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Abstract art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.  Al Capp
Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.  Charles Hadden Spurgeon

Modern poverty is not the poverty that was blest in the Sermon on the Mount.

Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.  E Paul Hovey

If a man's Bible is coming apart, it is an indication that he himself is fairly-will put together.  James Jennings

Why is it that our kids can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?  Marshalltown Times-Republican

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.  Theodore Roosevelt

When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.  Woodrow Wilson

If we abide by the principles taught by the Bible, our country will go on prospering.  Daniel Webster

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.  Saint Augustine

Prerequisite to forgiveness--asking.  Delores Baxter

A banker is a person who is willing to make a loan if you present sufficient evidence to show you don't need it.  Herbert V. Prochnow

There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.  B.C. Forbes

Don't ever slam a door; you might want to go back . Con Herold

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. Copied

Biblical Theology, with truth and exhortation,  transforms the hearts and minds of men to the likeness of Christ; in contrast, secular psychology employs the arts of deceit and manipulation to conform the behaviors of men to the likeness of the world.    Delores Baxter


We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Duane Hulse

To belittle is to be little.

Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.  William Penn

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it into practice.  Otto Von Bismarck

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men. Abraham Lincoln

Ability is a good thing; but stability is even better.   Copied

It's easier to learn good behavior by watching it than by hearing about it. Frank A Clark

What I can do plus what God can do equals enough.     Free Methodist

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to something that I can do.  Edward Everett Hale

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. Arnold Palmer

No matter what your lot in life, build something on it.  Copied

The hard part of making good is that you have to do it every day.  Rabbi Ben Zion

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.  Henry Ford

Some people have such a talent for making the most of a bad situation that they go around creating bad situations so they can make the best of them.  Jean Kerr

When all is said and done, we usually wish we had done more and said less.  Richard Armour

One thing you can learn by watching the clock is that it passes time by keeping its hands busy.  Copied

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immoveable, those that are moveable, and those that move.  Ben Franklin

Let's not only read and hear, but also believe and do.  Malcom Cronk

Personal advancement is worth very little if personal peace is lost in achieving it. 

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.  William A Ward

Nothing is more confusing than the fellow who gives good advice but sets a bad example. 

Two quick ways to disaster are to take nobody's advice and to take everybody's advice.  Dublin Opinion

It takes a great man to give advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.  J C Macaulay

You can save a lot of unnecessary conversation if you remember that people are not going to take your advice unless you charge them for it.   Gopher Chatter

If you can tell the difference between good advice and bad advice, you don't need advice.   Rotary Club Bulletin

Fear less, hope more;  eat less, chew more;  whine less, breathe more;  talk less, say more;  hate less, love more;  and all good things are yours.   Swedish Proverb

Most of us would get along well if we used the advice we give to others.  Copied

The most unrewarding task in the world is trying to tell people the truth about themselves before they are ready to hear it; and even Aesop, who cast such truths in fable form, was eventually thrown off a cliff because his morals struck too close to home.  Sidney Harris

If you find a man who always agrees with you, you have to watch him, because he is apt to  lie about other things, too.  Robert A Cook

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.  Benjamin Disraeli

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing, and his own dying.  Martin Luther

Never believe that you have only two alternatives until you have made a thorough search for others.  Copied

Folks who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.  Copied

Anger, like fire, finally dies out--after leaving a path of destruction.  Copied

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.  Old Proverb

Anger is quieted by a gentle word just as fire is quenched by water.  Copied

Keep your heart right, even when it is sorely wounded.  J C Macaulay

Be like a duck--keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like crazy underneath.  Copied

An easy task becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance.  Terence

Nobody has a right to do as he pleases except when he pleases to do right.   Copied

One test of a person's strength is his knowledge of his weakness.  Copied

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who only have interests.   Copied

We are apt to believe what is pleasant rather than what is true.  Copied

He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestows one should never remember it.  Charron

The most amiable man on earth can live at peace with his neighbor only as long as his neighbor chooses.

