There is only one Jesus Christ and all the rest is a dispute over trifles.
--Elizabeth I, on denominationalism
I believe in Christianity as I believe the Sun has risen not just because
I see it but because by it I see everything else.
The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.
--C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. To find the will of God is the greatest discovery. To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.
Over the last few years, we've heard a lot about something called family
values. And like many of you, I've struggled to figure out what that means--but
since my accident, I've found a definition that seems to make sense. I think
it means that we're all family, and that we all have value.
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
--Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lit.
Those who are enamored of practice without theory are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.
--Leonardo da Vinci
God's grace is bestowed freely, the light shines wherever it shines, and
we are not the guardians of the gates.
The world doesn't really need more busy people, maybe not even more
intelligent people. It needs "deep people".
I would have people be sincere, and that, like men of honor, no word be
spoken that comes not from the heart.
--Alceste in Moliere's The Misanthrope,
Act I, scene i
When people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick".
Liberty without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality.
A thinking man can never be a party man.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
The voice of evil says, "Blessed are the proud and violent, those who
prosper at any cost, who are unscrupulous, pitiless, devious, who make war not
peace, and persecute those who stand in their way." It is strange that Jesus
exalts those whom the world generally regards as weak. He says to them:
"Blessed are you who seem to be losers, because you are the true winners: the
kingdom of heaven is yours." These words present a challenge which demands a
great change of heart.
--Pope John Paul II
All that is not given is lost.