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I like long walks - especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. Fred Allen

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. --Raymond Inmon


Always remember to pillage before you burn.

Only God can forgive bin Laden; our mission is to arrange the meeting. - Apocryphal; seen on Usenet attributed to a Marine overheard in the Pentagon Dining Room

God blew and they were scattered. --Inscription, on the English medal for the defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588.

The chief reason warfare is still with us is neither a secret death-wish of the human species, nor an irrepressible instinct of aggression, nor, finally and more plausibly, the serious economic and social dangers inherent in disarmament, but the simple fact that no substitute for this final arbiter in international affairs has yet appeared on the political scene. --Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) _Crises of the Republic_ [1972], "On Violence"

Oh why was I born for this time? Before one is 30 to know more dead than living people.-- Lady Cynthia Asquith, _Diaries 1915-18, 1968

You heroes, who shed your blood and lost your lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country, so rest in peace. There is no difference as far as we're concerned between the Johnnies and Mehmets who lie side by side in this country of ours. You mothers, who sent your sons to a far away country, wipe the tears from your eyes for your sons are now lying in our bosom and are at peace. After having lost their lives in this land, they have become our sons, as well.-Ataturk at Gallipoli

If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans. Otto von Bismarck

While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight˜I'll fight to the very end! -- General William Booth

We have too many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. --General Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981) _Armistice Day speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce_ [1948]

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.-- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, On Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, address to the nation 4 Jan 80

War is not 'the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you.-G.K. Chesterton ILN, 7/24/15

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. -G.K. Chesterton ILN, 1/14/11

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.--Winston Churchill, Speech at White House, June 26, 1954 in New York Times 27 June 1954, p. 1

What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. but if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the light of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
Excerpt of Speech given by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons as the The Battle of Britain Begins, 18 June 1940

Let us learn our lessons. Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. Antiquated War Offices, weak, incompetent or arrogant commanders, untrustworthy allies, hostile neutrals, malignant fortune, ugly surprise, awful miscalculations - all take their seat at the Council Board on the morrow of a declaration of war.
Winston Churchill - "My Early Life" (1930)

"Stimson, what was gunpowder? Trivial. What was electricity? meaningless. This atomic bomb is the Second Coming in Wrath." Winston Churchill, July 1945, according to Lewis L. Strauss (1962), _Men and Decisions_, p. 186

The Great War differed from all ancient wars in the immense power of the combatants and their fearful agencies of destruction, and from all modern wars in the utter ruthlessness with which it was fought. All the horrors of all the ages were brought together .... Every outrage against humanity or international law was repaid by reprisals often on a greater scale and of longer duration .... When all was over, Torture and Cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian States had been able to deny themselves: and these were of doubtful utility. -- Churchill, _The World Crisis_

This is no ordinary war, but a struggle between nations for life and death. It raises passions between nations of the most terrible kind. It effaces the old landmarks and frontiers of our civilization. - Winston S Churchill, The Times, 1 November 1914

For the best part of twenty years the youth of Britain and America have been taught that war was evil, which is true, and that it would never come again, which has been proved false. For the best part of twenty years, the youth of Germany, of Japan and Italy, have been taught that aggressive war is the noblest duty of the citizen and that it should be begun as soon as the necessary weapons and organization have been made. We have performed the duties and tasks of peace. They have plotted and planned for war. This naturally has placed us, in Britain, and now places you in the United States at a disadvantage which only time, courage and untiring exertion can correct. -- Winston Churchill, Dec. 26, 1941 - speech to the United States Congress

Christians need to focus attention on the issues surrounding just war. The President must respond to the terrorist attacks forcefully and quickly. The Bible teaches that the government has the power of the sword to preserve order and do justice. At the same time, the power of the sword has to be tempered by the restraints of the just war doctrine. Beginning with St. Augustine some 1600 years ago, Christians have thought and written about the appropriate use of military force. Today we need to be the ones who insist that the response to the terrorist attacks be proportionate, that it doesn't create a greater evil, and that civilians are not targeted. I have been watching the television and I have yet to hear the question of just war raised. If we don't bring these issues into public discourse, no one will. The fact is that this country is hurting and grieving. It is perplexed, frustrated, and confused about what needs to be done next. This is the time that we can come alongside and offer compassion, mercy, understanding, and good instead of evil. And we can contribute to the public debate that will inform our nation's actions in a way that reflects God's standards of justice.- Chales Colson - "BreakPoint with Chuck Colson" 17th September 2001

„It is an odd thing, Mr. Ireton, that each man wages war believing that God is on his side.YI'll warrant God should often wonder who is on his.-- Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England (1599-1658), to one of his lieutenants before the 1645 Battle of Naseby, in which Cromwell‚s „New Model Army Iron Sides utterly defeated the Royalists

God made them as stubble to our swords. -- Oliver Cromwell after victory at Marston Moor, 2 July 1644

No one would be foolish enough to choose war over peace--in peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons. Croesus of Lydia

Even as it reels from last week's election returns, the atheist left continues to insist that George Bush has engaged the nation in a modern crusade because of his faith in the Christian God. They believe this in part because their godless relativism somehow does not prevent them from believing that Manichean evil exists in the form of Republican politicians, and partly because they subscribe to the theory that religion is the primary cause of the wars that have plagued human history. [...] A more systematic review of the 489 wars listed in the Wikipedia's list of military conflicts, ranging from Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars to the 1969 Football War between Honduras and El Salvador, shows that only 53 of these wars &endash; 10.8 percent &endash; can reasonably be described as having a religious nature, even if one counts each of the 10 Crusades separately. If there is a god responsible for this ever-present bloodshed, it is Mars, not Jehovah or Jesus Christ. --Vox Day, God, George Bush and war

In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.-Durant's Lesson's of History p 81

It is appallingly obvious our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein

The essence of war is fire, famine, and pestilence. They contribute to its outbreak; they are among its weapons; they become its consequences.- Dwight D. Eisenhower

To live amongst men who would give their last fag, their last bit, aye, even their last breath if need be for a pal--that is comradeship, the comradeship of the trenches. The only clean thing borne of this life of cruelty and filth. It grows in purity from the very obscenity of its surroundings.
An English private quoted in John Ellis , Eye Deep In Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I

We were very surprised to see them walking, we had never seen that before...The officers went in front. I noticed one of them walking calmly, carrying a walking stick. When we started firing we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. You didn't have to aim, we just fired into them.
German machine gunner, the Somme, John Ellis' _Eye-deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I_

The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations. David Friedman

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. Hermann Goering:

The idea that war should be conducted within a moral framework may seem like a quaint medieval practice, but as speech separates humans from the apes, so morality separates civilisation from the barbarians.-Emmanuel Goldstein

