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If one has not given everything, one has given nothing. –Georges Guynemer 

It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. — Addison Walker

We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye… The hand is the cutting edge of the mind Source: Little Zen Companion, Schiller.

So soon as prudence has begun to grow up in the brain, like a dismal fungus, it finds its first expression in a paralysis of generous acts. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus puerique, 1881

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.” — Erasmus

A person who seeks help for a friend, while needy himself, will be answered first. — The Talmud

When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die. — Eleanor Roosevelt

The greatest end of life is not knowledge but action. — Thomas Henry Huxley

As a child I understood how to give; I have forgotten this grace since I became civilized. — Ohiyesa

Those who have the largest hearts have the soundest understanding; and he is the truest philosopher who can forget himself. — William Hazlitt

Only a life lived for others is worth living. — Albert Einstein

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men — above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. — Albert Einstein

There was man, though some did count him mad, the more he cast away, the more he had.” — John Bunyan

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love… by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves. — St. Francis de Sales

Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.” — Jack London

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. — Prov. 11

To do good is to do so in the minute particular. The general good is the refuge of the fool and the scoundrel. — William Blake

Cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door. — William Blake

A soul occupied with great ideas best performs small duties. — Harriet Martineau

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. — Goethe

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. — John Wayne

The main emotion of the adult American who has had all the advantages of wealth, education, and culture is disappointment. — John Cheever

Our calling and purpose as followers of Christ is to love God completely, to love self correctly, and to love others compassionately. — Kenneth Boa

The only cure for the love of power is the power of love. — Sherri McAdam

Love cures people — both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. — Dr. Karl Menninger

There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his. — Eric Hoffer (1902–83), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 236 (1955).

Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment. — Jean de La Bruyère (1645–96), French writer, moralist. Characters, “Of the Heart,” aph. 47 (1688).

Christianity makes sense in this world as well as in the next. — John Locke, philosopher

The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its nonmembers. — Bishop William Temple

We must all go and work in the garden. — Voltaire

It is the prodigals&ldots; that the memory of their Father’s house comes back. If the son had lived economically he would never have thought of returning. – Simone Weil


All that is not given… is lost. — Dominique Lapierre

Money-giving is a very good criterion of a person’s mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people. — Dr. Karl A. Menninger

God doesn’t ask us to give till it hurts — he simply asks us to give it all. — Bill Milliken

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

To give away money is to win a victory over the dark powers that oppress us. — Gordon Cosby,

Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can. — John Wesley

If one has not given everything, one has given nothing.  –Georges Guynemer 


Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. — Louisa May Alcott

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to bet better than yourself. — William Faulkner

It is a poor memory indeed that only works backwards. — Unknown

Never mistake motion for action. — Ernest Hemingway

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” — Dag Hammaarskjold

God’s — Creativity

Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple,
But only God can count the number of apples in a seed. — Robert H. Schuller

God’s — Control

I believe the will of God prevails; without him all human reliance is vain; without the assistance of that Divine Being I cannot succeed; with that assistance I cannot fail. — Abraham Lincoln

God’s — Existence

I felt something more, like stabs of joy. These pointed to something other and outer. — C. S. Lewis

God’s — Generosity

God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them. — Augustine

God’s — Goodness

“It seems too good to be true.”
“Nay, it is just so good, it must be true!” — George MacDonald, to his son re. the prophets version of heaven and the end of all things.

God’s — Provision

All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me. — Augustine

God’s — Love

Our experience on earth makes it difficult for us to apprehend a good without a catch in it somewhere. — Charles Williams

God defined: “The One who loves.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics

It cannot be that any creature should know him as he is and not desire him. — George MacDonald

We are living in the time of God’s patience. — Mennonite phrase.

