Quotes by Author

Jack Paar (1918-____)

I have never seen a bad television program, because I refuse to. God gave me a mind, and a wrist that turns things off.
Jack Paar (1918-____) In "TV Guide."

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery. Jack Paar

James I. Packer (1926- )

Love of the world is egocentric, acquisitive, arrogant, ambitious, and absorbing, and leaves no place for any other kind of affection. Those who love the world serve and worship themselves every moment. It is their full-time job. And from this we see that anyone whose hopes are focused on gaining material pleasure, profit, and privilege is booked for a bereavement experience, since as John says, the world will not last. Life's surest certainty is that one day we will leave worldly pleasure,profit, and privilege behind. The only uncertainty is whether these things will leave us before our time comes to leave them. God's true servants, however, do not face such bereavement. Their love and desire centre on the Father and the Son in a fellowship that already exists and that nothing can ever disrupt. Packer, Hot Tub Religion Pg 85-86

Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty...acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours. - James I Packer

The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God's facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for he knows that all truth is God's truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith. He is called to love God with all his mind; and part of what this means is that, when confronted by those who, on professedly rational grounds, take exception to historic Christianity, he must set himself not merely to deplore or denounce them, but to out-think them. It is not his business to argue men into faith, for that cannot be done; but it is his business to demonstrate the intellectual adequacy of the biblical faith and the comparative inadequacy of its rivals, and to show the invalidity of the criticisms that are brought against it. This he seeks to do, not from any motive of intellectual self-justification, but for the glory of God and of His gospel. A confident intellectualism expressive of robust faith in God, whose Word is truth, is part of the historic evangelical tradition. If present-day Evangelicals fall short of this, they are false to their own principles and heritage. - J. I. PACKER 

Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, "I don't want this ever to end." But it invariably does. The hearts of those in heaven say, "I want this to go on forever." And it will. There is no better news than this. J. I. PACKER

A god whom we could understand exhaustively, and whose revelation of himself confronted us with no mysteries whatsoever, would be a god in man's image, and therefore an imaginary god. ~J. I. Packer, Knowing God.

One of the many divine qualities of the Bible is that it does not yield its secrets to the irreverent and the censorious.~ James I. Packer

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (6:9&endash;11, ESV).
What is Paul talking about in this vice list? Answer: Lifestyles, regular behaviour patterns, habits of mind and action. He has in view not single lapses followed by repentance, forgiveness, and greater watchfulness (with God's help) against recurrence, but ways of life in which some of his readers were set, believing that for Christians there was no harm in them.
What is Paul saying about homosexuality? Answer: Those who claim to be Christ's should avoid the practice of same-sex physical connection for orgasm, on the model of heterosexual intercourse. Paul's phrase, "men who practice homosexuality," covers two Greek words for the parties involved in these acts. The first, arsenokoitai, means literally "male-bedders," which seems clear enough. The second, malakoi, is used in many connections to mean "unmanly," "womanish," and "effeminate," and here refers to males matching the woman's part in physical sex. - J I Packer

In particular, it is important to insist that obscurantism in all its forms is wholly out of keeping with true Evangelicalism. The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God's facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for the knows that all truth is God's truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith. He is called to love God with all his mind; and part of what this means is that, when confronted by those who, on professedly rational grounds, take exception to historical Christianity he must set himself not merely to deplore or denounce them, but to out-think them ... If present day Evangelicals fall short of this, they are false to their own principles and heritage. --Fundamentalism' and the Word of God, J.I. Packer, 1996 Ed., p. 34

Infants do not induce, or cooperate in, their own procreation and birth; no more can those who are 'dead in trespapasses and sins' prompt the quickening operation of God's Spirit within them . J I Packer

The New Testament word for repentance means changing one's mind so that one's views, values, goals, and ways are changed and one's whole life is lived differently. The change is radical, both inwardly and outwardly; mind and judgment, will and affections, behavior and lifestyle, motives and purposes, are all involved. Repenting means starting a new life.
J. I. Packer, Concise Theology, PG. 162.

The natural response to denials of Satan's existence is to ask, Who then runs his business.-- J.I. PACKER

When evangelicals call the Bible "inerrant", part at least of their meaning is this: that, in exegesis and exposition of Scripture and in building up our biblical theology from the fruits of our Bible study, we may not (1) deny, disregard, or arbitrarily relativize, anything that the biblical writers teach, nor (2) discount any of the practical implications for worship and service that their teaching carries, nor (3) cut the knot of any problem of Bible harmony, factual or theological, by allowing ourselves to assume that the inspired writers were not necessarily consistent either with themselves or with each other. It is because the word "inerrant" makes these methodological points about handling the Bible, ruling out in advance the use of mental procedures that can only lead to reduced and distorted versions of Christianity, that it is so valuable and, I think, so much valued by those who embrace it.... James I. Packer (1926- )

Thus, for instance, some will assure us that it is a waste of time preaching to modern hearers about the law and sin, for (it is said) such things mean nothing to them. Instead (it is suggested) we should just appeal to the needs which they feel already, and present Christ to them simply as One who gives peace, power and purpose to the neurotic and frustrated-a super-psychiatrist, in fact. Now this suggestion excellently illustrates the danger of the minimising approach. If we do not preach about sin and God's judgement on it, we cannot present Christ as Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who saves only from self and sorrows of this world, we are not preaching the Christ of the Bible. We are, in effect bearing false withness and preaching a false Christ. Our message is "another gospel, which is not another.-- J I Packer, A Quest for Godliness, PG 164-165

Berkoff writes to give ides about God but Calvin writes to give knowledge of God.-- J Packer

The particular antimony which concerns us here is the apparent opposition between divine sovereignty and human responsiblilty, or (putting it more biblically) what He God does as King and what He does as Judge. Scripture teaches that, as King, He orders and controls all things, human actions among them, in accordance with His own eternal purpose.* Scripture also teaches that, as Judge, He holds every man responsible for the choices he makes and the courses of action he pursues.** Thus, hearers of the gospel are responsible for their reaction; if they reject the good news, they are guilty of unbelief. 'He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed...' Again, Paul, entrusted with the gospel, is responsible for preaching it; if he neglects his commission, he is penalized for unfaithfulness. 'Necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe to me, if I preach not the gospel!' God's sovereignty and man's responsibility are taught us side by side in the same Bible; sometimes, indeed, in the same text.(Luke 22:22; "And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!" NKJV) Both are thus guaranteed to us by the same divine authority; both, therefore, are true. It follows that they must be held together, and not played off against each other. Man is a responsible moral agent, though he is also divinely controlled; man is divinely controlled though he is a responsible moral agent. God's sovereignty is a reality, and man's responsiblilty is a reality too.--JI Packer "Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God." page 22

God the Father is the giver of Holy Scripture; God the Son is the theme of Holy Scripture; and God the Spirit is the author, authenticator, and interpreter of Holy Scripture.... J. I. Packer (1926- )

Clementine Paddelford

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be. --Clementine Paddelford

Camille Paglia

The trauma of the Sixties persuaded me that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. I now see the hierarchical as both beautiful and necessary. Efficiency liberates; egalitarianism tangles, delays, blocks, deadens. --Camille Paglia

History shows that male homosexuality, which like prostitution flourishes with urbanisation and soon becomes predictably ritualised, always tends toward decadence. Camille Paglia, Salon

 Satchel Paige

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Satchel Paige

Thomas Paine (1737 &endash; 1809)

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. --Thomas Paine

We have it in our power to begin the world again. -Thomas Paine

He who dares not offend cannot be honest. -- Thomas Paine

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. - Thomas Paine

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. Tom Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...Time makes more converts than reason.
Tom Paine, Common Sense

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice. Thomas Paine The Rights of Man (1792)

Toleration is not the *opposite* of intoleration, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, and the other of granting it. The one is the pope, armed with fire and faggot, and the other is the pope selling or granting indulgences.
Thomas Paine, _Rights of Man_

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.-- Thomas Paine

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.--Thomas Paine,The American Crisis, #1, December 23, 1776.

