Wednesday, December 25, 2013

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Photo of G.K. Chesterton

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs (SearchQuotes)? Added 12/25/2013

The photo of G.K. Chesterton is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)

Wealth is no mark of God’s favor. Poverty is no mark of God’s displeasure (Wealth and Poverty from God's View, The J.C. Ryle Archive). Added 12/22/2013

The photo of J.C. Ryle is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

Photo of Andrew Carnegie

I have had a long, long life full of troubles, but there is one curious fact about them nine-tenths of them never happened ( Added 12/15/2013

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do (Brainy Quote). Added 12/12/2011.

Photo: The photo in this post is in the Public Domain and was obtained from Wikipedia

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye (The Little Prince). Added 12/14/2013

The photo of Antoine de Saint-Exupery is in the Public Domain.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Photo of St. Catherine of Siena

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire (Catherine of Siena Wikiquotes). Added 12/12/2013

The photo of St. Catherine of Siena is in the Public Domain

Monday, December 9, 2013

John Piper (b. 1946)

Love is not feeling better about ourselves but being helped to forget about ourselves to see the glory of God (University Reformed Church Facebook Page, 12/9/2013). Added 12/9/2013

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him (We Want You to Be a Christian Hedonist, 8/31/2006). Added 3/31/2013 Easter

The photo in this post of John Piper is in the Public Domain.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Anne Frank

How lovely to think that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world (The Hope Site, Anne Frank Diary Entry 1944). Added 11/20/2013

The photo of Anne Frank is in the Public Domain.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

John McCain (b. 1936)

Photo of John McCain

Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone (Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir, Good Reads). Added 10/12/2013

We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves (Source).  Added 12/13/2011.

Photo: The picture used in this post is in the Public Domain and was obtained from Wikipedia.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say, "I used everything that you gave me." ( Added 10/10/2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease (Top 20 Thomas Edison Quotes). Added 10/3/2013

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time (Top 20 Thomas Edison Quotes). Added 8/19/2011

The Thomas Edison biography is at Photo: The photo in this post is in Creative Commons at Wikipedia. There is no copyright on it. 

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is 'thank you,' that would suffice (Positively Positive Website). Added 10/3/2013  [Note: In honor of Elliott Orr for Positive Status Day V.]

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hermann Albright (1876-1944)

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort (Board of Wisdom). Added 10/2/2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Jay Leno (b. 1950)

The government will run out of money in just 3 weeks. I'm no financial whiz. We're 16 Trillion Dollars in debt. Doesn't that mean we already ran out of money. Like 16 Trillion Dollars ago. Added 9/30/2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. (Thomas Merton Wiki Quote, Thoughts in Solitude, 1956). Added 9/28/2013

Babe Ruth (1895-1948)

Photo of Babe Ruth

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime (Baseball Almanac). Added 9/28/2013

I have just one superstition.  Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases (  Added 8/16/2011.

Photo: The photo in this post is in the Public Domain as it was published prior to 1923. It was obtained from Wikipedia

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us (From The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessing). Added 9/26/2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Photo of Jorge Luis Borges

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone (In Praise of Darkness, 1974). Added 9/23/2013

The photo of Jorge Luis Borges is in the Public Domain according to Wikipedia.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bernard Rimland (1928-2006)

Bernard Rimland (3rd from Left)

For years we have heard the experts say that autism is a lifelong disability,...This simply is not true anymore (Quote Sea). Added 9/14/2013

The photo of Bernard Rimland is in the Public Domain.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stanley Greenspan (1941-2010)

All children have within them the potential to be great kids. It's our job to create a world where this potential can flourish (ICDL Website). Added 9/12/2013

More information on Dr. Stanley Greenspan can be found on his article at the Autism Light blog.

Photo: The photo in this post is used with permission of Dr. Stanley Greenspan's family.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Helen Keller

I, too, can work, and because I love to labor with my head and my hands, I am an optimist in spite of all. I used to think I should be thwarted in my desire to do something useful. But I have found out that though the ways in which I can make myself useful are few, yet the work open to me is endless [Optimism (1903)/ WikiQuote]. Added 9/2/2013

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do (Experience Life Website). Added 8/15/2011

A biography of Helen Keller is available at the Spartacus Educational Website.

Photo: The photo in this post is in the Public Doman because it was first published prior to 1923. It was obtained from Wikipedia Commons.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

George Washington (1732-1799)

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy. Farewell Address to the People of the United States (Source). Added 8/31/2013

The photo of George Washington is in the Public Domain.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

It's not what you look at that matters! It's what you see (Source). Added 8/29/2013

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone (Source). Added 6/26/2013

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer (Source). Added 2/23/2013

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it (Source).  Added 5/9/2012

One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something (Source). Added 8/11/11

For more information on Henry David Thoreau visit his page at the American Transcendentalism Web

Photo: The photo in this post is in Public Domain since the author has been dead for more than 70 years. It was obtained on Wikipedia. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)

We Americans have no commission from God to police the world (Source). Added 8/27/2013

The photo of Benjamin Harrison is in the Public Domain.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden (Source). Added 8/24/2013 

Friday, August 23, 2013

John Wesley (1703-1791)

Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry (Source). Added 8/23/2013

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences (Source). Added 2/24/2013

The photo of the statue of John Wesley on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary is in the Wikipedia Creative Commons and was taken by Adam Davenport.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Harry Truman (1884-1972)

Harry Truman

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit (Source). Added 8/13/2013

We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives - but in what we do for others (Source). Added 11/13/2012

The photo of Harry Truman is in the Public Domain.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

Photo of Robert Kennedy
Robert Kennedy

The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better ( Added 8/10/2013

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? ( Added 8/9/2013

The photo of Robert Kennedy is in the Public Domain.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Don Shula (b. 1930)

The start is what stops most people (Source). Added 7/30/2013

The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others (Source). Added 4/7/2012

I don't know any other way to lead but by example (Source). Added 8/27/2011

For more information visit Don Shula's Website.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much (Source). Added 7/21/2013

The photo of Blaise Pascal is in the Public Domain.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Zig Ziglar (1926-2012)

When someone we love is giving us a bad time its better to explore the cause than criticize the action (Source). Added 7/16/2013

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want (Source). Added 11/28/2012

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both (Source) - Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953). Added 7/13/2013

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free (Source). Added 7/4/2013

The photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower is in the Public Domain.

Monday, July 8, 2013

George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

George Washington Carver (1910)

No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it (Source). Added 7/8/2013

The photo of George Washington Carver is in the Public Domain because it's copyright has expired.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dorothy Day (1897-1980)

Dorothy Day (1916)

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions (Source). Added 7/6/2013

The photo of Dorothy Day is in the Public Domain.

Friday, July 5, 2013

John Kerry (b. 1943)

Values are not just words, values are what we live by. They're about the causes that we champion and the people we fight for (Source). Added 7/5/2013

The photo of John Kerry is in the Public Domain.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Epictetus (55-135 A.D.)

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak (Source). Added 6/26/2013

The photo of Epictetus is in the Public Domain.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dan Boone (born about 1952)

The problem is not that we're small. The problem is that we've forgotten what God does with small.
(In How Nine Churches Experienced Vibrant RenewalSource). Added 6/25/2013

For more information on Dan Boone you can read the press release when he was elected President of Trevecca Nazarene University

Monday, June 24, 2013

William Penn (1644-1718)

A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it (Source). Added 6/24/2013

The photo of William Penn is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.--Long Walk to Freedom (Source) Added 6/23/2013

It always seems impossible until it is done (Source).   Added 5/28/2012

Photo: The photo in this post is in the Creative Commons of Wikipedia. Source of photo is South Africa: The Good News.

James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937)

You have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by (Source). Added 6/23/2013

The photo of James Matthew Barrie is in the Public Domain.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies, for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then, shut your eyes--and your enemy looks just like your neighbor.--Søren Kierkegaard, Works of Love (Source). Added 6/22/2013

Don't forget to love yourself (Source). Added 6/21/2013

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays (Source). Added 4/24/2012

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced (Source).  Added 4/23/2012

Photo: The photo above is in the Public Domain because it's copyright has expired.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Debra Marlin (b. 19XX)

Surely if God could look like something of this world that we could all see and relate to, it would more than likely be a Golden Retriever. (Source--Yellowdog, 1997). Added 6/17/2013

Follow Debra Marlin on Twitter @yellowdogbooks.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. (Source).  Added 6/16/2013

The photo of William Wordsworth is in the Public Domain because he has been deceased for over 70 years.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs (Source). Added 5/5/2013

The photo of Jonathan Edwards is in the Public Domain because the author has been deceased over 70 years.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fred Rogers (1928-2003)

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." (Source) Added 4/15/2013

The photo of Fred Rogers is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision
(Source |As quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1972) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 5).-Added 4/7/2013

The photo of Eleanor Roosevelt is in the Public Domain.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Francois Mauriac (1885-1970)

To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others (Source). Added 4/2/2013

The photo in this post is in the Wikipedia Commons.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pablo Naruda (1904-1973)

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming (Source). --Added March 24, 2013

The photo of Pablo Naruda is in the Public Domain.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lacey Mosley (b. 1981)

Even if your body isn't healthy, your soul overcomes that, it doesn't even care, it worships anyway, it's joyful anyway. That's what God wants to give you in your life (Source). Added 2/21/2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Barack Obama (b. 1961)

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential (FinestQuotes). Added 2/18/2013

We can't expect to solve problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it (Quotations Page - University of Michigan Commencement, 2010).  Added 11/4/2012

The photo of Barack Obama is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

All of my days are good! I am grateful for each day that is given to me (Source). Added 2/3/2013

The photo of Rosa Parks is in the Public Domain.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody (Source).  Added 2/2/2013

The photo of Ben Franklin is in the Public Domain.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

James Garfield (1831-1881)

James Garfield

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it (Good Reads). Added 1/29/2013

The photo of James Garfield is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other-that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we would still need tanks and generals? (Source). Added 1/20/2013

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you (Source). Added 7/8/2012

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop (Source). Added 5/14/2012

Photo: The photo of Mother Teresa is in the Public Domain.