Sunday, July 15, 2012


Wow, it's been a while.  I guess life gets busy with a full-time job and two little kids!  I wanted to share a journal with you that I've kept for a while now.  I haven't made any new entries in a long time, but I started it in high school and have kept it until now.  It's basically a notebook full of quotes and sayings that I thought interesting, thought provoking, or meaningful at the time.  Some will make you think, some you will laugh at, and others you will disagree with--I hope you enjoy!

"Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut!"  --Elizabeth Elliot

"One should eat to live, not live to eat."  --Benjamin Franklin

"The end is nothing; the road is all."  --Willa Cather

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."

"A child's talent to endure seems to stem from his ignorance of alternatives."

"Never settle for less than your best."

"The easiest person to deceive is oneself."  --Edward George Bulwar-Lytton

"All things change, nothing perishes."  --Ovid

"Live today, for yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come."

"Discretion is the better part of valor."  --Shakespeare

"All I ever needed to know I learned in kindergarten."

"Without challenge, there's no achievement."

"Champions are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit."

"The deed is all and not the glory."  --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Death smiles at us all...all a man can do is smile back."  --Maximus (from the movie Gladiator)

"The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference."  --Elie Wiesel

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."  --Mark Twain

"Each of us must be the change we want in the world."  --Mahatma Ghandi

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."

"Always remember what it feels like to be different."

"Judge people by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin."  --Martin Luther King, Jr.

" easy it is for a heart to turn to stone."  --Mary Morris

"...he that dares not grasp the thorn / should never crave the rose."  --Anne Bronte

"Look into the mirror every day, for if scars of selfishness or pride are in the heart, they will grow into the lines of the face.  Watch carefully."  --Etsu Inagaki

"If the while I think on thee, dear friend, /  all losses are restored, and sorrows end."  --Shakespeare, Sonnet 80

"What's done cannot be undone."  --Shakespeare, Macbeth

"If there is right in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.  If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the home.  If there is harmony in the home, there will be peace in the world."  --Chinese proverb

"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness."  --Leo Tolstoy

"The thing about the impossible is, there is no competition."

"Do the right thing.  It will gratify some, and astonish the rest."  --Mark Twain

"I haven't failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work."  --Albert Einstein

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."

"They gave our Master a crown of thorns; why should we hope for a crown of roses?"

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man."  --Blaise Pascal

"Where God has closed his holy mouth, let us not open ours."  --John Calvin

"Christianity is not a path, but a Person, not rules, but a relationship."

"Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."  --William Carey

"We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners."

"Satan himself cannot stop us or sign our death certificate without the permission of Almighty God."  --Nate Saint

"Knowing what you stand for will limit what you fall for."  --Craig Petersen

"Vision without action is merely a dream.  Action without vision just passes the time.  Vision with action can change the world."  --Joel Arthur Baker

"Jesus himself is our one convincing, permanent miracle."  --Joseph Stowell

"True love is voluntary."  --Paul E. Little

"Suppose God were to decree that tonight all evil would be removed from the universe--who of us would still be here after midnight?"

"The same sun melts the butter and hardens the clay."

"Christian faith goes beyond reason, but not against reason."

"No opinion poll is going to make God go away."

"The Word of God is like a lion.  You don't have to defend a lion.  All you have to do is let the lion loose, and he will surely defend himself."  --Charles Spurgeon

"Miracles are not contrary to nature, only contrary to what we know about nature."

"Christians have endured martyrdom, but can they endure unpopularity?"

"When food falls on the ground, I remedy the situation by picking it up and eating it."

"People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do."

"If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything."  --Mark Twain

"The first step to wisdom is silence, the second is listening."

"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."  --Abraham Lincoln

"Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges, and the infinity in which he is engulfed."  --Blaise Pascal

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."  --Jim Elliot

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil,  but because of those who don't do anything about it."  -Albert Einstein

"It is the journey that makes the pilgrim."  --Andrew Schmutzer

"Since when does natural man create a religion he cannot abide by?"  --Andrew Schmutzer

"It's alright to be a dumb sheep, when God is your Shepherd."  --Andrew Schmutzer

"Worship is not calling me where I am at, it's stretching me to where I need to be."  --Andrew Schmutzer

"To stand on the sidelines may be the most profound secularism."

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, always remembering what peace there may be in silence."  --Max Ehrma

"Those who are readiest to die for a cause may easily become those who are readiest to kill for it."  C.S. Lewis

"If you are going through hell....keep going."  --Winston Churchill

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  --Abraham Lincoln

"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost."  --J.R.R. Tolkien

"Never argue with an idiot, he will bring you down to his level, and then beat you with experience."

"I'm out like a blind man in pictionary."

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."  --Thomas Edison

"Only two things are infinite:  the universe and human stupidity, and I am unsure about the former."  --Albert Einstein

"Golf is a game who's aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose."  --Winston Churchill

"Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is."  --C.S. Lewis

"Sometimes it takes more courage to step back from the precipice than it does to plunge headlong into it."  --Travis Boyette

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page."  --St. Augustine

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by.  And that has made all the difference."  --Robert Frost

Well, that's it for now, hope you enjoyed!