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Dancing

 

Dancing is a wonderful training for girls: it's the first way you

learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.

Christopher Morley

 

Only an old-timer can remember when dancing was done with the feet.

 

With some of today's dance steps you don't know if the guy on the floor

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is a good dancer or a bad drunk.

 

The rhumba is a foxtrot with the backfield in motion.

 

Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your

partner can step on them.

 

He who dances must pay the fiddler ‑ also the waiter, the florist,

the hat check girl, the doorman, and the parking attendant.

 

The difference between wrestling and dancing is that some holds are

barred in wrestling.

 

Those who perform the modern dance exercise everything except

discretion.

 

A jitterbug is not an insect. It's a human being acting like one.

 

Judging from present‑day dancing, familiarity doesn't breed as

much contempt as it ought to.

 

The belly dance was originated by someone trying to take off a

union suit in an upper berth.

 

The dance called the twist created an interesting phenomenon.

For the first time in history clothes were worn out from the inside.

 

A Los Angeles girl described her dancing partner as follows,

"He does a terrific tango ‑ no matter what the band is playing."

 

The latest new dance craze is called, "The Politician." It's two

steps forward, one step backward, and then a sidestep.

 

Belly dancing is the only profession where the beginner starts

 in the middle.

 

Danger

 

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the

time, and a courageous person afterwards.

Jean Paul Richter

 

Danger itself is the best remedy for danger.

 

He that would sail without danger must never come on the

main sea.

 

Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man

from all sides.

Russian proverb

 

Darkness

 

Night conceals a world but reveals a universe.

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

 

Night falls but never breaks, and day breaks but never falls.

 

Night is the Sabbath of mankind,

To rest the body and the mind.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

 

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

 

Dawn

 

When God sends the dawn, he sends it for all.

Miguel de Cervantes

 

Day

 

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may

bring forth.

Proverbs 27:1

 

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:34

 

When you come to the end of a perfect day, it probably isn't over yet.

 

Make each day count, but don't count each day.

 

The safest way to start the day is to go back to bed.

 

There ought to be a better way of starting the day than having to get up.

 

The best thing about the "good old days" is that they are forever gone.

 

The longest days are those you start with a grouch.

 

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today; by tomorrow there may be a law against it.

 

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.

 

The most utterly lost of all days is the one in which you have not once laughed.

 

About all some people can say at the end of the day is that it's done.

 

It's old age when each day makes you feel two days older.

 

Deaf

 

Blessed are the deaf, for they shall miss much idle gossip.

 

Death

 

Death is nature's way of telling a man to slow down.

 

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

1 Corinthians 15:55

 

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept

the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7

 

Cheerio, see you soon.

 

He has gone over to the majority.

Petronius

 

People who are afraid of death are usually afraid of life.

 

Make this your motto: Don't die until you are dead.

 

There are two places the jet planes have brought closer together ‑ this world and the next.

 

Nothing improves a man's appearance as much as the photograph the newspapers use with his obituary.

 

On his examination paper a boy wrote, "A natural death is where you die by yourself without a doctor's help."

 

Drive carefully! Motorists can be recalled by their maker.

 

A new cigarette offers coupons good for a cemetery lot.

 

A sure cure for conceit is a visit to the cemetery, where eggheads and boneheads get equal billing.

 

Nothing seems to make the cost of living as reasonable as pricing funerals.

 

It's hard to understand how an Alabama cemetery raised its burial charges ‑ and blamed it on the cost of living.

 

The person who is never criticized is not breathing.

 

The nearer the time comes for our departure from this life, the greater our regret for wasting so much of it.

 

Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life.

 

 

Some people have been dead for several years, but they just prefer not to have it known.

 

So live that when death comes the mourners will outnumber the cheering section.

 

No one is dead as long as he is remembered by someone.

 

When we die we leave behind us all that we have and take with us all that we are.

 

Natural death is now defined as being killed by an automobile.

 

A hunter in West Virginia climbed a fence while carrying a cocked rifle. He's survived by his wife, five kids, and one rabbit.

 

Everyone should fear death until he has something that will live on after his death.

 

Depending on how a man lives, he may die old at forty or young at eighty.

 

There are worse things than death for some people ‑ take life, for instance.

 

A person can survive almost everything ex­cept death.

 

If you drink before you drive, you are `putting the quart before the hearse.'

 

Fame is chiefly a matter of dying at the right time.

 

A single rose for the living is better than a costly wreath at the grave.

 

A grouch never goes where he's told until he dies.

 

In a world where death is, we should have no time to hate.

 

Be as kind as you can today; tomorrow you may not be here.

 

You can't live without lawyers, and certainly you can't die without them.

 

The one thing certain about life is that we must leave it.

 

A man in Louisiana explained why he refuses to buy life insurance, "When I die I want it to be a sad day for everybody."

 

The only thing worse than growing old is to be denied the privilege.

 

Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do.

Bertrand Russell

 

Dying is an art, like everything else.

Sylvia Plath

 

Death does not blow a trumpet.

Danish proverb

 

It is not death but dying which is terrible.

 

Six feet of earth make all equal.

 

No man should be afraid to die, who hath understood what it is to

live.

Thomas Fuller

 

All I desire for my own burial is not to be buried alive.

Lord Chesterfield

 

Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

He that lives to forever, never fears dying.

William Penn

 

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

Matthew Arnold

 

... Sustained and soothed

By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,

Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch

About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

 

A corpse is something like the cover of an old book, its contents torn

out, and stript of its lettering and gilding ... yet the work itself

shall not be lost, for it will appear once more in a new and more

beautiful edition.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

A funeral among men is a wedding feast among the angels.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

 

A good man never dies-

In worthy deed and prayer

And helpful hands, and honest eyes,

If smiles or tears be there;

Who lives for you and me-

Lives for the world he tries

To help-he lives eternally.

A good man never dies.

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

 

A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the

soul.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

 

A man I know found out last year he had terminal cancer. He was a

doctor and knew about dying, and he didn't want to make his family and

friends suffer through that with him. So he kept his secret. And died.

Everybody said how brave he was to bear his suffering in silence and

not tell everybody, and so on and so forth. But privately his family

and friends said how angry they were that he didn't need them, didn't

trust their strength. And it hurt that he didn't say goodbye.

   Robert Fulghum

 

A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.

Charles de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755)

 

A man's dying is more the survivor's affair than his own.

Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

 

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

 

A sudden death is but a sudden joy.

 

After sixty years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to

have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins

to be something personal about it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

 

Ah Christ, that it were possible

For one short hour to see

The souls we loved, that they might tell us

What and where they be.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

All days travel toward death, the last one reaches it.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

 

All mankind is of one Author, and is one volume; when one man dies,

one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better

language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several

translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some

by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and

his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library

where every book shall lie open to one another.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

All our finite eyes could tell us

Was the sadness and the gloom,

All the emptiness and silence

Of the sorrow-striken room;

But we could not see the welcome,

Could not hear the angels sing,

Nor the shouts of exultation

As the pilgrim entered in.

F. Norman Barrington

 

And come he slow, or come he fast,

It is but death who comes at last.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

 

And thou, most kind and gentle death,

Waiting to hush our latest breath;

O Praise Him-Alleluia!

Thou leadest home the child of God

And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

Saint Francis Of Assisi (C. 1181-1226)

 

And what is so intricate, so entangling as death? Who ever got out of

a winding sheet?

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

Angels, joyful to attend,

Hov'ring, round thy pillow bend;

Wait to catch the signal giv'n,

And escort thee quick to heav'n.

Saints in glory perfect made,

Wait thy passage through the shade;

Ardent for thy coming o'er,

See, they throng the blissful shore.

Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)

 

Anyone not coming to be a dead one before coming to be an old one

comes to be an old one and comes then to be a dead one as any old one

comes to be a dead one.

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

 

Are we willing to not run away from the pain, to not get busy when

there is nothing to do and instead stand rather in the face of death

together with those who grieve?

Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy

death.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

 

As the mother's womb holds us for nine months, making us ready, not

for the womb itself, but for life, just so, through our lives, we are

making ourselves ready for another birth.... Therefore, look forward

without fear to that appointed hour-the last hour of the body, but not

of the soul.... That day, which you fear as being the end of all

things, is the birthday of your eternity.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (C. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65)

 

As to death, we can experience it but once and are all apprentices

when we come to it.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

 

At death we cross from one territory to another, but we'll have no

trouble with visas. Our representative is already there, preparing for

our arrival. As citizens of heaven, our entrance is incontestable.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Be near me, Lord, when dying;

O show thy cross to me;

And, for my succour flying,

Come, Lord to set me free;

These eyes, new faith receiving,

From thee shall never move;

For he who dies believing

Dies safely through thy love.

Bernard Of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

 

Be still prepared for death

And death or life shall thereby be the sweeter.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Because I could not stop for death

He kindly stopped for me;

The carriage held but just ourselves

And immortality.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830-1886)

 

Because through death alone we become liberated,

I say it is the best of all the things created.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

By all standards, death is the most dreaded event. Our society will

pay any price to prolong life. Just one more month, or even another

day. Perhaps our desire to postpone death reflects our dissatisfaction

with God's ultimate purpose. Remember, his work isn't finished until

we are glorified. Most of us would like to see God's work remain half

finished. We're glad we are called and justified, but we're not too

excited about being glorified.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

By turns we catch the fatal breath and die.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

Christ taught an astonishing thing about physical death: not merely

that it is an experience robbed of its terror, but that as an

experience it does not exist at all. To "sleep in Christ," "depart and

be with Christ," "fall asleep,"-these are the expressions the New

Testament uses. It is high time the "icy river," "the gloomy portal,"

"the bitter pains," and all the rest of the melancholy images were

brought face to face with the fact: Jesus Christ has abolished death.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

Coffin: a container small enough for bums, large enough for

presidents.

 

Coffin: a room without a door or a skylight.

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)

 

Come lovely and soothing death,

Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,

In the day, in the night, to all, to each,

Sooner or later, delicate death.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

 

Death and taxes are inevitable.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)

 

Death cancels everything but truth.

 

Death has an amazing power of altering what a man desires because

death profoundly affects his outlook.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Death has got something to be said for it;

There's no need to get out of bed for it;

Wherever you may be,

They bring it to you, free.

Kingsley Amis (1922- )

 

Death is a camel that lies down at every door.

Persian Proverb

 

Death is an awfully big adventure.

Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

 

Death is as necessary to the constitution as sleep, we shall rise

refreshed in the morning.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

Death is but a sharp corner near the beginning of life's procession

down eternity.

John Ayscough (1858-1928)

 

Death is God's delightful way of giving us life.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Death is merely moving from one home to another.

The Kotzker Rabbi (1787-1859)

 

Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.

 

Death is not a journeying into an unknown land; it is a voyage home.

We are going not to a strange country, but to our Father's house, and

among our kith and kin.

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

 

Death is not death if it raises us in a moment from darkness into

light, from weakness into strength, from sinfulness into holiness.

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

 

Death is not death if it rids us of doubt and fear, of chance and

change, of space and time, and all which space and time bring forth

and then destroy.

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

 

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp

because the dawn has come.

Sir Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

 

Death is not the end; it is only a new beginning. Death is not the

master of the house; he is only the porter at the King's lodge,

appointed to open the gate and let the King's guests into the realm of

eternal day.

John Henry Jowett (1864-1923)

 

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies

inside us while we live.

Norman Cousins (1912- )

 

Death is psychologically as important as birth.... Shrinking away from

it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of

life of its purpose.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)

 

Death is the end of labor, entry into rest.

William Alexander

 

Death is the flowering of life, the consummation of union with God.

Death is the grand leveller.

Sir Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

 

Death is the great adventure beside which moon landings and space

trips pale into insignificance.

Joseph Bayly (1920-1986)

 

Death is the Liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the

Physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the Comforter of him

whom time cannot console.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

 

Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets

free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul.

Juliette Adam (1836-1936)

 

Death keeps no calendar.

Sir Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

 

Death may be free-but it costs a life.

Jewish Proverb

 

Death opens unknown doors. It is most grand to die.

John Masefield (1878-1967)

 

Death takes no bribes.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

Death to the Christian is the funeral of all his sorrows and evils,

and the resurrection of all his joys.

Aughey

 

Death's but a path that must be trod, If man would ever pass to God.

Thomas Parnell (1679-1718)

 

Death's truer name

Is "Onward," no discordance in the roll

And march of that eternal harmony

Whereto the world beats time.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

Death, death; O amiable lovely death!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Death, the gate of life.

Bernard Of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

 

Death, the grisly terror.

John Milton (1608-1674)

 

Death, to a good man, is but passing through a dark entry, out of one

little dusky room of his Father's house into another that is fair and

large, lightsome and glorious, and divinely entertaining.

McDonald Clarke (1798-1842)

 

Death-the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

 

Death: a punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (C. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65)

 

Death: when man is put to bed with a shovel.

 

Death: when the soul shall emerge from its sheath.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180)

 

Down you mongrel, Death! Back into your kennel!

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

 

Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world.

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825)

 

Every man knows he will die, but no one wants to believe it.

Jewish Proverb

 

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and

his own dying.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

Every moment dies a man,

Every moment one is born.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Joe Louis (1914- )

 

Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it

shall never have a beginning.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

For each of us there comes a moment when death takes us by the hand

and says-it is time to rest, you are tired, lie down and sleep.

Will Hay (1888-1949)

 

For restful death I cry.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

God buries his workmen but carries on his work.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

 

God calls our loved ones,

But we lose not wholly

What he hath given;

They live on earth

In thought and deed

As truly in his heaven.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

 

God's eternity and man's mortality join to persuade us that faith in

Jesus Christ is not optional.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

God's finger touched him, and he slept.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

Golden lads and girls all must,

As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Good-bye, proud world! I'm going home;

Thou art not my friend, and I'm not thine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

Grass grows at last above all graves.

Julia C. R. Dorr (1825-1913)

 

Has this world been so kind to you that you would leave it with

regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

He who does not fear death has no fear of threats.

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)

 

Here's death, twitching my ear:

"Live," says he, "for I'm coming."

Virgil (70-19 B.C.)

 

His maker kissed his soul away,

And laid his flesh to rest.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

 

How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a

sunset.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

How wonderful is Death,

Death and his brother Sleep.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

 

I acquiesce in my death with complete willingness, uncolored by

hesitation; how foolish to cling to life when God has ordained

otherwise!

Jorge Manrique (C. 1440-1479)

 

I am afraid of dying-but being dead, oh yes, that to me is often an

appealing prospect.

Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz (1867-1945)

 

I am ready at any time. Do not keep me waiting.

John Brown (1715-1766)

 

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the

great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill on his 75th birthday

 

I cannot forgive my friends for dying; I do not find these vanishing

acts of theirs at all amusing.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

 

I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown, where no

disturbance can have place.

Charles I, King of England (1600-1649)

 

I have talked to doctors and nurses who have held the hands of dying

people, and they say that there is as much difference between the

death of a Christian and a non-Christian as there is between heaven

and hell.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

I look forward to it with an intense and reverent curiosity.

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

 

I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now

that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.

Joyce Cary (1888-1957)

 

I never knew what joy was until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared

to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on

his payroll.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

 

I shall not live 'till I see God; and when I have seen him, I shall

never die.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

I think funerals are barbaric and miserable. Everything connected with

them-the black, the casket, the shiny hearse, the sepulchral tones of

the preacher-is destructive to true memory.

Mary Mannes (1904- )

 

I'm not afraid to die, honey. In fact, I'm kind of looking forward to

it. I know the Lord has his arms wrapped around this big, fat sparrow.

Ethel Waters (1896-1977)

 

I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.

Woody Allen (1937- )

 

If death be terrible, the fault is not in death, but thee.

 

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a

"wandering to find home," why should we not look forward to the

arrival?

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

If you submit to God's will, everything, including the time of your

death, is under God's supervision.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

If you treat your friend shabbily while he lives, you have no right to

try to even up matters by whining over him when he is dead.

Joseph F. Berry (1856-1931)

 

In my end is my beginning.

Mary Stuart (1542-1587)

 

Is this the end? I know it cannot be,

Our ships shall sail upon another sea;

New islands yet shall break upon our sight,

New continents of love and truth and might.

John White Chadwick (1840-1904)

 

It is as natural to die as to be born.