War is the common harvest of all those who participate in the division and expenditure of public money, in all countries. It is the art of *conquering at home:* the object of it is an increase of revenue; and as revenue cannot be increased without taxes, a pretence must be made for expenditures. In reviewing the history of the English government, its wars, and taxes, an observer, not blinded by prejudice, nor warped by interest would declare, that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes. --Thomas Paine, _Rights of Man_

Ian Paisley

I am a five point Calvinist and all the points are sharp! -- Ian Paisley

There's no doubt about it, the Jesuits in England are flying a kite testing the temperature of the water.
I R K Paisley quoted in Christians in Ulster. E Gallagher p 22

William Paley (1743-1805)

Who can refute a sneer? --William Paley (1743-1805): Moral Philosophy. Vol. ii. Book v.Chap. 9.

Lord Palmerston (1784 &endash; 1865)

We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are perpetual and eternal and those interests it is our duty to follow. --Lord Palmerston, 1848

Saskya Pandita (1182-1251)

Through no amount of effort can a naturally wicked man
Be turned into an honest one.
However long you boil water,
It is impossible to make it burn like fire.
Saskya Pandita (1182-1251)

Michael Parenti

If Big Brother (of Orwell's 1984) comes to America, he will not be a fearsome, foreboding figure with a heart-chilling, omnipresent glare as in 1984. He will come with a smile on his face, a quip on his lips, a wave to the crowd, and a press that (a) dutifully reports the suppressive measures he is taking to save the nation from internal chaos and foreign threat; and (b) gingerly questions whether he will be able to succeed. --Michael Parenti _Inventing Reality_ (1986)

Cesane Pareso 

We do not remember days, we remember moments.  - Cesane Pareso 

Dorothy Parker 1893 &endash; 1967)

They sicken of the calm that know the storm. -- Dorothy Parker

That woman speaks eight languages and can't say "no" in any of them. Dorothy Parker 

I don't mind anything that's written about me, as long as it's not true.- Dorothy Parker

You can think best when you're happiest.   Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.
Dorothy Parker

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.   Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) Book review; in "The Algonquin Wits," ed. by Robert E. Drennan, 1968.

"I really can't come to your party Mrs. Parker, I can't bear fools."
"That's strange; your mother could." Dorothy Parker

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. Dorothy Parker

Cheque enclosed are the two most beautiful words in the English language Dorothy Parker

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you:
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
Dorothy Parker

Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses Dorothy Parker
Men do make passes at girls who wear glasses - but it all depends on their frames. Optician

I require three things in a man: he must be handsome, wealthy, and stupid.- Dorothy Parker

Richard Parker

God doesn't call people who are qualified. He calls people who are willing, and then He qualifies them. - Richard Parker

Robert B. Parker

Dinner without wine is like a kiss without a squeeze.-Robert B. Parker, "The Widening Gyre", p. 21

Star Parker

Martin Luther King, leading the civil-rights movement in the '60s, appealed to the American nation to return to the core truths and values embodied in our Declaration of Independence. The rights that blacks sought then were not some new political agenda. Dr.King reminded Americans of their own faith and the eternal truths that hold this country together &endash; that all men are created equal and that we are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. The civil-rights movement did not challenge our beliefs as a nation. It was a movement to call a nation to task that strayed from its own ideals.
The "gay" movement would like to present itself as the latest chapter in the civil-rights movement. But it is quite the opposite. Homosexuals are not pushing this nation to return to eternal truths from which it has strayed. They are pushing us to deny that there are eternal truths and to move in the direction of a world where we make up the rules as we go along. Such a world is, of course, a world defined ultimately by politics and power.
Such a political world, where truths and principles are gone, and where we think the world is defined by government, defines the welfare state. --Star Parker, "Politics of Sex, Politics of Race http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35704

Theodore Parker (1810-1860)

Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold. Theodore Parker (1810-1860 _A Discourse of Matters Pertaining to Religion_ [1842]

Charles Stuart Parnell

When a man takes a farm from which another has been evicted, you must show him ... by putting him into a moral Coventry, by isolating him from his kind as if he were a leper of old - you must show him your detestation of the crimes he has committed. - Charles Stuart Parnell, 19 September 1880: the first person to be so treated was Captain Boycott.

Ellen Parr

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. --Ellen Parr

Matthew Parris

An appalling person to work with but she was a wonderful person to work for. - Matthew Parris in Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p105

Tom Parsons

Considering "niggard" a racist word makes no more sense than saying that women personstruate. - Tom Parsons

Dolly Parton

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.-- Dolly Parton

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without mightis helpless; might without justice is tyrannical.-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensees (1660)

Do little things as though they were great, because of the majesty of Jesus Christ who does them in us, and who lives our life: and do the greatest things as though they were little and easy, because of His omnipotence. ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), PensÈes [1660]

There is nothing so abominable in the eyes of God and of men as idolatry, whereby men render to the creature that honor which is due only to the Creator. BLAISE PASCAL

Who is unhappy at not being a king, except a deposed king? All of these miseries of man prove man s greatness. They are the miseries of a deposed king. BLAISE PASCAL

Jesus Christ is the center of everything, and the object of everything, and he that does not know Him knows nothing of nature and nothing of himself. BLAISE PASCAL

I have made this a rather long letter because I haven't had time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal, 1623 - 1662

We implore the mercy of God, not that He may leave us at peace in our vices, but that He may deliver us from them.... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

It has pleased God that divine verities should not enter the heart through the understanding, but the understanding through the heart.... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pense'es, #894.

Not only do we not know God, except through Jesus Christ, we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ. --Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man should have the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have none with him? Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensees (1660)

Little things console us, because little things afflict us. --Pascal

Mahomet established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ bycommanding his followers to lay down their lives.-- Blaise Pascal, _Pensees_

The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts -Blaise Pascal

What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, depository of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe. --Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) _Pensees_ [1670], Number 434

What use is it to us to hear it said of a man that he has thrown off the yoke, that he does not believe there is a God to watch over his actions, that he reckons himself the sole master of his behavior, and that he does not intend to give an account of it to anyone but himself? Does he think that in that way he will have straightway persuaded us to have complete confidence in him, to look to him for consolation, for advice, and for help, in the vicissitudes of life? Do such men think that they have delighted us by telling us that they hold our souls to be nothing but a little wind and smoke -- and by saying it in conceited and complacent tones? Is that a thing to say blithely? Is it not rather a thing to say sadly -- as if it were the saddest thing in the world?... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensee

Kind words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.--Blaise Pascal

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)

You are eternity's hostage. A captive of time.--Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)_Night_ [1957]

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind. -- Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) , lecture 1854.

