A Progressive is one who is in favor of more taxes instead of less, more bureaus and jobholders, more paternalism and meddling, more regulation of private affairs and less liberty. In general, he would be inclined to regard the repeal of any tax as outrageous. --H. L. Mencken Baltimore Evening Sun (1/19/1926)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Giancarlo Menotti (1911 &endash; )

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding. - Giancarlo Menotti (1911 &endash; )

Robert Menzies (1894 &endash; 1978)

A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. - Sir Robert Menzies (1894 &endash; 1978)

To a woman heckler shouting "I wouldn't vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel" .....
If I were the Archangel Gabriel, madam, I'm afraid you would not be in my constituency.
Sir Robert Gordon Menzies , at Williamstown ,Victoria

George Meredith (1828-1909)

It is the devil's masterstroke to get us to accuse him.--George Meredith (1828-1909)

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

I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.--George Meredith (1828-1909) _The Ordeal of Richard Feverel_ [1859], Ch. 1

George Meriton

The Court here stopt him, and the Prince did say,
Where may we find this Nectar, I thee pray,
The Boon Fellow answer'd, I can tell,
North-Allerton, in Yorkshire doth excell
ASll England, nay all Europe for strong Ale,
If thither we adjourn, we shall not fail
To taste such humming Stuff, as, I dare say,
Your Highness never tasted to this day.
They hearing this, the House Agreed upon
All for Adjournment to North-Allerton.
George Meriton The Praise of Yorkshire Ale, Wherein is enumerated several Sorts of Drinks, with a Discription of the Humors of most sorts of Drunkards.1685

Marquise de Merteuil

Like most intellectuals, he is imensely stupid. -- Marquise de Merteuil

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

How did it ever happen that, when the dregs of the world had collected inWestern Europe, when the Goths and the Franks and the Normans and the Lombards had mingled with the rot of old Rome to form a patchwork of hybrid races, all notable for ferocity, hatred, stupidity, craftiness, lust and brutality &emdash; how did it happen that from all this, there should come the Gregorian chant, cathedrals, the poems of Prudentius, the commentaries and histories of Bede, St. Augustine's _City of God_? -- Thomas Merton, "The Seven-Storey Mountain"

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. --Thomas Merton (1915-1968) _No Man Is An Island_ [1955], "Prologue"

A purely mental life may be destructive if it leads us to substitute thought for life and ideas for actions. The activity proper to man is not purely mental because man is not just a disembodied mind. Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it. It is only by making our knowledge part of ourselves, through action, that we enter into the reality that is signified by our concepts.- Thomas Merton

Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for Joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live.--- Thomas Merton

We live in a society whose whole policy is to excite every nerve in the human body and keep it at the highest pitch of artificial tension, to strain every human desire to the limit and create as many new desires and synthetic passions as possible, in order to cater to them with the products of our factories and printing presses and movie studios and all the rest. --Thomas Merton (1948), quoted in _Forces of Habit_, David T. Courtwright

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton (1915-1968), No Man Is An Island (1955)

I can depend less and less on my own power and sense of direction...It is so strange to advance backwards and get where you are going in a totally unexpected way - Thomas Merton wrote in a letter July 28, 1960

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.- Thomas Merton  

Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475 &endash; 1564)

Genius is eternal patience -- Michelangelo

Thomas Middleton (1580 &endash; 1627)

There's no hate lost between us. - Thomas Middleton (1580 &endash; 1627)

George Mikes

Continentals have sex life. The English have hotwater bottles.- George Mikes, How to be an Alien

John Stuart Mill (1806 &endash; 1873)

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realised until personal experience has brought it home.--John Stuart Mill

The English, of all ranks and classes, are at bottom, in all their feelings, aristocrats. They have some concept of liberty, and set some value on it, but the very idea of equality is strange and offensive to them. They do not dislike to have many people above them as long as they have some below them. - John Stuart Mill, letter to Mazzini, 15 Apr.1858, Collected Works, xv, p553

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next. - John Stuart Mill

To tax the larger incomes at a higher percentage than the smaller, is yo lay a tax on industry and economy; to impose a penalty on people for having worked harder and saved more than their neighbors. --John Stuart Mill

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice--is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
John Stuart Mill, "The Contest in America," pp. 208-09, in John Stuart Mill, Dissertations and Discussions (Boston: William V. Spencer, 1867).

The feeling of a direct responsibility of the individual to God is almost wholly a creation of Protestantism.-- John Stuart Mill

A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency over the body. ... All attempts by the State to bias the conclusions of its citizens on disputed subjects are evil." --John Stuart Mill,_On Liberty_ (1859)

Edna St Vincent Millay (1892 &endash; 1950)

Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare.-- Edna St Vincent Millay, The harp-Weaver (1923), 4, sonnet 22

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night.
But ah, my foes, and ah, my friends,
It gives a lovely light.
-Edna St Vincent Millay

Cecil B. de Mille (1881-1959)

Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.
Cecil B. de Mille (1881-1959)

Henry Miller (1891 &endash; 1980)

It's silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are all brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars, hypocrites, poltroons. Henry Miller

Jack Miller

Leaders should be the chief repenters. Jack Miller

Worm theology is too high for me. -- Jack Miller


James Miller

I don't think anyone should be surprised if, while we turn the other cheek of course, at least point out that we have just been slapped! - James Miller

John W Miller

Homosexuality is the sexual plague of a monogamous society gone promiscuous. These societies that sow the winds of heterosexual freedom ironically reap the whirlwind of homosexual perversion. John W Miller

Jonathon Miller

In some awful, strange, paradoxical way, atheists tend to take religion more seriously than the practitioners.~Jonathon Miller

Julius Sumner Miller

When people ask me to speak at some meeting or to lecture or deliver anaddress they sometimes say: 'Professor, how much time would you like?' To which I reply: 'Well - I do pretty good with a microcentury!' This sure gives them a quandry - a dilemma - a puzzle - which is, of course, just my intention. Cruel - wicked - calculating - all with the intent to make them THINK. So - quickly now - how long do _you_ think a microcentury is?- Professor Julius Sumner Miller, "Millergrams", Ure Smith, Sydney, 1966, Q64.

