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“Preach the gospel at all times;
when necessary, use words.”
~Francis of Assisi~

"The most degrading of all slavery which
human beings know is to fear the light and
refuse to think lest one should have to give up
a dogma. There's one fatal man in our world
and he's the unthinking one. If one cannot reason,
he is a fool; and if he will not reason, he is a bigot;
but if he dares not reason, he is a slave."
--- Gallagher

"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
--- Arthur Schopenhauer

"If you would be a real seeker after truth,
it is necessary that at least once in your life
you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
--- Descartes

"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet
broke a chain or freed a human soul."
--- Mark Twain

"An error does not become truth
by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error
because nobody sees it."
--- Mahatma Gandhi

"What has once been settled by a precedent
will not be unsettled overnight, for certainty
and uniformity are gains not lightly to be sacrificed.
Above all is this true when honest men have shaped
their conduct on the faith of the pronouncement."
--- Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

"The humblest citizen of all the land,
when clad in the armor of a righteous cause,
is stronger than all the hosts of Error."
--- William Jennings Bryan

"The most beautiful things in life
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart."
--- Helen Keller

"Truth does not blush."
--- Tertullian

"The errors of great men are venerable
because they are more fruitful than
the truths of little men."
--- Friedrich Nietzsche

"There are two kinds of failures:
The man who will do nothing he is told,
and the man who will do nothing else."
--- Dr. Perle Thompson

"A friend is a person
with whom I may be sincere.
Before him, I may think aloud."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is not revolutions and upheavals
that clear the road to new and better days,
but someone's soul inspired and ablaze."
--- Boris Pasternak

"One of my greatest pleasures in writing has come
from the thought that perhaps my work might
annoy someone of comfortably pretentious
position. Then comes the saddening realization
that such people rarely read."
--- John Kenneth Galbraith

"All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging
current conceptions and existing institutions. All
progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions,
and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
Consequently, the first condition of progress is
the removal of censorships. There is the whole
case against censorships in a nutshell."
--- George Bernard Shaw

"The death of dogma is the birth of reality."
--- Immanuel Kant

"There is no sin, and there can be no sin
on all the earth, which the Lord will not forgive
to the truly repentant! Man cannot commit a sin
so great as to exhaust the infinite love of God."
--- Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880)

"It is not in numbers but in unity
that our great strength lies."
--- Thomas Paine (1776)

"By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored,
We keep the Supper of the Word,
And show the death of our dear Lord,
Until He comes."
--- George Rawson (1857)

"Ridicule is the best test of truth."
--- Lord Shaftesbury (1621-1683)

"The essence of man is not in what he is,
but in what he is able to be."
--- Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."
--- W. Somerset Maugham

"I find the great thing in this world is
not so much where we stand, as in what
direction we are moving: To reach the port
of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the
wind and sometimes against it --- but we
must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
--- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1858)

"While an eminent man wins our admiration
through his great qualities, he can hold
our love only from his human weaknesses
that make him one of ourselves."
--- Donn Piatt (1887)

"To see what is right, and do it not,
is want of courage."
--- Confucius (551-479 B.C.)

"Liberty means responsibility.
That's why most men dread it."
--- George Bernard Shaw

"Grace is necessary to salvation, free will
equally so -- but grace in order to give
salvation, free will in order to receive it."
--- St. Bernard (1090-1153)

What's in a name?
That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.
--- William Shakespeare

Work out your own salvation.
Do not depend on others.
--- Buddha (563-483 BC)

A man may legitimately hold an opinion
about a thing not revealed; but when he
forces it upon others, it then ceases to be
an opinion and becomes a law. The man
who enforces it is an autocrat and the others
are his subjects. Thus liberty is destroyed.
--- G. C. Brewer --- (written in 1909)

"Renunciation of thinking is a
declaration of spiritual bankruptcy."
--- Albert Schweitzer

Faith is the strength by which a shattered
world shall emerge into the light.
--- Helen Keller

It is difficult to get a man to understand
something when his salary depends
upon his not understanding it.
--- Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

After the game has ended, the king
and pawn go into the same box.
--- Italian Proverb