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895 

Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't. Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Every intellectual product must be judged from the point-of-view of the age and the people in which it was produced. Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Alan Paton (1903 &endash; 1988)

Life has not taught me to expect nothing, but she has taught me not to expect success to be the inevitable result of my endeavors. She taught me to seek sustenance from the endeavor itself, but to leave the result to God." Alan Paton, "The Challenge of Fear," Saturday Review, September 9, 1967

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man. Alan Paton

Chris Patten

Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off.
Chris Patten, London, April 19, 1989

Ben Patterson

Perhaps one reson God delays His answers to our prayers is because He knows we need to be with Him far more than we need the things we ask of Him. ~ Ben Patterson

George S. Patton, Jr (1885 &endash; 1945)

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.--George S. Patton, Jr

The influence one man can have on thousands is a never-ending source of wonder to me. ~George S. Patton

P. Pavlov (1849 -1936)

Infidelity reproves nothing that is bad. It only ridicules and denounces all that is good. It tears down, but never builds up; destroys, but never imparts life; attacks religion, but offers no adequate substitute. ~ P. Pavlov (1849 -1936)

Linus Pauling (1901 &endash; 1994)

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. - Linus Pauling (1901 &endash; 1994)

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Don't take tomorrow to bed with you.--Norman Vincent Peale

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory. - Norman Vincent Peale

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure -- Norman Vincent Peale

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)"Pearls of Wisdom," ed. J. Agel and W. Glanze, 1987.

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Attributed.

Don't duck the most difficult problems. That just insures that thehardest part will be left when you're most tired. Get the big one done- it's downhill from then on. Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)"Quotable Business," ed. Louis E. Boone, 1992

Change your thoughts, and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) in "The Book of Success," ed. Richard Shea, 1993.

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)"Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

Minnie Pearl (1912 &endash; 1996)

Kissing a fella with a beard is like a picnic. You don't mind going through a little brush to get there. Minnie Pearl (1912 &endash; 1996)

Hesketh Pearson (1887 &endash; 1964)

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. - Hesketh Pearson (1887 &endash; 1964)

Lester Bowles Pearson (1897 - 1972)

We are all decendents of Adam, and we are all products of racial miscegenation. Lester Bowles Pearson 14th Canadian PM (1963-68) (Nobel 1957)

Donald Culross Peattie

Beauty is excrescence, superabundance, random ebullience, and sheer delightful waste to be enjoyed in its own right.
Donald Culross Peattie, An Almanac for Moderns

Scott Peck

Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, it no longer matters. ---Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.  - Dr. M. Scott Peck

Good theology makes good psychology ~ M.Scott Peck

Emotional sickness is avoiding reality at any cost. Emotional health is facing reality at any cost.- - M. Scott Peck

. . the issue of free will, like so many great truths, is a paradox. On the one hand, free will is a reality. We can be free to chose without "shibboleths" or conditioning or many other factors. On the other hand, we cannot choose freedom. There are only two states of being: submission to God and goodness or the refusal to submit to anything beyond one's own will - which refusal automatically enslaves one to the forces of evil. We must ultimately belong either to God or the devil.--Scott Peck, - People of the Lie

Examination of the world without is never as personally painful as examination of the world within.
Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

We must always hold truth, as best we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.
Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

Charles Pegut

He who does not bellow out the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers. -- Charles Pegut

Charles Pegúy (1873-1914)

Suffering passes; having suffered never passes. --Charles Pegúy (1873-1914)

The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful to truth must make himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable renascent errors -- Charles Peguy

William Penn (1644-1718)

I expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore, there be any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.--William Penn

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.- William Penn

Governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments.-William Penn

The truest end of life is to know that life never ends. - William Penn

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.-- William Penn

Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains. --William Penn (1644-1718)

In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self. William Penn

Boies Penrose (1860 &endash; 1921)

Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent. - Boies Penrose (1860 &endash; 1921) US senator (PA)

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)

Great talk among people how some of the Fanatiques do say that the end of the world is at hand, and that next Tuesday is to be the day. Against which, whenever it shall be, good God fit us all! --Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) _Diary_ [November 25, 1662]

Shimon Peres (1923-____)

It is not only the psychology of the people that makes them so exacting -- their geographical situation has been equally problematic. - Shimon Peres (1923-____)

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.- Shimon Peres (1923-____) : A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipaul, 1979

To read a newspaper for the first time is like coming into a film that has been on for an hour. Newspapers are like serials. To understand them you have to take knowledge to them; . . . best is the knowledge provided by the newspaper itself.- Shimon Peres (1923-____) R:Referring to The "New York Times; in "The Enigma of Arrival," "The Journey," 1987.

Stephen Perks

Of course it is not the duty of the State to proclaim the Christian faith and compel people to believe the truth.The calling of the State is to administer public justice.what constitutes the public justice that the State is called to uphold must be defined by the word of God as this has been given to us in the Christian Scriptures, and it is the duty of the State to uphold the law of God as it relates to the political sphere even where those guilty of acts defined as criminal offences by God's word believe this to be a violation of their religious and civil liberties (cf 1 Tim. 1:8-11). In such cases no one is persecuted for their 'beliefs'; rather, they are punished for their 'crimes'.But what constitutes the crime that the State must suppress must be defined by the word of God, and therefore the State must look to God's law to guide it in its calling as the servant of God. Stephen Perks ,'Christianity As A Political Faith' 'Christianity & Society', April 2004

To be political is to be religious, i.e. to acknowledge a god as the source of ultimate authority over the nation.The kingdom of God grows by means of the preaching of the gospel. Nonetheless, the object of this war is the conquest of 'nations', as Christ made clear in his Great Commission. Stephen Perks ,'Christianity As A Political Faith' 'Christianity & Society', April 2004

The question we must face therefore is not 'whether' the State should be religious or not, but rather 'which' religion should be established as the religion of State.Thus a State may not be a Christian State, but it will necessarily be a religious institution. A secular humanist State is a religious State no less than a Christian or Muslim State. -Stephen Perks ,'Christianity As A Political Faith' 'Christianity & Society', April 2004

Life is primarily political because politics is inevitably religious and has as its 'raison d'etre', its entire rationale, the administration of the law of an ultimate authority, i.e. a god, in the totality of life. In this sense, therefore, we can say that Christianity is the only 'true' politics. All other political ideologies are false, i.e. idolatrous.The body of Christ, as the 'polis' (the city) of God, whose 'demos' (people) constitute the 'ekklesia' (the body politic), is a political organism, and all other political organisms are apostate and in rebellion against God, their rightful King. Stephen Perks ,'Christianity As A Political Faith' 'Christianity & Society', April 2004

The politics of God requires us to reject the politics of man, which sees State intervention as the answer to society's problems.the politics of God, the true politics, requires us to adhere to God's social order, a social order in which Church and family have roles that are equally as important as that of the State and which may not be usurped by the State.In this sense Christianity as a political religion is all-embracing - i.e. it embraces all of life. -Stephen Perks ,'Christianity As A Political Faith' 'Christianity & Society', April 2004

Eva Peron (1919-1952)

Without fanaticism we cannot accomplish anything. - Eva Peron (1919-1952)

Laurence J. Peter (1919 &endash; 1990)

Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force to an immovable object. Laurence J. Peter

Prejudice is one of the world's greatest labor-saving devices; it enables you to form an opinion without having to dig up the facts. ~ Laurence Peter

I hate people who are intolerant.~ Laurence J. Peter.