Spike Milligan (1918-2002)

Chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese never invented custard --Spike Milligan

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree. Spike Milligan

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky;
I left my shoes and socks there - I wonder if they're dry.
Spike Milligan

I cannot stand being awake, the pain is too much. ~Spike Milligan

My father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic. ~ Spike Milligan

Dan Millman

The key to happiness isn´t in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.- Dan Millman

Roger Mills

The field of psychology today is literally a mess. There are as many techniques, methods, and theories around as there are researchers and therapists. I have personally seen therapists convince their clients that all of their problems come from their mothers, the stars, their bio-chemical makeup, their diet, their lifestyle, and even the "kharma" from their past lives. -- Roger Mills.

A A Milne

I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.-- A A Milne Winnie-the-Pooh

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

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it. --A. A. Milne, _The House at Pooh Corner_

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.- Alan Alexander Milne, 1882 - 1956

My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

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

John Milton. 1608-1674.

It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness.-John Milton

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

Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new. --John Milton

Antichrist is Mammon's son. - JOHN MILTON

He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true wayfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather; that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary. -- Milton , Areopagitica

Cromwell, -, who through a cloud,
Not of war only, but detractions rude,
Guided by faith and matchless fortitude,
To peace and truth thy glorious way has ploughed
And on the neck of crowned fortune proud
Has reared God's trophies, and his work pursued,
While Darwen stream with blood of Scots imbrued,
And Dunbar field resounds thy praises loud,
And Worcester's laureate wreath. Yet much remains
To conquer still; peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war: new foes arise,
Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains:
Help us to save free conscience from the paw
Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw.
John Milton, Sonnet XV1, To the Lord General Cromwell.

All is best, though we oft doubt
What the unsearchable dispose
Of Highest Wisdom brings about,
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

Time, the subtle thief of youth.--John Milton (1608-1674) _On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-three_ [1631]

How charming is divine philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute,
And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets
Where no crude surfeit reigns.
--John Milton (1608-1674) _Comuso_ [1634], Line 476

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

But patience is more oft the exercise
Of saints, the trial of their fortitude,
Making them each his own deliverer,
And victor over all
That tyranny or fortune can inflict.
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

But what is strength without a double share
Of wisdom?
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies. --John Milton (1608-1674) _The Reason of Church Government_ [1641], Book II, "Introduction"

Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men,
Unless there be who think not God at all.
If any be, they walk obscure;
For of such doctrine never was there school,
But the heart of the Fool,And no man therein doctor but himself.
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

for God
(Nothing more certain) will not long defer
To vindicate the glory of his name
Against all competition, nor will long
Endure it doubtful whether God be Lord
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

Believe not these suggestions, which proceed
From anguish of the mind, and humours black
That mingle with thy fancy.
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

ALL is best, though we oft doubt,
What th' unsearchable dispose
Of highest wisdom brings about,
And ever best found in the close.
Oft he seems to hide his face,
But unexpectedly returns
And to his faithful Champion hath in place
Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns
And all that band them to resist
His uncontroulable intent.
His servants he with new acquist
Of true experience from this great event
With peace and consolation hath dismist,
And calm of mind all passion spent.
John Milton (1608-1674)_Samson Agonistes_ [1671]

Many are the sayings of the wise,
In ancient and in modern books enrolled,
Extolling patience as the truest fortitude,
And to the bearing well of all calamities,
All chances incident to man's frail life,
Consolatories writ
With studied argument, and much persuasion sought,
Lenient of grief and anxious thought.
But with the afflicted in his pangs their sound
Little prevails, or rather seems a tune
Harsh, and of dissonant mood from his complaint,
Unless he feel within
Some source of consolation from above,
Secret refreshings that repair his strength
And fainting spirits uphold.
John Milton. (1608 -1674). Samson Agonistes

The childhood shows the man,
As morning shows the day.
John Milton (1608-1674)_Paradise Regained_ [1671], Book IV, Line 220 

Nothing of all these evils hath befallen me
But justly; I myself have brought them on;
Sole author I, sole cause.
John Milton. (1608&endash;1674). Samson Agonistes

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
John Milton. Paradise Lost Line 677

Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt reign
Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man,
Anointed universal King; all power
I give thee, reign forever, and assume
Thy merits; under thee as Head Supreme
Thrones, Princedoms, Powers, Dominions I reduce:
All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide
In Heaven, or Earth, or under Earth in Hell.
John Milton, Paradise Lost [3.315-22]

Effulgence of my Glory, Son belov'd,
Son in whose face invisible is beheld
Visibly, what by Deity I am.
John Milton, Paradise Lost BookoBook VI, 680 - 82

Let us make now Man in our image, Man
In our similitude.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book VII, 519 - 20

When night
Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 500.

The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him. --John Milton

God is decreeing to begin some new and great period in His Church, even to the reforming of Reformation itself. What does He then but reveal Himself to His servants, and as His manner is, first to His Englishmen? --John Milton Areopagitica

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

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

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

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

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.
John Milton Paradise Lost

Good, the more
Communicated, more abundant grows.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book v. Line 71.

