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A few quips worth sharing...

This week I’ll simply share some quotes from the Common Book my daughter Cynthia and I send back and forth to one another.  We mostly share Bible verses, but we like to add quips from famous authors or politicians.  Some are profound, some are just amusing.

“A true and faithful Christian does not make holy living an accidental thing.  It is his great concern.  As the business of the soldier is to fight, so the business of the Christian is to be like Christ.”  Jonathan Edwards

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”  George Washington

“A fool in a high station is like a man on the top of a high mountain - everything appears small to him, and he appears small to everybody.”  Rabelais

“Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:6

“The landscape painter must walk in the fields with a humble mind.  No arrogant man was ever permitted to see Nature in all her beauty.”  John Constable

“Condescend, merciful Father! To grant as far as proper these imperfect petitions, to accept these inadequate thanksgivings, and to pardon whatever of sin hath mingled in them for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Savior; unto Whom, with Thee, and the blessed Spirit, ever one God, be rendered all honor and glory, now and forever.”  John Jay, President of Congress, original Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”  Winston Churchill

“Let a thing here be noted, that the prophet of God sometimes may teach treason against kings, and yet neither he nor such as obey the word, spoken in the Lord’s name by him, offend God.”  John Knox

“Napoleon built his campaigns of iron and when one piece broke the whole structure collapsed.  I made my campaigns using rope, and if a piece broke I tied a knot.”  Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (victor over Napoleon)

“Mine heart is prepared, O God, mine heart is prepared; I will sing and give praise.” Psalm 57:7


~Brian Turner