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Quotations...personal favorites


"The way it works is, you do the thing you're scared 'poopless' of, and you get the courage after you do it, not before you do it." -Archie Gates (George Clooney) movie Three Kings (This is utterly true based on my Nov 2011 Haiti ordeal.)


"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."  -Mark Twain


"When a man makes up his mind without evidence, no evidence disproving his opinion will change his mind." -Robert A. Heinlein


"The art of communication is the language of leadership." -James Humes


"God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain."  -C.S. Lewis


"Resentment and graititude cannot coexist."  -Nouwen


"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." -Albert Einstein


(The next 7 quotes are from ch 8 of the book it  by Craig Groeschel)

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."  -Winston Churchill


"Fail! If you're not failing, you've stopped dreaming. You'll eventually stop learning. And you'll stop growing." -Craig Groeschel


"Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better."  -Samuel Beckett


"The antidote for the fear of failure is not success but small doses of failure."  -Mark Batterson


"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sure sign you're not trying anything very innovative." -Woody Allen


"Setbacks can be setups for better things to come." -Craig Groeschel


"Failure is the tuition you pay for success."  -Walter Brunell


"Today's creations are woven with threads of yesterday's masterpieces."  -Morgan Young


"To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."  -Benjamin Disraeli


"No one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself."  -James Russell Lovell


Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews  2:18 


"The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man.  This is true.  What a man is survives him.  It can never be buried." J.R. Miller


"No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character." John Morley


We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character;  and character, hope. Rom 5:3-4


"Being in power is like being a lady.  If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."    - Margaret Thatcher


"As long as a person doesn't know what he doesn't know, he doesn't grow." John Maxwell


"The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate."  -Harry A. Overstreet


"Personal and organizational effectiveness is proportionate to the strength of leadership."  -John Maxwell


"Jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America."  --George Gershwin


"No one ever  'drifts' into a higher level of spiritual maturity."  --Bill Hybels


"The past is all around me and I deal with it by turning it into art."   --Norman Maclean


"It takes two to speak the truth---one to speak, and another to hear."  --Henry David Thoreau


"Take it off of the paper  put it into the people, so it becomes powerful."  --Morgan Young


"A man without a vision is a man without a future.  And a man without a future will always return to his past."  ???


"The soul never thinks without a picture."  -Aristotle


"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."  -Wernher Von Braun 1912-1977


"...Management of life requires goals.  Otherwise, I am like the moron who shot arrows into the air, painted targets around the spot where they landed and proclaimed himself a skilled archer."        -Gordan MacDonald


"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."  -Albert Einstein


"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Albert Einstein


"If we're not confused about anything, it's likely we're grasping the truth about nothing important."    -Larry Crabb


"Creativity is not coming up with something new from scratch.  Creativity is scratching something new out of the old.  Only God creates out of nothing.  The rest of us create out of complex somethings."  -Leonard Sweet


"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again."     -André Gide


"Life is short, art long,  opportunity fleeting,  experience treacherous,  judgement difficult."  -Hippocrates


"When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art.  When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money."  -Oscar Wilde


"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again" -Maslow


"Live your life in such a way, that when you die, even the undertaker will be sad".      -Mark Twain


"We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before they consider the kind of person they should be." - R. Ruth Barton


"Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish."  - Jean de la Fontaine


"He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else."   -Ben Franklin


"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."  -Coach John Wooden


"A self-focused soul is a contradiction in terms (Phil 2:3-4).  Un-selfing is a godly turn of heart, a soul-way of being in the world."  -Leonard Sweet "Soul Salsa"


"The best way to improve the team is to improve our self.  -Coach Wooden


"Happiness begins where selfishness ends." -Coach Wooden


"...I am concerned about the way many Christians pinball around from church to church, looking for the one that will ring their bells and toot their whistles, and then leaving it the first time it yanks their chains." -Leonard Sweet


"Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed.  That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity.  It's a religion you couldn't have guessed." -C.S. Lewis


"Luke, you'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend solely on our point of view..."   -Obi-Wan's spirit, The Empire Strikes Back


"Never compare you ministry: for two reasons. First, you'll always find someone doing a better job than you and you'll get discouraged. Second, you'll always find someone that you're doing a better job than, and get full of pride. Either way, you'll be dead in the water. " - Rick Warren


"All music is gospel.  All music is sacred.  We carve music up into categories for commercial reasons, but really, that's just business.  All music is sacred because life is sacred.  We just need to live it."        - Willie Nelson


"Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of the minor details"    -Coach Wooden


"I can tell a good musician by the way he plays the rests."  -Mozart


"A leader (basically anyone) with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and no passion."  -John Maxwell


"We are caught up at a particular stage in our national ethos in which we're not only materialistic but worse than that;  we're becoming emotionally dead as people.  We don't sing, we don't dance, we don't even commit sin with much enthusiasm."    -Tony Campolo