The reason the mass of men fear God, and at bottom dislike Him, is because they rather distrust his heart, and fancy Him all brain like a watch. — Herman Melville

An Irish priest was on a walking tour of a rural parish when he saw an old peasant kneeling by the side of the road, praying. Pressed, the priest said to the man, “You must be very close to God.” The peasant looked up from his prayers, thought for a moment, and then smiled, “Yes, he’s very fond of me.” – Brennan Manning,

God’s — Power

I cannot believe that God is a weak left-hander. — Wolfgang Pauli

While translating the New Testament I discovered its truth to be pulsing with life and power. I felt like an electrician, working with wiring while the power was still on. — J. B. Phillips

God’s — Wisdom

God uses lust to impel man to marriage, ambition to office, avarice to earning, and fear to faith. — Martin Luther


Most people play golf in order to wear clothes they would not be caught dead in otherwise. — Roger Simon

Golf is a good walk spoiled. –Mark Twain

If you want to take long walks, take long walks.
If you want to hit things with a stick,
hit things with a stick.
But there’s no excuse for combining the two
and putting the results on TV.
Golf is not so much a sport as an insult to lawns.
– National Lampoon

Good Deeds

In nothing do men more nearly approach the Gods than by doing good to their fellow man. — Cicero

Good Life

And the wind shall say: “Here were decent people: Their only monument the asphalt road and a thousand lost golf balls.” — T.S. Elliot, The Rock

The pleasures of life men acquire by difficulty. — Augustine

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. — Carl Rogers


We can enjoy knowing that we were good to life,
rather than life was good to us.
– Rabbi Joseph Edelheit


The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.  –Oscar Wilde 


For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. –Bob Wells 

War is just another government program. — Joseph Sobran

Somehow, and probably it is in the very nature of things, a government office is below the level of a private office. — Thomas Alva Edison

Government is the agency of coercion that has flags in front of its offices. — Harry Browne

The government that can protect you from your enemies can be used as easily by your enemies to harm you. — Harry Browne

The government that’s strong enough to give you what you want is strong enough to destroy you. — Harry Browne

When the legislature decides the rules of buying and selling, the first thing to be bought will be the legislators. — P. J. O’Rourke

Government doesn’t work. — Harry Browne


Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out, and your dog would go in. — Mark Twain

People are prepared for everything except for the fact that beyond the darkness of their blindness there is a great light. They are prepared to go on breaking their backs plowing the same old field until the cows come home without seeing, until they stub their toes on it, that there is a treasure buried in that field rich enough to buy Texas They are prepared for a God who strikes hard bargains but not for a God who gives as much for an hour’s work as for a day’s. They are prepared for a mustard-seed kingdom of God no bigger than the eye of a newt but not for the great banyan it becomes with birds in its branches singing Mozart. They are prepared for the potluck supper at First Presbyterian but not for the marriage supper of the lamb&ldots; — Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth, Harper & Row, 1977, p. 70

The drippings of grace&ldots; longing for a sent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. – C.S. Lewis

Ah, what a thing a man devoid of grace,” sighed the poet George Herbert

The church also communicates ungrace through its lack of unity. Mark Twain used to say that he put a cat and a dog in a cage together as an experiment, to see if they could get along. They did, so he put in a bird, pig and goat. They, too, got along fine after a few adjustments. Then he put a Baptist, Presbyterian, and Catholic; soon there was not a living thing. – What’s So Amazing About Grace, p. 33

I know nothing, except what everyone knows – if there when Graces dances, I should dance. – W. H. Auden

O momentary grace of mortal men, Which we more hunt for than the grace of God. – Shakespeare, Richard III


To be great is to be misunderstood. – Ralph Waldo Emmerson, 1841

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. – Stewart L. Udall, 1965

Power is pleasure, and pleasure sweetens pain. – William Hazlitt, 1926

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of goodness is the page of history. – William Hazlitt, 1821

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde, 1892

Great men are but life-sized. Most of them, indeed, are rather short. – Sir Max Beerbohm, 1920.


Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to bet better than yourself. — William Faulkner

Work is a passage of self-discovery. It is not the pots we are forming, but ourselves. — M.C. Richards, potter

The ratio of what we know can blind us. It will not be the same ratio when we learn more. — William Blake

Before we can move into a new ar-rangement, we must first go through a period of de-rangement. — M. C. Richards

High aims form high characters, and great objectives bring out great minds. — Tryon Edwards


Guidance to be effective must be perpetual. — Andrew Murray


One who brandishes a pistol must be prepared to shoot. — Herbert Hoover, 1931

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