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Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

Anyone can lead a "prayer-life" -- that is, the sort of reasonable devotional life to which each is called by God. This only involves making a suitable rule and making up your mind to keep it however boring this may be.... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

Faith is not a refuge from reality. It is a demand that we face realit y, with all its difficulties, opportunities, and implications. The true subject matter of religion is not our own little souls, but the Eternal God and His whole mysterious purpose, and our solemn responsibility to Him. ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The School of Charity [1934]

Christian history looks glorious in retrospect; but it is made up of constant hard choices and unattractive tasks, accepted under the pressure of the Will of God. Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

John Updike

Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. ~ John Updike

Gladys Upham

Talking with a man is like trying to saddle a cow. You work like hell, but what's the point? -- Gladys Upham

Leon Uris

So before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribeagainst the world. And all of us against the infidel.--Leon Uris, _The Haj_ (1984)

James Ussher,(1581-1656)

Which beginning of time according to our chronology, fell upon the entrance of the night preceding the twenty third day of _Octob_. in the year of the Julian Calender, 710 [4004 B.C.].--Ussher, James (1581-1656)_The Annals of the World_ (1658) p. 1 On the Creation.

Peter Ustinov (1921- )

He shows great originality, which must be curbed at all cost.--Peter Ustinov's "favorite school report," as quoted in his _Dear Me_

Jimmy Valvano

Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter Hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot destroy peace,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot suppress memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot steal eternal life,
It cannot conquer the spirit.
Jimmy Valvano
 Martin Van Buren (1782 &endash; 1862)

As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it. - Martin Van Buren (1782 &endash; 1862)

Jan van de Snepscheut

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.-- Jan van de Snepscheut

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)

Less is more.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) : New York Herald Tribune, 1959.

God is in the details -- Mies van der Rohe

Henry Van Dyke

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear,too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice,but for those who love, time is eternity. - Henry Van Dyke

Mamie Van Doren

He's the type of man who will end up dying in his own arms. -- Mamie Van Doren

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.- Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) "Artists in Quotation," by Donna Ward La Cour, 1989.

Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987)

Agnosticism is epistemologically self-contradictory on its own assumptions because its claim to make no assertion about ultimate reality rests upon a most comprehensive assertion about ultimate reality Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987)

The picture of fallen man as given in Scripture is that he knows God but does not want to recognize Him as God. CORNELIUS VAN TIL

Sheldon Vanauken

The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians -- when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. --Sheldon Vanauken

Daniele Vare

Diplomacy - the art of letting someone have your way.-- attributed to Daniele Vare

C. C. DeVille (1962 &endash; )

 Addiction is a symptom of not growing up. I know people think it's a disease... If you have a brain tumor, if you have cancer, that's a disease. To say that an addiction is a disease is not fair to the real diseases of the world. - C. C. DeVille (1962 &endash; )

Bill Vaughan

America is a land where a citizen will cross the ocean to fight for democracy -- and won't cross the street to vote in a national election. Bill Vaughan


The common excuse of those who bring misfortune on others is that they desire their good. -- Vauvenargues

Men's maxims reveal their characters. - Vauvenargues

Whatever affection we have for our friends or our family, the happiness of others never suffices for our own. - Marquis de Vauvenargues

Few maxims are true in every respect. --Vauvenargues

To achieve great things we must live as if we were never going to die.--Marquis de Vauvenargues

Men's maxims reveal their characters. Vauvenargues

Thorsten Veblen

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.--Thorsten Veblen_The Theory of the Leisure Class_)

Terry Venables

If partying, drinking and dancing is your thing, then play your football over the park. - Terry Venables, first press conference as Leeds United manager, 9 July 2002

Lee Venden

Jesus accepts you the way you are, but loves you too much to leave you that way. Lee Venden

Louis Veuillot

When I am the weaker, I ask you for my freedom, because that is your principle; but when I am the stronger, I take away your freedom, because that is my principle. -- Louis Veuillot

Gore Vidal

If one is going to eliminate the creator of all things, then it is a good idea to replace the creator with a very clear idea of what constitutes goodness in the human scale. ~Gore Vidal, Creation

Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac

We will set a torch to all libraries; we need no more than the History of the Revolution and of the laws.
Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac

Marshall de Villars

God save me from my friends - I can protect myself from my enemies. -Marshall de Villars

Mary Ann Vincent (1818-1887)

The atheist's most embarrassing moment is when he feels profoundly thankful for something, but can't think of anybody to thank for it.--Mary Ann Vincent (1818-1887)

Leornado Da Vinci (1452 &endash; 1519)

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and, in cold, water becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leornado Da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -- Leonardo DaVinci

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? -- Leonardo da Vinci

Experience does not ever err; it is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments. -- Leonardo Da Vinci, _Notebooks_

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. -&endash; Leonardo da Vinci

Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority ["experts"] uses not his understanding but rather his memory. -- Leonardo da Vinci

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done. --Leonardo da Vinci

Wisdom is the daughter of experience. -- Leonardo da Vinci

I do not wish to divulge or publish this because of the evil nature of men. ~ Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519, quoted in Serge Bramly , Leonardo (1988) - writing in his Notebook on his invention of a method of remaining underwater to sink ships.