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.--Laurence J. Peter

Mike Peters

Men are teflon. Women are velcro.-Mike Peters, Mother Goose & Grimm (6/24/01)

Tom Peters

Treat the customer as an appreciating asset. --Tom Peters, 1987

Eugene Peterson

We live in narrative, we live in story. Existence has a story shape to it. We have a beginning and an end, we have a plot, we have characters. EUGENE PETERSON

Wilfred Peterson

Joy is the flag you fly when the Prince of Peace is in residence within your heart. - Wilfred Peterson

Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)

A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.-- Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) In "Dictionary of Quotations," by Bergen Evans, 1968.

Beryl Pfizer

If you treat children like grown-ups, they'll probably behave just as badly as the rest of us. Beryl Pfizer

People get nostalgic about a lot of things I don't think they were that crazy about the first time around. Beryl Pfizer

William Lyon Phelps

This is the final test of a gentleman; his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.-- William Lyon Phelps

George M Philip

Christ is the Lord of the church. Imagine what this must have meant to the small group of believers in the pagan city of Colosse, feeling things were against them, battling hard and perhaps tempted to despair. The glorious Christ, the eternal, pre-existent one, the beloved Son of God, the mighty Victor, is the head of the church, which is His body. This means not only that the church is united to Christ, who is its head, but also that the church is the means whereby all that Christ is and wills is expressed in the world. The church is vitalized by Christ's presence, energized by his power and is his instrument in the world. George M, Philip, "Daily Grace"

W Philip

You can either bow down before God or shove up against Him. - W Philip

Bob Phillips

Some women are not beautiful‚ they only look as though they are. Bob Phillips

Great wealth and content seldom live together. --Bob Phillips

Dieting is a way of starving to death so you can live longer. --Bob Phillips

I'm on a new tranquilizer diet. I haven't lost an ounce, but I don't care. -- Bob Phillips

The person who knows everything has the most to learn. Bob Phillips

The buck stopped before it got here. Bob Phillips

Women are rarely as successful as men ˆ they have no wives to advise them. -- Bob Phillips

Patrick Henry should come back to see what taxation WITH representation is like. -- Bob Phillips

If you want your wife to listen to you, talk to another woman. -Bob Phillips

Conscience is the still small voice that can make you feel still smaller. -B. Phillips


Emo Philips

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said 'Stop! don't do it!' 'Why shouldn't I?' he said. I said, 'Well, there's so much to live for!' He said, 'Like what?' I said, 'Well... are you religious or atheist?' He said, 'Religious.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?' He said, 'Christian.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?' He said, 'Protestant.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?' He said, 'Baptist!' I said, 'Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist church of god or Baptist church of the lord?' He said, 'Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you original Baptist church of god, or are you reformed Baptist church of god?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!' I said, 'Die, heretic scum,' and pushed him off. - Emo Philips

My cousin just died. He was only 19. He got stung by a bee - the natural enemy of a tightrope walker. - Emo Philips

J. B. Phillips

I have heard professing Christians of our own day speak as though the historicity of the Gospels does not matter -- all that matters is the contemporary Spirit of Christ. I contend that the historicity does matter, and I do not see why we, who live nearly two thousand years later, should call into question an Event for which there were many eye-witnesses still living at the time when most of the New Testament was written. It was no "cunningly devised fable" but an historic irruption of God into human history which gave birth to a young church so sturdy that the pagan world could not stifle or destroy it.
J. B. Phillips, Ring of Truth [1967]

The preacher and the writer may seem to have an... easy task. At first sight, it may seem that they have only to proclaim and declare; but in fact, if their words are to enter men's hearts and bear fruit, they must be the right words, shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. This means, in practice, turning a face of flint toward the easy cliche, the well-worn religious cant and phraseology -- dear, no doubt, to the faithful, but utterly meaningless to those outside the fold. It means learning how people are thinking and how they are feeling; it means learning with patience, imagination and ingenuity the way to pierce apathy or blank lack of understanding. I sometimes wonder what hours of prayer and thought lie behind the apparently simple and spontaneous parables of the Gospel.... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Making Men Whole [1952]

Every time we say, 'I believe in the Holy Spirit,' we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it. J. B. Phillips, Plain Christianity [1954]

If New Testament Christianity is to reappear today with its power and joy and courage, men must recapture the basic conviction that this is a Visited planet. It is not enough to express formal belief in the "Incarnation" or in the "Divinity of. Christ"; the staggering truth must be accepted afresh -- that in this vast, mysterious universe, of which we are an almost infinitesimal part, the great Mystery, Whom we call God, has visited our planet in Person. It is from this conviction that there springs unconquerable certainty and unquenchable faith and hope. It is not enough to believe theoretically that Jesus was both God and Man; not enough to admire, respect, and even worship Him; it is not even enough to try to follow Him. The reason for the insufficiency of these things is that the modern intelligent mind, which has had its horizons widened in dozens of different ways, has got to be shocked afresh by the audacious central Fact -- that, as a sober matter of history, God became one of us... J. B. Phillips, New Testament Christianity [1956]

[The Christian] refuses to give his heart to, or be taken in by, the values and pleasures off this passing world. He does not hesitate to use all that is good and beautiful and true, partly because he knows that his God gives him "richly all things to enjoy", and partly because he knows that in all life's impermanent beauties and pleasures, there is the promise of the real and permanent which he is thoroughly convinced will exceed his wildest expectations.... J. B. Phillips, New Testament Christianity [1956]

The "good" man, the man whose god is righteousness, has as his life's ambition the keeping of rules and commandments and the keeping of himself uncontaminated by the world. This sounds admirable; but, as the truth of Christ showed, the whole of such living, the whole drive and ambition, the whole edifice, is self-centered. That entire process of effort must be abandoned if a man is to give himself in love to God and his fellows. He must lose his life if he is ever going to find it... J. B. Phillips, When God was Man [1954]

John Philips

Rejoice, O Albion! severed from the world,
By Nature's wise indulgence.
John Philips, _Cider_, 1708

Wendell Phillips (1811 &endash; 1884)

Power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day, or it is rotten.-- Wendell Phillips

What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. Wendell Phillips. 1811-1884. Speech, Dec. 21, 1855

A bad conscience embitters the sweetest comforts; a good conscience sweetens the bitterest crosses. --Wendell Phillips

What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better. - Wendell Phillips

J.C. Philpot

When this divine Redeemer appears in His garments stained with blood, the sinking soul hails His approach, the fowls of the mountains take flight, the beasts of the earth slink off to their dens, the dreary stump pushes forth its shoots, and the voice sounds forth from the inmost depths of the soul, 'This is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.' -- J.C. Philpot

Simon Phipps

In a world without walls, who needs Windows? - Simon Phipps, http://www.cafeshops.com/webmink

Pablo Picasso (1881 &endash; 1973)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -- Pablo Picasso

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? ~ Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

William H. Pickering

Another popular fallacy is to suppose that flying machines could be used to drop dynamite on an enemy in time of war. -- William H. Pickering, 'Aeronautics,' 1908

Mary Pickford (1894-1979)

Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call " failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Marge Piercy

If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.  - Marge Piercy Mary Pickford (1894-1979) In "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner, 1992.

Hubert Pierlot

Mockery is the weapon of those who have no other.- Hubert Pierlot

Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001)

Every logical position will eventually lead you into trouble, and heresy, and chaos. Every logical position is consistent, but it is logic which is in the human mind, not God's logic. The human mind is finite and cannot grasp eternity, and therefore the finite mind sees the infinite as not graspable coherently. If we could grasp it all coherently, without contradiction, we would be God. The person who insists on being logical to the end winds up in a mess. I am not saying that we should not be rational. I am not anti-intellectual. I am saying that the intellect by itself is helpless to arrive at total truth. ... Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001), Stir, Change, Create

Assumptions based on faith are apparently an ever-present component in any system of belief -- whether these assumptions include the existence of a personal God, or whether they begin with non-rational directionally-emergent forces governed by statistical probabilities. Our argument does not claim that evidences are so clear that faith is not needed. We do intend to imply, however, that the choice of a set of assumptions is a moral choice. Adherence to an epistemology is not something which merely "happens to" a person, but instead it reflects a component of his moral development. In some sense he is, in my judgement, morally responsible for adopting an epistemology even though it can be neither proved nor disproved to the satisfaction of those who oppose it.
Kenneth L. Pike, With Heart and Mind [1962]

Robert Pindell

Watching all the assorted stuff going on in the US in recent months from a distance an Aussy cyberfriend commented that he was glad they got the convicts and we got the puritans. Robert Pindell (USA)

Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

Growth in grace is like the growth of a cow's tail Ä the more it truly grows, the closer to the ground it is brought. Arthur W. Pink letter: ' 23 Jan 1935

The Holy Spirit does something more in each of God's elect than he does in the non-elect; he works in them 'both to will and to do of God's good pleasure.' A. W. PINK

Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord. ... A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

An ineffably holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of all sin, was never invented by any of Adam's fallen descendants. A. W. PINK

Just as the sinner's despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace. A.W. PINK

Neither the nearness nor the remoteness of Christ's return is a rule to regulate us in the ordering of our temporal affairs. Spiritual preparedness is the great matter. Arthur W. Pink  

None but the Lord himself can afford us any help from the awful workings of unbelief, doubtings, carnal fears, murmurings. Thank God one day we will be done forever with "unbelief. Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

It is true that [people] are praying for world-wide revival. But it would be more timely, and more scriptural, for prayer to be made to the Lord of the harvest, that He would raise up and thrust forth laborers who would fearlessly and faithfully preach those truths which are calculated to bring about a revival.... A. W. Pink (1886-19523

Steven Pinker

Anyone familiar with academia knows that it breeds ideological cults that are prone to dogma and resistant to criticism. Many women believe that this has now happened to feminism. In her book _Who Stole Feminism?_ the philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers draws a useful distinction between two schools of thought. _Equity feminism_ opposes sexual discrimination and other forms of unfairness to women. It is part of the classical liberal and humanistic tradition that grew out of the Enlightenment, and it guided the first wave of feminism and launched the second wave. _Gender feminism_ holds that women continue to be enslaved by a pervasive system of male dominance, the gender system, in which "bi-sexual infants are transformed into male and female gender personalities, the one destined to command, the other to obey." It is opposed to the classical liberal tradition and allied instead with Marxism, postmodernism, social constructionism, and radical science. It has become the credo of some women's studies programs, feminist organizations, and spokespeople for the women's movement.
Equity feminism is a moral doctrine about equal treatment that makes no commitments regarding open empirical issues in psychology or biology. Gender feminism is an empirical doctrine committed to three claims about human nature. The first is that differences between men and women have nothing to do with biology but are socially constructed in their entirety. The second is that humans possess a single social motive -- power -- and that social life can be understood only in terms of how it is exercised. The third is that human interactions arise not from the motives of people dealing with each other as individuals but from the motives of _groups_ dealing with other groups -- in this case, the male gender dominating the female gender.--Steven Pinker, _The Blank Slate The Modern Denial of Human Nature_

Clark H. Pinnock (1937- )

For the Scriptures, . . . the existence of God is both a historical truth (God acted into history), and an existential truth (God reveals himself to every soul). His existence is both objectively and subjectively evident. It is necessary logically because our assumption of order, design, and rationality rests upon it. It is necessary morally because there is no explanation for the shape of morality apart from it. It is necessary emotionally because the human experience requires an immediate and ultimate environment. It is necessary personally because the exhaustion of all material possibilities still cannot give satisfaction to the heart. The deepest proof for God's existence, apart from history, is just life itself. God has created man in his image, and men cannot elude the implications of this fact. Everywhere their identity pursues them. Ultimately, there is no escape. .. Clark H. Pinnock (1937- ), Set Forth Your Case

You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from the setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters. --Plato (428-348 BC), _Laws_ #888

It has been observed that nowhere does Scripture attempt a deductive argument for the existence of God, like those of Thomas Aquinas, for example. This fact ought not to be taken to imply, however, that such an effort is unjustifiable and necessarily useless. The distinctiveness of the Biblical approach is its immediacy. The theistic proofs for God's existence constitute a laborious, painstaking, and patient justification of theism. They attempt to set forth in rational argument what the soul grasps intuitively. But for the Bible, the deepest proof of God's existence is just life itself. The knowledge of God and man's knowledge of himself are closely intertwined. If only God could be written off neatly and cleanly, how simple things would be! But the hound of heaven pads after us all. He does not let us go. There is no escaping him...; when least expected, he closes in. The explanation for this is man's creation in the image of God. His identity is known theologically, in relation to the God who as a man in his true significance cannot survive permanently in isolation from his Maker. Without God, man is the chance product of unthinking fate, and so of little worth. The current loss of identity and the emergence of the faceless man in today's culture are testimony to the effects of losing our God. The knowledge of God is given in the same movement in which we know ourselves.... Clark H. Pinnock (1937- ), Set Forth Your Case


John Piper

No man on his death bed ever looked up into the eyes of his family and friends and said, "I wish I'd spent more time at the office."-- John Piper

The essence of folly is turning from God as the trustworthy touchstone of all reality and instead making their own preferences the measure of what is real.- John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

". . . the heart of God's wisdom is God's passion to display the glory of his grace in Christ for the everlasting enjoyment of those who believe. Since we are all undeserving sinners, the cross is central to this wisdom. - John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

. . . the nature of God's wisdom governs the way it is revealed and known, namely, in a way that will subdue our boasting in ourselves and sustain our boasting in the Lord.- John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

Since God's wisdom aims to exalt the glory of god's grace in Christ crucified, God reveals this wisdom in a way that nullifies human pride and boasting. - John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

Therefore we may conclude that the ultimate difference between divine wisdom and human wisdom is this: God's wisdom has the supremacy of God's glory as the beginning, middle, and end of it, but man's wisdom delights in seeing himself as resourceful, self-sufficient, self-determining and not utterly dependent on God's free grace. Divine wisdom begins consciously with God.- John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

When divine wisdom is revealed to humans, its effect is to humble us and give us the same God-orientation that God himself has.- John Piper,_The Pleasures of God_.

It is clear that there is one main message creation has to communicate to human beings, namely, the glory of God. Not primarily the glory of creation, but the glory of God. The glory of creation and the glory of God are as different as the love poem and the love, the painting and the landscape, the ring and the marriage. It would be a great folly and a great tragedy if a man loved his wedding band more than he loved his bride. --John Piper in _The Pleasures of God_

God has no deficiencies that I might be required to supply. He is complete in himself. He is overflowing with happiness in the fellowship of the Trinity.. The upshot of this is that God is a mountain spring, not a watering trough. --John Piper _The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God_ p. 208

God's quest to be glorified and our quest to be satisfied reach their goal in this one experience: our delight in God overflows in praise. For God, praise is the sweet echo of His own excellence in the heartsof this people. For us, praise is the summit of satisfaction that comes from living in fellowship with God. JOHN PIPER

If your driving motive in life is to be liked and loved, you will find it almost impossible to be a Christian. Missionaries are people who have decided that being loved by God is enough . We don't need to be loved by others. It feels good. But it is not essential. Loving, not being loved, is essential. John Piper

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him....the capacity to taste a thing must precede our desire for its sweetness...the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever and of living by faith in future grace...the essence of faith is being satisfied with all God is for us in Jesus. -- JOHN PIPER - Future Grace

...the Lord rewards faithfulness above fruitfulness, which puts us all on the same footing, whether famous for our effectiveness or unknown in our faithfulness. JOHN PIPER

The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. JOHN PIPER

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. --JOHN PIPER

God did not put his glory on display in creation and redemption in order that it might be taken for granted as a foundation beneath the building of our church activity, or the school of our academic enterprise, or the clinic of our psychological technique, or the house of our leisure. Woe to us if we get our satisfaction from the food in the kitchen and the TV in the den and the sex in the bedroom with an occasional tribute to the cement blocks in the basement! God wills to be displayed and known and loved and cherished and worshipped always and everywhere and in every act. --John Piper, Preaching as Worship

The first great pleasure of God is his pleasure in the Son. --John Piper _The Pleasures of God_ p. 34

William Pitt the elder (1708 &endash; 1778)

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter, - but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement! William Pitt

William Pitt the younger

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. --William Pitt to the House of Commons (18/11/1783)

Pius IV (1559-1565)

The strength of that heretic (John Calvin) consisted in this, that money never had the slightest charm for him. If I had such servants my dominion would extend from sea to sea. -- Pope Pius IV (1559-1565)

Pius IX

Communism...is absolutely contrary to the natural law itself, and, if once adopted, would utterly destroy the rights, property, and possessions of all men, and even society itself. --PPius IX, _Qui Pluribus_, 1846

Pius XI

However we may pity the mother whose health and even life imperilled by the performance of her natural duty, there yet remains no sufficient reason for condoning the direct murder of the innocent. -- Pius XI

If Socialism, like all errors, contains some truth (which, moreover, the Supreme Pontiffs have never denied), it is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.-- Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno (On Reconstruction of the Social Order), Encyclical promulgated on 15 May 1931

Max Planck 1858 &endash;1947)

There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other. Every serious and reflective person realizes...that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony. And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls....Science enhances the moral values of life...because every advance in knowledge brings us face to face with the mystery of our own being.--Max Planck, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics_Where Is Science Going?_ pp. 168-69 (1932)

We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future. - Max Planck (1858-1947) The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics.

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. -- Max Planck

Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)

Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Plato, The Republic. Book VIII. 558

Few men are so obstinate in their atheism, that a pressing danger will not compel them to the acknowledgement of a divine power.--Plato (428-348 BC)

A democracy is a state in which the poor, gaining the upper hand, kill some and banish others, and then divide the offices among the remaining citizens equally, usually by lot.-- Plato, The Republic, VIII

Whether these matters are to be regarded as sport, or as earnest, we must not forget that this pleasure is held to have been granted by nature to male and female when conjoined for the work of procreation; the crime of male with male, or female with female, is an outrage on nature and a capital surrender to lust of pleasure.
Plato, The Collected Dialogues of Plato, including the Letters, Edited by Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Bollingen Series LXXI, 1961, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., p. 1237. (at LAWS, 636d).

If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. PLATO

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

Pleasure is the bait of sin. Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)

I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with. -- PLATO

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.~Plato 

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.Plato (429-347 BC)

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. - Plato (427BC-347BC)

Atheism is a disease of the soul, before it becomes an error of the understanding. -- Plato


That man is wise to some purpose who gains his wisdom at the expense and from the experience of another.-- Plautus

Men understand the worth of blessings only when they have lost them. --Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BC) _The Captives_ [3rd century BC)

No man is wise enough by himself.... Plautus

Socrates thought that if all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence every one must take an equal portion, most persons would be contented to take their own and depart.--Plutarch (46-120)_Consolation to Apollonius_

Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.)

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. -- Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.)

The lust of lucre has so thoroughly seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them, than they to possess their wealth. --Pliny, "Letters"

Pliny the Younger (61-112)

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.--Pliny the Younger (61-112)

Arthur Plotnik

What qualifies journalists to know the truth when they see it? Are they philosophers? Judges? Theologians? Do they have the leisure to reflect upon events and their meaning? Rarely.~ Arthur Plotnik, Honk If You're a Writer (1992)


Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends. -- Plutarch

Good fortune will elevate even petty minds, and give them the appearance of a certain greatness and stateliness, as from their high place they look down upon the world; but the truly noble and resolved spirit raises itself, and becomes more conspicuous in times of disaster and ill fortune. - Plutarch

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. Plutarch

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult. --Plutarch

The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart. ---Plutarch

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.... Plutarch

Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly. -- Plutarch

It is better to have no opinion of God at all than such as one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only unbelief--the other is contempt. --Plutarch (46-120)

Graham Pockett

Faith, the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the human race;
whose continuing mission is to trust God in all areas and not waver,
to seek out new insights from His Word,
and to boldly offer Salvation to all who'll listen.
Graham Pockett (with apologies to Gene Roddenberry)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 &endash;1849)

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness. Edgar Allan Poe

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away.
What care I how time advances:
I am drinking ale today.
Edgar Allen Poe

I have great faith in fools - self confidence my friends call it. - Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 - 1849

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. - Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 - 1849

 Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm. -- E A Poe, Tales of the Supernatural

W. G. Pollard

The scientific age with its urban-industrial culture is, for all its magnificent achievements and intoxicating success, in a very real sense a dark age. Its complete bondage to nature has enclosed the mind and spirit of man in a fast prison out of which, try as he may, he can find no way of escape. The inability to perceive any longer the reality of things invisible and unseen is a sickness of the soul which cries out to be cured. The only way to dispel the darkness of the present age and liberate it from the prison within which it has become bound is to restore the proper relationship of nature to supernature and of time to eternity as an essential feature of external reality. Until this can be accomplished, there is really very little that the Church or Christianity in general has to offer to this age.
W. G. Pollard

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)


Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and chaos. ~ Polybius, c. 125 BC

Polycarp (69-155)

Leave me as I am, the one who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre., even without the precaution of your nails.... For eighty and six years I have been his servant, and he has done me no wrong, and how can I blaspheme my King who saved me?
Polycarp (69-155) Bishop of Smyrna, in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

John Pomfret 1667-1703

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm. -- E A Poe, Tales of the Supernatural

We bear it calmly, though a ponderous woe,
And still adore the hand that gives the blow.
John Pomfret 1667-1703 -To his friend under affliction.

Heaven is not always angry when he strikes,
But most chastises those whom most he likes.
John Pomfret 1667-1703 -To his friend under affliction.

Arthur Ponsonby

Anger is not only inevitable, it is necessary. Its absence means indifference, the most disastrous of all human failings. -Arthur Ponsonby

The weakling and the coward cannot be saved by honesty alone; but without honesty, the brave and able man is merely a civic wild beast who should be hunted down by every lover of righteousness. No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community. Theodore Roosevelt, "The Eighth and Ninth Commandments in Politics" _Outlook_ (May 12, 1900)

Charles E. Poole

When difficult times come - and they will - we can decide to become bitter, angry, and brittle. Or, we can choose to open our lives to the presence of God, whose nature it is to enlarge us and deepen us and make us better because of what we have endured. - Charles E. Poole

God never promised us light loads. In fact, sometimes the loads are very, very heavy. The weight of life sometimes stoops our shoulders, slows our steps, and robs our sleep. God does not promise to insulate us from burdens and exempt us from sorrow.What God does promise us, though, is to always be with us, to always be for us, and to always wring whatever good can be wrung from life's heaviest burdens and toughest trials.~ Charles E. Poole

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

A heap of dust alone remains of thee.
Tis all thou art,
and all theproud shall be.
Alexander Pope

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.   - Alexander Pope, 1688 - 1744

Sir, I admit your gen'ral rule
that every poet is a fool:
but you yourself may serve to show it
that every fool is not a poet.
Alexander Pope

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.- Alexander Pope, 1688 - 1744

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out. ~Alexander Pope, Miscellanies Vol 2 (1727)

Words are like leaves, and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

To err is human; to forgive, divine --Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Criticism .

The ruling passion, be it what it will,
The ruling passion conquers reason still.
--Alexander Pope (1688-1744)_Moral Essays_ [1731-1735]

Honour and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Man" Epistle IV, 1733-34

Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest.
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Alexander Pope. 1688-1744. Essay on Man. Epistle i.Line 95.

Nature, and Nature's laws lay hid in night;
God said, 'Let Newton be!'and all was light.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Epitaphs.

Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike;
Alike reserv'd to blame or to commend,
A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend;
Dreading e'en fools, by flatterers besieged,
And so obliging that he ne'er oblig'd;
Like Cato, give his little Senate laws,
And sit attentive to his own applause.
--Alexander Pope,_Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot_

True wit is Nature to advantage dressed;
What oft was thought but ne'er so well expressed.
Pope, Essay on Criticism

Vice is a monster of so frightful mein
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
Alexander Pope

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.--Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Letter to Gay, Oct. 6, 1727.

Karl Popper

'Equality before the law' is not a fact but a political demand based on a moral decision ; and it is quite independent of the theory - which is probably false - that 'all men are born equal'. - Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.-Karl Popper

Daniel Porter

There will not be any violations to speak of.
Supervising Revenue Agent Colonel Daniel Porter,16 January 1920, as the US Congress passes the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920)

What men and women need is encouragement . . . Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. --Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) _Pollyanna_ [1912]

Jane Porter

Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men's candles at our lamp without depriving ourselves of any flame. --Jane Porter

Beilby Porteus

He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over. Beilby Porteus

Neil Postman

I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether. --Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

Dennis Potter (1935 &endash; 1994)

I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow Airport for myself.- Dennis Potter (1935 &endash; 1994)

Mark Potter

Jesus, like any good fisherman, first catches thePotter fish; then He cleans them.- Mark Potter

Ezra Pound (1885 &endash; 1972)

What thou lovest well remains,
the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage.
Ezra Pound , Homage to Sextus Propertius

Jerry Pournelle

In the Beginning, the Big Bang emitted Chaos; and the Chaos was without form, and void, for it was homogeneous and isotropic. And the Singularity moved upon the face of the Chaos and emitted light; and the Universe was no longer homogeneous, for the light was divided from the darkness. And there came forth firmaments and dry land and seas and stars and moons; and the worlds brought forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit trees yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself. It is quite literally true that if you can believe that, you can believe anything; more, you must believe anything. To exclude anything you must make an act of faith. -- Jerry Pournelle, _A Step Farther Out_, 1979

Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. --- Colin Powell.

Collin Powell

Nigerians as a group, frankly,are marvellous scammers. I mean, it is in their natural culture. General Collin Powell

Enoch Powell

There is a mania in legislation in detecting discrimination. But all life is about discrimination. Enoch Powell Article, 1975

I was born a Tory, am a Tory and shall die a Tory. I never yet heard that it was any part of the faith of a Tory to take the institutions and liberties, the laws and customs which this country has evolved over centuries and merge them with those of eight other nations into a new-made artificial state, and what is more to do so without the willing approbation and consent of the nation. --Enoch Powell February 1974

To me the nation is the ultimate political reality. There is no political reality beyond it. But what it is cannot be determined scientifically, you cannot pick it up, you cannot measure it. --Enoch Powell The Listener, May 1981

To pretend that you cannot exchange goods and services freely with a Frenchman or an Italian unless there is an identical standard of bathing beaches or tap water in the different countries is not logic. It is naked aggression." --Enoch Powell Article, May 1990

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see the Tiber foaming with much blood.
Enoch Powell Birmingham, April 1968

A little nonsense now and then is not a bad thing. Where would we politicians be if we were not allowed to talk it sometimes? Enoch Powell 1964

For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea. Enoch Powell Guardian article, 1984

No one is forced to be a politician. It can only compare with fox hunting and writing poetry. These are two things that men do for sheer enjoyment, too.
Enoch Powell 1973

'Helping industry' is the elephant pit of socialism, a deep hole with sharp spikes at the bottom, covered over with twigs and fresh grass. Enoch Powell September 1969

I do not keep a diary. Never have. To write a diary every day is like returning to one's own vomit. --Enoch Powell Article, 1977

John Powell

Going out to another in love means risk--the risks of self-disclosure, rejection, misunderstanding. It means grief, too, from the temporary separations, psychological or physical, to the final separation of death. Whoever insists on personal security and safety as the nonnegotiable conditions of life will not be willing to pay love's price or find love's enrichments. Whoever shuts himself or herself up in the cocoon of self-protective defenses, keeping others always at a safe distance and holding on tightly to personal possessions and privacy, will find the price of love far too high and will remain forever a prisoner of fear. --John Powell _Unconditional Love_ [1973]

William Powell

]I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting. --William Powell

Dennis Prager

Abortion: A form of birth control.
Women's Rights: Supporting the right to destroy a human fetus for personal convenience
Animal Rights: Opposing the right to destroy a rabbit for cancer research.
(N.B.: In our time, the intellectual and moral norm is to regard a baby seal as of infinitely more worth than a human fetus.)
Fetus: An unborn baby that is to be aborted.
Baby: An unborn baby that is not to be aborted.
(N.B.: When a woman is pregnant and wants to give birth, no one asks her, no matter how early in the pregnancy, "So, how's the fetus doing?" We only use the term "fetus" when we plan to destroy it. Otherwise we use "baby" from the first day of pregnancy.)
Dennis Prager, Word Abuse