The first sort by thir own suggestion fell,
Self-tempted, self-deprav'd: Man falls deceiv'd,
By the other first: Man therefore shall find grace,
The other none.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book III, 129 - 32

A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv'd onely to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all; but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum'd:
Such place Eternal Justice had prepar'd
For those rebellious, here thir Prison ordain'd
In utter darkness, and thir portion set
As far remov'd from God and light of Heav'n
As from the Center thrice to th'utmost Pole.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i 61-74

\Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book I, 17 - 18

For neither Man nor Angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone,
By his permissive will, through Heav'n and Earth.
And oft though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps
At wisdom's Gate, and to simplicity
Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
Where no ill seems.
John Milton, PARADISE LOST, Book III, 682-89.

Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men;
Unless there be who think not God at all.
John Milton. Paradise Regained. Book ii. Line 293.

The Tree of Knowledge grew fast by,
Knowledge of Good bought dear by knowing ill.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book IV, 221 - 222

Loneliness is the first thing which God's eye named, not good. John Milton (1608-1674)


[If] there be any difference among professed believers as to the sense of Scripture, it is their duty to tolerate such difference in each other, until God shall have revealed the truth to all. John Milton (1608-1674)

He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king. John Milton

No worthy enterprise can be done by us without continual plodding and wearisomeness to our faint and sensitive abilities.-- John Milton.

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.-- John Milton Areopagitica.

Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do ingloriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? --John Milton Areopagitica.

That power
Which erring men call chance.
John Milton, Comus ,1637

When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
`Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?'
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: `God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.
John Milton, On His Blindness

This the month, and this the happy morn,
Wherein the Son of Heaven's Eternal King,
Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring;
For so the holy sages once did sing,
That he our deadly forfeit should release,
And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.

That glorious form, that light insufferable,
And that far-beaming blaze majesty,
Wherewith he wont at Heaven's high council-table
To sit the midst of Trinal Unity
He laid aside, and, here with us to be.
Forsook the courts of everlasting day,
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.
John Milton ON THE MORNING OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY (Composed - 1629)

Be strong, live happy, and love, but first of all
Him whom to love is to obey.
John Milton, Paradise Lost Book VIII, 633 - 34

Heav'nly love shall outdoo Hellish hate. John Milton, Paradise Lost [3.298]

Capricious, wanton, bold, and brutal lust
Is meanly selfish; when resisted, cruel;
And, like the blast of pestilential winds,
Taints the sweet bloom of nature's fairest forms. Milton (1608-1674)

For one restraint, Lords of the World besides. John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i 32

Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source
Of human offspring. John Milton Paradise Lost Line 750

Sleep on,
Blest pair; and O yet happiest if ye seek
No happier state, and know to know no more.
John Milton, Paradise Lost Book IV, 773 - 75

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 1.

Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th'upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i, 17-26

In discourse more sweet;
For eloquence the soul, song charms the sense.
Others apart sat on a hill retir'd,
In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high
Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate,
Fix'd fate, free-will, foreknowledge absolute;
And found no end, in wand'ring mazes lost.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 555.

What though the field be lost?
All is not lost; the unconquerable Will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yield:
And what is else not to be overcome?
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book i, 105-109

What though the field be lost?
All is not lost; the unconquerable Will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yield:
And what is else not to be overcome?
That Glory never shall his wrath or might
Extort from me. To bow and sue for grace
With suppliant knee.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book I, 105 - 12

His Will though free,
Yet mutable.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book V, 236 - 37

Abash'd the Devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
Virtue in her shape how lovely.
John Milton, "Paradise Lost", bk III, st. 1.

Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell:
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
John Milton, 1608-74, Paradise Lost, Book 1

Laws can discover sin, but not remove it.-- John Milton John Milton, 1608-74, Paradise Lost, Book 1

Man's disobedience] brought into this World a world of woe,
Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery,
Death's Harbinger.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book IX, 11 - 13

Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce Angels.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book IX, 307 - 08

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
John Milton, Paradise Lost

Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought
The better fight, who single hast maintain'd
Against revolted multitudes the Cause
Of Truth, in word mightier than they in Arms;
And for the testimony of Truth hast borne
Universal reproach, far worse to bear
Than violence.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book VI, 29 - 35

Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.-- John Milton The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.

Peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war.
John Milton To the Lord General Cromwell.



Charles Mingus

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.- Charles Mingus

Liza Minnelli (1946-____)

Reality is something you rise above. Liza Minnelli (1946-____)

M Minow

One of the paradoxes of liberal societies arises from the commitment to tolerance. A society committed to respecting the viewpoints and customs of diverse people within a pluralistic society inevitably encounters this challenge: will you tolerate those who themselves do not agree to respect the viewpoints or customs of others? Paradoxically, the liberal commitment to tolerance requires, at some point, intolerance for those who would reject that very commitment. - Minow, M. (1990). Putting up and putting down: Tolerance reconsidered. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 28, 409-448.

