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  • #1
    Orson Scott Card
    “Please don't disillusion me. I haven't had breakfast yet.”
    Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind


  • #2
    G.K. Chesterton
    “In the glad old days, before the rise of modern morbidities...it used to be thought a disadvantage to be misunderstood.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Heretics


  • #3
    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
    Helen Schucman


  • #4
    Blaise Pascal
    “To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.”
    Blaise Pascal, Pensées


  • #5
    Booker T. Washington
    “It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of those privileges.”
    Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery: An Autobiography


  • #6
    Herbert Spencer
    “The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
    Herbert Spencer
    tags: folly


  • #7
    Arnold Joseph Toynbee
    “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”
    Arnold Joseph Toynbee


  • #8
    Luke Timothy Johnson
    “Any profession of faith…entrusts the mind and heart to a truth that cannot be proven but can be lived.”
    Luke Timothy Johnson, The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters


  • #9
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Heretics


  • #10
    “The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”
    Hubert H. Humphrey


  • #11
    Oscar Wilde
    “I am not young enough to know everything.”
    Oscar Wilde
    tags: age


  • #12
    Herman Wouk
    “Religious people tend to encounter, among those who are not, a cemented certainty that belief in God is a crutch for the weak and the fearful...Now the belief in God may turn out at the last trump to be a mistake. Meantime, let us be quite clear, it is not merely the comfort of the simple--though it is that too, much to its glory--it is a formidable intellectual position with which most of the first-class minds of the human race, century in and century out, have concurred, each in his own way....speaking of crutches--Freud can be a crutch, Marx can be a crutch, rationalism can be a crutch, and atheism can be two canes and a pair of iron braces. We none of us have all the answers, nor are we likely to have. But in the country of the halt, the man who is surest he has no limp may be the worst-crippled.”
    Herman Wouk, This Is My God: The Jewish Way of Life


  • #13
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


  • #14
    Booker T. Washington
    “You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.”
    Booker T. Washington


  • #15
    Booker T. Washington
    “I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”
    Booker T. Washington


  • #16
    G.K. Chesterton
    “The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows much more of the fierce variety and uncompromising divergences of men…In a large community, we can choose our companions. In a small community, our companions are chosen for us. Thus in all extensive and highly civilized society groups come into existence founded upon sympathy, and shut out the real world more sharply than the gates of a monastery. There is nothing really narrow about the clan; the thing which is really narrow is the clique.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Heretics


  • #17
    James Branch Cabell
    “The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”
    James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion


  • #18
    Oscar Wilde
    “Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


  • #19
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms.”
    G.K. Chesterton


  • #20
    G.K. Chesterton
    “England and the English governing class never did call on this absurd deity of race until it seemed, for an instant, that they had no other god to call on… the truth of the whole matter is very simple. Nationality exists, and has nothing in the world to do with race. Nationality is a thing like a church or a secret society. It is the product of the human soul and will; it is a spiritual product. And there are men… who would think anything and do anything rather than admit anything could be a spiritual product.”
    G.K. Chesterton


  • #21
    G.K. Chesterton
    “The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered...it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful.”
    G.K. Chesterton


  • #22
    C.S. Lewis
    “[M]an has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily "true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary," "conventional" or "ruthless." Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don't waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That's the sort of thing he cares about.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


  • #23
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones is dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.”
    G.K. Chesterton


  • #24
    G.K. Chesterton
    “A man who says that no patriot should attack the [war] until it is over is not worth answering intelligently; he is saying that no good son should warn his mother off a cliff until she has fallen over it. But there is an anti-patriot who honestly angers honest men…he is the uncandid candid friend; the man who says, "I am sorry to say we are ruined," and is not sorry at all…Granted that he states only facts, it is still essential to know what are his emotions, what is his motive. It may be that twelve hundred men in Tottenham are down with smallpox; but we want to know whether this is stated by some great philosopher who wants to curse the gods, or only by some common clergyman who wants to help the men.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


  • #25
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
    tags: love


  • #26
    G.K. Chesterton
    “If we are bound to improve, we need not trouble to improve. The pure doctrine of progress is the best of all reasons for not being a progressive.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


  • #27
    G.K. Chesterton
    “There is only one thing that can never go past a certain point in its alliance with oppression--and that is orthodoxy. I may, it is true, twist orthodoxy so as partly to justify a tyrant. But I can easily make up a German philosophy to justify him entirely.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


  • #28
    G.K. Chesterton
    “The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


  • #29
    Jonathan Swift
    “When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

    [Thoughts on Various Subjects]”
    Jonathan Swift, Abolishing Christianity and Other Essays


  • #30
    Oswald Chambers
    “Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.”
    Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year




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