Francis Schaeffer

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Jonathan Sacks

When everything that matters can be bought and sold,when commitments can be broken because they are no longer to our advanrage, when shopping becomes salvation and advertising slogans our litany, when our worth is measured by how much we earn and spend, then the market is destroting the very virtues on which it depends. That, not the return of socialism, is the danger that advanced economies now face. Jonathan Sacks, Markets and Morals, First Things, August 2000.

The Marquis de Sade

You say that my way of thinking cannot be tolerated? What of it? The man who alters his way of thinking to suit others is a fool. My way of thinking is the result of my reflections. It is part of my inner being, the way I am made. I do not contradict them, and would not even if I wished to. For my system, which you disapprove of, is also my greatest comfort in life, the source of all my happiness - it means more to me than my life itself. -- The Marquis de Sade

Muslih-uddin Sadi

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity till he has tasted adversity. - Muslih-uddin Sadi

. . . once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes. I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience . . . --- Sadi. The Gulistan

William Safire (1929 &endash; )

Never assume the obvious is true.-- William Safire

Avoid awkward or affected alliteration. William Safire

Carl Sagan, (1934 &endash; 1996)

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. -- Carl Sagan

The well-meaning contention that all ideas have equal merit seems to me little different from the disastrous contention that no ideas have any merit. Carl Sagan, (1934 &endash; 1996) "Broca's Brain" (1978), p. xiv.

Ibn Sa'id

To the north of the island of Inkiltere is the island of Irlanda. Its length is some twelve days' journey, and its breadth at the center about four days, and it is famous for its multiplicity of dissension. Its people were heathens and then adopted Christianity in imitation of their neighbours. - Ibn Sa'id - 13th century

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 &endash; 1944)

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Saki (Hector Hugo Munro) 1870-1916

Great Socialist statesmen aren't made, they're stillborn. --Saki

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.- Saki (1870-1916) H. H. Munro: "Reginald at the Carlton."

One man's Mede is another man's Persian --"Saki" (H. H. Munro)

She took to telling the truth; she said she was forty-two and five months. It may have been pleasing to the angels, but her elder sister was not gratified.--Saki [Hector Hugh Munro] (1870-1916) _Reginald_ [1904]

People vote their resentment, not their appreciation. The average man does not vote for anything but against something. Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

If I want only pure water, what does it matter to me whether it be brought in a vase of gold or of glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I desire and seek only the Divine will? -- Francis de Sales

One great remedy against all manner of temptation, great or small, is to open the heart and lay bare its suggestion, likings, and dislikings before some spiritual adviser; for, ... the first condition which the Evil One makes with a soul, when he wants to entrap it, is silence. ... Francois de Sales (1567-1622)

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew.... Francois de Sales (1567-1622)

Complain as little as possible of your wrongs, for, as a general rule, you may be sure that complaining is sin: ... because self-love always magnifies our injuries.... FranÁois de Sales (1567-1622)

Jonas Salk (1914 &endash; 1995)

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.--Jonas Salk

Guillaume de Salluste (1544-1590)

The world's a stage, where God's omnipotence, His justice, knowledge, love, and providence do act the parts. --Guillaume de Salluste (1544-1590) _Divine Weeks and Works_ [1578], "First Week, First Day"

James A. Sanaker

Conscience: The still small voice that makes you feel still smaller. --James A. Sanaker

Carl Sandberg

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.-- Carl Sandberg

Alex Sanders

Change almost always represents improvement of the human condition.Constancy almost always represents stagnation. In any event, change is certain. There's no point in complaining about it. Natural history teaches that survival in a changing world does not depend on physical strength or on high intelligence. Survival depends on the ability to change. --Alex Sanders

Lena Kellogg Sadler (1875-1939)

The only known cure for fear is faith.--Lena Kellogg Sadler (1875-1939)

Margaret Sanger

The most merciful thing a large family can do for one of its infant members is to kill it.-- Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race, Truth Publishing, 1920

George Santayana (1863-1952)

One Englishman - an idiot, two Englishmen - a sporting event, three Englishmen - an empire. --Santayana

A child eucated only at school is an uneducated child.--George Santayana (1863-1952)

Nothing could be madder, more irresponsible, more dangerous than this guidance of men by dreams.--George Santayana (1863-1952__Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies_ [1922], "Imagination"

The world was to be freed from Christianity and feudalism; it was not to be free to become Christian and feudal again. This rigid form of liberty being established, no other form of liberty would be permitted. What the [French] Revolution was really making for... was liberty absolute and forever empty; liberty without foundations in nature or history, but resident in a sort of prophetic commotion. Custom, law, privilege, and religion were not to command allegiance, but to be themes only for criticism and invective. Hence the mortal hatred of any view that recognized realities, or built upon them. --George Santayana _Dominations and Powers: Reflections on Liberty, Society and Government_ (1951)

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it .... This is the condition of children and barbarians, in whom instinct has learned nothing from experience.-- George Santayana (1863-1952), Life of Reason, vol. 1, chap. 12, p. 284 (1905)

Man is a gregarious animal, and much more so in his mind than in his body. He may like to go alone for a walk, but he hates to stand alone in his opinions.--George Santayana

Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another; people are friends in spots. - George Santayana

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.~George Santayana

The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be. But as it nevertheless intends all the time to be something dignified, at the next moment it corrects and checks and tries to cover up the absurd thing it was; so that a conventional world, a world of masks, is superimposed on the reality, and passes in every sphere of human interest for the reality itself. Humor is the perception of this illusion, whilst the convention continues to be maintained, as if we had not observed its absurdity. -- George Santayana

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. -- George Santayana, _The Life of Reason_

William Saroyan (1908 - 1981)

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.    - William Saroyan, 1908 - 1981

May Sarton

In the country of pain we are each alone.--May Sarton

Sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.- May Sarton

Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

Man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. - Jean Paul Sartre  

That God does not exist, I cannot deny,
That my whole being cries out for God
I cannot forget
Jean-Paul Sartre

No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point. --Jean Paul Sartre

The existentialist . . . finds it extremely embarassing that God does not exist, for there disappears with Him all possibility of finding values in an intelligible heaven.- Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.-  Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure. -  Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) "Being and Nothingness," Conclusion, sct. 2, 1943; tr. 1965.

Hermann Sasse

The lie is the death of man, his temporal and his eternal death. The lie kills nations. Through their lies, the most powerful empires of the world were laid waste. History knows of no more unsettling spectacle than the judgment which comes to pass when the men of an advanced culture have rejected the truth, and are now swallowed up in a sea of lies. As was the case with fading pagan antiquity, where this happened, religion and law, poetry and philosophy life in marriage and family, in the state and society, in short, one sphere of life after another, fell sacrifice to the power and curse of the lie. Where man can no longer bear the truth, he cannot live without the lie. Where man, even when dying, lies to himself and others, the terrible dissolution of his culture is held up as a glorious ascent, and decline is viewed as an advance, the like of which has never beenexperienced.- Hermann Sasse's Christ and His Church -- Union and Confession, Concordia Publishing House, #S14934, page 1

Vidal Sassoon

The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary. -- Vidal Sassoon

Virginia Satir

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible--the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nuturing family. --Virginia Satir

Marilyn vos Savant

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. -Marilyn vos Savant

Dorothy L Sayers (1893-1957)

Books . . . are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) In "The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women," by Rosalie Maggio, 1994

Setting aside the scandal caused by His Messianic claims and His reputation as a political firebrand, only two accusations of personal depravity seem to have been brought against Jesus of Nazareth. First, that He was a Sabbath-breaker. Secondly, that He was "a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners" -- or (to draw aside the veil of Elizabethan English that makes it sound so much more respectable) that He ate too heartily, drank too freely, and kept very disreputable company, including grafters of the lowest type and ladies who were no better than they should be. For nineteen and a half centuries, the Christian Churches have laboured, not without success, to remove this unfortunate impression made by their Lord and Master. They have hustled the Magdalens from the Communion-table, founded Total Abstinence Societies in the name of Him who made the water wine, and added improvements of their own, such as various bans and anathemas upon dancing and theatre-going. They have transferred the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, and, feeling that the original commandment "Thou shalt not work" was rather half-hearted, have added to it the new commandment, "Thou shalt not play." ...Dorothy L. Sayers

It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever a cat kills a sparrow can hear that story of the killing of God told Sunday after Sunday and not experience any shock at all. -- Dorothy Sayers

Not Herod, not Caiaphas, not Pilate, not Judas ever contrived to fasten upon Jesus Christ the reproach of insipidity; that final indignity was left for pious hands to inflict. To make of His story something that could neither startle, nor shock, nor terrify, nor excite, nor inspire a living soul is to crucify the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame.--Dorothy Sayers

For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is - limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death - he had the honesty and courage to take his own medicine. Whatever game, he is playing with his creation, he has kept his own rules and played fair. He can exact nothing from man that he has not exacted from himself. He has himself gone through the whole of human experience from trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. When he was a man, he played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile. --DOROTHY SAYERS

Of late years, the Church has not succeeded very well in preaching Christ; she has preached Jesus, which is not quite the same thing. -- Dorothy Sayers

Few things are more striking than the change which has taken place during my own lifetime in the attitude of the intelligentsia towards the spokesmen of Christian opinion. When I was a child, bishops expressed doubts about the Resurrection, and were called courageous. When I was a girl, G. K. Chesterton professed belief in the Resurrection, and was called whimsical. When I was at college, thoughtful people expressed belief in the Resurrection "in a spiritual sense", and were called advanced; (any other kind of belief was called obsolete, and its professors were held to be simpleminded). When I was middle-aged, a number of lay persons, including some poets and writers of popular fiction, put forward rational arguments for the Resurrection, and were called courageous. Today, any lay apologist for Christianity... whose works are sold and read, is liable to be abused in no uncertain terms as a mountebank, a reactionary, a tool of the Inquisition, a spiritual snob, an intellectual bully, an escapist, an obstructionist, a psychopathic introvert, an insensitive extrovert, and an enemy of society. The charges are not always mutually compatible, but the common animus behind them is unmistakable, and its name is fear. Writers who attack these domineering Christians are called courageous.--Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

It is not the business of the church to adapt Christ to men, but men to Christ. -- Dorothy Sayers

It is worse than useless for Christians to talk about the importance of Christian morality unless they are prepared to take their stand upon the fundamentals of Christian theology. -- Dorothy Sayers

Christ, in His divine innocence, said to the woman of Samaria, 'Ye worship ye know not what' -- being apparently under the impression that it might be desirable, on the whole, to know what one was worshipping. He thus showed Himself sadly out of touch with the twentieth century mind, for the cry today is: 'Away with the tedious complexities of dogma [doctrine] -- let us have the simple spirit of worship, no matter of what!' The only drawback to this demand is the practical difficulty of arousing any sort of enthusiasm for the worship of nothing in particular. -- Dorothy Sayers

It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever a cat kills a sparrow can hear that story of the killing of God told Sunday after Sunday and not experience any shock at all. --Dorothy Sayers

Contempt of material things as such is, in fact, no more orthodox than pantheism -- it is the great dualist heresy which always lies in wait for an over-spiritualized Christianity.... Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

Wallace Sayre

Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.-- Wallace Sayre

Ann Ruth Schabacker

Each day brings its own gift. Untie the ribbon. - Ann Ruth Schabacker

Edith Schaeffer

It is so important not to waste what is precious by spending all one's time and emotion on fretting or complaining over what one does not have. - Edith Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer knew when the Bible said 'in your anger do not sin' it implied anger itself was natural but striking out unfairly because of anger was wrong. Yet he suffered outbursts of anger his entire life, and in his anger Francis did sin, long after he accepted the authority of the Bible. In his freshman year in college in 1931 he snapped and pummeled an abusive upperclassman.
But his uncontrolled anger was no more evident than in 1937, in the second year of his marriage to Edith. Edith was expecting their first child. On one occasion he had to rush her to the hospital in his Model A Ford, only to learn it was false labor. Furious, he ranted at his exhausted wife's 'mistake'. A few weeks ater Priscilla was born but had to be resuscitated. This minor miracle mellowed Francis not at all. Priscilla was only two months old when Francis and Edith moved to another apartment. During the journey in the Model A Priscilla's attack of diarrhea and the subsequent smell triggered an abusive outburst by Francis. "Don't you even know how to put on diapers?" he screamed irrationally at Edith. Distracted, he rear-ended a car in front of them.
Francis Schaeffer once said he could not stand thisworld if he did not understand it was abnormal - that it was not the way God made it. Anger fueled much of his calling. But did Francis ever conquer his 'sinning in anger'? Yes and no. He became almost legendary in his patience with hostility during his countless speaking engagements. Yet evidence seems to indicate he still exploded in private with Edith and their four children - even to wailing and beating his fists on the wall.- Edith Schaeffer, The Tapestry 1981] 

Francis Schaeffer


With the Christian answer it is now possible to understand that there are true moral absolutes. There is no law behind God, because the furthest thing back is God. The moral absolutes rest upon God's character. The creation as He originally made it conformed to His character. The moral commands He has given to men are an expression of His character. Men as created in His image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is. The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to His character, while those things which do not conform are immoral.
Francis A Schaeffer., The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, (Westchester,IL: Crossway Books) 1985.

 In the last chapter of Death in the City, I point out that each person sits in one of two chairs &emdash; either the naturalist chair or the supernaturalist chair &emdash; and he perceives everything in the universe from the perspective of that chair. When an individual is born again, he moves from the former chair to the latter. The tragedy is that even after a Christian has affirmed the supernatural it is perfectly possible for him, in practice, to move back to the naturalist chair and spend most of the rest of his life there, seeing things from the same perspective as the world and living on the same basis. If a man does not believe the promises of God for salvation, we say he is in unbelief. The position of a Christian who sits in the naturalist chair is what I call unfaith. Many Christians live much of their lives there. - Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, Chapter 16

Jesus' teaching and the New Testament Church make plain that while there is 'the invisible Church', yet the Church is not to be hidden away, in an unseen area, as though it does not matter what men see. What we are called to do upon the basis of the unfinished work of Christ in the power of the Spirit through faith, is to exhibit a substantial healing, individual and then corporate, so that men may observe it. Here too is a portion of the apologetic: a presentation which gives at least some demonstration that these things are neither theoretical nor a new dialectic, but real; not perfect, yet substantial. If we only speak of and exhibit the individual effects of the Gospel, the world, psychologically conditioned as it is today, will explain them away. What the world cannot explain away will be a substantial, corporate exhibition of the logical conclusions of the Christian presuppositions. It is not true that the New Testament presents an individualistic concept of salvation. Individual, yes: we must come one at a time; but it is not individualistic only. First there must be the individual reality, and then the corporate. Neither will be perfect in this life, but they must be real.- F A Schaeffer, The God Who is There Section VI Chapter 1 pp. 153-154

The Lord is the General, and he has the right . . . the sovereign right . . . to put us where he wants in the battle. - Francis A Schaeffer, Knoxville L'Abri Conference

Those of us who are children of God must realize the seriousness of modern apostasy; we must urge each other not to have any part in it. But at the same time we must be the loving, true bride of the divine bridegroom in reality and in practice, day by day, in the midst of the spiritual adultery of our day. Our call is first to be the bride faithful, but that is not the total call. The call is not only to be the bride faithful, but also to be the bride in love.-Francis A. Schaeffer, _The Church Before the Watching World: A Practical Ecclesiology_ (Inter-varsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, ISBN 0-87784-542-5

Several years ago I wrestled with the question of what was wrong with much of the church that stood for purity. I came to the conclusion that in the flesh we can stress purity without love or we can stress love without purity, but that in the flesh we cannot stress both simultaneously. In order to exhibit both simultaneously, we must look moment by moment to the work of Christ, to the work of the Holy Spirit. Spirituality begins to have real meaning in our moment-by-moment lives as we begin to exhibit simultaneously the holiness of God and the love of God.Francis A. Schaeffer, _The Church Before the Watching World: A Practical Ecclesiology_ (Inter-varsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, ISBN 0-87784-542-5

We must stand clearly for the principle of the purity of the visible church, and we must call for the appropriate discipline of those who take a position which is not according to Scripture. But at the same time we must visibly love them as people as we speak and write about them. ... We must say that [they] are desperately wrong and that they require discipline in and by the church, but we must do so in terms that show it is not merely the flesh speaking. This is beyond us, but not beyond the work of the Holy Spirit. . . . with prayer both love, and concern for the truth, can be shown.. . . Francis A. Schaeffer, _The Church Before the Watching World: A Practical Ecclesiology_ (Inter-varsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, ISBN 0-87784-542-5

. . . by God's grace, we must do two things simultaneously: We must do all that is necessary for the purity of the visible church to exhibit the holiness of God, and yet, no matter how bitter [they] become or what nasty things they say . . . , we must show forth the love of God in the midst of the strongest speaking we can do. If we let down one side or the other, we will not bear our testimony to God who is holy and who is love. Francis A. Schaeffer, _The Church Before the Watching World: A Practical Ecclesiology_ (Inter-varsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, ISBN 0-87784-542-5

Today we have a weakness in our education process in failing to understand the natural associations between the disciplines. We tend to study all our disciplines in unrelated parallel lines. This tends to be true in both Christian and secular education. This is one of the reasons why evangelical Christians have been taken by surprise at the tremendous shift that has come in our generation.- Francis A. Schaeffer

The Christian is the real radical of our generation, for he stands against the monolithic, modern concept of truth as relative. But too often, instead of being the radical, standing against the shifting sands of relativism, he subsides into merely maintaing the status quo. If it is true that evil is evil, that God hates it to the point of the cross, and that there is a moral law fixed in what God is in Himself, then Christians should be the first into the field against what is wrong. ... Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who is There [1968]

