Quotes

– Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 
– Love thy neighbor. 
– Bless those who curse you.
– Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  
– I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf* is welcoming me.
  Jesus
– For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
  Apostle Paul, II Timothy 1:7 
 Finishing is better than starting.
  Patience is better than pride.
Ecclesiastes 7:8
He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,* and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.
Luke 1:17
Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children.
  Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
Proverbs 13:24
-Young people,* it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.
Ecclesiastes 11:9
– That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  
-It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
  than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
Proverbs 25:24
For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
  and her mouth is smoother than oil.
But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
  as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
  her steps lead straight to the grave.*
For she cares nothing about the path to life.
  She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
So now, my sons, listen to me.
  Never stray from what I am about to say:
Stay away from her!
  Don’t go near the door of her house!
If you do, you will lose your honor
  and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
Proverbs 5:3-9
 It’s better to live alone in the desert
  than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.
Proverbs 21:19
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

1 Peter 1:7

– Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. 
A.J. Liebling
– Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and re-experience again.  They select, combine, and test seeking to find order in their experiences. They smell, taste, bite, touch test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.
   R. Buckminster Fuller
– First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight with you, then you win. 
   Mahatma Gandhi
– Great spirits have always encountered forceful opposition from mediocre minds
– Imagination is more important than knowledge.
– The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
– The important thing is not to stop questioning.
– The significant problems we have cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created them.
– Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.
– When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.
– My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
– Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value.
– Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
– If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. x=Work, y=Play, z=keeping your mouth shut.
– Science without Religion is lame; Religion without Science is blind.
– The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human possessions, efforts, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
– It is a miracle curiosity survives formal education.
– Any man whose errors take 10 years to correct is quite a man.
– In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
– If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research would it?
– God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
– Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
     Albert Einstein
– A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents, but rather because its opponents evntually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
     Max Planck
– The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
– There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
– When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.
     Niels Bohr 
– Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
     Abraham Lincoln
– Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
     Ronald Reagan
– It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
    Teddy Roosevelt
– I firmly believe any man’s finest hour, the greatest fullfillment of 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
– Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much
– I’ve always followed my father’s advice: he told me first to always keep my word and second to never insult anybody unintentionally; If I insult you, you can be damn sure I intend to.  And third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.
    John Wayne
– Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
– If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
– Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
– Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
– Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
– One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
– Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.
– The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
– We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
– Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking. The one is but the shadow of the other.
– Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
  Carl Jung
– I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children the right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
  John Adams
– Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of  iron.
Dwight Eisenhower
– Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
– If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
– If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
– Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
– Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
– Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.
– Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.
– She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
– The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.
– Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
– Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
– Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
  Benjamin Franklin
– Bricks and mortar makes a house. The laughter of children makes it a home.
 Irish proverb
– Those who educate children well are to be more honored then parents; for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
  Aristotle
– There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
  Hodding Carter
– If you bungle in raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.
  Jackie Kennedy Onassis
– Most American children suffer too much mother and not enough father.
  Gloria Steinam
– Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children, that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.
  Marcelene Cox
– I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
– The truth about your own life is not always easy to accept, and sometimes hasn’t even occurred to you.
– But never fear, gentlemen, castration was never really the point of feminism, and we women are too busy eviscerating one another to take you on.
– The world is full of women blindsided by the increasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and tortuous.
– It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.
– You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are.
  Anna Quindlen
The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
– Live your life so that when you die others will know that you loved others clearly, loved your family dearly, and loved God completely.
 Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz
 

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,

even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble,

it’s a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,

it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,

keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann was an attorney turned philosopher-poet who live in Terre Haute, Ind. He spent his life wrestling with the realities of making a living and following his personal calling to a life of poetry, literature, and thought. He wrote A Prayer, which became a message of hope for thousands, but he is best known for Desiderata, which he wrote for himself, “because it counsels those virtues I felt myself most in need of.” Max included this work as part of a personal Christmas greeting in 1933, and Desiderata’s power and appeal have continued to reach out to and significantly affect readers ever since.
He died in 1945.

 

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