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  Here are some of our most-favorite (or least-favorite) quotes, along with those contributed by CWIRE readers. Send us your notable quotes to post here, with links to the source! Please browse local homepages and find the best (or worst, or funniest) quotes and bloopers to share! (Please remember: CWIRE has a "No Trash! policy.) (Last modified: March 10, 2007)

"I would love to see Abort73 become a movement led by courageous, smart, Wilberforce-like young people who wonít let it go until abortion is as unthinkable in our land as slavery."
John Piper, Pastor and Author (Minneapolis, MN) in an endorsement on the website

"Never let the dead make your decisions for you."
Rev. Paul Frazier of Hardin, IL. (Sent by Mike Dunham, 99508, 7/06)

"It is a shame that as social currency, fatherhood has been so drastically devalued. A manís honor is cheapÖ Boys must see the pride in their fatherís smile, feel the firm hand of a fatherís discipline, and hear the bite of correction in his voice. Boys will not grow into men unless men lead themÖBoys do not need male role models and they donít need father figures; they need fathers in the home."
Joseph C. Phillips, He Talk Like a White Boy, quoted by La Shawn Barber.

"Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money."
Sent by Danny Haszard, Bangor, Maine.

"Don't belittle. Be big."
Unknown. Sent by Leslie Young.

"I just need enough money to tide me over until I need more."
Bill Hoest (The "quote of the day" in the free subscription email for 11/10/05). The InvestorWords financial terms glossary contains over 6,000 finance-related terms, providing users with comprehensive definitions instantly.

"What amazed me was the crowd was black and white, professionals and clergy and lawyers and doctors and teachers and domestic workers of all colors and classes. I was awed that the organizing we had done out in the rural counties had resulted in this overwhelming mass of humanity saying you must do the right thing..."
Charles Jones, Head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's voter registration wing in 1965, on the march to Montgomery, quoted in "South was remade by ordeal in Selma" article in (Gil Klein & Michael Paul Williams, published 3/6/05).

"...There is salvation in no one else [but Jesus Christ]; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
(Acts 4:12) Peter (aka Cephas), disciple of Jesus, of whom he preached to the high priests in Jeruselem after being annointed with the Holy Spirit, as recorded in the Bible, the book of Acts, Chapters 3 & 4.
Today, many churches label themselves "Christian" but reject this verse (and other parts of the Bible), preferring to believe that Jesus is not "The Way, The Truth, and the Life" -- that there are many paths to God. (See "The Way").

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to [God] the Father but through Me."
Jesus of Nazareth, as quoted by his apostle, John, in the Gospel of John -- Chapter 14, verse 6. (John 14:6) Jesus himself claimed to be the exclusive path to heaven -- not just his teachings, but Jesus himself, the Messiah, who fulfilled ancient prophecy and gave-up his own life as atonement for the sins of the world --past, present, and future. (See "No Other Name But Jesus").

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
George Washington, Treaty of Tripoli, 1796, as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams. Is this a surprise? It is a common misperception among American Christians (and others) that the United States was founded on the Christian religion. Whereas some of the Founding Fathers may have been Christians, many of them professed to be Deists: they believed in a higher power, but rejected all organized religion -- including Christianity. George Washington and the other Founding Fathers knew the difference between the Universalist concept of "God," which accepts many (or all) paths to God, and the narrow teaching of Jesus and the Bible.

"The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: & enough too in their opinion, & this is the cause of their printing lying pamphlets against me..."
Thomas Jefferson in a leter to Benjamin Rush in 1800 (emphasis added). The italicized portion is inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial, leading many modern Americans to mistakenly assume that Jefferson was a Christian. (From "Thomas Jefferson on Christianity and Religion" by Jim Walker) Jefferson's beliefs were closer to Deism, and he even went so far as to rewrite the Christian Bible to remove parts which offended him.