When we grieve Him, we push aside the One who is the agent to us of the work of Christ for our present life. On the basis of the finished, passive work of Christ (that is, His suffering on the cross), and on the basis of the active obedience of Christ (that is, His keeping the law perfectly through His life), the fruits are there. They are there to flow out through the agency of the Holy Spirit through us into the external world. The fruits are normal; not to have them is not to have the Christian life which should be considered usual. There are oceans of grace which wait. Orchard upon orchard waits; vineyard upon vineyard of fruit waits. There is only one reason why they do not flow out through the Christian‚s life, and that is that the instrumentality of faith is not being used. This is to quench the Holy Spirit. When we sin in this sense, we sin twice: we sin in the sin, and this is serious, as it is against the law and the character of God Himself, our Father; but at the same time we sin by omission, because we have not raised the empty hands of faith for the gift that is there.
In the light of the structure. of the total universe; in the light of our calling to exhibit the existence and character of God between the ascension and the second coming; in the light of the terrible price of the cross, whereby all the present and future benefits of salvation were purchased on our behalf ˜ in the light of all this, the real sin of the Christian is not to possess his possessions, by faith. This is the real sin.
But whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23b). The sin here is in not raising the empty hands of faith.  - Francis Schaeffer

It is not we who overcome the world in our own strength. We do not have a power plant inside ourselves that can overcome the world. The overcoming is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, as we have already seen. There can be a victory, a practical victory, if we raise the empty hands of faith moment by moment and accept the gift. „This is the victory that overcometh the world. God has promised, and the Bible has said, that there is a way to escape temptation. By God‚s grace we should want that escape.- Francis Schaeffer

We do not keep these commands to earn our salvation. Salvation comes only on the basis of the altar, which represented Christ‚s death in space and time. We must accept salvation with the empty hands of faith. Rather, the commands are the conditional statement in the midst of the unconditional promises. For example, do you as a Christian want to be forgiven existentially by God? Then have a forgiving heart toward other men. That is what Jesus was saying. - Francis Schaeffer

Are you still thirsting? Christ gives the invitation not only to others but to you. He is the fountainhead. He has died and is risen. He offers the only way to eternal life, asking only that you admit your need, raise the empty hands of faith, and accept His gift. What is eternal life? It is meaning in life now as well as living one‚s life forever. Drink deep. Jesus offers a brimming cup.- Francis Schaeffer

 First of all, there was nothing autonomous in the area of final authority. For the Reformation, final and sufficient knowledge rested in the Bible ˜ that is, Scripture alone, in contrast to Scripture plus anything else parallel to the Scriptures, whether it be the Church or a natural theology. Second, there was no idea of man being autonomous in the area of salvation. In the Roman Catholic position there was a divided work of salvation ˜ Christ died for our salvation, but man had to merit the merit of Christ. Thus there was a humanistic element involved. The reformers said that there is nothing man can do; no autonomous or humanistic religious or moral effort of man can help. One is saved only on the basis of the finished work of Christ as He died in space and time in history, and the only way to be saved is to raise the empty hands of faith and, by God‚s grace, to accept God‚s free gift ˜ faith alone. It was Scripture alone and faith alone. - Francis Schaeffer

The historic Christian position concerning Genesis 1:1 is the only one which can be substantiated, the only one which is fair and adequate to the whole thrust of Scripture. "In the beginning" is a technical term stating the fact that at this point of sequence there is a creation ex nihilo--a creation out of nothing. All that is , except for God himself who already has been, now comes into existence. Before this there was a personal existence-- love and communication. Prior to the material universe (whether we think of it as mass or energy), prior to the creation of all else, there is love and communication. This means that love and communication are intrinsic. And hence, when modern man screams for love and communication (as he so frequently does), Christians have and answer: There is value to love and value to communication because it is rooted into what intrinsically always has been. - Francis A. Schaeffer , Genesis in Space and Time Chapter 1, part 4 (pp. 22-24)

We are considering here matters which lie far in the past and concern cosmic events. That raises a question: Can we really talk in a meaningful sense at all about them? It is helpful, first, to distinguish between true communication and exhaustive communication. What we claim as Christians is that, when all of the facts are taken into consideration, the Bible gives us true knowledge although not exhaustive knowledge. Man as finite creature is incapable of handling exhaustive knowledge anyway. There is an analogy here with our own communication between men; we communicate to each other truly, but we do not communicate exhaustively. A Christian holding the strongest possible view of inspiration still does not claim exhaustive knowledge at any point. - Francis A. Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time Chapter 2, part 3 pp. 35

As we look at the differentiations that occur when God says "Let it be this way," we can have confidence that this is true history, but that does not mean that the situation is exhaustively revealed or that all our questions are answered. This was the case with our forefathers; it is so for us and will be for everyone who comes after us. Indeed, as we stand before God in time to come, even as we see him face to face, his communication then --certainly being more than what we now have-- will still not be totally exhaustive, because we who are finite can never exhaust the infinite. What we know can be true and normative and yet not be a completely detailed map containing all of the knowledge which God himself has. Francis A. Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time Chapter 2, part 3 pp. 36

It is either not knowing or denying the createdness of things that is at the root of the blackness of modern man's difficulties. Give up creation as space-time, historic reality, and all that is left is what Simone Weil called uncreatedness. It is not that something does not exist, but that it just stands there, autonomous to itself, without solutions and without answers. Once one removes the createdness of all things, meaning and categories can only be some sort of leap, with or without drugs, into an irrational world. Modern man's blackness, therefore, rests primarily upon his losing the reality of the createdness of all things (all except the personal God who always has been). Francis A. Schaeffer, Genesis in space and time, Chapter 1, part 6b

Let us notice too that our praise to God is not first of all in the area of soteriology. If we are being fully scriptural, we do not praise him first because he saved us, but first because he is there and has always been there. And we praise him because he willed all other things, including man,into existence.
Therefore, when we read in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," what a tremendous statement this becomes as we speak into the modern world! Upon this hangs any distinctively Christian answer which is going to be strong enough for men in the twentieth century.- Genesis in Space and Time by Francis A. Schaeffer Chapter 1, part 5 p27

Suppose you could take back everything in the world and compress it into a heavy molecule only three centimeters in each direction, and suppose that everything came from that. This is still no answer to man's basic problem, because it does not explain how that molecule came to be there or how from that molecule could come the form and complexity of the present universe, or something as personal and as mannish as man. For this the scriptural answer is needed. - Genesis in space and time by Francis A. Schaeffer Chapter 1, part 6 (pp27-29)

The higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand.-- Francis Schaeffer

Every generation of Christians has this problem of learning how to speak meaningfully to its own age. It cannot be solved without an understanding of the changing existential situation which it faces. If we are to communicate the Christian faith effectively, therefore, we must know and understand the thought forms of our own generation.--Francis A. Schaeffer (Escape From Reason, Introduction)

We must say that if evangelicals are to be evangelicals, we must not compromise our view of Scripture. There is no use in evangelicalism seeming to get larger and larger, if at the same time appreciable parts of evangelicalism are getting soft at that which is the central core -- namely, the Scriptures.
Francis Schaeffer, No Final Conflict

Here is the great evangelical disaster:the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this:accommodation. The evangelical church is worldly and not faithful to the living Christ. If the truth of the Christian faith is in fact truth, then it stands in antithesis to the ideas and the immorality of our age, and it must be practiced both in teaching and practical action. Truth demands confrontation. It must be loving confrontation, but it must be confrontation nonetheless.-- Francis Schaeffer

In saying God is there, we are saying God exists, and not just talking about the word God, or the idea God. We are speaking of the proper relationship to the living God who exists. In order to understand the problems of our generation, we should be very alive to this distinction. Semantics (linguistic analysis) makes up the heart of modern philosophical study in the Anglo-Saxon world. Though the Christian cannot accept this study as a total philosophy, there is no reason why he should not be glad for the concept that words need to be defined before they can be used in communication. As Christians, we must understand that there is no word so meaningless as the word "god" until it is defined. No word has been used to reach absolutely opposite concepts as much as the word "god". Consequently, let us not be confused. There is much "spirituality" about us today that would relate itself to the word god or to the idea god; but this is not what we are talking about. Biblical truth and spirituality is not a relationship to the word god, or to the idea god. It is a relationship to the one who is there, which is an entirely different concept. ... Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who is There [1968]

Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.-- Francis Schaeffer, letter:, 2 Mar 1959

God has given us rules not because He is arbitrary, but because the rules...are fixed in His own character....Thus, when we sin we break the law of the direction of destroying what we really are. FRANCIS SCHAEFFER

It follows from [Samuel] Rutherford's thesis that citizens have a moral obligation to resist unjust and tyrannical government. While we must always be subject to the office of the magistrate, we are not to be subject to the man in that office who commands that which is contrary to the Bible. Rutherford suggested that there are three appropriate levels of resistance: First, he must defend himself by protest (in contemporary society this would most often be by legal action); second, he must flee if at all possible; and third, he may use force, if necessary, to defend himself. One should not employ force if he may save himself by flight; nor should one employ flight if he can save himself and defend himself by protest and the employment of constitutional means of redress. Rutherford illustrated this pattern of resistance from the life of David [fleeing from King Saul] as it is recorded in the Old Testament. The civil government, as all life, stands under the law of God...when any [political] office commands that which is contrary to the Word of God, those who hold that office abrogate their authority and they are not be obeyed. Justice is] based on God's written Law, back through the New Testament to Moses' written Law; and the content and authority of that written Law is rooted back to Him who is the final reality. Thus, neither church nor state were equal to, let alone above, that Law. The base for Law is not divided, and no one has the right to place anything, including king, state or church, above the contents of God's Law.
Francis August Schaeffer; his Christian Manifesto

Loyalty to organisations and movements has always tended over time to take the place of loyalty to the person of Christ. FRANCIS SCHAEFFER

The Bible is clear here: I am to love my neighbor as myself, in the manner needed, in a practical way, in the midst of the fallen world, at my particular point of history. This is why I am not a pacifist. Pacifism in this poor world in which we live -- this lost world -- means that we desert the people who need our greatest help. -- Francis Schaeffer, 1984

One day all Christians will join in a doxology and sing God's praises with perfection. But even today, individually and corporately, we are not only to sing the doxology, but to be the doxology. Francis A. Schaeffer, No Little People

A Christian is a person who has the possibility of innumerable new starts. Francis Schaeffer

We must remember throughout our lives that in God's sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God's place for us, at each moment. -- Francis A. Schaeffer, No Little People, Ch. 1

Christianity believes that God has created an external world that is really there; and because He is a reasonable God, one can expect to be able to find the order of the universe by reason. Francis A. Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man, Ch. 4

The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result.
Francis Schaeffer

With the Fall all became abnormal. It is not just that the individual is separated from God by his true moral guilt, but each of us is not what God made us to be. Beyond each of us as individuals, human relationships are not what God meant them to be. And beyond that, nature is abnormal -- the whole cause-and-effect significant history is now abnormal. To say it another way: there is much in history now which should not be. -- Francis A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Ch. 1

I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did.
Francis Schaeffer letter: 14 Jan 1972

Our trusting the Lord does not mean that there are not times of tears. I think it is a mistake as Christians to act as though trusting the Lord and tears are not compatible. FRANCIS SCHAEFFER

It is not for a moment that we can begin to get anywhere until the right doctrines are taught. But the right doctrines mentally assented to are not an end in themselves, but should only be the vestibule to a personal and loving communion with God. -- Francis A. Schaeffer, Letters Of Francis Schaeffer

Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship -- and not as ends in themselves. -- Francis Schaeffer

Every once in a while in my discussions someone asks how I can believe in the Trinity. My answer is always the same. I would still be an agnostic if there was no Trinity, because there would be no answers. Without the high order of personal unity and diversity as given in the Trinity, THERE ARE NO ANSWERS. F A Schaeffer He Is There And He Is Not Silent

We must appreciate that our Christian forefathers understood this very well in A.D. 325, when they stressed the three Persons in the Trinity, as the Bible had clearly set this forth. Let us notice that it is not that they invented the Trinity in order to give an answer to the philosophical questions which the Greeks of that time understood. It is quite the contrary. The unity and diversity problem was there, and the Christians realized that in the Trinity, as it had been taught in the Bible, they had an answer that no one else had. They did not invent the Trinity to meet the need; the Trinity was already there and it MET the need. They realized that in the Trinity we have what all these people are arguing about and defining but for which they have no answer.

Let us notice again that this is not the BEST answer; it is the ONLY answer. Nobody else, no philosophy, has ever given us an answer for unity and diversity. So when people ask whether we are embarrassed intellectually by the Trinity, I always switch it over into their own terminology -- unity and diversity. Every philosophy has this problem, and no philosophy has an answer. Christianity does have an answer in the existence of the Trinity. The only answer to what exists is that He, the triune God, is there. F A Schaeffer He Is There And He Is Not Silent

We need the full biblical content concerning God: that He is the infinite-personal God, and the triune God. Now let me express this in a couple of other ways. One way to say it is that without the infinite-personal God, the God of personal unity and diversity, there is no answer to the existence of what exists. We can say it in another way, however, and that is that the infinite-personal God, the God who is Trinity, has spoken. He is there, and He is not silent. There is no use having a silent God. We would not know anything about Him. He has spoken and told us what He is and that He existed before all else, and so we have the answer to the existence of what is. He is not silent. The reason we have the answer is because the infinite-personal God, the full Trinitarian God, has not been silent. He has told us who He is. Couch your concept of inspiration and revelation in these terms, and you will see how it cuts down into the warp and woof of modern thinking. HE IS NOT SILENT. That is the reason we know. It is because He has spoken. What has He told us? Has He told us only about other things? No, He has told us truth about Himself -- and because He has told us truth about Himself -- that He is the infinite-personal, triune God -- we have the answer to existence. Or we may put it this way: at the point of metaphysics -- of Being, of existence -- general and special revelation speak with one voice. All these ways of saying it are really expressing the same thing from slightly different viewpoints. In conclusion, man, beginning with himself, can define the philosophical problem of existence, but he cannot generate from himself the answer to the problem. The answer to the problem of existence is that the infinite-personal, triune God is there, and that the infinite-personal, triune God is not silent. -- F A Schaeffer He Is There And He Is Not Silent

In the area of morals, we have none of these answers except on the basis of a true, space-time, historic Fall. There was a time before the Fall, and then man turned from his proper integration point by choice; and in so doing, there was a moral discontinuity --- man became abnormal. Remove that and the Christian answer in the area of morals is gone. Often I find evangelicals playing games with the first half of Genesis. But if you remove a true, historic, space-time Fall, the answers do not exist. ("He is There and He is Not Silent", Francis Schaeffer)

Loyalty to organizations and movements has always tended over time to take the place of loyalty to the person of Christ.'
Francis Schaeffer, letter 12 Nov 1954

"Moreover whom he did predistinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified". Romans 8:30
"Observe the steps in salvation that Paul describes in these verses:
1) "Whom he did foreknow... ";
2) "...he also did predestinate" (verse 29);
3) "Whom he did predestinate, them he also called";
4) "And whom he called, them he also justified";
5)"And whom he justified, them he also glorified."
If God has chosen you, you're as good as in heaven now! If God has justified you, rest quietly, beloved, you will be in heaven.
Too often God's choosing is presented in such a cold theological fashion. It is treated as though it were merely a process of selection and elimination. But when Paul wrote these words, he had only one purpose: to give you assurance. If the idea of predestination is presented in such a way that it decreases your assurance, then it isn't being presented the way the Bible teaches it. The Bible only teaches about God's choosing in order to give you assurance of your salvation. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, your heart can be still. He'll carry you through the gates of glory.
Having spoken of God's assurance in choosing us for salvation, Paul now finds assurance in the fact that God sent His Son Jesus to die for us.
F.A. Schaeffer "The Finished Work of Christ" Crossway Books, 1998 p. 227

Men today do not, perhaps, burn the Bible, nor does the Roman Catholic Church any longer put it on the Index, as it once did. But men destroy it in the form of exegesis: they destroy it in the way they deal with it. They destroy it by not reading it as written in normal, literary form, by ignoring its historical-grammatical exegesis, by changing the Bible's own perspective of itself as propositional revelation in space and time, in history.... Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City [1969]

An art work has value as a creation because man is made in the image of God, and therefore man not only can love and think and feel emotion, but also has the capacity to create. Being in the image of the Creator, we are called upon to have creativity. In fact, it is part of the image of God to be creative, or to have creativity. We never find an animal, non-man, making a work of art. On the other hand, we never find men anywhere in the world or in any culture in the world who do not produce art. Creativity is a part of the distinction between man and non-man. All people are to some degree creative. Creativity is intrinsic to our „mannishness.
But we must be careful not to reverse this. Not everything that man makes is good intellectually or morally. So, while creativity is a good thing in itself, it does not mean that everything that comes out of man‚s creativity is good. For while man was made in the image of God, he is fallen. Furthermore, since men have various gifts and talents, everyone cannot create everything equally well. However, the main point is that creativity as creativity is a good thing as such.--F A Schaeffer

We thus know something wonderful about man. Among other things, we know his origin and who he is --he is made in the image of God. Man is not only wonderful when he is 'born again' as a Christian, he is also wonderful as God made him in His image. Man has value because of who he was originally before the Fall.
I was recently lecturing in Santa Barbara, and was introduced to a boy who had been on drugs. He had a good-looking face, long curly hair, sandals on his feet and was wearing blue jeans. He came to hear my lecture and said, 'This is brand new, I've never heard anything like this.' So he was brought along the next afternoon, and I greeted him. He looked me in the eyes and said, 'Sir, that was a beautiful greeting. Why did you greet me like that?' I said, 'Because I know who you are --I know you are made in the image of God.' We then had a tremendous conversation. We cannot deal with people like human beings, we cannot deal with them o the high level of true humanity, unless we really know their origin--who they are. God tells man who he is. God tells us that He created man in His image. So man is something wonderful.-Francis A. Schaeffer, Escape from Reason Chapter 2 The Reformation and Man p 21

We must, furthermore, protest the notion of manifest destiny that permits our nation to do anything it chooses. For if we insist on alking down this road, than at some point--as God is God, the God in whose eyes there is real good and real evil--we who have trampled so completely on all of God's amazing gifts to this country are going to wake up and find that He cars very much what we do. We must not suppose that we are playing only intellectual and political games. If God exists, and if He judges good and evil, then we must realize that those who trample on His great gifts will one day know His judgment. The scriptures bear solemn witness to this. Our nation is not immune."- Francis A. Schaeffer, _Who Is For Peace?_ by Francis A. Schaeffer, Vladimir Bukovsky, and James Hitchcock.p. 19

Evangelical Christians need to notice, at this point, that the Reformation said 'Scripture Alone' and not 'the Revelation of God in Christ Alone'. If you do not have the view of the Scriptures that the Reformers had, you really have no content in the word 'Christ' --and this is the modern drift in theology. Modern theology uses the word without content because 'Christ' is cut away from the Scriptures. The Reformation followed the teaching of Christ Himself in linking the revelation Christ gave of God to the revelation of the written Scriptures.
The Scriptures give the key to two kinds of knowledge --the knowledge of God, and knowledge of men and nature. The great Reformation confessions emphasize that God revealed His attributes to man in the Scriptures and that this revelation was meaningful to God as well as to man. There could have been no Reformation and no Reformation culture in Northern Europe without the realization that God had spoken to man in the Scriptures and that, therefore, we know something truly about God, because God has revealed it to man. - F A Schaeffer, Escape From Reason Ch. 2 A Unity of Nature and Grace pp21

God's Word will never pass away, but looking back to the Old Testament and since the time of Christ, with tears we must say that because of lack of fortitude and faithfulness on the part of God's people, God's Word has many times been allowed to be bent, to conform to the surrounding, passing, changing culture of that moment rather than to stand as the inerrant Word of God judging the form of the world spirit and the surrounding culture of that moment. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, may our children and grandchildren not say that such can be said about us. Francis A. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster, p65:

Evangelism is a calling, but not the first calling. Building congregations is a calling, but not the first calling. A Christian's first call is to step from the line of Cain into the line of Abel, upon the basis of the shed blood of the Lamb of God &emdash; to return to the first commandment to love God, to love the brotherhood, and then to love one's neighbor as himself.-Schaeffer, Francis A., Genesis in Time and Space_, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books) 1985.

The fact that man is fallen does not mean that he has ceased to bear God's image. He has not ceased to be man because he is fallen. He can love, though he is fallen. It would be a mistake to say that only a Christian can love. Moreover, a non-Christian painter can still paint beauty. And it is because they can still do these things that they manifest that they are God's image-bearers or, to put it another way, they assert their unique 'mannishness' as men.
So it is a truly wonderful thing that, although man is twisted and corrupted and lost as a result of the Fall, yet he is still man. He has become neither a machine nor an animal nor a plant. The marks of mannishness are still upon him-love, rationality, longing for significance, fear of non-being, and so on. This is the case even when his non-Christian system leads him to say these things do not exist. It is these things which distinguish him from the animal and plant world and from the machine.-Francis A. Schaeffer, Escape From Reason p.89

The primary emphasis of biblical Christianity is the teaching that the infinite-personal God is the final reality, the Creator of all else, and that an individual can come openly to the holy God upon the basis of the finished work of Christ and that alone. Nothing needs to be added to Christ's finished work, and nothing *can* be added to Christ's finished work. -- Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster

No totalitarian authority nor authoritarian state can tolerate those who have an absolute by which to judge that state and its actions. -- Francis Schaeffer

In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute. -- Francis Schaeffer

Just as the only basis for the removal of our guilt is the finished work of Christ upon the cross in history, plus nothing, so the only instrument for accepting that finished work of Christ upon the cross is faith. This is not faith in the twentieth-century or Kierkegaardian concept of faith as a jump in the dark --not a solution on the basis of faith in faith. It is believing the specific promises of God; no longer turning our backs on them, no longer calling God a liar, but raising the empty hands of faith and accepting that finished work of Christ as it was fulfilled in history upon the cross. The Bible says that at that moment we pass from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God's dear Son. We become, inividually, children of God. We are children of God from that time on. I repeat, there is no way to begin the true Christian life except through the door of spiritual birth, any more than there is another way to begin physical life except through the door of physical birth. F A Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Chapter 1

The primary emphasis of biblical Christianity is the teaching that the infinite-personal God is the final reality, the Creator of all else, and that an individual can come openly to the holy God upon the basis of the finished work of Christ and that alone. Nothing needs to be added to Christ's finished work, and nothing *can* be added to Christ's finished work. -- Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster

[Leaders of the anarchist movement in Amsterdam] call their public demonstrations "Happenings". These paintings, these poems, and these demonstrations... are the expression of men who are struggling with their appalling lostness. Dare we laugh at such things? Dare we feel superior when we view their tortured expressions in their art? Christians should stop laughing and take such men seriously. Then we shall have the right to speak again to our generation. These men are dying while they live, yet where is our compassion for them? There is nothing more ugly than an orthodoxy without understanding or without compassion. ... Francis A. Schaeffer, The God who is There [1968]

Christianity is the easiest religion in the world, because it is the only religion in which God does everything; it is the hardest religion because it robs us completely of being autonomous. - Francis Shaeffer--The God Who is There

Sanctification and assurance are comparable. A man may be saved and not know he is saved because he does not raise the empty hands of faith at this particular moment and believe God‚s promises. And a man may lack in sanctification all that God means him to have in the present life because even though Christ has purchased it for him upon the cross, he fails to believe God at this place and raise the empty hands of faith moment by moment. Now let me repeat, to be absolutely clear about it, the basis is not your faith; it is the finished work of Christ. Faith is the instrument to receive this thing from God that Christ has purchased for us. - Francis Schaeffer

The victory of Christianity over paganism was the greatest psychic revolution in the history of our culture. It has become fashionable today to say that, for better or worse, we live in "the post-Christian age." Certainly the forms of our thinking and language have largely ceased to be Christian, but to my eye the substance often remains amazingly akin to that of the past. Our daily habits of action, for example, are dominated by an implicit faith in perpetual progress which was unknown either to Greco-Roman antiquity or to the Orient. It is rooted in, and is indefensible apart from, Judeo-Christian teleology. The fact that Communists share it merely helps to show what can be demonstrated on many other grounds: that Marxism, like Islam, is a Judeo-Christian heresy. We continue today to live, as we have lived for about 1,700 years, very largely in a context of Christian axioms.- F A Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century,

Harry Schaumburg

The victoms of pornography are boys and girls that have lost their innocence by viewing pornography at an early age. Wives of men preoccupied with pornography and the sex industry. Women who are being treated with disrespect and sexually abused. Young women trapped in an industry that exploits them and uses them as mere sex objects. Children used for the sexual satisfaction of fathers, stepfathers, and men they trusted. Young men exposed to a false image of sexuality. Men who just can't stop using pornography or stimulating themselves while recalling those images. A society that has become desensitized and dependent upon sex-charged images. Neighborhoods that have increased crime and decreased property values because of the proliferation of pornography in their communities. - Harry Schaumburg

Felix E. Schelling

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius." -Felix E. Schelling

Michael Scheuer

There are a lot of people who say he hates our freedoms, as you said, or hates our liberties, and hates us for what we are, rather than what we do.That is a very common piece of analysis. And I think it is entirely wrong. Bin Laden has resonance in the Muslim world because he has focused his dislike for the things we do, not what we are.
It is a very clear policy. None of it has to do with ephemeral things or slogans. It has to do with very clear-cut, concrete things. And I think that is why he is so effective in the Muslim world. He has picked a numbers of items that, whether you are, however you term it a moderate, a conservative, or a liberal Muslim, there is a certain amount of sympathy for the goals bin Laden has enunciated.
Any individual who continues to tell the American people that Osama bin Laden is simply a more lethal than usual gangster, or that he only represents the lunatic fringe of the Muslim world, or that this war has nothing to do with religion, as long as they keep spouting that sort of analysis, they will be giving the American people the wrong idea
We're clearly engaged, if not in a war against Islam, in a war against a substantial number of Muslims who are mad at us for policy reasons," he continued. "It's a war that's not going to end any time soon. And we really need to at least appreciate the motivation behind it before we're going to be able to cope with it and ultimately defeat it. - CIA Bin Laden specialist Michael Scheuer, formerly, Anonymous, author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror from a VOA interview

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

A brave man hazards life, but not his conscience. --Schiller, _The Death of Wallenstein_, 1799

 Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. -- Friedrich von Schiller

Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change! -J.C.F. von Schiller

Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829)

In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.
Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829) In "The Ultimate Success Quotations Library


Protestantism makes the relation of a man to the Church to depend upon his relation to Christ; Romanism makes the relation of a man to Christ to depend on his relation to the Church. -- Schleiermacher

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The great appeal of fatalism is as a refuge from the terror of responsibility. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

If we let the international police action against terrorism degenerate into a civilizational war of the West versus Islam, we are heading toward catastrophe. The last thing we need is a counter-jihad to respond to the jihad invoked against us by the pals of Bin Laden. Bin Laden has set a trap for the United States. Let us not walk into it. ~Arthur Schlesinger Jr, (Sept 23, 2001)

Laura Schlesinger (1947 &endash; )

Victimization status is the modern promised land of absolution from personal responsibility.-- Laura Schlesinger


Sue Schmacher

Don't tell God how big your problems are...tell your problems how big your God is. - Sue Schmacher

Helmut Schoeck

We envy those whose possessions or achievements are a reflection on our own. They are our neighbors and equals. It is they, above all who make plain the nature of our failure.-- Helmut Schoeck

Caroline Schoeder

Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat.--Caroline Schoeder

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

On a cold winter's day, a group of porcupines huddled together to stay warm and keep from freezing. But soon they felt one another's quills and moved apart. When the need for warmth brought them closer together again, their quills again forced them apart. They were driven back and forth at the mercy of their discomforts until they found the distance from one another that provided both a maximum of warmth and a minimum of pain.In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find and that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us, we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth, but at the same time, we are spared the stab of one another's quills.--Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)From _Parerga_, Vol II, 413 (4th edition)

Rudeness is better than any argument; it totally eclipses intellect. --Arthur Schopenhauer, _Position_, 1851

If you want to discover your true opinion of anybody, observe the impression made on you by the first sight of a letter from him. - Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788 - 1860

The years pass more quickly as we become older. --Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) _Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer_ [1851], "Counsels and Maxims"

The chief objection I have to pantheism is that it says nothing. To call the world God is not to explain it; it is only to enrich our language with a superfluous synonym for the word world.--Arthur Schopenhauer, _A Few Words On Pantheism_, 1851

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. ~Arthur Schopenhauer , Parerga and Paralipomena: Selected essays (1851)

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. - Schopenhauer

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it s opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident. Schopenhauer

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it s opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident. Schopenhauer

The chief objection I have to pantheism is that it says nothing. To call the world God is not to explain it; it is only to enrich our language with a superfluous synonym for the word world.--Arthur Schopenhauer, _A Few Words On Pantheism_, 1851

Console yourself
by remembering
that the world
doesn't deserve
your affection

Robert Schuller

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? - Robert Schuller

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert Schuller

Charles Schulz

Wouldn't it be nice if our lives were like VCRS (video recorders), and we could "fast forward' through the crummy times?--Charles Schulz, Peanuts.

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! --Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz)

Lucy: Do you think anybody ever really changes?
Linus: I've changed a lot in the last year.
Lucy:I mean for the better.--Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) ("Peanuts" comic strip)

There is a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. --Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) Lucy:I mean for the better.--Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) ("Peanuts" comic strip)

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night."
Charlie Brown--C Schulz, Peanuts.

Exercise is a dirty word... Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.-- Lucy Van Pelt , Peanuts, Charles M Schulz

Linus: I guess it's wrong always to be worrying about tomorrow. Maybe we should think only about today.
Charlie Brown: No, that's giving up. I'm still hoping that yesterday will get better.-- C Shulz, Peanuts

I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time. -Charles Schulz

Linus: I guess it's wrong always to be worrying about tomorrow. Maybe we should think only about today.
Charlie Brown: No, that's giving up. I'm still hoping that yesterday will get better. -- Charles Schulz

No problem is too big it can't be run away from. Linus

Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.-- Snoopy

There is no heavier burden than a great potential. --Linus, "Peanuts"

Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. "Peanuts", Charles M. Schulz

I love mankind.....It's PEOPLE I can't stand!!........" - LINUS in Peanuts by Charles Schulz

Carl Schurz

Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right. ~ Carl Schurz

Charles M. Schwab

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism." - Charles M. Schwab

I never criticize anyone. The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. Charles Schwab

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Albert Schweitzer (1875 &endash; 1965)

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals. -- Albert Schweitzer

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.- Albert Schweitzer, 1875 - 1965

Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it's the only thing. - Albert Schweitzer, 1875 - 1965

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few more upon it.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. Albert Schweitzer

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. Albert Schweitzer

I do not know which will be the destiny of each one of you; but one thing I know ‚ the only ones among you who will be really happy will be those who have sought and found the way to serve. -Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Hazel Scott (1920-1981)

I've always known I was gifted, which is not the easiest thing in the world for a person to know, because you're not responsible for your gift, only for what you do with it Hazel Scott (1920-1981) Interview, Dec 1972; in "Notes and Tones," by Arthur Taylor, 1977.

Robert Falcon Scott (1868 &endash; 1912)

Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. - Robert Falcon Scott (1868 &endash; 1912), on his doomed Antarctic expedition

Thomas Scott

A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family. - Thomas Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity. --Sir Walter Scott

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott. 1771-1832. Marmion. Canto vi.Stanza 17.

Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
From wandering on a foreign strand?
Sir Walter Scott. 1771-1832. Canto vi. Stanza 1.

There is a young madman proposing to light the streets of London-with what do you suppose-with smoke!
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) [On a proposal to light cities with gaslight.

Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.-- Walter Scott

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott. 1771-1832. Marmion. Canto vi.Stanza 17.

Roger Scruton

A writer who says there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative,' is asking you not to believe him. So don't. --Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy.

In place of the old beliefs of a civilization based on godliness, judgment and historical loyalty, young people are given the new beliefs of a society based on equality and inclusion, and are told that the judgment of other lifestyles is a crime. ... The "non-judgmental" attitude towards other cultures goes hand-in-hand with a fierce denunciation of the culture that might have been one's own -...Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002 p81

....the difference between the west and the rest is that western societies are governed by politics;the rest are ruled by power.- Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002, p 7

Each of them (Foucault,Derrida,Rorty) owes his reputation to a kind of religious faith: faith in the relativity of all opinions, including this one. - Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002, p 75

Like the Communist Party in its Leninist construction, Islam aims to control the state without being subject to the state.- Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002, p 6

If all that Western civilization offers is freedom, then it is a civilization bent on its own destruction. - Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002, p v111

"There are no truths," he (Nietzsche) wrote. "only interpetations." Now, either what Nietzsche said is true - in which case it is not true, since there are no truths - or it is false. - Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest, ISI Books, 2002, p 74

William Secker

Neither be idle in the means, nor make an idol of the means. WILLAIM SECKER

Jerry Seinfeld

I know I'm not going to understand women.I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it on to your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root...and still be afraid of spiders~Jerry Seinfeld

John Selden (1584-1654)

'Tis not the eating, nor 'tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.~John Selden 1584-1654, Table Talk, LIV

Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because it is an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to confute him. John Selden (1584-1654)

Peter Sellers

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit. Peter Sellers.

W.C.Sellar and R.J.Yeatman

Every schoolmaster knows that for everyone person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty who don't want to learn... much. ~ W.C.Sellar and R.J.Yeatman , And Now All This, `Introduction', 1932

Cavaliers (Wrong but Wromantic) and the Roundheads (Right but Repulsive)
W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That:

Chapter 62.A Bad Thing.
America was thus clearly top nation , and History came to a .
W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman , Final wordsof "1066 and All That" (explanatory note: "." is pronounced, full stop, not , period.)

James was always repeating, "No Bishop, no King," to himself, and one day a certain loyal citizen called Sir Guyfawkes, a very active and conscientious man, overheard him, and thought it was the slogan of James's new policy. So he decided to carry it out at once and made a very loyal plan to blow up the King and the bishops and everybody else in Parliament. Although the plan failed, attempts are made every year on St. Guyfawkes' Day to remind the Parliament that it would have been a _Good Thing_. -- W. C. Sellars and R. S. Yeatman, _1066 And All That_

Maurice Sendak (1928 &endash; )

There must be more to life than having everything. Maurice Sendak

Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us that injury that provokes it. -- Seneca

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. - Seneca

True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient. -Seneca

No man is free who is a slave to the flesh.--Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD)_Epistolae Ad Lucilium_, XCII

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.... Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We are all sinful. Therefore whatever we blame in another we shall find in our own bosoms. ~Seneca: De Ira, Bk.III, sec.26 

All my life I have been seeking to climb out of the pit of my besetting sins and I cannot do it and I never will unless a hand is let down to draw me up.-- Seneca

No man is free who is a slave to the flesh. Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

While we are postponing, life speeds by. Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

Drunkenness does not create vice; it merely brings it into view --Seneca

The trip doesn't exist that can set you beyond the reach of cravings, fits of temper, or fears. If it did, the human race wold be off there in a body.
Seneca, _Epistles_, 1stC

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.--Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD)_Epistles_

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. --Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD)

Victor Serge (1890-1947)

 "All right, I can see the broken eggs. Now where's this omelette of yours?" - Victor Lvovich Khibalchich ,(1890-1947) (better known as Victor Serge)
Note: This statement was made after visiting Russia, to the pro-Leninist sentiment in the global left.

Robert Service

My pipe is out, my glass is dry;
My fire is almost ashes too;
But once again, before you go,
And I prepare to meet the New;
Old Year! a parting word that's true,
For we've been comrades, you and I--
I thank God for each day of you;
There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!
-Robert W. Service

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.--Robert W. Service

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.-- Anna Sewell (1820-1878): "Black Beauty," 1877.

Brian Sewell

I am sick of shit masquerading as art. Brian Sewell on The Turner Prize, 1998, Evening Standard

Charles Seymour (1885-1963)

We seek the truth and will endure the consequences. ---Charles Seymour (1885-1963) in James B. Simpson (ed.) _Simpson's Contemporary Quotations_ (1988) p. 115

Lord Shaftesbury

Temper, if ungoverned, governs the whole man. -Anthony Shaftesbury

God give me divine grace to stem the awful advance of saucy rationalism. Lord Shaftesbury, quoted by Barbara Tuchman, Bible and Sword.