Ludwig von Mises

The essence of democracy is not that everyone makes and administers laws but that lawgivers and rulers should be dependent on the people's will in such a way that they may be peaceably changed if conflict occurs.-- Ludwig von Mises

Marx and Engels openly declared that the progressive income tax and the death tax are 'economically untenable' and that they advocated them only because 'they necessitate further inroads' upon the capitalist system and are 'unavoidable' as a means of bringing about socialism. --Ludwig von Mises (1958)

The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.-- Ludwig von Mises

The uncouth hordes of common men are not fit to recognize duly the merits of those who eclipse their own wretchedness.-- Ludwig von Mises

Government is the only agency which can take a useful commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it totally worthless. --Von Mises

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

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

Historical knowledge is indispensable for those who want to build a better world.-- Ludwig von Mises

It is not conclusive proof of a doctrine's correctness that its adversaries use the police, the hangman, and violent mobs to fight it. But it is a proof of the fact that those taking recourse to violent oppression are in their subconsciousness convinced of the untenability of their own doctrines. -- Ludwig von Mises

It is impossible to understand the history of economic thought if one does not pay attention to the fact that economics as such is a challenge to the conceit of those in power.-- Ludwig von Mises

Austin Mitchell

... she ( Margaret Thatcher )is democratic enough to talk down to anyone - Austin Mitchell

Ed Mitchell

Science is methodology. As a belief system it's disastrous. ~Astronaut Ed Mitchell, BBC TV 11 Oct.1981

Robinson W. Mitchell

One of the problems with the current dialogue on homosexuality is that the two sides are looking at the issue differently.Homosexuals prefer to see their homosexuality as an inherent part of their ontology, something as ineradicable as ethnicity. On this basis they seek class status in the eyes of the law, and if the law accepts their presupposition of homosexuality as an inherent property of their being, then it would be consistent for the law to follow through with all the rights and privileges afforded to any other class.But most folk on the other side of the debate see homosexuality not as an inherent property of a person, but rather something that is behaviorally predicated. This is to say, that one 'is' or comes to be called a homosexual in the same sense that one 'is' or comes to be called a philatelist, a golfer, a fisherman, or even an athlete.- Robinson W. Mitchell

Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.   - Wilson Mizner, 1876 - 1933

Tariq Modood

The minimal nature of the Anglican establishment, its relative openness to other denominations and faiths seeking a public space and the fact that its very existence is an ongoing acknowledgement of the public character of religion are all reasons why it may seem far less intimidating to the minority faiths than a triumphal secularism --Tariq Modood, Not Easy Being British.

Mohammed (570-632 A.D.)

Take to learning as far as possible, but God will not give it's rewards until you translate it into action. -- Mohammed, Hadith

Allah has made a medicine for every disease except old age. Hadith, Abu Dawud vol.3 no.3846 p.1083

Believe, if thou wilt, that mountains change their place, but believe not that man changes his nature. Mohammed (570-632 A.D.)

I passed by a party of men in the night of my ascension to heaven. Their tongues were being cut with scissors. I asked them: "Who are you? They said: 'We used to give advice to others for good deeds but we used not to do them. We used to prohibit evil deeds to others, but we used to do them' ". -- Mohammed, Hadith

O God, don't allow a sinner to do good to me as my mind may wish to love him. -- Mohammed, Hadith

Whoever renounces his religion, kill him. - Muhammad in the hadith, Sahih al Bukhari's collection

Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673)

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

Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive. - Jean-Baptiste Moliere (1622 &endash;1673)

How strange it is to see with how much passion People see things only in their own fashion~Jean Molière, The School for Wives : A Comedy in Five Acts (1662)

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

It is a wonderful seasoning of all enjoyments to think of those we love. --Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673) _Le Misanthrope_ [1666], Act V, Scene iv

Miguel de Molinos, 1640-97

Be not afraid of those trials which God may see fit to send upon thee. It is with the wind and the storm of tribulation that God, in the garner of the soul, separates the true wheat from the chaff. Always remember, therefore, that God comes to thee in thy sorrows as really as in thy joys. He lays low and He builds up. Thou wilt find thyself far from perfection if thou dost not find God in everything. -- Miguel de Molinos, 1640-97

Angela Monet

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music. Angela Monet


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 &endash; 1762)

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. Lady M. W. Montagu (1689 &endash; 1762)

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

The value of life lies, not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet live very little. Satisfaction in life depends not on the number of your years, but on your will."--Michel de Montaigne

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.--Montaigne, _Essays_

To understand via the heart is not to understand.-- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

If falsehood, like truth, had but one face, we would be on more equal terms. For we would consider the contrary of what the liar said to be certain. But the opposite of truth has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field. -- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

The most certain sign of Wisdom is a constant cheerfulness. -- Montaigne

For a desperate disease a desperate cure. -- Montaigne: Chap. iii. The Custom of the Isle of Cea.

Virtue will have naught to do with ease.... It demands a rough and thorny path. Montaigne

I quote others only the better to express myself. --Montaigne

Lying is a hateful and accursed vice. We have no other tie upon one another, but our word. If we did but discover the horror and consequence of it, we should pursue it with fire and sword, and more justly than other crimes.--Montaigne

Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen. -- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Satiety comes of too frequent repetition; and he who will not give himself leisure to be thirsty can never find the true pleasure of drinking. --Montaigne

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) Essays, bk. III, ch. 11 [1595]

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

I have seen no more evident monstrosity and miracle in the world than myself. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) _Essays_, Book III [1595], Ch. 11

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.-- Montaigne

Juan Montalvo

Old age is an island surrounded by death.-- Juan Montalvo, "On Beauty"

Alfred A. Montapert

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress ... Alfred A. Montapert

Melody Monte

There are three small but succinct prayers that can see me through any difficult situation.
Lord have mercy.
Thee I adore.
Into Thy hands.
I believe that healing falls in the category of mercy. So does the support of friends.
When I consider the ways of God and how mysterious they are, it moves me to worship. And with that perspective, I can trust Him with the future. ~~Melody Monte

If the marriage relationship reflects/is a symbol for the relationship between Christ and the church (i.e. individuals) then there are a lot of "wives" out there who are saying... "I'm not really in the mood - I have a headache - Do you really have to do that? - Please don't touch me there - Sure, I love you... do you really want me say it every time? - What again tonight?"
Melody Monte

Jordan Montgomery

Ahh, the soothing o' the Pipes... Whenever I find myself missing its melodious sounds, I just toss the cat in the dryer on low heat... Jordan Montgomery

Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899)


Character is what you are in the dark. Dwight L. Moody.

