Saturday, December 27, 2014

J.I. Packer (b. 1926)

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord (Knowing God, Good Reads Website).  Added 12/27/2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed (Patrick Henry's Last Will and Testament). Added 12/24/2014

Image: The oil canvas painting of Patrick Henry is in the Public Domain.

Betty Smith (1896-1972)

Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing (Good Reads, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn). Added 12/24/2014

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory (SparkNotes, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn). Added 9/2/2011

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ligon Duncan (b. 1960)

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Ligon Duncan

I think our fundamental problem is that we are all idolaters. And when it gets down to it—that is the temptation of the Garden. The serpent looked at Eve and Adam and said, ‘God is not worth living for.’ And every single one of us has that play out every day. A person can say, yes, all of this Bible and Christianity stuff is nice, but the place where I’m really going to find joy is in my ‘fill in the blank.’ Whatever you think is going to give you ultimate satisfaction in life is what you worship. And so the real challenge as you share the gospel is to let people know that God is the ultimate joy and treasure and satisfaction and delight in life. If you don’t have Him, nothing else matters because nothing else measures up and nothing else can last (As Quoted in Mississippi Christian Living, April 1, 2014). Added 12/20/2014

Grace is not an argument against the obligation of obedience. Grace is the means by which we are enabled to obedience! In an age allergic to words like "duty," law," "authority," "ought," and "must," Gods Words are good medicine. We, like Israel, have grown very comfortable with the unrighteousness and irreligion of our own age. We need to hear both of the grace and the demands of the covenant (Source Page on Web was Removed). Added 11/29/2012

About Ligon Duncan:

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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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Abraham Lincoln

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong (Brainy Quote). Added 12/20/2014

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will (Quotes and Added 8/19/2013

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today (Lincoln Archives). Added 8/12/2013

To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own ( Added 8/8/2013

There is nothing stronger than gentleness (As Quoted by Academy of Achievemnt).  Added 5/15/2012

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother (Source). Added 5/13/2012

Note: Abraham Lincoln has been featured on my Pol Light Blog as well. To view all Abraham Lincoln posts search with Abraham Lincoln label at Pol Light.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Magglio Ordonez (b. 1974)

You have to get used to winning. Winning is a habit. Losing is a habit (Successories/Magglio Ordonez). Added 12/17/2014

When I try to do too much I don't do too much (Twitter via @spoonersewell)  Added 9/6/2011.

Magglio Ordonez was a Major League Baseball player who played for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in a career that spanned 15 years from 1997-2011.

Photo: The photo of Magglio Ordonez is in the Wikipedia Creative Commons and is attributed to CBl62.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Betty Ford (1918-2011)

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Betty Ford

It's always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they're about eighteen years old. If you haven't made your points with them by then, it's too late (Search Quotes). Added 12/15/2014

You never know what you can do until you have to do it (, Women's History, Betty Ford Quotes).  Added 8/30/2011

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John Calvin (1509-1564)

John Calvin

Again, it is certain that man never achieves clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God's face, and then transcends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself  Institutes I, I, 1-2, (Reformed Online, Basic Course Lesson 3). Added 12/15/2014

Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them (Protestant Reformers: John Calvin). Added 5/20/2012

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

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Robert Louis Stevenson

We require higher tasks, because we do not recognize the height of those we have. Trying to be kind and honest seems an affair too simple and too inconsequential for gentleman of our heroic mould. (A Christmas Sermon, Published 1900). Added 12/14/2014

Photo: The photo of Robert Louis Stevenson is in the Public Domain.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nathan Hale (1755-1776)

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country (Wikipedia: Nathan Hale). Added 12/2/2014

Photo: The photo of a statue of Nathan Hale is in the Public Domain.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peter Kreeft (b. 1937)

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Peter Kreeft

Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist (Christianquotes). Added 11/30/2014

For more information on Peter Kreeft visit the Official Peter Kreeft Website.

The photo of Peter Kreeft is in the Wikipedia Commons.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Robert Frost

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep (Poetry Foundation). Added 11/23/2014

Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference ( Added 11/22/2014

Photo: The photo of Robert Frost is in the Public Domain.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

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Ronald Reagan

The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become ( Added 11/22/2014

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same (BrainyQuote). Added 12/17/2011  

I believe the best social program is a job.  Added 8/24/2011

Ronald Reagan's White House Biography is found at

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Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so (BrainyQuote). Added 11/22/2014

When you need a friend it's too late to make one (Marketing Headhunter Website). Added 8/27/2014

Always tell the Truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said (The Power of Truth Quotes). Added 11/14/2013

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ( Added 6/14/2013

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great ( Added 12/21/2012

Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more--restful - Speech, 3/30/1901 (Twain Quotes). Added 5/5/2012

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Denis Waitley (b. 1933)

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing ( Added 11/21/2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else ( Added 11/21/2014

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us ( Added 11/20/2014

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be ( Added 8/26/2013

I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me ( Added 11/11/2012

You may read the complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson at