No matter how hard we try words simply cannot express the horror, the shock, and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a day to remember.--Billy Graham, Speech, "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance" (14 September 2001)

We've always needed God from the very beginning of this nation but today we need Him especially. We're facing a new kind of enemy. We're involved in a new kind of warfare and we need the help of the Spirit of God. The Bible's words are our hope... --Billy Graham, Speech, "National Day of Prayer anRemembrance" (14 September 2001)

I also visited two Casualty Clearing Stations at Montigny…The A.G. reported today that the total casualties are established at over 40,000 to date. This cannot be considered severe…--Sir Douglas Haig, diary, July 2, 1916, at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme

The three greatest scourges of the 20th century ˜ Nazism, Japanese militarism, and Soviet Communism ˜ were defeated through war or continued military resistance. More were killed by Hitler, Stalin, and Mao outside of combat than died in World Wars I and II. War, as Sherman said, is all hell, but as Heraclitus admitted it is also "the father of us all." Wickedness ˜ whether chattel slavery, the gas chambers, or concentration camps ˜ has rarely passed quietly into the night on its own. The present evil isn't going to, either.-- Victor David Hanson

...the most important question of the moment is not so much the practical difficulties of military action or intelligence gathering techniques, but the question of whether we are clear and confident of why we must now fight with unmitigated ferocity&emdash;with what some might even call "fanaticism." And it is just here that the split on the Left in America is most significant. The fever swamps of the multicultural Left, besotted with "post-modern" theory which rejects both the idea of reason and progress, cannot escape the "moral equivalence" between America and its terrorist enemies. Such people, as Churchill once put it in another context, are unable to choose between the fire brigade and the fire. Older liberals, who still have faith in reason and progress as it came down from the Progressive Era, recognize this for the repugnant nihilism that it is. Time magazine essayist Lance Morrow, not known for ferocious or spirited pronouncements, has it right when he wrote: "Anyone who does not loathe the people who did these things, and the people who cheer them on, is too philosophical for decent company." -- Steven Hayward, "A Churchillian Perspective on September 11", _On Principle_, December 2001, http://www.ashbrook.org/publicat/onprin/v9n5/hayward.html

No state has an inherent right to survive through conscript troops and in the long run no state ever has. Roman matrons used to say to their sons: "Come back with your shield or on it." Later on, this custom declined. So did Rome. - Robert Heinlein

Casualties? What do I care for casualties?
Major-General A. G. Hunter-Weston, 'The Butcher of Hellas', who lost three divisions during one assault on the cliffs of Gallipoli; the landings began on 25 April 1915.

You should never have your best trousers on when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. - Henrik Ibsen (1828 &endash; 1906)

It is unfortunate, that the efforts of mankind to recover the freedom of which they have been so long deprived, will be accompanied with violence, with errors, and even with crimes. But while we weep over the means, we must pray for the end. --Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey Presents the Living Thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, 1940

Man's greatest joy is to slay his enemy, plunder his riches, ride his steeds, see the tears of his loved ones and embrace his women. &emdash; Genghis Khan

Outlawing all atomic weapons could be a magnificent gesture. However, it should be remembered that Gettysburg had a local ordinance forbidding the discharge of firearms. -Homer D. King

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerilla wins if he does not lose.-- Henry Kissinger, Foreign Affairs, Jan 1969

But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)...Sura 9:5 (Translation of Yusuf Ali)

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, (which is Islam that abolishes all other religions) of the people of the Book, (meaning the Jews and the Christians) until they pay the jizya (the tax imposed upon them) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued. (with humiliation and submission to the government of Islam.)- Sura 9:29 reads: " (Commentary in parenthesis is from the Tafsir Al-Jalalein. i.e., Al-Jalalein Interpretation of the Koran.)

I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their fingertips off them." ( Sura 8:12 Yusuf Ali)

The peaceful two [John Lennon & Yoko] argued, reasonably enough, that if everyone stayed in bed, occupying themselves in growing their hair, there would be no wars. - Bernard Levin, 'The Pendulum Years' 1976

If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful.--C.S. Lewis

Dean Acheson took Oppenheimer into the Oval Office and introduced him to Truman. Oppenheimer said, 'I have blood on my hands.' Truman claims that he responded to Oppenheimer by saying, 'Never mind, it will all come out in the wash.' Then Truman cut short the interview... Acheson was called back into Truman's presence... Truman shouted 'Never bring that idiot here again.' - Leona Marhsall Libby _The Uranium People_:

Military glory--that attractive rainbow thatrises in showers of blood. --Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

I know that the LORD is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the LORD'S side. -- Lincoln, reply to a clergyman who said to Lincoln that he hoped "the Lord was on our side, Francis B. Carpenter, _Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln_, p. 282 (1867).

Ludendorff: The English soldiers fight like lions.
Hoffman: True, but don't we know that they are lions led by donkeys.
Alan Clark "The Donkeys," about the First World War.

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Lynd

When the crusades of the Middle Ages are remembered at all, it is usually with disdain and derision. In a post Enlightenment word, the concept of religious warfare is odious, largely because most people no longer believe that one's religious beliefs are relevant to one's view of the world or place in it. Instead, modern wars are fought for political and ideological causes, like democracy or nationalism - ideas that would not seem worth the shedding of one drop of blood to most medieval men and women. ....Rather than fighting for a patriotic vision of a nation state, thousands of medieval Europeans marched off to fight for Christ. If both cases, the soldiers felt similarly about their causes. They were willing to sacrifice their lives to defend what the held most sacred. Thomas F Madden, A Short History of the Crusades, p1

Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponents heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him. - S.K Malik, The Quranic Concept of War, p.59. Pakistan 1979

People of Baghdad, remember for 26 generations you have suffered under strange tyrants who have ever endeavoured to set one Arab house against another in order that they might profit by your dissensions. This policy is abhorrent to Great Britain and her Allies for there can be neither peace nor prosperity where there is enmity or misgovernment. Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators.- Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude, March 11, 1917 after the deceptively easy march into Baghdad

Men are at war with one another because each man is at war with himself. --Francis J. Meehan

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice--is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
John Stuart Mill, "The Contest in America," pp. 208-09, in John Stuart Mill, Dissertations and Discussions (Boston: William V. Spencer, 1867).

President Clinton said today the the United States owed Japan no apology for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, and that President Harry S. Truman had made the right decision to use the bombs. -- New York Times, April 8 1995.

Modern [Secular] warfare has become total, sparing almost no one and few institutions. In World War II, more civilians were killed than combatants. The saturation bombing of civilians was standard operating policy by the Germans and the Allies, culminating in the senseless bombing of Dresden in 1945, a German city with no military targets, where at least 135,000 civilians, and possibly a quarter million, perished in huge fire storms that were created when almost 2,000 bombers dropped 650,000 incendiary bombs on a defenseless city swollen with refugees from the east. Gary North, "The Demographics of Decline," Moses and Pharaoh, Institute for Christian Economics, 1985, p. 359.

