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The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work.

Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. [Proverbs 22:6]
One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.
Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.
Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.
The church exists to train its member through the practice of the presence of God to be servants of others, to the end that Christlikeness may become common property.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.
To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long.
I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men.
The masculine imagination lives in a state of perpetual revolt against the limitations of human life. In theological terms, one might say that all men, left to themselves, become gnostics. They may swagger like peacocks, but in their heart of hearts they all think sex an indignity and wish they could beget themselves on themselves. Hence the aggressive hostility toward women so manifest in most club-car stories.
The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.
The test of man is how well he is able to feel about what he thinks. The test of a woman is how well she is able to think about what she feels.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revolt from woman, and it is confirmed only by other men. Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.
Not only is it harder to be a man, it is also harder to become one.
What God wants are men great enough to be small enough to be used.
Unlike femininity, relaxed masculinity is at bottom empty, a limp nullity. While the female body is full of internal potentiality, the male is internally barren. Manhood at the most basic level can be validated and expressed only in action.
As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.
So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.
What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady's voice blurted out loud and clear, Anybody been saved here lately?
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.
When I pastored a country church, a farmer didn't like the sermons I preached on hell. He said, Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus. I said, That's where I got my information about hell.
Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull.
Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.
Next to theology I give music the highest place of honor.
Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.
Take me to you, imprison me, for I, except you enthrall me, never shall be free, nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for finding himself. If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.
I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.
It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as Gods will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe youtry to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as Gods will yourself!
Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the 'murderous din of our materialism'.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
A young girl was asked: Whose preaching brought you to Christ? It wasn't anybody's preaching; it was Aunt Mary's practicing, he replied. The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.
A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public.
A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.
Healing, Papa would tell me, is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.
All things are possible to him who believes. [Mark 9:23]
According to your faith; be it done unto you.
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. [Mark 9:23]
You have to see the sex act comically, as a child.
All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.
In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.
My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
God is Love, we are taught as children to believe. But when we first begin to get some inkling of how He loves us, we are repelled; it seems so cold, indeed, not love at all as we understand the word.
It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.
We must love one another or die.
We are not commanded (or forbidden) to love our mates, our children, our friends, our country because such affections come naturally to us and are good in themselves, although we may corrupt them. We are commanded to love our neighbor because our natural attitude toward the other is one of either indifference or hostility.
Left to itself the masculine imagination has very little appreciation for the here and now; it prefers to dwell on what is absent, on what has been or may be. If men are more punctual than women, it is because they know that, without the external discipline of clock time, they would never get anything done.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
The belief that politics can be scientific must inevitably produce tyrannies. Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation. Empirical politics must be kept in bounds by democratic institutions, which leave it up to the subjects of the experiment to say whether it shall be tried, and to stop it if they dislike it, because, in politics, there is a distinction, unknown to science, between Truth and Justice.
To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.
I do not admire a virtue like valour when it is pushed to excess, if I do not see at the same time the excess of the opposite virtue, as one does in Epaminondas, who displayed extreme valour and extreme benevolence. For otherwise it is not an ascent, but a fall. We do not display our greatness by placing ourselves at one extremity, but rather by being at both at the same time, and filling up the whole of the space between them.
Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.
The errors of faith are better than the best thoughts of unbelief.
My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.
As the essence of courage is to stake one's life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.
Eternal life does not begin with death; it begins with faith.
Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.
Do you sometimes think, if I could just see Christ. If I could meet him. If I could talk to him personally, then this life would be easier. But you have seen him. You have met him. You have talked to him personally. This knowledge, believed in faith, can make life easier.
Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer.
Faith is like electricity. You can't see it, but you can see the light.
No Christian has ever been known to recant on his death bed.
Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
Weave in faith and God will find the thread.
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.
As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed.
Do you know how to digest your food? Do you know how to fill your lungs with air? Do you know how to establish, regulate and direct the metabolism of your body -- the assimilation of foodstuff so that it builds muscles, bones and flesh? No, you don't know how consciously, but there is a wisdom within you that does know.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth.
To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.
If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety.
Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it-likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.
Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
If faith produce no works, I see That faith is not a living tree. Thus faith and works together grow, No separate life they never can know. They're soul and body, hand and heart, What God hath joined, let no man part.
Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.
Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.

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