Friday, August 3, 2007

Favorite Quotes

You come of the Lord Adam and Lady Eve. That is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar and shame enough to bow the shoulders the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”--Aslan

"God is with the vulnerable and the poor. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunities and lives. And God is with us, if we are with them."-Bono

“I do not believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”--Galileo

"The devil has two horns: the horn of pride that says there is nothing we ought to do, and the horn of despair that says there is nothing we can do."- unknown

"Christianity is not called to conservatism, but to change. Jesus came into the world, not to conserve the system that was, but to change the world into what it ought to be."-Tony Campolo

"He who fights monsters must take care lest he become a monster. When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche

“Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.”-Elie Wiesel

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.--Mother Teresa

“The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.”-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"A breaking heart in an empty room was the loudest sound I never heard."- The Submarines

"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill."- Gandhi

"If I am honest I'm rebelling against my own indifference. I am rebelling against the idea that the world is the way the world is and there's not a damned thing I can do about it. So I'm trying to do some damned thing."-Bono

"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."-C. S. Lewis

"Jesus in this song You wrote, the words are sticking in my throat, 'Peace on Earth, Peace on Earth."-Bono

"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind."-Mahatma Gandhi

"Some men see things that are and ask 'why?' I dream things that never were and ask 'why not?'"

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."-
Martin Luther King Jr.

"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."-C. S. Lewis

"If you want to serve the age, betray it."- Brendan Kennelly

"Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will. Slavery was one of them and the people who best served that age were the ones who called it as it was--which was ungodly and inhuman. Ben Franklin called it what it was when he became president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. Segregation. There was another one. America sees this now, but it took a civil rights movement to betray their age. And 50 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court betrayed the age May 17, 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education came down and put the lie to the idea that separate can ever really be equal. Amen to that. Fast forward 50 years. May 17, 2004. What are the ideas right now worth betraying? What are the lies we tell ourselves now? What are the blind spots of our age?"- Bono

"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."-Gandhi

"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."-MLK

"Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create." -Pope John Paul II

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."-Martin Luther King Jr.

"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."- John F. Kennedy

"Jesus reserved his hardest words for the hidden sins of hypocrisy, pride, greed and legalism." --Philip Yancey

"It's not enough to rage against the lie.. you've got to replace it with the truth."-Bono

"Throughout the Bible, God shows a marked preference for "real" people over "good" people." Phillip Yancey

"When all think alike, no one is thinking very much" -Walter Lippmann

"The important thing is never to stop questioning."-Albert Einstein

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."-Mother Teresa

"It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."-Mahatma Gandhi

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"-Abraham Lincoln

"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."-Mahatma Gandhi

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."-Gandhi

"The problem is not somebody putting faith into action. The problem is when they name the faith and don't put it into action."-Jim Wallis

"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing."-Oscar Wilde

“There was never a good war or a bad peace.”-Benjamin Franklin

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”-Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."-Eleanor Roosevelt

"Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it."-Pope John Paul II

"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."-Mark Twain

"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again."-James R. Cook

"Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create."-Pope John Paul II

"At a certain point, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action."-Bono

"It's a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma."-Bono

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."-Martin Luther King Jr.

"To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it."-Martin Luther King Jr.

"Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our piety, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment."-Bono

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."-Abraham Lincoln

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."-
Abraham Lincoln


Jamie said...

"When all think alike, no one is thinking much." Ha, that's a good one!

Peter said...

I'm not big on Catholicism, but Pope John Paul II was a man full of wisdom, compassion, and forgiveness.

"Wolfgang" said...

There are some AMAZING quotes here! Thanks for compiling these, since I'm always on the hunt for new ones.

Not sure if you've read it or not, but I wanted to share with you a book I discovered about 5 years ago by Bruce Bawer called "Stealing Jesus." I highly recommend it. Even if you don't agree with everything Bawer says, it will definitely raise a lot of healthy questions.

Here is a link to the first chapter.

Tia Lynn said...

Thank ya Wolf. Always looking for compelling book, whether they affirm or challenge my beliefs.

Don said...

“I do not believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.”--Galileo

That one is priceless. Very well put.

Danielle Tampice said...

"Jesus in the song you wrote, the worlds are sticking in my throat, 'Peace on Earth.'" Is a great lyric. Do you know that song was written after terrorist bombing in Ireland close to U2's hometown? It's one of the many atrocities committied admist the Protestant/Catholic wars. In that context, read the lyrics, it's very sad...

Heaven on Earth
We need it now
I'm sick of all of this
Hanging around

Sick of the sorrow
I'm sick of the pain
I'm sick of hearing
Again and again
That there's never gonna be
Peace on Earth

Where I grew up
There weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies

They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth

To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth

No who's or why's
No one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth

She never got to say goodbye
To see the color in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on Earth

Jesus in the song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth