Ulysses S Grant - "My advice to Sunday schools, no matter what their denomination, is: Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. to the influence of this Book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this must we look as our guide in the future. 'Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people'"
Unknown - "A conservative is just a liberal whose been mugged by reality."
Unknown - "Emotions are great servants, but terrible masters."
Unknown (perhaps the last words of an African martyr) - "I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear. 'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.'"
Unknown - "Methods are many, principles are few. Methods always change, principles never do."
Unknown - "My heart was dark with sin
Until the Savior came in;
His precious blood I know,
Has washed me white as snow.
And in God's word I'm told
I'll walk the streets of gold;
To grow in Christ every day
I read my Bible and pray."
Unknown - "One day Labauch asked God why humans had to do most of the talking in their relationship with God - especially since he was wiser. God answered:When you are teaching the Moros to read, your art is to say as little as you can and leave them to say as much as they will. That is why I leave you to do and say as much as you can, while I say little. You learn by doing, even when you make mistakes and correct them. You are to be sons and daughters of God, and now you are taking the first feeble steps of infants. Every step you take along is infinitely more important than you now imagine, because the thing I am preparing you for exceeds all your imagination. So the talking you do to me is essential. The talking others do to you, when they are trying to talk up to your expectations is more important than the talks you give to them. This is the best way to act: Talk a great deal to Me. Let others talk a great deal to you, appreciate everything fine they say and neglecting their mistakes."
Unknown - "One night in late October
When I was far from sober
Returning with my pad with manly pride
Me feet began to stutter
So I lay down in the gutter
And a pig came near and lay down by my side
A lady passing by was heard to say
'You can tell a man who boozes
By the company he chooses'
And the pig got up and slowly walked away."
Unknown - "Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His Health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing."
Unknown - “A vision without a task is a dream. A task without vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world.”
Unknown - “Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. What your character, it becomes your destiny.”
Unknown Coptic Orphan - "I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith. My life has lost it's meaning, my pen aches with the injustices. My country refuses to hear me. Every feast brings me to tears. I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith. I'll die in the Churches of the Saints. Blown up, or sliced in half. Not one, but 30 die. Where are the security forces who protect me? I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith. I'll die on the train in Samalot. Are we afraid of death? Death will send us to heaven and I will see the Lord who saved me. I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith. I'll die in the North, or in the South. On a normal day or a feast day. Whether they call me murdered or martyred. Whichever way, what's important is to die upon my faith. Whole or in pieces, in the street or in the church. I have lived my whole life as prey, and only the Lord helps me. I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith. Why do you want to force us out? And chase us from our country? This is my country, and my father's country, and we are not leaving. I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith. If they harrass you at work or make your life difficult, never forsake your father's faith. Before he died, he commanded me, I'll die... but I'll die upon my faith."
Victor Marie Hugo - "Courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
Victor Marie Hugo - "England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England."
Virginia Bill of Rights, 1776 - "That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other."
Walter Wilson - "'My Lord,' he said brokenly, 'I have mistreated You all my life. I have treated You like a servant. When I wanted You, I called for you; when I was about to engage in something important I beckoned You to come and help me perform my task. I have sought to use You only as a servant to help me in my self-appointed work. I will do so no more.' Lord, I give you this body of mine; from my head to my feet, I give it to You. My hands, my limbs, my eyes, my brains; all that I am inside and out, I hand over to you. Live in and through me whatever life You please. You may send this body to Africa, or lay it on a bed with cancer. you may blind my eyes, or send me with Your message to Tibet. You may take this body to the Eskimos, or send it to a hospital with pneumonia. This body of mine is Yours alone from this moment on."
Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger - "There is an unbroken history of official acknowledgement by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life... The Constitution does not require a complete separation of church and state. It affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions and forbids hostility towards any."
Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger - "The men who wrote the First Amendment religion clause did not view paid legislative chaplains and opening prayers as a violation of that amendment... the practice of opening sessions with prayer has continued without interruption ever since that early session of Congress. It can hardly be thought that in the same week the members of the first Congress voted to appoint and pay a chaplain for each House and also voted to approve the draft of the First Amendment... (that) they intended to forbid what they had just declared acceptable."
Wernher Von Braun - "I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advance of science."
Wernher Von Braun - "In this age of space flight, when we use the modern tools of science to advance into new regions of human activity, the Bible - this grandiose, stirring history of the gradual revelation and unfolding of the moral law - remains in every way an up-to-date book. Our knowledge and use of the laws of nature that enable us to fly to the moon also enable us to destroy our home planet with the atom bomb. Science itself does not address the question whether we should use the power at our disposal for good or evil. The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral law of God. It is no longer enough that we pray that God may be with us on our side. We must learn to pray that we may be on God's side."
