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  • #1
    C.S. Lewis
    “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #1
    Plato
    “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
    Plato


  • #1
    Shane Claiborne
    “The history of the church has been largely a history of "believers" refusing to believe in the way of the crucified Nazarene and instead giving in to the very temptations he resisted--power, relevancy, spectacle.”
    Shane Claiborne, Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals


  • #2
    C.S. Lewis
    “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #2
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I'm so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything”
    Jonathan Safran Foer


  • #3
    C.S. Lewis
    “You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #3
    Douglas Adams
    “I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer”
    Douglas Adams


  • #4
    C.S. Lewis
    “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #4
    Sarah Dessen
    “But in the real world, you couldnt really just split a family down the middle, mom on one side, dad the other, with the child equally divided between. It was like when you ripped a piece of paper into two: no matter how you tried, the seams never fit exactly right again. It was what you couldn't see, those tiniest of pieces, that were lost in the severing, and their absence kept everything from being complete.”
    Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye


  • #5
    C.S. Lewis
    “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #5
    Leo Buscaglia
    “...the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. If somebody hates me, they must "feel" something ... or they couldn't possibly hate. Therefore, there's some way in which I can get to them.”
    Leo Buscaglia


  • #6
    “if God spared not His own Son, how much less will He spare you!”
    C.H.SPURGEON


  • #6
    Martha Gellhorn
    “I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”
    Martha Gellhorn, Selected Letters


  • #7
    Oscar Wilde
    “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”
    Oscar Wilde


  • #7
    “The Paradoxical Commandments

    People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
    Love them anyway.

    If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
    Do good anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
    Succeed anyway.

    The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.

    Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
    Think big anyway.

    People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
    Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

    What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
    Build anyway.

    People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
    Help people anyway.

    Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
    Give the world the best you have anyway.”
    Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council


  • #8
    Jess C. Scott
    “V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care for “your loved one” I think it’s quite stupid. I hate this commercialism. It’s all artificial, and has nothing to do with real love.”
    Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel


  • #8
    C.S. Lewis
    “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #9
    “You Can't Lose Something You Never Had”
    Kate Hudson


  • #10
    Scott Adams
    “The best you can hope for in a relationship is to find
    someone whose flaws are the sort you don’t mind. It is
    futile to look for someone who has no flaws, or someone
    who is capable of significant change; that sort of person
    exists only in our imaginations.”
    Scott Adams, God's Debris : A Thought Experiment


  • #10
    C.S. Lewis
    “Satan always sends error into the world in pairs that are opposites. His great hope is that you will get so upset about one of his errors, that you'll react into the opposite one, and he's got you.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #11
    C.S. Lewis
    “Christian principles are, admittedly, stricter than the others; but then we think you will get help towards obeying them which you will not get towards obeying the others.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


  • #11
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


  • #12
    T.S. Eliot
    “We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party


  • #12
    “Promise Yourself

    To be so strong that nothing
    can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
    to every person you meet.

    To make all your friends feel
    that there is something in them
    To look at the sunny side of everything
    and make your optimism come true.

    To think only the best, to work only for the best,
    and to expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
    as you are about your own.

    To forget the mistakes of the past
    and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
    and give every living creature you meet a smile.

    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
    that you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
    and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

    To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
    not in loud words but great deeds.
    To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
    so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
    Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them


  • #13
    Sarah Dessen
    “He wasn't the type for displays of affection, either verbal or not. He was disgusted by couples that made out in the hallways between classes, and got annoyed at even the slightest sappy moments in movies. But I knew he cared about me: he just conveyed it more subtly, as concise with expressing this emotion as he was with everything else. It was in the way he'd put his hand on the small of my back, for instance, or how he'd smile at me when I said something that surprised him. Once I might have wanted more, but I'd come around to his way of thinking in the time we'd been together. And we were together, all the time. So he didn't have to prove how he felt about me. Like so much else, I should just know.”
    Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever


  • #13
    Nelson Mandela
    “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
    Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela


  • #14
    C.S. Lewis
    “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


  • #14
    Nicholas Sparks
    “Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.”
    Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven


  • #15
    C.S. Lewis
    “[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


  • #15
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage




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