Dogmatism is the anti-Christ of learning.
--- Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

Aim at Heaven and you will get
earth "thrown in" -- Aim at earth
and you will get neither.
--- C. S. Lewis

All your strength is in your union.
All your danger is in discord;
Therefore be at peace henceforward,
And as brothers live together.
--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The Song of Hiawatha" (1855)
Let Truth and Falsehood grapple;
who ever knew Truth put to the worse
in a free and open encounter?
--- John Milton (1608-1674)

There was that law of life, so cruel and so
just, which demanded that one must grow
or else pay more for remaining the same.
--- Norman Mailer

Before you take anything away, you must
have something better to put in its place.
--- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Apart from man, no being wonders
at its own existence.
--- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

He who shall introduce into public affairs
the principles of primitive Christianity
will change the face of the world.
--- Benjamin Franklin

Reading furnishes our mind
only with materials of knowledge; it is
thinking that makes what we read ours.
--- John Locke (1632-1704)

As I would not read your Bible for you,
so I will not let you read my Bible for me.
--- Thomas Campbell

To do things today exactly the way you
did them yesterday saves thinking.
--- Woodrow Wilson

With the Lord a day is like a thousand
years, and a thousand years are like a day.
--- 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

The dissenter is every human being at those
moments of his life when he resigns momentarily
from the herd and thinks for himself.
--- Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

It is with narrow-souled people as with
narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in
them the more noise they make in pouring out.
--- Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

All great changes are irksome to the human
mind, especially those which are attended
with great dangers and uncertain effects.
--- John Adams (1735-1826)

Men give different names to one and the same
thing from the difference of their own passions.
They that approve a private opinion, call it
Opinion; but they that dislike it, Heresy.
--- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the
prophets and stone those sent to you.
--- Jesus (Matthew 23:37)

A great many people think they are thinking
when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
--- William James (1842-1910)

The thing which I have resolved to use
every possible method of preventing is a
narrowness of spirit, a party zeal, a miserable
bigotry that makes many so unready to believe
that there is any work of God but among
themselves. We think, and let think.
--- John Wesley (1703-1791)

I have no more right to object to a man for
holding a different opinion from mine than I
have to differ with a man because he wears a wig
and I wear my own hair; but if he takes his wig off
and shakes the powder in my face, I shall consider
it my duty to get quit of him as soon as possible.
--- John Wesley (1703-1791)

I hate a fellow whom pride, or cowardice,
or laziness drives into a corner, and who does
nothing when he is there but sit and growl;
let him come out as I do, and bark.
--- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Man is a creature who lives not upon
bread alone, but principally by catchwords.
--- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Baptism separates the tire kickers
from the car buyers.
--- Max Lucado

In a crisis, the man worth his salt
is the man who meets the needs of the
situation in whatever way is necessary.
--- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

The righteous man takes his life in his
hand whenever he utters the truth.
--- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Strict orthodoxy can cost too much if it has to
be bought at the price of love. All the orthodoxy
in the world will never take the place of love.
--- William Barclay

God does not refuse grace
to those who do what they can.
--- Medieval Latin Saying

If music be the food of love,
play on; give me excess of it.
--- William Shakespeare

The day we see the truth and cease
to speak is the day we begin to die.
--- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is only with the heart that one can see
rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
--- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

Until thy feet have trod the Road
Advise not wayside folk.
--- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

He who advises a sick man, whose manner
of life is prejudicial to health, is clearly bound
first of all to change his patient's manner of life.
--- Plato (427-347 B.C.)

We fought so long against small things
that we became small ourselves.
--- Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)

A faith is something you die for,
a doctrine is something you kill for.
There is all the difference in the world.
--- Tony Benn (b. 1925)

Your body must become familiar with its death,
in all its possible forms and degrees, as a
self-evident, imminent, and emotionally
neutral step on the way towards the goal
you have found worthy of your life.
--- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Faithless is he that says farewell
when the road darkens.
--- J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
The Fellowship of the Ring

As the family goes, so goes the nation, and
so goes the whole world in which we live.
--- Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)

Dogmatism is puppyism
come to its full growth.
--- Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857)