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Saint Francis of Assisi (C. 1181-1226)

 

Jesus audaciously abolished death, transforming it from a door that

slammed to, into one that opened to whoever knocked.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Jesus Christ alone is qualified to guide us into the vast unknown.

Since he is the only one who has returned from the grave, he tells us

accurately about life after death.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Leaves have their time to fall,

And flowers to wither at the northwind's breath,

And stars to set-but all,

Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O Death!

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835)

 

Let dissolution come when it will, it can do the Christian no harm,

for it will be but a passage out of a prison into a palace; out of a

sea of troubles into a haven of rest; out of a crowd of enemies into

an innumerable company of true, loving and faithful friends; out of

shame, reproach and contempt, into exceeding great and eternal glory.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

Let me die

As the leaves die,

Gladly.

D. C. Claussen

 

Let us not lament too much the passing of our friends. They are not

dead, but simply gone before us along the road which all must travel.

Antiphanes (C. 388-C. 311 B.C.)

 

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returneth,

Was not spoken of the soul.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

 

Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore,

So do our minutes hasten to their end.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Like pilgrims to th' appointed place we tend:

The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.

John Dryden (1631-1700)

 

Lord Jesus, you died to help me die. Take my life. I draw no

protective line around anything that needs to go.

François Fénelon (1651-1715)

 

Lord, grant that my last hour may be my best hour.

Old English Prayer

 

Lord, look out for me when I die. Make it a good experience.

Saint Francis of Sales (1567-1622)

 

Memorial service: farewell party for someone who has already left.

Robert Byrne

 

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural

fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

 

Men fear death because they refuse to understand it. But the way a man

dies is more important than death itself. Fine dying is a man's

privilege, for that man can himself control. We cannot influence

death, but we can influence the style of our departure. Men surprise

themselves by the fashion in which they face this death: some more

proudly and more valiantly than ever they dared imagine; and some in

abject terror.

Cyrus L. Sulzberger (1858-1932)

 

My name is Death; the last best friend am I.

Robert Southey (1774-1843)

 

Nature herself gives us courage.... death is not to be feared. It is a

friend. No man dies before his hour. The time you leave behind was no

more yours than that which was before your birth and concerneth you no

more. Make room for others as others have done for you. Like a

full-fed guest, depart to rest.... The profit of life consists not in

the space, but in the use. Some man hath lived long that has had a

short life....

  

Depart then without fear out of this world even as you came into

it. The same way you came from death to life, return from life to

death. Yield your torch to others as in a race. Your death is but a

piece of the world's order, but a parcel of the world's life.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

 

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

No man ever repented of being a Christian on his death bed.

Hannah More (1745-1833)

 

Nothing is so certain as death, and nothing is so uncertain as the

hour of death.

Saint Augustine Of Hippo (354-430)

 

Nothing seems worse to a man than his death, and yet it may be the

height of his good luck.

Irish Proverb

 

Now we face a paradox: on the one hand nothing in the world is more

precious than one single human person; on the other hand nothing in

the world is more squandered, more exposed to all kinds of dangers,

than the human being-and this condition must be. What is the meaning

of this paradox? It is perfectly clear. We have here a sign that man

knows very well that death is not an end, but a beginning.... Life is

changed, life is not taken away.

Jacques Maritain (1882-1973)

 

O how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who

ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living.

Philip II (382-336 B.C.)

 

Of all the thoughts of God that are

Borne inward into souls afar,

Along the Psalmist's music deep,

Now tell me if there any is,

For gift or grace, surpassing this-

"He giveth his beloved sleep!"

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

 

Of course, I do not want to go-this is a mighty interesting world, and

I'm having a mighty good time in it. But I am no more afraid of going

than of going through the door of this study. For I know that I shall

then have a spiritual body to do with as I please, and I won't have to

worry about the aches and pains of this poor physical body.

Ozora S. Davis

 

Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

 

Oh, what a sign it is of evil life

When death's approach is seen so terrible.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Old men go to death; death comes to young men.

 

On the day of death, when my bier is on the move, do not suppose that

I have any pain at leaving this world. Do not weep for me, say not,

"Alas, alas!" You will fall into the devil's snare-that would indeed

be alas! When you see my hearse, say not, "Parting, parting!" That

time there will be for me union and encounter. When you commit me to

the grave, say not, "Farewell, farewell!" For the grave is a veil over

the reunion of paradise. Having seen the going-down, look upon the

coming-up; how should setting impair the sun and the moon? To you it

appears as setting, but it is a rising; the tomb appears as a prison,

but it is release for the soul. What seed ever went down into the

earth which did not grow? Why do you doubt so regarding the human seed?

Jalal Al-Din Ar-Rumi (C. 1207-1273)

 

One can survive everything nowadays except death.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

One consolation of death is that it is also the end of your taxes.

One may live as a conqueror, a king, or a magistrate; but he must

die a man. The bed of death brings every human being to his pure

individuality, to the intense contemplation of that deepest and most

solemn of all relations-the relation between the creature and his Creator.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

 

One must always have one's boots on and be ready to go.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

 

One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches is this: Do your

work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call.

   Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

 

One short sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall be no more:

death, thou shalt die.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

One who longs for death is miserable, but more miserable is he who

fears it.

Julius Wilhelm Zincgref (1591-1635)

 

Our Lord makes little of physical death, but he makes much of moral

and spiritual death.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Our valleys may be filled with foes and tears; but we can lift our

eyes to the hills to see God and the angels, heaven's spectators, who

support us according to God's infinite wisdom as they prepare our

welcome home.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Out of the finite darkness,

Into the infinite light.

Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908)

 

Pale Death, with impartial step, knocks at the poor man's cottage and

at the palaces of kings.

Horace (65-8 B.C.)

 

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)

 

Revenge triumphs over death. Love slights it. Honor aspires to it.

Grief flies to it. Fear preoccupies it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

 

Shall I doubt my Father's mercy?

Shall I think of death as doom,

Or the stepping o'er the threshold

To a bigger, brighter room?

Robert Freeman (1878-1940)

 

Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest;

Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast;

We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best-

Good night! Good night! Good night!

Sarah Doudney (1843-1926)

 

So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other

side.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East

Northfield is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I

shall be more alive than now. I shall have gone up higher, that is

all-out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal; a

body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned

like unto his glorious body. That which is born of the flesh may die.

That which is born of the spirit will live forever.

Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)

 

Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning at the bar

When I put out to sea ...

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death.

George Whitefield (1714-1770)

 

Teach me to live, that I may dread

The grave as little as my bed.

Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711)

 

The Angel of Death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost

hear the beating of his wings.

John Bright (1811-1889)

 

The believer is freed from death as a curse. The nature of death is

taken away, and therefore the name is changed. It is but called a

sleep, and a sleep in Christ, and a gathering to our fathers, a

change, a departing. Death is the godly man's wish, the wicked man's fear.

Samuel Bolton (1606-1654)

 

The certainty that he who went through death, who restored the

connection between nature and the spiritual world, changes death to

win a triumph, a triumph that is awaiting us like the warrior who is

going toward a certain victory. Although I want to live and labor as

long as God lets me, I consider the moment of my death as the most

precious of my life.

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854)

 

The crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825)

 

The fear of death is ingrafted in the common nature of all men, but

faith works it out of Christians.

Vavasor Powell

 

The fear of death is worse than death.

Robert Burton (1577-1640)

 

The grave is but the threshold of eternity.

Robert Southey (1774-1843)

 

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways-I to die, and

you to live. Which is better only God knows.

Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

 

The last words of Noah Webster probably were: zyme, zymosis, and

zymurgy.

 

The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief;

We are as they;

Like them we fade away

As doth a leaf.

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

The man who dies out of Christ is said to be lost, and hardly a word

in the English tongue expresses his condition with greater accuracy.

He has squandered a rare fortune and at the last he stands for a

fleeting moment and looks around, a moral fool, a wastrel who has lost

in one overwhelming and irrecoverable loss, his soul, his life, his

peace, his total, mysterious personality, his dear and everlasting

all.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us is to feel ourselves at

home on this earth.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

The pain is brief, but the joy eternal!

Johann Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

 

The rich, the poor, the great, the small

Are levell'd. Death confounds 'em all.

John Gay (1685-1732)

 

The seed dies into a new life and so does man.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

The statistics on death are quite impressive. One out of one people

die.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

 

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,

Which hurts and is desired.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

The undiscover'd country from whose bourn

No traveller returns.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

The world recedes; it disappears;

Heav'n opens on my eyes; my ears

With sound seraphic ring:

Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly!

O grave! Where is thy victory?

O death! Where is thy sting?

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

There are no dead people, Lord.

There are only the living, on earth and beyond.

Death exists, Lord,

But it's nothing but a moment,

A second, a step,

The step from provisional to permanent,

From temporal to eternal.

As in the death of the child the adolescent is born,

From the caterpillar emerges the butterfly,

From the grain the full-blown sheath.

Michel Quoist (1921- )

 

There is no death. Only a change of worlds.

Chief Seattle

 

There is no death.

What seems so is transition;

This life of mortal breath

Is but the suburb of the life elysian,

Whose portal we call death.

She is not dead-the child of our affection-

But gone unto that school

Where she no longer needs our poor protection,

And Christ himself doth rule.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

 

There is only one way to be born and a thousand ways to die.

Serbian Proverb

 

There was a time when I dreaded the thought of moving. I have enjoyed

this house, and in many ways it has been pleasant. But I know I will

soon have to leave it, so recently I've been consulting the blueprints

of my future residence. The more I study God's Word, the more I'm

overwhelmed by the advantages of that new home. So much so, that I'm

getting eager to go to be with the one who is preparing that place for

me in the Father's mansions. Somehow this old crumbling house is

losing its appeal.

M. R. Dehaan (1891-1965)

 

There were some who said that a man at the point of death was more

free than all others, because death breaks every bond , and over the

dead the united world has no power.

François Fénelon (1651-1715)

 

There's no dying by proxy.

French Proverb

 

There's one thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends

after they die-their silence.

Ben Hecht (1894-1964)

 

These eyes, new faith receiving,

From Jesus shall not move;

For he who dies believing,

Dies safely, through thy love.

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

 

Think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven! Of taking hold of a

hand and finding it God's! Of breathing a new air and finding it

celestial air! Of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality! Of

passing from storm and stress to a perfect calm! Of waking and finding

it home!

 

This world is the land of the dying; the next is the land of the

living.

Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

 

Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time.

German Proverb

 

Thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die,

Passing through nature to eternity.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Though too much valour may our fortunes try,

To live in fear of death is many times to die.

Lope de Vega (1562-1635)

 

Vital spark of heav'nly flame!

Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame:

Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying,

Oh the pain, the bliss of dying.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

We all labor against our own cure; for death is the cure for all

diseases.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

 

We are but tenants, and ... shortly the great Landlord will give us

notice that our lease has expired.

Joseph Jefferson (1774-1832)

 

There are, aren't there, only three things we can do about death: to

desire it, to fear it, or to ignore it.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

We go to the grave of a friend, saying, "A man is dead." But angels

throng about him, saying, "A man is born."

Christian Shriver Gotthold (C. 1700)

 

We picture death as coming to destroy; let us rather picture Christ as

coming to save. We think of death as ending; let us rather think of

life as beginning, and that more abundantly. We think of parting; let

us think of meeting. We think of doing away; let us think of arriving.

And as the voice of death whispers, "You must go from earth," let us

hear the voice of Christ saying, "You are but coming to me!"

Norman Macleod (1812-1872)

 

We should teach our children to think no more of their bodies when

dead than they do of their hair when cut off, or of their old clothes

when they have done with them.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one

whom we love.

Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël (1766-1817)

 

Weep if you must,

Parting is here-

But life goes on,

So sing as well.

Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979)

 

What a scandal it would cause if an undertaker gave way to

cheerfulness and whistled at his work!

Ed Howe (1853-1937)

 

What is the Lord saying? There's only one message: "Trust me. Even

when you don't understand and can't comprehend: trust me!"

E. V. Hill on the death of his wife

 

What we call death was to him only emigration, and I care not where he

now tarries. He is doing God's will, and more alive than ever he was

on earth.

Amelia Edith Barr (1831-1919)

 

When a man dies, he clutches in his hands only that which he has given

away in his lifetime.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

 

When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates

his mind wonderfully.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

 

When all is done, say not my day is o'er,

And that thro' night I seek a dimmer shore:

Say rather that my morn has just begun-

I greet the dawn and not a setting sun,

When all is done.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

 

When asked what he thought would happen to him when he died, the man

replied, "I suppose I shall inherit eternal bliss, but I wish you

wouldn't talk about such unpleasant subjects."

 

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness

that we regret, but our severity.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

When I die, I should like to slip out of the room without fuss-for

what matters is not what I am leaving, but where I am going.

William Barclay (1907-1978)

 

When I go down to the grave I can say, like so many others, I have

finished my work; but I cannot say I have finished my life. My day's

work will begin the next morning. My tomb is not a blind alley. It is

a thoroughfare. It closes in the twilight to open in the dawn.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

 

When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in

me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire

goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my

heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents

themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must

quickly follow; when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when

I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that

divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with

sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and

debates of mankind.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

 

When our parents are living, we feel that they stand between us and

death; when they go, we move to the edge of the unknown.

R. I. Fitzhenry

 

When the friends we love the best

Lie in their churchyard bed,

We must not cry too bitterly

Over the happy dead.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)

 

When the landscape darkens and the trembling pilgrim comes to the

Valley of the Shadow, he is not afraid to enter: he takes the rod and

staff of Scripture in his hand; he says to friend and comrade,

"Good-bye; we shall meet again;" and comforted by that support, he

goes toward the lonely pass as one who walks through darkness into light.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

 

Whoso lives the holiest life is fittest far to die.

Margaret Preston (1820-1897)

 

Why dost thou fear thy last day? It contributes no more to thy death

than does every other day. The last step does not cause the lassitude:

it declares it. All days journey toward death; the last arrives there.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

 

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is

because we are not the person involved.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

 

Wouldn't you think a man a prize fool if he burst into tears because

he didn't live a thousand years ago? A man is as much a fool for

shedding tears because he isn't going to be alive a thousand years

from now.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (C. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65)

 

You can't die, for you are linked to the permanent life of God through

Jesus Christ.

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

 

You have laughed God out of your schools, out of your books, and out

of your life, but you cannot laugh him out of your death.

Dagobert Runes

 

Young men may die, old men must.

English Proverb

 

Ah, Jesus!

Charles V, King of France (1338-1380)

 

As I lie here on the brink of the eternal world, I want to tell you

that you need have no fear for the integrity of those who have the

direction of this great movement. God is with them. I would gladly

have stayed here a little longer to have pushed forward the war, and

to have taken part in the special effort for a hundred thousand souls

just inaugurated by the General, but I shall hear of their ingathering

as surely, and rejoice in it as fully, in the country whither I am

going. Good-bye. I will meet you in the morning.

Catherine Booth (1829-1890)

 

Doctor, I die hard but I am not afraid to go.

George Washington (1732-1799)

 

Earth recedes, heaven opens. I've been through the gates! Don't call

me back ... if this is death, it's sweet. Dwight! Irene! I see the

children's faces. [Dwight and Irene were his dead grandchildren.]

   Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)

 

Eighty-six years I have served him, and he has done me no wrong. How

can I blaspheme my King who has saved me?

To his executioners

Saint Polycarp (D. C. 167)

 

Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah! I am with the Lord! Glory, ready, go!

-From the scaffold

Charles J. Guiteau (1841-1882)

 

I am not dying. I am entering into life.

Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

 

I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live.

James Drummond Burns

 

I have been everything and everything is nothing. A little urn will

contain all that remains of one for whom the whole world was too

little.

Lucius Septimius Severus (146-211)

 

I have lost a world of time! Had I one year more, it should be spent

in perusing David's Psalms and Paul's Epistles. Mind the world less

and God more.

Claudius Salmasius (1588-1653)

 

I shall hear in heaven.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

 

I surely must be going now, my strength sinks so fast. What glory! The

angels are waiting for me!

Thomas Bateman

 

I will stick to Christ as a burr to a topcoat.

Katie Luther

 

I would give worlds, if I had them, that Age of Reason had not been

published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help me! O God what have I done to

suffer so much? But there is no God! But if there should be, what will

become of me hereafter? Stay with me , for God's sake! Send even a

child to stay with me, for it is hell to be alone. If ever the devil

had an agent, I have been that one.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

 

Joy!