Wernher Von Braun - "One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all... The better we understand the intricacies of the universe and all it harbors, the more reason we have found to marvel at the inherent design upon which it is based... To be forced to believe only one conclusion - that everything in the universe happened by chance - would violate the very objectivity of science itself... What random process could produce the brains of a man or the system of the human eye? They (evolutionists) challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?... They say they cannot visualize a Designer. Well, can a physicist visualize an electron?... What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electron as real while refusing to accept the reality of a Designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him?... It is in scientific honesty that I endorse the presentation of alternative theories for the origin of the universe, life and man in the science classroom. It would be an error to overlook the possibility that the universe was planned rather than happening by chance."
Whittaker Chambers - "External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom. Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom."
Wilbur Smith - "Let it simply be said that we know more about the details of the hours immediately before and the actual death of Jesus, in and near Jerusalem, than we know about the death of any other one man in all the ancient world."
Wilbur Smith - "That Jesus said He was going up to Jerusalem to die is not so remarkable, though all the details He gave about that death, weeks and months before He died, are together a prophetic phenomenon. But when He said that He himself would rise again from the dead, the third day after He was crucified, He said something that only a fool would dare say, if he expected longer the devotion of any disciples - unless He was sure He was going to rise. No founder of any world religion known to men ever dared say a thing like that!"
William "Billy" Sunday - "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile."
William W. Bennett (recounted from an anonymous soldier) - "I saw something today which affected me more than anything I ever saw or read on religion. While the battle was raging and the bullets were flying, Jackson rode by, calm as if he were at home, but his head was raised toward heaven, and his lips were moving evidently in prayer."
William Blackstone - "Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being... And, consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his Maker for everything, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker's will... this will of his Maker is called the law of nature."
William Blackstone - "The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures.. are found upon comparison to be really part of the original law of nature. Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these."
William Blackstone - "These laws laid down by God are the eternal immutable laws of good and evil.. This law of nature dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this..."
William Kirk Kilpatrick - "The real test of a theory or way of life, however, is not whether it can relieve pain, but what it says about the pain it can't relieve. And this is where, I believe, psychology lets us down and Christianity supports us, for in psychology suffering has no meaning, while in Christianity it has great meaning."
William Bradford - "Being thus constrained to leave their native soil and country, their lands and livings, and all their friends and familiar acquaintances... to go into a country they knew not (but by hearsay) where they must learn a new language, and get their livings they knew not how, it being a dear place, and subject to the miseries of war, it was by many though an adventure almost desperate, a case intolerable, and a misery worse than death... But these things did not dismay them (though they did sometimes trouble them) for their desires were set on the ways of God and to enjoy His ordinances; but they rested in His providence, and knew whom they had believed..."
William H. Rehnquist - "It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history... The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson's misleading metaphor for nearly forty years... There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a wall of separation... The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or intent of the framers."
William J. Federer - "The mark stood for the phrase Christ-Cross me speed ("May Christ's Cross give me success"), an invocation said before reciting the alphabet. The Criss-Cross or Christ's-Cross (X) was also a form of written oath to God used before signing one's name on a document; and in the event a person could not write, it was used in place of his or her signature."
William James - "There is nothing so absurd but if you repeat it often enough people will believe it."
William Law - "For who does not know, that it is better to be pure and holy than to talk about purity and holiness?"
William Law - It is the same impossibility for a thing to be created out of nothing, as to be created by nothing."
William Law - "Pride, self-exaltation, hatred, and persecution, under a cloak of religious zeal, will sanctify actions which nature, left to itself, would be ashamed to own."
William Law - "Will you let the fear of a false world, that has no love for you, keep you from the fear of that God, who has only created you, that he may love and bless you to all eternity?"
William McKinley - "Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers... who will not forsake us so long as we obey His commandments and walk humbly in His footsteps."
William McKinley - "The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book, and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation."
William Orville Douglas - "The first amendment, however, does not say that in every respect there shall be a separation of Church and State. Rather, it studiously defines the manner, the specific ways, in which there shall be no concert or union or dependency one on the other. That is the common sense of the matter. Otherwise the state and religion would be alien to each other - hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly... Municipalities would not be permitted to render police or fire protection to religious groups. Policemen who helped parishioners into their places of worship would violate the Constitution. Prayers in our legislative halls; the appeals to the Almighty in the messages of the Chief Executive; the proclamation making Thanksgiving Day a holiday; 'so help me God' in our courtroom oaths - these and all other references to the Almighty that run through our laws, our public rituals, our ceremonies, would be flouting the First Amendment. We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being... No constitutional requirement makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against the efforts to widen the scope of religious influence. The government must remain neutral when it comes to competition between sects... A fastidious atheist or agnostic could even object to the supplication with which the Court opens each session: "God save the United States and this Honorable Court."
