The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."
I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
You know that the worldly leaders lord it over them,
and their great ones exercise authority over them.
But it shall not be so among you.
But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
The world will know that you sent me,
And have loved them even as you have loved me.
I give unto my sheep eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them
out of my Father’s hand.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Let not your heart be troubled,
In my Father’s house are many mansions,
For I go to prepare a place for you,
and I will come back and take you to be with me,
that you also may be where I am.
When a man believes in me,
he does not believe in me only,
but in the one who sent me.
When he looks at me,
he sees the one who sent me.
I have come into the world as a light,
so that no one who believes in me
should stay in darkness.
It is not the healthy who need a doctor,
but the sick.
I have not come to call the righteous,
but the sick.
I tell you the truth,
everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Go and sin no more…
There is a scripture that says
“My people perish for lack of vision”
The socialist influence that has turned our education system
into an indoctrination process with its emphasis on
political correctness over political science
and economic justice over economics
is slowly but relentlessly producing
a nation of drones
unable to dream,
incapable of embracing individuality,
and abhorrent of acting upon such basic instincts as
self-interest and individual sovereignty.
Obsession with diplomacy is the fig leaf of the coward
“The Final Inspection”
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.”
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.”
It is better to shun the bait
than to struggle in the snare.
You cannot have Liberty in this world
without what you call Moral Virtue,
and you cannot have Moral Virtue
without the slavery of that half of the human race
who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.
Between Him and every other person in the world
there is no possible term of comparison.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires.
But on what did we rest the creation of our genius?
Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love;
and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
Sin is blatant mutiny against God
and either sin or God must die in my life.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.
It has been found difficult and left untried.
It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable
for an admittedly unthinkable God
to make everything out of nothing,
and then pretend that it is more thinkable
that nothing should turn itself into anything.
No man who worships education
has got the best out of education
Without a gentle contempt for education
no man’s education is complete.
Carlyle said that men were mostly fools.
Christianity, with a surer and more reverent realism,
says that they are all fools.
New roads; new ruts.
If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves very lightly.
If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments,
they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference,
which is an elegant name for ignorance.
The total depravity of man is the only theological position
which can be empirically proven in a laboratory
VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong.
They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.
They do not believe except they see.
They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible
by their little minds.
All minds, Virginia, whether they be
men’s or children’s, are little.
In this great universe of ours
man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect,
as compared with the boundless world about him,
as measured by the intelligence
capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus.
He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist,
and you know that they abound and give to your life
its highest beauty and joy.
Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus.
It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS.
There would be no childlike faith then,
no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.
We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.
The eternal light with which childhood fills the world
would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus!
You might as well not believe in fairies!
You might get your papa to hire men
to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus,
but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down,
what would that prove?
Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus.
The most real things in the world
are those that neither children nor men can see.
Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn?
Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there.
Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are
unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside,
but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man,
nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived,
could tear apart.
Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain
and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond.
Is it all real?
Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever.
A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay,
ten times ten thousand years from now,
he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give
I am fond of pigs.
Dogs look up to us.
Cats look down on us.
Pigs treat us as equals.
A nation can survive its fools,
and even the ambitious.
But it cannot survive treason from within.
An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely,
his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys,
heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor;
he speaks in accents familiar to his victims,
and he wears their face and their arguments,
he appeals to the baseness that lies deep
in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation,
he works secretly and unknown in the night
to undermine the pillars of the city,
he infects the body politic
so that it can no longer resist.
A murderer is less to fear.
If all men are created equal,
that is final.
If they are endowed with inalienable rights,
that is final.
If governments derive their just powers
from the consent of the governed,
that is final.
No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness,
the only direction in which he can proceed historically
is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was
no rights of the individual,
no rule of the people.
I favor the policy of economy,
not because I wish to save money,
but because I wish to save people.
The men and women of this country
who toil are the ones who bear
the cost of the Government.
Every dollar that we carelessly waste
means that their life
will be so much the more meager.
