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There are only two kinds of people: those who say to
God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God
says, "All right, then, have it your way."-C.S.

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very
hard to be good. –C.S. Lewis

Living by faith includes the call to something greater
than cowardly self-preservation. –J.R.R. Tolkien

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,
is not an act but a habit. –Aristotle

I…urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the
calling to which you have been called, with all
humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with
one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of
the Spirit in the bond of peace. –Ephesians 4:1-3

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the
result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent
execution; it represents the wise choice of many
alternatives… –Aristotle

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of
my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my
rock and my redeemer. –Psalm 19:14

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should
sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or
Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote
poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the
hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here
lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

Excellence is to do a common thing in an
uncommon way. –Booker T. Washington, AfricanAmerican author, educator, and presidential advisor

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore
I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For
the sake of Christ, then, I am content with
weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and
calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not
know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit
himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for
words. –Romans 8:26

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by
the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else
to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me
seemed insufficient for that day.”-Abraham Lincoln

Everyone gets to decide how happy they will be,
because everyone gets to decide how grateful they are
willing to be. –author Ann Voskamp

Be joyful always. Pray continually. For this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
-Winston Churchill

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not
be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as
always Christ will be honored in my body, whether
by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and
to die is gain. – Philippians 1:20-21

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special
moment when they are figuratively tapped on the
shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special
thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.
What a tragedy if that moment finds them
unprepared or unqualified for that which could have
been their finest hour.” -Winston Churchill

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that
we should walk in them. –Ephesians 2:10

“You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are
restless, until they can find rest in You.” –prayer of
St. Augustine

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every
man which cannot be filled by any created thing,
but only by God, the Creator, made known through
Jesus. –Blaise Pascal, French mathematician,
inventor, and physicist

“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.” –St. Patrick

To no man will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or
justice. - The Magna Carta

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds
of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let
the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?...
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily.” Isaiah

O believer, learn to reject pride, seeing that you have
no ground for it. Whatever you are, you have
nothing to make you proud. The more you have, the
more you are in debt to God; and you should not
be proud of that which renders you a debtor. –
preacher Charles Spurgeon

What do you have that you did not receive? If then
you received it, why do you boast as if you did not
receive it? -1 Corinthians 4:7

“Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common
bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes
off his shoes...” –poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky
above proclaims his handiwork…There is no speech,
nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their
voice goes out through all the earth, and their words
to the end of the world. –Psalm 19:1,3-4

I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference
even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the
people those…prayers were destined to affect…we would
be so paralyzed with awe...that we would be unable
to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.
- Peter Kreeft, author

“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your
destiny. What we think, we become.” –former British
prime minister Margaret Thatcher

The instrument through which you see God is your
whole self. And if a man's self is not kept clean and
bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred. –C.S.

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is
healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if
your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of
darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how
great is the darkness! Matthew 6:22-23

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this
world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is
that I was made for another world. –C.S. Lewis

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is
wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day
by day. For this light momentary affliction is
preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond
all comparison… 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Knowledge puffs up;love builds up. –1 Corinthians

His divine power has given us everything we need
for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him
who called us by His own glory and goodness.
-2 Peter 1:3

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or
boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist
on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-5

[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices
with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all
things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love
never ends. –1 Corinthians 13:6-8

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do
right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law
of God, in my inner being, but I see in my
members another law waging war against the law of
my mind and making me captive to the law of sin
that dwells in my members.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me
from this body of sin and death? Thanks be to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord!–Romans 7:21-25a

All these toys were never intended to possess my
heart. My true good is in another world, and my
only real treasure is Christ. –C.S. Lewis

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised
against the knowledge of God, and take every
thought captive to obey Christ. -2 Corinthians 10:5

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason
has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. C.S. Lewis

There is therefore no condemnation for those who are
in Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted
among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!
-Psalm 46:10

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results. –Albert Einstein

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing. – Irish statesman
Edmund Burke

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. –
Albert Einstein
The measure of a man is what he does with power. Plato

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.” How then will they call on him in
whom they have not believed? And how are they to
believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone
preaching? And how are they to preach unless they
are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the
feet of those who preach the good news!”-Romans

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but
have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging
cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and
understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I
have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have
not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have,
and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have
not love, I gain nothing. -1 Corinthians 13:1-3

He has told you, O man, what is good;and what
does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and
to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your
God? –Micah 6:8

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.
Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both
yourself and your hearers. -1 Timothy 4:16

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my
disciples, and you will know the truth, and the
truth will set you free.” –John 8:31-32

On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only
on our own bottom. – Michel de Montaigne

A great man is always willing to be little. –poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is
thinking of yourself less. -C.S. Lewis

All we have to decide is what to do with the time
that is given us. –J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Fellowship
of the Ring

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road
darkens. –J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Fellowship of the

No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn
us aside from following the light unflinchingly. –
J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Fellowship of the Ring

There is but one good; that is God. Everything else
is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns
from Him. –C.S. Lewis

Jesus Christ did not say, "Go into all the world and
tell the world that it is quite right.”-C.S. Lewis

When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave
well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the
outside world. –C.S. Lewis

We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived
from the sun that shines upon us. –C.S. Lewis

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give
glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your
faithfulness!-Psalm 115:1

Forgiveness does not mean excusing. –C.S. Lewis
It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will
heal nothing. –J.R.R. Tolkien
Even the smallest person can change the course of the
future. –J.R.R. Tolkien
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very
same story which is written across the whole world
in letters too large for some of us to see. –C.S. Lewis

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart
from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such
thing. –C.S. Lewis

You may forget that you are at every moment
totally dependent on God. –C.S. Lewis

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it
is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. –Proverbs

When you are arguing against God you are arguing
against the very power that makes you able to argue
at all. –C.S. Lewis

Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before
you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before
you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. –William
Arthur Ward

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted
beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will

also provide the way of escape, that you may be able
to endure it. -1 Corinthians 10:13

Search me, O God, and know my heart!Try me
and know my thoughts! And see if there be any
grievous way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24

There, I guess King George will be able to read that.
–John Hancock, after singing the Declaration of