Friday, August 27, 2010

"Don't worry about what other people think- they don't do it very often."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

"All children behave as well as they are treated." -Jan Hunt

"Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship. Then it moved to Greece and became a philosophy, then it went to Rome and became an institution, and then it went to Europe and became a government. Finally it came to America where we made it an enterprise." -Richard Halverson, while he was US Senate Chaplain

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic." -Dave Barry

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." -Blaise Pascal

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

"Saints as a rule, know a great deal more of the Bible than they know of Christ." -J. B. S.

“I believe that the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious. If he can sink a man’s mind into a habit, he will prevent his heart from engaging God.” -Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

"Why, then, is there so much unfreedom in religious circles today? The sad truth is that many Christians fear the responsibility of being free. It's often easier to let others make the decisions or to rely exclusively on the letter of the law. Some men and women want to be slaves." -Brennan Manning in The Wisdom of Tenderness

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

"In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity." -Augustine

"The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Just move to the side and live differently." -St. Francis

"When sinful, broken, hurting people are pleasantly surprised at how accepting we are, and religious people are outraged at how accepting we are, there is a good chance we're starting to live like Jesus." - Bruxy Cavey, in The End of Religion

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread." -Charles Dickens

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." - Ellen Goodman

"It is a mistake to look to the Bible to close a discussion; the Bible seeks to open one." -William Sloane Coffin

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” -Mark Twain

"[When our children] need discipline, we should give them the best example and the most effective way of guiding them to a place of understanding - spanking doesn't work on their heart and mind, just on their fear reaction. I am coming to see punitive parenting more and more as 'junk food for growing hearts'." - elcollins.

"What is more important? That I have a heartfelt connection with my child and am therefore able to influence them out of love, or that I am able to obtain obedience at all costs? Don’t make an idol out of obedience."

“Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.” -Kate Samperi

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The Good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; go good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway. "-Mother Teresa

"In the midst of an unbearable Winter, I found in me an invincible Summer." - Albert Camus


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