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

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

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

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

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

When cruelty is inflicted on innocent people, it discredits whatever cause. Ronald Reagan

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly.--Theodore Roosevelt

Weakness is provocative, - Donald Rumsfeld

There are a lot of people who say he hates our freedoms, as you said, or hates our liberties, and hates us for what we are, rather than what we do.That is a very common piece of analysis. And I think it is entirely wrong. Bin Laden has resonance in the Muslim world because he has focused his dislike for the things we do, not what we are.
It is a very clear policy. None of it has to do with ephemeral things or slogans. It has to do with very clear-cut, concrete things. And I think that is why he is so effective in the Muslim world. He has picked a numbers of items that, whether you are, however you term it a moderate, a conservative, or a liberal Muslim, there is a certain amount of sympathy for the goals bin Laden has enunciated.
Any individual who continues to tell the American people that Osama bin Laden is simply a more lethal than usual gangster, or that he only represents the lunatic fringe of the Muslim world, or that this war has nothing to do with religion, as long as they keep spouting that sort of analysis, they will be giving the American people the wrong idea
We're clearly engaged, if not in a war against Islam, in a war against a substantial number of Muslims who are mad at us for policy reasons," he continued. "It's a war that's not going to end any time soon. And we really need to at least appreciate the motivation behind it before we're going to be able to cope with it and ultimately defeat it. - CIA Bin Laden specialist Michael Scheuer, formerly, Anonymous, author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror from a VOA interview http://www.voanews.com/english/2004-11-17-voa73.cfm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This government holds the view that any general bombing of an extensive area wherein there resides a large population engaged in peaceful pursuits is unwarranted and contrary to the principles of law and humanity. - U. S. government, 1937, responding to the Japanese bombing of Nanking, according to Len Giovanetti and Fred Freed (1965). _The Decision to Drop the Bomb_, p. 37.

I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. John Wayne

I always say that, next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.--Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Only the winners decide what were war crimes. Gary Willis

No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.-- Woodrow Wilson, speech, 1911

warfare spiritual

For the Christian, this world is an arena, not an armchair.

If you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for temptation.... Accept whatever is brought upon you, and in changes that humble you be patient. Sirach 2:1,4

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means. --Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) _Letters From New York_, Volume 1 [1843]

In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.-- William Gurnall

Take heart therefore, O ye saints, and be strong; your cause is good, God himself espouseth your quarrel, who hath appointed you his own Son, General of the field, called 'the Captain of our salvation,' Heb 2:10. WILLIAM GURNALL

When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith. Abraham Kuyper

One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked so much about a Dark Power in the universe - a mighty evil spirit who was held to be the power behind death and disease and sin. The difference is that Christianity thinks this Dark Power was created by God, and was good when he was created, and went wrong..it is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion and we are living in part of the universe occupied by the rebel. Enemy occupied territory - that is what the world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage. C. S. LEWIS, Mere Christianity

Servant of God, well done; well hast thou fought
The better fight.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book vi. Line 29.

Alas! Elisha's servant cried,
When he the Syrian army spied,
But he was soon released from care,
In answer to the prophet's prayer.

Straitway he saw, with other eyes,
A greater army from the skies;
A fiery guard around the hill,
Thus are the saints preserved still.

When Satan and his host appear,
Like him of old, I faint and fear;
Like him, by faith, with joy I see,
A greater host engaged for me.

The saints espouse my cause by prayer,
The angels make my soul their care;
Mine is the promise sealed with blood,
And Jesus lives to make it good.
John Newton ., More with us than with them , Olney Hymn 40

To relinquish any of the Psalms on the excuse that its sentiments are too violent for a Christian is a clear sign that a person has also given up the very battle that a Christian is summoned to fight. The Psalms are prayers for those who are engaged in an ongoing, spiritual conflict. No one else need bother even opening the book. ... Patrick Henry Reardon, Christ in the Psalms [2000]

[Christ] tells us plainly, and without any qualifications, that we are involved in a war in which there is no room for neutrals. Yet people attempt to evade His statement. Generally speaking, these are the very people who are the quickest in laying the blame upon God for all the sorrow and sin in the world. They argue that He could prevent it. They excuse their own do-nothing attitude by making of evil's apparent predominance a ground for doubt of His loving kindness. It never seems to occur to them to look for the cause in mankind. Hugh Redwood, Live Coals

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face*?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight, if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith they bring it nigh.** * or fight; ** or By faith's discerning eye

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through skies,
The glory shall be Thine.
Isaac Watts, Am I a Soldier of the Cross? 1721.

The whole charismatic idea of true spirituality and of the normal Christian life is painfully close to the idea of a life touched by magic: perfect marriages, obedient children, no sickness, no divorce, no poverty, no tragedies, no defeats, no death. 'No dice,' saith God." - Monte Wilson


God is not going to ask me how much I made. He will ask me how much I gave.

Riches are good if they are free from sin. Sirach 13:24

O Christian, never be proud of things that are so transient, injurious, and uncertain as the riches of this evil world! But set your heart on the true and durable riches of grace in Christ Jesus. ISAAC AMBROSE

MAMMON, n. The god of the world's leading religion. The chief temple is in the holy city of New York. - THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.-G.K. Chesterton A Miscellany of Men

Saving is a very fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.-- Winston Churchill

When asked about the best and worst places on the earth, the Prophet said: "I don't know. But the Almighty God said to me that the best place is mosque and the worst place is market". -- Hadith.

Told that a certain man had acquired great wealth, a sage asked: "Has he also acqured the days in which to spend it?"--Solomon ibn Gabirol, 11th century

Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives. --Solomon ibn Gabirol, 11th century

Life is short. The sooner that a man begins to enjoy his wealth the better.--Johnson (1709-1784)

Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give a man. What are they to God's Word, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health; or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, and wisdom! Yet men toil for them day and night, and take no rest. Therefore God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom he gives nothing else. --Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Antichrist is Mammon's son. - JOHN MILTON

The problem with the rich young ruler was not that he had riches but rather that the riches had him. Gary Neitzke

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

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

Why snatch at wealth, and hoard and stock it?
You shroud, you know, will have no pocket!
Betty Paoli, 1870

When we have gold we are in fear, we we have none we are in danger.-- John Ray English proverbs p 12 (1670)

Lately in a wreck of a Californian ship, one of the passengers fastened by a belt about him with two hundred pounds of gold in it, with which he was found afterward at the bottom. Now, as he was sinking --- had he the gold? or had the gold him? John Ruskin 1860

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

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

How few, like Daniel, have God and gold together. --Bp Henry Montague Villiers


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)


'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.--Byron

Welcome as kindly showers to the long parched earth.--Dryden


Please do not feed the squirrels. If you feed the squirrels, they'll become overweight, and prone to disease. Their population will grow, and they'll lose their ability to forage for food on their own. They will expect you to feed them and will attack you if you don't. They'll become like little welfare recipients, and you wouldn't want to do this to them. -- Sign in Rocky Mountain National Park


Whiskey&emdash;I like it, I always did, and that is the reason I never use it. - Robert E. Lee (1807 &endash; 1870)

If you mean whiskey, the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pits of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fibre of my being.
However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life's great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favour of it.
This is my position, and as always, I refuse to be compromised on matters of principle.- Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, Jr. 1952

whosoever will

Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation is set open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering, but our own unbelief. Calvin On Acts 1:21.


