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Aldous Leonard Huxley

In general, we think that the pointing finger ? the word ? is the thing we point at... In reality, words are simply the signs of things. But many people treat things as though they were the signs and illustrations of words. When they see a thing, they immediately think of it as just being an illustration of a verbal category, which is absolutely fatal because this is not the case. And yet we cannot do without words. The whole of life is, after all, a process of walking on a tightrope. If you do not fall one way you fall the other, and each is equally bad. We cannot do without language, and yet if we take language too seriously we are in an extremely bad way. We somehow have to keep going on this knife-edge (every action of life is a knife-edge), being aware of the dangers and doing our best to keep out of them.

Russian Proverbs

Hope for God, but do not be reliant.

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.

Joan Didion

I just can't see the upside in this, I heard myself say by way of explanation. Later he said that if John had been sitting in the office he would have found this funny, as he himself had found it. Of course I knew what you meant to say, and John would have known too, you meant to say you couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. I agreed, but this was not in fact the case. I had meant pretty much exactly what I said: I couldn't see the upside in this. As I thought about the difference between the two sentences I realized that my impression of myself had been of someone who could look for, and find, the upside in any situation. I had believed in the logic of popular songs. I had looked for the silver lining. I had walked on through the storm. It occurs to me now that these were not even the songs of my generation. They were the songs, and the logic, of the generation or two that preceded my own. The score for my generation was Les Paul and Mary Ford, How High the Moon, a different logic altogether. It also occurs to me, not an original thought but novel to me, that the logic of those earlier songs was based on self-pity. The singer of the song about looking for the silver lining believes that clouds have come her way. The singer of the song about walking on through the storm assumes that the storm could otherwise take her down.

Hindu Proverbs

The husband and wife must, like two wheels, support the chariot of domestic life, otherwise it will stop.

Tim Keller, fully Timothy J. Keller

A new church in the community usually leads existing churches to face this issue of kingdom-mindedness. New churches typically draw most of their new members from the ranks of the unchurched, but they will also attract some people from existing churches. When we lose two to three families to a church that is bringing in a hundred new people who weren?t going to any other church before, we have a choice! We must ask ourselves, Are we going to celebrate the new people the kingdom has gained through this new church, or are we going to bemoan and resent the families we lost to it? In other words, our attitude to new church development is a test of whether our mind-set is geared to our own institutional turf or to the overall health and prosperity of the kingdom of God in the city. Any church that bemoans its own small losses instead of rejoicing in the larger gains of the kingdom is betraying its narrow interests. Yet the benefits of new church planting to older congregations can be great, even if that benefit is not initially obvious.4

Saul Alinsky, fully Saul David Alinsky

Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people?The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat? The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules? The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man?s most potent weapon? The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy? The seventh rule : is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag? The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on? The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than : the thing itself? The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition? The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside? The twelth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative? The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Walter Rauschenbusch

The influences that really make and mar human happiness are beyond the reach of the law.

Loren Eiseley

Once in a lifetime, if one is lucky, one so merges with sunlight and air and running water that whole eons, the eons that mountains and deserts know, might pass in a single afternoon without discomfort? You have probably never experienced in yourself the meandering roots of a whole watershed or felt your outstretched fingers touching, by some clairvoyant extension, the brooks of snow-line glaciers at the same time you were flowing toward the Gulf over the eroded debris of worn-down mountains.

Malcolm Gladwell

I suspect people who are indecisive are people who are far too enamored of analysis in all settings and are destroying their ability to make an instinctive judgment through over-analysis and that's dangerous.

Max Lucado

I was raised in the greatest of homes... just a really great dad, and I miss him so much... he was a good man, a real simple man... Very faithful, always loved my Mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.

Martin Luther

A prince is venison in heaven.

Shrimad Bhagavatam, or the Bhâgavata Purâna, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, or Bhāgavata

That Unborn One, the Father of Creation, has, o King, at present descended in this world in a form of [the all-devouring] Time in order to eliminate all the enemies of the enlightened.

Derrick Jensen

A real partnership in which all parties help all others to be more fully themselves

Matthew Arnold

People think that I can teach them style. What stuff it all is ! Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.

Samuel Butler

I consider being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill.

Honoré de Balzac

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Vincent van Gogh, fully Vincent Willem van Gogh

I have a terrible need of – dare I say the word? – religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars.

Yiddish Proverbs

Go screw yourself (vulgar).

Hindu Proverbs

The soul floats like the lotus on the lake unmoved, unruffled by the tide.

Midrash or The Midrash

God has a seal, and his seal is truth.

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

Deep sadness is an artist of powers that affects people in different ways. To one it comes like the stroke of an arrow, shocking all the emotions to a sharper life. To another, it comes as the blow of a crushing strike.

Nicolas Malebranche

All creatures are united to God alone in an immediate union. They depend essentially and directly upon Him. Being all alike equally impotent, they cannot be in reciprocal dependence upon one another.

Polish Proverbs

A poor dancer will be disturbed even by the hem of her skirt.

Robert A. Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald

As to liberty, the heroes who signed that great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is always unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it is always vanquished. Of all the so-called 'natural human rights' that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.