Hannah More (1745-1833)

 

Like as thy arms, Lord Jesus Christ, were stretched out upon the

cross, even so receive me with the outstretched arms of thy mercy.

Mary Stuart (1542-1587)

 

Lord, I am coming as fast as I can.

-From the scaffold

William Laud (1573-1645)

 

See how pure the sky is, there is not a single cloud. Don't you see

that God is waiting for me?

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

 

Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that

patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness toward

anyone.

Edith Cavell (1865-1915)

 

This is the last of earth! I am content.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

 

Turn up the lights; I don't want to go home in the dark.

O. Henry (1862-1910)

 

Weep not for me, but for yourselves.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

What a beautiful day!

Emperor of Russia Alexander I (1777-1825)

 

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the

breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which

runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot of the Blackfeet (1821-1890)

 

Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.

Charles Frohman (1860-1915)

 

Wonderful, wonderful, this death.

William Etty (1787-1849)

 

Debt

 

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.

Romans 13:8

 

A man in debt is caught in a net.

 

Out of debt, out of danger.

 

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side,

and can scarcely be escaped without a wound; great debts are like

cannon, of loud noise but little danger.

Samuel Johnson

 

Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the

other half to avoid paying it.

George D. Prentice

 

Debts

 

Having problems may not be so bad after all. There's a special place for folks who have none ‑ it's called a cemetery.

 

The easiest way to commit suicide is to take gas or step on it.

 

In preaching a funeral sermon, a preacher made the following remarks, "We have here before us only the shell ‑ the nut is gone."

 

We are told the wages of sin is death ‑shouldn't you quit before payday?

 

Another difference between death and taxes is that death is frequently painless.

 

Death and taxes are inevitable, but death is not a repeater.

 

One thing about death ‑ it doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

 

A taxpayer resents the fact that death and taxes don't come in that order!

 

Nothing is certain in this world except death, taxes, and teen‑agers.

 

Perpetual worry will get you to one place ahead of time ‑ the cemetery.

 

Alimony is another war debt a lot of hus­bands would like to see cancelled.

 

America may be the land of the free, but not the debt‑free.

 

America unquestionably has the highest standard of living in the world. Too bad we can't afford it.

 

The man who borrows trouble is always in debt.

 

America is rapidly proving to be a place with two cars in every garage ‑ and none of them paid for.

 

Most Americans are members of the debt set.

 

A new car isn't a barometer of how much money a fellow has, but it's a pretty good indication of how much he owes.

 

If it weren't for keeping a budget, a lot of people wouldn't know how much they owe.

 

Budgeting is the most orderly way of going into debt.

 

The reason business conditions are so unset­tled is because so many accounts are.

 

Drive carefully! The life you save could be someone who owes you money.

 

The most difficult thing imaginable is to keep clean of debt, dirt, and the devil all at the same time.

 

One thing America isn't running out of is debts.

 

Every year around April 15 Americans have a rendezvous with debt.

 

It's comforting to know that when we get up every morning we are no deeper in debt than we were when we went to bed.

 

If you don't go into debt these days you're probably doing something illegal.

 

Nowadays it seems to take half as long to get into debt and twice as long to get out.

 

The trouble with public debt is that private individuals have to pay for it.

 

Things bought on convenient terms always fall due at inconvenient times.

 

Debt is what you get into if you spend as much as you tell your friends you earn.

 

We owe a great deal to our forefathers, and that's another debt we'll probably never re­pay‑

 

Running into debt is no trouble. Running into creditors is.

 

The best possible thing to do with a debt is pay it.

 

If you think you won't be missed, move away leaving a few unpaid bills.

 

Many people have learned to their sorrow that it's a great deal easier to run into debt than it is to outrun bill collectors.

 

In these modern times a man is considered out of debt when he owes no more but the doctor and dad.

 

The government debt is so huge the next gen­eration will have to help pay it off ‑ which explains why a baby yells when it's born.

 

They ought to make it as hard to get into debt as it is to get out of it.

 

Next to debt, the hardest thing to get out of is a warm bed on a cold morning.

 

If you listen to the loan company commer­cials, you'll almost believe you can borrow yourself out of debt.

 

All that many people will have when the rainy days come are a lot of debts they made when the sun was shining.

 

Some people use one half of their ingenuity to get into debt and the other half to avoid pay­ing it.

 

Debt is like quicksand, and just about as hard to get out of.

 

No person can fully and completely discharge his debt to Almighty God, but surely he can make regular payments on it.

 

What you don't owe won't hurt you.

 

Everybody agrees the huge national debt should be reduced and hopes some future generation will do it.

 

College debts are obligations that with dili­gence, economy, and stern self‑denial, father will be able to pay.

 

Every person born in the United States is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt.

 

Many who are quick to run into debt find it takes a long time to crawl out.

 

Debts are about the only thing we can ac­quire without money.

 

It might seem hard to believe, but there was once a time when being over your head in debt was a catastrophe rather than an ordi­nary

condition in life.

 

Molehills of debt build mountains of worry.

 

We had better go easy on piling up the na­tional debt. With the life span steadily in­creasing, we may have to pay it ourselves.

 

Dentists claim the best collector of old bills is a new toothache.

 

Some friends stick together until `debt do them part.'

 

Never forget a friend ‑ especially if he owes you anything.

 

Future generations will be born free, equal, and in debt.

 

Debts of gratitude are the most difficult to collect.

 

Real happiness is getting a reminder about a bill you've already paid so you can sit down and write the store a nasty letter.

 

A husband seldom worries about the national debt. What bothers him is the way his wife keeps trying to localize it.

 

Yesterday's luxuries are today's debts.

 

Creditors have a better memory than debt­ors.

 

Isn't it funny how some people can remember a joke, but can't seem to remember an unpaid bill?

 

Once upon a time it was hard to save money. Now it's difficult just to stay broke without going into debt.

 

The younger generation will learn the value of a dollar when it begins paying off our debts.

 

About all you can do with money nowadays is owe it.

 

Money may not make a person happy, but it keeps his creditors in a better frame of mind.

 

Modern political theory seems to hold that the best way to keep the economy in the pink is to run the government in the red.

 

The following is the revised edition of an American prayer: "Forgive us our debts, O Lord, as we forgive our international debt­ors."

 

As a general rule, prosperity is what keeps us in debt.

 

The Reds won't have to bury us if we keep going deeper in the hole.

 

A good salesman can talk you to debt.

 

If you're not in style, the chances are you're out of debt.

 

Most people find they can scale the ladder of success quicker when they're debt‑propelled.

 

Let's be thankful we don't have to pay taxes on our debts.

 

Blessed are the teen‑agers, for they shall in­herit the national debt.

 

Television sets are three dimensional. They give you height, width, and debt.

 

There's always something to be thankful for. If you can't pay your bills, you can be thank­ful you're not one of your creditors.

 

The man who borrows trouble is always in debt.

 

The United States is still the land of opportu­nity. Where else could you earn enough money to pay the interest on what you owe?

 

For a vacation some will go to the mountains, while others go to the seashore, but most of us will go in the hole.

 

Every child comes into the world endowed with liberty, opportunity, and a share of the war debt.

 

We've had wars to end all wars ‑ why not have one to end all debts?

 

The only thing you can get without work is debt.

 

And there was the poor old man who worried so much about his debts that the hair began to fall out of his wig.

 

Deceit

 

A clean glove often hides a dirty hand.

 

A handsome shoe often pinches the foot.

French Proverb

 

A whitewashed crow soon shows black again.

Chinese Proverb

 

Dirty water does not wash clean.

Danish Proverb

 

Faces we see, hearts we know not.

Spanish Proverb

 

Half the work that is done in the world is to make things appear what

they are not.

E. R. Beadle (1812-1879)

 

He who will sell a blind horse praises the feet.

German Proverb

 

Ill-gotten gains never prosper.

French Proverb

 

It is an awful hour when the first necessity of hiding anything comes.

The whole life is different thenceforth. When there are questions to

be feared and eyes to be avoided and subjects that must not be

touched, then the bloom of life is gone.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

 

Knot in de plank will show through de whitewash.

American Negro Proverb

 

O what may a man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

The easiest person to deceive is one's own self.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

 

The handsomest flower is not the sweetest.

 

The kiss of an enemy is full of deceit.

 

The sun discovers the filth under the white snow.

 

There's no getting white flour out of a coal sack.

 

To tell a lie might help you to have lunch, but not to have supper.

Arabian Proverb

 

We are experts at deceiving others and ourselves too!

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

When a rogue kisses you, count your teeth.

Hebrew Proverb

 

When the fox preaches, look to your geese.

German Proverb

 

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people

some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 

You fool me once, shame on you. You fool me twice, shame on me.

Chinese Proverb

 

You k'n hide de fier, but what you guine do wid de smoke? [You can

hide the fire, but what are you going to do with the smoke?]

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908)

 

Our fine art of deception that we call finesse.

Gloria Gaither

 

Let no man deceive you with vain words.

Ephesians 5:6

 

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they

have never deceived us.

Samuel Johnson

 

 Some disguised deceits counterfeit truth so perfectly that not to

be taken in by them would be an error of judgment.

La Rochefoucauld

 

If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice,

shame on me.

 

O what a tangled web we weave,

When first we practice to deceive!

Walter Scott

 

The easiest person to deceive is one's self.

 

The surest way to be deceived is to think one's self more clever

than others.

French proverb

 

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Jean de la Fontaine

 

All are not hunters that blow the horn.

 

All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total

dependence on the appreciation of others.

Cyril Connolly

 

What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of

an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes

are platitudinous.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

 

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not

looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea.

Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week,

if there is anything to be got by it.

Charles Dickens

 

Decision

 

A decision delayed until it is too late is not a decision; it's an

evasion.

Anonymous

 

If I had to sum up in one word what makes a good manager, I'd say

decisiveness.

Lee Iacocca

 

The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in

long, drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself

"makes things go" and creates confidence.

Anne O'Hare McCormick

 

Problems come when the individual tries to hand over the decision

making to a committee.

Rupert Murdock

 

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be

able to decide.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.

Harry S Truman

 

He who considers too much will perform little.

German proverb

 

I hate to see things done by halves. If it be right, do it

boldly--if it be wrong leave it undone.

Bernard Gilpin

 

When possible make the decisions now, even if action is in the

future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the

last moment.

William B. Given, Jr.

 

Deeds

 

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

William Blake

 

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.

Blaise Pascal

 

Business is like a wheelbarrow--it stands still until someone

pushes it.

Anonymous

 

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

James F. Clarke

 

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we

are accountable.

Moliere

 

No need of words; trust deeds.

Ovid

 

Kind words can never die, but without kind deeds they can sound mighty sick.

 

Those who say they believe in Christianity and those who practice it are not always the same people.

 

You always remember a kind deed ‑ particu­larly if it was yours.

 

Evil deeds, like fire, can be hidden for a short time ‑ but the smoke can't.

 

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.

 

Some men are known by their deeds; others, by their mortgages.

 

Good deeds speak for themselves. The tongue only interprets their eloquence.

 

Few people ever get dizzy from doing too many good turns.

 

Superior to a kind thought is a kind word; better than both is a kind deed.

 

There are a lot of people who never forget a kind deed ‑ if they did it!

 

A good deed gets about as much attention these days as a homely face.

 

He who does a kind deed should be silent; he who has received one should shout it from the housetop.

 

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

 

Some of the world's greatest deeds have been accomplished by two types of men ‑ those who were smart enough to know it could be

done, and those too dumb to know it couldn't.

 

It is vain to use words when deeds are ex­pected.

 

Defeat

 

To lose is to learn.

Anonymous

 

We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how. We

have been defeated. For us, as a Christian people, there is now but

one course to pursue. We must accept the situation.

Robert E. Lee

 

I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden for

the rest of my life. My political life is over. I will never again

have an opportunity to serve in any official position. Maybe I can

give a little advice from time to time.

Richard Nixon

 

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Michel de Montaigne

 

Many things are worse than defeat, and com­promise with evil is one of them.

 

Defeat never comes to any man until he ad­mits it.

 

You are never defeated unless you defeat yourself.

 

He took his defeat like a man; he blamed it on his wife.

 

The highway of fear is the shortest route to defeat.

 

 

Defense

 

Even the lion must defend himself against gnats.

 

The best defense is an offense.

 

Delegate

 

As soon as a man climbs up to a high position, he must train his

subordinates and trust them. They must relieve him of all small

matters. He must be set free to think, to travel, to plan, to see

important customers, to make improvements, to do all the big jobs of

leadership.

Herbert N. Casson

 

No man is able of himself to do all things.

Homer

 

I leave everything to the young men. You've got to give youthful

men authority and responsibility if you're going to build up an

organization. Otherwise you'll always be the boss yourself and you

won't leave anything behind you.

Amadeo P. Giannini

  

Deliberation

 

If you think before you speak, the other fellow gets in his joke

first.

Ed Howe

 

Democracy

 

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary

possibilities in ordinary people.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

 

The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last

analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.

Bernard Baruch

 

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things

equal.

Aristotle

 

What men value in the world is not rights, but privileges.

H. L. Mencken

 

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.

Abraham Lincoln

 

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's

consent.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the

monkey cage.

H. L. Mencken

 

Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most

wonderful thing of all is just having it.

Walter Winchell

 

The difference between communism and de­mocracy is ‑ plenty!

 

Democracy is a wonderful system. It permits you to vote for a politician, and then sit on the jury that tries him.

 

A democracy is a form of government that believes at least part of what you earn be­longs to you.

 

While living in a democracy, you can say what you think without thinking.

 

Democracy is a word all politicians use, and very few seem to understand.

 

Too many people see democracy as a chance to push other people around for their own personal benefit.

 

A democracy is a place where you can say what you please but don't have to listen un­less you want to.

 

Democracy cannot be safe anywhere until it is safe everywhere.

 

A democracy is government that is run by all the people and run down by some of them.

 

Democracy would not need so many to defend it if it had more on whom it could depend.

 

One of the great blessings about living in a democracy is that we have complete control over how we pay our taxes ‑ cash, check, or

money order.

 

A democracy is a country in which everybody has an equal right to feel superior to the other fellow.

 

Ours is a democracy where the rich and the poor are alike ‑ both complain about taxes.

 

Democracy, like love, can survive almost any attack ‑ except neglect and indifference.

 

The most important principle of democracy is that even a wrong guy has rights.

 

One of the disadvantages of a democracy is that the minority has the say and the major­ity has to pay.

 

A democracy is a system where a fellow who didn't vote can spend the rest of the year kicking about the candidate the other fellows

elected.

 

Dentist

 

I wish I had a dental appointment to cancel--it always brightens my day.

 

As a man gets older he suspects that nature is plotting against him for the benefit of doc­tors and dentists.

 

Dentists are often driven to extraction.

 

When dentists start advertising they'll prob­ably promise painless commercials.

 

Many people are so afraid of dentists they need an anesthetic just to sit in the waiting room.

 

Dentists claim the best collector of old bills is a new toothache.

 

Every time we go to a dentist we get bored to tears.

 

Dentistry means drilling, filling, and billing.

 

The dentist is one guy who's always ready to get back to the old grind.

 

Dentists have more faith in people than any­body. It's a miracle that more of them don't get their fingers bitten off.

 

A dentist expects you to answer his questions after he fills your mouth with everything but the kitchen sink!

 

Many young men would like to become den­tists but they don't seem to have enough pull.

 

Wouldn't you say a romance between a den­tist and a manicurist is a tooth‑and‑nail af­fair?

 

A dentist always looks down at the mouth.

 

Members of the dental profession are the only men on earth who can tell a woman to open or close her mouth and get away with it.

 

A dentist is a man who runs a filling station. He is also a collector of old magazines.

 

Almost any dentist has more pull than a poli­tician.

 

The dentist's favorite marching song is "The Yanks Are Coming."

 

When a dentist makes an extraction, you hope he pulls the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.

 

Nature may have known what she was doing, but sometimes it looks like she deliberately constructed mankind for the benefit of doc­tors and dentists.

 

You've got a problem when your dentist tells you that you need a bridge, and you can't pay his toll.

 

Desire

 

A man's heart is right when he wills what God wills.

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

 

Desire himself runs out of breath, And getting, doth but gain his death.

Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618)

 

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.

Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)

 

If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what

one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

Man finds it hard to get what he wants because he does not want the

best; God finds it hard to give because he would give the best and man

will not take it.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

To want what you want, you must want what your want leads to.

French Proverb

 

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop (Fl. C. 550 B.C.)

 

The heavens are as deep as our aspirations are high.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

 

The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180)

 

There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for

something better; nobler; holier than it knows now.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

 

We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel,

for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire and yet be quite

content until it is time to rise; and both flying and resting are but

parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration.

It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and

bud, and bough desire to be more.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

 

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those

that follow.

La Rochefoucauld

 

On the brink of being satiated, desire still appears infinite.

Jean Rostand

 

Despair

 

At the edge of despair dawns a clarity in which one is almost happy.

Jean Anouilh (1910- )

 

Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day,

Lived till tomorrow, will have passed away.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

 

But what am I? An infant crying in the night;

An infant crying for the light,

And with no language but a cry.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

Despair doubles our strength.

English Proverb

 

Despair is a frightful queerness ... that there is no way out, or

around, or through the impasse. It is the end.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

 

Despair is an evil counselor.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

 

Despair is the damp of hell as joy is the serenity of heaven.

John Donne (1572-1631)

 

Despair itself, if it goes on long enough, can become a kind of

sanctuary in which one settles down and feels at ease.

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

 

God be praised, that to believing souls

Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

God harden me against myself,

This coward with pathetic voice

Who craves for ease, and rest, and joys.

Myself, arch-traitor to myself

My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe,

My clog whatever road I go.

Yet One there is can curb myself,

Can roll the strangling load from me,

Break off the yoke and set me free.

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

He that despairs degrades God.

Owen Felltham (C. 1602-1668)

 

He that is fallen cannot help him that is down.

 

He who despairs wants love and faith, for faith, hope, and love are

three torches which blend their life together, nor does the one shine

without the other.

Pietro Metastasis (1698-1782)

 

I have no wit, no words, no tears;

My heart within me like a stone

Is numbed too much for hopes or fears;

Look right, look left, I dwell alone;

I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief

No everlasting hills I see;

My life is in the falling leaf

O Jesus, quicken me.

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

I remember, I remember

The house where I was born,

The little window where the sun

Came peeping in at morn;

He never came a wink too soon

Nor brought too long a day;

But now, I often wish the night

Had borne my breath away.

Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

 

I turned to speak to God

About the world's despair;

But to make bad matters worse

I found God wasn't there.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

 

I would say to my soul, O my soul, this is not the place of despair;

this is not the time to despair in. As long as mine eyes can find a

promise in the Bible, as long as there is a moment left me of breath

or life in this world, so long will I wait or look for mercy, so long

will I fight against unbelief and despair.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

If at any time you feel disposed again to say, "It is enough," and

that you can bear of the burden of life no longer, do as Elijah did,

flee into the silence of solitude, and sit under-not the juniper

tree-but under that tree whereon the incarnate Son of God was made a

curse for you.

Friedrich Wilhelm Krummacher (1796-1868)

 

If you get gloomy, just take an hour off and sit and think how much

better this world is than hell. Of course, it won't cheer you up much

if you expect to go there.

Don Marquis (1878-1937)

 

If you should temporarily lose your sense of well-being, don't be too

quick to despair. With humility and patience, wait for God who is able

to give you back even more comfort. There is nothing novel about this

to those who are familiar with God's ways. The great saints and

ancient prophets frequently experienced the alternation of up and

down, joy and sorrow.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

In a really dark night of the soul it is always three in the morning,

day after day.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

 

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper

is omnipotent.

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

 

It is when we are out of options that we are most ready for God's

surprises.

Max L. Lucado (1955- )

 

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

 

Life is a bridge of groans across a stream of tears.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902)

 

Life is not as idle ore

But iron dug from central gloom,

And heated hot with burning fears,

And dipped in baths of hissing tears,

And battered with the shocks of doom

To shape and use.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

Lord, it is dark! Lord, are you there in my darkness? Where are you,

Lord? Do you love me still? I haven't wearied you? Lord, answer me!

Answer! It is so dark!

Michel Quoist (1921- )

 

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

 

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining

somewhere.

Ruth E. Renkel

 

O God! O God!

How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable

Seem to me all the uses of this world.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

O man, cleave close to God and mean but him alone,

Then agony and toil a paradise become.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)

 

Only those who see themselves as utterly destitute can fully

appreciate the grace of God.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Play it down and pray it up.

Robert Harold Schuller (1926- )

 

Surrendering to despair is man's favorite pastime. God offers a better

plan, but it takes effort to grab it and faith to claim it.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

"The dark night of the soul" is not something bad or destructive. On

the contrary it is an experience to be welcomed as a sick person might

welcome a surgery that promises health and well-being. The purpose of

the darkness is not to punish or afflict us. It is to set us free.

Richard J. Foster (1942- )

 

The lives that are getting stronger are lives in the desert,

deep-rooted in God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

 

There is a weeping in the world, as though our dear Lord were dead;

and the leaden shadows that descend on us oppress us with the weight

of the tomb.

Else Lasker-Schuler (1876-1945)

 

What is this darkness? What is its name? Call it an aptitude for

sensitivity. Call it a rich sensitivity which will make you whole.

Call it your potential for vulnerability.

Meister Eckhart (C. 1260-C. 1327)

 

When a man gets to despair, he knows that all his thinking will never

get him out, he will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God;

consequently, he is in the right attitude to receive from God that

which he cannot gain for himself.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, 'til

it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then,

for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

 

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

 

Who will not grieve when deprived of hope?

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

 

There is no vulture like despair.

Lord Lansdowne

 

Despondency

 

Abide with me-fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens: Lord, with me abide;

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)

 

Cheer up-only a dentist has to look down in the mouth.

 

Cloudless days are fine, but remember: some pottery gets pretty

fragile sitting in the sun day after day after day.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

Darkness is more productive of sublime ideas than light.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

 

Don't brood: you're a human being, not a hen.

 

Every man has a rainy corner in his life.

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825)

 

Every mile is two in winter.

 

Give no place to despondency. God's designs regarding you, and his

methods of bringing about these designs, are infinitely wise.

Madame Jeanne Marie de La Mothe Guyon (1648-1717)

 

God sends nothing but what can be borne.

Italian Proverb

 

If a person at the time of these darknesses observes closely, he will

see clearly how little the appetites and faculties are distracted with

useless and harmful things and how secure he is from vainglory, from

pride and presumption, from an empty and false joy, and from many

other evils. By walking in darkness the soul not only avoids going

astray but advances rapidly, because it thus gains the virtues.

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

 

If there be a hell upon earth it is to be found in a melancholy man's

heart.

Robert Burton (1577-1640)

 

Into each life some rain must fall,

Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

 

It takes both the rain and the sunshine to make a rainbow.

 

Lead, kindly Light, amid th' encircling gloom;

Lead thou me on.

The night is dark, and I am far from home;

Lead thou me on.

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene-one step enough for me.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own

sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

Night, you are for a man more nourishing than bread and wine.

Charles Péguy (1873-1914)

 

O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn!

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

 

Only eyes washed by tears can see clearly.

Louis L. Mann

 

Recognize the dark night for what it is. Be grateful that God is

lovingly drawing you away from every distraction so that you can see

him. Rather than chafing and fighting, become still and wait.

Richard J. Foster (1942- )

 

Reconcile yourself to wait in this darkness as long as is necessary,

but still go on longing after him whom you love. For if you are to

feel him in this life, it must always be in this cloud in this

darkness.

The Cloud of Unknowing (1370)

 

The best cure for an empty day or a longing heart is to find people

who need you. Look, the world is full of them.

 

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

 

The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until

the dark hours.

Earl Riney

 

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness of mind.

Sébastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794)

 

They feared as they entered the cloud. Is there anyone save Jesus only

in your cloud? If so, it will get darker; you must get into the place

where there is no one save Jesus only.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Those who are the happiest are not necessarily those for whom life has

been easiest. Emotional stability is an attitude. It is refusing to

yield to depression and fear, even when black clouds float overhead.

It is improving that which can be improved and accepting that which is

inevitable.

James C. Dobson (1936- )

 

We ought to praise God even when we do not feel like it. Praising him

takes away the blues and restores us to normal.

Harold Lindsell (1913- )

 

When you see your appetites darkened, your inclinations dry and

constrained, your faculties incapacitated for any interior exercise,

do not be afflicted; think of this as a grace ... God takes you by the

hand and guides you in darkness, as though you were blind, along a way

and to a place you know not. You would never have succeeded in

reaching this place no matter how good your eyes and your feet.

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

 

Despotism

 

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.

And the tigers are getting hungry.

Winston Churchill

 

Destiny

 

What are the thoughts of the canvas on which a masterpiece is being

painted? "I am being soiled, brutally treated and concealed from

view." Thus men grumble at their destiny, however fair.

Jean Cocteau

 

One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.

French proverb

 

Detail

 

Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect

makes a few men rich.

Henry Ford, Sr.

 

Determination

 

Every good and excellent thing stands moment by moment on the

razor's edge of danger and must be fought for.

Anonymous

 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out--it's the grain of

sand in your shoe.

Robert Service

 

Sink or swim.

 

Devil

 

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

 

Every devil has not a cloven hoof.

 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a

roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

1 Peter 5:8

 

The devil's boots don't creak.

Scottish proverb

 

One had as good eat the devil as the broth he's boiled on.

 

The devil sometimes speaks the truth.

 

The devil catches most souls in a golden net.

German proverb

 

He that is afraid of the devil does not grow rich.

Italian proverb

 

Talk of the devil and he'll appear.

Latin proverb

 

Diamond

 

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.

 

A diamond is valuable tho' it lie on a dunghill.

 

Dice

 

The best throw of the dice is to throw them away.

 

Dictation

 

The nicest thing about dictating a letter is that you can use words

you don't know how to spell.

 

Die

 

Never say die.

 

Dieting

 

I went on a fourteen-day diet, but all I lost was two weeks.

 

Minutes at the table don't put on weight--it's the seconds.

 

My doctor has the greatest diet of all: eat all you want, chew--but

don't swallow.

 

If you cheat on your diet--you gain in the end.

 

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first--by the

second day you're off it.

 

I told the doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet. So he gave

me pep pills. You know what happened? I ate faster.

 

The one thing harder than sticking to a diet is keeping quiet about it.

 

Dieting is a way of starving to death so you can live longer.

 

Losing weight is a triumph of mind over platter.

 

I'm on a new tranquilizer diet--I haven't lost an ounce, but I

don't care.

 

Diets

 

Advice to men over fifty: Keep an open mind and a closed refrigerator.

 

Too many Americans go in for weightlifting with the wrong equipment ‑ a knife and fork.

 

Americans have more food to eat than any other people on earth, and more diets to keep them from eating it.

 

Childhood is that wonderful period when all you need to do to lose weight is take a bath.

 

When you see a man wearing a baggy suit, either he has a great diet or a terrible tailor.

 

You can't reduce by talking about it. You must keep your mouth shut.

 

Diets are so strict nowadays that the only thing dieters are allowed to have is hunger pains.

 

One of the best reasons for going on a diet is the money you'll save on food.

 

There's no better diet than eating only what you can afford.

 

The odds against a diet succeeding are three to one ‑ knife, fork, and spoon.

 

With all the diets we hear and read about, it appears there are more problem eaters than problem drinkers.

 

There's a new diet that includes tranquiliz­ers. You don't lose much weight ‑ but you really don't care.

 

One thing you can be sure of ‑ there will always be more people going on a diet tomor­row than those on a diet today.

 

People who diet go to great lengths to avoid great widths.

 

Dieting is the time when the days seem longer and the meals seem shorter.

 

When you go on a diet the first thing you're apt to lose is your sense of humor.

 

A diet helps people gain weight slower.

 

There's one thing to be said for a diet ‑ it certainly improves the appetite.

 

A husband in New Mexico explained why his wife went on a diet: "She went from a size ten to a size tent.

 

Nowadays almost everybody is on a diet ‑due to high prices or high cholesterol.

 

It's strange how people always announce they're going on a diet after a big meal.

 

Most kids think a balanced diet is a hambur­ger in each hand.

 

Many with the strength to diet lack the strength to keep it quiet.

 

It's time to go on a diet when you notice you're puffing going down stairs.

 

The one thing rougher than being on a diet is listening to someone else who is.

 

Dieting is merely a matter of keeping your mouth shut at the right time ‑ such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Everybody is so diet‑conscious these days that if someone says you're not half the man you used to be, it's considered a compliment.

 

Many people are on the new "see‑food" diet ‑ you see food, but you don't eat it.

 

Any dieter will tell you that the one thing worse than a menu offering nothing you like is a menu offering everything you like.

 

A nutritionist in India has the perfect new diet food. You open a can, and there's nothing in it.

 

A diet is something you went off yesterday ‑or expect to start tomorrow.

 

Anybody who has ever gone on a diet knows which meal is the hardest one to skip ‑ the next one.

 

A Kansas dieter says, "I watch everything I eat, and wish I could eat everything I watch."

 

A diet is what you keep putting off while you keep putting on.

 

Those on a diet are the only people who gain from losing.

 

The first few days of a thousand‑calorie diet are like a bunion ‑ it doesn't show, but you can't forget it.

 

Diet tip: To indulge is to bulge.

 

When someone says he diets religiously, he probably means he doesn't eat anything while in church.

 

There's a new diet that will reduce weight like nothing else. It's called the high price of food.

 

When you go on a diet the first thing you lose is your temper.

 

No people feel more close and more friendly than those who are on the same diet.

 

Your diet should be a very simple matter ‑if the food tastes good, spit it out.

 

A diet is something that will take the starch out of you.

 

Some women diet to keep their girlish figure; others, to keep their boyish husbands.

 

Being on a diet requires great won't power.

 

The trouble with dieting is that your diet calls for less food while your appetite calls for more.

 

Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first six hours of a diet.

 

The best way to lose weight is to eat all you want of everything you don't like.

 

People who can't stay on a diet do the next best thing ‑ they stay off the scales.

 

According to science, the second day of a diet is easiest. By that time you are off it.

 

Mother and daughter have a tougher time keeping their figures straight than a public accountant.

 

Most of us don't know what poor losers we are until we try dieting.

 

One thing about those thirty‑day diets ‑ by the time you go back to eating you're shocked at the price of food.

 

The ideal diet is expressed in four words: "No more, thank you."

 

All that some people lose when they buy a book on dieting is the price of the book.

 

Destiny shapes our ends, but calorie intake is what shapes our middle.

 

The worst part of a diet isn't watching your food ‑ it's watching everybody else's.

 

A dieter recently quit his onion diet. He lost fifteen pounds and thirty‑five friends in six­teen days.

 

Said a banker's son, "My pop went on a diet; there was too much collateral in his blood."

 

You have to have patience on a diet ‑ espe­cially if it's your wife who's on it.

 

Successful dieting requires that you do the opposite of baseball players ‑ stay away from the plate!

 

When some people go on a diet they don't lose anything except a lot of time.

 

A diet is the only thing that shows a gain by showing a loss.

 

A diet is like a ball game. You're the umpire behind the "home plate."

 

The best exercise is to exercise discretion at the dining table.

 

Just buying all those expensive diet foods can be very flattening.

 

If today's food prices haven't driven you to dieting, nothing will.

 

These days there are two kinds of people cut­ting down on food ‑ those who can't afford the calories, and those who can't afford the

prices.

 

Nothing makes food less fattening than being too expensive.

 

The way food prices are going up, more peo­ple are being put on diets by their accoun­tants than by their doctors.

 

Scientists tell us we are what we eat. Nuts must be more common in diets than we thought.

 

We have more food in the United States per person than any other country ‑ and more diets to keep us from eating it.

 

To feel "fit as a fiddle" you must tone down your middle.

 

Nothing gives you more false hope than the first day of a diet.

 

A man hopes that his lean years are behind him; a woman, that hers are ahead.

 

An Illinois man complained about inflation, "Last year it was my doctor who put me on a diet. This year it was my accountant."

 

A great invention for dieters would be a re­frigerator that weighs you every time you open the door.

 

Overweight people don't like to hear four‑let­ter words ‑ such as diet.

 

An overweight woman was told by her doctor, "Under my new diet you can eat anything you like. Now, here's a list of what you're

going to like."

 

It's funny how people on a diet are never reduced to silence.

 

Wouldn't it be nice if two weeks on vacation seemed to last as long as two weeks on a diet?

 

The old‑fashioned wife is one who can stay on a budget and a diet.

 

It isn't a woman's will that makes her diet ‑it's her ego.

 

The modern woman seems to go through three stages ‑ her first crush, her first di­vorce, and her first diet.

 

People who are forced to eat their own words should find it a good diet to reduce their big mouths.

 

Difference

 

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Difficulties

 

Troubles and weeds thrive on lack of atten­tion.

 

Many people are having trouble with their new cars. The engine won't start and the pay­ments won't stop.

 

Most of us don't put our best foot forward until we get the other one in hot water.

 

We count our blessings on our fingers and our miseries on an adding machine.

 

The secret of business is to count your bless­ings while others are adding up their trou­bles.

 

The American businessman has a problem: if he comes up with something new the Rus­sians invent it six months later and the Japanese make it cheaper.

 

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

English proverb

 

It is difficulties which show what men are.

Epictetus

 

There are no gains without pains.

Benjamin Franklin

 

All things are difficult before they are easy.

Thomas Fuller

 

I sometimes suspect that half our difficulties are imaginary and

that if we kept quiet about them they would disappear.

Robert Lynd

 

Difficulty is the daughter of idleness.

 

What is worth while must needs be difficult.

Latin proverb

 

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit

is to grow strong by conflict.

William Ellery Channing

 

 

Remember the steam kettle! Though up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing.

 

It's great to have your children home from school. It takes your mind off your other trou­bles.

 

A father's biggest difficulty at Christmas time is convincing the children that he is Santa Claus and his wife that he is not.

 

Sign on a church bulletin board in Denver: "If you have troubles, come in and tell us about them. If you have none, come in and tell us

how you do it."

 

It is usually not so much the greatness of our troubles as the littleness of our spirit which causes us to complain.

 

Have you ever noticed how extremely diffi­cult it is for a person to keep his mind open and his mouth shut at the same time?

 

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.

 

Tackle any difficulty at first sight, for the longer you gaze at it the bigger it grows.

 

The most difficult thing to open is a closed mind.

 

One of the most difficult mountains for peo­ple to climb is the one they make out of a molehill.

 

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better ‑ not bitter.

 

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: alter the difficulties, or alter yourself to meet them.

 

Some people would have us believe that there's no difficulty in the world that cannot be overcome. How about trying to squeeze

toothpaste back into the tube?

 

The best way out of difficulty is through it.

 

Education enables a person to get into more intelligent trouble.

 

Efficiency experts can cope with everybody's troubles, but not with their own.

 

When you feel yourself turning green with envy, you're ripe for trouble.

 

The school of experience never changes; it always issues its diplomas on the roughest grade of sandpaper.

 

All men need a faith that will not shrink when washed in the waters of affliction and adversity.

 

How would a person ever know whether his faith was weak or strong unless it has been tried and tested?

 

There are some flowers that will not yield their perfume till they are bruised.

 

Having no food to eat will take your mind off other troubles.

 

Don't make your friends a dumping ground for your troubles.

 

It's a pity that happiness isn't as easy to find as trouble.

 

The secret of happiness is to count your bless­ings while others are adding up their trou­bles.

 

One thing is certain. If you can laugh at your troubles, you will always have something to laugh at.

 

Those who can laugh at trouble must be hav­ing a hilarious time nowadays.

 

A lie is a coward's way of getting out of trou­ble.

 

Despite all the pain and trouble, life is still better than any alternative.

 

The triumphal song of life would lose its mel­ody without its minor keys.

 

The ladder of life is full of splinters, but you never realize it until you begin to slide down.

 

Liquor is nothing but trouble in liquid form.

 

Have you noticed that an optimist is always able to see the bright side of other people's troubles?

 

Patience is the greatest of all shock absorb­ers. About the only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble.

 

It's easy to have a balanced personality. Just forget your troubles as easily as you do your blessings.

 

A person's most fervent prayers are not said when he is on his knees, but when he is flat on his back.

 

He who does not pray when the sun shines will not know how to pray when the clouds come.

 

Prayer can keep us out of trouble a lot easier than it can get us out of trouble.

 

The man who smiles in the face of trouble is either brave or covered by insurance.

 

Few people travel the road to success without a puncture or two.

 

Three cases where supply exceeds demand are: taxes, trouble, and advice.

 

The worst car trouble is when the engine won't start and the payments won't stop.

 

One thing you are never asked to return is borrowed trouble.

 

Going out to meet trouble is one of life's shortest walks.

 

There aren't many troubles in the world more alarming than an empty stomach.

 

Trouble defies the law of gravity. It's easier to pick up than to drop.

 

Invite trouble and it will usually come.

 

If nobody knows the trouble you've had, you don't live in a small town.

 

There are few troubles that can't be relieved by an understanding friend, a good night's sleep, or a steak dinner.

 

You can save yourself a lot of trouble by not borrowing any.

 

Men's troubles are largely due to three things: women, money ‑ and both.

 

Another thing about trouble ‑ you don't have to get rid of the old ones to make room for the new ones.

 

It's much easier to borrow trouble than to give it away.

 

Most of modern man's troubles come from the fact that he has too much time on his hands and not enough on his knees.

 

Nothing costs more than buying trouble.

 

It's a lot easier to fall into trouble than it is to work out of it.

 

The person who is always looking for trouble may someday discover that he's it.

 

There's a lot of trouble in this country nowa­days, and it seems everybody is trying to fix the blame instead of the trouble.

 

Anytime you try to borrow trouble, you soon learn that your credit is in good standing.

 

Many people these days are jumping into trouble mouth first.

 

You don't know what trouble is until your kids reach the age of consent, dissent, and resent ‑ all at the same time.

 

Don't bother people by telling them about your troubles. Half of them don't care, and the other half figure you probably had it com­ing

to you.

 

Don't advertise your troubles ‑ people are already oversupplied.

 

Be happy when your troubles are at their worst ‑ it means that anything that happens will be an improvement.

 

Tackle your troubles one day at a time; there will always be enough to last the rest of your life.

 

Examine your troubles and you'll probably find your name stamped on them as the man­ufacturer.

 

There's no such thing as a little trouble ‑especially if you're the one that's in it.

 

To really know a man, observe his behavior with a woman, a flat tire, and a child.

 

"Double trouble" is a mother‑in‑law with a twin sister.

 

A lot of trouble is caused by combining a nar­row mind with a wide mouth.

 

Borrowing trouble is as easy as pie, but the carrying charge runs pretty high.

 

Never meet trouble halfway. It will gladly make the entire trip.

 

Almost everything comes ready‑mixed these days ‑ including trouble.

 

The guy whose troubles are all behind him is probably a school bus driver.

 

Say what you will about trouble; it always gives you something to talk about.

 

If we could only forget our troubles as easily as we do our blessings!

 

Troubles are like babies ‑ the more you nurse them, the larger they grow.

 

Trouble is usually produced by those who produce nothing else.

 

Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three: all they have now, all they have had, and all they expect

to have.

 

About the only thing you're sure to get by asking for it is trouble.

 

Much trouble is caused by our yearnings get­ting ahead of our earnings.

 

Why does trouble always come at the wrong time?

 

This world would be different if people were required to have a license to hunt for trouble.

 

Half our troubles come in wanting our way; the other half comes in getting it.

 

The fellow who is always telling us about his troubles is of some use ‑ he keeps us from thinking about our own.

 

You can't keep trouble from coming, but you needn't give it a chair to sit in.

 

Before you begin to tell your troubles to an­other person, ask yourself if you would like to listen to his.

 

We'll be in trouble as long as we pay the best professors less than the worst football coach.

 

Don't borrow trouble. Be patient and you'll soon have some of your own.

 

When you brood over your troubles you are certain to hatch despair.

 

People would have very little trouble if it weren't for other people.

 

A good way to forget your troubles is to help others out of theirs.

 

Most of us listen to the troubles of other peo­ple just for the chance to get back at them with our own.

 

If your troubles are deep‑seated and long­standing, try kneeling.

 

One trouble with trouble is that it usually starts out like fun.

 

The only thing you can get in a hurry is trou­ble.

 

When the commencement orator tells the graduating class that the world is their oys­ter, he should also explain the difficulty of

cracking the shell.

 

Troubles teach you two things: how many friends you have, and how many people are waiting to catch you bent over.

The way some people go out of their way to look for trouble, you'd think trading stamps came with it.

 

The best way to forget all about your troubles is to wear a pair of tight shoes.

 

The easiest way to get into trouble is to be in the right place at the wrong time.

 

Don't bore your friends with your troubles. Tell them to your enemies, who will be de­lighted to hear about them.

 

If you would like to know who is responsible for most of your troubles, take a look in the mirror.

 

To avoid trouble and insure safety, breathe through your nose. It keeps your mouth shut.

 

One thing is certain ‑ if you laugh at your troubles you will always have something to laugh at.

 

Most of our troubles are caused by too much done in the head and not enough in the back.

 

In a small town people will sympathize with you in trouble, and if you don't have any they will hunt some up for you.

 

When you look for trouble, you don't need a search warrant.

 

Trouble is like muddy water: be patient, don't stir it, and it will soon clear up.

 

Maybe the Lord allows some people to get into trouble because that is the only time they ever think of Him.

 

The only people who enjoy hearing your trou­bles are lawyers, and they're paid for it.

 

The person who persists in courting trouble will soon find himself married to it.

 

If you think you have trouble supporting a wife, just try not supporting her!

 

Everybody shuns trouble unless it comes to him disguised as money.

 

If half of your wishes came true, your trou­bles would probably double.

 

If you could kick the person who is most re­sponsible for your troubles, you wouldn't be able to sit down for a week.

 

Looking for trouble is wasted energy. All a guy has to do is to sit down and wait.

 

Responsibility for a considerable portion of the world's troubles rests upon two people of the past. One of them invented credit; the

other, taxes.

 

Did you ever feel yourself turning green with envy? If so, you were ripe for trouble.

 

May your troubles in the coming New Year be as short‑lived as your resolutions.

 

Those who court trouble will never come out with a hung jury.

 

Why does it always seem that our blessings can be counted on our fingers, while we need a computer to count our troubles.

 

God is not only a present help in time of trou­ble, but also a great help in keeping us out of trouble.

 

When you're up to your ears in trouble, try using the part that isn't submerged.

 

Trouble causes some people to go to pieces; others to come to their senses.

 

There are a lot of people who get into trouble trying to keep up with the Joneses ‑ espe­cially the Dow Joneses.

 

It's not the people who tell all they know who start trouble ‑ it's the people who tell more than they know.

 

When you help the fellow who's in trouble, he'll never forget you when he's in trouble again.

 

A cool head may sometimes keep a man out of trouble, but more often it's cold feet.

 

People always get into trouble when they think they can handle their lives without God.

 

One of your troubles is that it took six days to create the world and we're trying to run it on a five‑day basis.

 

Imaginary troubles become real by telling them too often.

 

Of all the troubles great or small, the great­est are those that don't happen at all.

 

The man who borrows trouble is always in debt.

 

A lot of trouble arises from workers who don't think, and from thinkers who don't work.

 

Most of our troubles arise from loafing when we should be working, and talking when we should be listening.

 

What a different world this would be if people would only magnify their blessings the way they do their troubles.

 

Things are pretty well evened up in this world. Other people's troubles are not as bad as ours, but their children are a lot worse.

 

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.

 

Dignity

 

There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads

contact and communion with others, however humble.

Washington Irving

 

The church is paralyzed with timidity and gradually dying of dignity.

 

Anybody who stands on his dignity isn't go­ing anywhere.

 

Dignity is often a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.

 

Many a man labors under the delusion that standing on one's dignity will enable him to see over the heads of the crowd.

 

A man may get a reputation for dignity when he's merely suffering from a stiff neck.

 

Dignity is one thing that cannot be preserved in alcohol.

 

It has been said that dignity is the ability to hold back from the tongue that which never should have been on the mind in the first

place.

 

The fellow who stands on his dignity will find he has poor footing.

 

Dilemma

 

Between the devil and the deep sea.

 

Between the hammer and the anvil.

Latin proverb

 

Diligence

 

Avoid the last minute rush: do it yesterday.

 

Be first in the field and the last to the couch.

Chinese Proverb

 

Doing things by halves is worthless. It may be the other half that

counts.

 

Earnestness commands the respect of mankind. A wavering, vacillating,

dead-and-alive Christian does not get the respect of the church or of

the world.

John Hall (1829- )

 

Even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts

working.

 

Everything requires effort: the only thing you can achieve without it

is failure.

 

God wishes each of us to work as hard as we can, holding nothing back

but giving ourselves to the utmost, and when we can do no more, that

is the moment when the hand of divine providence is stretched out to

us and takes over.

Don Orione (1872-1940)

 

I think and think for months, for years; ninety-nine times the

conclusion is false, but the hundredth time I am right.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can

make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs than anybody

else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it

be in the woods.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even

as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare

wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of

heaven and earth will pause to say: "Here lived a great streetsweeper

who did his job well."

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

 

If God is diligent, surely we ought to be diligent in doing our duty

to him. Think how patient and how diligent God has been with us!

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

Keep your heart with all diligence and God will look after the

universe.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Make hay while the sun shines.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

 

Make the most of yourself for that is all there is to you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

Measure a thousand times and cut once.

Turkish Proverb

 

No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is

required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and

above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate

distinction.

Charles Kendall Adams (1835-1902)

 

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as

they please.

Pythagoras (C. 580-C. 500 B.C.)

 

Take a lesson from the clock; it passes the time by keeping its hands

busy.

 

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

 

The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into

his work.

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

 

The leading rule for a man of every calling is diligence; never put

off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 

Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the

darkness, and falls, a golden link into the great chain of order.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

 

Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

 

Who guards his post, no matter where,

Believing God must need him there,

Although but lowly toil it be,

Has risen to nobility.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)

 

The diligent hand maketh rich.

 

The diligent spinner has a large shift.

 

Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Benjamin Franklin

 

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. . . . Great works

are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

 

Dining

 

It isn't so much what's on the table that matters as what's on the chairs.

W. S. Gilbert

 

Diplomacy

 

A diplomat is a man who remembers a woman's birthday and forgets

her age.

 

The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy--give

one and take ten.

Mark Twain

 

A diplomat is a man who can convince his wife she looks vulgar in

diamonds--and fat in a mink coat.

 

Diplomacy is simply letting the other fellow have his way.

 

Being diplomatic is telling your boss he has an open mind instead of telling him he has a hole in the head.

     

Diplomacy is the art of taking sides without anyone knowing it.

 

Secret diplomacy is never secret and seldom diplomatic.

 

Diplomacy is the art of making others believe that you believe what you don't believe.

 

Diplomacy is simply saying nothing nicely.

 

Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.

 

Diplomacy is convincing a man he's a liar without actually saying so.

 

Diplomacy couldn't prevent the last war, but

 

it usually does a good job of preventing the peace.

 

Diplomacy is the art of saying things in such a way that nobody knows exactly what you mean.

 

A smile is the magic language of diplomacy that even a baby understands.

 

Diplomats

 

A diplomatic husband said to his wife, "How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?"

 

When a diplomat lays his cards on the table, he usually has another deck up his sleeve.

 

A diplomat is the person who says, "I will take the matter under advisement," instead of saying no.

 

Diplomats are frequently decorated in Euro­pean countries. We'd like to crown some of ours here in this country.

 

A diplomat doesn't think it's necessary to un­derstand anything in order to argue about it.

 

When two diplomats shake hands we aren't sure whether it's friendship or time for the fight to start.

 

A diplomat is usually a wealthy person as­signed to meddle in other people's business.

 

It's difficult for a diplomat to smoke the pipe of peace while he has his foot in his mouth.

 

If you can pat a guy on the head when you feel like bashing it in, you're a diplomat.

 

A diplomat can juggle a hot potato long enough for it to become a cold issue.

 

When a conference of diplomats announce they have "agreed in principle," it means nothing has been done.

 

A diplomat is a man who can make his wife believe she would look fat in a fur coat.

 

There is something wrong in international relations when a diplomat is called coura­geous if he speaks the truth.

 

A diplomat remembers a lady's birthday but forgets her age.

 

If a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps; when he says perhaps, he means no; and when he says no, he is no diplomat.