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. -- Leonardo da Vinci

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. -- Leonardo da Vinci

You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. -- Leonardo da Vinci

Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19BC)

They are able because they think they are able.--- Virgil

O cursed lust for gold,
To what dost thou not drive the heart of man?
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19BC)

Omnia fert aetas, animum quoque.(Time bears all away, even memory.) P. Vergilius Maro (Vergil), ECLOGA, IX, 51

Ever a various, changeful thing is woman. -- Vergil

Age steals away all things, even the mind.--Virgil (70-19 BC)

Each man is led by his own liking.... Virgil

Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember. Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. Vergil, Aeneid, Book 1, line 203:

Terry Virgo

Our society is afflicted with the scourge of AIDS and other diseases that owe their origin to promiscuity. Yet the cry is not, "How can we stop promiscuity?" but rather, "How can we cure AIDS?" --Terry Virgo _Men Of Destiny_ [1987], "Blessed Are Those Who Mourn"

Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)

It is not love we should have painted as blind, but self-love. -- Voltaire

Physicians pour drugs of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, into humans of which they know nothing. -Francois Voltaire (1694-1778)

Most of the great men of this world live as if they were atheists. Every man who has lived with his eyes open, knows that the knowledge of a God, his presence,and his justice, has not the slightest influence over the wars, the treaties, the objects of ambition, interest, or pleasure, in the pursuit of which they are wholly occupied. -- Voltaire

A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.- Voltaiire

I am not like a lady at the court of Versailles, who said: what a dreadful pity that the bother at the tower of Babel should have got language all mixed up; but for that, everyone would always have spoken French~Voltaire, Letter to Catherine the Great (May 26 1767)

The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker. --Voltaire

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.-- Voltaire

The atheists are for the most part impudent and misguided scholars who reason badly, and who, not being able to understand the Creation, the origin of evil, and other difficulties, have recourse to the hypothesis of the eternity of things and of inevitability. --Voltaire (1694-1778) _Philosophical Dictionary_ [1764]

God has made thee to love Him, and not to understand Him. --Voltaire (1694-1778), _La Henriade_

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road. --Voltaire (1694-1778)

Nature has made us frivolous to console us for our miseries. Voltaire, 1764

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet), Letter to Frederick the Great, April 6, 1767

The best is the enemy of the good.
Voltaire (1694-1778), Philosophical Dictionary, "Dramatic Art" (1764)

Ce corps qui s'appelait et qui s'appelle encore le saint empire romain n'\'etait en aucune mani\`ere ni saint, ni romain, ni empire. This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.
Voltaire (1694-1778) _Essai sur l'histoire g\'en\'erale et sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations_ (1756) ch. 70

The members of the English Parliament are fond of comparing themselves to the old Romans...(but) here follows a more essential difference between Rome and England, which gives the advantage entirely to the later-viz., that the civil wars of Rome ended in slavery, and those of the English in liberty. The English have doubtless purchased their liberties at a very high price, and waded through seas of blood to drown the idol of arbitrary power. Other nations have been involved in as great calamities, and have shed as much blood; but then the blood they split in defence of their liberties only enslaved them the more.
Voltaire (1694-1778), Letters on England (1778)

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
VOLTAIRE [Francois Marie Arouet] (1792-1832) {Dialogues Philosophiques}

Suffering makes you deep. Travel makes you broad. In case I get my pick, I'd rather travel.~Judith Viorst, Love and Guilt and the Meaning Of Life, Etc (1979)

Nature has made us frivolous to console us for our miseries.--Voltaire, 1764

In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation".(Voltaire, letter, 28 Aug. 1760)

It is not love we should have painted as blind, but self-love. -- Voltaire

Les mortels sont égaux; ce n'est point la naissance, c'est la seule vertu qui fait leur différence. Mortals are equal; it is not birth but virtue alone that makes the difference between them. - Voltaire _Mahomet ou le Fanatisme_.Act I, Scene 4

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road. ~ Voltaire

If Christians want us to believe in a Redeemer, let them act redeemed.--Voltaire

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

When I was young,
I was so gay and mean,
And I drank and chased the girls
Just like young St Augustine.
St Augustine,
He got to be a saint.
So if I get to be one also,
Please, mama, don't you faint
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr --Cat's Cradle, Books of Bokonon , Bokonon's 14th Calypso

J.G. Vos

Cheerfulness -- A state of mind free from gloom or dejection. It is the duty of every Christian, by faith in the goodness, power, and love of God, to cultivate a cheerful frame of mind, even though this may be difficult by reason of afflictions. -- J.G. Vos

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