The only way to keep a broken vessel full is to keep it always under the tap.--Dwight L. Moody

Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment;....but trust in GOD, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity. Give your life to God; he can do more with it than you can! ---Dwight L. Moody

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.--Dwight L. Moody

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

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I ever met. Dwight L. Moody

God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves. D L Moody

We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)

True will-power and courage are not on the battlefield, but in everyday conquests over our intertia, laziness, boredom. --Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899)

Barbara Moore

Doctors introduce medication of which they know very little, into patients of whom they know even less, against diseases of which they know nothing. -Dr. Barbara Moore.

Henry Moore (1898 - 1986)

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.   - Henry Moore (1898 - 1986)

Jim Moore

I may not jog or workout -- but I'm a very brisk eater. Jim Moore Jr

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 &endash; )

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. Mary Tyler Moore

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)  

Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Come, ye Disconsolate.

Humility, that low, sweet root, From which all heavenly virtues shoot. --Thomas Moore, The Loves of the Angels. The Third Angel's Story.

There is nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dreams. Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

When Time who steals our years away
Shall steal our pleasures too,
The mem'ry of the past will stay,
And half our joys renew.
Thomas Moore 1779-1852 , Song. From Juvenile Poems.

Believe me if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts fading away!
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns to her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose!
Thomas Moore: Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

Disguise our bondage as we will,
'Tis woman, woman, rules us still.
Thomas Moore, Miscellaneous Woman.

Thomas V Moore

If men expect God to return to them in prosperity, they must return to Him in pentience. The flower avereted from the sun must turn toward it, to catch its genial smile.-- Thomas V Moore, A Commentary ofn Zechariah, 1856 ( on Zec 1:3.)

Hannah More (1745 &endash; 1833)

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. -- Hannah More

There is one single fact, which we may oppose to all the wit and argument of infidelity, namely that no man ever repented of being a Christian on his deathbed. ~ Hannah More (1745-1833)

In grief we know the worst of what we feel, But who can tell the end of what we fear? -Hannah More

When thou has truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent,
But little time will then remain for murmur or lament.
Hannah More

The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible.-- Hannah More

Henry More (1614-1687)

In agony or danger, no nature is atheist. The mind that knows not what to fly to, flies to God. --Henry More (1614-1687)

Thomas More (1478 &endash; 1535)

The devil...the prowde spirit..cannot endure to be mocked. Thomas More

The King's good servant, but God's First.
Thomas More's last words on the scaffold where he was about to be executed for refusing to sign the Act of Supremacy: In November 1534 Parliament confirmed that Henry VIII is "Supreme Governorof the Church of England," giving the king the right to reform the church and to judge heresies.

Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Cherish all your happy moments - they make a fine cushion for old age. -- Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Felix Morley

A right without an attendant responsibility is as unreal as a sheet of paper which has only one side. Felix Morley

Stuart Morris

Against persistent love there is nothing that can be done; it blunts all weapons. --Stuart Morris

Theresa Morris

The power of the waterfall is nothing more than a bunch of drips working together. --Theresa Morris

Mary Manin Morrissey

We take a risk when we open our hearts because, the truth is, if we open our hearts, we will get hurt. You can't open your heart and not have some hurt because you're in a human experience. Even if it's the love of your life and you have many wonderful, deepening, growing, powerful years together, it's a human experience, and that person will pass over. Love takes courage. Be courageous. - Mary Manin Morrissey

Charles C. Morrison

The Church is a society of sinners - the only society in the world in which membership is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership. -- Charles C. Morrison

Jim Morrison

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. Jim Morrison; The Doors

Lance Morrow

A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end all discussion of animal rights,- Lance Morrow ,after the Sept. 11 attacks

The Clinton's secret is that they live in a morally discontinuous universe--events do not have consequences, and what happened 15 minutes ago has no connection to what happens now. Beware of power when it masters the secret of popular amnesia. -- Lance Morrow, on Hillary's possible 2004 presidential run

John Mortimer (1923- )

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.- John Mortimer

Penny Ward Moser

I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl. -Penny Ward Moser

Oswald Mosley

Great men of action . . . never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job, and at times they all are. A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity, it is an occupational risk. Mosley, Oswald (1896-1980)

Ideas in a void have never appealed to me; action must follow thought or political life is meaningless.
Oswald Mosley (1896-1980)

John L. Motley

To the Calvinists, more than to any other class of men, the political liberties of Holland, England, and America are due. -- John L. Motley

Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

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

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


Robert B. Mowat (1883-1941)

The United States is the greatest single achievement of European civilization. --Robert B. Mowat (1883-1941)

Daniel Moynihan (1927-2003)

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good. -  Daniel Moynihan (1927-2003) INY "Post," 14 May 1969.