The photo of Ralph Waldo Emerson is in the Public Domain.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far (BrainyQuote). Added 11/20/2014

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are (  Added 5/12/2012

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Painting of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances (The Quotations Page). Added 11/19/2014

And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude (Letter to Samuel Kercheval, June 12, 1816). Added 9/28/2013

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate (Founder's Quotes). Added 11/2/2012

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just (John Petrie's Collection of Thomas Jefferson Quotes).  Added 4/14/2012

The photo in this post is a painting of Thomas Jefferson done by Rembrandt. It is in the Public Domain and was obtained from Wikipedia.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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John F. Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
[John F. Kennedy: "Proclamation 3560 - Thanksgiving Day, 1963," November 5, 1963. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.] Added 11/16/2014

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
[Inaugural Address, Washington D.C., January 20, 1961] (JFK Library). Added 11/14/2014

Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past - let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
(JFK Library). (Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, February 18, 1958," box 899, Senate Speech Files, John F. Kennedy Papers, Pre-Presidential Papers, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library/) Added 10/14/2013

Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.
( [John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Addresss, January 20, 1961]. Added 7/11/2012

This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
 [Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 14, 1963] (JFK Library). Added 7/9/2012

For more information on John F. Kennedy visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Website.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Henry James (1843-1916)

Henry James

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind (  Added 11/15/2014

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jimmy Carter (b. 1924)

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose (Wikiquote, The Crisis of Confidence, July 15, 1979). Added 10/7/2014

We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon ( Added 8/20/2013

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference ( Added 7/1/2013

The left photo of Jimmy Carter is in the Public Domain and the right photo is in the Creative Commons of Wikipedia.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Karen Lamb (b. 1956)

A year from now you may wish you had started today. Added 9/27/2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud ( Added 7/30/2014

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers ( Added 1/2/2013

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded ( Added 11/10/2012

We need much less than we think we need (  Added 8/29/2011

Maya Angelou's website is at

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

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The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little (Caretactics Blog). Added 7/29/2014

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting ( Added 11/6/2012

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough  (  Added 2/16/2012

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Andy Stanley (b. 1958)

The primary reason we do too much is that we have never taken the time to discover the portion of what we do that makes the biggest difference (Faith and Entertainment, 20 Awesome Andy Stanley Quotes). Added 7/27/2014.

All of us have wondered at times why God doesn't do more to fix our problems. But our human eyes often fail to see that God isn't rushing to change our circumstances because he is concerned with a much more serious problem--our character. While you struggle with the woes of this world, God's main occupation is preparing you for the world to come. The focus of what God is doing in your life takes place in you, not around you (Joni's Favorite Quotes). Added 7/26/2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

George Mueller (1805-1898)

George Mueller

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety (" Added 7/25/2014

If the Lord fails me at this time, it will be the first time (Christian Quotes). Added 4/15/2012

The Photo used in this post of George Mueller is in the Public Domain because it was published before 1923 and its copyright has expired. See US Public Domain Tag.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

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You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you (Goodreads). Added 7/8/2014

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart (Sermon Quotes). Added 7/5/2014

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day (Christian Quotes). Added 12/15/2013

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed (ThinkExist Website). Added 8/20/2011

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

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Light tomorrow with today! (Brainy Quote). Added 7/6/2014

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame (Poetry Foundation, Sonnets for the Portugese 26: I Lived with Visions)Added 8/28/11

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's biography at

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Wayne Dyer (b. 1940)

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See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see (Spiritual Quotes to Live By). Added 7/6/2014

The photo of Wayne Dyer is in the Public Domain

Monday, June 23, 2014

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled (The Bed and Its Covering, Sermon #244Added 6/23/2014

A man is not far from the gates of heaven when he is fully submissive to the Lord's will ( Spurgeon Quotes). Added 7/7/2013

It is insulting to a man to call him a fool, but I question whether any man is saved unless he has called himself a fool ( Volume 51, Sermon #2921. Added 2/9/2013

The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own ( Added 4/11/2012

An extensive database of over 4,000 quotations of Charles Spurgeon are available at

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bill Parcells (b. 1941)

You lose with potential. You win with performance (As quoted in The Next Level Sales Consulting). Added 6/3/2014

When you don't know that you don't know, it's a lot different than when you do know that you don't know ( Quotes by Bill Parcells).  Added 9/4/2011. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mary C. Crowley (1915-1986)

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway (Quoted in Quote Garden section on Worry). Added 6/2/2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

When do we forgive others? When we strive against all thoughts of revenge; when we will not do our enemies mischief, but wish well to them, grieve at their calamities, pray for them, seek reconciliation with them, and show ourselves ready on all occasions to relieve them. This is gospel-forgiving (Body of Divinity, p. 581). Added 2/10/2014

The photo of Thomas Watson is in the Public Domain

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Euripedes (480-406 BC)

Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account (Brainy Quote). Added 2/8/2014

The photo of Euripdes is in the Public Domain.