What we ask is simply this, that the Bible and the teaching of the Bible to the children of this vast Empire shall be an essential and not an extra. That religious teaching shall be carried on within school hours, not without school hours... What! Exclude by Act of Parliament religious teaching from schools founded, supported by public rates! Declare that the revealed Word of God and religious teaching shall be exiled to the odds and ends of time, and that only at such periods shall any efforts be devoted to the most important part of the education of the youth of this Empire! It is an outrage upon the national feelings, and, more than this, it is, without exception, the grossest violation of the rights of religious liberty that was ever perpetrated, or even imagined, in the worst times by the bigotry of any Government whatever, foreign or domestic. -- Lord Shaftesbury , On the 1870 Education Act:

William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like a toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
William Shakespeare

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.-- William Shakespeare

lLet me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alterations finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempest and is never shaken;
It is the star to very wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
WillIam Shakespeare

A true repentance shuns the evil itself, more than the external suffering or the shame. Shakespeare

O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant. -- William Shakespeare

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.--William Shakespeare

O, what may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side! - William Shakespeare

O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness. -- William Shakespeare

Everyone can master a grief but he that hath it.- Shakespeare

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I ey'd,
Such seems your beauty still
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Sonnets_ [1609], Sonnet 104, line 1

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. William Shakespeare. All 's Well that Ends Well. Act iv. Sc. 3.

Tis sunstantial happiness to eat - WS, As You Like It.

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life exempt from public haunt
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in every thing.
William Shakespeare _As You Like It_, Act II, Scene 1, line 12

O good old man, how well in thee appears
The constant service of the antique world,
When service sweat for duty, not for meed!
Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
When none will sweat but for promotion
W.S., As You Like It, III

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety, other women cloy~
Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra Act II, sc. ii

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
William Shakespeare. Hamlet. Act i. Sc.2

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads
And recks not his own rede.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Hamlet_ [1600-1601], Act I, Scene III, Line 47

Neither a borrower nor a lender be
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."
Wm Shakespeare, Polonius: Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3

This above all, to thine own self be true,
And it must follow as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)

It is a custom more honored in the breach than the observance.-- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I,iv,15.

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause; there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
Hamlet's soliloquy in Act II, Scene i.

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
Hamlet Act ii. Sc. 2.

Brevity is the soull of wit. - Ws Hamlet ac2,sc2,li70

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god: the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet to me what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me - nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so. -- Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2, lines 303-310.

I must be cruel only to be kind.--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Hamlet_ [1600-1601], act iii, sc.iv, ln. 178

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Hamlet, Act III

Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved,
Or not at all.
Hamlet Act iv. Sc. 3.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Hamlet_ [1600-1601], Act iv, Sc.5, Ln. 43

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions! --William Shakespeare (1564-1616) _Hamlet_ [1600-1601], Act IV, Sc.5, Ln. 78

Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.
Shakespeare Hamlet act 5, sc. 1, l. [201]

O, I die, Horatio!
The potent poison quite o'ercrows my spirit.
I cannot live to hear the news from England,
But I do prophesy th' election lights
On Fortinbras. He has my dying voice.
So tell him, with th' occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited-- The rest is silence.

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
Shakespeare, 'Hamlet', V, ii

Out of this nettle danger we pluck this flower safety -- Shakespeare, Henry IV pt 1

If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But when they seldom come, they wished for come.
W Shakespeare, King Henry IV Part I

Thou seest I have more flesh than another man and therefore more fraility ~William Shakespeare 1564-1616, Henry IV (1597)

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Shakespeare Henry V

Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.-- Shakespeare, Henry V

The game's afoot.
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry, "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"
William Shakespeare (1564Ð1616), King Henry, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 1, l. 32-4 (1600).

The older I wax the better I shall appear. ~WS, Henry V , 5.2

Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass,
But still remember what the Lord hath done.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) _King Henry VI_, Part II [1590-1591]; Act II, Scene I

We are advertised by our loving friends. William Shakespeare, King Henry VI

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
Shakespeare, _Henry VIII_

Farewell! a long farewell to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: today he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes; tomorrows blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do.
William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, III,ii.351

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones--
So let it be with Caesar
Mark Antony's speech in "Julius Caesar".

Brutus: Who is here so vile that will not love his country? --Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

"It was Greek to me." Cassius in _Julius Caesar_, Shakespeare.

Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war. Antony, "Julius Caesar", Act 3, Scene I, William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
|The valiant never taste of death but once.
Shakespeare---Julius Caesar

Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
William Shakespeare. Julius Cæsar. Act i. Sc

 Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Julius Caesar_ [1599], Act I, Scene ii, Line 191

For courage mounteth with occasion.... William Shakespeare (King John)

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
William Shakespeare. King John. Act iii. Sc. 4

The prince of darkness is a gentleman. --Shakespeare, _King Lear_

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_King Lear_ [1605], Act I, Scene iv, Line 371

Abstinence engenders maladies. ~W.S. Love's Labours Lost, IV,3

He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.
William Shakespeare. Love's Labour 's Lost. Act v. Sc.

If yo can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me.-- William Shakespeare, _Macbeth_

There is no art to find the mind's construction in the face.- William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, Macbeth

Sleep, that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care.
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act II, Scene 2

PORTER: Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things.
MACDUFF: What three things does drink especially provoke?
PORTER: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
Shakespeare, Macbeth, 2:iii

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Third Witch
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Shakespeare ,Macbeth , Act 4, Scene 1

Stand not upon the order of your going,
But go at once.
Macbeth III, iv,

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5S

Macbeth: Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart?
Doctor: Therein the patient Must minister to himself.
Shakespeare., Macbeth

Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? -- Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

If you prick us do we not bleed?
If you tickle us do we not laugh?
If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us
shall we not revenge?
~ WS, The Merchant of Venice, III,i

I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment. --William Shakespeare (1564-1616) _Othello_ Act II, Scene iii, Line 34

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'T is mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.
William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice.Act iv. Sc. 1

Why then, the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open. - William Shakespeare *The Merry Wives of Windsor* II, 2

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny.
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. William Shakespeare. Much Ado about Nothing. Act ii. Sc. 1.

Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies? ~W.S., Much Ado About Nothing II,iii (1598)

No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
Perplex'd in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum. Set you down this;
And say besides, that in Aleppo once,
Where a malignant and a turban'd Turk
Beat a Venetian and traduced the state,
I took by the throat the circumcised dog
And smote him, thus.

Stabs himself.

Poor and content is rich and rich enough. William Shakespeare. Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3..

How poor are they that have not patience! --William Shakespeare. Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! That we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! --William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Othello_ Act II, Scene iii, Line 293

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.-- Shakespeare, Richard II

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,--
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.William Shakespeare. King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1.

This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,
Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Shakespeare, Richard II act 1, sc 4

But then I sigh; and, with a piece of Scripture,
Tell them that God bids us do good for evil:
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ;
And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_King Richard III_ [1592-1593], Act I, Scene III, Line 334

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! -- Wm Shakespeare, Richard III, Act V, scene iv.

Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband.
William Shakespeare. The Taming of the Shrew. Act iv. Sc. 2.

We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards. --William Shakespeare (1564-1616) _The Tempest_ [1611-1612], Act I, Scene I

Our revels now are ended. These our actors
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Shakespeare, THE TEMPEST, Act IV, scene 1 (spoken by Prospero).

Things in motion sooner catch the eye
Than what not stirs.
W.S. , Troilus & Cressida, 3.3.1

A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona

Lawn as white as driven snow. -- Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, iv, iii [220

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks.
William Shakespeare, _Twelfth-Night_, Act III, sc. 3

Wendy Shallit

Modesty is the proof morality is sexy. -- Wendy Shallit

Bill Shankly

They say Football's a matter of life and death - but it's more important than that - Bill Shankly

Of course I didn't take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present, it was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves. - Shankly

Natan Sharansky

Nearly 20 years ago, confined to an 8-by-10 cell in a prison on the border of Siberia, I was granted by my Soviet jailers the 'privilege' of reading the latest copy of Pravda, the official mouthpiece of the Communist regime. Splashed across the front page was a condemnation of Ronald Reagan for having the temerity to call the Soviet Union an 'evil empire.' Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, prisoners quickly spread the word of Reagan's 'provocation' throughout the prison. The dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth--a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us. --Natan Sharansky, "Afraid of the Truth", _The Washington Post_, October 12, 2000

George Bernard Shaw(1856-1950)

[Chess is] a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time. G.B.Shaw

 The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.-- George Bernard Shaw, 'Man and Superman,' ``Maxims for Revolutionists''

The British are made up of four races:
- The Welsh, who pray on their knees and their neighbors;
- The Scots, who keep the Sabbath and anything else they can lay their hands on;
- The Irish, who don't know what they want but are willing to die for it;
- And the English, who consider themselves a race of self-made men, thereby relieving the Almighty of a dreadful responsibility. -- George Bernard Shaw

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.-- George Bernard Shaw

Although I cannot lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes. -- G. B. Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. George Bernard Shaw

Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. --George Bernard Shaw

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it..It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth, without making some other Englishman despise him. --George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it. G.B.Shaw "Maxims for Revolutionists"

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
George Bernard Shaw

This is the true joy in life--being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. George Bernard Shaw

Life does not cease to be funny when people die; any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. George Bernard Shaw

The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them. George Bernard Shaw

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry. G B Shaw

A government policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul -- George Bernard Shaw

The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation. George Bernard Shaw

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. -- George Bernard Shaw

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned. -- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Life to me is no brief candle; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. -- George Bernard Shaw, MAN AND SUPERMAN.

The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measure anew each time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect them to fit me. -- George Bernard Shaw

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.~ George Bernard Shaw, Candida I

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'" - Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950) 'Back to Methuselah' 1921

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.-George Bernard Shaw

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people. -- George Bernard Shaw

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession. ~GBS

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.--George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)_The Doctor's Dilemma_ [1913]

George Sheehan

Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse. --George Sheehan (1918-1993)_Personal Best_ [1989], "The Many Levels of Motivation."

Gail Sheehy

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky put it, 'Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.' The real fear should be of the opposite course." - Gail Sheehy

Fulton J. Sheen (1895 &endash; 1979)

To say we want no dogmas in religion is to assert a dogma.--Fulton J. Sheen, _Religion Without God_, 1928

We do not have to fear atomic bombs; but we do have to fear godless men. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Thoughts For Daily Living_ [1955]

Resolutions, like the good, die young. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Thinking Life Through_ [1955]

Christmas is not for sophomores who live under the illusion that they read all of Darwin, or for the intelligentsia. . . or for the self-wise who think Marx is wiser than Mark. It is only for the very learned, the great scientists, the profound theologians who are heirs of the wise men who discovered Wisdom.
At the other end of the spectrum are the simple who know nature better than books, who have insights deeper than the impure and a vision which sees in the night. These are the heirs of the shepherds who find their way to the Shepherd of their souls. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Christmas Inspirations_ [1984], Chapter 34

The modern atheist is always angered when he hears anything said about God and religion. He would be incapable of such a resentment if God were only a myth. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Peace of Soul_ [1954]

Help someone in distress and you lighten your own burden; the very joy of alleviating the sorrow of another is the lessening of one's own.--Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)_On Being Human_ [1982]

Sex divorced from love, instead of raising man by taking him away from himself, drags him down to the hall of mirrors where he is always confronted with self. Sex does not care about the person, but about the act. The fig leaf which once was put over the secret parts of man and woman in sculpture is now put over the face. The person does not matter. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Those Mysterious Priests_ [1974]

All quarrels, disagreements, wars, strifes, and dissensions begin with a false declaration of independence--independence from God and independence from fellowman. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Seven Words To The Cross_ [1944]

A popular God-is-dead book in the United States argues that homosexuality will become normal in a humanistic society where there is no restriction of morals which come from religion. St. Paul declared homosexuality and atheism were related to one another as effect to cause. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Footprints in a Darkened Forest_ [1967]

The basic reason why moderns disbelieve in hell is because they really disbelieve in freedom and responsibility. To believe in hell is to assert that the consequences of good and bad acts are not indifferent. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Preface To Religion_ [1946]

There are three possible kinds of God: the god of one's own ego, in which the atheist believes, and which is also the god of modern confusionism; the god of nature, of stone and gold and silver, which belonged to the old religions of idolatry; and the Supreme God, who made both man and nature, and redeemed them both upon the cross. Those who tell us that they deny the existence of God are merely substituting one god for another. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _On Being Human_ [1982]

Do not mock the Gospels and say there is no Satan. Evil is too real in the world to say that. Do not say the idea of Satan is dead and gone. Satan never gains so many cohorts, as when, in his shrewdness, he spreads the rumor that he is long since dead.
Do not reject the Gospel because it says the Saviour was tempted. Satan always tempts the pure--the others are already his. Satan stations more devils on monastery walls than in dens of iniquity, for the latter offer no resistance.
Do not say it was absurd that Satan should appear to Our Lord, for Satan must always come close to the godly and the strong--the others succumb from a distance. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _The Eternal Galilean_ [1936]

A Jew knows that anti-Semitism is not due to Christianity, because he knows that his people were persecuted before the advent of Christianity. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Love One Another_ [1944}

In vain will the world seek for equality until it has seen men through the eyes of faith. Faith teaches that all men, however poor, or ignorant, or crippled, however maimed, ugly, or degraded they may be, all bear within themselves the image of God, and have been bought by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. As this truth is forgotten, men are valued only because of what they can do, not because of what they are.--Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)_Preface To Religion_ [1946]

No Christian hates the Jews because of the Crucifixion related in the Gospels--any more than the British hate the Americans because of the Declaration of Independence. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Love One Another_ [1944}

The pacifist thinks that the alternative to war is peace; it is not. Sometimes the alternative is oppression. Sometimes certain God-given rights and liberties can be preserved only by resistance to that which would destroy them. And to defend certain basic God-given rights and liberties is not immoral but righteous. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _A Declaration Of Dependance_ [1941]

The crown of thorns is the condition of the crown of glory.--Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)

Modernized, the Easter message means that God recycles human garbage. He can turn prostitutes like Magdalene into disciples, broken reeds like Simon Peter into rocks, and political-minded Simon Zealots into martyrs for the faith. God is the God of the second chance.-Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)_Those Mysterious Priests_ [1974]

The sun refused to shine on the crucifixion. The light that rules the day, probably for the first and last time in history, was snuffed out like a candle when, according to every human calculation, it should have continued to shine. The reason was that the crowning crime of man, the killing of nature's Lord, could not pass without a protest from nature itself. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _The Seven Last Words_ [1935]

The world is living today in what might be described as an era of carnality, which glorifies sex, hates restraint, identifies purity with coldness, innocence with ignorance, and turns men and women into Buddhas with their eyes closed, hands folded across their breasts, intently looking inward, thinking only of self. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _The Cross and the Beatitudes_ [1937]

Some day a politician will arise who will be so devoted to truth that he will follow it, knowing that by doing so, he will go down to defeat. That day will be the restoration of politics as principles; it will also be the rebirth of a nation. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) _Way to Inner Peace_ [1955]

Nothing is more destined to create deep-seated anxieties in people than the false assumption that life should be free from anxieties.--Fulton J. Sheen

Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.-Fulton J. Sheen

If it be true that the world has lost its respect for authority, it is only because it lost it first in the home. --Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979)_On Being Human_ [1982]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose-a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 1797-1851

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. --Mary Wollstonecraft

Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1792-1822

The moon of Mahomet
Arose, and it shall set;
While, blazoned as on heaven's immortal noon,
The cross leads generations on.
Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1792-1822. Hellas. Line 221.

One word is too often profaned
For me to profane it;
One feeling too falsely disdain'd
For thee to disdain it.
Percy Shelley

All love is sweet,
Given or returned.
Common as light is love,
And its familiar voice wearies not ever.

They who inspire it most are fortunate,
As I am now; but those who feel it most
Are happier still.
Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1792-1822 Prometheus Unbound. Act ii. Sc. 5.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survived, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Oxymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley:

There are *two* Italies...The one is the most sublime and lovely contemplation that can be conceived by the imagination of man ; the other is the most degraded, disgusting, and odious. What do you think? Young women of rank actually eat - you will never guess what - *garlick*
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Letter, Naples, 22 Dec 1818

Massey H. Shepherd, Jnr

The Gospel is not presented to mankind as an argument about religious principles. Nor is it offered as a philosophy of life. Christianity is a witness to certain facts -- to events that have happened, to hopes that have been fulfilled, to realities that have been experienced, to a Person who has lived and died and been raised from the dead to reign for ever. Massey H. Shepherd, Jnr., Far and Near

Michael Shermer

In order for [a] monkey to type the thirteen letters opening Hamlet's soliloquy [-- To be or not to be --] by chance, it would take 26 to the power of 13 trials for success. This is sixteen times as great as the total number of seconds that have elapsed in the lifetime of our solar system.
Michael Shermer, Why People Believe Weird Things Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of our Time, 1997

Harry Sherer

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure - Harry Sherer

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 &endash; 1816)

The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan on Henry Dundas.

Thomas Sheridan (1719 - 88)

A writer of gigantick fame in these days of little men.-- Thomas Sheridan, _ Life of Swift_ (of Johnson)

Alfred Sherman

The Muslims remain Muslims first, and colonists from their region of origin second. They cannot become Englishmen or Britons, in any sense other than the technical. To say that they are Muslims first does not imply criticism or 'Islamophobia', but is a simple fact of life. So far, there are no signs in the Muslim world of the secularisation which has affected large parts of the Christian world, for better or worse, for the longer or shorter term. Nor is national or nationalist feeling, as we know it in the West, highly developed, except among Turks and Kurds. Your Muslim remains homo religiosus. - Sir Alfred Sherman, Islam in Britain, Right Now!, June 2002.

The vast majority of Muslims here are torn between world Muslim solidarity and the desire to preserve their status here. They have been given an easy ride, no bad thing perhaps, but they should not be encouraged to push their luck too far. I repeat my earlier assertion that the main problem is not the Muslims - or for that matter Hindus, Sikhs, Africans, Chinese, etc - but the British, who have lost a sense of identity which stood them in good stead for centuries, and the will to preserve it. The Muslim problem is our creation. - Sir Alfred Sherman, Islam in Britain, Right Now!, June 2002.