He never charged nothing for his
preaching, and it was worth it, too.
--- Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Nothing on earth can stop man from feeling
himself born for liberty. Never, whatever
may happen, can he accept servitude;
for he is a thinking creature.
--- Simone Weil (1909-1943)
Oppression and Liberty (chapter 4)

The lower sort of men must be indulged the
consolation of finding fault with those above them;
without that, they would be so melancholy that it
would be dangerous, considering their numbers.
--- Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695)

A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it,
an apostle is unlikely to look out.
--- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Shallow understanding from people of
good will is more frustrating than absolute
misunderstanding from people of ill will.
--- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

It ain't those parts of the Bible that
I can't understand that bother me,
it is the parts that I do understand.
--- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The world is full of pots jeering at kettles.
--- La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Where the way is hardest, there go thou:
Follow your own path, and let people talk.
--- Dante (1265-1321) -- The Divine Comedy

If a man hasn't discovered something
that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
--- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

The beginning of thought is in disagreement:
not only with others, but also with ourselves.
--- Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

There is one thing worse than an absolutely
loveless marriage: a marriage in which
there is love, but on one side only.
--- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Distrust your judgment the moment you can
discern the shadow of a personal motive in it.
--- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)

There is no more lovely, friendly and
charming relationship, communion or
company than a good marriage.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

'Tis easier to suppress the first Desire
than to satisfy all that follow it.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

He who does not bellow the truth
when he knows the truth makes himself
the accomplice of liars and forgers.
Charles Peguy (1873-1914)

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
-- I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
"The Road Not Taken"

What people fear most is taking
a new step or uttering a new word.
Fyodor Dostoyevski (1821-1881)
"Crime and Punishment"
A man there was, though some did count
him mad, the more he cast away,
the more he had.
John Bunyan (1628-1688)
"The Pilgrim's Progress"

It is in our lives, and not from our words,
that our religion must be read.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

It is the nature of a man as he grows
older to protest against change,
particularly change for the better.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
"Travels With Charley"

Nothing has more retarded the advancement
of learning than the disposition of vulgar minds
to ridicule and vilify what they cannot comprehend.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Reason and experience both forbid us to
expect that national morality can prevail
in exclusion of religious principle.
George Washington (1732-1799)
Farewell Address --- 17 Sept. 1796

The less there is to justify a traditional
custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The less there is to justify a traditional
custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

As unto the bow the cord is,
So unto the man is woman;
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him, yet she follows;
Useless each without the other!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
The Song of Hiawatha

And were an epitaph to be my story
I'd have a short one ready for my own.
I would have written of me on my stone:
I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Not what we give, but what we share:
For the gift without the giver is bare.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
The Vision of Sir Launfal

Stupidity is nature's favorite resource
for preserving consistency of opinion.
Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

There are a thousand
hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

The end comes when we no longer talk with
ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking
and the beginning of the final loneliness.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 150

It is one thing to show a man
that he is in error, and another
to put him in possession of truth.
John Locke (1632-1704)
Essay Concerning Human Understanding

The hand that rocks the cradle
is the hand that rules the world.
William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)

Many men would have arrived
at wisdom had they not believed
themselves to have arrived there already.
Seneca the Younger (5 BC - 65 AD)

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are
the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

It is useless for the sheep to pass
resolutions in favor of vegetarianism,
while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler
of whom you asked the way. I pointed
ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I used to be very revolutionary, but now I
think that nothing can be gained by brute force.
People must be drawn to good by goodness.
Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
Doctor Zhivago

Public opinion is a weak tyrant
compared with our own private opinion.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

When you find out a man's ruling
passion, beware of crossing him in it.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

What a grand thing, to be loved!
What a grander thing still, to love!
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Les Miserables

How it chanced that a man who reasoned
on his premises so ably, should assume
his premises so foolishly, is one of
the great mysteries of human nature.
Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859)
"Samuel Johnson," The Edinburgh Review, Sept. 1831

The most dangerous error is failure
to recognize our own tendency to error.
B.H. Liddell Hart (1895-1970)

To have doubted one's own first
principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)
"Ideals and Doubts" -- Illinois Law Review, May 1915

