Quotes by Author

Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, remains obscure; one must remember we are dealing with barbarians.- Tacitus,AD 98

The desire for fame is the last infirmity cast off even by the wise.-- Cornelius Tacitus, Histories

The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws. -- Cornelius Tacitus

Forbidden things have a secret charm. --Tacitus

Mrs. Robert A. Taft

I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest. The only one I can remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable. --Mrs. Robert A. Taft

William Howard Taft (1857 &endash; 1930)

William Howard Taft (1857 &endash; 1930):I have been talking for a quarter of an hour, but there is so much noise that I can hardly hear myself talk."
Crowd member: "That's all right, you're not missing anything.";

Hassan Dehghani Tafti

Some people tend to think that Muslims have one God and Christians another. While agree that the two CONCEPTS are very different indeed from each other, I cannot agree that they really worship two utterly different gods . . . When reading through the book of Psalms and Job I learnt anew the meaning of trust in God, and came to worship Him at the foot of the Cross, the basis of it all was the same God . . . my spiritual pilgrimmage in the faith in the Christian God was not absolutely disconnected with what was already in me.-Hassan Dehghani Tafti:, "Design of My world", London: Lutterworth, 1959, pp. 66-67.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 &endash; 1941)

As before, the genius of India has taken from her aggressors the most spiritually significant principle of their culture and fashioned of it a new message of hope for mankind. There is in Christianity the great doctrine that God became man in order to save humanity by taking the burden of its sin and suffering on Himself, here in this very world, not the next. That the starving must be fed, the ragged clad, has been emphasized by Christianity as no other religion has done. Charity, benevolence, and the like, no doubt have an important place in the religions of our country as well, but there they are are in practice circumscribed within much narrower limits, and are only partially inspired by love of man. --Rabindranath Tagore, _A Tagore Reader_

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328)

Since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God's entirely and God's word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought. As for those who cannot offer resistance or cannot fight, such as women, children, monks, old people, the blind, handicapped and their likes, they shall not be killed unless they actually fight with words (e.g. by propaganda) and acts (e.g. by spying or otherwise assisting in the warfare). - Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), Hanbali jurist , in Rudolph Peters, Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam, (Princeton, NJ. : Markus Wiener, 1996, p. 49)

Deborah Tannen (1951 &endash; )

We all know we are unique individuals, but we tend to see others as representatives of groups."- Deborah Tannen (1951 &endash; )

Daniel Taylor

Historically, then, tolerance was the liberal, secular answer to the inability of conservative religionists to compromise with those who differed from them. Tolerance, in this sense, is relatively new, not something even thought desirable through most of human history. After all, why tolerate error? This is precisely what tolerance requires of us. Genuine tolerance, as opposed to its pale counterfeits, requires us to allow those who espouse or live out ideas we think wrong, perhaps even harmful, not only to do so but also to try to persuade others to do the same. - Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/9t1/9t1042.html

Thus relativism absolutizes pluralism. That is, it takes the clearly observable fact that we have a multitude of views and values and practices in the world‚ - pluralism‚ - and draws the illegitimate conclusion that there is no justifiable way of choosing among them. Truth is merely opinion, goodness only what the majority says it is. Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

For the last 250 years or so, secularists have waited patiently for the fulfilment of their prediction that religion would die out in the next generation or two. But religious people have been singularly uncooperative, and new strategies have developed for controlling this blight on human progress. If religion won't "wither away" as philosopher Richard Rorty has wished, then perhaps it can be privatized and thereby removed from influence on public life‚ - sort of like localizing an outbreak of the plague. Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

We do not have to affirm homosexuals in their homosexuality, as our culture insists, but we do have to love them, and we haven't yet figured out how to do that. Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

... one is not tolerant of something unless one objects to it. I do not tolerate something I either accept or am indifferent to, because it requires nothing of me. Most social liberals, for instance, cannot rightfully be said to be tolerant regarding homosexual behavior since they have no objection to it. You do not have to tolerate that which you accept or affirm. If you want to know whether a liberal is tolerant, ask what he or she thinks of Jesse Helms or Pat Robertson or Kenneth Starr.
If tolerance requires an initial objection, then conservatives, ironically, may be much more tolerant than liberals, because there are so many more things to which they object. The least tolerant person is the person who accepts everything, because such a person is not required to overcome any internal objections. To paraphrase G. K. Chesterton, turnips are singularly tolerant. - Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of principled judgment but is simple moral indifference. Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

If I would stop something if I could, but am powerless to do so, I am not tolerant, merely impotent. True tolerance means I voluntarily withhold what power I have to coerce someone else's behavior. Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

The intolerant person is the one thing that cannot be tolerated, the one person who must be shamed or silenced. A guest commentator on National Public Radio shocked even his progressive hosts, but spoke for many, when he objected to the Southern Baptist belief that a lot of people are going to hell: "The evaporation of 4 million [people] who believe in this crap would leave the world a better place." (It's comforting to see that the dreaded Religious Right is not the only source of intolerance in our society.) Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

Nevertheless‚ - and here's the rub‚ - it is widely acknowledged that no moral person tolerates everything. For some, the intolerable grows largely from issues of justice and fairness‚ - racism, sexism, homophobia, economic inequity. Such people are divided on an issue like pornography, where values that they hold with equal passion‚ - freedom of expression versus ending the exploitation of women‚ - collide. Given that everyone agrees that some things should not be tolerated, the real issue should not be whether one is tolerant or intolerant, but what's included on one's list. Daniel Taylor, Deconstructing the gospel of tolerance., Christianity Today. January 11, 1999 Vol. 43, No. 1, Page 42.

