The following are quotations that I have heard, read, or remembered in recent days. I have provided the source if I know it.
"Every prize has a price."
"The best surprise is no surprise."
"A sermon should teach, delight, and persuade."
"No institution has done more to shape America's moral imagination. If America is going to be fixed, I believe someone with this [Methodist] DNA will be needed to do it. It's possible."
--Bill Moyers (a Baptist), in a commencement address at Southern Methodist University
"The power of exercise, both to preserve and restore health, is greater than can well be conceived."
"When one is convinced that one is to the manor born, the actual physical condition of the manor itself is of negligible importance." (p.5)
"There (is) a security of blood (relations) that transcends the possession of material things."( p.5)
--Run with the Horsemen, by Ferrol Sams
"Provision for others is a fundamental responsibility of human life."
"All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low."
"Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow."
"Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you."
--John Wooden, legendary basketball coach, who died recently at the age of 99
"Little is much if God is in it."
--Lyrics of the song, Little Is Much
"Don't worry with trying to love someone. Act as if you loved them. Then you will begin to love them."
--Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
"You can observe a lot just by watching."
"The older I get, the better I was."
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
--George Bernard Shaw
"Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so."
"Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."
--The Apostle Paul
"You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving."
"Collapse in the Christian life is seldom a blowout. It is usually a slow leak."
"One man with a genuine experience with God is worth more than a library full of arguments."
"To serve is noble; to serve with grace is divine."
"Failing is a part of the process of achieving success; giving up is not."
--Bernie Brown in Lessons Learned on the Way Down
"I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest."
--Jesus as found in John 10:10, Contemporary English Version
"The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work."
"God prospers us not to raise our standard of living but to raise our standard of giving."
"Don't seek to lead people to a God you have ceased to believe in."
"Not failure but low aim is sin."
--Benjamin E. Mays
"God does not have employees- only beloved daughters and sons."
"You gotta love and learn and learn to live."
--Darius Rucker, country music singer
"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet."
"Knowledge (alone) does not change behavior."
"God never hesitates to call us to do the impossible."
--Quotes heard during Renew "U"niversity
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
"The only limitations we have are the limitations we put upon ourselves."
"Nobody in their right mind would make a big deal out of doing what you're supposed to do in the first place."
--Atlanta Braves pitcher, Billy Wagner, after setting new strikeout record
Feel free to share your favorite quotes in the comments section.
[Taken with permission from "Monday Morning in North Georgia," Oct. 4, 2010, North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.]