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“Become the kind of person the kind of person you would like to marry would like to marry.”
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“Education is the process of selling someone on books. ”
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“God gave us minds to think with and hearts to thank with. Instead we use our hearts to think about the world as we would like it to have been, and we use our minds to come up with rationalizations for our ingratitude. We are a murmuring, discontented, unhappy, ungrateful people. And because we think we want salvation from our discontents...”
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“This particular strand of feminism is characterized by two tenets: 1. men are jerks, and 2. women should strive by all means to become like them.”
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“Immodest and attractive is easy. Modest and repulsive is easy too. But modest and attractive is an art form.”
Douglas Wilson, 5 Paths to the Love of Your Life: Defining Your Dating Style
“To reject Christ because the church has sin of this sort in it is like rejecting hospitals because they are full of sick people.”
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“I write in order to make the little voices in my head go away. Thus far it hasn't worked.”
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“If boys don't learn, men won't know.”
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“God picks us up where we are, not where we should have been”
Douglas Wilson, Reforming Marriage
“Remember that Jesus has a body in this world. You are His hands and feet. But remember also that His hands and feet were pierced.”
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“Honor must start in the heart, but if it ends there, it isn’t honor. Honor must be expressed through words, symbols, actions, or gestures. Honor is among the most incarnational of the virtues. It must have feet and hands.”
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“When the parent is qualified to discipline, he probably does not feel like it, and when he feels like it, he is probably not qualified.”
Douglas Wilson, Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing
“But for you to make this move would reveal the two fundamental tenets of true atheism. One: There is no God. Two: I hate Him.”
Douglas Wilson, Is Christianity Good for the World?
“I don’t feel safe around anything when Jesus is not the Lord of it. Calvinism without Jesus is deadly; it’s fatalism, it’s simply Islam. We need Jesus. When the precious doctrines [of Calvinism] are used to perpetuate gloom, severity, introspection, accusations, morbidity, slander, gnat-stringing, and more, the soul is not safe.”
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“Wealth is a gift from God, and pride is bequeathed to us from the devil.”
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“The TSA must think we're mushrooms. You know, the way they are trying to keep us in the dark, and the way they keep feeding us a fertilizing agent that comes from the south end of a north-bound cow.”
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“...if the Democrats suggested a plan to burn down the Capitol building, the Republicans would counter with a plan to do it over the course of three years.”
Douglas Wilson, Black & Tan: A Collection of Essays and Excursions on Slavery, Culture War, and Scripture in America
“A lot of aspiring writers quote the right people, but they do so like Mary Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. They quote Austen like Mary quoted her eighteenth-century bromides, and were Austen here to see them do it, she'd slap them right into her next book, and it wouldn't be pretty.”
Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life
“Organized labor is organized to take control of an asset away from its rightful owners without paying for it. Organized labor is organization of property by those who don't own it. Organized labor, by driving up the costs of production through coercive means, destroys industries. Organized labor is piracy without the boats and eye patches. Why would anybody want to celebrate organized labor?”
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“We are like fruitflies, measuring everything in terms of our own lifespan. But since our lifespans are so short, our perspective is entirely wrong.

God, who inhabits eternity, sees things differently. He knows that our lives are just a mist. We should trust Him. It was not that long ago that Jesus came and it will not be that long before He returns.”
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“For the people of God, the Word of God leaves pleasant bruises.”
Douglas Wilson, Exhortations: A Call to Maturity in Worship
“Beware of anyone who claims to be neutral, for they always have an agenda.”
Douglas Wilson, What I Learned in Narnia
tags: agenda
“God is not an actor within the larger scheme of things. He is not a muscle-bound Jupiter, bullying the littler ones. He is the Author of the whole thing. We never ask how much of Hamlet's role was contributed by Hamlet, and how much by Shakespeare. That is not a question that can be answered with 70/30 or 50/50 or 90/10. The right answer is 100/100. Hamlet's actions are all Hamlet's and they are all Shakespeare's. Douglas Wilson”
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“If there are weeds in my garden, I have a problem. But it does not lead me to question the existence of lettuce.”
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“I have often told people that they need to evaluate their lives by the video, and not by the snapshot. That is, they should not just look at one moment in time, but rather consider trajectories, tendencies, and narrative arc as well.”
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“In Acts 14:1, we are told, "At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed." This is what should be sought in Christian schools, not just teaching, but effective teaching. Christian content alone is insufficient. It must be presented in a certain way, and that way cannot be reduced to technique. Nevertheless, God has graciously made it possible to bring people the truth by how the truth is presented.”
Douglas Wilson, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning
“Know something about the world, and by this I mean the world outside of books. This might require joining the Marines, or working on an oil rig or as a hash slinger at a truck stop in Kentucky. Know what it smells like out there. If everything you write smells like a library, then your prospective audience will be limited to those who like the smell of libraries.”
Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life
“If boys don't learn, men won't know”
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“Whether the Bible is Law or Gospel depends on the spiritual condition of the one hearing it. If someone is regenerate and loves God, then the whole Bible is Gospel to him. If someone is unregenerate and hates God, the whole Bible is Law to him, the whole thing condemns him.”
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“Modern evangelicals like to compare holy things to soft drinks, designer clothes, [and other products in] our modern consumerist culture. The problem with this is not ... the comparison to a created thing. The problem is that it is ... bad poetry. The Bible compares God to very mundane things, but does so with poetic wonder. God "shall come down like rain upon the mown grass; as showers that water the earth.”
Douglas Wilson, Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth
tags: poetry

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