If your absence won't make any difference, your presence won't either.   Copied

The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best. Audubon

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

Empathy is your pain in my heart. Jess Lair

When we put ourselves in another person's place, we're less likely to want to put him in his place. Farmer's Digest

The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but whether you brought in the ship. Journal of True Education

Some people have such a talent for making the best of a bad situation that they go around creating bad situations so they can make the best of them. Jean Kerr

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records. William A. Ward

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain. W.R. Alger

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Swallowing angry words is much better than having to eat them. Grit

Anger is quieted by a gentle word, just as fire is quenched by water. Megiddo Message

Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness to God. Thomas D. Bernard

If we give soft names to sin, we depreciate the value of the blood which was shed to save us from sin. Unknown

Sometimes silence is golden--other times, it's just yellow. Unknown

When looking for faults, use a mirror, not a telescope. The Good Ship Grace

Never apologize for showing feelings. Remember that when you do, you apologize for the truth. Benjamin Disrael

Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. Bernard Baruchi

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are. E H. Chapin

Don't compare your goodness with that of other men; compare it with the goodness of the Man of Galilee. Megiddo Message

Most men are not as good as they pretend to be , or as bad as their enemies paint them. Morris Abram

Use everything as if it belongs to God. It does. You are His steward. Houston Times

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.

Perfect valor is to do unwitnessed what we should be capable of doing before all the world. Due de La Rochefoucauld

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.  Richard M. Nixon

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.  Laurence J. Peter

A half truth is a whole lie.  Yiddish Proverb

The so-called new morality is too often the old immorality condoned.  Lord Shawcross

To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.  J. Jenkins

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.  Bishop Magee

Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.  HG. Bohn

Admitting error clears the score and proves you wiser than before.  Arthur Guiterman

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.  Jean Paul Richter

No man knows his true character until prosperity and ease try him.

The discipline of desire is the background of character.  John Locke

Integrity has no need of rules.  Albert Camus

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.   Thomas B Macaulay

Prejudice is an opinion without judgment. Voltaire

Prejudice may be defined as thinking ill of others without sufficient warrant. Gordon W. Allport

A man's reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is.  Jack Miner

Every man has three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.  Alphonse Kerr

Many a man who would not think of stealing a wallet would, without a thought, spread false, malicious rumors and steal a reputation. Delores Baxter

It may be all right to be content with what you have; never with what you are. B. C. Forbes


I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.  Martin Luther

It is doubtful that every church member is a born-again believer, but there is no doubt that every born-again believer is a member of "the church."  Delores Baxter

He came to pay a debt he didn't owe because we owed a debt we couldn't pay. Dayspring

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. John Bunyan

To be like Christ is to be a Christian.  William Penn

If God had wanted us to have a permissive society, He would have given us the Ten Suggestions instead of the Ten Commandments. Rabbi M. M. Hershman

I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.  Patrick Henry

We serve Jesus by serving others.  Delores Baxter

What man believes about God does not alter God's
   eternal existence, supreme authority, or righteous judgment.
What man believes about God does determine his own
   inner peace, outward behavior, and eternal destiny.  Delores Baxter


You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, training them up in God's fear, minding your house, and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts. Charles Spurgeon

The reason parents no longer lead their children in the right direction is because the parents aren't going that way themselves.  Frank M. Hubbard

Every child has a right to be both well fed and well led. Ruth Smelter

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.  Harold Hulbert

The Hebrew word for parents is horim, and it comes from the same root as moreh, teacher. The parent is, and remains, the first and most important teacher that the child will ever have. Rabbi Kassel Abelson

The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you're experienced you're unemployed. Kreolite News

If there is a measure of good parenthood, it could be when our children exceed our own achievements. Tom Haggai

Parents are prone to give their children everything except the one thing they need most. That is time: time for listening, time for understanding, time for helping, and time for guiding. It sounds simple, but in reality it is the most difficult, and the most sacrificial task of parenthood Emma K. Hulburt

Scotland, with her well-known reverence for motherhood, insists that an ounce of mother is worth more than a pound of clergy. H.H. Birkins

Live so that your son, when people tell him that he reminds them of you, will stick our his chest, not his tongue. The Furrow

The best gift a father can give to his son is the gift of himself--his time. For material things mean little if there's not someone to share them with. C Neil Strait

The persons hardest to convince they're at the retirement age are children at bedtime.  Shannon Fife

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.  Franklin P. Jones

In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.

Children are our most valuable natural resource.  Herbert Hoover

Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.  Mignon McLaughlin

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.  Franklin P. Jones

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.  On the other hand, some children never disobey because they are never told what to do.   Duke of Windsor

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become. Louis Pasteur

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Education does not mean a college education. The author of the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural could hardly be called uneducated. Bergan Evans

Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.  Vernon Law

There's only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.

