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Old 02-08-2012, 05:15 PM   #101
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If there were an idiot who thought plays existed on their own, without an author ..., our belief in Shakespeare would not be much affected by his saying, quite truly, that he had studied all the plays and never found Shakespeare in them.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:13 AM   #102
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"In NOTHING be anxious."

In Matt. 6:25-34, our Lord illustrates this being without anxiety, by telling us to behold the fowls of the air and the lilies of the field, as examples of the sort of life He would have us live. As the birds rejoice in the care of their God and are fed, and as the lilies grow in His sunlight, so must we, without anxiety, and without fear. Let the sparrows speak to us: --

"I am only tiny sparrow,
A bird of low degree;
My life is of little value,
But the dear Lord cares for me.
I have no barn nor storehouse,

I neither sow nor reap;
God gives me a sparrow's portion,
But never a seed to keep.
"I know there are many sparrows;

All over the world they are found;
But our heavenly Father knoweth
When one of us falls to the ground.
"Though small, we are never forgotten;

Though weak, we are never afraid;
For we know the dear Lord keepeth
The life of the creatures he made.
"I fly through the thickest forest,

I light on many a spray;
I have no chart nor compass,
But I never lose my way.
And I fold my wing at twilight

Wherever I happen to be;
For the Father is always watching,
And no harm will come to me.
I am only a little sparrow,

A bird of low degree,
But I know the Father loves me;
Have you less faith than we?"

Hannah Whithall Smith, chapter 3 of her Christian's Secret of a Happy Life

Preface to her book:

"This is not a theological book. I frankly confess I have not been trained in theological schools, and do not understand their methods nor their terms. But the Lord has taught me experimentally and practically certain lessons out of his Word, which have greatly helped me in my Christian life, and have made it a very happy one. And I want to tell my secret, in the best way I can, in order that some others may be helped into a happy life also.

I do not seek to change the theological views of a single individual. I dare say most of my readers know far more about theology than I do myself, and perhaps may discover abundance of what will seem to be theological mistakes. But let me ask that these may be overlooked, and that my reader will try, instead, to get at the experimental point of that which I have tried to say, and if that is practical and helpful, forgive the blundering way in which it is expressed. I have tried to reach the absolute truth which lies at the foundation of all "creeds" and "views," and to bring the soul into those personal relations with God which must exist alike in every form of religion, let the expression of them differ as they may.

I have committed my book to the Lord, and have asked Him to counteract all in it that is wrong, and to let only that which is true find entrance into any heart. It is sent out in tender sympathy and yearning love for all the struggling, weary ones in the Church of Christ, and its message goes right from my heart to theirs. I have given the best I have, and could do no more. May the blessed Holy Spirit use it to teach some of my readers the true secret of a happy life!"

HANNAH WHITALL SMITH, GERMANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

http://www.ccel.org/s/smith_hw/secret/secret.htm
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:04 AM   #103
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"We should conceive of God not as an object but as a direction." --Huston Smith
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:36 PM   #104
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Paley - Natural Theology

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The watch is found, in the course of its movement, to produce another watch, similar to itself; and not only so, but we perceive in it a system or organization, separately calculated for that purpose. What effect would this discovery have, or ought it to have, upon our former inference? What, as hath already been said, but to increase, beyond measure, our admiration of the skill, which had been employed in the formation of such a machine? Or shall it, instead of this, all at once turn us round to an opposite conclusion, viz. that no art or skill whatever has been concerned in the business, although all other evidences of art and skill remain as they were, and this last and supreme piece of art be now added to the rest? Can this be maintained without absurdity? Yet this is atheism.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #105
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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds>" --Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:48 AM   #106
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Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. - Will Rogers
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #107
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“Anything that you cannot resist is your master.” Roger Ray.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:42 PM   #108
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"What you resist, persists."--Carl Jung
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:21 PM   #109
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More Jung:

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:04 PM   #110
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And do you think that unto such as you;
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew:
God gave the secret, and denied it me?
Well, well, what matters it! Believe that, too.

-Omar Khayym

There's videos on youtube of Christopher Hitchens talking about this quote. Like him or loathe him he was a great orator and read this beautifully.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:23 PM   #111
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Dostoevsky - Karamazov

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It is not miracles that dispose realists to belief. The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous,
and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the fact. Even if he admits it, he admits it as a fact of nature till then unrecognised by him.