Every dollar that we prudently save
means that their life
will be so much the more abundant.
Economy is idealism
in its most practical form.
What we need in appointive positions
are men of knowledge and experience
with sufficient character
to resist temptations.
No enterprise can exist for itself alone.
It ministers to some great need,
it performs some great service,
not for itself but for others;
or failing therein it ceases to be profitable
and ceases to exist.
Collecting more taxes
than is absolutely necessary
is legalized robbery.
Don’t expect to build up the weak
by pulling down the strong.
It is only when men
begin to worship
that they begin to grow.
Any man who does not like dogs
and want them about
does not deserve
to be in the White House.
Industry, thrift and self-control
are not sought
because they create wealth,
but because they create character.
No man ever listened himself out of a job.
No person was ever honored
for what he received.
Honor has been the reward
for what he gave.
Patriotism is easy to understand
It means looking out for yourself
by looking out for your country.
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments
of my administration
has been minding my own business.
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used,
not a deity to be worshipped.
To live under the American Constitution
is the greatest political privilege
that was ever accorded to the human race.
Ultimately property rights
and personal rights
are the same thing.
We do not need more knowledge,
we need more character!
I might be in favor of national healthcare
if it required all Democrats to get their heads examined.
The New York Times editorial page is like a Ouija board
that has only three answers, no matter what the question.
The answers are: higher taxes, more restrictions on political speech,
and stricter gun control.
Confiscatory taxation enforced by threat of imprisonment
a practice strongly frowned upon by our Creator.
Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties –
provided we’re only talking about criminals.
I am emboldened by my looks
to say things Republican men wouldn’t.
When we were at peace, Democrats wanted to raise taxes.
Now there’s a war, so Democrats want to raise taxes.
When there was a surplus, Democrats wanted to raise taxes.
Now that there is a mild recession, Democrats want to raise taxes.
Four years of Jimmy Carter gave us two titanic Reagan landslides,
peace and prosperity for eight blessed years –
and even a third term for his feckless vice president, George H.W. Bush.
Stop pretending journalists
are anything other
than the Hillary PR team.
Democrats couldn’t care less
if people in Indiana hate them.
But if Europeans curl their lips,
liberals can’t look at themselves in the mirror.
While the form of treachery varies slightly from case to case,
liberals always manage to take the position
that most undermines American security.
Whether they are defending the Soviet Union
or bleating for Saddam Hussein,
liberals are always against America.
They are either traitors or idiots,
and on the matter of America’s self-preservation,
the difference is irrelevant.
Political debate with liberals is basically impossible in America today
because liberals are calling names
while conservatives are trying to make arguments.
In fact Sarah Palin has created more jobs than Obama has.
She created eleven jobs fact-checking at the AP
just for the Palin autobiography.
Swing voters are more appropriately known as the ‘idiot voters’
because they have no set of philosophical principles.
By the age of fourteen, you’re either a Conservative or a Liberal
if you have an IQ above a toaster.
The fact that a Republican is in the late Senator Kennedy’s old seat
probably must have him rolling in his grave,
probably spilling his drink.
Taxes are like abortion,
and not just because both are grotesque procedures
supported by Democrats.
You’re for them or against them.
Taxes go up or down;
government raises taxes or lowers them.
But Democrats will not let
the words ‘abortion’ or ‘tax hikes’ pass their lips.
Why is the left not willing to admit
that education is an industry,
just like Lockheed Martin,
Enron or Philip Morris?
Democrats love to rail about the high costs
of everything else —
pharmaceuticals, health care, mortgages,
missile systems, contraception and so on.
College is a business, too —
a cartel that fixes prices,
preys on teenagers
and lies to consumers.
But liberals won’t make a peep about
the College Industrial Complex
because college professors are brainwashing students
into leftist politics.
Every year, another 10 million graduates emerge,
hating God, their parents, America and Republicans.
For this, parents are spending $50,000 a year.
Not every human knows how to love a dog,
But every dog knows how to love a human
A dog is the only thing on earth
that loves you more than he loves himself.