A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it. - Alistair Cooke (1908 -2004)

Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control.-- Epictetus

People do not lack strength, they lack will.-- Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

When God works in us, the will, being changed and sweetly breathed upon by the Spirit of God, desire and acts, not from compulsion, but responsively. MARTIN LUTHER

The will is a beast of burden.
If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills;
if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills;
Nor can it choose its rider...
The riders contend for its possession.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

What though the field be lost?
All is not lost; the unconquerable Will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yield:
And what is else not to be overcome?
That Glory never shall his wrath or might
Extort from me. To bow and sue for grace
With suppliant knee.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book I, 105 - 12

His Will though free,
Yet mutable.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book V, 236 - 37

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


Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.

A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.

It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools. Spanish Proverb

Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise.... Welsh Proverb

Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.- Abigail Adams (1744-1818) Letter to her son, John Q. Adams, 1780.

We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. -- . Augustine

Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other. For, in the first place, no man can survey himself without forthwith turning his thoughts towards the God in whom he lives and moves ...Opening words of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.--Sandra Carey (1941- )

Should it be said that the Greeks discovered philosophy by human wisdom, I reply that I find the Scriptures declare all wisdom to be a divine gift.
Clement of Rome

A sadder and a wiser man
He rose the morrow morn.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)_The Ancient Mariner_

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper

Wisdom itself is often an abstraction associated not with fact or reality but with the man who asserts it and the manner of its assertion.
John Kenneth Galbraith , The Great Crash 1929

The road to wisdom?
Well it's plain and simple to express:
Err and err and err again
but less and less and less.
Piet Hein

It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr, 1841 - 1935

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are --C.S. Lewis, Selected Literary Essays

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom. The music is nothing if the audience is deaf. --Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) _A Preface to Morals_

The wisdom of the Greeks, when compared to that of the Jews, is absolutely bestial; for apart from God there can be no wisdom, not any understanding and insight. Martin Luther

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next. - John Stuart Mill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

My witticisms are both good and original. Unfortunately the good ones are not original, And the original ones are not good.

Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle (284-322 B.C.)

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot decide if she is blunt or sharp. -- Judy Johnson

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. --Boswell. The Life of Johnson, for October 16, 1769

Wit, you know, is the unexpected copulation of ideas...-- Samuel Johnson, Rambler #194

Of Mr. Johnson's erudition the world has been the judge, and we who produce each a score of his sayings, as proofs of that wit which in him was inexhaustible, resemble travellers who having visited Delhi or Golconda bring home each a handful of oriental pearls, to evince the riches of the Great Mogul.
Mrs. Hester Piozzi, _Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson_, 1786

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) In "A New Dictionary of Quotations," by H.L. Mencken, 1942.

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


The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.

WOMAN: An animal usually living in the vicinity of Man, and having a rudimentary susceptibility to domestication.

What is worse than a male chauvinistic pig?
A woman that won't do what she's told.

Women have more imagination than men. They need it to tell us how wonderful we are.

Women have their faults. Men have only two: Everything they say; Everything they do.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.

There are two times when a man doesn't understand a woman - before marriage and after marriage.

Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.

Some husbands are living proof that a woman can take a joke.

A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Women have two weapons - cosmetics and tears.

Why do brides wear white ?
Because it's the most popular colour for kitchen appliances.

In the beginning, God created earth and rested.
Then God created man and rested.
Then God created woman
Since then, neither God nor man has rested.

Here's to women! Would that we could fall into their arms without falling into their hands!

Be it resolved] that all women, of whatever age, rank,profession, or degree; whether virgin maids or widows; that shall after the passing of this Act, impose upon and betray into matrimony any of His Majesty's male subjects, by scents, paints,cosmetics, washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool, iron stays, hoops, high-heeled shoes, or bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty of the laws now in force against witchcraft, sorcery, and such like misdemeanours, and that the marriage, upon conviction, shall stand null and void. Act of Parliament, 1670

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.--Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818)_Letter to John Adams_ [March 31, 1776]

 To which John Adams replied:
I cannot but laugh...We have been told that our struggle has loosened the bands of government everywhere; that children and apprentices were disobedient; that schools and colleges were grown turbulent; that Indians slighted their guardians and Negroes grew insolent to their masters. But your letter was the first intimation that another tribe more numerous and powerful than all the rest were grown discontented. This is rather too coarse a compliment, but you are so saucy, I won't blot it out. Depend on it, we know better than to repeal our masculine systems. Although they are in full force, you know they are little more than theory. We dare not exert our power in its full latitude. We are obliged to go fair and softly, and in practice you know we are the subjects. We have only the name of masters, and rather than give up this, which would completely subject us to the despotism of the petticoat, I hope General Washington and all our brave heroes would fight. --from the letters of John and Abigail Adams, written while he was attending the Continental Congress, about to Declare Independence: quoted in _John Adams_, David McCullough

Women like silent men. They think they‚re listening.-- Marcel Archard

Women ought to be quiet. When people are talking, they ought to retire to the kitchen.~W.H. Auden, Table Talk (1947)

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault. -- Walter Bagehot  

Woman--last at the cross, and earliest at the grave.-- Eaton Stannard Barrett

To judge from the covers of countless women's magazines, the two topics most interesting to women are: (1) Why men are all disgusting pigs and (2) How to attract men. -- Dave Barry

The way to beat a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run. -- John Barrymore

Men and women chasing each other is what makes the human race.-- Mark Beltaire

Female: One of the opposing, or unfair, sex. Ambrose Bierce

Global capitalism and Marxism share a belief that it is far better to have women in the marketplace than at home. The old Marxists - Marx, Engels and the others - wanted to bring down the traditional family, and move women out of the home and into the marketplace, to make them independent of the family. The global capitalists want the same thing. Women who live at home are not consuming or producing enough, they think. Global capitalism seeks to make everyone an employee, everyone a worker. There is a tremendous premium on bringing into the marketplace talented and capable women workers - who are more reliable in many cases - so that they can boost productivity and consume more goods.- Patrick Buchanan, Right Now! June 2022