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

The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect. -- Daniel P Moynihan

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.-  Daniel Moynihan (1927-____) NY "Times," 2 Marc1976.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( 1756 &endash; 1791)

A bachelor, in my opinion, is only half alive. -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( 1756 &endash; 1791)

George Mueller (1805-1898)

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. --George Mueller (1805-1898) _Sign of the Times_

Robert Mueller

I asked a Burmese man why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.--Robert Mueller

Robert Mugabe

It could never be a correct justification that, because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, that the blacks must oppress them today because they have power.--Robert Mugabe, 17 April 1980

 Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Good taste and humour are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore. Malcolm Muggeridge

I will lift mine eyes unto the pills. Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-coloured, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one. It is an age of pills. --Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1989) _The New Statesman_ [August 3, 1962] "London Diary"

Tranquilizers to overcome angst, pep pills to wake us up, life pills to ensure blissful sterility. I will lift up my ears unto the pills whence cometh my help.~Malcolm Muggeridge, New Statesman (Aug 3, 1962)

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves at home here on earth.... Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Sex is the mysticism of materialism. Malcolm Muggeridge

The dark age is likely to intervene anyway. It is very unusual for one moral order to slide into another with no intervening chaos. There are many other symptoms. The excessive interest in eroticism is characteristic of the end of a civilization, because it really means a growing impotence, and a fear of impotence. Then the obsessive need for excitement, vicarious excitement, which of course the games provided for the Romans, and which television provides for our population. Even the enormously complicated structure of taxation and administration is, funnily enough, a symptom of the end of a civilization; these things become so elaborate that in the end they become insupportable because of their very elaboration. Above all, there is this truly terrible thing which afflicts materialist societies -- boredom; an obsessive boredom, which I note on every hand. Mine is, admittedly, a minority view; a lot of people think that we are just on the verge of a new marvelous way of life. I see no signs of it at all myself. I notice that where our way of life is most successful materially it is most disastrous morally and spiritually; that the psychiatric wards are the largest and most crowded, and the suicides most numerous, precisely where material prosperity is greatest, where most money is spent on education. - Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered, 1969, page 213

People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to. --Malcolm Muggeridge

St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel. Malcolm Muggeridge

How do I know pornography depraves and corrupts? It depraves and corrupts me. Malcolm Muggeridge

The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfilment. Malcolm Muggeridge "Tread Softly" p. 46 (1966)

Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century.
Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990) Contribution, N.Y. Times Magazine [March 24, 1968]

When the devil makes his offer (always open incidentally) of the kingdoms of the earth, it is the bordellos which glow so alluringly to most of us, not the banks and the counting-houses and the snow-swept corridors of power . . . Sex is the mysticism of a materialistic society - in the beginning was the Flesh, and the Flesh became Word; with its own mysteries - this is my birth pill; swallow it in remembrance of me! - and its own sacred texts and scriptures - the erotica which fall like black atomic rain on the just and unjust alike, drenching us, stupefying us. To be carnally minded is life!
Malcom Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered, Bungay, Suffolk, UK: Fontana Books, 1969, p. 3

Marx and Freud are the two great destroyers of Christian civilization, the first replacing the gospel of love by the gospel of hate, the other undermining the essential concept of human responsibility.--Malcom Muggeridge, My Life in Pictures, NY: William Morrow & Co., 1987, p. 94

The greatest artists, saints, philosophers and, until quite recent times, scientists, through the Christian centuries, . . . have all assumed that the New Testament promise of eternal life is valid, and that the great drama of the Incarnation which embodies it, is indeed the master-drama of our existence. To suppose that these distinguished believers were all credulous fools whose folly and credulity in holding such beliefs has now been finally exposed, would seem to me untenable; and anyway I'd rather be wrong with Dante and Shakespeare and Milton, with Augustine of Hippo and Francis of Assisi, with Dr Johnson, Blake and Dostoevsky than right with Voltaire, Rousseau, the Huxleys, Herbert Spencer, H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw.
Malcom Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge, ed. Geoffrey Barlow, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985, pp. 32-33

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves at home here on earth.--Malcolm Muggeridge

Our twentieth century, far from being notable for scientific scepticism, is one of the most credulous eras in all history. It is not that people believe in nothing - which would be bad enough - but that hey believe in anything - which is really terrible. Recoiling, as they do, from accepting the validity of miracles, and priding themselves on seeing the Incarnation as a transcendental con-trick, they will accept at its face value any proposition, however nonsensical, that is presented in scientific or sociological jargon - for instance, the existence of a population explosion, which has been so expertly and decisively demolished by Professor Colin Clark of Monash University. Could any mediaeval schoolman, I ask myself, sit through a universally applauded television series like Bronowski's Ascent of Man without a smile of derision at such infantile acceptance of unproven and unprovable assertions?
Malcom Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge, ed. Geoffrey Barlow, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985, pp. 74-75, "The Bible Today," from a lecture delivered on 7 October 1976

Education, the great mumbo-jumbo and fraud of the age, purports to equip us to live and is prescribed as a universal remedy for everything from juvenile delinquency to premature senility. For the most part it only serves to enlarge stupidity, inflate conceit, enhance credulity and put those subjected to it at the mercy of brain-washers with printing presses, radio and TV at their disposal. Malcolm Muggeridge, in the "Observer", 1966

I suppose that every age has its own particular fantasy: ours is science. A seventeenth-century man like Blaise Pascal, who thought himself a mathematician and scientist of genius, found it quite ridiculous that anyone should suppose that rational processes could lead to any ultimate conclusions about life, but easily accepted the authority of the Scriptures. With us, it is the other way `round.... Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered [1969]

How do I know pornography depraves and corrupts? It depraves and corrupts me. Malcolm Muggeridge