William Wilburforce - "Bountiful as is the hand of Providence, its gifts are not so bestowed as to seduce us into indolence, but to rouse us to exertion."
William Wilburforce - "He was born in a Christian country, of course he is a Christian; his father was the member of the Church of England, so is he. When such is the hereditary religion handed down from generation to generation, it cannot surprise us to observe young men of sense and spirit beginning to doubt altogether of the truth of the system in which they have been brought up, and ready to abandon a station which they are unable to defend."
William Wilburforce - "In short, Christians in general are everywhere denominated the servants and the children of God, and are required to serve him with that submissive obedience, and that affectionate promptitude of duty, which belong to those endearing relations."
William Wilburforce - "Its guilt therefore in these cases, is not to be measure by its effects on the happiness of mankind; nor is it to be denominated true or false glory, accordingly as the ends to which it is directed are beneficial or mischievous, just or unjust objects of pursuit; but it is false, because it exalts that which ought to be abased, and criminal, because it encroaches on the prerogative of God."
William Wilburforce - "Some bolder spirits, indeed, might be expected to despise the cautious moderation of these timid reasoners, and to pronounce decisively, that the Bible was a forgery, while the generality, professing to believe it genuine, should, less consistently, be satisfied with remaining ignorant of its contents, and when pressed, should discover themselves by no means to believe many of the most important particulars contained in it."
William Wilburforce - "That the sacred name of Religion has been too often prostituted to the most detestable purposes; that furious bigots and bloody persecutors, and self-interested hypocrites of all qualities and dimensions, from the rapacious leader of an army, to the canting oracle of a congregation, have falsely called themselves Christians, are melancholy and humiliationg truths, which none will more readily admit, than they who best understand the nature, and are most concerned for the honor of Christiantiy... All this, however, is only as it happens in other instances, wherein the depravity of man perverts the bounty of God. Why is it here only to be made an argument, that there is danger of abuse?"
William Wilburforce - "The observance of one commandment, however clearly and forcibly enjoined, cannot make up for the neglect of another which is enjoined with equal clearness and equal force."
William Wilburforce - "The time of reckoning will at length arrive. And when finallly summoned to the bar of God, to give an account of our stewardship, what plea can we have to urge in our defense, if we remain willingly, and obstinately ignorant of the way which leads to life, with such transcendent means of knowing it, and such urgent motives to its pursuit?"
William Wilburforce - "The title of Christian is a reproach to us, if we estrange ourselves from Him after whom we are denominated. The name of Jesus is not to be to us like the Allah of the Mahometans, a talisman or an amulet to be worn on the arm, as an external badge merely and symbol of our profession, and to preserve us from evil by some mysterious and unintelligible potency; but is to be engraved deeply on the heart, there written by the finger of God himself in everlasting characters."
William Wilburforce - "This circumstance is, that here, no less than in other particulars, the Christian's hope is founded, not on the speculations or the strength of man, but on the declaration of Him who cannot lie, on the power of Omnipotence."
William Wilburforce - "To the one, a little natural moderation and quietness of temper may be sufficient to conduct us: but to the other, we can only attain by much discipline and slow advances; and when we think we have made great way, we shall often find reason to confess in the hour of trial, that we had greatly, far too greatly, over-rated our progress."
William Wilburforce - "True practical Christianity (never let it be forgotten) consists in devoting the heart and life to God; in being supremely and habitually governed by a desire to know, and a disposition to fulfill his will, and in endeavoring under the influence of these motives to 'live to his glory.' Where these essential requisites are wanting, however amiable the character may be, however creditable and respectable among men, yet, as it possesses not the grand distinguishing essence, it must not be complimented with the name of Christianity."
William Wilburforce - "Watering places - the sports of the field - cards! never-failing cards! - the assembly - the theater - all contribute their aid - amusements are multiplied, and combined, and varied, 'to fill up the void of a listless and languid life;' and by the judicious use of these different resources, there is often a kind of sober settled plan of domestic dissipation, in which with all imaginable decency year after year wears away in unprofitable vacancy."
William Gladstone - "Swimming for his life, a man does not see much of the country through which the river winds, and I probably know little of these years through which I busily work and live, beyond this, how sin and frailty deface them, and how mercy crowns them."
William Penn - "Where thou art obliged to speak, be sure to speak the Truth: for Equivocation is half way to Lying, as Lying, the whole way to Hell."
Archbishop of Cantebury William Temple - "When I pray, coincidences happen. When I stop praying, coincidences stop."
Will Rogers - "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Winston Churchill - "Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."
Winston Churchill - "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - - in nothing great or small, large or petty - - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."
Winston Churchill - "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill - "Things do not get better by being left alone. Unless they are adjusted, they explode with a shattering detonation."
Winston Churchill - "We make a living be what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - "It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."
Woodrow Wilson - "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about... The Bible... is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture."