Best Quotes Archive

2008

January

“Those who forget the future are condemned to live it.”

from the comic strip “Over the Hedge” by Fry & Lewis, 12/30/07

February

For it is love’s glory to be given freely to the Beloved,

And freely returned to the Lover.

from “Saviour: A Narrative Accompaniment” by Garry D. Nation

March

“It may be in the present conflict that the purpose of the Almighty is altogether different from that of either party.”

Abraham Lincoln, 1863

April

“Black holes are where God divided by zero.”

Steven Wright

May

“Philosophers think not that they have reasoned skillfully enough about inferior causes unless they separate God very far from his works.”

John Calvin on “Natural Causes”

November

“My religious faith teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.  God has fixed the time for my death.  I do not concern myself with that, but to always be ready, no matter when it may overtake me.”

Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

December

O Thou, Whose glorious yet contracted light,

Wrapt in Night’s mantle, stole into a manger,

Since my dark soul and brutish, is thy right,

To man, of all beasts, be not Thou a stranger:

Furnish and deck my soul, that Thou mayst have

A better lodging than a rack or grave.

George Herbert, “Christmas”

2009

January / February

“God is not going to tell you what He is going to do; he reveals to you Who He is.”

Oswald Chambers

March

“Until it is demonstrated, one forgets the really great difference between the merely competent amateur and the very expert professional.”

Linus van Pelt, in “Peanuts” by Charles Shulz

April

Dialog from the movie Elmer Gantry, between hypocritical evangelist Gantry and agnostic reporter Jim Lefferts. Following Gantry’s public humiliation, he accepts a swig from a liquor flask offered by Lefferts.

EG: “There oughta be a law against drinkin’ this stuff.”

JL: “There is--Prohibition.”

EG: “Ah, that’s a law against sellin’ it, not drinkin’ it.”

May / June

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

Charles Hadden Spurgeon

Summer

“If you want unsolicited advice, don’t ask.”

Noel Nation

Fall

When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.

Abraham Kuyper

Yuletide

"The best way I know of persuading you anything is not to plead with you to trust me, not to invoke authority in general, to even call upon some expert, but to show you just what it is that persuaded me."

Dr. Philip Morrison, MIT

2010

Winter

"Don’t kid yourself."

Grandma Mamie

Spring

Remember, friend, as you pass by

As you are now, so once was I.

As I now am, so you shall be,

Prepare this day to follow me.

Epitaph on the gravestone of my grandfather

Roscoe James “Jim” Robertson

Summer

“There is a great difference between what is fitting for man to will and what is fitting for God to will.”

St. Augustine

Fall

King Theoden, when his captain points out to him that their numbers are too few, that they cannot defeat the armies of evil:

“No, we cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless.”

From the Peter Jackson film Lord of the Rings: Return of the King


2011

Winter

Excellence is the quality of work I do when I realize that people will judge my Lord by what I produce.