There is something quite ridiculous, and even indecent, in an individual claiming to be happy. Still more, a people or a nation making such a claim. The pursuit of happiness, included along with life and liberty in the American Declaration of Independence as an inalienable right, is without any question the most fatuous which could possibly be undertaken. This lamentable phrase&emdash;the pursuit of happiness&emdash;is responsible for a good part of the ills and miseries of the modern world. To pursue happiness, individually or collectively, as a conscious aim is the surest way to miss it altogether; as is only too tragically evident in countries like Sweden and America where happiness has been most ardently pursued, and where the material circumstances usually considered conducive to happiness have been most effectively constructed.
The Gadarene swine were doubtless in pursuit of happiness when they hurled themselves to destruction over the cliff. Today, the greater part of mankind, led by the technologically most advanced, are similarly bent, and if they persist, will assuredly meet a similar fate. The pursuit of happiness, in any case, soon resolves itself into the pursuit of pleasure, something quite different&emdash;a mirage of happiness, a false vision of shade and refreshment seen across parched sand. Malcolm Muggeridge B.B.C. Broadcast, 5 October 1965

In his own lifetime Jesus made no impact on history. This is something that I cannot but regard as a special dispensation on God's part, and, I like to think, yet another example of the ironical humour which informs so many of His purposes. To me, it seems highly appropriate that the most important figure in all history should thus escape the notice of memoirists, diarists, commentators, all the tribe of chroniclers who even then existed . . . Malcolm Muggeridge Jesus: The Man Who Lives, NY: Harper & Row, 1975

Omar Bakri Muhammad

The truth is that a Muslim who reads the Quran with devotion is determined to reach the battlefield in order to attain the reality of Jihad. It is solely for this reason that the Kuffar [infidels] conspire to keep the Muslims far away from understanding the Quran, knowing that Muslims who understand the Quran will not distance themselves from Jihad. - Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, Jihad, the foreign policy of the Islamic state..

Robert Muldoon (1921-1992)

New Zealanders who leave for Australia raise the IQ of both countries -- Sir Robert Muldoon, Prime Minister (1921-1992)

Brian Mulroney (1939 &endash; )

I am not denying anything I did not say. - Brian Mulroney (1939 &endash; )

Lewis Mumford

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
Lewis Mumford, The Brown Decades , 1931

Peter Mundy

The people there gave us a certaine Drinke called Chaa, which is only water with akind of herbe boyled in itt. It must bee Drancke warme and is accompted wholesome.-- Peter Mundy, _Travels in Europe and Asia_, 1637

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) Willy Kost, in "The Nice and the Good," ch. 22, 1968.

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
Iris Murdoch (1919-____) In "The Times," 15 Apr 1983.

Edward A. Murphy, Jr.

If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.-Edward A. Murphy, Jr.

Andrew Murray

Number one, God brought me here. It is by His will that I am in this place. In that fact I will rest. Number two, He will keep me here in His love and give me grace to behave as His child. Number three, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends for me to learn and working in me the grace He means to bestow. Number four, in His good time He can bring me out again. How and when, He knows. So let me say I am here.--Andrew Murray

To do the will of God from the heart in times of prosperity is the only way to bear this will from the heart in times of suffering. Andrew Murray

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

John Murray

Secondly, pictures of Christ are in principle a violation of the second commandment. A picture of Christ, if it serves any useful purpose, must evoke some thought or feeling respecting him and, in view of what he is, this thought or feeling will be worshipful. We cannot avoid making the picture a medium of worship. But since the materials for this medium of worship are not derived from the only revelation we possess respecting Jesus, namely, Scripture, the worship is constrained by a creation of the human mind that has no revelatory warrant. This is will worship. For the principle of the second commandment is hat we are to worship God only in ways prescribed and authorized by him. It is a grievous sin to have worship constrained by a human figment, and that is what a picture of the Saviour involves. -- John Murray

 ...is there good sense in working towards the establishment of a Christian world order when we know that , in the completeness of its conception, it is not attainable in what we generally call this life? We must be bold to say that the Christian revelation does not allow us to do anything less that to formulate and work towards a Christain world order in the life that we now live.
The civil magistrate derives his authority from God. Apart from divine institution and sanction, civil government has no right to exist..... Since civil government derives its authority from God, it is responsible to God and therefore obligated to conduct its affairs in accordance with God's will. The Word of God bears upon civil authority will all the stringency that belongs to God's Word.
Furthermore, the Word of God reveals that Christ is head over all things, that he has been given all authority in heaven and in earth. The civil magistrate is under obligation to acknowledge this headship and therefore to conduct his affairs, not only in subjection to the sovereignty of God, but also in subjection to the mediatorial sovreignty of Christ, and must therefore obey his will as it is revealed for the discharge of that authority which the civil magistrate exercises in subjection to Christ. To recede from this position or to abandon it either as a conception or as goal, ****is to reject in principle the sovreignty of God and of his Christ.***
...this overpowering sense of our weakness and inability is no reason for faintheartedness...the responsibility is ours. It is stupendously great. The insufficiency is ours: it is complete. But the power is God's. The grace is of God. The promise is his.let us in his strength go forth to claim every realm for him who must reignuntil all his enemies shall have been made his footstool.- John Murray vol 3p364

Glorification. Finally, it is in Christ that the people of God will be resurrected and glorified. It is in Christ that they will be made alive when the last trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible (1 Cor. 15:22) John Murray (Redemption Accomplished and Applied

Redemption. It is also because the people of God were in Christ when He gave His life a ransom and redeemed them by His blood that salvation has been secured for them; they are represented as united to Christ in His death, resurrection, and exaltation to heaven (Rom. 6:2-11; Eph.2:4-6; Col. 3:3, 4). . . . Hence we may never think of the work of redemption wrought once for all by Christ apart from the union with His people which was effected in the election of the Father before the foundation of the world.John Murray (Redemption Accomplished and Applied

Regeneration. It is in Christ that the people of God are created anew. "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works" (Eph. 2:10). . . . the beginning of salvation in actual possession should be in union with Christ because we have found already that it is in Christ that salvation had its origin in the eternal election of the Father and that it is in Christ salvation was once for all secured by Jesus' ransom blood. We could not think of such union with Christ as suspended when the people of God become the actual partakers of redemption--they are created anew in Christ. John Murray (Redemption Accomplished and Applied,

Election. The foundation of salvation itself in the eternal election of the Father is "in Christ." Paul says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:3, 4). The Father elected from all eternity, but He elected in Christ. . . there was no election of the Father in eternity apart from Christ. And that means that those who will be saved were not even contemplated by the Father in the ultimate counsel of His predestinating love apart from union with Christ--they were chosen in Christ. As far back as we can go in tracing salvation to its foundation we find "union with Christ"; it is not something tacked on; it is there from the outset. John Murray (Redemption Accomplished and Applied

The obedience that is enjoined upon servants is obedience in its true and proper connotation because it is rendered to masters 'as unto Christ' (Ephesians 6:5). It is obedience, therefore, with all the qualities which distinguish > obedience < from coerced, involuntary, formal compliance with the master's directions; obedience is not merely subjection. This concept gives to the labour of the bond-servant an entirely different complexion; when the forces of redemptive grace were brought to bear upon slaves and bore fruit in the recognition of the lordship of Christ, the whole attitude of the slave to both labour and master was transformed.We must not become so absorbed in the questions that pertain to slavery thatwe discount, or overlook, the demand for obedience as it applies to the free. That Paul, for example, has the free in view as well as the bond is apparent from Ephesians 6:8 (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:21,22).The important consideration here is that it is not the fact of bond-service that grounds the necessity of obedience. It is grounded in the master-servant relationship however that relationship may have come to be constituted; it is the authority vested in the master by divine ordinance that makes subjection mandatory. Here again we have a principle of the biblical ethic that has far-reaching consequences.- PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT [John Murray. Eerdmans.1984. p93-104]

There are few things more distasteful to modern man than subjection to authority and the demand for obedience to authority.PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT [John Murray. Eerdmans.1984. p104]

The ethic of the bible reflects the character of the God of the Bible. Remove from Scripture the transcendent holiness, righteousness and truth of God and its ethic disappears. JOHN MURRAY

The goal fixed for us by the Christian revelation is nothing less than a Christian state as well as Christian individuals, Christian families and a Christian church.- John Murray, The Christian World Order, 1943

There must be a constant and increasing appreciation that though sin still remains it does not have the mastery. There is a total difference between surviving sin and reigning sin, the regenerate in conflict with sin and the unregenerate complacent to sin. It is one thing for sin to live in us: it is another for us to live in sin. It is of paramount concern for the Christian and for the interests of his sanctification that he should know that sin does not have the dominion over him, that the forces of redeeming, regenerative, and sanctifying grace have been brought to bear upon him in that which is central in his moral and spiritual being, that he is the habitation of God through the Spirit, and that Christ has been formed in him the hope of glory.... John Murray, Redemption - Accomplished and Applied

Edward R. Murrow

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices -- just recognize them. -- Edward R. Murrow

Frank Musgrove

It is the business of education in our social democracy to eliminate the influence of parents... We have decided that children shall not be at the mercy of their parents. It is the business of the local education authority to see that they are not.
Professor Frank Musgrove -- The Family, Education and Society, RKP 1966

Edmund Muskie.

There's no point in speaking unless you can improve on silence. attributed to Edmund Muskie.

Alfred de Musset

How glorious it is, and also how painful, to be an exception.... Alfred de Musset

Benito Mussolini (1883 &endash; 1945)

It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.--Benito Mussolini, _The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism_ (1932) Mencken

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

Morteza Mutahhari

Islam, however, is a religion that sees its duty and commitment to form an Islamic state. Islam came to reform society and to form a nation and government. Its mandate is the reform of the whole world . . . It cannot be without a law of jihad. While the scope of Christianity is extremely limited, that of Islam is extremely wide . . . It has laws which govern the society, economic laws and political laws. It came to organize a state, to organize a government. Once this is done, how can it remain without an army? -- the Ayatollah Morteza Mutahhari, in _Jihad: The Holy War of Islam and its Legitimacy in the Quran_, http://al-islam.org/short/jihad/1.htm

 If we look closely, we see that in Christianity there is no jihad because it has nothing at all. By which I mean that there is no Christian structure of society, no Christian legal system, and no Christian rules as to how a society is to be formed, for these to contain the laws of jihad. There is no substance in Christianity; it contains no more than a few moral teachings … Islam however is a religion that sees its duty and commitment to form an Islamic state. Islam came to reform society and to form a nation and government. Its mandate is the reform of the whole world. Such a religion cannot be indifferent. It cannot be without a law of jihad. It came to organize a state, to organize a government. Once this is done, how can it remain without an army? How can it be without a law of jihad? - (Ayatullah Morteza Mutahhari, JIHAD: the Holy War of Islam and its legitimacy in the Quran.. Translated by Mohammad Slaman Tawhidi (Tehran: Islamic Propagation Organization, 1985. http:/www.al-islam. org./jihad/short (Nov 2001).

David G. Myers

Monotheism, someone has said, offers two simple axioms: 1) There is a God. 2) It's not you. Knowing that we are fallible humans underlies the humility and openness that inspires science, and democracy. As Madeline L'Engle noted, "The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument." -- David G. Myers

Faith Myers

If I'd realised how much fun grandchildren were, I'd have had them first!-- Faith Myers


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