 

A diplomat can keep his shirt on while get­ting something off his chest.

 

An experienced diplomat is one who can pro­nounce the names of all the countries in the world that are mad at us.

 

A diplomat is a parent with two boys on dif­ferent Little League teams.

 

It is only on matters of great principle that a diplomat lies with a clear conscience.

 

A diplomat is usually an old worn‑out politi­cian who, when he's being run out of town, can make it look like he's leading a parade.

 

A diplomat is one who can put his cards on the table without showing his hand.

 

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking so much, but a tactful man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are

closed.

 

Direction

 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own

understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct

thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Disagreements

 

The safest way to disagree with your wife is very quietly.

 

It's better to disagree than agree and all be wrong.

 

One of the things we need to realize is that people can disagree with us without being crazy, rude, crude, or crooked.

 

The only way to settle a disagreement is on the basis of what's right, not who's right.

 

The most foolhardy way to disagree with your wife is out loud.

 

Everybody claims they're being logical, espe­cially when they're in complete disagree­ment.

 

It's annoying when folks disagree with you ‑especially when they're right.

 

Disappointment

 

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

Disappointment is often the salt of life.

Theodore Parker (1810-1860)

 

Disappointment, parent of despair.

John Keats (1795-1821)

 

Disappointments that come not by our own fault, they are the trials or

corrections of heaven; and it is our own fault if they prove not to

our advantage.

William Penn (1644-1718)

 

Every cloud has a silver lining.

English Proverb

 

Have some of your carefully created castles been washed away? Mine

have. Several times along my life's journey, I had nowhere to turn

except into my heavenly Father's arms. There I remained quiet, soaking

up his love for as long as I needed. Then I saw his hand begin a new

creation for my life, a new direction, a new service for him and his

kingdom. Waves need not always destroy. We must allow our heavenly

Father to use them to redirect our lives.

Jean Otto

 

If you expect perfection from people, your whole life is a series of

disappointments, grumblings, and complaints. If, on the contrary, you

pitch your expectations low, taking folks as the inefficient creatures

which they are, you are frequently surprised by having them perform

better than you had hoped.

Bruce Fairfield Barton (1886-1967)

 

Out of every disappointment there is treasure. Satan whispers, "All is

lost." God says, "Much can be gained."

Frances J. Roberts

 

There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the

will of God.

Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

 

When life becomes all snarled up, offer it to our Lord and let him

untie the knots.

Richardson Wright (1885- )

 

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.

 

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.

Boyle Roche

 

Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.

Maurice Scitter

 

Some of the most disappointed people in the world are those who get what is coming to them.

 

Just about the time we think we can make both ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

 

When we get what we want, we are always disappointed to find out it was not what we wanted.

 

Disappointments should be cremated, not embalmed.

 

Nothing worthwhile is achieved without pa­tience, labor, and disappointment.

 

Few people travel the road to success without a puncture or two.

 

Disarmament

 

Many Americans are in favor of disarma­ment ‑ especially if it starts with those noisy "Westerns" on TV.

 

The first step in disarmament is to get na­tions to remove the chips from their shoul­ders.

 

Nations could safely lose their arms if states­men wouldn't lose their heads.

 

Each nation seems to favor disarmament for all other nations.

 

If the disarmament conference wants quick results, it ought to meet in a muddy trench.

 

If disarmament doesn't make us love one an­other, it will at least make it safer to hate one another.

 

The next disarmament conference might be a great success if the delegates were represen­tative taxpayers.

 

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.

 

Disasters

 

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good

fortune to others.

Ambrose Bierce

 

Disc Jockeys

 

Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news

is being broadcast the disc jockey is not allowed to talk.

Fran Lebowitz

 

Discernment

 

I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are

what they seem.

Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867)

 

Beware of allowing the discernment of wrong in another to blind you to

the fact that you are what you are by the grace of God .

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Discernment is God's call to intercession, never to faultfinding.

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

 

Don't pour away the water you are travelling with because of a mirage.

Arabian Proverb

 

He who wants to know people should study their excuses.

Friedrich Hebbel (1813-1863)

 

See not evil in others and good in yourself, but the good in the other

and the failings in yourself.

The Berdichever Rabbi (1740-1809)

 

Those who are in the heavenly places see God's counsels in what to the

wisdom of the world is arrogant stupidity.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Where the river is deepest, it makes the least noise.

Italian Proverb

 

You must look into people as well as at them.

   Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves,

nor half the evil they say of others.

J. P. Senn

 

The great masses of the people ... will more easily fall victims to a

great lie than to a small one.

Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

 

The most positive men are the most naive.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

 

To be naive helps one go through life very smoothly.

 

To be naive is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

 

When people are bewildered, they tend to become gullible.

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

 

You risk just as much in being naive as in being suspicious.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

 

Discipleship

 

"I will make the place of my feet glorious"-among the poor, the

devil-possessed, the mean, the decrepit, the selfish, the sinful, the

misunderstood-that is where Jesus went, and that is exactly where he

will take you if you are his disciple.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

"It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master." At first

sight this looks like an enormous honor: to be "as his Master" is

marvelous glory-is it? Look at Jesus as he was when he was here, it

was anything but glory. He was easily ignorable, saving to those who

knew him intimately; to the majority of men he was "as a root out of a

dry ground." For thirty years he was obscure, then for three years he

went through popularity, scandal, and hatred; he succeeded in

gathering a handful of fishermen as disciples, one of whom betrayed

him, one denied him, and all forsook him; and he says, "It is enough

for you to be like that." The idea of evangelical success, church

prosperity, civilized manifestation, does not come into it at all.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Christ died for me. What am I doing for him?

 

Conversion without discipleship is openly implied in much of our

evangelical teaching. It has become strangely possible to be Christ's

without taking up the cross.

C. D. Alexander

 

Did you ever stop to ask what a yoke is really for? Is it to be a

burden to the animal which wears it? It is just the opposite. It is to

make its burden light. Attached to the oxen in any other way than by a

yoke the plough would be intolerable. Worked by means of a yoke it is

light. A yoke is not an instrument of torture; it is an instrument of

mercy. It is not a malicious contrivance for making work hard; it is a

gentle device to make hard labor light. It is not meant to give pain,

but to save pain. And yet men speak of the yoke of Christ as if it

were a slavery and look upon those who wear it as objects of

compassion.

John Drummond (1851-1897)

 

Discipleship and salvation are two different things: a disciple is one

who, realizing the meaning of the atonement, deliberately gives

himself up to Jesus Christ in unspeakable gratitude.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Discipleship means discipline. The disciple is one who has come with

his ignorance, superstition, and sin to find learning, truth, and

forgiveness from the Savior. Without discipline we are not disciples.

Victor Raymond Edman (1900-1967)

 

If we were willing to learn the meaning of real discipleship and

actually to become disciples, the church in the West would be

transformed and the resultant impact on society would be staggering.

David Watson (1933-1984)

 

If you want to remain a full-orbed grape, you must keep out of God's

hands for he will crush you. Wine cannot be had in any other way.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

In every Christian's heart there is a cross and a throne, and the

Christian is on the throne till he puts himself on the cross; if he

refuses the cross, he remains on the throne. Perhaps this is at the

bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among gospel believers

today. We want to be saved, but we insist that Christ do all the

dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king

within the little kingdom of Mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with

all the pride of a Caesar; but we doom ourselves to shadows and

weakness and spiritual sterility.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

In the initial stages of discipleship you get "stormy weather," then

you lose the nightmare of your own separate individuality and become

part of the personality of Christ, and the thought of yourself never

bothers you anymore because you are taken up with your relationship to

God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

It never cost a disciple anything to follow Jesus: to talk about cost

when you are in love with someone is an insult.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

It seems amazingly difficult to put on the yoke of Christ, but

immediately we do put it on, everything becomes easy.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

James the brother of Jesus and James the son of Zebedee preach and are

killed by mobs in Jerusalem; Matthew is slain with a sword in

Ethiopia; Philip is hanged in Phrygia; Bartholomew flayed alive in

Armenia. Andrew is crucified in Achaia, Thomas is run through with a

lance in East India, Thaddeus is shot to death with arrows, a cross

goes up in Persia for Simon the Zealot , and another in Rome for

Peter. Matthias is beheaded; only John escapes a martyr's grace.

Frank S. Mead (1898-1982)

 

Jesus Christ always talked about discipleship with an "if." We are at

perfect liberty to toss our spiritual head and say, "No , thank you,

that is a bit too stern for me," and the Lord will never say a word,

we can do exactly what we like. He will never plead, but the

opportunity is there, "If ..."

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Jesus Christ didn't commit the gospel to an advertising agency; he

commissioned disciples.

Joseph Bayly (1920-1986)

 

Jesus has many lovers of the heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of his

cross. He has many desirous of consolation, but few of tribulation. He

finds many companions of his table, but few of his abstinence. All

desire to rejoice with him, few are willing to endure anything for

him, or with him. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread, but few

to the drinking of the cup. Many reverence his miracles, few follow

the ignominy of his cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities

befall them, many praise and bless him so long as they receive any

consolations from him; but if Jesus hides himself and leaves them but

a little while, they fall either into complaining or into too much

dejection of mind.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

Let him make our lives narrow; let him make them intense; let him make

them absolutely his!

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Not what the disciple says in public prayer, not what he preaches from

pulpit or platform, not what he writes on paper or in letters, but

what he is in his heart which God alone knows, determines God's

revelation of himself to him. Character determines revelation.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Our Lord's conception of discipleship is not that we work for God, but

that God works through us; he uses us as he likes; he allots our work

where he chooses.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

The great stumbling block in the way of some people being disciples is

that they are gifted, so gifted that they won't trust God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The walk of a disciple is gloriously difficult, but gloriously

certain.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and

in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Christ.

Henry Varley

 

There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a

person. Hundreds of people today are devoting themselves to phases of

truth, to causes. Jesus Christ never asks us to devote ourselves to a

cause or a creed; he asks us to devote ourselves to him.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.

Jimmy Carter (1924- )

 

We talk about the joys and comforts of salvation; Jesus Christ talks

about taking up the cross and following him.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Discipline

 

Never strike a child! You might miss and hurt yourself.

 

One way to keep young boys from getting on the wrong track is to use better switching facilities.

 

A boy is like a canoe ‑ he behaves better if paddled from the rear.

 

A pat on the back will develop character if given young enough, often enough, low enough ‑ and hard enough.

 

Character does not reach its best until it is controlled, harnessed, and disciplined.

 

The child who always complains he's getting the short end of the stick should be given more of it.

There are many "bright children" who should be applauded with one hand.

 

There are still a few people who can remem­ber when a child misbehaved to get attention ‑ and got it!

 

Spoiled kids soon become little stinkers.

 

If brushing up on manners doesn't help some children, the brush should be moved down a bit.

 

Some of today's children don't smart in the right place.

 

Nowadays children are called bright when they make remarks that used to call for a good spanking.

 

When children get on the wrong track it's time to use the switch.

 

Child training is chiefly a matter of knowing which end of the child to pat ‑ and when.

 

Sometimes the best way to straighten out a child is by bending him over.

 

If a child annoys you, quiet him by brushing his hair ‑ if this doesn't work, use the other side of the brush on the other end of the child.

 

Dieting is merely a matter of keeping your mouth shut at the right time ‑ such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Being on a diet requires great won't power.

 

Successful dieting requires that you do the opposite of baseball players ‑ stay away from the plate!

 

If you can pat a guy on the head when you feel like bashing it in, you're a diplomat.

 

Discipline yourself so others won't have to.

 

When a man praises discipline, nine times out of ten this means he is prepared to admin­ister it rather than submit to it.

 

Discipline is something that can be learned during the first year of school or the first year of married life.

 

Psychiatrists tell us that discipline doesn't break a child's spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parent's heart.

 

Discipline is what you inflict on one end of a child to impress the other.

 

Nothing is harder on a grandparent than having to watch a grandchild being disci­plined.

 

All that the overwhelming majority of people are doing about juvenile delinquency is read­ing about it.

 

Most juvenile delinquents are youngsters who have been given a free hand, but not in the proper place.

 

In the days when a woodshed stood behind the American home, a great deal of what passes as juvenile delinquency was settled out of

court.

 

Juvenile delinquency is the result of parents trying to train their children without start­ing at the bottom.

 

Juvenile delinquency was unheard of many years ago because the problem was thrashed‑out in the woodshed.

 

Did the conversion of so many woodsheds into garages have anything to do with the alarming increase in juvenile delinquency.?

 

The man who remembers what he learned at his mother's knee was probably bent over at the time.

 

A really good parent is a provider, a coun­selor, an adviser, and when necessary, a disci­plinarian.

 

Applied child psychology was more effective when the applicator was a small razor strap.

 

One sure way to test your will power is to see a friend with a black eye and not ask any questions.

 

Human beings have will power while a mule has won't power.

 

Why is it that someone who has the will power to give up smoking doesn't have the will power to stop bragging about it?

 

Will power cannot be furnished by anyone but you.

 

Most of the time our will power suffers from generator trouble.

 

What kids need today is plenty of LSD Love, Security, and Discipline.

 

 

Discontent

 

A man's discontent is his worst evil.

George Herbert (1593-1633)

 

All the wants which disturb human life, which make us uneasy to

ourselves, quarrelsome with others, and unthankful to God, which weary

us in vain labors and foolish anxieties, which carry us from project

to project, from place to place in a poor pursuit of we don't know

what, are the wants which neither God nor nature, nor reason hath

subjected us to, but are solely infused into us by pride, envy,

ambition, and covetousness.

William Law (1686-1761)

 

Beware of ambition-it can drive you into a lot of work.

 

Discontent follows ambition like a shadow.

Henry H. Haskins

 

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

Discontent is the source of trouble, but also of progress.

Berthold Auerbach (1812-1882)

 

Half the world is unhappy because it can't have the things that are

making the other half unhappy.

 

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't

get that you don't want.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who

is poor.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (C. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65)

 

Our desires always increase with our possessions.  the knowledge that

something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good

before us.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

 

Restlessness and discontent are the necessities of progress.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

 

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man-and I will show you a failure.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

 

The ass went seeking for horns and lost his ears.

Arabian Proverb

 

The grass is always greener in the next lawn, and the traffic always

moves faster in the next lane.

 

The poorest man in the world is the one who is always wanting more

than he has.

 

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy

man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

 

There are two kinds of discontent in this world: the discontent that

works, and the discontent that wrings its hands. The first gets what

it wants, and the second loses what it has. There's no cure for the

first but success; and there's no cure at all for the second.

Gordon Graham

 

There's no place like home-except Florida, Mexico, and Europe.

 

Those who want much are always much in need.

Horace (65-8 B.C.)

 

Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's

only good for wallowing in.

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)

 

A grouch always looks as if he were weaned on a pickle.

 

Complain to one who can help you.

Yugoslavian Proverb

 

Complainers are the greatest persecutors.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

 

Complaining about our lot in life might seem quite innocent in itself,

but God takes it personally.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Don't complain; the more you complain about things the more things you

will have to complain about.

E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973)

 

Grumbling is the death of love.

Marlene Dietrich (1901- )

 

If Christians spent as much time praying as they do grumbling, they

would have nothing to grumble about.

 

It's the worst wheel of the wagon that screeches the loudest.

Spanish Proverb

 

Murmur at nothing: if our ills are irreparable, it is ungrateful; if

remediless, it is in vain. A Christian builds his fortitude on a

better foundation than stoicism; he is pleased with everything that

happens because he knows it could not happen unless it had first

pleased God, and that which pleases him must be the best.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

 

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am

thankful that thorns have roses.

Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

 

The wrong was his who wrongfully complained.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

 

There are many ways to get ulcers but the most common is

mountain-climbing over molehills.

 

When we are discontented with ourselves, we complain about others.

Paul Tournier (1898-1986)

 

When you ask some people how they are, they expect you to listen to

the details.

 

Whenever you find yourself disposed to uneasiness or murmuring at

anything that is the effect of God's providence, look upon yourself as

denying either the wisdom or goodness of God.

William Law (1686-1761)

 

Discouragement comes when we insist on having our own way.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Discouragement is disenchanted egotism.

Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872)

 

He that is down need fear no fall, He that is low, no pride.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

 

I could lie down like a tired child,

And weep away the life of care

Which I have borne and yet must bear.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

 

In times of dryness and desolation we must be patient, and wait with

resignation the return of consolation, putting our trust in the

goodness of God. We must animate ourselves by the thought that God is

always with us, that he only allows this trial for our greater good,

and that we have not necessarily lost his grace because we have lost

the taste and feeling of it.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

 

Jonah felt down in the mouth when the great fish swallowed him.

 

Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.

Victor Raymond Edman (1900-1967)

 

One of my great encouragements is to be friends with those who were

personally acquainted with A. W. Tozer. This man, who knew God so

intimately, had days when he was so discouraged he felt he could not

continue as a minister. A man who instructed thousands in the deep

things of God often felt he was a miserable failure.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

We should not be upset when unexpected and upsetting and discouraging

things happen. God in his wisdom means to make something of us which

we have not yet attained and is dealing with us accordingly.

J. I. Packer (1926- )

 

When we yield to discouragement, it is usually because we give too

much thought to the past or to the future.

Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

 

Let thy discontents be thy secrets.

 

Discouragement

 

It's a rare person who doesn't get discouraged. Whether it happens

to us or to an associate we're trying to cheer up, the answer centers

around one word: perseverance.

 

Discovery

 

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing

more to patient attention, than to any other talent.

Isaac Newton

 

Discretion

 

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her

that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.

 

A word out of season may mar a whole lifetime.

Greek Proverb

 

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one;

enemy to none.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

Discretion is leaving a few things unsaid.

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)

 

Discretion is putting two and two together and keeping your mouth

shut.

 

Discretion is seeing as much as you ought, not as much as you can.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

 

Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one

preserves, the other sweetens it.

Christian Nestell Bovee (1820-1904)

 

If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.

Sir Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

 

It takes two years to learn to talk and seventy years to learn to keep

your mouth shut.

 

Much that may be thought cannot wisely be said.

 

Speak less than thou knowest.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

It is not good to wake a sleeping lion.

Philip Sidney

     

A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.

 

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.

 

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is

without discretion.

Proverbs 11:22

 

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a

prudent enemy is preferable.

Jean de la Fontaine

 

I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.

Calvin Coolidge

 

Those who perform the modern dance exercise everything except discretion.

 

Discretion is something that comes to a person after he's too old for it to do him any good.

 

The age of discretion is when you make a fool of yourself in a more dignified way.

 

Discretion is putting two and two together and keeping your mouth shut.

 

Discretion is simply leaving a few things unsaid.

 

Definition of discretion: "Closing your eyes to a situation before someone else closes them for you."

 

Discretion is the art of forgiving your enemies ‑ especially those you can't whip.

 

Discretion is like a man's beard ‑ it doesn't show up until he grows up.

 

The best exercise is to exercise discretion at the dining table.

 

And there was the girl who was so lazy she wouldn't even exercise discretion.

 

Discussion

 

Discussion is the anvil on which the spark of truth is struck.

 

Disease

 

Before you can cure the diseases of the body, you must cure the

diseases of the soul-greed, ignorance, prejudice, and intolerance.

Paul Ehrlich (185-1915)

 

Every sick person is faced with the problem of the meaning of

things.... "What is God saying to me through this?" is their constant

question. That is the meaning of things. It is to ask myself what God

is saying through that star that I am looking at, through this friend

who is speaking to me, through this difficulty that is holding me up,

or through this trouble that befalls me. Once awake to this way of

thinking, one discovers the true savor of life. Everything becomes

throbbing with interest.

Paul Tournier (1898-1986)

 

Make sickness itself a prayer.

Saint Francis of Sales (1567-1622)

 

Sickness shows us what we are.

Latin Proverb

 

The chamber of sickness is the chapel of devotion.

English Proverb

 

Feed a cold and starve a fever.

 

Illness makes a man a scoundrel.

Samuel Johnson

 

The beginning of health is to know the disease.

Spanish proverb

 

Some remedies are worse than the diseases.

Publilius Syrus

 

There are only two things children will share willingly ‑ communicable diseases and their mother's age.

 

Conceit is the only disease known to man that makes everybody sick except the person who has it.

 

Psychiatrists tell us that conceit is a disease. It's a mighty strange ailment; the victim usually feels all right, but it makes his associates

sick.

 

Germs attack the weakest part of your body ‑ which is the reason for head colds.

 

Sometimes we get the feeling that swine flu was thought up by somebody who couldn't spell pneumonia.

 

Virus is a Latin word used by doctors, meaning, "Your guess is as good as mine."

 

Fatal diseases kill more people than any other kind.

 

Everybody is suffering from a new ailment called COSTROPHOBIA. It's the fear of rising prices.

 

It's becoming more difficult each passing day to find a disease we can afford.

 

The inevitable has happened. An artificial kidney has come down with kidney stones.

 

Human diseases are the same as they were a thousand years ago, but doctors have selected more expensive names for them.

 

The most wonderful thing for the common cold is a common handkerchief.

 

We called it "swine flu" because it made us so sick we just laid around and grunted.

 

It seems that almost everybody you meet has a cure for the common cold ‑ except your doctor.

 

The best way to avoid the flu is to visit a night club. No flu bug can live in that environment.

 

The occupational disease of politicians is SPENDICITIS.

 

A bad cold wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of your friends.

 

You have a very common disease if you're sick of high doctor fees.

 

A summer cold isn't much different from a winter cold, except that we talk about it more.

 

Arthritis is nothing more than twinges in the hinges.

 

Among the most popular remedies that won't cure a cold is advice.

 

Why is the virus that causes the common cold so hard to find, when it's so easy to catch?

 

The best way to get rid of a cold is to contract pneumonia, which the doctor can do something about.

 

People with bad colds don't go to the doctor ‑ they go to the theater.

 

If gambling is a disease, as some contend, can you deduct your losses as a medical expense?

 

Why not cultivate health instead of treating disease?

 

If we had our way, we would make health "catching" instead of disease.

 

An indecisive hypochondriac is one who just can't make up his mind which disease he wants to have next.

 

Kissing is the most pleasant way of spreading germs yet devised.

 

Now that we have Medicare we can enjoy diseases that once we couldn't afford.

 

Said a weight watcher, "I'm fat because I have a hand‑to‑mouth disease."

 

Human diseases are the same as they were five thousand years ago, but doctors have se­lected more expensive names for them.

 

A cynic in New Jersey asks, "If science is so smart, why doesn't it discover an ailment that can be cured only by smoking and drink­

ing?"

 

Some ulcers are caused by inflammation of the wishbone.

 

Disgrace

 

Better not live at all than live disgraced.

Greek proverb

 

Dishonesty

 

A jug is never carried under one's coat for an honest reason.

Latin Proverb

 

Cleaning a blot with a blotted finger makes a greater blot.

Chinese Proverb

 

Corruption is a tree,

whose branches are

Of an unmeasurable length:

they spread

Ev'rywhere.

Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)

 

Dishonesty is a scorpion that will sting itself to death.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

 

He is most cheated who cheats himself.

Danish Proverb

 

He who knows the truth but keeps silent is like him who tells lies.

Arabian Proverb

 

He who purposely cheats his friend would cheat his God.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801)

 

He who steals an egg will steal a camel.

Arabian Proverb

 

Tongue double brings trouble.

 

Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is dishonesty. You may

as well borrow a person's money as his time.

Horace Mann (1796-1859)

 

When you say that you agree with a thing in principle, you mean that

you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck (1815-1898)

 

Yes, even I am dishonest. Not in many ways, but in some. Forty-one, I

think it is.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

 

Dislike

 

I do desire we may be better strangers.

William Shakespeare

 

Dispute

 

There is no disputing about tastes.

Latin proverb

 

Dissent

 

Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. . . . Majorities, of

course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is

always dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote

to major delusions.

Alan Barth

 

Distance

 

Respect is greater from a distance.

Latin proverb

 

Distrust

 

Doubt the man who swears to his devotion.

Louise Colet

 

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

George Eliot

 

Distrust is poison to friendship.

 

Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.

John Churton Collins

 

Divide

 

Who divides honey with the bear gets the lesser share.

Italian proverb

 

Divorce

 

Divorce and adultery invaded the church ... creating an epidemic-like

atmosphere. Rationalization reigned supreme.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

Divorce is a hash made of domestic scraps.

Ed Wynn

 

Divorce is an easy escape, many think. But ... the guilt and

loneliness they experience can be even more tragic than living with

their problem.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Divorce is disengagement for trivial reasons because the couple

married for trivial reasons.

 

Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.

French Proverb

 

God made marriage an indissoluble contract; the world today has made

it a scrap of paper to be torn up at the whim of the participants.

Cardinal George William Mundelein (1872-1939)

 

I have such hatred of divorce that I prefer bigamy to divorce.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

Most divorces are not bad marriages, just poorly prepared marriages.

Jim Talley

 

So many persons who think divorce a panacea for every ill find out

when they try it that the remedy is worse than the disease .

Dorothy Dix (1870-1951)

 

We have put men on the moon but have not found a solution for moral

decay. We have made gigantic strides in medicine but cannot stop the

alarming number of divorces and the near dissolution of the family unit.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

All that's needed for a divorce today is a wedding.

 

There are three chief causes of divorce in America--men, women, and

marriage.

 

Divorce

 

An actress in Hollywood described her ex‑husband, "He's six feet tall in his socks and $2,000 short in his alimony payments."

 

Did you hear about the movie actress who was so sentimental she got divorced in the same dress her mother was wearing when she

got her divorce?"

 

An actress in New York City has broken up so many homes that she's listed in the Yellow Pages under "Demolition Experts."

 

America is a country where permanent waves are increasing and permanent wives are decreasing.

 

A bachelor is a man who has cheated some worthy woman out of her alimony.

Many bachelors claim they never got mar­ried because they couldn't afford the luxury of a divorce.

 

Common sense could prevent a great many divorces; but, on the other hand, it could also prevent a great many marriages.

 

A compliment a day keeps divorce far, far away.

 

More and more lovely courtships sail into the sea of matrimony and finally sink into the rocky storms of divorce.

 

The only thing a divorce proves is whose mother was right in the first place.

 

A divorce is what couples agree on when they can't agree on anything else.

 

The best and surest way to save a marriage from divorce is not to show up for the wed­ding.

 

There would be fewer divorces if women hunted for husbands with as much thought as they hunt for bargains.

 

It's true that some people get divorced for trivial reasons. Brit, then, some of them got married for trivial reasons.

 

The first step toward divorce is getting en­gaged.

 

Did you hear about the father of three sets of twins who sued his wife for a divorce on the grounds that she was overbearing?

 

The most terrible thing about a divorce is that somewhere, maybe miles apart, two mothers are nodding their heads and saying, "See? I

told you so."

 

Judging by the divorce rate, a lot of people who said, "I do" ‑ didn't!

 

A man and his wife were divorced because of illness ‑ they got sick of each other.

 

A little common sense would prevent most divorces ‑ and marriages too.

 

All a girl needs for a divorce these days is a husband.

 

A divorce is what happens when what you thought was a marriage turns out to be a conglomerate.

 

Most divorce cases are only antitrust suits.

 

A "Hollywood divorce" means that the wife is asking for custody of the money.

 

With as many divorces as we have nowadays, it seems that more parents are running away from home than children.

 

The divorce rate would be lower if, instead of marrying for better or worse, people would marry for good.

 

Divorce is when you'd rather switch than fight.

 

You have only to mumble a few words in church to get married and a few in your sleep to get divorced.

 

The high divorce rate indicates that the mod­ern woman hasn't made up her mind whether to have a man for a hubby or a hobby.

 

Divorce is the hash made from domestic scraps.

 

There would be fewer divorces if the husband tried as hard to keep his wife as he did to get her.

 

Those who are so perturbed over the present divorce rate evidently do not understand the law of supply and demand. There are more

lawyers in this country than there are preachers.

 

The story is going around about a couple whose divorce was so amicable that he pro­posed to her again.

 

There would be fewer divorces if men gave as much loving attention to their wives as they do to their cars, boats, and dogs.

A Georgia woman got a divorce because of religious differences. She worshiped money, and he didn't have a dime.

 

Judging by the number of divorces, too many couples were mispronounced husband and wife.

 

Love is the quest, marriage the conquest, di­vorce the inquest.

 

A woman no longer says she's getting a di­vorce ‑ now she says she's being recycled.

 

Divorce is a custom so common nowadays that smart people are staying single in order to be different.

 

The way divorces keep climbing someday the marriage ceremony will change from "I do" to "Perhaps."

 

Many divorces are caused by the marriage of two people who are in love with themselves.

 

The divorce problem exists because there are too many married couples and too few hus­bands and wives.

 

Two Hollywood children were talking. One of them said quite boastfully, "I've got two brothers and one little sister, how many do you

have?" The other child answered, "I don't have any brothers and sisters, but I have three daddies by my first mother, and four mothers

by my last daddy."

 

Desertion is the poor man's method of di­vorce.

 

A divorce is like a fire escape ‑ you only use it when things get too hot.

 

A wealthy father didn't know what to give his daughter as a wedding present, so he prom­ised to pay for her divorce.

 

Americans have always been willing to pay any price for freedom. If you don't believe it, look at the divorce statistics!

 

A girl becomes a woman when she stops liv­ing on her allowance and starts living on her alimony.

 

Nowadays some girls seem more particular about choosing their divorce lawyers than choosing their husbands.

 

Some girls get married for financial security; others get divorced for the same reason.

 

A modern miracle would be a golden wedding anniversary in Hollywood.

 

In Hollywood the bride tossing the bouquet is just as likely to be the next one to get married as the girl who catches it.

 

A couple in Hollywood got divorced; then they got married again. The divorce didn't work out to the complete satisfaction of both parties.

 

The secret of a successful Hollywood mar­riage is for the couple to have something in common ‑ such as the same divorce lawyer.

 

There's many a girl who got married because she didn't like to spend her evenings alone ‑and then got a divorce for the same reason.

 

Love at first sight usually ends with divorce at first slight.

 

Too many people are finding it easier to get married than to stay married.

 

A couple recently had their marriage an­nulled, and sued the officiating minister for malpractice.

 

A man in Montana has been married so many times his last marriage license was made out TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.

 

Marriage often results when a man meets a woman who understands him. So does di­vorce.

 

When it comes to broken marriages most husbands will split the blame ‑ half his wife's fault, and half her mother's.

 

Some men get married because they're tired of going to the laundromat, eating in restau­rants, and wearing socks with holes in them.

Other men get divorces for the same reasons.

In the old days a woman married a man for his money, but now she divorces him for it.

 

A man in New Hampshire complained about slow mail delivery, "Today, I received an invi­tation to the wedding of a couple who are

already divorced."

 

Distressed wife to her attorney: "My husband always said everything he has is mine, and now I want it."

 

It takes only a few words mumbled in church and you're married. It takes only a few words mumbled in your sleep and you're

divorced.

 

Divorce Courts

 

If it weren't for the divorce courts separating people, the police would have to.

 

Divorce records show that many married cou­ples spend too much time in court and not enough time courting.

 

Black and blue are very effective colors when worn in the divorce courts.

 

In much divorce‑court testimony the couples seem to think they were married by an injus­tice of the peace.

 

The divorce courts are filled with people who thought they had been bitten by the love bug, and then found out they had only been

bitten.

 

A divorce court is where the "little woman" who was once considered incomparable sud­denly becomes incompatible.

 

Doctors

 

My son is thinking of becoming a doctor. He has the handwriting for it.

 

Doctors have been classified into three types--expensive, costly,

and exorbitant.

 

Some doctors tell their patients the worst--others mail them the bill.

 

My doctor saved my life once. I called him to the house and he

never showed up.

 

Doctors are becoming easier to find these days. Most of the caddies

all have portable phones.

 

The best doctor is the one you run for and can't find.

Denis Diderot

 

The person most often late for a doctor's appointment is the doctor

himself.

 

One doctor makes work for another.

 

Wherever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.

Hippocrates

 

An ignorant doctor is no better than a murderer.

Chinese proverb

 

A man who is his own doctor has a fool for his patient.

 

Every doctor has his favorite disease.

 

God heals and the doctor takes the fee.

 

Though the patient die, the doctor is paid.

 

The doctor is more to be feared than the disease.

French proverb

 

No good doctor ever takes physic.

Italian proverb

 

Doctors think a lot of patients are cured who have simply quit in disgust.

Don Herold

 

While the doctors consult, the patient dies.