Heaven goes by favor.
If it went by merit,
you would stay out
and your dog would go in.
Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us,
and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives
and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole
Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in.
You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog,
and there’s going to be great anguish,
so you live fully in the moment with her,
never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence,
because you can’t support the illusion
that a dog can be your lifelong companion.
There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that,
in accepting and giving love while always aware
that it comes with an unbearable price.
Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance
for all the other illusions we allow ourselves
and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.
When dogs go to heaven, they don’t need wings
because God knows that dogs love running best.
He gives them fields. Fields and fields and fields.
When a dog first arrives in heaven, he just runs.
Dog heaven has clear, wide lakes filled with geese
who honk and flap and tease. The dogs love this.
They run beside the water and bark and bark
and God watches them from behind a tree and smiles.
There are children of course. Angel children.
God knows that dogs love children
more than anything else in the world,
so he fills Dog Heaven with plenty of them.
There are children on bikes and children on sleds.
There are children throwing red rubber balls
and children pulling kites through the clouds.
The dogs are there, and the children love them dearly.
And, oh, the dog biscuits.
Biscuits and biscuits as far as the eye can see.
God has a sense of humor, so He makes His biscuits
in funny shapes for His dogs.
There are kitty-cat biscuits and squirrel biscuits.
Ice-cream biscuits and ham-sandwich biscuits.
Every angel who passes by has a biscuit for a dog.
And, of course, all God’s dogs sit when the angels say “sit.”
Every dog becomes a good dog in Dog Heaven.
God turns clouds inside out
to make fluffy beds for the dogs in Dog Heaven,
and when they are tired from running and barking
and eating ham sandwich biscuits,
the dogs find a cloud bed for sleeping.
They turn around and around in the cloud…
until it feels just right,
and then they curl up and they sleep.
God watches over each one of them,
and there are no bad dreams.
Dogs in Dog Heaven
Have almost always belonged to somebody on Earth and,
of course, the dogs remember this.
Heaven is full of memories.
So sometimes an angel will walk a dog back to Earth
for a little visit and quietly, invisibly,
the dog will sniff about his old backyard,
will investigate the cat next door,
will follow the child to school,
will sit on the front porch and wait for the mail.
When he is satisfied that all is well,
the dog will return to Heaven with the angel.
It is where dogs belong, near God who made them.
The dogs in Dog Heaven who had no real homes on Earth
are given one in Heaven.
The homes have yards and porches
and there are couches to lie on and tables to sit under
while angels eat their dinners.
There are special bowls with the dogs’ names on them.
And each dog is petted and reminded how good he is,
all day long.
Dogs in Dog Heaven may stay as long as they like,
and this can mean forever.
They will be there when old friends show up,
they will be there at the door.
No one can read the Gospels
without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.
His personality pulsates in every word.
No myth is filled with such life.
I am not an Atheist.
I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist.
The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds.
May I not reply with a parable?
The human mind, no matter how highly trained,
cannot grasp the universe.
We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library
whose walls are covered to the ceiling
with books in many different tongues.
The child knows that someone must have written those books.
It does not know who or how.
It does not understand the languages in which they are written.
The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books,
a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend,
but only dimly suspects.
That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind,
even the greatest and most cultured, toward God.
We see a universe marvelously arranged,
obeying certain laws,
but we understand the laws only dimly.
Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force
that sways the constellations.
Tell me is there some society you know
that doesn’t run on greed?
You think Russia doesn’t run on greed?
You think China doesn’t run on greed?
What is greed?
Of course none of us is greedy
its only the other fellow who’s greedy!
Listen, the world runs on individuals pursuing
their separate interests.
The great achievements of civilization
have not come from government bureaus.
Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat.
Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
The only cases in recorded history
in which the masses have escaped
from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about
are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade.
If you want to know where the masses are worse off
is exactly the kinds of societies that depart from that.
The record of history is absolutely crystal clear.
