Pearls of Wisdom

 

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. - Matthew 13:45

 

If, I say, thou seest anything better than this, turn to it with all thy soul, and enjoy that which thou hast found to be the best. - Marcus Aurelius

 

A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong....And this, oh men of Athens, is a true saying. - Socrates

 

You need but look at one who has scaled the highest pinnacle, tearing his knees on crags and straining his wrists to the breaking point, to perceive that this man's joy is far above the mean joy of the sedentary who, after having dragged his flabby self there on a day of rest, lies sprawling in the grass on the comfortable dome of an easy foothill. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Do not squander time. That is the stuff life is made of. - inscription on artifact in Gone With the Wind

 

How flagrant is the folly of him who thinks that man's happiness comes from the satisfaction of his desires. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. - John Stuart Mill

 

If you go to the true fountain head, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Sometimes we must leave our safety and walk empty handed among our enemies. - unknown

 

If we laugh at honor, how can we be surprised to find traitors in our midst? - Bruce Carroll

 

Do right and fear no man. - unknown

 

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. - Thomas Jefferson

 

No reserve, no retreat, no regrets. - Bordon of Yale

 

I am resolved- no longer to linger, charmed by the world's delight. Things that are higher, things that are nobler- these have allured my sight. - Palmer Hartsough

 

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who says how the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best, if he wins, knows the thrill of high achievement; and, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

 

The dogs may bark, but the caravan moves on. - unknown

 

You and I have a rendezvous with history. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope for man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. - Ronald Reagan

 

History has proven the following cycle: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence to bondage. - unknown

 

The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, and not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the process of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties. - Woodrow Wilson

 

A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take away all you have. - Barry Goldwater

 

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficient. ...The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. - Loius Brandeis

 

The smallest minority is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand

 

I do not want a government that will take care of me. I want a government that will make other men take their hands off of me so that I can take care of myself. - Woodrow Wilson

 

When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic. - Benjamin Franklin

 

Democracy is a milk cow with 125 million teats. - H. L. Mencken

 

Those who forfeit some freedom in order to gain some security soon find themselves with neither. - unknown

Without the ballast of ideology, politics is as light as cotton candy, and just as nourishing. - George Will

 

Our Constutution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. - John Adams

 

Vital religion is like good music. It needs no defense, only rendition. - H. E. Fosdick

 

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging. - Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. - Philipians 4:2

 

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of the sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law he doth meditate both day and night. - Psalms 1:1-2

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. - Romans 1:21

 

You will be yourself a Calvinist when you get to heaven, for I say who will deny or seek to restrict the sovereignty of God when appearing before His throne? - Roger Nicole

 

There was a land of cavaliers and cotton fields called the Old South. Here, in this pretty world, gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of knights and their ladies fair, of master and of slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered...a civilization gone with the wind. - Margaret Mitchell

 

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land? - Sir Walter Scott

 

And man knows it! Knows, moreover,
that the woman that God gave him
Must command but may not govern-
shall enthrall but not enslave him.
And she knows, because she warns him,
and her instincts never fail,
That the female of the species
is more deadly than the male. - Rudyard Kipling

 

Glato barata niktu

 

Even he who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night can become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright. - gypsy