Islamic terror is caused by Muslims, not, as Islamic and leftist apologists would have it, by the non-Muslims against whom it is directed. In our morally confused world, Spain, Israel and America are blamed for having their men, women and children blown up: What did these countries do to arouse such enmity among otherwise tolerant Arabs and Muslims?Palestinian terror provides the answer. About 25 percent of Palestinians are Christian, yet if there are any Palestinian Christian suicide bombers, I am unaware of them. Now why is that? Don't Muslim and leftist apologists incessantly tell us that the reason for Palestinian terror is "Israeli occupation and oppression"? Why, then, are there no Palestinian Christian terrorists? Are Christian Palestinians less occupied? The answer is obvious. There is Palestinian terror for the same reasons there is Muslim terror elsewhere. A significant part of the Muslim world wishes to destroy those non-Muslims -- Americans, Israelis, Filipinos, Nigerians, Sudanese blacks -- who prevent Islam from violently attaining power.Palestinian Muslim terror emanates from a desire to destroy Israel, not to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank. Other Muslim terror is aimed at weakening the West, America in particular, so that militant theocratic Islam can dominate Muslim-majority societies and then take over other societies, as it is slowly doing in Western Europe.- Dennis Prager

I am asked why, as a Jew, I have led this fight to keep the cross on the county seal.I have three responses.
First, I fear those who rewrite history. As I noted in a previous column on this subject, when I was a graduate student at Columbia University's Russian Institute, I learned that a major characteristic of totalitarian regimes is their rewriting of history. As a famous Soviet dissident joke put it: "In the Soviet Union, the future is known; it's the past which is always changing." Given the relationship between changing the past and totalitarianism, those who love liberty ought to be frightened by the ACLU and the Board of Supervisors.
Second, I fear intolerance. And the move to expunge the singular Christian contribution to an American county and city is intolerant to the point of bigotry. No religious Christians, despite their deep opposition to paganism, ever objected to the pagan goddess that is many times larger than the cross. I have found over and over that mostChristians who preach faith are more tolerant than most leftists who preach tolerance.
Third, and most important, I fear the removal of the Judeo-Christian foundation of our society.  This is the real battle of our time, indeed the civil war of our time. The Left wants America to become secular like Western Europe, not remain the Judeo-Christian country it has always been. But unlike the Left, I do not admire France and Belgium and Sweden. And that is what the battle over the seal of America's most populous county is ultimately about. It is not about separation of church and state. It is about separation of a county from its history. And it is about separation of America from its moral foundations.
In 1834, 99 years before Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power, the great German poet Heinrich Heine, a secular Jew, predicted what would happen if Christianity ever weakened in Germany:
A drama will be enacted in Germany compared to which the French Revolution will seem like a harmless walk in the park. Christianity restrained the marshal ardor of the Germans for a time, but it did not destroy it; once the restraining guard is shattered, savagery will rise again . . . the mad fury of the berserk of which Nordic poets sing and speak.
That is what this American, this Jew, and millions of others believe is at stake in the Left's attempt to impose a redesign of the Los Angeles County seal and thereby redesign America. -Dennis Prager http://www.townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/dp20041116.shtml

The secular world -- especially its left -- fears and rejects the language of good and evil because it smacks of religious values and violates their moral relativism.......
A major reason for the left's loathing of George W. Bush is his use of moral language -- such as in his widely condemned description of the regimes of North Korea, Iran and Iraq as an "axis of evil." These people reject the central Judeo-Christian value of the existence of objective good and evil and our obligation to make such judgments. Secularism has led to moral confusion, which in turn has led to moral paralysis.
If you could not call the Soviet Union an "evil empire" or the Iranian, North Korean and Iraqi regimes an "evil axis," you have rendered the word "evil" useless. And indeed it is not used in sophisticated secular company -- except in reference to those who do use it (usually religious Christians and Jews).
Is abortion morally wrong? To the secular world, the answer is "It's between a woman and her physician." There is no clearer expression of moral relativism: Every woman determines whether abortion is moral. On the other hand, to the individual with Judeo-Christian values, it is not between anyone and anyone else. It is between society and God. Even among religious people who differ in their reading of God's will, it is still never merely "between a woman and her physician."
And to those who counter these arguments for God-based morality with the question, "Whose God?" the answer is the God who revealed His moral will in the Old Testament, which Jews and Christians -- and no other people -- regard as divine revelation.
The best-known verse in the Bible is "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). It is a reflection of the secular age in which we live that few people are aware that the verse concludes with the words, "I am God." Though entirely secularized in common parlance, the greatest of the ethical principles comes from God. Otherwise it is just another man-made suggestion, no more compelling than "Cross at the green, not in between. - Dennis Prager, The case for Judeo-Christian values: Part II,January 11, 2005

Terry Pratchett (1948- )

His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools: the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans - and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a drink.' -- Terry Pratchett,_Small Gods_

The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.--Terry Pratchett, _Hogfather_,

JJ. B. Priestley (1894-1984)

The atmosphere in which we English live is favourable to humour. It is so often hazy, and very rarely is everything clear-cut. J B Priestley quoted in Kate Fox, Watching The English

To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink. - JB Priestley

There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old there is no respect for age. I missed it coming and going. --J. B. Priestley (1894-1984)

Eugenie Prime

A GARDEN, by Eugenie Prime
For best results, this garden should be planted every day:
Five rows of "P"eas:
Three rows of squash:
Squash gossip,
Squash criticism,
Squash indifference.
Five rows of Lettuce:
Let us love one another,
Let us be faithful,
Let us be loyal,
Let us be unselfish,
Let us be truthful.
Three rows of turnips:
Turn up for church,
Turn up with a new idea,
Turn up with the determination to do a better job tomorrow than you did today

Irenaeus Prime

Happiest are they who mix prayer and toil, until God answers the one and rewards the other. --Irenaeus Prime

George Dennison Prentice (1802-1870)

Some old women and men grow bitter with age. The more their teeth drop out the more biting they get.
George Dennison Prentice (1802-1870) Prenticeana [1860]

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty saying are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string. -- George D. Prentice

Kimberley Prentiss

 I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind, yet strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers. Kimberley Prentiss, 2001

Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.-- Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

Don't let your head get too big, it'll break your neck -Elvis Presley

John Press

Adulterers and customers of whores
And cunning takers of virginities
Caper from bed to bed, but not because
The flesh is pricked to infidelities.
The body is content with homely fare;
It is the avid, curious mind that craves
New pungent sauce and strips the larder bare,
The palate and not the hunger that enslaves.
John Press

Margaret Preston

No-one is ever too old to know better. - Margaret Preston

Herbert V. Prochnow

 A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.--- Herbert V. Prochnow

Brian Pymont

And if you're happy knowing the mean, and not knowing the distribution, well then I will gladly bet you $20 that the next person through that door will have an above average number of legs.-- Brian Pymont

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