There is no alternative way so far discovered
of improving the lot of the ordinary people
that can hold a candle to the productive activities
that are unleashed by free enterprise systems.
And what does reward virtue?
You think the communist commissar rewards virtue?
You think a Hitler rewards virtue?
You think American presidents reward virtue?
Did they choose their appointees
on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed
or on the basis of their political clout?
Is it really true that political self interest is nobler somehow
than economic self interest?
Just tell me where in the world you find these angels
who are going to organize society for us?
Before we really began to understand
disease and the weather and things like that,
we sought false explanations for them.
Now science has filled in some of the realm
– not all –
that religion used to fill,
But the mystery and the beauty of the world
is overwhelmingly amazing,
and there’s no scientific explanation
of how it came about.
To say that it was generated by random numbers,
that does seem, you know,
sort of an uncharitable view.
Our greatest pretenses are built up
not to hide the evil and the ugly in us,
but our emptiness.
The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist
but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.
But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities,
but its own talents.
We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
It is probably true that business corrupts everything it touches.
It corrupts politics, sports, literature, art, labor unions and so on.
But business also corrupts and undermines monolithic totalitarianism.
Capitalism is at its liberating best in a non-capitalist environment.
Our great weariness comes from work not done.
In times of change,
learners inherit the earth,
while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped
to deal with a world that no longer exists.
People who bite the hand that feeds them
usually lick the boot that kicks them.
The hardest arithmetic to master
is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Every great cause begins as a movement,
becomes a business,
and eventually degenerates into a racket.
Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more
than when we have nothing and want some.
We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things
than when we seem to lack but one thing.
It still holds true that man is most uniquely human
when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
A man is likely to mind his own business
when it is worth minding.
When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs
by minding other people’s business.
Far more crucial than what we know or do not know
is what we do not want to know.
It is the individual only who is timeless.
Societies, cultures, and civilizations — past and present —
are often incomprehensible to outsiders,
but the individual’s hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations
have remained unchanged through the millennia.
I think myself that we have more
machinery of government than is necessary,
too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Government big enough to supply everything you need
is big enough to take everything you have…
The course of history shows
that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
The two enemies of the people are
criminals and government,
so let us tie the second down
with the chains of the constitution
so the second will not become
the legalized version of the first.
A true patriot will defend his country
from its government.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms
disarm only those who are neither inclined
nor determined to commit crimes…
Such laws make things worse for the assaulted
and better for the assailants;
they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides,
for an unarmed man may be attacked
with greater confidence than an armed man.
The issue today is the same
as it has been
throughout all history,
whether man shall be allowed
to govern himself
or be ruled by a small elite.
When tyranny becomes law,
rebellion becomes duty.
Peace is that brief glorious moment in history
when everybody stands around reloading.
Who will govern the governors?
There is only one force in the nation
that can be depended upon
to keep the government pure
and the governors honest,
and that is the people themselves.
They alone, if well informed,
are capable of preventing
the corruption of power,
and of restoring the nation
to its rightful course
if it should go astray.
They alone are the safest depository
of the ultimate powers of government.
Those who hammer their guns into plows
will plow for those who do not.
- “Those who trade liberty for security have neither.” ~ John Adams
- Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
- An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
- Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
- Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.
- You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
- Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
- You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
- Assault is a behavior, not a device.
- 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
- The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
- The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
- What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do you NOT understand?
- Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.
- When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.
- The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
The goal of socialism
The press should be not only a collective propagandist
and a collective agitator,
but also a collective organizer of the masses.
Give me four years to teach the children
and the seed I have sown
will never be uprooted
The way to crush the bourgeoisie
is to grind them between the millstones
of taxation and inflation
The best way to destroy the capitalist system
is to debauch the currency
Democracy is indispensable to socialism
There are no morals in politics;
there is only expedience
A scoundrel may be of use to us
just because he is a scoundrel
It is true that liberty is precious;
so precious that it must be carefully rationed
Christianity, if false, is of no importance,
and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
I believe in Christianity
as I believe that the sun has risen,
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else.
