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John Owen (1616-1683) 

Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____)

She ransacked her mind but there was nothing in it.
Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____) "Them," pt. 1 ch. 15, 1969.

We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that here, now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone -- its value is incontestable.Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____) A: In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.

Our house is made of glass . . . and our lives are made of glass; and there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves.Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____) "American Appetites," 1988.

Lawrence Oates (1880 &endash; 1912)

I am just going outside, and may be some time. Lawrence Oates (1880 &endash; 1912)

Tunde Obadina

Domestic slavery was common in Africa and well before European slave buyers arrived, there was trading in humans. Black slaves were captured or bought by Arabs and exported across the Saharan desert to the Mediterranean and Near East.
In 1492, the Spaniard Christopher Columbus discovered for Europe a 'New World'. The find proved disastrous not only for the 'discovered' people but also for Africans. It marked the beginning of a triangular trade between Africa, Europe and the New World. European slave ships, mainly British and French, took people from Africa to the New World. They were initially taken to the West Indies to supplement local Indians decimated by the Spanish Conquistadors. The slave trade grew from a trickle to a flood, particularly from the seventeenth century onwards.
Portugal's monopoly in the obnoxious trade was broken in the sixteenth century when England followed by France and other European nations entered the trade. The English led in the business of transporting young Africans from their homeland to work in mines and till lands in the Americas.
Most slaves sold by Africans
Estimates of the total human loss to Africa over the four centuries of the transatlantic slave trade range from 30 million to 200 million. At the initial stage of the trade parties of Europeans captured Africans in raids on communities in the coastal areas. But this soon gave way to buying slaves from African rulers and traders. The vast majority of slaves taken out of Africa were sold by African rulers, traders and a military aristocracy who all grew wealthy from the business. Most slaves were acquired through wars or by kidnapping. - Tunde Obadina, Slave trade: a root of contemporary African Crisis

Frank Odasz

If you don't like the content on the Internet, bring your shining light to make sure others will find something of value. Caring and connectivity go together, and with this God-given capability you can no longer claim powerlessness to change the world. --Frank Odasz

Cristina Odone

Secularists...... have, argues Richard Appignanesi, author of Introducing Existentialism, "found a fundamentalism of their own - political correctness". From banning religious messages on Christmas cards through talking of partners instead of spouses and then, more recently, calling for St Mary Magdalene school in Islington to change its name, which was deemed "divisive" in a multicultural society, the "thought police" have produced what Appignanesi calls "the slamming door of the liberal mind". Secularists, he believes, show as much of an interest in indoctrination as the religious groups they hate so much. - Cristina Odone http://www.newstatesman.com/nscoverstory.htm

Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)

The Englishman has all the qualities of a poker except its occasional warmth. ~ Daniel O'Connell 1775-1847 , attrib.

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

Conviction without experience makes for harshness.- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) "The Habit of Being," 1979.

Red O'Donnell

Taxpayers are people who don't have to take a civil service examination to work for the government. -- Red O'Donnell

Oliver O'Donovan (1945- )

The difficulties arise when we ask how much this polar complementarity [of the sexes] should be reflected in the structure of social life, both domestic and public. The New Testament (again, and notoriously, in the person of St Paul) assumes that there will be places other than the bedroom in which men and women assume consciously differentiated roles. They will do so in the affairs of the home, in which the wife is to "submit" to her husband (Eph. 5:22ff) as head. They will do so even outside the context of family life, since man is "head" of woman in some sense; in quite another context, when the Church is at worship (I Cor. 11:2ff). In order that St Paul should not be misjudged, we must note--(a) that this relational ordering of male and female presupposes a fundamental generic equality (I Cor. 11:1 ff); and (b) that the "submission" of the wife is a special case of a "submission" of all Christians to one another, and complements a husband's love that is to be expressed in self-sacrifice (Eph. 5:2lff, 25ff). The apostle is not an apologist for male tyranny. ... Oliver O'Donovan (1945- ), "Marriage and the Family," in The Changing World


Your mission is to evangelize, not to curse. Prove yourself to be an evangelist, not a tyrannical legislator. Men want to be led, not driven.- Oecolampadius to William Fare

David Ogilvy (1911-____ )

Never write an advertisement which you wouldn't want your family to read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine. --David Ogilvy (1911-____ )

Kenichi Ohmae

If patriotism is, as Dr. Johnson used to remark, the last refuge of the scoundrel, wrapping outdated industry in the mantle of national interest is the last refuge of the economically dispossessed. In economic terms, pleading national interest is the declining cottage industry of those who have been bypassed by the global economy.-- Kenichi Ohmae

Laurence Olivier (1907 &endash;1989)

My dear boy, why don't you try acting?
Laurence Olivier, on the set of 'Marathon Man', to Dustin Hoffman, who had announced that he'd gone 3 days without sleep in order to 'become' his character.

Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult. - Sir Laurence Olivier ( 1907 &endash; 1989)

Ken Olson

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

Austin O'Malley (1858 &endash; 1932)

Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope. Austin O'Malley

An Englishman thinks seated; a Frenchman, standing; an American, pacing; an Irishman, afterward. Austin O'Malley

Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)

We talk about the American Dream, and want to tell the world about the American Dream, but what is that Dream, in most cases, but the dream of material things? I sometimes think that the United States for this reason is the greatest failure the world has ever seen. --Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)

Jared Oopf

He swore that all other religions were gammon, And wore out his knees in the worship of Mammon.- Jared Oopf

Amelia Opie

There is a beauteous plant that grows
In Western India's sultry clime,
Which makes, alas, the Black man's woes,
And also makes the White man's crime.
Amelia Opie, The Black Man's Lament or How to Make Sugar, London, 1824

J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904 &endash; 1967)

I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting a line from the Bhagavad Gita that came to his mind at the test of the first atom bomb, July 16, 1945, cited in N. P. Davis, 'Lawrence and Oppenheimer'

In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose. -- J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), _The Open Mind_

Robert Orben (1927 &endash; )

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.--Robert Orben

To exercise is human; not to is divine. Robert Orben

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.-- ROBERT ORBEN, (1927-)

As any politician will tell you: you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time -- and usually that's enough. - Robert Orben

A Compliment is verbal sunshine. -Robert Orben (1927 - ____)

Don't smoke too much, drink too much, eat too much or work too much. We're all on the road to the grave--but there's no reason to be in the passing lane.--Robert Orben

Baroness Orczy

An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be. -- Baroness Orczy

P.J. O'Rourke (1947 &endash; )

No one is fond of taking responsibility for his actions, but consider how much you'd have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. -- P.J. O'Rourke

I was . . . overwhelmed by the amazing stink of kimchi, the garlic and hot-pepper sauerkraut that's breakfast, lunch and dinner in Korea. Its odor rises from this nation of 40 million in a miasma of eyeglass-fogging kimchi breath, throat-searing kimchi burps and terrible, pants-splitting kimchi farts. . . .The Koreans are . . perfectly capable of a three- hour lunch, and so are Giannini and I. We ordered dozens of bowls of pickles, garlics, red peppers and hot sauces and dozens of plates of spiced fish and vegetables and great big bottles of OB beer and mixed it all with kimchi so strong it would have sent a Mexican screaming from the room with tongue in flames. By the time we drove, weaving, back to Seoul, you could have used our breath to clean your oven.--P.J. O'Rourke (1947- )_Holidays in Hell_ [1988], "Seoul Brothers"

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950) _Nineteen Eighty-Four_ [1949], Chapter 3, Section III recall the days when sleeping with the President meant attending a Cabinet meeting. -- P. J. O'Rourke, 1997

Some women want the strong silent type, so they can tell him to shut up and rearrange the furniture. -- P.J. O'Rourke

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.- P. J. O'Rourke, "Parliament of Whores" [1991]

Then there was communism's weak-tea sister, socialism. Socialists maintained that we shouldn't take all the money away from all the people since all the people don't have money. We should take all the money away from only the people who make money. Then, when we run out of that, we could take more money from the people who...hey, wait! Where'd you people go? What do you mean you're "tax exiles in Monaco?"-- P. J. O'Rourke, _The CEO of the Sofa_, 2001

In general, life is better than it ever has been, and if you think that, in the past, there was some golden age of pleasure and plenty to which you would, if you were able, transport yourself, let me say one single word: 'dentistry. - P.J. O'Rourke--All the Trouble in the World, p.2

What I believed in the Sixties: Everything. You name it and I believed it. I believed love was all you need. I believed you should be here now. I believed drugs could make everyone a better person. I believed I could hitchhike to California with thirty-five cents and people would be glad to feed me. I believed Mao was cute. I believed private property was wrong. I believed my girlfriend was a witch. I believed the university was putting saltpeter in the cafeteria food. I believed stones had souls. I believed my parents were Nazi space monsters. I believed stones had souls. I believed the NLF were the good guys in Vietnam. I believed Lyndon Johnson was plotting to murder all the Negroes. I believed Yoko Ono was an artist. I believed Bob Dylan was a musician. I believed I would live forever or until twenty-one, whichever came first. I believed the world was about to end. I believed the Age of Aquarius was about to happen. I believed the "I Ching" said to cut classes and take over the dean's office. I believed wearing my hair long would end poverty and injustice. I believed there was a great throbbing web of psychic mucus and we were all part of it somehow. I managed to believe Gandhi and H. Rap Brown at the same time. With the exception of anything my mom and dad said, I believed everything. What I believe now: Nothing. Well, nothing much, I mean. I believe things that can be proven by reason and by experiment, and, believe you me, I want to see the logic and the lab equipment. I believe that Western civilization, after some disgusting glitches, has become almost civilized. I believe it is our first duty to protect that civilization. I believe it is our second duty to improve it. I believe it is our third duty to extend it if we can. But let's be careful about that last point. Not everybody is ready to be civilized. I wasn't in 1969. P. J. O'Rourke

.[W]ealth is, for most people, the only honest and likely path to liberty. With money comes power over the world. Men are freed from drudgery, women from exploitation. Businesses can be started, homes built, communities formed, religions practiced, educations pursued. But liberals aren't very interested in such real and material freedoms. They have a more innocent--not to say toddlerlike--idea of freedom. Liberals want the freedom to put anything into their mouths, to say bad words and to expose their private parts in art museums. -- P. J. O'Rourke

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. --P.J. O'Rourke

Marxism is a perfect example of the chimeras that fueled the sixties. And it was probably the most potent one. Albeit, much of this Marxism would have been unrecognizable to Marx. It was Marxism watered down, Marxism spiked with LSD and Marxism adulterated with mystical food coloring. But it was Marxism nonetheless because the wildest hippie and the sternest member of the Politburo shared the same daydream, the daydream that underlies all Marxism: _that a thing might be somehow worth other than what people will give for it. This is just not true. And any system that bases itself on such a will-o'-the-wisp is bound to fail. Communes don't work. Cuba doesn't either. P.J. O'Rourke

Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective. -- P.J. O'Rourke

The question nowadays is not what makes government work. The question is how do we make it stop. --P. J. O'Rourke

 ...if fairness is important, what is really fair? We may say something like, "People have a right to food, a right to housing, and a right to a good job for decent pay." But from an economist's perspective, all those rights involve making finite goods meet infinite wants. Unless the fair society generates tremendous economic growth--which societies that put fairness first have trouble doing--the goods will come from redistribution. Try rephrasing the rights statement thus: "People have a right to my food, a right to my housing, and a right to my good job for my decent pay. --P. J. O'Rourke

Politics should be limited in scope to war, protection of property, and the occasional precautionary beheading of a member of the ruling class. P.J. O'Rourke

You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money. P. J. O'Rourke

One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty in finding someone to blame your troubles on. And when you do find someone, it's remarkable how often their picture turns up on your driver's license.
P. J. O'Rourke

The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to egalitarians, to people obsessed with fairness, to American presidential candidates in the year 2000&emdash;to everyone who believes that wealth should be redistributed. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell. P.J. O'Rourke, Eat the Rich

The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to collectivists, to people who believe that wealth is best obtained by redistribution, and that message is clear and concise . . . Egalitarianism is sinful; it's also cowardly. -- P.J. O'Rourke

If we want the whole world to be rich, we need to start loving wealth. In the difference between poverty and plenty, the problem is the poverty, not the difference. Wealth is good. You know this about your own wealth. If you got rich, it would be a great thing. You'd improve your life. You'd improve your family's life. You'd purchase education, travel, knowledge about the world. You'd invest in worthwhile things. You'd give money to noble causes. You'd help your friends and neighbors. Your life would be better if you got rich. The lives of the people around you would be better. Your wealth is good. So why isn't everyone else's wealth good
P. J. O'Rourke

Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes. P.J. O'Rourke

There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head.
P.J. O'Rourke

With money comes power over the world. Men are freed from drudgery, women from exploitation. Businesses can be started, homes built, communities formed, religions practiced, educations pursued. But liberals aren't very interested in such real and material freedoms. They have a more innocent - not to say toddlerlike - idea of freedom. Liberals want the freedom to put anything into their mouths, to say bad words and to expose their private parts in art museums. That liberals aren't enamored of real freedom may have something to do with responsibility - that cumbersome backpack which all free men have to lug on life's aerobic nature hike. The second item in the liberal creed, after self-righteousness, is unaccountability. Liberals have invented whole college majors - psychology, sociology, women's studies - to prove that nothing is anybody's fault. No one is fond of taking responsibility for his actions, but consider how much you'd have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. A callous pragmatist might favor abortion AND capital punishment. -- --P. J. O'Rourke

It is easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America's favorite pet. Peole like pets to possess the same qualities they do. Cats are irresponisible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs. Cats cannot be made to do anything useful. Cats are mean for the fun of it. In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people that it is often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.--P.J. O'Rourke.

There's only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. P.J. O'Rourke

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. -- P.J. O'Rourke

...the awful power of make-believe...-- P. J. O'Rourke, "Second Thoughts About the 1960s"

It was a kind of hoggish appetite for romance that sent my spoiled and petulant generation on a journey to Oz, a journey from which some of us are only now straggling back, in intellectual tatters.-- P. J. O'Rourke, "Second Thoughts About the 1960s"

Lust, Pride, Sloth, and Gluttony, or, as we call them these days, "geetting in touch with your sexuality," "raising your self-esteem," "relaxation therapy," and "being a recovered bulimic."-- P. J. O'Rourke, _The CEO of the Sofa_, 2001

Each American embassy comes with two permanent features--a giant anti-American demonstration and a giant line for American visas. Most demonstrators spend half their time burning Old Glory and the other half waiting for green cards. P. J. O'Rourke

George Orwell(1903 &endash; 1950)

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
George Orwell (1903-1950) "Quotable Business," ed. Louis E. Boone, 1992.

 The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950) _Polemic_ [May 1946], "Second Thoughts on James Burnham

Big Brother is watching you. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950) _Nineteen Eighty-Four_ [1949], Chapter 1, Section I

The three slogans of the party: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. --George Orwell [Eric Blair] (1903-1950)_Nineteen Eighty-Four_ [1949], Chapter 1, Section I

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homocidal maniac.". - George Orwell

That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it tays there. --George Orwell in the democratic socialist weekly "Tribune" (1940)

ief that the present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. ~ George Orwell, James Burnham and The Managerial Revolution (1946)

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell (Eric Blair), Introduction to Animal Farm (1945)

A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature. George Orwell

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. George Orwell

Never, literally never in recent years, have I met anyone who gave me the impression of believing in the next world as firmly as he believed in the existence of, say, Australia. Belief in the next world does not influence conduct as it would if it were genuine. ... Even very devout Christians will make jokes about Hell. They wouldn't make jokes about leprosy or RAF pilots with their faces burnt away: the subject is too painful. George Orwell 'As I Please' 14 April 1944

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. George Orwell

Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism. George Orwell, Selected Essays

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings. -- George Orwell

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
George Orwell.The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)

War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil. -- George Orwell

Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell (Eric Blair), Shooting an Elephant

'... belief in survival after death - the individual survival of John Smith, still conscious of himself as John Smith - is enormously less widesread than it was. Even among professing Christians it is probably decaying: other people, as a rule, don't even entertain the possibility that it might be true. ... There is little doubt that the modern cult of power worship is bound up with the modern man's feeling that life here and now is the only life there is. ... I would say that the decay of belief in personal immortality has been as important as the rise of machine civilization. ... I do not want the belief in life after death to return.... What I do point out is that its disappearance has left a big hole, and that we ought to take notice of that fact. ... [Mankind] is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
George Orwell, 'As I Please' 3 March 1944

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or very foolishimagine otherwise. -George Orwell

Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.-George Orwell

Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me' - George Orwell, writing of Britain's pacifists in 1942

John L. O'Sullivan (1813-1895)

 The best government is that which governs least- John L. O'Sullivan (1813-1895)

Charles Osgood

Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry. --Charles Osgood

Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919)

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.-Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), Aphorisms from his Bedside Teachings (1961) p. 105

