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Jul 11

Quotes

(See http://en.thinkexist.com/)

 

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. St. Augustine

 

“Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”  A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

 

“Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.” Immanuel Kant

 

“Humanism was not invented by man, but by a snake who suggested that the quest for autonomy might be a good idea.” R. C. Sproul

 

“Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.”  Richard Lamm

 

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. Lillian Dickson

 

AUTHOR:    Hugh Blair (1718–1800)
QUOTATION:    If you delay till to-morrow what ought to be done to-day, you overcharge the morrow with a burden which belongs not to it. You load the wheels of time, and prevent it from carrying you along smoothly. He who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows out the plan, carries on a thread which will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his affairs. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidents, all things lie huddled together in one chaos, which admits neither of distribution nor review.
ATTRIBUTION:    HUGH BLAIR, “On the Importance of Order in Conduct,” Sermons, vol. 1, no. 16, p. 195 (1822).

Early time management advice.

 

Time and information have become our enemies. Without the time to think about the onslaught of information that is paraded before us each day, we have become, by and large, what social psychologists call cognitive misers, preferring emotional reactions and one-dimensional opinions to considered examination. While these often necessary mental shortcuts can help us to reduce our complex world into something more manageable, they can create enormous errors in thought and behavior. These errors can have monumental consequences not only in our own lives but in the collective lives of organizations, communities and nations.   from http://www.foundationsmag.com/wisdom2.html

 

To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

To share in Christ’s reality is to become a responsible person, a person who performs actions in accordance with reality and the fulfilled will of God. There are two guides for determining the will of God in any concrete situation: 1) the need of one’s neighbour, and 2) the model of Jesus of Nazareth.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote

 

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote

 

“The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote

 

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote

 

“To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote

 

“A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential.