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Insights from various people  that have, over the years, expanded my own.  This will remain a work in progress...


Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God.

It is the quickening of conscience by His  holiness,

Nourishment of mind by His  truth,

 Purifying of imagination by His  beauty,

Opening of the heart to His  love, and

 Submission of will to His  purpose.

All of this, gathered up in adoration

is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.

                                                                                                         William  Temple


The  great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 

'own', or 'real' life.  The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's

real life - the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one's 'real life' is a phantom

of one's own imagination.

                                                                                                                                            C.S. Lewis



The tragedy with growing up is not that we lose childishness in its simplicity,

but that we lose childlikeness in its sublimity.


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The older we become the more it takes to fill our hearts with wonder. And, at some point,

only God himself is big enough for the task.

                                                                                                                                              Ravi Zacharias



Kids move  from myth to reality much more easily than adults.  Destroy  their myths,

and you destroy  their ability to dream. We desperately need dreamers. They are

designed by God to be our saviours because they can put information and ideas

together in ways others cannot.   


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If you do not doubt,  you will  never know  or discover.

                                                                                                                                             John Hannah


Nothing is so certain as that which is certain after doubts.

                                                                                                                                             Richard Sibbes




Flexibility is key to mental health.

                                                                                                                                         Laura Schlessinger




Christ built His kingdom on love alone.





We have not been able to show that reason requires the moral point of view,

or that all really rational persons should not be individual egoists or classical amoralists.

Reason doesn’t decide here.

The picture I have painted for you is not a pleasant one. Reflection on it depresses me…

 Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality.


                                                                                                                                                 Kai Nielsen



You don't have a soul.    You  are  a Soul.     You have a body.

                                                                                                                                              C. S. Lewis



Acedia (sloth, or apathy in spirit) follows the enthusiasm of pride and spiritual vanity.

A long course in humility and compunction is the remedy!


                                                                                                                         Thomas Merton 


I want to live for something worth dying for...





Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.


                                                                                                                Peggy Noonan


If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,

people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained

only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political,

economic and/or military consequences of the lie.

 It thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers

to repress dissent,  for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie,

and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.


                                                                                                                                    Joseph Goebbels



Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.


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How  fortunate for leaders that men do not think...


                                                                                                                                Adolf Hitler


Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.

It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body.

It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.


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There is something about the outside of a horse

that is good for the inside of a man.


                                                                                                            Winston Churchill




...But I have received no assurance that anything we can do will

eradicate suffering. I think the best results are obtained by people

who work quietly  away  at  limited  objectives , such as the abolition

of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis,

not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health,

or peace. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate

evil as well as we can. To avert or postpone one particular war by

wise policy, or to render one particular campaign shorter by strength

and skill or less terrible by mercy to the conquered and the civilians

is more useful than all the proposals for universal peace that have

ever been made; just as the dentist who can stop one toothache

has deserved better of  humanity than all the men who think they

have some scheme for producing a perfectly healthy race.

                                                                                                                 C.S. Lewis



The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.   

                                                                                       Apostle  Paul 



The  greatest  education  in the world  is  watching  the masters at work.

                                                                                                                                       Michael  Jackson 




I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money.

No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; 

yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

                                                                                                    Mother Teresa




I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious

will succeed equally well.


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Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God

and the permissible delights of the soul.


                                                                          Johannes Sebastian Bach



I Am the ressurection and the life. He who believes in Me though he may die,

he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.


                                                                                                  Jesus  the Messiah



To love at all is to be vulnerable. 

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.

 If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one,

not even to an animal.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;

avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.

But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change.  It will not be broken;

it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.


                                                                                                                                 C. S. Lewis


Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason,

 impairs the tenderness of your conscience,

obscures your sense of God or takes off your relish of spiritual things;

in short,

whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind,

that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.


                                                                                                   Susanna Wesley




[God] does not merely alleviate, but [is] all in all...


                                                                                                    Soren Kierkegaard



Education may make my self-centeredness less disastrous by widening my 

horizons. But this is like climbing a tower which widens the horizons of my

vision while leaving me still the center of reference...


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Our standard of value is the way things affect us.

Each of us takes our place in the center of our own world. 

But I am not the center of the world, or the standard of reference between

good and bad.

I am not, but God is.

                                                                                                William Temple



One must discipline one's appetites.

                                                                                                      Ravi Zacharias



The praise from men is like perfume:

you can smell it but you should never swallow it.

                                                                                                       Howard Hendricks



Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.

Every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue is rewarded,

every wrong is redressed, in silence and sertainty... cause and effect,

means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause,

the end pre-exists in the means, the fruit is in the seed.


                                                                                                               Ralph Waldo Emerson



Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.

It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense,

regardless of how it turns out.

                     Vaclav Havel 



 It is time…to salute the miraculous boy who will triumph over death as Dionysus did,

becoming immortal through his art.

Nowhere will his contribution be more obvious and his influence more strongly felt than in the world of dance.

 No choreographer of the last 30 years has been unaware of Jackson's achievement.

He rewrote the vocabulary of dance for everyone, from kids competing in talent shows to the royal ballets of Europe.

If the dance establishment did not often acknowledge his influence it was because there was no need. His shapes, his moves were everywhere.

Nijinsky and Nureyev also died young. They, too, were transcendent dancing boys, but they chose to interpret the choreography supplied to them by others.

By contrast Michael Jackson's art was astonishingly innovative.

No one could dance like him, until he showed them how, and then they were never as good as he was. 

His concept of the dance was utterly 20th century, extravagantly multi-dimensional, and not in the least middle class.

Nijinsky may have been the greatest Spectre de la Rose, Nureyev the greatest

Corsair, but these two candles pale in the light of Jackson's blazing star.

The surprise is not that we have lost him, but that we ever had him at all.


                                                                                        Germaine Greer