No lady is ever a gentleman. James Branch Cabell, Something About Eve: A Comedy of Fig-Leaves(1927)

Strong-minded, able-bodied women are my aversion, and I run out of the road of one as I would from a mad cow.
Jane Welsh Carlyle, Letter to Mrs Russell, Aug 30, 1861

Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) "The Shipman's Tale," The Canterbury Tales

We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman&emdash;scorned, slighted, dismissed without a parting pang. - Colley Cibber (1671 &endash; 1757)

A man must understand a woman's needs, which are simple and constant. Women need to: Feel young , Feel skinny, Feel sexy~ Anna Collins and Elliott Sullivan, Women Are From Bras, Men Are From Penus

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Man With the Twisted Lip

The test of civilization is the estimate of woman.-- George William Curtis

Women we read beween lines better than on them -Sheila Dundee

The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology. - Sir James George Frazer (1854 &endash; 1941)

A man without a woman is like a neck without a pain. --W C Fields

The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ``What does a woman want?' Sigmund Freud, Letter to Marie Bonaparte

If the heart of a man is depress'd with cares,
The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.
John Gay (1685-1732)_The Beggar's Opera_ [1728], Act II, Scene III, Air 21

Women are just like cats. To win them, you must first make them purr. Sam "Sully" Gehring

A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.~Mel Gibson (1991)

I think I've scratched the surface after twenty years of marriage. Women want chocolate and conversation. ~ Mel Gibson,1956-

It all goes back ,of course, to Adam and Eve -a story which shows among other things, that if you make a woman out of a man, you are bound to get into trouble. ~ Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice (1982)

Women are hard enough to handle now without giving them a gun! -- Senator Barry Goldwater on women in the military

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. --Robert A. Heinlein

I came, I saw, SHE conquered. (The original Latin seems to have been garbled.) -- Lazarus Long (Robert Heinlein)

They say one tongue is enough for a woman.-- Matthew Henry, on hearing his sister was to learn French

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's. She changes it more often. - Oliver Herford

Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. Nicole Hollander

How can we have an invasion when the troops storm ashore and then change their minds. ~Bob Hope, on women in combat (1991)

I wish that men were as resolute as women. Anne Javouhey

I am very fond of the company of ladies. I like their beauty, I like their delicacy, I like their vivacity, and I like their silence. Samuel Johnson

Were it not for imagination, sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as a duchess. Dr. Johnson

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. Dr. Johnson

To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion or empire, above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature; contumely to God, a thing most contrarious to his revealed will and approved ordinance, and finally it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice." - John Knox

There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.-- Lamartine

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so honest, so thoroughly square
Eternally noble, historically fair
Who when you win will always give your back a pat
Why can't a woman be like that?
Alan Jay Lerner, lyric , A Hymn to Him

No good ever came out of female domination. God created Adam master and lord of all living creatures, but Eve spoiled all. --Martin Luther, "Table Talk"(1532)

Who loves not woman, wine and song
Remains a fool his whole life long.
Martin Luther

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men, the other 999 follow women. Groucho Marx

On one issue at least men and women agree: They both distrust women. - H.L. Mencken

That it should still be necessary, at this late stage in the senility of the human race to argue that women have a fine and fluent intelligence is surely an eloquent proof of the defective observation, incurable prejudice, and general imbecility of their lords and masters. -- H.L. Mencken

I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.--George Meredith (1828-1909) _The Ordeal of Richard Feverel_ [1859], Ch. 1

Grace was in all her steps, Heav'n in her Eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.
John Milton, Paradise Lost Book VIII, 487 - 88

Disguise our bondage as we will,
'Tis woman, woman, rules us still.
~Thomas Moore, Miscellaneous Woman.

I asked a Burmese man why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.--Robert Mueller

 In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man.--Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)_Beyond Good and Evil_ [1886], "Maxims and Interludes," No. 139

The sexes deceive themselves about one another: the reason being that fundamentally they love and honor only themselves (or their own ideal, to express it more pleasantly). Thus man wants women to be peaceful--but woman is essentially unpeaceful, like the cat, however well she may have trained herself to present an appearance of peace. --Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) _Beyond Good and Evil_ [1886], "Maxims and Interludes," No. 131

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

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

A woman is a foreign land,
Of which, though there he settle young,
A man will ne'er quite understand
The customs, politics, and tongue."
Coventry Patmore

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

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

Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn't make sense not to use both.- Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) In "American Political Women." by Esther Stineman, 1980.

Men of today's older generation grew up in the chivalric miasma of their time, which held that women were morally superior to men, and that civilized men protected women against any available vicissitude. A corollary was that women needed protecting. So common has this understanding been throughout history that one may suspect it of being based in ancient instinct: In a less hospitable world, if men didn't protect women, something disagreeable would eat them, and then there would be no more people. So men did. And do. --Fred Reed

When a woman says she wants to go out and get a job to express herself, it usually means she's hopelessly behind in the ironing.~Oliver Reed (1978)

A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please. --Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

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

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

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

B is for Breasts
Of which ladies have two;
Once prized for the function,
Now for the view.
Robert Paul Smith, "From A to Z" in And Another Thing

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

CELIA: Oh Charles - a woman needs certain things. She needs to be loved, wanted, cherished,sought after, wooed, flattered, cosseted, pampered. She needs sympathy, affection, devotion, understanding, tenderness, infatuation, adulation, idolatry - that isn't much to ask, is it Charles? --Barry Took and Marty Feldman Round the Horne, BBC Radio,

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill
To turn the current of a woman's will.
Samuel Tuke (---- -1673): Adventures of Five Hours. Act v. Sc. 3. 

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

Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home-- Attributed to John Wayne

When women go wrong, men go right after them. Mae West

The Two Things about Women
1. When complaining, they don't want your advice, they want your sympathy.
2. Don't you dare tell them you can sum them up with just Two Things.
Glen Whitman

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.- Oscar Wilde


Sedulously eschew obfuscatory hyper verbosity and prolixity.

Use tasteful words. You may have to eat them later.

There are more than 200,000 useless words in the English language and at some committee meetings you hear all of them!

The mind of fools is in their mouth, but the mouth of wise men is in their mind. Sirach 21:26

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. - Abigail Adams (1744-1818) Letter to John Adams, 1774

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.ADAMS, DOUGLAS (1952-2001) {Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.-Henry Brooks Adams "The Education of Henry Adams"

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery of party, faction, and division of society. -- John Adams

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased. -- Aeschylus

How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms. --Aristotle (384-322 BC)

The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? --Ecclesiastes 6:11 NIV

By words the mind is winged. -Aristophanes (448BC - 385BC) Greek dramatist

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply -- and how good is a timely word! - Prov. 15:23 NIV

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.-Francis Bacon_New Organon_I, Aphorism 42

Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.
Kingman Brewster, Jr. (1919-1988) In "Quotable Business," ed. Louis E. Boone, 1992.