"What you do says more about what you believe about God than what you say."  -Henry Blackaby


"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.  The most original writers borrowed one from another.  The instruction we find in books is like fire.  We fetch it from our neighbor's, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."  -Voltaire


"No one ever listened themselves out of a job."   -Calvin Coolidge


"When two people love each other, they don't look at each other.  They look in the same direction."  -Ginger Rogers


"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and refreshment of the soul.  If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging."  -J.S. Bach


" I never decide whether it's time to retire during training camp." NFL fullback, Bob Christian


"Every problem introduces you to yourself.  It shows you how you think and what you're made of."  John Maxwell


"In times like these it is good to remember that there have always been times like these."  Paul Harvey     


"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell."   Harry S. Truman  


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."  Aristotle


"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."  Linus Pauling


"We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities."   -Bill Maher


"The clever have good answers, but the wise ask good questions." - Old saying?


"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect, had intended for us to forgo their use." --Galileo Galilei


"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." --Philip K. Dick


"If Christians want us to believe in a Redeemer, let them act redeemed." --Voltaire


It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.  -A.W. Tozer


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning today is young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.   -Henry Ford


You're never too old to do goofy stuff.   -Ward Cleaver


"Human instincts are not always wrong, but God's principles are always right.  If our instincts flatly contradict divine instructions, our instincts must be jettisoned.  The key is to submit our instincts to His scrutiny rather than to impose our intentions over His sovereignty.  It we trust Him to be our king, we may not always have something visible in which to put our confidence, but we will always have something much better:  the eternal, almighty God, who always works for our good."   -Excerpt from devotional on Sam. 8:7


"God created the world, but duct tape holds it together." - National Public Radio


"If we begin with certainties, we will end in doubt.  But if we begin with doubts and bear them patiently, we may end in certainty."  -Franes Bacon in "De Augmentis"


It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.  - Albert Einstein


Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedient believes.  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.    Aristotle


"The world is full of freaks.Look at yourselves! God makes music out of his mistakes. I know, I'm one of them." Bono (U2)


"The Holy Spirit supercedes imperfect pitch." -morgan young


"Don't be hypercritical to the point it's not applicable." morgan young


"Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in real right or wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one to him he'll be complaining 'It's not fair" before you can say Jack Robinson."      -C.S. Lewis


"God never intended the Bible to be studied for information or knowledge alone. The Bible was written so that we might respond to the truth and voice of God. Biblical interpretation must be missiological, not theological. A theological construct for interpretation finds success in the attainment of knowledge. The more you know, the more mature a Christian you are thought to be. And yet knowledge of the Bible does not guarantee application of the Bible. To know is not necessarily to do. When the construct applied to the Bible is missiological, you engage the Bible to discover the response required of your life. It is significant that the history of the first-century church is called the book of Acts, not the book of Truths."           Erwin McManus  "An Unstoppable Force"


"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."   Jacob Brownowski


"The proof of spiritual maturity is not how 'pure' you are but rather, how aware of your 'impurity' you are."        -paraphrase Leo Tolstoy


"Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."
-St. Francis of Assisi


If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'   -Dave Barry


Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
                                               -Socrates Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)



This section contains quotes from My Utmost for His Highest, my favorite devotional by Oswald Chambers which can be read daily online.

"A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest single element of spiritual fitness."  Oswald Chambers


"Don't rejoice in your successful service for me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with me."  Oswald Chambers


"It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God."  Oswald Chambers 7/28


"Being a disciple means deliberately identifying yourself with God's interests in other people."  Oswald Chambers


"A person's character determines how he interprets God's will..." (Psalm 18:25-26)     -Oswald Chambers


"Remember, that there is a passion for souls that does NOT come from God, but from our desire to make converts to our point of view."  Oswald Chambers 10/27


"The Lord does not give me rules, but he makes His standard very clear."   Oswald Chambers  11/2


"Never rely on the clearness of your presentation, but as you give your explanation make sure you are relying on the Holy Spirit."   Oswald Chambers 12/3


"We tend to be devoted, not to Jesus Christ, but to the things which allow us more spiritual freedom than total surrender to Him would allow."  O.C. 2/24


"Paul was like a musician who gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of approval from his Conductor."    O.C. 3/17


"Many people have turned back because they are afraid to look at things from God's perspective. The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted." Oswald Chambers Sept. 15


"Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance.  A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated."  Oswald Chambers 2/22
"The greatest curse in our spiritual life is pride." Oswald Chambers 1/12


"Leave room for God."  Oswald Chambers 1/25


"If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me"   Oswald Chambers 7/28


"If we set out to serve God and do his work but get out of touch with him, the sense of responsibility we feel will be overwhelming and defeating."    Oswald Chambers 4/13



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