His preaching much, but more his practice
wrought; A living sermon of the truths he taught.
John Dryden (1631-1700)
"The Character of a Good Parson"

The shepherd drives the wolf from the
sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks
the shepherd as his liberator, while
the wolf denounces him for the same act.
Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not
agreed upon a definition of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Speech in Baltimore - April 18, 1864

Wherever God has built a church,
there the Devil will build a chapel.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
"Table Talk"

Wherever a knave is not punished,
an honest man is laughed at.
Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695)

The mark of our time is its
revulsion against imposed patterns.
Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

We will, that this body die, be dissolved,
and sink into union with the Body of Christ
at large; for there is but one body, and one spirit,
even as we are called in one hope of our calling.
The Springfield Presbytery

If there is anything that we wish to change
in the child, we should first examine it
and see whether it is not something that
could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung (1875-1961)
The Development of Personality

Perhaps the most central characteristic of
authentic leadership is the relinquishing
of the impulse to dominate others.
David Cooper (1931--)
Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry

Water taken in moderation
cannot hurt anybody.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole
and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a
symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
The Scarlet Letter

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked upon as something shocking.
But now, Heaven knows, Anything goes!
Cole Porter (1892-1964)
From his musical: Anything Goes

Habit with him was all the test of truth,
"It must be right: I've done it from my youth."
George Crabbe (1754-1832)
The Borough -- Letter 3, "The Vicar"

To follow foolish precedents, and wink
With both our eyes, is easier than to think.
William Cowper (1731-1800)

The applause of a single human being
is of great consequence.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

God works by contraries so that a man
feels himself to be lost in the very moment
when he is on the point of being saved.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Ninety-Five Theses

Ideas come in pairs and they contradict
one another; their opposition is the
principal engine of reflection.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
"Ideology and Revolution"

The more ignorant men are, the more convinced
are they that their little parish and their little
chapel is an apex to which civilization and
philosophy has painfully struggled up the
pyramid of time from a desert of savagery.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Be always displeased at what thou art, if
thou desirest to attain to what thou art not.
St. Augustine (A.D. 354-430)

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done
with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne --
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
The Present Crisis

Fanatical religion driven to a certain
point is almost as bad as none at all.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Every one of us should be ashamed to
be free while his brother is a slave.
Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Little boats must keep near shore.
Larger ships may venture more.
An English Proverb

Upon this battle depends the survival of
Christian civilization. ... If we fail, then
all that we have known and cared for
will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Speech, House of Commons - June 18, 1940

The great poet is always a seer,
seeing less with the eyes of the body
than he does with the eyes of the mind.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Few people think more than two or three times
a year; I have made an international reputation
for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The sin ye do by two and two
ye must pay for one by one.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

God does not send us despair in order to kill us;
He sends it in order to awaken us to new life.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

To die is poignantly bitter, but the
idea of having to die without having
lived is unbearable.
Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics

A baby is God's opinion
that life should go on.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Here and there in the midst of American
society you meet with men full of a fanatical
and almost wild spiritualism ... Religious
insanity is very common in the United States.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
Democracy in America

Real works are the natural products
of faith taking its next step.
Paul Goodman (1911-1972)

In whatever direction you turn, you will
see God coming to meet you; nothing is
void of him, he himself fills all his work.
Seneca the Younger (5 BC - 65 AD)

If youth but knew; if old age could!
Henri Estienne (1531-1598)
Les Prémices

Love is the chain whereby
to bind a child to its parents.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

I never dared be radical when young, for fear
it would make me conservative when old.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

One must not always think so much about
what one should do, but rather what one
should be. Our works do not ennoble us;
but we must ennoble our works.
Meister Eckhart (1269-1327)

I have found that to make a contented slave,
it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is
necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and,
as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.
Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

A great many people think they
are thinking when they are merely
rearranging their prejudices.
William James (1842-1910)

Men may rise on steppingstones
of their dead selves to higher things.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows
he is to be hanged in a fortnight,
it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

It is a custom more honor'd in
the breach than the observance.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He whom Love touches not
walks in darkness.
Plato (427-347 B.C.)

I may stand alone, but would not
change my free thoughts for a throne.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
A dream that is not interpreted
is like a letter that is unread.
The Talmud

God builds His temple in the heart
on the ruins of churches and religions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Many people today don't want honest answers
insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing.
They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.
They want answers that are, in effect, escapes.
Louis Kronenberger (1904-1980)
"Unbrave New World"

What is hateful to you don't do to
another. This is the whole Torah;
the rest is just commentary.
Rabbi Hillel (died c. 9 A.D.)

Grace was in all her steps, Heav'n in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.
John Milton (1608-1674)
Paradise Lost

I'm not a teacher; only a fellow-traveler
of whom you asked the way. I pointed
ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

There warn't anybody at the church, except maybe a
hog or two, for there warn't any lock on the door, and
hogs likes a puncheon floor in summertime because
it's cool. If you notice, most folks don't go to church
only when they've got to; but a hog is different.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

What Paul says about Peter tells us
more about Paul than about Peter.
Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
In Erich Fromm's "Psychoanalysis and Religion"

My own belief is not rule for another.
John Wesley (1703-1791)

God builds His temple in the heart
on the ruins of churches and religions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

It is impossible on our wretched globe for men
living in society not to be divided into two classes,
one of oppressors, the other of the oppressed.
Voltaire (1694-1778)

Enlighten the people generally, and
tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

There is no sin and there can be no sin
on all the earth, which the Lord will not
forgive to the truly repentant.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
"The Brothers Karamazov"

An impulse as irresistible as in the acorn to
germinate is in the soul of the prophet to speak.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Father Mapple: Jonah did the Almighty's bidding.
And what was that, shipmates? To preach the
Truth to the face of Falsehood! That was it!
Herman Melville (1819-1891)
"Moby Dick"

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;
yet we have this consolation with us, that the
harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
"The Crisis" -- Dec. 23, 1776

I verily think these Sunday Schools are one of
the noblest specimens of charity which have been
set on foot in England since William the Conqueror.
John Wesley (1703-1791)

Little faith is put in them
whose faith is small.
Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.)
"The Way of Life"

They command us,
though they speak no words.
Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)

An ounce of dialogue
is worth a pound of monologue

Faith and doubt go hand in hand,
they are complementaries. One who
never doubts will never truly believe.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

Every dogma has its day,
but ideals are eternal.
Israel Zangwill (1864-1926)

The heart and soul of all men being one,
this bitterness of His and Mine ceases.
His is mine. Mine is his. I am my
brother, and my brother is me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The most successful tyranny is not the one
that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one
that removes the awareness of other possibilities.
Allan Bloom (1930-1992)
"The Closing of the American Mind"

Divide and rule, the politician cries;
Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
Goethe (1749-1832)

To doubt everything and to believe everything
are two equally convenient solutions;
both free us from the necessity of reflection.
Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)
"Science and Hypothesis"

A people among whom
custom is altogether sovereign
endures the despotism of the dead.
Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987)

My writings oft displease you: what's the matter?
You love not to hear truth, nor I to flatter.
Sir John Harington (1561-1612)

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the boisterous sea of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Happy slaves are the
bitterest enemies of freedom.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)

The world order is a unity
made up of multiplicity.
Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180)

The meaning of life consists in
the love and service of God.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Listen to the whispers and you
won't have to hear the screams.
A Cherokee Saying

"Scribbler" -- n. A professional writer
whose views are antagonistic to one's own.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
"The Devil's Dictionary"

Thought is not free if the profession of certain
opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

There comes into my mind such an indescribable,
infinite, all-absorbing, divine, heavenly pleasure,
a sense of elevation and expansion, and I have nought
to do with it. I perceive that I am dealt with by superior
powers. This is a pleasure, a joy, an existence which
I have not procured myself. I speak as a witness
on the stand, and tell what I have perceived.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

You must remember that some things that
are legally right are not morally right.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Nothing chills nonsense like
exposure to the air.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

The fact that an opinion has been widely held
is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly
absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the
majority of mankind, a widespread belief is
more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

There were three of us in this marriage,
so it was a bit crowded.
Princess Diana (1961-1997)