If I take refuge in ambiguity, I assure you it's quite conscious.
Kingman Brewster, Jr. (1919-1988) In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994

[Poetic words] set echoes going the way a choir in a great cathedral does, only it is we who become the cathedral and in us that the words echo
Frederick Buechner 

You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone. -- Al Capone

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all." -- Lewis Carroll (Through the Looking Glass)

Men are twisted out of the path of truth by the terms they are forced to use. G. K. Chesterton

Eating words has never given me indigestion Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer

When Calvin Coolidge was vice president, Channing Cox, who had succeeded Coolidge as Governor of Massachusetts, came to Washington and stopped in to see him. Cox was impressed by the fact that Coolidge was able to see long lists of callers every day, yet finished his work by five o'clock. Cox pointed out that he often found himself tied up with visitors until nine in the evening. "What makes the difference?" he asked.
"You talk back," Silent Cal explained. - Bits & Pieces, October 14,1993

Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire. George Crane

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.-- Philip K. Dick (1928&endash;1982)

Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. -- attr to George Eliot

Some people are much like blisters-they don't show up until the work is done. -- Sam Ewing , The Saturday Evening Post ,August '92

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.--Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) German-Dutch diarist "The Diary of a Young Girl," 1947; tr. 1952

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty wins the heart. -- Thomas Fuller

Abstract words are ancient coins whose concrete images in the give and take of talk have worn away with use. -Julian Jaynes

Language most shewes a man: speake that I may see thee. It springs out of the most retired, and inmost parts of us, and is the Image of the Parent of it, the mind. No glasse renders a mans forme, or likenesse, so true as his speech. - Ben Jonson "Oratio Imago Animi"

Among those who have endeavoured to promote learning and rectify judgment, it has long been customary to complain of the abuse of words, which are often admitted to signify things so different that, instead of assisting the understanding as vehicles of knowledge, they produce error, dissension, and perplexity, because what is affirmed in one sense is received in another. - Samuel Johnson: Rambler #202 New Quote 10

Tongues, like governments, have a natural tendency to degeneration; we have long preserved our constitution, let us make some struggles for our language. - Samuel Johnson: Preface to the Dictionary

Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. - Wendell Johnson (1906 &endash; 1965)

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. -John Maynard Keynes

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind -- Rudyard Kipling

The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain. -- J. Krishnamurti

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. -- Abraham Lincoln

We might knit that knot with our tongues that we shall never undo with our teeth ~ John Lyly

Language screens reality as a filter on a camera lens screens light waves.
Casey Miller and Kate Swift, _Words and Women_ (1976)

I once spoke to a human geneticist who declared that the notion of intel-ligence was quite meaningless, so I tried calling him _un_intelligent. He was annoyed, & it did not appease him when I went on to ask how he came to attach such a clear meaning to the notion of lack of intelligence. We never spoke again. --P. B. Medawar, _Advice to a Young Scientist_

I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me. --Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) _Winnie-the-Pooh_ [1926], Chapter 4

I am not denying anything I did not say. - Brian Mulroney (1939 &endash; )

 The thoughtless are rarely wordless.... Howard W. Newton

It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs. -Oxford University Press, EdpressNews

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

One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called "weasel words." When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a "weasel word" after another there is nothing left of the other.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's another word for Thesaurus? Steven Wright

If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know? Steven Wright, 1994


The objective of all dedicated employees should be to thoroughly analyse all situations, anticipate all problems prior to their occurrence, have answers for these problems, and move swiftly to solve these problems when called upon. However, When you are up to your ass in alligators it is difficult to remind yourself your initial objective was to drain the swamp.

Work Rule: Leave of Absence (for an Operation):
We are no longer allowing this practice. We wish to discourage any thoughts that you may not need all of whatever you have, and you should not consider having anything removed. We hired you as you are, and to have anything removed would certainly make you less than we bargained for.

There's no real need to do housework -- after four years it doesn't get any worse.

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

Action is the antidote to despair.

I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect men.

We, the unwilling,
led by the unknowing,
are doing the impossible
for the ungrateful.
We have done so much,
for so long,
with so little,
we are now qualified to do anything
with nothing.

It's true that the willing horse gets the heaviest load. It is also true that he develops the strongest muscles and gets the most oats.

Some folks are so busy laying up for a rainy day that they cannot enjoy good weather.

I no longer need to punish, deceive, or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.

Hard work will never kill you,
'Tis said all over town;
Sweat is the only liquid
In which you cannot drown.

A considerable number of persons are able to protect themselves against the outbreak of serious neurotic phenomena only through intense work. --Karl Abraham 

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. --Muhammad Ali (1942-____)

Remember this,--that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. 121-180 A. D.

People should tell your children what life is all about -- it's about work. Lauren Bacall (1924-____)

Business is really more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind, the aggregate nature of man, more continuously, and more deeply. But it does not LOOK as if it did. --Walter Bagehot

The humblest and the most unseen activity in the world can be the true worship of God. Work and worship literally become one. Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever; and man carries out that function when he does what God sent him into the world to do. Work well done rises like a hymn of praise to God. This means that the doctor on his rounds, the scientist in his laboratory, the teacher in his classroom, the musician at his music, the artist at his canvas, the shop assistant at his counter, the typist at her typewriter, the housewife in her kitchen -- all who are doing the work of the world as it should be done are joining in a great act of worship. ... William Barclay, The Revelation of John, vol. 1 [1961]

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.-- Charles Baudelaire

As a remedy against all ills - poverty, sickness, and melancholy - only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work. --Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. - Robert Benchley (1889-1945) In "The Algonquin Wits," ed. by Robert E. Drennan, 1968.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. --William Bennett

Helping his wife wash the dishes, a minister protested, "This isn't a man's job." "Oh yes it is," his wife retorted, quoting 2 Kings 21:13: "I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down." --Tal Bonham

By doing just a little every day, you can gradually let the task completely overwhelm you.-- Ashleigh Brilliant

I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon. --William F. Buckley

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice. --John Burroughs

A bus station is where a bus stops.
A train station is where a train stops.
On my desk I have a workstation. --George Carlin

Work is the grand cure for all maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind - honest work, which you intend getting done.-- T Carlyle (1795-1881)

All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you. --Thomas Carlyle

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.... Dale Carnegie

I know of very few people who actually enjoy retirement, the notable exceptions being those people who have found some other job, usually on a part-time basis and working on something they find worthwhile. ...most men dislike a world away from work, feeling redundant and unwanted.
John Copelnad, Diary, w/e 12.6.99

There's no labor a man can do that's undignified, if he does it right.   -  Bill Cosby

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. --Thomas Edison

Every man's task is his life preserver. -- Emerson

All work and no pay makes a housewife. --Evan Esar (1899-1995)

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. Sam Ewing

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another. -- Anatole France (1844-1924) "The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard."

