Quips and quotes - 2
Intellectual adherence is never owed to anything whatsoever, for it is
never in any degree a voluntary thing. Attention alone is
voluntary. It alone forms the subject of an obligation.
The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals
and three hundred sixty-two admonishments to heterosexuals.
That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals.
It's just that they need more supervision.
|Teaching and learning|
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should
first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be
changed in ourselves.
Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not
depend on us. We are not the only experiment.
The Church is simply the path of history, and not the actual kingdom
The compassion that you see in the kindhearted is God's
compassion. He has given it to them to protect the helpless.
|No God but mine?|
The fool says in his heart: 'There is no God' (Psalm
14:1). There is, however, another type of
fool, more dangerous and sure of himself, who says in his heart
and proclaims to all the world: 'There is no God but mine'.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is
to be ridiculous.
Whether the flavour of economic advice you like is conservative or liberal,
you will find that flavour available from some 'reputable' economist,
since there is no single standard to which all 'reputable' economists must
If you see a man approaching you with the intent of doing you good,
you should run for your life.
|Body and soul|
You cannot devalue the body and value the soul - or anything
else. . . . Contempt for the body is invariably
manifested in contempt for other bodies - the bodies of
slaves, labourers, women, animals, plants, the
|A lesson from lettuce|
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't
blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing
well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less
sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them they will grow
well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at
all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and
arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change.
Thich Nhat Hanh
|Unity is plural|
Unity is plural and, at minimum, is two.
An effort was made in the 1960s to increase the tonnage of fish caught in
Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Nile perch were
introduced, on the recommendation of marine biologists.
These took to the lake with a vengeance, some of them growing to six
feet in length. Other fish populations have diminished, as a
consequence. The promised increase in total catch is yet to
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what
the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be
replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There
is another theory which states that this has already happened.
'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
|What can I do, as only one person, to help the environment?|
I suppose that's a question most often asked of me by people who would like
to make a positive contribution towards a sustainable future and a healthy
environment. There are so many things that need to be done that
sometimes it seems overwhelming. I try to remind everyone that
no one person has to do it all but if each one of us follows our heart and
our own inclinations we will find the small things that we can do, and
together we will come up with enough to create a sustainable future and a
|Sauce for the goose|
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to
see it tried on him personally.
|Parent and child|
I was frightened of my parents, being born too soon for Dr
Spock. I caught the tail end of the Victorian philosophy that
parents were perfect, and children always in the wrong, a
righteous target for round-the-clock criticism. This made me
very shy in company, and as a child I had none of the social ease of
my lucky grandchildren, who assume unless it is proved to the contrary
that grown-ups are their friends.
|The ties that bind|
So if salvation is not to be found in the invisible hand of the market or in
the high hand of government, where is it? I suggest that
it is right under our noses - in ourselves. The key
is to strengthen the unseen ties that bind people in trust and
loyalty: what a perceptive economist, the late Arthur
Okun, once called the 'invisible handshake'. It is these
ties that enable markets and governments to function at all, and that
account for most else of what matters to us: love,
friendship, honour, fun, fulfilment.
Tim Hazledine: 'Taking New Zealand Seriously'
St Nicholas was remarkable in his infancy for piety and knowledge of the
scriptures, and disposed so early in life to conform to ecclesiastical
rule that, when at the breast, he fasted on Wednesday and
Friday, and sucked but once on those days.
|The Wesley spirit|
But although a difference in opinions or modes of worship may prevent an
entire external union, yet need it prevent our union in
affection? Though we cannot think alike, may we not love
alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of
one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein
all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller
differences. These remaining as they are, they may forward
one another in love and in good works.
|The Bible and Christian life|
What does seem to me to be completely true is that a Christian life and the
Bible go hand in hand. Ignoring the Bible is like trying to go
through life unable to remember anything that happened before today.