A clash of doctrines is not
a disaster -- it is an opportunity.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

I am puzzled about which Bible
people are reading when they suggest
that religion and politics don't mix.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (b. 1931)

Their redemption began when
they ceased to tolerate their slavery.
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)
[regarding the bondage of the Israelites in Egypt]

There is always a certain meanness
in the argument of conservatism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

One must not always think so much
about what one should do, but rather
what one should be. Our works do not
ennoble us; we must ennoble our works.
Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

The prophet himself stands under the
judgment which he preaches. If he does
not know that, he is a false prophet.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

The slaves of custom are the sport of time. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

We should not think of conversion
as the acceptance of a particular
creed, but as a change of heart.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be
purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what
course others may take, but as for me,
give me liberty or give me death.
Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

We never repent
of having eaten too little.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1824)

The trust of the people in the leaders reflects
the confidence of the leaders in the people.
Paulo Freire (1921-1997)
"Pedagogy of the Oppressed"

The art of choosing men is not nearly
so difficult as the art of enabling those
one has chosen to attain their full worth.
Napoleon (1769-1821)

Tell me what you eat, and
I will tell you what you are.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

Habit with him was all the test
of truth; "It must be right:
I've done it from my youth."
George Crabbe (1754-1832)

Misfortune and experience are lost
upon mankind when they produce
neither reflection nor reformation.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

'Tis not in knowing much, but knowing
what is useful, that makes a wise man.
Thomas Fuller (1654-1734)

Learning without thought is labor lost;
thought without learning is perilous.
Confucius (551-479 B.C.)

It would be vain for me to
endeavor to interpret the Silence.
She cannot be done into English.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

God will not have His work
made manifest by cowards.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Men are never so likely
to settle a question rightly
as when they discuss it freely.
Thomas Babington (1800-1859)
"Southey's Colloquies"

The happiest moments of my life have
been the few which I have passed
at home in the bosom of my family.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Aggression unchallenged
is aggression unleashed.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

The visible marks of extraordinary wisdom
and power appear so plainly in all the works
of the creation that a rational creature,
who will but seriously reflect on them,
cannot miss the discovery of a Deity.
John Locke (1632-1704)

Cause and Effect: the Chancellors of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

I consider the doctrine of the non-recognition
of our friends in heaven a marvelously
absurd one; I cannot conceive how there
can be any communion of saints in heaven
unless there be mutual recognition.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Thoughts that come on
doves' feet guide the world.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their
fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath
of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity
than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is
the one essential vital quality for those who seek to
change a world that yields most painfully to change.
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

Where there is much desire to learn, there
of necessity will be much arguing, much
writing, many opinions; for opinion in good
men is but knowledge in the making.
John Milton (1608-1674)

The weakness of a soul is proportionate to
the number of truths that must be kept from it.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

If the church does not recapture its prophetic
zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club
without moral or spiritual authority.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Witnesses are weighed not counted.
Ancient Latin Saying

To make good the cause of
Freedom against Slavery you must be
Declarations of Independence walking.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Let me warn you in the most solemn manner
against the baneful effects of the spirit of party.
George Washington (1732-1799)

As far as we can discern, the sole
purpose of human existence is to kindle
a light in the darkness of mere being.
Carl G. Jung (1875-1961)
Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Who hangs one corrects a thousand.
James Howell (1593-1666)

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears,
and Spirit with spirit can meet --
Closer is He than breathing,
and nearer than hands and feet.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

I stand alone. All else
is swamped by Pharisaism. To live
life to the end is not a childish task.
Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
Doctor Zhivago (Poems of Yuri Zhivago)

Until thy feet have trod the road,
Advise not wayside folk.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Govern thy Life and Thoughts as
if the whole World were to see
the one and read the other.
Thomas Fuller (1654-1734)

Doubt is the vestibule through
which all must pass before they can
enter into the temple of wisdom.
C. C. Colton (1780-1832)

Friends will not only live
in harmony, but in melody.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Again and again there comes a time in history
when the man who dares to say that two and
two make four is punished with death.
Albert Camus (1913-1960)

[ To Be Continued... ]