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.--Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) German-Dutch diarist "The Diary of a Young Girl," 1947; tr. 1952

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.-- Benjamin Franklin

The long-range sloution to high unemployment is to increase the incentive for ordinary people to save, invest, work, and employ others. We make it costly for employers to employ people; we subsidize people not to go to work We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
Milton Friedman, article in US News & World Report (March, 1977)

The world is full of willing people. Some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. --Robert Frost 

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.--Attributed to Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.-- Galen

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. - Indira Gandhi (1917 &endash; 1984)

An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.- John W. Gardner

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. - James Goldsmith(1933 &endash; 1997)

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry. - William Golding (1911-1993) Rough Magic, lecture, 16 Feb 1977.

I awaken in the morning with confidence, rejoicing in whatever work is given to me to do. Whatever that work is, I do it, not in order to earn a living or in a sense of performing an onerous duty; but, with joy and gladness, I let it unfold as the activity of God's expression through me. ~ Joel S Goldsmith

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.
Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) "The Lower Depths," 1902.

A servant with this clause
Makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
Makes that and the action fine.
George Herbert The Elixir.

To reach the port of Heaven we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must sail, and not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Jesus... did not finish all the urgent tasks in Palestine or all the things He would have liked to do, but He did finish the work which God gave Him to do. The only alternative to frustration is to be sure that we are doing what God wants. Nothing substitutes for knowing that this day, this hour, in this place, we are doing the will of the Father. Then and only then can we think of all the other unfinished tasks with equanimity, and leave them with God. ... Charles E. Hummel (1923- ), The Tyranny of the Urgent [1997]

They intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. --Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) : "Three Men in a Boat," ch. 15, 1889.

If I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment. - Douglas Jerrold (1803 &endash; 1857)

All industry must be excited by hope. -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #117

Employment, sir, and hardships prevent melancholy. --Johnson

It is wonderful when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge on any profession. No man would be a Judge, upon the condition of being totally a Judge."-- Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson)

We are challenged on every hand to work untiringly to achieve excellence in our lifework. Not all men are called to specialized or professional jobs; even fewer rise to the heights of genius in the arts and sciences; many are called to be laborers in factories, fields and streets. But no work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. If a man is called to be a street sweeper he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say "Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." --Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle -- victorious.--Vince Lombardi

Every job has drudgery. ... The first secret of happiness is the recognition of this fundamental fact. -M. C. McIntosh

Yes, there's such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o'clock in the morning. . . . You'll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o'clock in the morning. -- Louis Nizer (1902-1994) In "Simpson's Contemporary Quotations," by James B. Simpson

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)"The Treasure Chest."

We are challenged on every hand to work untiringly to achieve excellence in our lifework. Not all men are called to specialized or professional jobs; even fewer rise to the heights of genius in the arts and sciences; many are called to be laborers in factories, fields and streets. But no work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. If a man is called to be a street sweeper he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say "Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." --Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do. I learned that at a young age. Chris Evert Lloyd (1954--)

And all young people are concerned environmentalists, but no one is interested in keeping the schoolyard clean!-- David McKay

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: "God doth not need
Either man's work, or His own gifts. Who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait."
John Milton (1608-1674) On his Blindness.

The obedience that is enjoined upon servants is obedience in its true and proper connotation because it is rendered to masters 'as unto Christ' (Ephesians 6:5). It is obedience, therefore, with all the qualities which distinguish > obedience < from coerced, involuntary, formal compliance with the master's directions; obedience is not merely subjection. This concept gives to the labour of the bond-servant an entirely different complexion; when the forces of redemptive grace were brought to bear upon slaves and bore fruit in the recognition of the lordship of Christ, the whole attitude of the slave to both labour and master was transformed.We must not become so absorbed in the questions that pertain to slavery thatwe discount, or overlook, the demand for obedience as it applies to the free. That Paul, for example, has the free in view as well as the bond is apparent from Ephesians 6:8 (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:21,22).The important consideration here is that it is not the fact of bond-service that grounds the necessity of obedience. It is grounded in the master-servant relationship however that relationship may have come to be constituted; it is the authority vested in the master by divine ordinance that makes subjection mandatory. Here again we have a principle of the biblical ethic that has far-reaching consequences.- PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT [John Murray. Eerdmans.1984. p93-104]

Yes, there's such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o'clock in the morning. . . . You'll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o'clock in the morning. -- Louis Nizer (1902-1994) In "Simpson's Contemporary Quotations," by James B. Simpson, 1988.

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

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

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

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.-- Theodore Roosevelt

 The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. --John Ruskin (1819-1900)

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

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

The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic--in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea--known to medical science is work. --Thomas Szasz

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that in your own time.

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. --Lord Tennyson

There is nothing so easy that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. --Publius Terentius

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

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)

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

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

Work spares us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.- Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778

Inactivity is the beginning of all vice.-- CARL F. W. WALTHER

That which is everybody's business is nobody's business. Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

Our aim is not "success" the way the world measures it but to please Christ by the way you tackle even work. Work is an act of worship to a Saviour.-- John White

The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost. -William Carlos Williams


The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed.-Clarence Day

He was as fitted to survival in this modern world as a tapeworm in an intestine. - William Golding (1911-1993) : Free Fall, 1959.

Whatever we have of this world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ.-- Matthew Henry

The curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight FROM the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God IN the world, in every position in life.- Abraham Kuyper

If nothing in this world satisfies me, perhaps it is because I was made for another world.      C. S. Lewis 

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.H. L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. Theyare nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.
H. L. Mencken

The world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.~Sean O'Casey

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

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.... Bertrand Russell

Build your nest upon no tree here; for ye see God hath sold the forest to death; and every tree whereupon we would rest is ready to be cut down, to the end we may fly and mount up, and build upon the Rock, and dwell in the holes of the Rock. - Samuel Rutherford, Letters, II. To LADY KENMURE, on the occasion of the death of her infant daughter, ANWOTH, Jan, 15, 1629

I have comfort in this, that my Captain, Christ, hath said, I must fight and overcome the world, and with a weak, spoiled, weaponless devil, 'the prince of this world comets, and hath nothing in me'....Remember Zion. Hold fast that which you have, that no man take the crown from you. The Lord Jesus be with your spirit. - Samuel Rutherford, Letters,III. To MARION MCNAUGHT, when his wife was ill ANWOTH, Nov. 17, 1629

Alas, we but chase feathers flying in the air, and tire our own spirits, for the froth and over-gilded clay of a dying life. One sight of what my Lord hath let me see within this short time, is worth a world of worlds.- Samuel Rutherford letter Feb. 9, 1637

The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand that the worldspirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation. If he does not do this, he is not resisting the spirit of the world at all.
Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

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

The world is wrong side up. It needs to be turned upside down in order to be right side up. - Billy Sunday (1862-1935) In "Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World," by Edythe Draper, 1992.

