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War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men. –Cardinal Richelieu

This kind of (nuclear) weapon can’t help but have an effect on the population as a whole. — Ronald Reagan

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." — Albert Einstein

When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1951

There never was a good war or a bad peace.  — Benjamin Franklin, 1773

It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it. — Douglas MacArthur, 1952

A government needs one hundred soldiers for every guerrilla it faces.  Fulgencio Batista, Jan. 1, 1959

If the Third World War is fought with nuclear weapons, the fourth will be fought will bows and arrows.  Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1975

This is an era of violent peace.  Adm. James D. Watkins, Dec. 7, 1986

Yours is a society which cannot accept 10,000 dead in one battle. — Saddam Hussein, 1991


Washington [D.C.] is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.– John F. Kennedy


The rich aren’t like us, they pay less taxes — Peter De Vries

If you want to be rich, just count all of the things you have that money can’t buy. — Unknown

Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know He is. — Jean Anouilh

Instead of reaching people in their cocoons, the church itself is cocooning. In stead of making the church as comfortable as the home, the church is itself constructing fragile fortresses. When the church goes into a cocoon, there is no telling what sort of creatures will emerge from it. — Leonard Sweet

Money has demonically usurped the role in modern society which the Holy Spirit is to have in the Church. — Thomas Merton

Satan now is wiser than of yore. And tempts by making rich, not by making poor. — Samuel Pope

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

The church wouldn’t even make a good museum any more. Museums are more fun. — Leonard Sweet

Inopem me copia fecit — Plty has made me poor. — Latin Proverb

He that serves God for money will serve he Devil for better wages. — Sir Robert L’Estrange

I continually find it necessary to guard against that natural love of wealth and grandeur which prompts us always, when we come to apply our general doctrine to our own case, to claim an exception. — William Wilberforce

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epicurus, ancient Greek philosopher

"You are not what you own." Fugazi, late 20th-century American rock band

"I get so tired of listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there. It’s so petty." Imelda Marcos, 20th- century Filipino First Lady (married to Ferdinand Marcos)

"When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion."  Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire, 18th-century French author, wit and philosopher

"Virtue has never been as respectable as money.  Mark Twain, 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist

"God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.  Publilius Syrus

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are. Elvis Presley, 20th-century American celebrity singer

Sharing money is what gives it its value. Elvis Presley, 20th-century American celebrity singer

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong. Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living. B.C. Forbes, early 20th-century American publisher, founder of Forbes magazine

"He is poor who does not feel content."  Japanese proverb

"For greed, all nature is too little." Seneca, Roman statesman and author

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails."  Henry David Thoreau, 19th-century American essayist and nature writer

"Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold." Maurice Setter


April is the cruelest month. — T. S. Eliot



In the wedding, the sequence is something like this:
The isle, then the alter, then the hymn.
Then after the wedding it just becomes,
I’ll alter him!"

You may have started off as an ideal
–then your wedding-marriage becomes more accurately
–an ordeal.
Finally you start looking for a new deal.

The three rings of a marriage
The engagement ring,
–then there’s the wedding ring
–then there’s the suffering.

Winning / Losing

The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.  Heywood Broun, 1922


Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. — — Schopenhauer, Life

There’s only twelve inches difference between a halo and a noose. — Anonymous

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge. — Daniel Boorstin

Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must. — Duke of Wellington

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from poor judgment. — Unknown

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.  –William Saroyan

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. –Greek Proverb

"All receive advice. Only the wise profit from it." Syrus

"If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it."  William Penn

"A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one, everybody." Unknown

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."  Francis Bacon, 16th-century English philosopher and essayist

"The Way of the Sage is to act but not to compete." Lao-Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

"Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise." Cato, Roman censor

"Never kick a man when he’s up. — Thomas "Tip" O’Neill, 20th-century American politician, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1970s-1980s

"Whatever your grade or position, if you know how and when to speak, and when to remain silent, your chances of real success are proportionately increased." Ralph C. Smedley

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”— Ralph Waldo  Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet

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

"To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning." John W. Gardner, 20th-century American nonprofit leader, founder of Common Cause

"Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose." — Unknown


"In spite of my 30 years of research into the feminine soul
–I have not been able to answer the question
–‘What does a woman want?’"– Freud


Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. –John Maynard Keynes

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. — Mother Teresa

Don’t let your mouth write a check your body can’t cash. — Flip Wilson as Geraldine

Nothing, surely, is more alive than a word. — J.D. Adams

˜When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.™ — Lewis Carroll

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. — Chinese Proverb

"MacDonald has the gift on compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts." — Winston Churchill

If a person feels he can’t communicate, the least he can do is shut up about it. –Tom Lehrer

I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me. –A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


"The marathon culture of ‘I work harder than you do’ is nothing but an excuse to avoid making the hard decisions." — Seth Godin

Work is our sanity, our self-respect, our salvation. So far from being a curse, work is the greatest blessing. — unknown

(Three rules of work)
1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.
2. From discord, find harmony.
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
Source: Little Zen Companion, Schiller.

There is not substitute for hard work and effort beyond the call of mere duty. That is what strengthens the soul and ennobles one’s character. — Walter Camp

If I insist that my work be rewarding, that it must’t be tedious or monotonous, I’m in trouble… It’s ridiculous to demand that work always be pleasurable, because work is not necessarily pleasing; sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. If we’re detached and simply pick up the job we have to do and go ahead and do it, it’s usually fairly satisfying. Even jobs that are repugnant or dull or tedious tend to be quite satisfying, once we get right down to doing them… This happens when we just do what we have to do. — Thomas Merton, (quoted in Inc., July, 1992, p. 11)

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do you best will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle will never know. — Charles Kingsley

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

I’d rather get ten men to do the job than to do the job of ten men. — D. L. Moody

Play is work a body is not obligated to do." — Mark Twain

The object of living is work, experience, happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else’s work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. — Henry Ford

Man is made to be in the visible universe an image and likeness of God Himself, and he is place in it in order to subdue the earth. From the beginning therefore he is called to work. — Pope John Paul II

NAPOLEON SOLO:Are you free?
ILLYA KURAKIN: No man is free who has to work for a living, but I am available.

All men were created to busy themselves with labor… for the common good. — John Calvin

If a man is called to be a street sweeper he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or as Beethoven composed music or as Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Business information is doubling about every three years. In other words, in three years you’ll have twice as much noise to sift through just to get your work done." – From Simplicity, by Bill Jensen

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work." – Robert Orben


There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever." — Mahatma Gandhi

Afternoon, n.: That part of the day we spend worrying about how we wasted the morning.

It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night. –Unknown


There are entire congregations who worship praise and praise worship but who have not yet learned to praise and worship God in Jesus Christ. The song, the dance, the banners have been accepted as worship instead of being seen as a means of expressing worship. — Judson Cornwall

It is madness to wear ladies straw hats and velvet hats to church. We should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lask us to our pews. For the sleeping god may awake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. — Annie Dillard, in Teaching a Stone to Talk


My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. — Ernest Hemingway

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. — Flannery O’Connor

If you can think, then you can write. — William Randolph Hearst

I have always felt that the first duty of a writer was to ascend — to make flights, carrying others along if he could manage it. To do this takes courage, even a certain conceit. — E. B. White

If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage. — Cynthia Ozick

The weakest ink is stronger than the strongest memory. — Chinese philosopher

Writing: "Turning one’s worst moments into money" — J. P. Donleavy, Irish author

In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself…" — Alfred Kazin

Write as if you are dying. — Annie Dillard

"I detected one misprint, but to torture you I will not tell you where." — Winston Churchill to T.E. Lawrence, re Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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