Hudson Taylor

All [our] difficulties are only platforms for the manifestation of His grace, power and love. -- HUDSON TAYLOR

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

Avoid idleness, and fill up all the spaces of thy time with severe and useful employment: for lust easily creeps in at those emptinesses where the soul is unemployed and the body is at ease; no easy, healthful, idle person was ever chaste if he could be tempted; but of all employments, bodily labour is the most useful, and of the greatest benefit for driving away the Devil.
Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

Marriage has in it less of beauty, but more of safety, than the single life; it hath not more ease, but less danger; it is more merry and more sad; it is fuller of sorrows and fuller of joys; it lies under more burdens, but is supported by all the strengths of love and charity; and those burdens are delightful. Marriage is the mother of the world, and preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself. --Jeremy Taylor

Celibacy, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies insingularity; but marriage, like the useful bee, builds a house, and gathers sweetness from every flower, and labors and unites into societies and republics, and sends out colonies, and feeds the world with delicacies, and keeps order, and exercises many virtues, and promotes the interest of mankind, and is that state of good to whiGod hath designed the present constitution of the world.--Jeremy Taylor

No sin is small. It is against an infinite God, and may have consequences ummeasurable. No grain of sand is small in the mechanism of a watch.--Jeremy Taylor

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends. -- Jeremy Taylor, _Holy Living_, 1650

 Lord, come away;
Why dost thou stay?
Thy road is ready and thy paths made straight
With longing expectations wait
The consecration of thy beautious feet.
Ride on triumphantly; behold! we lay
Our lusts and proud wills in thy way.
Hosannah! welcome to our hearts: Lord, here
Thou hast a temple too, and full as dear
As that of Sion; and as full of sin --
Nothing but thieves and robbers dwell therein;
Enter and chase them forth, and cleanse the floor,
Crucify them, that they may never more
Profane that holy place
Where thou hast chose to set thy face.
And then if our still tongues shall be
Mute in the praises of thy deity,
The stones out of the temple wall
Shall cry aloud and call
Hosannah! and thy glorious footsteps greet.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

Susan Taylor

Thoughts have power. Thoughts are energy. You can make your world or break it by your thinking. - Susan Taylor

Thomas R. Taylor

I'm but a stranger here, heaven is my home
Earth is a desert drear, heaven is my home
Danger and sorrow stand, round me on every hand
Heaven is my fatherland, heaven is my home

What through the tempest rage, heaven is my home
Short is my pilgrimage, heaven is my home
And time's wild wintry blast, soon shall be overpast
I shall reach home at last, heaven is my home

There at my Saviour's side, heaven is my home
I shall be glorified, heaven is my home
There are the good and blest, those I love most and best
And there I too, shall rest, heaven is my home

Therefore I murmur not, heaven is my home
Whatever my earthly lot, heaven is my home
And I shall surely stand, there at my Lord's right hand
Heaven is my fatherland, heaven is my home.
Thomas R. Taylor

Gerald I. Teague

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, how some folks must love the Church! -- Gerald I. Teague

Terry Teachout

Middle age has its cold consolations, one of which is the knowledge that you're not nearly as important as you thought you were, or hoped someday to become. -- Terry Teachout

Edward Teller (1908 &endash; 2003)

Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible. - Edward Teller (1908 &endash; 2003)

William Temple (1881-1944)

The centre of trouble is not the turbulent appetites -- though they are troublesome enough. The centre of trouble is in the personality of man as a whole, which is self-centred and can only be wholesome and healthy if it is God-centred.--William Temple (1881-1944)

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.--William Temple (1881-1944)

Gambling challenges the view of life which the Christian Church exists to uphold and extend. Its glorification of mere chance is a denial of the Divine order of nature. To risk money haphazard is to disregard the insistence of the Church in every age of living faith that possessions are a trust, and that men must account to God for their use. The persistent appeal to covetousness is fundamentally opposed to the unselfishness which was taught by Jesus Christ and by the NewTestament as a whole. The attempt (which is inseparable from gambling) to make a profit out of the inevitable loss and possible suffering of others is the antithesis of that love of oneís neighbor on which our Lord insisted. ... Archbishop William Temple (1881-1944)

Merrill Tenney

Christianity is not a system of philosophy, nor a ritual, nor a code of laws; it is the impartation of a divine vitality. Without the way there is not going, without the truth there is no knowing, without life there is no living. MERRILL TENNEY on Jn 14:6

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.
Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, _Locksley Hall_

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. --Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

 Battering the gates of heaven with storms of prayer. - Tennyson, Alfred, Lord (1809 - 1892) St Simeon Stylites

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred Tennyson_In Memoriam_ CVI (1850)

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law&endash;
Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek'd against his creed&endash;
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) In Memoriam A. H. H.: 55.

Terence. 185-159 B.C.

It is the common vice of all, in old age, to be too intent upon our interests. -- Terence. 185-159 B.C. Adelphoe .Sc.8,30.(953.)

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. --Terence (B.C. 185-159)

In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before. Terence. 185-159 B. C. Eunuchus. The Prologue. 41.

Moderation in all things. -- Terence (Publius Terentius Afer, 190-159 B.C.), The Lady of Andros

You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly.-- Terence

They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than in their head. --Terence (c. 190-159 BC)

Mother Teresa, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (1910-1997)

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. Mother Teresa

We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world. ... Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1910-1997)

In time, they will start killing grown-up people, disabled people and so on. Mother Teresa

Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you, and you to kill me? There is nothing between. Mother Theresa

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

We can do no great things; only small things with great love. Mother Teresa

Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.-- Mother Teresa

Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being thoughtful, you will become more and more Christ-like, for his heart was meek and he always thought of others. Our vocation, to be beautiful, must be full of thought for others. ... Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Make sure that you let God's grace work in your souls by accepting whatever He gives you, and giving Him whatever He takes from you. True holiness consists in doing God's work with a smile.... Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. - Mother Teresa, 1910 - 1997

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. Mother Teresa, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (1910-1997) In "Rolling Stone," by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dec 1992.

What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things. Mother Teresa (1910-1997) A Gift for God, "Carriers of Christ's Love," 1975.

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty. - Mother Teresa

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions -- which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.... . Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) 

Always be joyful. That is the only truly saintly state.-  Teresa of Avila

The life of prayer is just love to God, and the custom of being ever with Him.... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Tertullian (160?-230?)

For us, murder is once for all forbidden... It makes no difference whether one take away the life once born, or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man, who is to be a man; the fruit is always present in the seed.... Tertullian (160?-230?)

