During my young adulthood, I kept a notebook in which I recorded quotes and random statements that made me either think, laugh, or learn. I recently found this notebook stashed away on a bookshelf, so I picked it up to look at it, having not read it in years. The quotes I read brought back some memories (some of which showed me how young and stupid I used to be!). What follows are some selections that I thought were interesting. You probably won't recognize many of the names that these quotes are attributed to. I merely found them in something I read, heard a speaker say them, or saw them somewhere and they made me think, chuckle, or be introspective. See for yourself:
You should be living in such a way that you are expecting God to do the impossible.
-I hardly ever so longed to live to God and to be altogether devoted to Him; I want to wear out my life in His service and for His glory.
If you want to be noticed, stand up. If you want to be heard, speak up. If you want to be appreciated, shut up and sit down.
This is God’s universe, so He does things His way. Now, you may have a better way to do things, but you don’t have a universe.
J. Vernon McGee (the sub-heading of this blog. These are words that I constantly have to remind myself to remember.)
No one can become an authentic Christian on a steady diet of activity. Power comes out of stillness; strength comes out of solitude.
All of God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God, because they have reckoned on God’s being with them.
I have set it in my mind that one soul outweighs the universe.
Just because sin is popular doesn’t make it any less sinful.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
Some wish to live within the sound of chapel and church bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!
If who I am is what I have, and what I have is lost, then who am I?
We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.
Some people will leave a mark on this word. Others will just leave a stain.
Fear is Nature’s (God’s) way of saying “Get busy.”
Hard work has a future, laziness pays off now.
I’m not into working out. My philosophy: no pain, no pain.
Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
Poncho Villa (his last words)
The face of a child can say it all – especially the mouth part of the face.
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell (commissioner of U.S. office of patents, 1899)
Blessed is he who laughs at himself, for he will never cease to be entertained.
If you try and don’t succeed, cheat. Repeat until caught. Then lie.
THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES.
No other country in history can claim the quality of life or degree of liberty that many Americans today take for granted.
Many of you have enough dust on your Bibles to be able to spell out the word "damnation" on the cover.
Charles Spurgeon (to his congregation!)
Sometimes a majority only means that all of the fools are on the same side.
Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings – they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
Inspirational office poster
And Jesus said, “Who do you say I am?” And they answered, “You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerugma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our interpersonal relationship.” And Jesus said, “What?”
Of all the habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would men claim the tributes of patriotism who would work to destroy these great pillars of human happiness…it is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible.
Give me lord, a soul that knows nothing of boredom, groans, and sighs. Never let me be overly concerned for this inconsistent thing I call “me.”
I like long walks – especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me.
Fully, to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous today as it was in Samson’s time.
If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.
The Lord loveth a cheerful giver. He also accepteth from the grouch.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Someone always has it worse.
Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
The important thing is to never stop questioning.
If you want to be popular, a good thing to do is cut off your arm with a toothpick and go around slapping people with it. At least that’s what works for me.
I’ve learned a lot from my cat. Like, life isn’t just a bowl full of steaming rat entrails – sometimes it can be very unpleasant too.
One man with courage makes a majority.
Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the universe. Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms as He pleases.
Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.
Life is short. Unless, of course, you’re hanging by your eyelids from two metal chains attached to a crane, waiting for help to arrive, in which case, time tends to drag a bit.
Some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.
$100.00 placed at 7% interest compounded quarterly for 200 years will increase to more than $100,000,000, by which time it will be worth nothing to you.
Money can’t buy happiness, but you can be sad in a better neighborhood.
Drawing on my fine command of language, I choose to say nothing.
If you don’t love yourself, your neighbor’s in trouble.
Live like you’ll die tomorrow – die knowing you’ll live forever.
Rich Mullins (I think)
How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.
Birds of a feather flock together. Then they all get sucked into the engine of the same jet liner.
Men and women who are truly filled with light are those who have gazed deeply into the darkness of their imperfect existence.
Could it be that boulders are just statues of big rocks?
Stoop and you’ll be stepped on – stand tall and you’ll be shot at.
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
Never judge a book by its movie.
Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I’ll show you a man who can’t put on his pants.
Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.
The greatest things in life aren’t things.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
The question is not how much of what I have do I give to God, but how much of what God has do I keep for myself?
If you take a dog in and feed it, it will remain loyal to you and never turn on you. This is the principle difference between dog and man.
I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I HATE people like that.
The bigger they are, the harder they punch.
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
God’s judgment may not be immediate, but it is inevitable.
Keep the faith…but not to yourself.