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Thoughts, Musings, & Quotes (2018)
When I first started posting thoughts here, my intention was to think of clever tidbits of my own to share. But I quickly discovered that other people have more wisdom than I do. Consequently, many of these quotes are from other people.

Dates are the post date and not the date of the quote itself.

"Nothing I can do alters the past; everything I do
reshapes the future." (Cecil Murphey) (12/30/2018)

Previous musings listed below in reverse chronological order

  • "Your birth may have been unplanned, but it wasn't an accident. God doesn't make mistakes." (Source unknown) (12/23/2018)
  • "The author or speaker from whom you learn the most is not the one who teaches you something you didn't know before, but the one who helps you take a truth with which you have quietly struggled, give it expression, and speak it clearly and boldly." (Oswald Chambers) (12/16/2018)
  • "I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world." (Norman Vincent Peale) (12/9/2018 )
  • "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different..." (C. S. Lewis) (11/25/2018)
  • "Your talent is God's gift to you. What you did with it is your gift back to God." (Leo Buscaglia) (11/18/2018)
  • "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. (C. S. Lewis) (11/11/2018)
  • "What other people think of me is none of my business." (Eleanor Roosevelt) (11/4/2018)
  • "Stop caring about other people's opinion of yourself." (Leo Tolstoy) (10/28/2018)
  • "What is done in love is done well." (Vincent Van Gogh) (10/21/2018)
  • "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." (Victor Hugo) (10/7/2018)
  • "How indescribably exciting it is to be a member of God's family and have Jesus as my big brother." (Roger E. Bruner) (9/30/2018)
  • "Difficulties afford a platform upon which He can show Himself. Without them we could never know how tender, faithful, and almighty our God is." (Hudson Taylor) (9/23/2018)
  • "I am a story that needs telling. I have wisdom to share with others." (Cec Murphey) (9/9/2018)
  • "History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong." (C. S. Lewis) (9/2/2018)
  • "The Divisive Left takes its vision seriously—more seriously than it takes the rights of other people. They want to be our shepherds. But that requires us to be sheep." (Thomas Sowell)(8/26/2018)
  • "Happiness doesn't make me grateful. Gratefulness makes me happy." (Cec Murphey) (8/19/2018)
  • "Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately." (President Donald John Trump) (8/12/2018)
  • "A civilization without memory ceases to be civilized. A civilization without history ceases to have identity. Without identity there is no purpose; without purpose civilization will wither." (Michael Kammen) (8/5/2018)
  • "No matter how hard I try, I don't always achieve my goals. I've learned to settle for doing my best." (Cecil Murphey) (7/29/2018)
  • "I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) (7/22/2018)
  • "Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." (Anne Lamott) (7/15/2018)
  • "There are 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. Lewis) (7/8/2018)
  • "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." (C. S. Lewis) (7/1/2018)
  • "The law discovers the disease. The Gospel gives the remedy." (Martin Luther) (6/24/2018)
  • "And to make an end is to make a beginning."(T.S. Eliot) (6/17/2018)
  • "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) (6/10/2018)
  • "A young person voting for a Democrat is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders." (Charlie Kirk) (6/3/2018)
  • "He that loves reading has everything within his reach." (William Godwin) (5/20/2018)
  • "Hypocrisy isn't just a feature of modern liberalism. It's the heart of the enterprise. Ever wonder how people who advocate for abortion can say they stand for children? How a movement that demonizes an entire race can claim to oppose racism? The same way Al Gore can travel by private jet while trying to ban your SUV. Because consistency doesn't matter to the left. Only virtue matters." (Tucker Carlson) (5/13/2018)
  • "The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) (5/6/2018)
  • "Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." (George Herbert) (4/29/2018)
  • "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." (Maya Angelou) (4/22/2018)
  • "A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God." (Sidney Sheldon) (4/15/2018
  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) (4/8/2018)
  • "Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain) (4/1/2018)
  • "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." (Thomas Jefferson) (3/25/2018)
  • "It always seems impossible till it's done." (Nelson Mandela) (3/18/2018)
  • "I face the joys and accept the challenges of aging because I'm always at the right age." (Cecil Murphey) (3/11/2018)
  • "Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." (Anna Quindlen) (3/3/2018)
  • "A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people." (Will Rogers) (2/25/2018)
  • "Books are a uniquely portable magic." (Stephen King) (2/18/2018)
  • "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't come to yours." (Yogi Berra) (2/11/2018)
  • "I don't need more things to be happy; I need to value what I already have." (Cecil Murphey) (2/4/2018)
  • "God's will hath no why." (Maria Von Trapp) (1/28/2018)
  • "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." (C. S. Lewis) (1/21/2018)
  • "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." (Oscar Wilde) (1/14/2018)
  • "Can the liberties of a nation be secure, when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" (Thomas Jefferson) (1/7/2018)
  • "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late." (Benjamin Franklin) (12/31/2017)