The Muslims claim to faith schools should not be a bone of contention. If Christian parents have the right to a religion-based education for their children why not Muslim taxpayers? One does not have the right to impose forcible mixing and, in any case, given residential segregation, it would not work anyway. Having made the bed of mass alien immigration, we must lie on it. - Sir Alfred Sherman, Islam in Britain, Right Now!, June 2002.

We need full and frank discussion of the problems created by the Muslim presence free from blackmailing accusations of 'xenophobia', 'Islamophobia' or 'racism'. A nation's future and society's peace are at stake. - Sir Alfred Sherman, Islam in Britain, Right Now!, June 2002.

William Tecumseh Sherman

War's legitimate object is more perfect peace - William Tecumseh Sherman

James Shirley (1596-166 )

I presume you are mortal, and may err. ~James Shirley 1596-1666 The Lady of pleasure (1637)

Solomon Short

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky. - Solomon Short

Richard Sibbes

Whatsoever is good for God's children they shall have it; for all is theirs to help them towards heaven; therefore if poverty be good they shall have it; if disgrace or crosses be good they shall have them; for all is ours to promote our greatest prosperity. --RICHARD SIBBES

Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your fingers the kiss of your Father on your face . -- Max Lucados to me! Do thou away my soul, that I may cast myself upon thy mercy in Christ! - RICHARD SIBBES

We should answer God's dealing by our dealing. He works by contraries; we should judge by contraries. Therefore, if we be in misery, hope and wait for glory, in death look for life, in sense of sin assure thyself of pardon, for God's nature and promises are unchangeable; and when God will forgive, he lets us see our troubles. Therefore with resolute Job say, 'Though he kills me, I will yet trust in him.' - RICHARD SIBBES

Measure not God's love and favour by your own feeling. The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof. -- RichardSibbes

Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride.Richard Sibbes

It is a destructive addition to add anything to Christ -- RICHARD SIBBES

In all their jollity in this world, the wicked are but as a book fairly bound, which when it is opened is full of nothing but tragedies. So when the book of their consciences shall be once opened, there is nothing to be read but lamentations and woes. --RICHARD SIBBES

The life of a Christian should be a meditation how to unloose his affection from inferior things. He will easily die that is dead before in affection.- R. Sibbes--Soul's Conflict

By grace we are what we are in justification, and work what we work in sanctification. - RICHARD SIBBES

There are no men more careful of the use of means than those that are surest of a good issue and conclusion, for the one stirs up diligence in the other. Assurance of the end stirs up diligence in the means. For the soul of a believing Christian knows that God has decreed both. RICHARD SIBBES

Jean Sibelius (1865 &endash; 1957)

Remember, a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic. - Jean Sibelius (1865 &endash; 1957)

G. L. Sicherman

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "How do you spell Charles M. Schulz?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one quotation.- G. L. Sicherman

With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before men; but I have at the same time laboured incessantly to cultivate the deepest humiliation before God. I have never thought that the circumstance of God's having forgiven me was any reason why I should forgive myself; on the contrary, I have always judged it better to loathe myself the more, in proportion as I was assured that God was pacified towards me (Ezekiel 16:63). ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

Algernon Sidney (1622-1683)

God helps those who help themselves.--Algernon Sidney (1622-1683)_Discourses on Government_ [1698], Ch. 2

[I]f vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established. Algernon Sidney

[L]iberty cannot be preserved, if the manners of the people are corrupted . Algernon Sidney

Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice, virtue, and the common good, will always have men to promote those ends; and that which intends the advancement of one man's desire and vanity, will abound in those that will foment them. Algernon Sidney

Sir Philip Sidney (1554 &endash; 1586)

Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue. - Sir Philip Sidney (1554 &endash; 1586)

Sigismund (1368 &endash; 1437)

I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar. Sigismund (1368 &endash; 1437)

Beverly Sills

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills

A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down.Beverly Sills (1929-____) On "60 Minutes."

Art is the signature of civilization.-Beverly Sills (1929-____): Interview - 1985.

There is a growing strength in women, but it's in the forehead, not the forearm.-Beverly Sills (1929-____): In "The Dallas News."

Shel Silverstein

Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too," laughed the old man."
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
"But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
"I know what you mean," said the old man.
Shel Silverstein

Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

Repentance is in every view so desirable, so necessary, so suited to honor God, that I seek that above all. The tender heart, the broken and contrite spirit, are to me far above all the joys that I could ever hope for in this vale of tears. I long to be in my proper place, my hand on my mouth, and my mouth in the dust... I feel this to be safe ground. Here I cannot err... I am sure that whatever God may despise... He will not despise the broken and contrite heart. ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before men; but I have at the same time laboured incessantly to cultivate the deepest humiliation before God. I have never thought that the circumstance of God's having forgiven me was any reason why I should forgive myself; on the contrary, I have always judged it better to loathe myself the more, in proportion as I was assured that God was pacified towards me (Ezekiel 16:63). ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

I would have the whole of my experience one continued sense -- first, of my nothingness, and dependence on God; second, of my guiltiness and desert before Him; third, of my obligations to redeeming love, as utterly overwhelming me with its incomprehensible extent and grandeur... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

By constantly meditating on the goodness of God and on our great deliverance from that punishment which our sins have deserved, we are brought to feel our vileness and utter unworthiness; and while we continue in this spirit of self-degradation, everything else will go on easily. We shall find ourselves advancing in our course; we shall feel the presence of God; we shall experience His love; we shall live in the enjoyment of His favour and in the hope of His glory... You often feel that your prayers scarcely reach the ceiling; but, oh, get into this humble spirit by considering how good the Lord is, and how evil you all are, and then prayer will mount on wings of faith to heaven. The sigh, the groan of a broken heart, will soon go through the ceiling up to heaven, aye, into the very bosom of God. ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

Charles Simmons (1798-1856)

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock. --Charles Simmons

Infidelity is seated in the heart; its origin is not in the head. It is the wish that Christianity might not be true, that leads to an argument to prove it. ~Charles Simmons 1798-1856

Julian Simon

Because we can expect future generations to be richer than we are, no matter what we do about resources, asking us to refrain from using resources now so that future generations can have them later is like asking the poor to make gifts to the rich. -- Julian Simon

The Simpsons

And how is 'education' supposed to make me smarter? --The Simpsons

Sometimes the only way you can feel good about yourself is by making someone else look bad. And I'm tired of making other people feel good about themselves. Homer Simpson

Remember as far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal family. ---Homer Simpson

It's just hard not to listen to TV: it's spent so much more time raising us than you have. ---Bart Simpson

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 -1991)

God sends burdens, and shoulders, too. =-- Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gimpel the Fool

We must believe in free will. We have no other choice. -- Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet. - Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1904 - 1991

Peter Singer

Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed, we must destroy the Judaeo-Christian Religious tradition.-- Peter Singer

Species membership in Homo-sapiens is not morally relevant. If we compare a dog or a pig to a severely defective infant, we often find the non human to have superior capacities.-- Peter Singer

Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent ot killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all. -- Peter Singer _Practical Ethics_

Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)

While sitting on the bank of a river one day, I picked up a solid round stone from the water and broke it open. It was perfectly dry in spite of the fact that it had been immersed in water for centuries. The same is true of many people in the Western world. For centuries they have been surrounded by Christianity; they live immersed in the waters of its benefits. And yet it has not penetrated their hearts; they do not love it. The fault is not in Christianity, but in men's hearts, which have been hardened by materialism and intellectualism. --Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)

Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which he imparts to us." --Sadhu Sundar Singh

\The greatest hunger a person has is to be needed. Help create that feeling in others. - Sadhu Sundar Singh

The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him, and living with Him in perpetual communion. Prayer is continual abandonment to God. Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the only Giver of Life. Prayer is not asking, but union with God. Prayer is not a painful effort to gain from God help in the varying needs of our lives. Prayer is thedesire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)

From time immemorial men have quenched their thirst with water without knowing anything about its chemical constituents. In like manner we do not need to be instructed in all the mysteries of doctrine, but we do need to receive the Living Water which Jesus Christ will give us and which alone can satisfy our souls. - Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)

From my many years experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)

Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624)

The honour of Islam lies in insulting kufr and kafirs. One who respects the kafirs dishonours the Muslims... The real purpose of levying jiziya on them is to humiliate them to such an extent that they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur. They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It is intended to hold them under contempt and to uphold the honour and might of Islam.-- Sufi saint Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624), letter #163

M G Siriam

Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the net, it looks like very soon everyone on earth will have 15 Megabytes of fame. -M G Siriam

Osbert Sitwell (1892 &endash; 1969)

The city's heat is like a leaden pall--
Its lowered lamps glow in the midnight air
Like mammoth orange-moths that flit and flare
Through the dark tapestry of night. The tall
Black houses crush the creeping beggars down,
Osbert Sitwell, Progress

John Skelton. Circa 1460-1529

There is nothynge that more dyspleaseth God,
Than from their children to spare the rod.
John Skelton. Circa 1460-1529. Magnyfycence. Line 1954.

Jim Skillen

Theonomists affirm that God's Word is directly applicable to modern states and societies, but they have not adequately answered the questions about who and which institutions are responsible to enforce what parts of God's law when and how. We agree with them that civil law should not be allowed a totalitarian embrace over churches, families, businesses, schools, and many other institutions. But we disagree over the nature and scope of the state's responsibility for enforcing God's law. The question then is, What constitutes the modern state in relation to families, businesses, markets, schools, arts, sciences, and all the rest? The nature of that state must be discerned by the study of reality in the context of its historical unfolding. Biblical revelation illumines that historical reality but does not predescribe it. Thne structure of modern states and societies, both in their health and in their deformity, cannot be read into or out of the Bible. They must be discerned in the actual historical unfolding of God's creation order.... While preaching and pleading for theonomy, the reconstructionists have not yet convinced us that their unusual socio-political vision is biblically or historically sound. The combination of Old Testament case laws, modern economic libertarianism, decentralized and localized governments, and special public privileges for Christianity is an eclectic synthesis that will require more than textual exegesis and an appeal to God's sovereignty to validate.- Jim Skillen "Tneonomic reconstructionists"  Chapter 8 in The Scattered Voice: Christians at Odds in the Public Square Zondervan 1990 pp.163-179.

B.F. Skinner

The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.
B.F. Skinner, Contingencies of Reinforcement

Those who have had anything useful to say have said it far too often, and those who have had nothing to say have been no more reticent. B F Skinner

Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901 - 1979)

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions.-Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901 - 1979)

E. B. Sledge

As we talked, I noticed a fellow mortarman sitting next to me. He held a handful of coral pebbles in his left hand. With his right hand he idly tossed them into the open skull of the Japanese machine gunner. Each time his pitch was true I heard a little splash of rainwater in the ghastly receptacle. My buddy tossed the coral chunks as casually as a boy casting pebbles into a puddle on some muddy road back home; there was nothing malicious in his action. The war had so brutalized us that it was beyond belief. -- E. B. Sledge,, _With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa_, 1981

Christopher Smart (1722-71)

Glorious the song, when God's the theme. - Cristopher Smart (1722-71)

Where is this stupendous stranger ?
Prophets, shepherds, kings, advise ;
Lead me to my Master's manger,
Show me where my Saviour lies.

O most mighty, O most holy,
Far beyond the seraph's thought,
Art thou then so mean and lowly
As unheeded prophets taught ?

O the magnitude of meekness,
Worth from worth immortal sprang,
O the strength of infant weakness,
If eternal is so young.

Good all-bounteous, all creative,
Whom no ills from good dissuade,
Is incarnate, and a native
Of the very world he made.
Christopher Smart (1722-71) The Nativity of our Lord

Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.--Samuel Smiles (1812-1904).

Whatever is done for men or classes, to a certain extent takes away the stimulus and necessity of doing for themselves... Help from without is often enfeebling, but help from within invigorates...... It is not the man of the greatest natural vigour and capacity who achieves the highest results but he who employs his powers with the greatest industry and the most carefully -disciplined skill..... The battle of life is in most cases fought uphill... if there were no difficulties there would be no success, if there was nothing to struggle for there would be nothing to be achieved. All experiences of life seems to prove that the impediments thrown in the way of the human advancement may for the most part be overcome by steady good conduct, honest zeal, activity, perseverance and above all, by a determined resolution to surmount difficulties and stand up manfully against misfortune. Samuel Smiles, "Self Help"

Crosses are the ladders that lead to heaven.--Samuel Smiles (1812-1904), _Self Help_ [1859]

Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful; make prudence a habit and reckless profligacy will become revolting . . . Even happiness itself can become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, also of looking at the dark side. Dr. Johnson has said that the habit of looking at the best side of a thing is worth more to a man than a thousand pounds a year . . . . And to bring up men and women with a genial nature of this sort, a good temper, and a happy frame of mind, is perhaps of even more importance, in many cases, than to perfect them in much knowledge and many accomplishments. Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."-Samuel Smiles (1816-1904)

Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.--Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature. Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Albert Smith

Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it. - Albert Smith

Betty Smith (1896 &endash; 1972)

Look at everthing as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. ... Betty Smith

Bob Smith

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It's just as hard to chew. You've got to mow it, too. It's just different grass. -Bob Smith

Daniel P. B. Smith

The Constitution does not set up agnosticism as the established non-religion of the United States. --Daniel P. B. Smith, alt .quotations, 22 Feb 2000

Dodie Smith (1896-1990)

Truthfulness so often goes with ruthlessness. - Dodie Smith (1896-1990) "I Capture the Castle," 1948.

F. E. Smith (1872 &endash; 1930)

A couple of aspirates.- F. E. Smith's, prescription for J. H. Thomas, complaining of 'an 'ell of an 'eadache.'

Judge Willis: What do you suppose I am on the Bench for, Mr Smith?
F E Smith: It is not for me, Your Honour, to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence.

Judge: I am no wiser now than when you began summing up.
F E Smith: Possibly not My Lord; but better informed. - F. E. Smith (1872 &endash; 1930)

Judge Willis tried to think of a decisive retort. At last it arrived.'Mr. Smith, have you ever heard of a saying by Bacon--the great Bacon--that youth and discretion are ill-wedded companions?'
'Yes, I have,' came the instant repartee. 'And have you ever heard of a saying of Bacon--the great Bacon--that a much-talking judge is like an ill-tuned cymbal?'
'You are extremely offensive, young man,' exclaimed the judge.
'As a matter of fact,' said Smith, 'we both are; but I amtrying to be, and you can't help it.'
Such a dialogue would be held brilliant in a carefully-written play, but that these successvie rejoinders, each more smashing than the former, should have leapt into being upon the spur of the moment is astounding. ...-- Winston Churchill, 'F. E. First Earl of Birkenhead', in _Great Contemporaries_, 1937

On another occasion, in the crowing period of his life, he was addressing a meeting in his old constituency. He said at one point: 'And now I shall tell you exactly what the Government has done for all of you.'
'Nothing!' shouted a woman in the gallery.
'My dear lady', said Lord Birkenhead, 'the light in this hall is so dim as to prevent a clear sight of your undoubted charms, so that I am unable to say with certainty whether you are a virgin, a widow, or a matron, but in any case I will guarantee to prove that you are wrong. If you are a virgin flapper, we have given you the vote; if you are a wife, we have increased employment and reduced the cost of living; if you are a widow, we have given you a pension--and if you are none of these, but are foolish enough to be a tea drinker, we have reduced the tax on sugar.-- Winston Churchill, 'F. E. First Earl of Birkenhead', in_Great Contemporaries_, 1937

Fred Smith

If Christ is an example, nobody needs him; but if he is a sacrifice, everyone does.--Fred Smith

H. Allen Smith (1906 &endash;1 976)

Put it back in the horse! - H. Allen Smith (1906 &endash;1 976), on tasting his first American beer.

Hannah Whitall Smith(1832-1911)

How often we say about our earthly friends, 'I really would like to have a good quiet settled talk with them so that I can really get to know them.' And shouldn't we feel the same about our Heavenly Friend, that we may really get to know Him? These thoughts have taught me the importance of the children of God taking time to commune daily with their Father, so that they may get to know His mind and to understand better what His will is." -Hannah Whitall Smith, (1832-1911), journal entry of 7/6/1859[M.E. Dieter, ed. CHRISTIAN'S SECRET OF THE HOLY LIFE: UNPUBLISHED PERSONAL WRITINGS OF HANNAH WHITALL SMITH (Zondervan, 1994), p.21]

If the Lord sets you to guard a lonely post in perfect stillness from all active work, you ought to be just as content as to be in the midst of the active warfare. It is no virtue to love the Master's work better than the Master's will. -Hannah Whitall Smith, (1832-1911), letter of 7/16/1886 [M.E. Dieter, ed. CHRISTIAN’S SECRET OF THE HOLY LIFE: UNPUBLISHED PERSONAL WRITINGS OF HANNAH WHITALL SMITH (Zondervan, 1994), p.253]

Jeff Smith

Please understand the reason why Chinese vegetables taste so good. It is simple. The Chinese do not cook them, they just threaten them! - Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet Cooks with Wine, 1986

Richard Norton Smith

History repeats itself, though less often than historians. --Richard Norton Smith, "Our Literary Leaders", _The Weekly Standard_, Mar 28, 2005

Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God's promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the rock of His promises.Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911) in a letter

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of su

 If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. Sydney Smith 1771-1845

Oh don't tell me of facts-I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures. -Sydney SMITH

He has occasional flashes of silence that make his conversation perfectly delightful. Sydney SMITH

My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was eleven miles away from a lemon. - Sydney SMITH

Do not assume that because I am frivolous I am shallow; I don't assume that because you are grave you are profound. Sydney Smith 1771-1845

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up. Rev.Sydney Smith 1771-1845, Canon of St. Paul's.

The English talk loudly and seem to care little for other people. This is their characteristic, and a very brutal and barbarous distinction it is.~Sydney Smith

Having heard the bishop I am now convinced of the apostolic succession from Judas Iscariot . --Sydney Smith

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Sydney Smith

To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.--- Sydney Smith

They will never agree. They are arguing from different premises.- Sydney Smith, on seeing two women arguing across the street.