Let the emperor make war on heaven; let him lead heaven captive in his triumph; let him put guards on heaven; let him impose taxes on heaven! He cannot. . . . He gets his sceptre where he first got his humanity; his power where he got the breath of life. --Tertullian (AD 200)

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 &endash; 1863)

'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard, Mister Harry-- every man of every nation has done that-- 'tis the living up to it that is difficult, as I know to my cost. --W. M. Thackeray, Henry Esmond

The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts; but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do? (The Newcomes ch. 20) William Makepeace Thackeray

 To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained - who can say this is not greatness?  - William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811 - 1863

A good laugh is sunshine in a house. --- William Makepeace Thackeray

 'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel. --William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) _Henry Esmond_ [1852], Book I, Chapter 7

Denis Thatcher

Nest of vipers. The bloody reds. - Denis Thatcher describing the BBC to its new chairman, Marmaduke Hussey in Barnett and Curry, The Battle for the BBC, p39

Margaret Thatcher (1925-____)

You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. --Margaret Thatcher

Nest of vipers. The bloody reds. - Denis Thatcher describing the BBC to its new chairman, Marmaduke Hussey in Barnett and Curry, The Battle for the BBC, p39

I stand before you tonight in my Red Star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up, and my fai hair gently waved: the Iron Lady of the Western World! - Margaret Thatcher , speech in Finchley 31 Jan 1976, after the Red Army newspaper had given her the name.

I an the rebel head of an Establishment government - Margaret Thatcher quoted in Hugo Young, One of Us: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher p. 242"

Creating wealth must be seen as a Christian obligation if we are to fulfill our role as stewards of the resources and talents The Creator has provided for us. - Margaret Thatcher, speech to a Conservative Women's Conference, London, 1981 in Andrew Thomson, Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Within, pp 68-69

I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. "I have a problem, I'll get a grant." "I'm homeless, the government must house me." They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation. - - Margaret Thatcher"Aids, Education and the Year 2000," Woman's Own, 3 October 1987,Page 10

There is a living tapestry of men and women, and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend on how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves. And each of us, by our own efforts, is prepared to turn round and help those less fortunate. - - Margaret Thatcher"Aids, Education and the Year 2000," Woman's Own, 3 October 1987,Page 10

Parliament isn't the great institution of life. Churches are your great institutions, as are your great voluntary associations. And you're entitled to look to them and say, "Look, there are certain standards, and if you undermine fundamentally these standards you'll be changing our way of life." When the authority of those institutions is undermined because they haven't been forthright [about the behavior that causes the spread of AIDS], it is then that people turn too much to the State.- Margaret Thatcher"Aids, Education and the Year 2000," Woman's Own, 3 October 1987,Page 10

Class is a communist concept. It groups people in bundles, and sets them against one another. Margaret Thatcher in Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady,

Enemies within are those who do not believe in the democratic system but who will use violence or intimidation - some means other than democracy - to attain their ends. - Margaret Thatcher, speaking on Channel 4 TV quoted in Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p160

To have the state as servant and not as master - Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power,p372

Though the island of Great Britain exhibits but a small spot upon the map of the globe, it makes a splendid appearance in the history of mankind, and for a long space has been signally under the protection of God and a seat of peace, liberty and truth.- John Newton (1725-1807), sermon, quoted in Andrew Thomson, Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Within, pp 68-69

America, my friends, is the only country in the world actually founded on liberty-- the only one. People went to America to be free. -- Margaret Thatcher

Any set of social and economic arrangements which is not founded on the acceptance of individual responsibility will do nothing but harm. We are all responsible for our own actions. We cannot blame society if we disobey the law. We simply cannot delegate the exercise of mercy and generosity to others.
Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

Regarding Christianity and public policy: "May I also say a few words about my personal belief in the relevance of Christianity to public policy - to the things that are Caesar's? The Old Testament lays down in Exodus the Ten Commandments as given to Moses, the injunction in Leviticus to love our neighbour as ourselves, and generally the importance of observing a strict code of law. The New Testament is a record of the Incarnation, the teachings of Christ, and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Again we have the emphasis on loving our neighbour as ourselves and to 'Do-as-you-would-be-done-by.' I believe that by taking together these key elements from the Old and New Testaments, we gain a view of the universe, a proper attitude to work and principles to shape economic and social life. We are told we must work and use our talents to create wealth. 'If a man will not work he shall not eat,' wrote St. Paul to the Thessalonians. Indeed, abundance rather than poverty has a legitimacy which derives from the very nature of Creation.
Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

Nevertheless, the Tenth Commandment - 'Thou shalt not covet' - recognises that making money and owning things could become selfish activities. But it is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. How could we respond to the many calls for help, or invest for the future, or support the wonderful artists or craftsmen whose work also glorifies God, unless we had first worked hard and used our talents to create the necessary wealth? -- Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

I think back to many discussions in my early life when we all agreed that if you try to take the fruits of Christianity without its roots, the fruits will wither. And they will not come again unless you nurture the roots. But we must not profess the Christian faith and go to church simply because we want social reforms and benefits or a better standard of behaviour - but because we accept the sanctity of life, the responsibility that comes with freedom and the supreme sacrifice of Christ expressed so well in the hymn: 'When I survey the wondrous Cross/ on which the Prince of Glory died/ My richest gain I count but loss/ and pour contempt on all my pride.'--Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

When Abraham Lincoln spoke in his famous Gettysburg speech of 1863 of 'government of the people, by the people, and for the people,' he gave the world a neat definition of democracy which has since been widely and enthusiastically adopted. But what he enunciated as a form of government was not in itself especially Christian, for nowhere in the Bible is the word democracy mentioned. Ideally, when Christians meet, as Christians, to take counsel together, their purpose is not (or should not be) to ascertain what is the mind of the majority but what is the mind of the Holy Spirit - something which may be quite different.
Nevertheless I am an enthusiast for democracy. And I take that position, not because I believe majority opinion is inevitably right or true - indeed no majority can take away God-given human rights - but because I believe it most effectively safeguards the value of the individual, and, more than any other system, restrains the abuse of power by the few. And that is a Christian concept.
Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

Recently there have been great debates about religious education. I believe politicians must see that religious education has a proper place in the school curriculum. The Christian religion - which, of course, embodies many of the great spiritual and moral truths of Judaism - is a fundamental part of our national heritage. For centuries it has been our very lifeblood. Indeed we are a nation whose ideals are founded on the Bible. Also, it is quite impossible to understand our history or literature without grasping this fact. That is the strong practical case for ensuring that children at school are given adequate instruction in the part which the Judaic-Christian tradition has played in molding our laws, manners, and institution. How can you make sense of Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, or of the constitutional conflicts of the seventeenth century in both Scotland and England, without some such knowledge? But I go further than this. The truths of the Judaic-Christian tradition are infinitely precious, not only, as I believe because they are true, but also because they provide the moral impulse which alone can lead to that peace, in the true meaning of the word, for which we all long.
Margaret Thatcher, speech to theChurch of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

The Old Testament prophets did not say,"Brothers. I want a consensus."--Margaret Thatcher

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It is not a day when you lounge around doing nothing: it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. Margaret Thatcher

In my lifetime all our problems have come from mainland Europe and the solutions have come from the English-speaking nations of the world -
Baroness Thatcher at the Conservative conference , The Times, 9.10.99

I owe nothing to Women's Lib. Margaret Thatcher The Observer December 1, 1974

There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
Margaret Thatcher, Woman's Own, 31 October 1987.

We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state. -- Margaret Thatcher

One can never do without straightforward common sense in matters great as well as small. -- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p31

We still have to find some way of combining Christian charity with sensible social policy-- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p11

Personal virtue is no substitute for political hard-headedness.-- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p11

I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do.- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p31

I came across some of my father's loose sermon notes slipped into the back of my sixth form chemistry exercise book.
"Men, nations, races or any particular generation cannot be saved by ordinances, power, legislation. We worry about all these things, and our faith becomes weak and faltering. But all these things are as old as the human race - all these things confronted Jesus 2,000 years ago...This is why Jesus had to come."
My father lived these convictions to the end. .- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p164

The common law will remain the basis of our legal system, and our Courts will continue to operate as they do at present..- British Government White paper 1971 on the effects of the proposed entry into the European Common Market,, quoted in Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p210

Communism was the regime for the priveleged elite, capitalism the creed for the common man..- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p156

Your President, President Clinton, he is a great communicator. The trouble is he has absolutely nothing to communicate.
Margaret Thatcher in Memories of Maggie, ed Iain Dale.

When Gladstone met Michael Faraday, he asked him whether his work on electricity would be of any use. "Yes, sir" remarked Faraday with prescience, "One day you will tax it." .- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p176

It was the religious writing of that High Anglican C.S.Lewis which had most impact upon my intellectual religious formation.--Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p40

Kathleen Casey Theisen

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it. -Kathleen Casey Theisen

St. Theresa

From heaven even the most miserable life will look like one bad night at an inconvenient hotel. - St. THERESA

Paul Theroux

The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume. -- Paul Theroux, The happy isles of Oceania. Paddling the Pacific

The fact that few people go there is one of the most persuasive reasons for traveling to a place.-- Paul Theroux ,The happy isles of Oceania. Paddling the Pacific

Lou Thesz

I remember things that happened sixty years ago, but if you ask me where I left my car keys five minutes ago, that's sometimes a problem. -- Lou Thesz

Helmut Thielicke

Jesus did not say 'You are the honey of the world'. He said 'You are the salt of the earth'. Salt bites, and the unadulterated message of the judgement and grace of God has always been a biting thing.--Helmut Thielicke

Once man ceases to recognize the infinite value of the human soul...then all he can recognize is that man is something to be used. HELMUT THIELICKE

Clarence Thomas (1948 &endash; )

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. - Clarence Thomas (1948 &endash; )

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light...
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Lewis Thomas

We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go, on whatever we touch.-Lewis Thomas

Bruce Thompson

A favorite quote? That's like having a favorite page of the encyclopedia.--Bruce Thompson

President Clinton, on my behalf but without my consent, apologized:
--to Japan, for winning World War II and deposing the evil military government.
--to African nations, for not regarding their butcher-clown leaders and chaotic societies as equals.
--to black Americans, for slavery in America, notwithstanding that it was precisely Western ideals that made the abolition of slavery possible, and that citizenship in modern America is like winning a lottery prize compared to the Third World.
Yet, when it comes time to apologize for himself, for his own wrongdoing, he doesn't. Instead, he says: I lied. Screw you. I'm going on vacation. - Bruce Thompson

I'd rather be disappointed in some than cynical about all.--Bruce Thompson

It's better to step on toes than walk on eggs. -- Bruce Thompson

Diversity has no inherent value, but is simply a fact of life, which may be employed or endured either well or badly. My circle of friends is diverse. So is my household garbage. --Bruce Thompson

Dorothy Thompson (1894 &endash; 1961)

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered. Dorothy Thompson

E P Thompson

With Paine's The Rights of Man, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the foundation documents of the working class movement. - E P Thompson, The making of the English Working Class

Francis Thompson (1859 &endash; 1907)

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbèd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat - and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet -
"All things betray thee, who betrayest Me."
The Hound of Heaven -- by Francis Thompson (1859 &endash; 1907)

Hunter S. Thompson

They don't hardly make 'em like him any more - but just to be on the safe side, he should be castrated anyway. -- Hunter S. Thompson

A.A. Thomson

He never let the sun go down on his anger, though there were some colourful sunsets while it lasted. ~ A.A. Thomson in Alan Gibson, The Cricket Captains of England (1979 - [speaking of W.G. Grace](1911-1993) : Belief and Creativity, lecture, 11 Apr, 1980.