English proverb

 

Doctrine

 

In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity

for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the

whole of it.

Walter Colton

 

Doctrines are nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.

Henry Ward Beecher

 

"God knows me" is different from "God is omniscient"; the latter is a

mere theological statement; the former is a child of God's most

precious possession.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

A doctrine has practical value only as far as it is prominent in our

thoughts and makes a difference in our lives.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for

the mind of an honest man.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

 

As the grave grows nearer, my theology is growing strangely simple,

and it begins and ends with Christ as the only Savior of the lost.

Henry Benjamin Whipple (1822-1901)

 

Could God pass an examination in theology?

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

Doctrine nails your faith.

 

Doctrine won't make you happy unless it is translated into life.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

 

Dogma is nothing more or less than emergency measures to which the

church is driven by heresies.

Hans Küng (1928- )

 

Dogma is the ark within which the church floats safely down the

flood-tide of history.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

 

Great saints have always been dogmatic. We need a return to a gentle

dogmatism that smiles while it stands stubborn and firm on the Word of

God.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

If God consistently sent lightning bolts in response to bad doctrine,

our planet would sparkle nightly like a Christmas tree.

Philip Yancey (1949- )

 

If your theology doesn't change your behavior, it will never change

your destiny.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

In theology we must consider the predominance of authority; in

philosophy the predominance of reason.

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

 

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he

goes to the university of election and predestination.

George Whitefield (1714-1770)

 

Let one define his terms and then stick to the definition, and half

the differences in philosophy and theology would come to an end.

Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

 

Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It

is not so. It is so. It is not so.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

My entire theology can be condensed into four words: "Jesus died for me."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

My strong advice to you is to soak, soak, soak in philosophy and

psychology until you know more of these subjects than ever you need

consciously to think. It is ignorance of these subjects on the part of

ministers and workers that has brought our evangelical theology to

such a sorry plight.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Never take the conception of a theologian as infallible; it is simply

an attempt to state things.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Nothing dies harder than a theological difference.

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888-1957)

 

Our theology must become biography.

Tim Hansel

 

The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

 

The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the

imagination of man-and the dogma is the drama.

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

 

The theological problems of original sin, origin of evil,

predestination, and the like are the soul's mumps and measles and

whooping coughs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

The Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Resurrection: your faith and my

faith must include these three mysteries. They are difficult to

understand. They are not unintelligible-God understands them. But for

us there is an element of mystery. The greatest error anyone can make

is to think they can fully understand these three mysteries. It makes

a mockery of faith.

Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902- )

 

Theologians are always bothering about the origin of evil, but evil is

just natural behavior; it's the origin of human goodness that is

really so extraordinary and inexplicable.

Kingsley Martin

 

Theological truth is useless until it is obeyed.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

Theology is an attempt to understand the mystery.

 

Theology is but the science of mind applied to God. As schools change,

theology must necessarily change. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas

of truth are not. Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and

arranged.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

 

Theology is that madness gone systematic which tries to crowd God's

fullness into a formula and a system.

Joel Blau

 

Theology is the science of religion, an intellectual attempt to

systematize the consciousness of God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Theology should be empress, and philosophy and the other arts merely

her servants.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

Theology teaches us what ends are desirable and what means are lawful,

while politics teaches what means are effective.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

There is no wild beast so ferocious as Christians who differ

concerning their faith.

William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838-1903)

 

True doctrine is a master key to all the world's problems. With it the

world can be taken apart and put together.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

 

We can be certain about God, but tentative about theology.

Ian Ramsey

 

Your theology is what you are when the talking stops and the action starts.

Colin Morris (1929- )

 

Doers

 

Ancient of Days! except thou deign

Upon the finished task to smile,

The workman's hand hath toiled in vain,

To hew the rock and rear the pile.

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

 

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream

you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only

engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will

be completed.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

 

At the day of judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but

what we have done.

Thomas A Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

Being able to do something well is one of life's great joys.

Frank Tyger

 

Determine never to be idle. . . . It is wonderful how much may be done

if we are always doing.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

 

Do what you can with what you have where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

 

Efficiency is enhanced not by what we accomplish but more often by

what we relinquish.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.

 

God will not demand more from you than you can do. Whatever God asks

of you, he will give you the strength to do.

Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

 

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

 

He who begins many things finishes but few.

Italian Proverb

 

He who cannot do something big can do something small in a big way.

 

He who moves a mountain starts by carrying away small stones.

 

If we prune back that part of our activity which is not really

fruitful in the Holy Spirit, we find that we do less, but accomplish

more.

John Michael Talbot

 

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

 

Men are much more apt to agree in what they do than in what they

think.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

 

No matter what a man does, no matter how successful he seems to be in

any field, if the Holy Spirit is not the chief energizer of his

activity, it will all fall apart when he dies.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

The difference between something good and something great is attention

to detail.

Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

 

The virtue of deeds lies in completing them.

Arabian Proverb

 

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't

be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

 

Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; doing well wisest and

best of all.

Persian Proverb

 

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered,

you will never grow.

Ronald E. Osborn

 

Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

 

A bell doesn't ring on its own-if someone doesn't pull or push it, it

will remain silent.

Plautus (C. 254-184 B.C.)

 

A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

 

A strong man must have something difficult to do.

John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895)

 

Doing becomes the natural overflow of being when the pressure within

is stronger than the pressure without.

Lois Lebar

 

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

 

Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully,

proceed positively, pursue persistently.

William Arthur Ward (1812-1882)

 

Give me a person who says, "This one thing I do, and not these fifty

things I dabble in."

Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)

 

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 

It is not enough to aim: you must hit.

Italian Proverb

 

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements

in comparison with what we owe others.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

 

No great achievement is possible without persistent work.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970)

 

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be

first overcome.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

 

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

 

Sitting on a tack is often more useful than having an idea; at least

it makes you get up and do something about it.

 

Some men dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and

do them.

 

The airplane, the atomic bomb, and the zipper have cured me of any

tendency to state that a thing can't be done.

R. L. Duffus

 

The greatest works are done by the ones. The hundreds do not often do

much, the companies never; it is the units, the single individuals,

that are the power and the might.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

 

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that

you can become.

Harold Taylor

 

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the

credit; try to belong to the first class-there's far less competition.

Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931)

 

There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.

 

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

 

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

 

Where would you be if God took away all your Christian work? Too often

it is our Christian work that is worshipped and not God.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is

not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which

prompts him to do these things.

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

 

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw

that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.

John Calvin (1509-1564)

 

A few dozen act while millions stand impotent.

John Fowles (1926- )

 

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

 

All glory comes from daring to begin.

 

All our actions take

Their hues from the complexion of the heart,

As landscapes their variety from light.

W. T. Bacon (1812-1881)

 

Christian action is not of ourselves; it is the spirit of Christ

operating in our lives.

 

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

 

I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

 

If you sit down at set of sun

And count the acts that you have done,

And, counting, find one self-denying deed, one word

That eased the heart of him who heard-

One glance most kind, that fell like sunshine where it went-

Then you may count that day well spent.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

Let a good man do good deeds with the same zeal that the evil man does

bad ones.

The Belzer Rabbi

 

Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it

were the last hour of my life.

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

 

Some people are content not to do mean actions; I want to become

incapable of a mean thought or feeling.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

We have a shortage of effective Christian action at the real centers

of national influence because of misplaced Christian energy, misplaced

Christian money-and misplaced Christians.

McCandlish Phillips

 

God looks at the intention of the heart rather than the gifts he is

offered.

Jean Pierre Camus (1584-1652)

 

He who means well is useless unless he does well.

Plautus (C. 254-184 B.C.)

 

Man considers the actions, but God weighs the intentions.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

A possibility is a hint from God.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

 

God can do nothing for me until I get to the limit of the possible.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Make that possible for me which is impossible by nature.

Thomas À Kempis (C. 1380-1471)

 

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if

we had sufficient will, we should always have sufficient means. It is

often merely an excuse that we say things are impossible.

François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

 

Somebody is always doing what somebody else said couldn't be done.

 

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

Alas for those who never sing, but die with all their music in them.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

 

An atom is the smallest thing in the world which, when split, becomes

the biggest.

 

Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely content

with the life that he is living, with the thoughts that he is

thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever

beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something

larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is

still, in spite of all, the child of God.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

 

Cheerios: hula-hoops for ants.

 

Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake.

William James (1842-1910)

 

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

 

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

God holds us responsible, not for what we have, but for what we could

have; not for what we are, but for what we might be.

 

If seed in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what

might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the

stars?

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

 

If you treat a person as he is, he will stay as he is; but if you

treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will

become what he ought to be and could be.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

 

Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns

grow.

David Everett

 

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath

a rough exterior.

Juvenal (C. 60-C. 127)

 

Most people live, physically, intellectually, or morally, in a

restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very

small portion of their consciousness and of their soul's resources,

much like a man who uses only his little finger. Great emergencies and

crises show us how great our resources are.

William James (1842-1910)

 

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do

the work of one extraordinary man.

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)

 

One of the saddest experiences that can come to a human being is to

awaken, gray-haired and wrinkled, near the close of an unproductive

career, to the fact that all through the years he has been using only

a small part of himself.

V. W. Burrows

 

So much God would give ... so little is received. Why live so beggarly

when the riches of heaven are yours for the asking?

Frances J. Roberts

 

The atom is proof that it's the little things that count.

 

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

The frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean.

Japanese Proverb

 

The measure of the depth to which a man can fall is the height to

which he can rise.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

The same stuff that makes the criminal makes the saint.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

There are no great men in this world, only great challenges which

ordinary men rise to meet.

William Frederick Halsey, Jr. (1882-1959)

 

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us.

 

There is a potential hero in every man-and a potential skunk.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Wake for shame, my sluggish heart,

Wake, and gladly sing thy part:

Learn of birds, and springs, and flowers,

How to use thy noble powers.

John Austin (1613-1669)

 

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.

Albert Laighton (1829-1887)

 

Dogs

 

Every dog has his day--but the nights are reserved for the cats.

 

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around

three times before lying down.

Robert Benchley

 

If you can't bite, don't show your teeth.

Yiddish proverb

 

The dog is turned to his own vomit again.

2 Peter 2:22

 

If you wish the dog to follow you, feed him.

 

It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

 

Let sleeping dogs lie.

 

The slowest barker is the surest biter.

 

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

Latin proverb

 

Doing

 

It is easier to know how to do than it is to do.

Chinese proverb

 

Do as I say, not as I do.

 

Do what you ought and come what can.

 

No man can do nothing and no man can do everything.

German proverb

 

What is done cannot be undone.

Italian proverb

 

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Latin proverb

 

Whatever you do, do with all your might.

Latin proverb

 

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing

temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

Aristotle

 

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there

is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave,

whither thou goest.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

 

Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that

they differ.

Moliere

 

No one knows what he can do till he tries.

Publilius Syrus

 

Dollar

 

Nowadays, a dollar saved is a quarter earned.

 

Doubt

 

Who knows nothing doubts nothing.

French proverb

 

To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.

Stanislaw I, king of Poland

 

In the Garden of Paradise, man hid from God in the garden; now man

hides within himself.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979)

 

Most people have some sort of religion-at least they know what church

they're staying away from.

John Erskine (1509-1591)

 

The agnostic's prayer: "O God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I

have a soul.

Joseph Ernest Renan (1823-1892)

 

It's hard to believe, but some people claim their dogs are almost human ‑ and they mean it as a compliment!

 

Isn't it wonderful how dogs can win friends and influence people without ever reading a book.

 

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

 

If dogs could talk, perhaps we'd find it just as hard to get along with them as we do with people.

 

A dog is smarter than some people. It wags its tail and not its tongue.

 

The noblest of all animals is the dog, and the noblest of all dogs is the hotdog. It feeds the hand that bites it.

 

If dogs can think, how can we account for their love for man?

 

Another reason why a dog is man's best friend is because he's not always calling for explanations.

 

How did dogs learn to bark their loudest dur­ing a television news bulletin?

 

When in doubt, tell the truth. Never put a question mark where God has put a period. Some folks demand the benefit of the doubt when there isn't any.

 

When in doubt, don't.

 

Doubt makes the mountain which faith can move.

 

Many people believe their doubts and doubt their beliefs.

 

If you doubt the propriety of doing a thing, you'd better give yourself the benefit of the doubt and not do it.

 

Think of doubt as an invitation to think.

 

Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death. No one can live in doubt when he has prayed in faith.

 

Twin fools: one doubts nothing, the other doubts everything.

 

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.

 

The everlasting perhaps.

Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

 

When agnosticism has done its withering work in the mind of man, the

mysteries remain as before; all that has been added to them is a

settled despair.

Vincent McNabb (1868-1943)

 

Beware of doubt-faith is the subtle chain that binds us to the infinite.

Elizabeth Oakes Smith (1806-1893)

 

Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt

is can't believe; unbelief is won't believe. Doubt is honesty;

unbelief is obstinacy. Doubt is looking for light; unbelief is content

with darkness.

John Drummond (1851-1897)

 

Clouds of doubt are created when the warm, moist air of our

expectations meets the cold air of God's silence. The problem is not

as much in God's silence as it is in your ability to hear.

Max L. Lucado (1955- )

 

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

 

Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that

he is thinking.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.

George Iles

 

Doubt is the disease of this inquisitive, restless age. It is the

price we pay for our advanced intelligence and civilization -the dim

night of our resplendent day. But as the most beautiful light is born

of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the

strongest and the best.

Billy Graham (1918- )

 

Doubt is the hammer that breaks the windows clouded with human fancies

and lets in the pure light.

George Macdonald (1824-1905)

 

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.

Paul Johannes Oskar Tillich (1886-1965)

 

Doubt makes the mountain which faith moves.

 

Doubt sees the obstacles; faith sees the way.

Doubt sees the darkest night; faith sees the day.

Doubt dreads to take a step; faith soars on high;

Doubt questions, "Who believes?" Faith answers, "I."

 

Every step toward Christ kills a doubt. Every thought, word, and

deed for him carries you away from discouragement.

Theodore Ledyard Cuyler (1822-1909)

 

God has never turned away the questions of a sincere searcher.

Max L. Lucado (1955- )

 

I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education.

Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

 

If a man begins with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he

begins with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

 

If a man doubts his way, Satan is always ready to help him to a new

set of opinions.

Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)

 

If I stoop

Into the dark, tremendous sea of cloud,

It is but for a time: I press God's lamp

Close to my breast; its splendor, soon or late,

Will pierce the gloom: I shall emerge one day.

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

 

If one regards oneself as a sceptic, it is well from time to time to

be sceptical about one's scepticism.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

 

If you pray for bread and bring no basket to carry it, you prove the

doubting spirit, which may be the only hindrance to the boon you ask.

Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)

 

In our constant struggle to believe we are likely to overlook the

simple fact that a bit of healthy disbelief is sometimes as needful as

faith to the welfare of our souls.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

It need not discourage us if we are full of doubts. Healthy questions

keep faith dynamic. Unless we start with doubts we cannot have a

deep-rooted faith. One who believes lightly and unthinkingly has not

much of a belief. He who has a faith which is not to be shaken has won

it through blood and tears-has worked his way from doubt to truth as

one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)

 

It's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the

things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970)

 

Modest doubt is call'd

The beacon of the wise.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

 

Skepticism is the first step toward truth.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

 

Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepares the way for the

faith of tomorrow.

Romain Rolland (1866-1944)

 

The good must be doubted to be defended.

Eric Siepmann

 

The stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970)

 

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything

or to doubt everything, both ways save us from thinking.

Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski (1879-1950)

 

There lives more faith in honest doubt,

Believe me, than in half the creeds.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

To believe greatly, it's necessary to doubt greatly.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

 

We all know of Christians who say that they have never doubted. Their

lives seem so pale, so far off from the heroic adventure that is

faith. The most fruitful believers tell us shamedly of the inner

battles that have torn them between doubt and faith. And the great

Bible characters from Abraham or Moses right through Jacob, Jeremiah,

Peter, and Paul all show us their conflict-filled lives, their revolts

against heaven, their refusals to adapt to a God who was too demanding

of them. They show us as well their reconciliation to that God. God

loves those who don't give in without a fight!

Paul Tournier (1898-1986)

 

When the mind doubts, a feather sways it to and fro.

Terence (C. 186-C. 159 B.C.)

 

When you really see Jesus, I defy you to doubt him.