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Old 02-14-2012, 12:47 AM   #112
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There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #113
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You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? It is no use trying to ‘see through’ first principles. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:21 PM   #114
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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

-Marcus Aurelius

About as solid of a quote I've ever seen.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:33 AM   #115
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"We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."

-Carl Sagan
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:20 AM   #116
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There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein
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That was a great quote by an amazing man. Pretty much explains the difference between the religious/non-religious in <25 words.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:21 PM   #117
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Roman Catholicism is even worse than Atheism itself, in my opinion! Yes, that's my opinion! Atheism only preaches a negation, but Catholicism goes further: it preaches a distorted Christ, a Christ calumniated and defamed by themselves, the opposite of Christ! It preaches the Antichrist, I declare it does, I assure you it does! This is the conviction I have long held, and it has distressed me, myself... Roman Catholicism cannot hold its position without universal political supremacy, and cries: 'Non possumus!' To my thinking Roman Catholicism is not even a religion, but simply the continuation of the Western Roman Empire, and everything in it is subordinated to that idea, faith to begin with. The Pope seized the earth, an earthly throne, and grasped the sword; everything has gone on in the same way since, only they have added to the sword lying, fraud, deceit, fanaticism, superstition, villainy. They have trifled with the most holy, truthful, sincere, fervent feelings of the people; they have bartered it all, all for money, for base earthly power. And isn't that the teaching of Antichrist? How could Atheism fail to come from them? Atheism has sprung from Roman Catholicism itself. It originated with them themselves. Can they have believed themselves? It has been strengthened by revulsion from them; it is begotten by their lying and their spiritual impotence! Atheism! Among us it is only the exceptional classes who don't believe, those who, as Yevgeny Pavlovitch splendidly expressed it the other day, have lost their roots. But over there, in Europe, a terrible mass of the people themselves are beginning to lose their faith at first from darkness and lying, and now from fanaticism and hatred of the church and Christianity.

-Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot 1868
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #118
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Faulkner - Absalom, Absalom

General Compson(on the death of Rosa Coldfield):

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if aught can be more painful to any intelligence above that of a child or an idiot than a slow and gradual confronting with that which over a long period of bewilderment and dread it has been taught to regard as an irrevocable and unplumable finality, I do not know it
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #119
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"Hail and farewell, fellow traveler. The great dark is too great and the night too deep. We will never meet, you and I. Let me pause therefore and raise a glass." -Menakhat, Arab poet.

"For I dipped into the Future, far as human eye could see; saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be." -Tennyson.

Really like the Marcus Aurelius one btw.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #120
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Religion is man's perversion of the divine.

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:22 PM   #121
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There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:40 PM   #122
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Charles Williams - War in Heaven

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"One shouldn't sniggre over Jeeves any more than one should snivel over Othello. Perfect art is beyond these easy emotions. I think Jeeves--the whole book, preferably with the illustrations--one of the final classic perfections of our time. It attains absolute being. Jeeves and his employer are one and yet diverse. It is the Don Quixote of the twentieth century."
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:49 AM   #123
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"TRUTH, not eloquence, is to be sought in reading the Holy Scriptures; and every part must be read in the spirit in which it was written. For in the Scriptures we ought to seek profit rather than polished diction.

Likewise we ought to read simple and devout books as willingly as learned and profound ones. We ought not to be swayed by the authority of the writer, whether he be a great literary light or an insignificant person, but by the love of simple truth. We ought not to ask who is speaking, but mark what is said. Men pass away, but the truth of the Lord remains forever. God speaks to us in many ways without regard for persons."

Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:52 PM   #124
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^^That seems contradictory to me.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:56 AM   #125
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Having a Humble Opinion of Self

EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars. He who knows himself well becomes mean in his own eyes and is not happy when praised by men.

If I knew all things in the world and had not charity, what would it profit me before God Who will judge me by my deeds?

Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise.

Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God.

The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you. If you think you know many things and understand them well enough, realize at the same time that there is much you do not know. Hence, do not affect wisdom, but admit your ignorance. Why prefer yourself to anyone else when many are more learned, more cultured than you?

If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel. To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself.

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