An ounce of wit is worth a pound of argument. Sydney Smith

Raymond Smullyan

Most people hate egotists.
They remind them of themselves.
I love egotists.
They remind me of me.
Raymond Smullyan

C. P. Snow (1905 &endash; 1980)

"You do not think highly of men, Mr Eliot." "I am one," I said. --C. P. Snow, _The Light & the Dark_

Tony Snow

I would much prefer to hear an " extremist " evangel (sic) promote self-control than listen to a political libertine treat the law as if it were a catacomb of escape hatches. In letting people of faith speak, we do not open the door to theocracy. We give them a chance to enrich and complicate public debate. When politicians declare religious arguments out of bounds, they not only condemn discourse to a level of stunning superficiality; they wage war on all faiths. There's nothing more dangerous or extreme than a politician determined to take the place of God. -- Tony Snow

Tom Snyder (1936 &endash; )

Misers are no fun to live with but they make great ancestors.--Tom Snyder

Joseph Sobran

It can be exalting to belong to a church that is 550 years behind the times and sublimely indifferent to fashion; it is mortifying to belong to a church that is five minutes behind the times, huffing and puffing to catch up. - JOSEPH SOBRAN

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A VICTIM. And the paradox is that victim status accrues precisely to those who can acquire enough clout to make others afraid of them. Victimhood has become one of the fruits of power. Anyone can be an underdog; the trick is to be a registered, pedigreed underdog. - Joseph Belloc Sobran

Most Americans aren't the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right. -- Joseph Sobran

Ralph W. Sockman

A person may sometimes have a clear conscience simply because his head is empty. --Ralph W. Sockman, _How to Believe_, 1953

The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable. - Ralph W.Sockman

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. -- Ralph W. Sockman

Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

He is the richest who is content with the least. -Socrates

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.-- Socrates

THE UNEXAMINED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING -- Socrates (quoted in Plato's _Apology_)

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers.

SOCRATES 469 BC - 399 BC , or rather a faked quote from Socrates. It is an invention commonly and wrongly ascribed to him.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. - Socrates (470 &endash; 399 BC

John Solie

All men are not creative equally.-- John Solie

Andrew Solomon

When you are depressed, the past and the future are absorbed entirely by the present, as in the world of a three-year-old. You can neither remember feeling better nor imagine that you will feel better…. Depression means that you have no point of view.-- Andrew Solomon, "Anatomy of Melancholy". The New Yorker. 12 Jan 1998


Call no man happy until he is dead; he is at best but fortunate. -- Solon, quoted in Herodotus, *Histories*

Laws are like spiders' webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
Solon quoted by Diogenes Laertius c. AD 225

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918- )

Bless you, prison, for having been in my life. The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Five decades? Six? Seven? How long should it take to understand that the life of a community cannot be reduced to politics or wholly encompassed by government? The time in which we live has unfathomable depths beneath it. Our age is a mere film on the surface of time. --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, _November 1916_

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Our envy of others devours us most of all. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I'd rather the United States be the world's policeman than the Soviet Union be the world's jailer.-- Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

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

If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Call no day happy til it is done; call no man happy til he is dead. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, _The Oak and the Calf_

At no time has the world been without war. Not in seven or ten or twenty thousand years. Neither the wisest of leaders, nor the noblest of kings, nor yet the Church--none of them has been able to stop it. And don't succumb to the facile belief that wars will be stopped by hotheaded socialists. Or that rational and just wars can be sorted out from the rest. There will always be thousands of thousands to whom even such a war will be senseless and unjustified. Quite simply, no state can live without war, that is one of the state's essential functions. ... War is the price we pay for living in a state. Before you can abolish war you will have to abolish all states. But that is unthinkable until the propensity to violence and evil is rooted out of human beings. The state was created to protect us from evil. ... In ordinary life thousands of bad impulses, from a thousand foci of evil, move chaotically, randomly, against the vulnerable. The state is called upon to check these impulses--but it generates others of its own, still more powerful, and this time one-directional. At times it throws them all in a single direction--and that is war. --"Father Severyan", in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's _November 1916_

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives devildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

God of the Universe! I believe again! Though I renounced You, You were with me! = A Solzhenitsyn

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

Sophocles (B.C. 495-406)

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life: that word is love.--- Sophocles

Truth is always the strongest argument.-- Sophocles (B.C. 495-406)

Heaven never helps the man who will not act.-- Sophocles

Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away. --Sophocles (c. 495-406 BC), _Ajax_ [c. 447 BC]

Samuel de Sorbière (1615-1670)

They have too many centuries of fog in their throats.They are naturally lazy, and spend half their time in taking tobacco ~ Samuel de Sorbière 1615-1670 on the English

George Soros

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. - George Soros

Robert Southey (1774-1843)

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his nature and quenched the spirit of immortality which is his portion. Robert Southey

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey 1774 -1843

Love is indestructible;
Its holy flame forever burneth;
From heaven it came, to heaven returneth.
Robert Southey (1774-1843)

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth. Robert Southey

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. --- Robert Southey.

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as it is with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. -Robert Southey

Thomas Sowell

Now that the impeachment process has moved on to the Senate, someone has raised the question as to whether Bill Clinton will be t tried as an adult. Thomas Sowell

Mystical references to "society" and its programs to "help" may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats-- Thomas Sowell

It is going to be a lot harder for courts to prosecute rapists if perjury about sex cannot be punished. Or are we supposed to apply that principle to just one man? --Thomas Sowell

Does it make sense that everybody else is lying, except a man with a history of lying? That mountains of circumstantial evidence are just coincidences? That a man with a lifelong reputation for honourable behaviour -- Kenneth Starr-- is now behaving dishonourably, in order to fabricate a case, while a man with no sense of honour is the innocent victim?--Thomas Sowell

What the radical feminists have in fact accomplished is projecting a vision and an agenda of sexual 'liberation' that have had the net effect of making it easier for husbands to dump their wives and children. They have also made it harder for new families to form, by creating a contentious atmosphere between the sexes. Women and men have both lost out, in different ways, in all this. Children have of course lost out worst of all from the decline of families. Yet the feminazis have made'childhood poverty' one of their political cries. They are shameless. Dr. Thomas Sowell

Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force. Thomas Sowell

One of the more frequently recurring buzzwords of the contemporary anointed [liberals] is "complex", often said with a sense of superiority toward those who disagree with them--the latter being labeled "simplistic." The real world, of course, is more complex than any statement that anyone can make about it, whether that statement is in three words or in three volumes...Complex phenomena may, of course, also have complex causes. But the _a priori_ dogma that they cannot have simple causes is part of the "complex" complex. It is one more way of seeming to argue, without actually making any argument. It is also one more example of the presumption of superior wisdom and/or virtue that is at the heart of the vision of the anointed...Merely labeling an analysis "oversimplified" on _a priori_ grounds puts the cart before the horse, by evading responsibility for first demonstrating the falsity of its conclusions. Thomas Sowell

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face. Thomas Sowell

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. Thomas Sowell

The grand delusion of contemporary liberals is that they have both the right and the ability to move their fellow creatures around like blocks of wood--and that the end results will be no different than if people had voluntarily chosen the same actions. --Thomas Sowell

People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do. Thomas Sowell

There is a lot of hype going on about high-definition television. But is it really worth it to pay more money to see the same junk in sharper detail? Thomas Sowell

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism. Thomas Sowell

Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.-- Thomas Sowell

 The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive. -- Thomas Sowell

For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert, but for every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.
Thomas Sowell, _The Vision of the Anointed_

American prosperity and American free enterprise are both highly unusual in the world, and we should not overlook the possibility that the two are connected. - Thomas Sowell

The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn't work. But those who live by words will always have a soft spot in their hearts for socialism because it sounds so good.-- Thomas Sowell

"crisis": any situation you want to change
"bilingual": unable to speak English
"equal opportunity": preferential treatment
"non-judgmental": blaming society
"compassion": the use of tax money to buy votes
"insensitivity": objections to the use of tax money to buy votes
"simplistic": an argument you disagree with but can't answer
"rehabilitation": magic word said before releasing criminals
"demonstration": a riot by people you agree with
"mob violence": a riot by people you disagree with
"a matter of principle": a political controversy involving the convictions of liberals
"an emotional issue": a political controversy involving the convictions of conservatives
"funding": money from the government
"commitment": more money from the government
"docu-drama": a work of fiction about famous people
"autobiography": a work of fiction about yourself
"federal budget": a work of fiction about government spending
"people's republic": a place where you do what you are told or get shot
"national liberation movements": organizations trying to create people's republics
"policy research": looking for statistics to support the position you have already taken
"stereotypes": behavior patterns you don't want to think about
"Reaganomics": media explanation of downturns in the economy
"robust economy": media explanation of upturns in the economy
"constitutional interpretation": judges reading their own political views into the Constitution
"politicizing the courts": criticizing judges for reading their own political views into the Constitution
"a proud people": chauvinists you like
"bigots": chauvinists you don't like
"anti-war movement": disarmament advocates who know the idea won't fly under its own name
"private greed": making money selling people what they want
"public service": gaining power to make people do what you want them to
"innovation": something new
"new innovation": something new by someone who doesn't understand English
"competency": competence, as described by the incompetent
"moderate Arabs": mythical beings to whom State Department officials make sacrificial offerings
"special interest lobby": politically organized conservatives
"public interest group": politically organized liberals
"accountability": holding teachers, public officials, and private businesses responsible for the consequences of their misdeeds
"chilling effect": holding journalists responsible for the consequences of their misdeeds
Thomas Sowell A POLITICAL GLOSSARY (From Compassion Versus Guilt and Other Essays, NY: Morrow,1987)

Envy plus rhetoric equals "social justice." -- Thomas Sowell

One of the peculiarities of the American Revolution was that its leaders pinned their hopes on the organization of decision-making units, the structuring of their incentives, and the counterbalancing of the units against one another, rather than on the more usual (and more exciting) principle of substituting "the good guys" for "the bad guys." -- Thomas Sowell

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with. -- Thomas Sowell

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth: anonymously and posthumously. -- Thomas Sowell

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take the people's money quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly. - Thomas Sowell 5/11/98

Deep thinkers who look everywhere for the mysterious causes of poverty, ignorance, crime and war need look no further than their own mirrors. We are all born into this world poor and ignorant, and with thoroughly selfish and barbaric impulses. Those of us who turn out any other way do so largely through the efforts of others, who civilized us before we got big enough to do too much damage to the world or ourselves. -- Thomas Sowell

Too much of what is called "education" is little more than an expensive isolation from reality. - Thomas Sowell 5/01/98

Let us celebrate the poor,
Let us hawk them door to door.

There's market for their pain,
Votes and glory and money to gain.

Let us celebrate the Poor.

Their ills, their sins, their faulty diction,
Flavour our songs and spice our fiction

Their hopes and struggles and agonies,
Get us grants and consulting fees.
Thomas Sowell Poverty Pimp Poem.

Private property, not democracy, is the great guarantor of prosperity and liberty. And because it decentralizes power, it safeguards us from madmen with utopian hallucinations.--Thomas Sowell

...each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. -- Thomas Sowell

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. --Thomas Sowell

Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help. -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

What "multiculturalism" boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture -- and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.~ Thomas Sowell

The first rule of economics is that there is an infinite number of desires chasing a finite number of goods, services and resources. The first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics.-- Thomas Sowell

The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.-- Thomas Sowell

John Sparrow (1906-1992)

 That indefatigable and unsavory engine of pollution, the dog.--John Sparrow (1906-1992) (In a letter to _The Times_ [September 30, 1975])

Albert Speer

How merrily we headed for catastrophe!--Albert Speer

Johnny Speight (1920-98)

Football is working class ballet. - ,Johnny Speight (1920-98) Alf Garnett

Diana Frances Spencer (1961 &endash; 1997)

 The biggest disease this day and age is that of people feeling unloved.--Diana, Princess of Wales

Edmund Spenser

Sweet is the rose, but grows upon a briar;
Sweet in the Juniper, but sharp his bough;
Sweet is the Eglantine, but pricketh near;
Sweet is the firbloom, but his branches rough.
Sweet is the Cypress, but his rind is tough,
Sweet is the nut, but bitter is his pill;
Sweet is the broom-flower, but yet sour enough;
And sweet is Moly, but his root is ill.
So every sweet with sour is tempered still
That maketh it be coveted the more:
For easy things that may be got at will,
Most sorts of men do set but little store.
Why then should I account of little pain
~Edmund Spenser, Amoretti, 26

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. --Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman. Herbert Spencer

Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious.--Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)_First Principles_ [1861]

Robert Spencer

For all too many, being a serious Muslim means doing Allah's work by any means necessary. Of course, most Muslims will never be terrorists. The problem is that for all its schisms, sects and multiplicity of voices, Islam's violent elements are rooted in its central texts. It is unlikely that the voices of moderation will ultimately silence the militants, because the militants will always be able to make the case that they are standing for the true expression of the faith. Liberal Muslims have not established a viable alternative interpretation of the relevant verses in the Qur'an. -- Robert Spencer, _Islam Unveiled_,

Whether or not Islam ever becomes dominant in Western Europe or elsewhere in the former lands of Christendom, the wars will not end. Militant Islam will not go away with the death of bin Laden, or Arafat, or Saddam Hussein or anyone else. It will clash increasingly with the weary secular powers it blames for all the ills of the umma. - Robert Spencer, Islam Unveiled, 2002

Leaders and pundits must cling to fond fictions about Islam being a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. They thus pass up the opportunity to call for a worldwide reform of Islam that starts by identifying the elements of Islam that give rise to violence and extremism and finishes by repudiating those elements, so that Muslims and non-Muslims can live in peace as equals. - Defeating Global Jihad: Reagan Showed the Way By Robert Spencer | June 7, 2004

The problem is ... that moderates don't have a strong theoretical foundation within the classic Islamic texts. That being the case, they're not able to sustain a large scale movement. That's because they're constantly placed on the defensive by people who go back to the text and quote these passages that radicals use to justify violence. If they say, "We simply don't take that as being our marching orders for today" they're charged with disloyalty. So this is why moderate Islam is in retreat, because the radicals are so explicitly & persistently explaining what they do in light of the classic teachings. So there are millions of moderate Muslims, but moderate Islam is something that is only formulated by particular individuals in particular places. Most of the Muslims who are moderates are simply just ignoring the other aspects of the religion without confronting and refuting them on Islamic grounds. -- Robert Spencer, "An Interview With Robert Spencer",

Benedict Spinoza(1632-1677)

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.- Benedict Spinoza(1632-1677) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

Nature abhors a vacuum. -- Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677), [Ethics, Pt. I, 15, note]

Norman Spinrad

Politics! You can wrap it up in fancy ribbons, but you can't hide the smell.-- Norman Spinrad

Benjamin McLane Spock

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. - Benjamin McLane Spock, 1903 - 1998

John Shelley Spong

But who is Christ for us?... To talk of a Father God who has a divine-human son by a virgin woman is a mythology that our generation would never have created and, obviously, could not use. To speak of a Father God so enraged by human evil that he requires propitiation for our sins that we cannot pay and thus demands the death of the divine-human son as a guilt offering is a ludicrous idea to our century. The sacrificial concept that focuses on the saving blood of Jesus that somehow washes me clean, so popular in evangelical and fundamentalist circles, is by and large repugnant to us today. To see human life as fallen from a pristine and good creation necessitating a diving rescue by the God-man is not to understand the most elementary aspect of our evolutionary history. To view human life as depraved or as victimized by original sin is to literalize a premodern anthropology and a premodern psychology." John Shelley Spong, "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991) p. 236.

Lysander Spooner

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit ... Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. ... He does not keep "protecting" you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that. --Lysander Spooner _No Treason_ (1870)

William A. Spooner (1844 -1930)

Sir, you have tasted two whole worms; you have hissed all my mystery lectures and been caught fighting a liar in the quad, you will leave Oxford by the next town drain. William A. Spooner (1844 -1930)

R. C. Sproul

For (Martin) Luther, the sola of "Sola Scriptura" was inseparably related to the Scriptures' unique inerrancy. It was because popes could and did err and because councils could and did err that Luther came to realize the supremacy of Scripture. Luther did not despise church authority, nor did he repudiate church councils as having no value. His praise of the Council of Nicaea is noteworthy. Luther and the Reformers did not mean by "Sola Scriptura" that the Bible is the only authority in the church; rather, they meant that the Bible is the only infallible authority in the church.... R. C. Sproul

We do not segment our lives, giving some time to God, some to our business or schooling, while keeping parts to ourselves. The idea is to live all of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and for the honor and glory of God. That is what the Christian life is all about. - R. C. SPROUL

Without God man has no reference point to define himself. 20th century philosophy manifests the chaos of man seeking to understand himself as a creature with dignity while having no reference point for that dignity. R. C. SPROUL

Our anthropology is intimately bound up with our theology. If God is dead, man is too. If we are not accountable, then we do not count. R. C. SPROUL

The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in. R. C. SPROUL

Justification is an act of God by which he declares sinners to be righteous by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. R. C. Sproul and James M. Boice

It is because God has assigned worth to men and women that human dignity is established.From his creation to his redemption, man's dignity is preserved. His origin is significant. His destiny is significant. He is significant. The conviction that permeates each chapter is the importance of daily respect for the dignity of other people which requires a sensitivity to their self-esteem. We are also led to the realization that the most fragile mechanization on this planet is the human ego. R. C. Sproul, The Hunger for Significance

Every person needs to feel significant. We want our lives to count. We yearn to believe that in some way we are important and that hunger for significance--a drive as intense as our need for oxygen--doesn't come from pride or ego. It comes from God because he wants each of us to understand how important we are. ... We must seek our roots, our origin, and our destiny so that we can know our present value. ..... ...We can help each other realize that we are persons of significance being made in the image of God. R. C. SPROUL

I dream of a new reformation -- a reformation that is not simply a renewal of life but a new vision of life: a vision that yields new forms and structures in society and culture. As long as Christians restrict their Christianity to a religion, a faith that is compartmentalized and isolated from life, they can have revival but never, ever reformation. We need to hear and do the Word of God in all of our lives.- . R.C. Sproul

We are called to live Coram Deo - in the presence of God, under the authority of God and to the glory of God. R. C. SPROUL

I think homosexuality is a disgusting abomination. There I said it. Is that so wrong? Please don't blame me. Decidedly more than one in ten are with me on this, but the pressure to remain in the closet is powerful. People actually hate people like me, all because of what we think in the privacy of our own minds. And the thing is, I didn't even choose to be this way. God made, or rather remade me this way. No one in their right mind would actually chose to be this way. So what I want to know is, who are these people to judge me? What gives them the right to say that what I believe is wrong? Why can't we all just learn to love each other? You know it's not as though I haven't tried to be the other way. But even thinking about what they do turns my stomach. So I have an aversion, sue me. (No, please don't. In these dark days for folks like me, you might actually win). I only hope that by coming out I might give the courage to others like me, that they might know that there are people who will accept them, just the way they are, that won't try to change them, or judge them. If only we all would come out. Maybe then we wouldn't be such social outcasts. Maybe then we could actually have a good character or two on television. Maybe then we won't have our homes covered with graffiti, our windows smashed in by bricks. Maybe then people like me would feel safe in the world.
All you ahomophiles out there, come on out and join me. It is so freeing out in the open. Be what you are, without shame and fear. R. C. Sproul, Jnr.

Right now counts forever. R. C. SPROUL

Without God man has no reference point to define himself. 20th century philosophy manifests the chaos of man seeking to understand himself as a creature with dignity while having no reference point for that dignity. R C. SPROUL

Our anthropology is intimately bound up with our theology. If God is dead, man is too. If we are not accountable, then we do not count. R. C. SPROUL

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Some of us think at times that we could cry, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" There are seasons when the brightness of our Father's smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember that God never does really forsake us. It is only a seeming forsaking with us, but in Christ's case it was a real forsaking. We grieve at a little withdrawal of our Father's love; but the real turning away of God's face from His Son, who shall calculate how deep the agony which it caused Him? In our case, our cry is often dictated by unbelief: in His case, it was the utterance of a dreadful fact, for God had really turned away from Him for a season. O thou poor, distressed soul, who once lived in the sunshine of God's face, but art now in darkness, remember that He has not really forsaken thee. God in the clouds is as much our God as when He shines forth in all the lustre of His grace; but since even the thought that He has forsaken us gives us agony, what must the woe of the Saviour have been when He exclaimed, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" C H Spurgeon Morning and Evening 15 April

Evangelical repentance is repentance of sin as sin: not of this sin nor of that, but of the whole mass. We repent of the sin of our nature as well as the sin of our practice. We bemoan sin within us and without us. We repent of sin itself as being an insult to God. Anything short of this is a mere surface repentance, and not a repentance which reaches to the bottom of the mischief. Repentance of the evil act, and not of the evil heart, is like men pumping water out of a leaky vessel, but forgetting to stop the leak. Some would dam up the stream, but leave the fountain still flowing; they would remove the eruption from the skin, but leave the disease in the flesh. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Suffering is better than sinning. There is more evil in a drop of sin than in an ocean of affliction. Better, burn for Christ, than turn from Christ. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had have turned out to be my best days. And when God has seemed most cruel to me, he has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless him more than for anything else, it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things the richest, tenderest love has been manifested to me.
Our Father's wagons rumble most heavily when they are bringing us the richest freight of the bullion of his grace. Love letters from heaven are often sent in black-edged envelopes. The cloud that is black with horror is big with mercy. Fear not the storm. It brings healing in its wings, and when Jesus is with you in the vessel, the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_, Volume 27 [1881]

We say Christ so died that he infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christ's death not only may be saved, but are saved, must be saved, and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON

One thing is past all question; we shall bring our Lord most glory if we get from Him much grace. C. H. SPURGEON

See how often science has altered its very basis. Science is notorious for being most scientific in destruction of all the science that has gone before it. I have sometimes indulged myself in reading ancient natural history, and nothing can be more comic.
In twenty years' time some of us may probably find great amusement in the serious scientific teaching of the present hour, even as we do now in the systems of the last century. It may happen that in a little time the doctrine of evolution will be the standing jest of schoolboys. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Volume 37 [1891]

The Calvinist has said, and said right bravely, that salvation is of grace alone; and the Arminian has said, and said most truthfully, that damnation is of man's will alone, and as the result of man's sin, and of that only. Then they have fallen out with one another. The fact is, they had each one laid hold of a truth, and if they could have put their heads together, and accepted both truths, it might have been greatly for the advantage of the Church of Christ. These two doctrines are like tram lines that you can travel on with safety and comfort, these parallel lines-ruin, of man; restoration, of God: sin, of man's will; salvation, of God's will: reprobation, of man's demerit; election, of God's free and sovereign grace: the sinner lost in hell through himself alone, the saint lifted up to heaven wholly and alone by the power and grace of God. Get those two truths thoroughly engraven upon your heart, and you will then hold comprehensively the great truths of Scripture. You will not need to crowd them into one narrow system of theology, but you will have a sort of duplicate system - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Affliction has slain her thousands but prosperity her ten thousands. - C H Spurgeon

Men talk of "the mistakes of Scripture." I thank God that I have never met with any. Mistakes of translation there may be, for translators are men. But mistakes of the original word there never can be, for the God who spoke it is infallible, and so is every word he speaks, and in that confidence we find delightful rest. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_, Volume 39 [1893]

Henry the Eighth would listen to Hugh Latimer though he denounced him to his face and even sent him on his birthday a handkerchief, on which was marked the text, "Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4) Henry cried, "Let us hear honest Hugh Latimer." Even bad men admire those who tell them the truth. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Volume 24 [1880]

There are two great truths which from this platform I have proclaimed for many years. The first is that salvation is free to every man who will have it; the second is that God gives salvation to a people whom He has chosen; and these truths are not in conflict with each other in the least degree. CHARLES SPURGEON

I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less that God wishes - that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens - that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their course. The creeping of an aphid over the rosebush is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence - the fall of...leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche. CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON

The quickest way to slay error is to proclaim the truth. The surest mode of extinguishing falsehood is to boldly advocate Scripture principles. Scolding and protesting will not be so effectual in resisting the progress of error as the clear proclamation of the truth in Jesus. CHARLES SPURGEON

Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things. CHARLES SPURGEON

There is a limit, for "The Lord knoweth them that are His," but in the preaching of the Gospel we are not bound by the decree which is secret, but by our marching orders, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature; he that believeth and is baptised shall be saved. He who bade me preach to every creature did not bid me exempt one soul from my message. CHARLES SPURGEON

If our religion be of our own getting or making, it will perish; and the sooner it goes, the better; but if our religion is a matter of God's giving, we know that He shall never take back what He gives, and that, if He has commenced to work in us by His grace, He will never leave it unfinished. CHARLES SPURGEON

God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.--Charles Spurgeon

Saul of Tarsus was not on his knees in prayer, but hastening to shed innocent blood. Yet the Lord brought him down and made him seek salvation. Our Lord knows how to reach inaccessible persons. They may shut us out, but they cannot shut Him out! This should much encourage us in pleading for souls. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Volume 24 [1878]

Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart! --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_, Volume 27 [1881]

Some have staggered over the doctrine of eternal punishment, because they could not see how that could be consistent with God's goodness. I have only one question to ask concerning that: Does God reveal it in the Scriptures? Then believe it, and leave to him the vindication of his own consistency. If we do not see it to be so, it will be nonetheless so because we are blind.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Volume 49 [1903]

Don't rely to much on labels,
Far too often they are fables.
C.H. Spurgeon, Salt-Cellars

The anvil is not afraid of the hammer. - Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 &endash; 1892)

When my spirit gets depressed, nothing will sustainit but the good old-fashioned Calvinistic doctrine. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Vol. 58 [1912]

 Do you not find yourselves forgetful of Jesus? Some creature steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of him upon whom your affection ought to be set. Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you should have your eye steadily fixed upon the cross. It is the incessant round of world, world, world; the constant din of earth, earth, earth, that takes away the soul from Christ. Oh! my friends, is it not too sadly true that we can recollect anything but Christ, and forget nothing so easy as him whom we ought to remember? While memory will preserve a poisoned weed, it suffereth the Rose of Sharon to wither. - C.H. Spurgeon

If killed, pride revives. If buried, it bursts the tomb. You may hunt down this fox and think you have destroyed it, and lo, your very exultation is pride. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ [1883]

As sure as God puts His children in the furnace he will be in the furnace with them. Charles H Spurgeon

The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

God had one Son without sin, but not a single child without the rod. C. H. Spurgeon Meditation for Morning May 31

I'm so glad that God chose me before the foundation of the world, because he never would have chosen me after I was born!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

I believe in the doctrine of election, because I am quite sure that if God had not chosen me I would neverwould have chosen him; and I am sure he chose me before I was born, or else he never would have chose me afterward. C. H. SPURGEON

Of two evils choose neither. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too. Charles Spurgeon, "Morning and Evening Daily Readings"

I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Feel for others--in your pocket. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Love to Jesus is the basis of all true piety, and the intensity of this love will ever be the measure of our zeal for His glory. Let us love Him with all our hearts, and then diligent labor, and consistent living will be sure to follow. -- Charles Spurgeon

Ah! the bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation. They come by their thousands, by their myriads; e'er since the day when Christ first entered into His glory, they come, and yet never a stone has sprung in that mighty bridge. Some have been the chief of sinners, and some have come at the very last of their days, but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support; it will bear me over as it has borne them.-- C.H. Spurgeon

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in. Charles Spurgeon

Do you not find yourselves forgetful of Jesus? Some creature steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of him upon whom your affection ought to be set. Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you should have your eye steadily fixed upon the cross. It is the incessant round of world, world, world; the constant din of earth, earth, earth, that takes away the soul from Christ. Oh! my friends, is it not too sadly true that we can recollect anything but Christ, and forget nothing so easy as him whom we ought to remember? While memory will preserve a poisoned weed, it suffereth the Rose of Sharon to wither. -- C.H. Spurgeon

Go measure the heavens with your span;
go weigh the mountains in the scales;
go take the ocean's water and calculate each drop;
go count the sand upon the sea's wide shore;
and when you have accomplished all of this,
then you can tell how much He loves you!
He has loved you long!
He has loved you well!
He will love you forever!
C H Spurgeon

Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, "Forsake me not, O Lord." "Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe. C. H. Spurgeon Meditation for This Morning Monday, May 25

The Lord grant that in this house there may be kept up a gracious succession. May pious sons follow godly fathers, and may the King of our hearts have servants in this family as long as the world stands. Amen. -- Spurgeon

The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own. Charles Haddon Spurgeon 

Sin is the transgression of the law: I will not own to sin when I am not conscious of it... When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed,and calm refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name.
C H Spurgeon

I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified unless we preach what is nowadays called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the Gospel and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the Gospel...unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah. Nor do I think we can preach the Gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of his elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend the Gospel which allows saints to fall away after they are called. Charles H. Spurgeon

It would be easy to show that at our present rate of progress the kingdoms of this world never could become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. Indeed, many in the Church are giving up the idea of it except on the occasion of the advent of Christ, which, as it chimes in with our own idleness, is likely to be a popular doctrine. I myself believe that King Jesus will reign, and the idols be utterly abolished. The Holy Ghost would never suffer the imputation to rest upon His holy name that He was not able to convert the world. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Learn to say "no." It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle. C.H. SPURGEON

Long ago I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world. C. H. SPURGEON

Bear. Bear. Bear. Forbear. Forbear. Forbear. In yielding is victory. Fight the devil and love the deacon--Love him till he is loveable.
C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.77

[to his 12 yr. old son, Charles] Dear boy, I should like you to preach, but it is best that you pray. Many a preacher has proved a castaway, but never one person who had truly learned to pray. C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.103

[on Spurgeon's college not having residential accommodations] The residence of a number of young men in one house encourages andnecessarily generates levity; their separation from common social life is a serious injury, and tends to unfit them for the wear and tear of future work among ordinary mortals. When a young man resides in a Christian family, not only is he under the most vigilant oversight, but he never ceases to be one of the people.
C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.115

[on smoking--to someone who had written to Spurgeon saying he 'had heard he smoked, and could not believe it true'] Dear---------, I cultivate my flowers and burn my weeds. Yours truly, C. H. Spurgeon C. H. Spurgeon. Letters, p.143

It is a grievous token of hardness of heart when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Saviour's face.
Spurgeon‚ sermon,"A WARNING AGAINST HARDNESS OF HEART" No. 620 Hebrews 3:13

I daily feel that the atmosphere of earth has as much a tendency to harden my heart, as to harden plaster which is newly spread upon the wall; and unless I am baptized anew with the Spirit of God, and constantly stand at the foot of the cross, reading the curse of sin in the crimson hieroglyphics of my Savior’s dying agonies, I shall become as steeled and insensible as the mass of professors already are.
Spurgeon‚ sermon,"A WARNING AGAINST HARDNESS OF HEART" No. 620 Hebrews 3:13

Shame on us, that any of us should be guilty of such tampering with that accursed thing which slew the Lord of glory.
Spurgeon‚ sermon,"A WARNING AGAINST HARDNESS OF HEART" No. 620 Hebrews 3:13

Some ministers would make good martyrs. They are so dry, they would burn well.-- C H Spurgeon

If you want the truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world. it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb,'a lie will go round the world while truth is putting its boots on.
C H Spurgeon (1834-1892) Gems from Spurgeon 1859.

I only know this, that if He had not sought me out, I would never have come to Him.-- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

We believe in the perseverance of the saints, but many are not saints, and therefore do not persevere. -- C.H. Spurgeon

I must confess I never would have been saved if I could have helped it. As long as I could, I rebelled and revolted and struggled against God. When he would have me pray, I would not pray. When he would have me listen to the sound of the ministry, I would not. And when I heard, and the tear rolled down my cheek, I wiped it away and defied him to melt my heart. Then he gave me the effectual blow of grace, and there was no resisting that irresistible effort. It conquered my depraved will and made me bow myself before the scepter of his grace.
And so it is in every case. Man revolts against his Savior, but where God determines to save, save he will. God never was thwarted yet in any one of his purposes. Man does resist with all his might, but all the might of man, tremendous though it be for sin, is not equal to the majestic might of the Most High.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_New Park Street Pulpit_ Vol. 4 [1858]

Can you understand it, for I cannot, how a man is a free agent, a responsible agent, so that his sin is his own willful sin and lies with him and never with God, and yet at the same time God's purposes are fulfilled and his will is done even by demons and corrupt men? I cannot comprehend it: without hesitation I believe it, and rejoice so to do , I never hope to comprehend it. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

A man who does nothing never has time to do anything. - C H Spurgon

Man loves his own ruin. The cup is so sweet that though he knows it will poison him, yet he must drink it. And the harlot is so fair, that though he understands that her ways lead down to hell, yet like a bullock he follows to the slaughter till the dart goes through his liver. Man is fascinated and bewitched by sin. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Vol. 13 [1867]

If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him, for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction. If you have your moral portrait painted and it is ugly, be satisfied, for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be still nearer the truth.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Vol. 34 [1888]

Do not believe that any man will become a physician unless he walks the hospitals. And I am sure that no one will become a minister or a comforter unless he lies in the hospital as well as walks through it, and has to suffer himself. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _New Park Street Pulpit_ Vol. 4 [1858]

Do you think yourself wise? Then there's a donkey inside your waistcoat. - Spurgeon's Proverbs

Fiery trials make golden Christians.- Spurgeon's Proverbs

He that deserves nothing should be content with anything. Spurgeon's Proverbs

"What!" cries one, "Is there not a terrible amount of pain connected with death?" I answer, No. It is life that has the pain; death is the finis of all pain. You blame death for the disease of which he is the cure.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) _Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_

No frost can freeze providence. - Spurgeon's Proverbs

No believer dies an untimely death. Long life is not to be reckoned by years as men count them. He lives longest who lives best. Many a man has crowded half a century into a single year. God gives his people life, not as the clock ticks, but as he helps them to serve him, and he can make them to live much in a short space of time. There are no untimely figs gathered into God's basket. The great Master of the vineyard plucks the grapes when they are ripe and ready to be taken, and not before.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_ Vol. 18 [1872]

Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. --Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Religion should never become the subject of selfishness, yet I fear some treat it as if its chief end were personal spiritual gratification. When a man's religion totally lies in saving only himself and in enjoying holy things for himself, there is a disease within him. When his judgment of a sermon is based on the one question, "Did it feed me?" it is a swinish judgment. There is such a thing as getting a swinish religion in which you are yourself first, yourself second, yourself third, yourself to the utmost end. Did Jesus think or speak in that fashion? Contemplation of Christ Himself may be carried out so as to lead you away from Him. The recluse meditates on Jesus, but he is as unlike the busy, self-denying Jesus as any can be. Meditation, unattended by active service in the spreading of the Gospel among men, well deserves the rebuke of the angel, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?" Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls. -- Charles Spurgeon 2002

"Alas," says one, "I do not feel as I once did." Well, dear friend, it may be that you make some mistake in reference to your own experience. When the passion of love was first lighted in your breast, there was, as it were, a blaze of the match, the paper, and the wood, although the coals had not yet ignited. Yours was then the flush of joy, but not the vehement heat. Now your heart is all on fire like a solid ruby. There is much more heat, though there is less blaze.--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)_Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit_, Vol. 8 [1862], Pg. 341

Johanna Spyri (1827 &endash; 1901)

Oh, I wish that God had not given me what I prayed for! It was not so good as I thought! - Johanna Spyri (1827 &endash; 1901)

W. T. Stace

The problem of evil assumes the existence of a world-purpose. What, we are really asking, is the purpose of suffering? It seems purposeless. Our question of the why of evil assumes the view that the world has a purpose, and what we want to know is how suffering fits into and advances this purpose. The modern view is that suffering has no purpose because nothing that happens has any purpose: the world is run by causes, not by purposes.... W. T. Stace, Religion and the Modern Mind [1953]

Elaine St. James

No one can maintain more than three priorities. If you have a job you care about, that's a priority. If you have a family, that's a priority. Which leaves one more. Maybe it's staying in shape, maybe it's volunteering at your church. Most people understand this intuitively. But they keep overcommiting themselves and overcomplicating their lives. So my advice is simple: figure out what your priorities are, and say "no" to everything else. --Elaine St. James

Germaine de Stael (1766-1817)

The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. --Germaine de Stael (1766-1817)

Joseph Stalin

Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands anat whom it is aimed.Joseph Stalin

Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin, 1935

Chris Stamper

He who is not a charismatic when he is young has no heart. He who is still a charismatic when he is old has no brain. -- Chris Stamper

Philip Dormer Stanhope

Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough. --Philip Dormer Stanhope

Charles Stanley

Corrie Ten Boom tells of a time she learned an important aspect of spiritual growth. It was 1947 and she had just finished speaking of God's forgiveness to a group in a small German church.The audience was still haunted by memories of war. Yet the message they heard that day brought a sense of hope. They could forgive those who treated them so cruelly and go on with life. As the service concluded, Corrie noticed a heavyset man coming toward her. Instantly, she remembered him. He had been a guard at the concentration camp where she had been imprisoned. "I know God has forgiven me for the things I did," he said. "But I would like to hear it from your lips. Will you forgive me?" "It was the most difficult thing I had ever had to do," she writes. "I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. [A] healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. 'I forgive you, brother!'"
One of the ways we measure spiritual growth is by the way we extend our arms of forgiveness to others. In doing so, remember that Jesus extended His arms completely for you at Calvary. --Charles Stanley _In Touch_ [March 2, 1993], "Measuring Our Spiritual Growth"

Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)

Egotism -- usually just a case of mistaken nonentity.
Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)

Rodney Stark

The opinions of the village atheist are as fundamentalist as anything any Baptist ever believed.-- Rodney Stark, _Touchstone Magazine_, Feb. 2000

Star Trek

Insults are effective only where emotions are present. --Spock _Star Trek_, "Who Mourns for Adonais" [Stardate: 3468.1]

Vilhjalmer Stefansson (11879 &endash; 1962)

What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public. Vilhjalmer Stefansson (11879 &endash; 1962)


John Steinbeck (1902 &endash; 11968)

A man got to do what he got to do.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939, the first published use of the phrase.

The line between hunger and anger is a thin line.--John E. Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath"

Robert Steinberg

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still. -Robert Steinberg

Saul Steinberg (1914 &endash; 1999)

I think, therefore Descartes exists. - Saul Steinberg (1914 &endash; 1999)

Gloria Steinem

Male silence is not the same as listening ~Gloria Steinem

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. -- Gloria Steinem

Peter Steiner

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog - cartoon by Peter Steiner page 61 of July 5, 1993 issue of The New Yorker,

George Stephanopolous

The president has kept all of the promises he intended to keep. --Clinton Aide George Stephanopolous Speaking On "Larry King Live"

James Stephens (1882 &endash; 1950)

Men come of age at sixty, women at fifteen. - James Stephens -Observer, 10 Oct. 1944

Richard Stephes

Our forefathers did without sugar until the 13th century,
without coal fires until the 14th,
without buttered bread until the 16th,
without tea or soup until the 17th,
without gas, matches or electricity until the 20th.
Now what was it you were complaining about?
Richard Stephes

Gladys Browyn Stern

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~ Gladys Browyn Stern

Isaac Stern (1920 &endash; 2001)

He taught me to teach myself, which is the greatest thing a teacher can do. - Isaac Stern (1920 &endash; 2001)

Laurence Sterne

Whenever a man talks loudly against religion,-always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions which have got the better of his creed.--- Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy.

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. Laurence Sterne: Sentimental Journey

Adlai Stevenson (1900 &endash; 1965)

The Human Race has improved everything except the Human Race.-- Adlai Stevenson

We must never delude ourselves into thinking that physical power is a substitute for moral power, which is the truth sign of national greatness. --Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) (Speech at Hartford, Connecticut [September 18, 1952])

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Stevenson

I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai Stevenson

"Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!""
Adlai E. Stevenson called back ""That's not enough, madam, we need a majority


Neal Stephenson

For a Westerner to trash Western culture is like criticizing our nitrogen/oxygen atmosphere on the grounds that it sometimes gets windy, and besides, Jupiter's is much prettier. You may not realize its advantages until you're trying to breathe liquid methane.--NEAL TOWN STEPHENSON

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 &endash; 1894)

Of those who have thus survived themselves most completely, left a sort of personal seduction behind them in the world, and retained, after death, the art of making friends, Montaigne and Samuel Johnson certainly stand first.-- Robert Louis Stevenson, _Familiar Studies of Men and Books_

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone but principally by catchwords. --Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) _Virginibus Puerisque_ [1881], Part 1, Chapter 2

If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have, but conceal them like a vice lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people. --Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)_Across the Plains_ [1892], "Lay Morals"

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. --Robert Louis Stevenson, 1881

So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I might almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend. Robert Louis Stevenson

This be the verse you grave for me:
'Here he lies, where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.'
Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Requiem' from 'Underwoods' (1887).

The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battle fields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

There is so much good in the worst of us, an so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us. - Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
R.L.Stevenson, "Bed in Summer".

Ian Stewart

The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen. Or maybe one that wasn't going to happen, does.-- Ian Stewart ,"Does God play Dice?"

James Stewart

Behind every successful man you'll find a woman -- who has absolutely nothing to wear. -- James Stewart, _Film Yearbook_ (1990)

Mark Steyn

Britannia will never again wield the unrivalled power she enjoyed at her imperial apogee, but the Britannic inheritance endures, to one degree or another, in many of the key regional players in the world today &emdash; Australia, India, South Africa &emdash; and in dozens of island statelets from the Caribbean to the Pacific. If China ever takes its place as an advanced nation, it will be because the People's Republic learns more from British Hong Kong than Hong Kong learns from the Little Red Book. And of course the dominant power of our time derives its political character from 18th-century British subjects who took English ideas a little further than the mother country was willing to go. -- Mark Steyn, "Only Bush can save Europe", _The Spectator_, April 17, 2004

Charles A. Stoddard

When we can say "no" not only to things that are wrong and sinful, but also to things pleasant, profitable, and good which would hinder and clog our grand duties and our chief work, we shall understand more fully what life is worth, and how to make the most of it. _Charles A. Stoddard

Rose Pastor Stokes (1879-1933)

 Some pray to marry the man they love,
My prayer will somewhat vary;
I humbly pray to Heaven above,
That I love the man I marry.-
Rose Pastor Stokes (1879-1933), _My Prayer_

David C. Stolinsky

The reason we fear to go out after dark is not that we may be set upon by bands of evangelicals and forced to read the New Testament, but that we may be set upon by gangs of feral young people who have been taught that nothing is superior to their own needs of feelings. - David C. Stolinsky, "American : A Christian Country," New Oxford Review Jul-Aug 1994

Clifford Stoll

Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users? --Clifford Stoll, 1995

John Stoltenberge

Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.--John Stoltenberge

Tom Stoppard (1937 &endash; )

THE VERY FIRST thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are "under" people (as their servants) rather than "over" them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power.- John Stott, The Gospel and the End of Time

Every exit is an entry somewhere.... Tom Stoppard, Body, Mind and Spirit

I don't think I can take seriously any sport which takes less than three days to reach its conclusion. ~Tom Stoppard, in Guardian (24 Dec 1984)

Militant humanism grates on me much more than evangelism. - Tom Stoppard:

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard (1937-____) "Artist Descending a Staircase."

Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God. -- Tom Stoppard

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. Tom Stoppard

Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end? --Tom Stoppard (1937-____) In "Quote Disk 1,2,3," by DBUG, 1991.

The truth is always a compound of two half-truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say.
Tom Stoppard (1937-____) In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

C. Samuel Storms

I am persuaded that all of your problems are conceived and born in the sinful belief that something or someone other than Jesus Christ can quench the thirst of our souls."--C. Samuel Storms

Joseph Story

Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as divine revelation in the college ?......Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?-- Justice Joseph Story, Vidal v. Girard's Executors 1844

Probably at the time of the adoption of the constitution, and of the amendment to it, now under consideration, the general, if not the universal, sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state, so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience, and the freedom of religious worship. An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation. --Justice Joseph Story,_Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States_, 1833

The real object of the amendment was, not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment, which should give to an hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government. --Justice Joseph Story,_Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States_, 1833

John R. W. Stott

'Each day has troubles enough of its own' So why anticipate them? If we do, we double them. For if our fear does not materialize, we have worried once for nothing; if it does materialize, we have worried twice instead of once. In both cases; it is foolish: worry doubles trouble.-- John R. W. Stott

Why is it that some Christians cross land and sea, continents and cultures, as missionaries? What on earth impels them? It is not in order to commend a civilization, an institution or an ideology, but rather a person, Jesus Christ, whom they believe to be unique. This is particularly clear in the Christian mission to the world of Islam. 'Our task', wrote scholarly missionary Bishop Stephen Neill, 'is to go on saying to the Muslim with infinite patience, 'Sir, consider Jesus". We have no other message ... It is not the case that the Muslim has seen Jesus of Nazareth and has rejected him; he has never seen him ...' &emdash;&emdash; John Stott (John Stott, The Incomparable Christ [Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001]

Good conduct arises out of good doctrine. It is only when we have grasped clearly who we are in Christ, that the desire will grow within us to live a life that is worthy of our calling and fitting to our character as God's new society.-- John R. W. Stott

What we are governs how we think, and how we think determines how we act.-- John R. W. Stott

Obedience to Christ includes obedience to his commission to go into the world, to preach the good news, and to make disciples. But we cannot do this without taking account of the context in which people live their lives, or of the alter-natives to the gospel which they find attractive. Some of our evangelism has been very superficial on this account. We need to develop new strategies of evangelistic penetration that will take seriously the cultural bondage in which people are held and the need to soak ourselves in their culture in order to interpret the gospel to them from inside.
John R. W. Stott (1921- ), "Obeying Christ in a Changing World"

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

The Church knew what the Psalmist knew: music praises God. Music is as well, or better, able to praise Him than the building of a church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.... Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Bjarne Stroustrup

I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true; I no longer know how to use my telephone. -- Bjarne Stroustrup, computer science professor, designer of C++ programming language (1950- )

Juanita Kidd Stout

A person educated in mind and not in morals is a menace to society. --Juanita Kidd Stout (1919- )

Rex Stout (1886 &endash; 1975)

What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature? Rex Stout

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.Rex Stout



Harriet Beecher Stowe(1811 &endash;1896)

No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man. Life and death to him are haunted grounds, filled with goblin forms of vague and shadowy dread. --Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. Harriet Beecher Stowe

I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves.-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, letter to her twin daughters

Duncan Stuart

Goodwill is earned by many acts; it can be lost by one.--- Duncan Stuart

C. T. Studd

God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow. - C. T. Studd Leaving his wife and four daughters in England, he sailed, contrary to medical advice, for the heart of Africa in 1910, where he continued to work until his death in 1931.

If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him, - C. T. Studd

G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929)

Come worship the King,
That little dear thing,
Asleep on His Mother's soft breast.
Ye bright stars, bow down,
Weave for Him a crown,
Christ Jesus by angels confessed.

Come, children, and peep,
But hush ye, and creep
On tiptoe to where the Babe lies;
Then whisper His Name
And lo! like a flame
The glory light shines in His eyes.

Come strong men, and see
This high mystery,
Tread firm where the shepherds have trod,
And watch, mid the hair
Of the Maiden so fair,
The five little fingers of God. 

Come, old men and grey,
The star leads the way,
It halts and your wanderings cease;
Look down on His Face
Then, filled with His Grace,
Depart ye, God's servants, in Peace.
G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929) Christmas Eve

God gave His children memory that in life's garden there might be June roses in December. --Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy (1883-1929) _Roses in December

We have forgotten that evil is infectious, as infectious as small-pox; and we do not perceive that if we allow whole departments of our life to become purely secular, and to create and maintain moral or immoral standards on their own, in time the whole of life is bound to become corrupt. ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Wicket Gate [1923]

If I am a son of God, nothing but God will satisfy my soul; no amount of comfort, no amount of ease, no amount of pleasure,will give me peace or rest. If I had the full cup of all the world's joys held up to me, and could drain it to the dregs, I should still remain thirsty if I had not God.... G. A. Studdert Kennedy, The Wicket Gate [1923]

Thomas A. Sundberg

God doesn't believe in atheists. -- Thomas A. Sundberg

R. S. Surtees (1803 &endash; 1864)

Freedom of the press... is freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.~R.S. Surtees

Gloria Swanson (1897-1983)

Inside every older person, there's a younger person wondering what happened. Gloria Swanson (1897-1983)

I think all this talk about age is foolish. Every time I'm one year older, everyone else is too.-- Gloria Swanson (1897-1983) "Swanson On Swanson," 1981


Ram Swarup

Jihad is a divinely ordained institution in Islam. By many authorities it is counted as one of the pillars of Islam. Theologically, it is an intolerant idea: a tribal god, Allah, trying to be universal through conquest. Historically, it was an imperialist urge masked in religious phraseology. -- Ram Swarup, _Understanding Islam through Hadis_

Islam is by nature fundamentalist; and this fundamentalism in turn is aggressive in character. Islam claims to have defined human thought and behaviour for all time to come; it resists any change, and it feels justified in imposing its beliefs and behavior patterns on others. -- Ram Swarup, _Understanding Islam Through Hadis_, 1983

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.--Swift

It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of. - Jonathan Swift, 1667 - 1745

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than yesterday. -- Jonathan Swift

That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy. Jonathan Swift

Most sorts of diversion in men, children, and other animals, are an imitation of fighting.--Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)_Thoughts on Various Subjects_ [1711]

No wise man ever wished to be younger. - Jonathan Swift

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 &endash; 1909

A calcined, scalped, rasped, scraped, flayed, broiled, powdered, leprous, blotched, mangy, grimy, parboiled country without trees, water, grass, fields ... it is infinitely liker hell than earth, and one looks for tails among the people. - Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 &endash; 1909), describing part of France

Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past--we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude--I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you--we are in charge of our Attitudes. -- Charles Swindoll

The happiest people I know are the ones who have learned how to hold everything loosely and have given the worrisome, stress-filled, fearful details of their lives into God's keeping. - Charles R. Swindoll

Rejoicing is clearly a spiritual command. To ignore it, I need to remind you, is disobedience. Charles Swindoll

George Swinnock

A holy person is like a silver bell, the harder he is smitten, the better he sounds. -George Swinnock

Christians in consort are an abridgement of heaven, shining like a firmament of bright stars. . . Surely, of all fellowships, this is the only good fellowship. Next to communion with God, there is no communion like the communion of saints. = GEORGE SWINNOCK

Grace will teach a Christian contentedly to take those potions that are wholesome, though they are not toothsome.-- GEORGE SWINNOCK

Pride is the shirt of the soul, put on first and put off last.GEORGE SWINNOCK

Satan watches for those vessels that sail without convoy. -- GEORGE SWINNOCK

Sin goes in a disguise, and thence is welcome; like Judas, it kisses and kills; like Joab, it salutes and slays.-- George Swinnock

Joseph Symonds

RULE. Hold this as a fixed verity, that that is best which God wills. All that have come to God believe this, else they would have not come; for what could draw the heart from all its good but that which is greater than all? But though this is habitually in them, yet they do not always actually believe it; for what should be the cause of their excursions and deviations but because at present they think it better to walk in another way than the way of God.- JOSEPH SYMONDS

Publilius Syrus

It is not every question that deserves an answer.--Publilius Syrus (1st century BC)_Moral Sayings_, Maxim 58

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery. --Publius Syrus (C. 42 BC) Maxim 995

Society in shipwreck is a comfort to all. --Publius Syrus (C. 42 BC) Maxim14

Thomas S. Szasz  (1920 &endash; )

Many modern psychotherapists have adopted as their credo, Socrates' declaration that "the unexamined life is not worth living." But for modern man that is not enough. We should pledge ourselves to the proposition that the irresponsible life is not worth living. --Thomas S. Szasz _Law, Liberty and Psychiatry_ [1965]

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. -- Thomas Szasz

Psychoanalysis is an attempt to examine a person's self-justifications. Hence it can be undertaken only with the patients cooperation and can succeed only when the patient has something to gain by abandoning or modifying his system of self- justification. ~ Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1975)

When religion was strong and science weak,men looked to magic for medicine; Now,when science is strong and religion weak,men look to medicine for magic.--Thomas Szasz ,_The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary_.

The proverb warns that "You should not bite the hand that feeds you." But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself. -- Thomas Szasz

From the descriptive point of view, the difference between the physician and the veterinarian is that the former treats human diseases or sick people, whereas the latter treats animal diseases or sick animals. From the moral and political point of view, the difference between them is that the physician is expected to be the agent of the persons who are his patients, whereas the veterinarian is expected to be the agent of persons who own sick animals. In proportion, then, as the physician becomes the agent of the State and in proportion as the State is totalitarian, the physician becomes, from a moral and political point of view, a veterinarian- that is, the agent of a State that owns its citizens, just as the farmer owns his animals. This is why killing animals is part of the normal function of the veterinarian and why incarcerating people is, and killing them may yet become, a part of the normal function of the physician employed by the Therapeutic State. -- Thomas Szasz

Psychotherapy conquered what is in effect the human condition by annexing it in its entirely to the medical profession.
Thomas Szasz The Myth of Psychotherapy

In the United States today.... opiates are the religion of the people. -- Thomas Szasz

It [psychology] is not merely a religion that pretends to be science, it is actually a fake religion that seeks to destroy true religion. ... psychotherapy is a modern, scientific-sounding name for what used to be called the "cure of souls" ... with the decline of religion and the growth of science in the eighteenth century, the cure of (sinful) souls, which had been an integral part of the Christian religions, was recast as the cure of (sick) minds, and became an integral part of medicine. Thomas Szasz

Like every product of nature and human invention, drugs may be abused. Against that hazard, self-control is the only effective remedy.--Thomas S. Szasz, Los Angeles Times, Nov 23, 2001 p. B171

Science can give us power over nature, but it cannot give us power over human nature.---- Thomas S. Szasz, remarks to graduates upon his receipt of honorary Doctor of Science degree from State University of New York, May 20, 2001

The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic--in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea--known to medical science is work. --Thomas Szasz

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