John Osteen

We, as Christians, need to stop telling God how big our mountains are and start telling our mountains how big our God is!" --John Osteen

Thomas Otway (1652-1685)

Clocks will go as they are set, but man, irregular man, is never constant, never certain.-- Thomas Otway (1652-1685)

Sir Thomas Overbury (1581 &endash; 1613)

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry, is like the potato--the best part under ground. - Sir Thomas Overbury (1581 &endash; 1613)

Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18)

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all. -- Ovid

So long as you are secure, you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone. --Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] (43 BC-18 AD), _Tristia_

At night there is no such thing as an ugly woman. --Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] (43 BC-18 AD)

Before you run in double harness, look well to the other horse.- Ovid

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.-- Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18)

There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature;the ages themselves glide by in constant movement. Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Presents, believe me, seduce both men and gods. --Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] (43 B.C.-18 A.D.) _The Art of Love_

David Owen

The popularity of video cameras arises from a simple misunderstanding. Somehow people have the idea that they won't mind being old if they can turn on the TV and see what they were like when they were young. This is not true.
The best memories are ones that have been allowed to evolve unhindered by documentary proof. I often cheer myself up by thinking back on my days as a football star.
These recollections would be less thrilling if they were accompanied by a video showing that I weighed 80 pounds and spent most of my time on the bench. Memory is better than a video because it's free and it doesn't work very well. --David Owen

Gareth Owen

Arguments against the honours system #1:
William Shakespeare, Esq
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lord Jeffrey Archer - Gareth Owen

John Owen (1616 - 1683)

John Owen

A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. JOHN OWEN

A sermon is not made with an eye upon the sermon, but with both eyes upon the people and all the heart upon God. - JOHN OWEN

All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit. J Owen

And, by the way we may see hence the vanity as well as the idolatry of them who would represent Christ in glory as the object of our adoration in pictures and images. They fashion wood or stone into the likeness of a man. They adorn it with colours and flourishes of art, to set it forth unto the senses and fancies of superstitious persons as having a resemblance of glory. And when they have done, "they lavish gold out of the bag," as the prophet speaks, in various sorts of supposed ornaments, - such as are so only to the vainest sort of mankind, - and so propose it as an image or resemblance of Christ in glory. But what is there in it that hath the least respect there unto, - the least likeness of it? Nay, is it not the most effectual means that can be devised to divert the minds of men from true and real apprehensions of it? Doth it teach anything of the subsistence of the human nature of Christ in the person of the Son of God? nay, doth it not obliterate all thoughts of it! What is represented thereby of the union of it unto God, and the immediate communications of God unto it? Doth it declare the manifestation of all the glorious properties of the divine nature in him?
One thing, indeed, they ascribe unto it that is proper unto Christ, - namely, that it is to be adored and worshipped; whereby they add idolatry unto their folly. Persons who know not what it is to live by faith - whose minds design in religion but to gratify their inward superstition by their outward senses - may be pleased for a time, and ruined for ever, by these delusions. Those who have real faith in Christ, and love unto him, have a more glorious object for their exercise. -- John Owen, Works , (vol. 1 pg. 244)

Assurance encourateth us in our combat; it delivers us not from it. We may have peace with God when we have done from the assaults of Satan.- JOHN OWEN

A river continually fed by a living fountain may as soon end its streams before it come to the ocean, as a stop be put to the course and progress of grace before it issue in glory.- JOHN OWEN

Beholding of the glory of Christ...Herein would I live;--herein would I die;--herein would I dwell in my thoughts and affections, to the withering and consumption of all the painted beauties of this world, unto the crucifying all things here below, until they become unto me a dead and deformed thing, no way meet for affectionate embraces. John Owen , (1616 - 1683) Complete Works I:291

Christ did not die for any upon condition, if they do believe; but He died for all God's elect, that they should believe. -- JOHN OWEN

Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen

Evangelical truth will not be honourably witnessed unto but by evangelical grace.- JOHN OWEN

Faith keeps the soul at a holy distance from these infinite depths of divine wisdom, where it profits more by reverence and holy fear than any can do by their utmost attempt to draw nigh to that inaccessible light wherein these glories of the divine nature do dwell. --John Owen (1616-1683)

God hath work to do in this world; and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness; but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God hath a work to do; and not to help Him is to oppose Him. John Owen

He who prays as he ought will endeavour to live as he prays. ... John Owen (1616-1683)