James Thomson

The faithless vain disturber of mankind, Insulting Gaul.--James Thomson, _The Seasons--Autumn_, 1730

Peter Thomson (1929-____)

If you play it safe in life, you've decided that you don't want to grow any more. Peter Thomson (1929-____)

Henry David Thoreau (1817 &endash; 1862)

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.... Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule
And every fool will mind it.
H. D. Thoreau, Journal, 3 Feb. 1860

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)_Walden_ [1854], "Conclusion"

There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. --Henry David Thoreau _Resistance to Civil Government_ (1849)

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Henry David Thoreau, Walden(1854),I,Economy

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. --Henry Thoreau (Walden)

When were the good and the brave ever in a majority? -- Henry Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. -- Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. -- Henry Thoreau (Walden, 1854)

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.--Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862),Walden: Higher Laws, 1854

Everybody should believe in something....I believe I'll go fishing. -- Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. --Henry David Thoreau_Walden_ (1854)

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. --Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) _Walden_, "Economy" [1854]

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.- Henry David Thoreau (1817 &endash; 1862)

Edward L. Thorndike

Colors fade, temples crumble, but wise words endure.--Edward L. Thorndike

Lionel Thornton

Two things, belief and conduct, are indissolubly bound together; they are part of one whole, as roots and fruit are both alike parts of one tree, organically connected. LIONEL SPENCER THORNTON

Michael Thornton

At a dinner that was attended by the Yorks, Wallis had stepped forward to greet them, holding out her hand as a gesture of friendship. Edward had evidently asked Wallis to perform the role of hostess, The Duchess was furious. She walked straight past Wallis and said in a loud voice, 'I came to dine with the King', Throughout the evening she continued to ignore Wallis, and she and the Duke were the first to leave. - Michael Thornton, Royal Feud, p112

James Henley Thornwell

The Gospel, like its blessed Master, is always crucified between two thieves -- legalist of all sorts on the one hand and Antinomians on the other; the former robbing the Saviour of the glory of his work for us, and the other robbing him of the glory of his work within us. - James Henley Thornwell, from Antinomianism

Kelvin Throop

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?--Kelvin Throop, III

James Thurber (1894 &endash; 1961)

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.--James Thurber (1894-1961)_Fables for Our Time_ [1940], "The Shore and the Sea"

I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance -- a sharp, vindictive glance. -- James Thurber

Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing.-- James Thurber, _Further Fables for Our Time_

You can't fool too many of the people too much of the time. James Thurber

The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.~James Thurber

Bassam Tibi

 At its core, Islam is a religious mission to all humanity. Muslims are religiously obliged to disseminate the Islamic faith throughout the world. "We have sent you forth to all mankind" (Q. 34:28). If non-Muslims submit to conversion or subjugation, this call (da'wa) can be pursued peacefully. If they do not, Muslims are obliged to wage war against them. In Islam, peace requires that non-Muslims submit to the call of Islam, either by converting or by accepting the status of a religious minority (dhimmi) and paying the imposed poll tax, jizya. World peace, the final stage of the da'wa, is reached only with the conversion or submission of all mankind to Islam…Muslims believe that expansion through war is not aggression but a fulfillment of the Qur'anic command to spread Islam as a way to peace. The resort to force to disseminate Islam is not war (harb), a word that is used only to describe the use of force by non-Muslims. Islamic wars are not hurub (the plural of harb) but rather futuhat, acts of "opening" the world to Islam and expressing Islamic jihad. Relations between dar al-Islam, the home of peace, and dar al-harb, the world of unbelievers, nevertheless take place in a state of war, according to the Qur'an and to the authoritative commentaries of Islamic jurists. Unbelievers who stand in the way, creating obstacles for the da'wa, are blamed for this state of war, for the da'wa can be pursued peacefully if others submit to it. In other words, those who resist Islam cause wars and are responsible for them. Only when Muslim power is weak is "temporary truce" (hudna) allowed (Islamic jurists differ on the definition of "temporary").- Tibi, Bassam. "War and Peace in Islam," in The Ethics of War and Peace: Religious and Secular Perspectives, edited by Terry Nardin, 1996, Princeton, N.J., pp. 129-131.

Paul Tillich (1886-1965)

Boredom is rage spread thin. -- Paul Tillich (1886-1965)

Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. --Paul Tillich

The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich

[St. Paul] has pointed to the only thing that can destroy our faith in Providence, which is our disbelief in the love of God, our distrust of God, our fear of His wrath, our hatred of his Presence, our conception of Him as a tyrant who condemns us, and our feeling of sin and guilt. It is not the depth of our suffering, but the depth of our separation from God, which destroys our faith in Providence.Paul Tillich,"The Shaking of the Foundations," Scribners, copyright 1948.

John Tillotson (1630-1694)

The little and short sayings of the wise and excellent are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the least sparks of diamonds. --John Tillotson

The true ground of most men's prejudice against the Christian doctrine is because they have no mind to obey it.--John Tillotson (1630-1694)

If the enjoyments of this life were certain, yet they are unsatisfying. This is the vanity of vanities, that every thing in this world can trouble us, but nothing can give us satisfaction... If we be hungry, we are in pain; and if we eat to the full, we are uneasy... So that we p[pursue the happiness of this world just as little Children chase birds, when we think we are come very near it and have it almost in our hands it flies farther from us than it was at first.
John Tillotson, Sermon VIII

They who are in highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are most observed. --John Tillotson (1630-1694), _Reflections_


It is better to be old-fashioned and right than to be up-to-date and wrong.--- Tiorio

You can employ men and hire hands to work for you, but you must win their hearts to have them work with you.--- Tiorio

Alexis de Tocqueville

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her comodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies; and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast commerce, and it was not there. Not until I visited the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
Alexis de Tocqueville

Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. . . . How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?"-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: "Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I."
Alexis de Tocqueville

There exists in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom. --Tocqueville

Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference. While democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.-- Alexis Charles Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville ---Democracy in America, Book 1 -Chapter III

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.--Alexis de Tocqueville,_Democracy in America_ (1835)

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 &endash; 1973)

I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to. --J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Two Towers_

One has personally to come under the shadow of war to feel fully its oppression; but as the years go by it seems now often forgotten that to be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than to be involved in 1939 and the following years. By 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead." J.R.R. Tolkien in his Preface to the Lord of the Rings

My birthday-present! It came to me on my birthday, my precious," So he had always said to himself.
J. R. R. Tolkien, THE HOBBIT, Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.--Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

The more is given the less people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
Leo Tolstoy,"Help for the Starving, Part II" January, 1892

Would reason ever have proved to me that I must love my neigbour instead of strangling him? I was told that in my childhood and I believed it gladly, for they told me what was already in my soul. But who discovered it? Not reason. Reason discovered the struggle for existence, and the law demanding that I should strangle all who hinder the satisfaction of my desires. That is the deduction of reason. But loving one's neighbour reason could never discover, because it's unreasonable.-- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

