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Thoughts, Musings, & Quotes (2023)
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, most of these are quotes from other people. Some may not be original with the poster listed because it's not possible to determine who might have said it first. Dates are the post date and not the date of the quote itself.

”I am afraid that there is a particular class of race problem solvers who
don't want the patient to get well because as long as the disease holds out,
they have not only an easy means of making a living but also an accessible
medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."
(Booker T. Washington) (12/31/2023)

Previous musings listed below in reverse chronological order

  • “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” (Benjamin Franklin) (12/3/2023)
  • "In America, we recognize that the right to speak our minds and express the not granted to us by the government. It is given to us by God and no one should have the power to take that right away." (President Donald J. Trump) (11/26/2023)
  • “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.” (Martin Luther) (11/19/2023
  • "He who merits praise he never receives is better off than he who receives praise he never merits." (Unknown) (11/12/20230
  • “The sun is no less bright because blind men do not perceive its light.” (John Calvin) (11/5/2023)
  • “We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.” (Madeleine L’Engle) (10/22/2023
  • "Everyone needs a friend; not everyone knows how to be a friend." (Cec Murphey) (10/15/2023)
  • "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) (8/20/2023)
  • "The Gospel is not God hatefully saying: 'Turn to Me or I'll send you to Hell.' The Gospel is God's Mercy and Grace saying: 'You're already on your way to Hell. Turn to Me and I'll save you.'" (source unknown) (8/13/2023)
  • "All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer." (Robert Louis Stevenson) (7/2/2023)
  • "When I pray regularly for others, the best result is a change in me." (Cec Murphey) (7/9/2023)
  • "The search isn't as important as finding. It's more important." (Cecil Murphey) (6/10/2023)
  • "The very essence of anxious care is imagining that we are wiser than God." (Charles Spurgeon) (6/4/2023)
  • "Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom." (Albert Einstein) (5/28/2023)
  • "To become a person does not necessarily mean to be well adjusted, well adapted, approved of by others. It means to become who you are. We are meant to become more eccentric, more peculiar, more odd. We are not meant just to fit in. We are here to be different. We are here to be the individual.” (James Hollis) (5/21/2023)
  • "I really want everyone to know, especially young people, the hundreds or thousands of dumb ideas that I've had are what led me to my good ideas. You have to give yourself permission to fail." (Taylor Swift) (5/14/2023)
  • "Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly, but faith is the foot that carries the soul." (Charles Spurgeon) (4/30/2023)
  • "Protecting the earth is one thing. Protecting our fellow human beings is something else. Which is more important to you? (Roger E. Bruner) (4/16/2023)
  • “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” (Elisabeth Elliot) (3/26/2023)
  • "The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes." (Martin Luther) (3/19/2023)
  • "The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like." (E. L. Doctorow) (3/5/2023)
  • "Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people who have no intelligent knowledge of what they condemn?" (Susan B. Anthony) (2/12/2023)
  • "When you are convinced that what you offer is yours, whether it be mediocre or of standard quality, your originality will make people love you in a way you did not expect." (Michael Bassey Johnson) (1/22/2023)
  • "A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence." (James N. Watkins) (1/15/2023)
  • "If we give the best that is in us to our private affairs we shall have little need of government aid." (Calvin Coolidge) (1/8/2023)
  • "The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first." (T. S. Eliot) (1/1/2023)
  • "Jesus was not born to stay in a manger; He was born to go to the cross." (Ruth Chou Simons) (12/25/2022)