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For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. — T.S. Eliot

Always obey your superiors — if you have any.” — Mark Twain

Don’t bother to give God instructions; just report for duty. — Corrie ten Boom

What we need is a desire to know the whole will of God, with a fixed resolution to do it. — John Wesley

When I preach I regard neither doctors nor magistrates, of whom I have above forty in my congregation; I have all my eyes on the servant maids and on the children. And if the learned men are not well pleased with what they hear, well, the door is open. — Martin Luther

To know and not to do is not to know. — Saying on Wall Street

Why do you stay and pray when I told you to go and sow.” — British Du Pont Executive, Geneva, Switzerland

There are three conversions necessary: the conversion of the heart, mind and the purse. — Martin Luther

“Don’t the Bible say we must love everybody?”

“Oh, the Bible! To be sure, it says a great many things; but, then, nobody ever thinks of doing them.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin


You can learn a lot by watching. – Yogi Berra


The right to know is basic. Moreover, it is better to err on the side of sharing too much information than risk leaving someone in the dark. Information is power, but it is pointless power if hoarded. Power must be shared for an organization or a relationship to work. — Max Dupree, Leadership is an Art, 1989, 104-5


There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. -General Douglas MacArthur

Let your daily wisdom of life be in making a good use of the opportunities given you. — William Blackie

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. — Francis Bacon

Gentlemen, we’re surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.” — Pogo

Strike while the iron is hot. — Farqhar

For of all sad words of tongues or pen the saddest are these: It might have been… — John Greenleaf Whittier

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us.” — Geo. Eliot

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. — Alexander Graham Bell

Optimism / Pessimism

Some day my boat will come in, and with my luck I’ll be at the airport. –Graffiti

Optimist: Someone who sets aside two hours to do his income tax return.

For myself I am an optimist – it doesn’t seem to be much use being anything else. – Winston Churchill, 1954

Cheerful people resist disease better than glum ones. In other words, the surly bird catches the germ. — Hope Health Letter, 4/96

Whether these are the worst of times the best of times, they are the only times we have. — Art Buchwald

My time will come. — Abraham Lincoln, after a long string of disappointments.

Question to Robert Frost: What is your greatest, most profound thought?
Robert Frost:Life goes on.

There’s no sadder sight than a young pessimist. — Mark Twain

With the right attitude, all the problems in the world will not make you a failure. With the wrong mental attitude, all the help in the world will not make you a success.” — Warren Deaton

When health is absent wisdom cannot reveal itself,
Are cannot become manifest,
Strength cannot be exerted,
Wealth is useless and reason is powerless.
— Herophilies, 300 B.C.


If you’re going to be original, you are going to be wrong a lot.” — Roger Von Oech, A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation

There once was a man who said, “I will be original or I will be nothing” He became both. – Peter Wagner

If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking. –Unknown 


The time for getting people to come to church is over. It is time to get people to come to Christ… Replace centripetal evangelism that tries to draw outsiders in with centrifugal evangelism that drives insiders out. — Leonard Sweet


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