If humanity profits from its mistakes, we have a glorious future coming up.

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. Cervantes

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.  Aldous Huxley

"As a matter of fact" is an expression that precedes many an expression that isn't.

The truth is more important than the facts.  Frank Lloyd Wright

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.  Robert Maynard Hutchins

Sixty years ago I knew everything; not I now nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.  Will Durant

The education of a man is never completed until he dies.  Robert E. Lee


  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

  • When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

  • Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

  • Take naps. Stretch before rising.

  • Run, romp, and play daily.

  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

  • No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout--run right back and make friends.

  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

  • Be loyal.

  • Never pretend to be something you're not.

  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.


Maybe the atheist cannot find God for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.
We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. James Madison

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Patrick Henry

Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers. John Jay  

Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority
and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law .

an oligarchy ...
the rule of few over many.

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.  Bill Vaughan

A man who is not a liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a conservative at sixty has no head.  Benjamin Disraeli

There never was found in any age of the world, either philosopher or sect, or law, or discipline which did so highly exalt the public good as the Christian faith.  Francis Bacon

France fell because there was corruption without indignation.  Romain Rolland

The defect of equality is that we only desire it with our superiors.  Henry Becque

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

What is honored in a country will be cultivated there. Plato

No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.  Norman Douglas

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. Samuel Butler

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be right than be President. Henry Clay

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. Thomas Jefferson

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.  Thomas Jefferson

For most Americans, progress means accepting what is new because it is new and discarding what is old because it is old. Lewis Mumford

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.  George Jean Nathan

Guidelines for Bureaucrats:  (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.  James H. Boren

How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority.  Leonard H. Robbins

Coexistence:  what the farmer does with the turkey--until Thanksgiving.  Mike Connolly

With every civil right, there has to be a corresponding civil obligation.  Edison Heines

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.  Horace Greeley

The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.   The Communist Manifesto

One man with courage makes a majority.  Andrew Jackson

The great law of culture: let each become all that he was created capable of being.  Thomas Carlyle

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.  Eric Hoffer

Your measure of love for a person is revealed by your measure of reluctance, or readiness, to expose his faults to others. Delores Baxter

A baby is born with a need to be loved--and never outgrows it. Frank A Clark


Before you assume, learn the facts;
Before you judge, understand why;
Before you hurt someone, feel;
Before you speak, think.

To escape criticism--do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help. Abraham Lincoln

Others will follow your footsteps easier than they will follow your advice.   Advance

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

When a man blames others for his failures, it's a good idea to credit others with his successes.  Howard W. Newton

I have made mistakes, but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.  James Gordon Bennett

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.  Samuel Johnson

He who refuses praise the first time that it is offered does so because he would hear it a second time. La Rochefoucould

All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye. Alexander Pope

A bore is a person who talks when you want him to listen. Ambrose Bierce

Nothing is interesting if you're not interested.  Helen MacInness

I am never bored anywhere; being bored is an insult to oneself.  Jules Renard

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.  Henri Bergson

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln

Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution. Robert Zend

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.  Copied

Science is what you know; philosophy is what you don't know

A problem well stated is a problem half solved. Charles F. Kettering.

Philosophy: unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. Henry Adams

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need, but not for man's greed. Mohandas Gandhi

Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.  Kay Lyons

Expect nothing and anything is a bonus. Copied

The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it.  D.L. Moody

Poverty & Wealth
I've known what it is to be hungry, but I always went right to a restaurant. George Bernard Shaw

It's possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. Lee Segall

Not he who has little, but he who wishes more, is poor. Seneca

I am a part of all that I have read.  John Kieran

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man.  S. Weir Mitchell

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.  Mark Twain

I wonder whether what we are publishing now is worth cutting down trees to make paper for the stuff.  Richard Brautigan

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  Sir Richard Steele

Criticism--a big bite out of someone's back. Elia Kazan

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Will & Ariel Durant

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Dorothy Nevill

It is all right to hold a conversation, but you should let go of it now and then. Richard Armour

To say the right thing at the right time, keep still most of the time. Germain Glidden

The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don't say much.

Silence is one of the hardest things to refute.  Josh Billings

The surest sign that you haven't any sense is to argue with one who hasn't.

Treatment of Others
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Johann W. von Goethe