Lloyd Lee Wilson (Quaker)
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil -
but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly
presents every so often - just to save it from drying out
|Warfare - a feminist definition|
Warfare is maleness in its absurdest extremes. Here is to be
studied the whole gamut of basic masculinity, from the initial
instinct of combat, through every form of glorious ostentation,
with the loudest accompaniment of noise.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
|Be fair to God|
God may be subtle, but He isn't plain mean.
|What is needful|
Justice and fairness, not religion or atheism, are needful for
the protection of the state.
If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are
wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you
have, but conceal them like a vice lest they should spoil the lives of
better and simpler people.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The great rulers - the people do not notice their
existence. The lesser ones they attach to and praise
them. The still lesser ones - they fear
them. The still lesser ones - they despise
them. For where faith is lacking it cannot be met by faith.
Tao Te Ching
It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling
exception, is composed of others.
John Andrew Holmes
Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.
|A great wind|
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great
is bearing me across the sky.
I come not from religion: religions cause wars. I come
from a spirituality - a spirituality that teaches respect for
the sky father and the earth mother.
Maori speaker at NGO Women's Forum, Beijing
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed
with the monkey.
Every Mexican baby is born owing $1000 to a Northern bank. It's
the $1000 - not the baby - that is causing the
New Internationalist 235
Most people really believe that the Christian commandments (e.g. to
love one's neighbour as oneself) are intentionally a little too
severe - like putting the clock ahead half an hour to make sure
of not being late in the morning.
Behold how all those people are merchants who shun great sins and would like
to be good and do good deeds in God's honour, such as fasts,
vigils, prayers, and similar good deeds of all
kinds. They do all these things so that our Lord may give them
something, or so that God may do something dear to them.
All these people are merchants.
The sun and moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago had they
happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
|The pace of existence|
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be
done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
There are things so serious that you can only joke about them.
The essence of Christianity is the appeal to the life of Jesus as a
revelation of the nature of God's activity in the world. Jesus
rejected the notion of God as coercive power. Did that mean that
God was powerless? The paradox is that there is a power in
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are
Robert G. Ingersoll
How often I found out where I should be going only by setting out for
|Faith or belief?|
Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else
does the thinking.
We are all special cases.
Conscience is thoroughly well bred and soon leaves off talking|
to those who do not wish to hear it.
|Speaking the truth|
Speaking the truth to the unjust is the best of holy wars.
The Prophet Mohammed
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it the superficial
appearance of being right, and raises a formidable outcry in defense
In the spring of 1940 I read the Bhagavad-Gita. Strange to say
it was in reading those marvellous words, words with such a Christian
sound, put into the mouth of an incarnation of God, that I came
to feel strongly that we owe an allegiance to religious truth which is quite
different from the admiration we accord to a beautiful poem.
God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of
Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat
word for word|
what you shouldn't have said.
You cannot, at the same time, mount two horses;|
You cannot, at the same time, bend two bows;
You cannot, at the same time, serve two masters . . .
Gospel of Thomas 47
|Nature bats last|
|Dinosaurs dominated the earth well before humanity and survived over 150 million years. Humans, on the other hand, have been around for about 3 million years. Nature destroyed them, are we next? Something must be done soon because remember 'Nature bats last!'|
Never work before breakfast. If you have to work before
breakfast, get your breakfast first.
|To live like Christ|
Really living like Christ will not mean reward, social
recognition, and an assured income, but difficulties,
discrimination, solitude, anxiety. Here,
too, the basic experience of the cross applies: the wider we
open our hearts to others, the more audibly we intervene against the
injustice that rules over us, the more difficult our lives in the rich
unjust society will become.
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
|If you do not hope|
If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
Clement of Alexandria
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with
the rich is uselessness.
George Bernard Shaw
|Trust, but . . .|
Trust in God, but tie your camel first.
The Prophet Mohammed
|The market does not reflect long-term declines in natural resources such as oil. The market is like the float in a carburettor: as the engine demands more gas, the float falls and allows more gas to flow from the tank. But the float has no information concerning the amount of gas left in the tank until the fuel line is unable to keep up with demand.|