Herein, then, our present edification is principally concerned; for in this present beholding of the glory of Christ, the life and power of faith are most eminently acted. And from this exercise of faith does love unto Christ principally, if not solely, arise and spring. If, therefore, we desire to have faith in its vigor or love in its power, giving rest, complacency, and satisfaction unto our own souls, we are to seek for them in the diligent discharge of this duty; -- elsewhere they will not be found. Herein would I live; -- herein would I die; -- hereon would I dwell in my thoughts and affections, to the withering and consumption of all the painted beauties of this world, unto the crucifying all things here below, until they become unto me a dead and deformed thing, no way meet for affectionate embraces.--J Owen, Meditations and discourses on the glory of Christ

I will not judge a person to be spiritually dead whom I have judged formerly to have had spiritual life, though I see him at present in a swoon as to all evidences of the spiritual life. And the reason why I will not judge him so is this -- because if you judge a person dead, you neglect him, you leave him; but if you judge him in a swoon, though never so dangerous, you use all means for the retrieving of his life. John Owen (1616-1683), Sermons

If the word do not dwell with power in us,it will not go out with power from us. -- J Owen

If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be be better than they are in the world; at least, we should be better enabled to bear them. JOHN OWEN

It is a throne of grace that God in Christ is represented to us upon; but yet is is a throne still whereon majesty and glory do reside, and God is always to be considered by us as on a throne.JOHN OWEN

It is not the glorious battlements, the painted windows, the crouching gargoyles that support a building, but the stones that lie unseen in or upon the earth. It is often those who are despised and trampled on that bear up the weight of a whole nation.- JOHN OWEN

It is not that we decry the significance of the law. God has established it for a purpose. But the subduing of sin is not its task. God did not design the law for that purpose. It is no dishonor if the law cannot do that which is not its proper task.(Romans 8:3). Thus we experience the faithful, constant preaching of the Word against sin in a church congregation for years on end. Yet we see no real effect of this on the lives of its members. These congregations actually proclaim the power of sin over the dispensation of the law! It is not the letter of The law but the efficacy of the spirit of god that truly matters. -- John Owen

It is one thing to fear God as threatening, with a holy reverence, and another to be afraid of the evil threatened.... John Owen (1616-1683)

Leaness of body and soul may go together. --John Owen

Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until it be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death. JOHN OWEN

Let them pretend what they please, the true reason why any despise the new birth is because they hate a new life. He that cannot endure to live to God will as little endure to hear of being born of God. JOHN OWEN

Let us inquire whether we have found, or do find, this joy in our own hearts. Is the remembrance of the closing of our hearts with Christ a a song of loves unto us? Truly, if our loves be earnest and intent upon other things, we find joy and refreshment in them; but are we not dead and cold to the thoughts of this great and excellent advantage, of being espoused to Christ, as all believers are? If so, it is but a sad evidence we are truly so espoused. Alas! if a poor beggar, a deformed creature, should be taken into the espousals of a great prince, would she not be sensible of it? We are poor, deformed, woeful, sinful, polluted creatures; and for us to be taken into this relation with Jesus Christ!--where are our hearts? -- John Owen IX:467

Men love to trust God (as they profess) for what they have in their hands, in possession, or what lies in an easy view; place their desires afar off, carry their accomplishment behind the clouds out of their sight, interpose difficulties and perplexities -- their hearts are instantly sick. They cannot wait for God; they do not trust Him, nor ever did. Would you have the presence of God with you? Learn to wait quietly for the salvation you expect from Him.
John Owen (1616-1683)

No heart can conceive that treasury of mercies which lies in this one privilege, in having liberty and ability to approach unto God at all times, according to His mind and will. John Owen (1616-1683)

No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter, who does not in some measure behold it by faith here in this world. Grace is a necessary preparation for glory, and faith for sight.---J Owen, Meditations and discourses on the glory of Christ

Nothing shall be lost that is done for God or in obedience to Him.... John Owen (1616-1683)

Our forgiving others will not procure forgiveness for ourselves; but our not forgiving others proves that we ourselves are not forgiven. - John Owen

Steadfastness in believing doth not exclude all temptations from without. When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it.... John Owen (1616-1683)

Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before.Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction. John Owen

The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it, the course of the world takes away the shame of it. John Owen

The doctrine of grace may be turned into wantonness; the principle cannot.-John Owen--On Communion with God, Works, v.2 p.31