True humility is not thinking less of yourself;
it is thinking of yourself less.
Education without values,
as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
There are only two kinds of people in the end:
those who say to God, "Thy will be done",
and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."
I willingly believe that the damned are in one sense,
successful rebels to the end;
that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.
If we discover a desire within us
that nothing in this world can satisfy,
also we should begin to wonder if perhaps
we were created for another world.
You don’t have a soul.
You are a soul.
You have a body.
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.
I think He made one law of that kind in order
that there might be obedience.
In all these other matters what you call obeying Him
is but doing what seems good in your own eyes also.
Is love content with that?
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised
for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
It would be better to live under robber barons
than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep,
his cupidity may at some point be satiated;
but those who torment us for our own good
will torment us without end
for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
There is no halfway house
and there is no parallel in other religions.
If you had gone to Buddha and asked him:
"Are you the son of Brahma?"
he would have said,
"My son, you are still in the vale of illusion."
If you had gone to Socrates and asked,
"Are you Zeus?"
he would have laughed at you.
If you had gone to Mohammed and asked,
"Are you Allah?"
he would first have rent his clothes
and then cut your head off.
If you had asked Confucius,
"Are you Heaven?"
I think he would have probably replied,
"Remarks which are not in accordance with nature
are in bad taste."
The idea of a great moral teacher
saying what Christ said
is out of the question.
But do not destroy
that immortal emblem of humanity,
the Declaration of American Independence.
Repeal the Missouri Compromise–
repeal all compromises–
repeal the Declaration of Independence–
repeal all past history,
you still cannot repeal human nature.
It will be the abundance of man’s heart
that slavery extension is wrong;
and out of the abundance of his heart,
his mouth will continue to speak.
The whole aim of practical politics
is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins,
all of them imaginary.
The men the American people admire most extravagantly
are the most daring liars;
the men they detest most violently
are those who try to tell them the truth.
The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines
he knows to be untrue
to men he knows to be idiots
Government is a broker in pillage,
and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods
Morality is doing what is right,
no matter what you are told.
Religion is doing what you are told,
no matter what is right.
People do not expect to find chastity in a whorehouse.
Why, then, do they expect to find honesty and humanity in government,
a congeries of institutions whose modus operandi
consists of lying, cheating, stealing,
and if need be, murdering those who resist?
It is the classic fallacy of our time
that a moron run through a university and decorated with a Ph.D.
will thereby cease to be a moron.
Democracy is the theory
that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard.
Jesus spoke of a personal creator God
who calls everyone to repentance,
offering redemption to those who will receive Him.
This is not an intolerant or mean-spirited position to hold.
If it’s true, then sharing this message
is the most natural and loving thing to do.
it’s all very well
being left-leaning and radical
when you’ve got soldiers with guns
defending your right to that opinion
Organized religion kills the living beauty of God
Jesus himself, even in his obscurity, dreaded the gathering of crowds,
and where possible avoided them.
Everything in Christianity that matters is from individual to individual;
collectivities belong to the Devil, and so easily respond to his persuasion.
The Devil is a demagogue and sloganeer;
Jesus was, and is, concerned with individual souls, with the Living Word.
What he gives us is truth carried on the wings of love,
not slogans carried on the thrust of power
If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place.
It will be megalomania or erotomania,
the drive for power or the drive for pleasure,
the clenched fist or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner.
Education, the great mumbo-jumbo and fraud of the age,
purports to equip us to live
and is prescribed as a universal remedy
for everything from juvenile delinquency to premature senility.
For the most part it only serves to enlarge stupidity, inflate conceit,
enhance credulity and put those subjected to it
at the mercy of brainwashers with printing presses,
radio and TV at their disposal.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century
which we’ve developed to a very high level
is the sin of credulity.
It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God
they believe in nothing.
The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.
I can say that I never knew what joy was like
until I gave up pursuing happiness,
or cared to live until I chose to die.
For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.
Earthly authority displays itself in giving orders,
in magnificent apparel, in hordes of servitors, in sycophantic addresses;
the authority of Jesus by contrast is spiritual, and expresses itself
in serving, not being served,
in seeking to be the least instead of the greatest, the last instead of the first,
in finding wisdom in the innocence of children and truth in the foolishness of men,
rather than in those who pass for being sagacious and experienced in the world’s ways.
When we want to adulate men, we say they are godlike;
but when God became Man, it was in the lineaments of the least of men.
At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child–
miserable, as all spoiled children are.
Unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless.
Liberalism is a philosopy of sniveling brats.
Everybody wants to save the earth;
nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.
Giving money and power to government is like
giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal,
particularly in women.
Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.
There is only one basic human right,
the right to do as you damn well please.
And with it comes the only basic human duty,
the duty to take the consequences.
I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a ‘learning experience.’
Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I’ve done as a ‘learning experience.’
It makes me feel less stupid.
There is one thing women can never take away from men.
We die sooner.
You may be surprised to discover you’re rich,
especially if you’re broke.
There’s something about Marxism that brings out warts;
the only kind of growth this economic system encourages.
There’s a certain kind of behavior in the Arab world
that, to me, resembles the way young men behave
when there is no significant influence from women in their lives.
I’m old enough to remember when the air over American cities
was a lot dirtier than it is now.
I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.
Of the four wars in my lifetime,
none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
Freedom is never more than
one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected,
and handed on for them to do the same,
or one day we will spend our sunset years
telling our children and our children’s children
what it was once like in the United States
where men were free.
Some people wonder all their lives
if they’ve made a difference.
The Marines don’t have that problem.
History teaches that war begins
when governments believe
the price of aggression is cheap.
How do you tell a communist?
Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin.
And how do you tell an anti-Communist?
It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
A recession is when your neighbor loses his job.
A depression is when you lose yours.
And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.
Government’s view of the economy
could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant.
It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.
If we lose freedom here,
there is no place to escape to.
This is the last stand on Earth.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people,
not run their lives.
We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken,
society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.
It is time to restore the American precept
that each individual is accountable for his actions.
I hope we have once again reminded people
that man is not free unless government is limited.
There’s a clear cause and effect here
that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics:
as government expands, liberty contracts.
Before I refuse to take your questions,
I have an opening statement.
One legislator accused me of having
a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order.
That is a totally false charge.
I have an eighteenth-century attitude.
That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear
that the safety of law-abiding citizens
should be one of the government’s primary concerns.
Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate,
as far as possible,
the need for its own existence.
The American dream is not that
every man must be level with every other man.
The American dream is that
every man must be free to become
whatever God intends he should become.
A hippie is someone
who looks like Tarzan,
walks like Jane,
and smells like Cheetah.
To anger a conservative,
lie to him.
To anger a liberal,
tell him the truth.
In the first place
we should insist that
if the immigrant who comes here
does in good faith become an American
and assimilates himself to us,
he shall be treated on an exact equality
with every one else,
for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man
because of creed or birthplace or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming
in very fact an American
and nothing but an American.
If he tries to keep segregated
with men of his own origin
and separated from the rest of America,
then he isn’t doing his part as an American.
We have room for but one flag,
the American flag,
and this excludes the red flag
which symbolizes all wars
against liberty and civilization
just as much as it excludes any foreign flag
of a nation to which we are hostile.
We have room for but one language here
and that is the English language,
for we intend to see
that the crucible turns our people out
as Americans, and American nationality,
and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house;
and we have room for but one sole loyalty,
and that is loyalty to the American people.
Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain
offered without a sincere heart,
every form of worship is a solemn sham
and an impudent mockery
of the majesty of heaven.
There is no beast in wolf, or lion, or serpent
that is so brutish as the beast in man.
Whereas, according to the Levitical law,
he that touched a dead animal was unclean till the evening,
he who touched a dead man was unclean seven days,
for a man is a seven times more polluting creature
than any of the beasts of the field
when his animal nature rules him.
If any man could see his own heart
as it is by nature,
he would be driven mad:
the sight of our disease is not to be borne
unless we also see the remedy.
Cheer up, then, poor Christian.
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”
See that creeping worm,
how contemptible its appearance!
It is the beginning of a thing.
Mark that insect with gorgeous wings,
playing in the sunbeams,
sipping at the flower bells,
full of happiness and life;
that is the end thereof.
That caterpillar is yourself,
until you are wrapped up in the chrysalis of death;
but when Christ shall appear you shall be like him,
for you shall see him as he is.
No waiting or preparation is so much as hinted at.
Drinking represents a reception
for which no fitness is required.
A fool, a thief, a harlot can drink;
and so sinfulness of character
is no bar to the invitation to believe in Jesus.
We want no golden cup,
no bejewelled chalice,
in which to convey the water to the thirsty;
the mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down
and quaff the flowing flood.
Blistered, leprous, filthy lips
may touch the stream of divine love;
they cannot pollute it,
but shall themselves be purified.
Jesus is the fount of hope.
Dear reader, hear the dear Redeemer’s loving voice
as he cries to each of us,
“IF ANY MAN THIRST,
LET HIM COME UNTO ME AND DRINK.”
The moment we glorify ourselves,
since there is room for one glory only
in the universe,
we set ourselves up as rivals
to the Most High.
Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself
against the sun which warmed it into life?
Shall the potsherd exalt itself
above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel?
Shall the dust of the desert
strive with the whirlwind?
Or the drops of the ocean
struggle with the tempest?
Let not your harp then
hang upon the willows,
but take it down, and strive,
with a grateful heart,
to bring forth its loudest music.
Take courage, for there must be
a consciousness of weakness
before the Lord will give thee victory.
Your emptiness is but the preparation
for your being filled,
and your casting down
is but the making ready for your lifting up.
My soul, I charge thee,
lay up thy treasure in
the only secure cabinet;
store thy jewels
where thou canst never lose them.
Put thine all in Christ;
set all thine affections
on his person,
all thy hope in his merit,
all thy trust
in his efficacious blood,
all thy joy in his presence,
and so thou mayest laugh at loss,
and defy destruction.
Faith never prospers so well
as when all things are against her:
tempests are her trainers,
and lightnings are her illuminators.
When a calm reigns on the sea,
spread the sails as you will,
the ship moves not to its harbour;
for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too.
Let the winds rush howling forth,
and let the waters lift up themselves,
then, though the vessel may rock,
and her deck may be washed with waves,
and her mast may creak under the pressure
of the full and swelling sail,
it is then that she makes headway
towards her desired haven.
No flowers wear so lovely a blue
as those which grow at the foot
of the frozen glacier;
no stars gleam so brightly
as those which glisten in the polar sky;
no water tastes so sweet
as that which springs amid the desert sand;
and no faith is so precious
as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.
He uncrowned himself
that we might have a coronation of glory;
he would not sit upon his own throne
until he had procured a place upon it
for all who overcome by his blood.
Crown the head
and the whole body shares the honour.
There is no weapon half so deadly
as a Judas-kiss.
Inconsistent professors injure the gospel more
than the sneering critic or the infidel.
Praise the Lord for the sun of joy when it rises,
and for the gloom of evening as it falls.
There is beauty both in sunrise and sunset;
sing of it, and glorify the Lord.
Like the nightingale, pour forth thy notes at all hours.
Believe that the night is as useful as the day.
The dews of grace fall heavily in the night of sorrow.
The stars of promise shine forth gloriously
amid the darkness of grief.
Continue thy service under all changes.
Quail not before superior numbers,
shrink not from difficulties or impossibilities,
flinch not at wounds or death,
smite with the two-edged sword of the Spirit,
and the slain shall lie in heaps.
The battle is the Lord’s
and he will deliver his enemies into our hands.
With steadfast foot,
and flaming zeal,
rush to the conflict,
and the hosts of evil
shall fly like chaff before the gale.