All the danger is when the world gets into the heart. The water is useful for sailing the ship; all the danger is when the water gets into the ship; so the fear is when the world gets into the heart. --THOMAS WATSON

world view

Everything in life has to do with your world view. You go to the zoo either to rejoice in the Creator or to find some alternative to Him. Your help for the needy is wrapped either in the arrogance that you are godlike and can figure out every detail, or in the modesty and humility that admits even your kindness might be wrong. Your starting point, and your discoveries along the way, determine how you build and manage both your zoos and your governments --- if, indeed, these days you can tell the difference. --Joel Belz in WORLD

Wherever man may stand, whatever he may do, to whatever he may apply his hand, in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science he is, in whatsoever it may be, constantly standing before the face of God, he is employed in the service of his God, he has strictly to obey his God, and above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God. - ABRHAM KUYPER

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

No man can live without a world-view; therefore, there is no man who is not a philosopher.-- Francis A. Schaeffer, He Is There and He Is Not Silent, Ch. 1


Overvalue not therefore the manner of your own worship, and overvilify not other men's of a different mode.- Richard Baxter

Remember the perfections of that God whom you worship, that he is a Spirit, and therefore to be worshipped in spirit and truth; and that he is most great and terrible, and therefore to be worshipped with seriousness and reverence, and not to be dallied with, or served with toys or lifeless lip-service; and that he is most holy, pure, and jealous, and therefore to be purely worshipped; and that he is still present with you, and all things are naked and open to him with whom we have to do. The knowledge of God, and the remembrance of his all-seeing presence, are the most powerful means against hypocrisy. - RICHARD BAXTER

Of what significance is it to us that, on this particular occasion, at this particular time, there are but half a dozen of us, or thirty of us, or a hundred of us, gathered together for the breaking of bread and for prayers,when these acts themselves unite us with millions who have repeated them daily throughout the centuries and now gather unseen at our side?--Harry Blamires, The Tyranny of Time

See, therefore, how, reguarding the faith, men must by no means bring forth anything from their own brains, but must simply content themselves with what God shows them on the subject...St. Paul declares that the man is the head of the woman,as Jesus Christ of the man, and the covering a sign of that subjection, then all dispute is laid low; unless one cares to contend with God, who is the author of these rank and distinction that St. Paul makes here... So if Women are thus permitted to have their heads uncovered and show their hair, they will eventually be allowed to expose their entire breast, and they will come to make their exhibitions as if it were a tavern show they will become so brazen that modesty and shame will be no more; in short they will forget the duty of nature...'if a woman goes bareheaded, she dishonors her head' he says. And what shall we say, except that she has lost all shame, and that she has cut off her own nose by mocking everyone, and that she is altogether exposed in her shame, and that it doesn't bother her if people stick out their tongues at her. Now then, when a woman acts this way, she dishonors every man on earth...Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men. In a word it is a madness...he adds by way of conclusion, that 'the women must have power on her head because of the angels.' This word 'power' seems obscure on the face of it. Nevertheless, there is no doubt but that Paul is referring to women's veils or head-coverings...And let this passage be carefully observed in which St. Paul says that the veil is for a sign and a testimony of a higher power, which should humble a woman and cause her to lower her head. And this is why, when Abimelech reproved Sarah for not telling him in the beginning that she was Abraham's wife, he told her that now he would be aveil to her, which means that it was to refer to her husband, and she was to keep under his shadow and protection. For, if a woman renounces the covering which God has given her, surely she is exposing herself recklessly. This is also why modesty is a woman's chief virtue...St. Paul now continiues with the subject he had begun: namely that women must have the decency not to come to thepublic assembly with their heads uncovered; and that men must also be decently attired so that ther be no beastly confusion. To confirm it, however, he adduces further reason. 'Does not nature itself teach that if a woman have no head covering, it is a shame to her? he says. One would surely say that a woman was mad, if she came without hair. When he says 'her hair is for a covering,' he does not mean that as long as a woman has hair that should be enough for her. He rather teaches that our Lord is giving a directive that He desires to have observed and maintained. If a woman has long hair, this is eqivalent to saying to her "use your head-covering, use your hat, use you hood; do not expose yourself that way! Why? Even if you have neither headcovering, nor hood, yet you already have something to conceal yourself. You see then that it would not be fitting to go bareheaded; that it is something against nature" This is how this passage of St. Paul must be understood.
With reguard to men, he says just the opposite: 'it is a shame to them if they where long hair'...If we suggest that this is of no great importance, we see what God says about it by his Prophet: namely that He will reform the strange clothes.--John Calvin For Men Women and Order in the Church

Let us remember therefore this lesson: That to worship our God sincerely we must evermore begin by hearkening to His voice, and by giving ear to what He commands us. For if every man goes after his own way, we shall wander. We may well run, but we shall never be a whit nearer to the right way, but rather farther away from it.
John Calvin, Sermon 155: Deut. 28:9-14, "Seperation unto Blessing", Thursday, March 12, 1556

We may be truly said to worship God, though we lack perfection; but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity. - STEPHEN CHARNOCK

I will not urge anyone to comform to the Puritan style of worship or to any other style. ...Rather, I shall present the regulative principle as one that sets us free, within limits, to worship God in the language of our own time, to seek those applications of God's commandments which most edify worshipers in our contemporary cultures. We must be both more conservative and more liberal than most students of Christian worship: conservative in holding exclusively to God's commands in Scripture as our rule of worship, and liberal in defending the liberty of those who apply those commandments in legitimate, though nontraditional, ways. John Frame Worship in Spirit and Truth p.46.

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

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

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

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

A holy reverence checks our speech,
And praise sits silent on our tongues.
Isaac Watts


We may sum up the relationship between God's love and wrath with the statement, so vital for understanding His plan in redemptive history, that God's kindness...is His free, ultimate work in which His soul finally and fully delights, whereas God's wrath in punishment is His necessary, penultimate work. Though He finds no pleasure in punishing the wicked, He nevertheless does it as somehting He must do, so that without devaluing His glory, He can fully rejoice in being merciful to the penitent. DANIEL FULLER

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