The Father imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either:
1. The sins of all men.
2. All the sins of some men, or
3. Some of the sins of all men.
In which case it may be said:
a. That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so none are saved.
b. That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth.
c. But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins?You answer, Because of unbelief. I ask, Is this unbelief a sin, or is it not? If it be, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it, or He did not. If He did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their sins! John Owen

The foundation of true holiness and true Christian worship is the doctrine of the gospel, what we are to believe. So when Christian doctrine is neglected, forsaken, or corrupted, true holiness and worship will also be neglected, forsaken, and corrupted. John Owen (1616-1683)

The hearts of believers are like the needle touched by the loadstone, which cannot rest until it comes to the point whereunto, by the secret virtue of it, it is directed. For being once touched by the love of Christ, receiving therein an impression of secret ineffable virtue, they will ever be in motion, and restless, until they come unto him, and behold his glory.---J Owen, Meditations and discourses on the glory of Christ

The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace. JOHN OWEN

The indulgence of one sin opens the door to further sins. The indulgence of one sin diverts the soul from the use of those means by which all other sins should be resisted. JOHN OWEN

The language [of the apostate] is "We have known and tried these things, and declare their folly." Now, no man living can attempt a higher dishonour against Jesus Christ, in his person or in any of his ways, than openly to profess that upon trial of them they find nothing in them for which they should be desired. John Owen VOL 7 p.49

The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men. John Owen

The vigour and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh. J Owen

The world, indeed, seems to be weary of the just, righteous, holy ways of God, and of that exactness in walking according to His institutions and commands which it will be one day known that He doth require. But the way to put a stop to this declension is not by accommodating the commands of God to the corrupt courses and ways of men. The truths of God and the holiness of His precepts must be pleaded and defended, though the world dislike them here and perish hereafter. His law must not be made to lackey after the wills of men, nor be dissolved by vain interpretations, because they complain they cannot -- indeed, because they will not -- comply with it. Our Lord Jesus Christ came not to destroy the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them, and to supply men with spiritual strength to fulfill them also. It is evil to break the least commandment; but there is a great aggravation of that evil in them that shall teach men so to do. John Owen (1616-1683), Sermons

Then are we servants of God, then are we the disciples of Christ, when we do what is commanded us and because it is commanded us.
John Owen (1616-1683)

To some men it is hard seeing a call of God through difficulties; when if it would but clothe itself with a few carnal advantages, how apparent it is to them! They can see It through a little cranny. ... John Owen (1616-1683)

We admit no faith to be justifying, which is not itself and in its own nature a spiritually vital principle of obedience and good works.
John Owen (1616-1683)

We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that we have none of our own.... John Owen (1616-1683)

Whatever vices and corruptions men see in the lives of their ministers will not be attributed to the depravity of their old nature which still abides in them, but to the gospel. - JOHN OWEN

When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought our contrivances against it to be vigorous at all times and in all conditions, even where there is least suspicion. John Owen

When we have, through Christ, obtained mercy for our persons, we need not fear but that we shall have suitable and seasonable help for our duties. ... John Owen (1616-1683)

Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers John Owen

It is not that we decry the significance of the law. God has established it for a purpose. But the subduing of sin is not its task. God did not design the law for that purpose. It is no dishonor if the law cannot do that which is not its proper task.(Romans 8:3). Thus we experience the faithful, constant preaching of the Word against sin in a church congregation for years on end. Yet we see no real effect of this on the lives of its members. These congregations actually proclaim the power of sin over the dispensation of the law! It is not the letter of The law but the efficacy of the spirit of god that truly matters. -- John Owen

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood 
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, 
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, 
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory, 
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est 
Pro patria mori.
Wilfred Owen, Killed in action, Ors, 4 November 1918, One week before the armistice.

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori"
Wilfred Owen, 1893-1918

Jesse Owens (1913-1980)

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself -- the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us -- that's where it's at. -- Jesse Owens (1913-1980) From an Internet collection of quotations.

Harvey Oxenhorn  

It is arrogance to expect that life will always be music...Harmony, like a following breeze at sea, is the exception. In a world where most things wind up broken or lost, our lot is to tack and tune.   Harvey Oxenhorn  

Axel Oxenstierna

Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?--Axel Oxenstierna, letterr, 24 October 1648.

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