Love is an exotic;
it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil,
it must be watered from above.
Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature,
and if it received no nourishment
but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts
it would soon wither.
As love comes from heaven,
so it must feed on heavenly bread.
It cannot exist in the wilderness
unless it be fed by manna from on high.
Love must feed on love.
The very soul and life of our love to God
is his love to us.
Christ himself is the builder of his spiritual temple,
and he has built it on the mountains
of his unchangeable affection,
his omnipotent grace,
and his infallible truthfulness.
But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this;
the materials need making ready;
the making ready is all done on earth.
When we reach heaven,
there will be no sanctifying us there,
no squaring us with affliction,
no planing us with suffering.
No, we must be made meet hereâ€”
all that Christ will do beforehand;
and when he has done it,
we shall be ferried by a loving hand
across the stream of death,
and brought to the heavenly Jerusalem,
to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord.
Ungodly persons and mere professors
never look upon religion as a joyful thing;
to them it is service, duty, or necessity,
but never pleasure or delight.
If they attend to religion at all,
it is either that they may gain thereby,
or else because they dare not do otherwise…
They who love God with all their hearts,
find that his ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all his paths are peace.
Such joys, such brimful delights,
such overflowing blessednesses,
do the saints discover in their Lord,
that so far from serving him from custom,
they would follow him
though all the world cast out his name as evil.
We fear not God because of any compulsion;
our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage,
we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty.
No, our piety is our pleasure,
our hope is our happiness,
our duty is our delight.
What’s the good of crying down a thing
when it is so fashionable, and everybody does it?”
Multitudes of professors yield to this cunning advice,
to their own eternal ruin.
If we would follow the Lord wholly,
we must go right away into the wilderness of separation,
and leave the Egypt of the carnal world behind us.
We must leave its maxims, its pleasures, and its religion too,
and go far away to the place where the Lord calls his sanctified ones.
When the town is on fire,
our house cannot be too far from the flames.
When the plague is abroad,
a man cannot be too far from its haunts.
The further from a viper the better,
and the further from worldly conformity the better.
To all true believers let the trumpet-call be sounded,
“Come ye out from among them, be ye separate.”
The boundless fulness of his all-sufficiency
is as free to the believer as the air he breathes.
Christ hath put the flagon of his love and grace to the believer’s lip,
and bidden him drink on forever; for could he drain it,
he is welcome to do so, and as he cannot exhaust it,
he is bidden to drink abundantly, for it is all his own.
Ronnie’s mind was clouded by illness
That cloud has now lifted
He is himself again
More himself than at any time on this earth
For we may be sure that the Big Fellow Upstairs
Never forgets those who remember Him
And as the last journey of this faithful pilgrim
Took him beyond the sunset
And as Heaven’s morning broke
I like to think, in the words of Bunyan,
That all the trumpets sounded on the other side.
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined,
but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition
to maintain a status of independence from any
who might attempt to abuse them,
which would include their own government
Worry is the interest paid
by those who borrow trouble
If we desire to avoid insult,
we must be able to repel it;
if we desire to secure peace,
one of the most powerful instruments
of our rising prosperity,
it must be known,
that we are at all times ready for War
To be prepared for war
is one of the most effective means
of preserving peace
No matter where you go, there you are.
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.
Nobody comes here anymore, it’s too crowded.
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
Never answer an anonymous letter.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
I never said most of the things I said.
The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.
90% of the game is half mental.
If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.
I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.
He must have made that before he died.
You can’t ask for unity
after maligning tens of millions of people
for four years.
Let me translate what Twitter means
by its warning label DISPUTED:
"Most likely true but
we have some twenty-somethings in man-buns
who say otherwise."
A God without wrath
brought men without sin
into a Kingdom without judgement
through the ministrations of a
Christ without a Cross
Christendom has often achieved apparent success by
ignoring the precepts of its founder
The great Christian revolutions came not by the discovery of
something that was not known before.
They happen when someone takes radically
something that was always there.