It is by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced. Leo Tolstoy

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. -- Leo Tolstoy

The creation and sale of most art today is pure prostitution. The comparison is true in every detail. Real art can only rarely be created even by a real artist; like a child in a mother's womb, it is the ripened fruit of his prior life. False art, though, can be ceaselessly produced by craftsmen, according to the dictates of a market. Like a faithful wife who loves her husband, real art does not need any excess decoration; like a prostitute, false art demands to be decorated. True art comes out of an artist's urgent need to express the feelings that have formed inside him, just as a mother needs to give birth to her baby. False art answers only to profit. Real art brings new feelings into our life, as a woman brings a new person into the world. False art corrupts; it makes a person dissipated, distracts him, weakens his spiritual power. Everyone must understand this, in order that they shun the terrible proliferation of this dirty, dissipated type of art which is, on its face, prostitution.--Leo Tolstoy, "A Calendar of Wisdom"

The problem of the meaning of life is intractable, but life's purpose becomes very simple when we ask ourselves what we should do. -Tolstoy

Lily Tomlin

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percentthat get all the publicity. But then we elected them.~ Lily Tomlin

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.-- Lily Tomlin

Michael Tooley

Since it is virtually certain that an infant at such a stage of its development does not possess the concept of a continuing self, and thus does not possess a serious right to life, there is excellent reason to believe that infanticide is morally permissible in most cases where it is otherwise desirable.
Michael Tooley, Ethics for Modern Life, St. Martin's Press, 1987

Augustus Toplady

Assurance I consider as the ring which God puts upon faith's finger..."A weak hand may tie the marriage-knot; and a feeble faith may lay hold on a strong Christ"... A wife may lose her wedding ring. But that does not dissove the marriage-relation. She continues a lawful wife still. And yet she is not easy until she find her ring again. A. Toplady--Works, p.442

The greatest judgment which God Himself can, in this present life, inflict upon a man is, to leave him in the hand of his own boasted free-will. AUGUSTUS TOPLADY

I infer that God's decrees, and the necessity of event flowing thence, neither destroy the true free-agency of men, nor render the commission of sin a jot less heinous. They neither force the human will, nor extenuate the evil of human actions. Predestination, foreknowledge, and providence, only secure the event, and render it certainly future, in a way and manner (incomprehensibly indeed by us; but) perfectly consistent with the nature of second causes. Augustus Toplady

To a true believer, death is but going to Church: from the Church below to the Church above.-Augustustus Toplady--Works, p.543

R A Torrey

Tell me your doctrine of the Fall and I will tell you the state of your theology. R A Torrey

We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love. For love does not measure by a merchant's scales, not with a surveyor's chain. It hath a delicacy... unknown in any handling of material substance.- Reuben Archer (R. A.) Torrey

Ron Tottingham

Crisis does not make men, it reveals men. --Ron Tottingham

God's will is in God's Word. --Ron Tottingham

Paul Tournier

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.-Paul Tournier The Meaning of Persons Harper 57 Simpson's Contemporary Quotations 1988.

This is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible beings who do not run away from life. -- Paul Tournier

Henri de Tourville (1842-1903)

We believe, but we do not know how to enjoy what we believe. --Henri de Tourville (1842-1903)

K. Tower

The enemy started to advance in mass down the railway cutting, about 800 yards off, and Maurice Dease fired his two machine-guns into them and absolutely mowed them down. I should judge without exaggeration that he killed at least 500 in two minutes. The whole cutting was full of bodies and this cheered us all up. Lieutenant K. Tower, Royal Fusiliers, 1914

Robert Townsend

When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people's excuse for failure. - Robert Townsend  

Arnold J. Toynbee

A life which does not go into action is a failure. - Arnold J. Toynbee

Religion holds the solution to all problems of human relationship, whether they are between parents and children or nation and nation. Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God. A. J. Toynbee

As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us. A. J. Toynbee

Of the twenty-two civilisations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now. Arnold Toynbee

Historically, religion came first and science grew out of religion. Science has never superseded religion, and it is my expectation that it never will.
Arnold Toynbee

A. W. Tozer 1897-1963

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and bring Him nearer to our own image. ... A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Constantly practice the habit of inwardly gazing upon God. You know that something inside your heart sees God. Even when you are compelled to withdraw your conscious attention in order to engage in earthly affairs, there is within you a secret communion always going on.... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]

Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Haven fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it's because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That's the source of everything. - A.W. Tozer The Works of A.W. Tozer The Attributes of God Page 47

Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to have plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence. - A.W. Tozer, The Works of A.W. Tozer

Truth is a glorious but hard mistress. She never consults, bargains or compromises.--A. W. Tozer

The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. --Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963)

The interior journey of the soul from the wilds of sin into the enjoyed presence of God is beautiful. Ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to the Holy of Holies. God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there. ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]

The moment we make up our minds that we are going on with this determination to exalt God overall, we step out of the worldís parade... We acquire a new viewpoint; a new and different psychology will be formed within us; a new power will begin to surprise us by its upsurgings and its outgoings. ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]

The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are not worthy of Him. A. W. TOZER

I wonder if you realize that in many ways the preaching of the Word of God is being pulled down to the level of the ignorant and spiritually obtuse; that we must tell stories and jokes and entertain and amuse in order to have a few people in the audience? We do these things that we may have some reputation and that there may be money in the treasury to meet the church bills....In many churches Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone! - A.W. Tozer in I Talk Back to the Devil

We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. A.W. TOZER

When God would make His name known to mankind, He could find no better word than "I AM". "I am that I am," says God, "I change not." Everyone and everything else measures from that fixed point. ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]

One hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become "unity" conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948]

The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. --Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963)

Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late -- and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

The truth is that God always answers the prayer that accords with His will as revealed in the Scriptures, provided the one who prays is obedient and trustful. Further than this we dare not go. --A. W. Tozer

Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. --A. W. Tozer

We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. --A. W. Tozer

I would rather know the truth than be happy in ignorance. If I cannot have both truth and happiness, give me truth. We'll have a long time to be happy in heaven. --A. W. Tozer

"Let God be true but every man a liar" is the language of true faith. --A. W. Tozer

Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God... a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. --A. W. Tozer

True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it. --A. W. Tozer

Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves -- blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God

What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them... we must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly. --A. W. Tozer

We must face today as children of tomorrow. We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come. To the pure in heart nothing really bad can happen... not death but sin should be our great fear. --A. W. Tozer

You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him. --A. W. Tozer

We can not grasp the true meaning of the divine holiness by thinking of someone or something very pure and then raising the concept to the highest degree we are capable of. God's holiness is not simply the best we know, infinitely better. We know nothing like divine holiness. It stands apart,unique, unapproachable, incomprehensible and unattainable. Only the spirit of the Holy can impart to the human spirit the knowledge of the holy. A. W. TOZER

We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing. A. W. TOZER

An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand. A.W. TOZER

The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.--Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963)

Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.-A. W. Tozer (1879-1963), The Pursuit of God

Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days. ... A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God [1948]

Brian Tracy

Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people. ~ Brian Tracy

Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674)

He knoweth nothing as he ought to know it, who thinketh he knoweth anything without seeing its place and the manner how it relateth to God, angels, and men, and to all the creatures in earth, heaven and hell, time and eternity. ... Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674)

Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and Kings in sceptres, you never enjoy the world.
Traherne, Centuries XXIX, quoted in The Practical Christianity of Malcolm Muggeridge, by David Porter

John Trapp

He poureth not the oil of His grace but into broken vessels. - John Trapp on Matt.5:6

Pollution is the forerunner of perdition. -- John Trapp


Means must be neither trusted nor neglected. JOHN TRAPP

G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962)

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.--G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962)

The gods mercifully gave mankind this little moment of peace between the religious fanaticisms of the past and the fanaticisms of class and race that were speedily to arise and dominate time to come. --G. M. Trevelyan, English Social History, p. 354.

Sir Frederick Treves

Don't bother about genius. Don't worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination. And the best motto for a long march is: "Don't grumble. Plug on!"--- Sir Frederick Treves

Calvin Trillin

Health food makes me sick. -- Calvin Trillin

David Elton Trueblood (1900-1994)

A Christian is one who has bet his life that Christ was right.-- David Elton Trueblood (1900-1994)

Any alleged Christianity which fails to express itself in cheerfulness, at some point, is clearly spurious. The Christian is cheerful, not because he is blind to injustice and suffering, but because he is convinced that these, in the light of the divine sovereignty, are never ultimate. ... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Humor of Christ [1965]

Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.--D. Elton Trueblood

F S Trueman

An aged Don Bradman was asked by a reporter how he thought he would fare against modern test bowlers. He replied that he would average in the fifties. The reporter reminded him that he had retired with a never surpassed test average of 99.4. "Yes" replied The Don, " But I am 72 now."
F S Trueman, BBC Radio 4, 26.2.2001

T'finest bloody fast bowler that ever drew breath.
Frederick Sewards Trueman, when asked how he wanted to be remembered.

Don Truex

I'm sure you've noticed that Jesus came into a world that was dominated by an oppressive government, saturated with slavery, and disadvantaged economically for much of the population. Yet, He did not seek to alter man's political, social or economic status. Why not? Simply put, the externals in life will never change much. It is forever true that one "born of woman is of few days and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). Jesus told the truth when He noted, "the poor you have with you always" (John 12:8). So He came to change what was in the hearts of men and women. ~Don Truex, Did Jesus Come to Solve Poverty?

Harry Truman (1884 &endash; 1972)

Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, "on one hand... on the other." --Harry Truman

If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog -- Harry Truman

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?- Harry Truman

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. -- Harry S Truman

Barbara Tuchman

It hurt the economic historians, the Marxists and the fabians, to admit that the Ten Hour Bill, the basic piece of 19th century legislation, came down from the top, out of aa nobleman's private feelings about the Gospel, or that the abolition of the slave trade was achieved, not through the operation of some "law" of profit and loss, but peurlet as the result of tyhe new humanitarianism of the Evangelicals. - Barbara Tuchman, Bible and Sword.

Sophie Tucker

I've been rich and I've been poor; rich is better-Sophie Tucker

John Tudor

Here's a gift to take and treasure,
England's gift as well as mine,
Symbol of her clean-spent leisure,
Of her youth and strength a sign;
Gleams of sunlight on old meadows
O'er these varnished toys are cast,
And within that box's shadows
Stir the triumphs of the Past.

Still the ancient tale entrances,
Giving us in golden dower
ULYETT'S drives and IVO's glances,
JACKSON'S dash and THORNTON'S power;
Piling up their English runs.

Take these simple toys as token
Of the champions that have been,
Stalwart in defence unbroken,
Hefty hitters, hitting clean;
And, when capped in Life's eleven,
May you stand as firm as they;
May you, little son of seven,
Play the game the English way.
John Tudor, TO A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD (With his first Cricket Set). _Punch_, April 23, 1919

Sherry Turkle

Terrified of being alone, yet afraid of intimacy, we experience widespread feelings of emptiness, of disconnection, of the unreality of self. And here the computer, a companion without emotional demands, offers a compromise. You can be a loner, but never alone. You can interact, but need never feel vulnerable to another person.--Sherry Turkle _The Second Self_ [1984], Chapter 9

Agnes Sligh Turnbull

There is still vitality under the winter snow, even though to the casual eye it seems to be dead. ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull, The Rolling Years (1936)

Kitte Turmell

Happiness walks on busy feet. &emdash;Kitte Turmell

Desmond Tutu (1931-____)

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.Desmond Tutu (1931-____)Address at enthronement as Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, 7 Sep 1986.

Children are a wonderful gift . . . They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.Desmond Tutu (1931-____)"The Words of Desmond Tutu," 1984.

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.Desmond Tutu (1931-____)In "Christian Science Monitor," 20 Dec 1984.

Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.Desmond Tutu (1931-____)In NY "Times," 19 Oct 1984

Without forgiveness, there's no future. --Desmond Tutu

God, we know you are in charge, but why don't you make it slightly more obvious?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1990 (address to students at at West Point)

Amos Tversky

Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that experts fall for.- Amos Tversky

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) (1835-1910)

There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable,drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation.They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting. --- Mark Twain

That which was hard to endure is sweet to remember.  - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. -- Mark Twain

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.    - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

 Ah well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. ~ Mark Twain, on himself, in Edward Wagenknecht, Mark Twain:The Man and His Work.

When I reflect upon the number of disagreeable people who I know who have gone to a better world, I am moved to lead a different life.-- Mark Twain

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.-Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)_Life on the Mississippi_ [1883], Chapter six

Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we'd all have frozen to death! Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

In India, "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.... Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), (1835-1910)

By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean. - Mark Twain

Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog. -- Mark Twain

Be careful of reading health books, you might die of a misprint. Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. -Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.-- Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar"

Sacred cows make the best hamburger. --Mark Twain

I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.--Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. --Mark Twain

I would like to live in Manchester, England. The transition between Manchester and death would be unnoticeable.--Mark Twain

When he was asked the reason for his success, Mark Twain replied: "I was born excited!"

Principles have no real force except when one is well fed. Mark Twain

I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Mark Twain

Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
Mark Twain, in Albert B. Payne, Mark Twain: A biography, vol. 3. (1912)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too can become great. Mark Twain

Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. -- Mark Twain

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like and do what you'd rather not. -- Mark Twain

Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again knows their full value. Mark Twain

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. Mark Twain (1835-1910)

His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there's scarcely a hole in it anywhere. Mark Twain

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. -Mark Twain

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most. Mark Twain

His money is twice tainted: 'taint yours and 'taint mine. Mark Twain

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), What Is Man?(1906)

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. Mark Twain

Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him. Mark Twain

My first American ancestor, gentlemen, was an Indian--an early Indian. Your ancestors skinned him alive, and I am an orphan. All those Salem witches were ancestors of mine. Your people made it tropical for them...The first slave brought into New England out of Africa was an ancestor of mine -- for I am a mixed breed, an infinitely shaded and exquisite Mongrel.
Mark Twain, speech, Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims (1887)

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself.
Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain

Don't go around saying God owes you something. God owes you nothing. He is here first. adapted from Mark Twain

In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year. Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the old Oolitic Silurian period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi was upwards of one million three hundred thousand miles long, and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing rod. And by the same token any person can see that seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three quarters long, and Cairo and New Orleans will havejoined their sidewalks and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi.

Most people are bothered by those passages in scriptures which they cannot understand. But for me, I always notice that the passages in scripture which trouble me the most are those that I do understand. Mark Twain

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself. Mark Twain

The more you join in with people in their joys and their sorrows, the more nearer and dearer they come to be to you.... But it is sorrow and trouble that brings you the nearest. Mark Twain

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. Mark Twain

What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin. Mark Twain

It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others and less trouble. Mark Twain

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
Mark Twain Following the Equator, Chapt. XXX, Vol I

[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity. Mark Twain

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. Mark Twain

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain

It will start in here in November and rain about four, and sometimes as much as seven days on a stretch; after that, you may loan out your umbrella for twelve months, with the serene confidence which a Christian feels in four aces.
Mark Twain, "Washoe. -- `Information Wanted'" In: Works of Mark Twain: Early Tales and Sketches, Vol. I 1851-1864 (University of California Press, 1979), 368.

What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

All democrats are insane, but not one of them knows it; none but the republicans and mugwumps know it. All the republicans are insane, but only the democrats and mugwumps can perceive it. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
Mark Twain, "What Is Man and Other Philosophical Writings", p. 235.

After my marriage she edited everything I wrote. And what is more, she not only edited my works, she edited me. ~Mark Twain

You take the lies out of him, and he'll shrink to the size of your hat; you take the malice out of him, and he'll disappear. -- Mark Twain

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can." -- Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar"

It may be called the Master Passion, the hunger for self-approval.-- Mark Twain

Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.--Mark Twain

Adam was but human--this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent. -- Mark Twain, _Pudd'nhead Wilson_

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks and then starting on the first one. --Mark Twain (1835-1910)

I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time.I have no other restriction as regards smoking. - Mark Twain, 70th birthday speech.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.... Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), "Following the Equator", 1897

There are three things which I consider excellent advice. First, don't smoke to excess. Second, don't drink to excess. Third, don't marry to excess. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -- Mark Twain

John Tyler (1790 &endash; 1862)

The United States have adventured upon a great and noble experiment, which is believed to have been hazarded in the absence of all previous precedent&emdash;that of total separation of Church and State. No religious establishment by law exists among us. The conscience is left free from all restraint and each is permitted to worship his Maker after his own judgement. The offices of the Government are open alike to all. No tithes are levied to support an established Hierarchy, nor is the fallible judgement of man set up as the sure and infallible creed of faith. The Mahommedan, if he will to come among us would have the privilege guaranteed to him by the constitution to worship according to the Koran; and the East Indian might erect a shrine to Brahma if it so pleased him. Such is the spirit of toleration inculcated by our political Institutions.... The Hebrew persecuted and down trodden in other regions takes up his abode among us with none to make him afraid.... and the Aegis of the Government is over him to defend and protect him. Such is the great experiment which we have tried, and such are the happy fruits which have resulted from it; our system of free government would be imperfect without it. - John Tyler (1790 &endash; 1862)

Kermit Tyler

Well, don't worry about it. It's nothing.- Lieutenant Kermit Tyler, Duty Officer at the Shafter Information Center, Hawaii, responds to a report of the radar sighting of 50 warplanes approaching Pearl Harbor at 180 mph on 7 December 1941.

William Tyndale (1492-1536)

If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives the plough to know more of the scriptures than you do. - William Tyndale (1492-1536) in argument with a scholar.

Alexander Fraser Tytler ,Lord Woodhouselee (1748-1813)

From bondage to spiritual faith,from spiritual faith to great courage,
from great courage to liberty,
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to selfishness,
from selfishness to complacency,
from complacency to dependency,
from dependency back into bondage.
Alexander Fraser Tytler ,Lord Woodhouselee (1748-1813), "The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic"

Lao Tzu

Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge. -- Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC

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