Complaining about something without taking any action to correct it is irresponsible. If a condition deserves criticism, it deserves an honest attempt to change it.
John Renesch, Author, Futurist, Business Philosopher (1937 - ). (Quoted by Molly Stone, 9/05) Read more quotes by John Renesch

Faith moves mountains, but be sure to bring a shovel.
Anonymous, quoted by Paul Sirotta (7/05)

Experience is a marvelous thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake whenever you make it again.
Franklin P. Jones

Peace is joy in slow motion.
Nathaniel Kirby

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
Herb Cohen

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The content czars at Microsoft's Sidewalk or AOL's Digital Cities could study the Apple Jacks site for a year and still not understand what makes it special. And that's as it should be. It's not something they could acquire at any price."
David Plotnikoff, "City sites with a difference: personal touch" (San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 19, 1999)

"I am really focused on...making sure the web doesn't become a "mainframe and terminals" world... Now we have Microsoft rising into an IBM-like monolith, and people are forgetting that their personal computers can be transmitters on the Internet."
Bob Denny, ("Mission and Bio, Fall '98") Author of Website Pro software (Alisa Systems, Pasadena, CA), and the "father of personal web serving" (Posted 2/99)

"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience.
Mother Theresa -- "Notable and Quotable," (Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14)

"He asked me, 'Is that a Picasso?' I said, 'No, my child designed it.' "
M.S., a customer of KiDoodles by Joy Your child's drawings reproduced into one-of-a-kind jewelry in sterling silver or 14k gold. What a neat idea!

"Love cannot remain by itself -- it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service."
Mother Teresa, in a message sent by GCC Service Learning Center Director Hoover Zariani.

"You helped me make one of the biggest decisions I've ever made, and let me tell you that I've never been more happy that I am right now with my daughter..."
A young mother who, as a teenager dealing with a crisis pregnancy, came to the Pregnancy Help Clinic of Glendale for counseling and support.

"There are no exact statistics on how many Americans fell into enemy hands in Vietnam, but 8,000 is a very defensible number. Operation Homecoming, twenty-five years ago, brought home 739. How has such an appalling attrition rate become the answer to a trivia question?"
Lionel Chetwynd, "The Keepers of the Flame" on the POW's held in the "Hanoi Hilton." Mr. Chetwynd is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credits include writing and directing The Hanoi Hilton and the documentary To Heal a Nation.

"...the prisoners' memories of home started to become abstract. It now became a matter of building this small community that would be a mini-America, one that reflected the values these men held dear: sacrifice, honor, interdependence, self-reliance. Even if they never made it home again, they would die with their dignity and self-respect intact. Oh, God, were they not the best of us?"
Lionel Chetwynd, "The Keepers of the Flame" on the POW's held in the "Hanoi Hilton." The article asserts that confirmed POWs were kept alive by their captors for fear of reprecussions; whereas, MIA's were routinely executed. Mr. Chetwynd is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credits include writing and directing The Hanoi Hilton and the documentary To Heal a Nation.

"If you want money, ask for advice. If you want advice, ask for money."
Joyce Young, author of "Fundraising for Nonprofit Groups" (Self Counsel Press). Gleened from the Grantsmanship Center Forum (quoted by Ken Wyman, 2/13/98)

"If you don't like the content on the Internet, bring your shining light to make sure others WILL find something of value." "Caring and connectivity go together, and with this God-given capability you can no longer claim powerlessness to change the bear a real responsibility to use the Internet for doing good."
Frank Odasz, in "New Year's Greetings and Resolutions" posted on the Organization For Community Networking website. Mr. Odasz is the Director of Big Sky Telegraph, Western Montana College of the University of Montana (quoted 12/19/97)

"I guess maybe there is a theory that when bad things happen to the right people, good things happen from it. I hope this is the case."
Madlyn Abramson, who successfully battled breast cancer 12 years ago, at a press conference announcing her family's gift of $100 million to the University of Pennsylvania's Cancer Center. (posted 12/19/97)

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been rewarded for what he gave."
Calvin Coolidge, quoted by the Glendale Community Foundation homepage. Ken Brown, webmaster (posted 12/97)..

"It is more difficult to give intelligently than it is to earn money in the first place."
Andrew Carnegie, quoted by the Glendale Community Foundation homepage. Ken Brown, webmaster (posted 12/97)..

"Give cheerfully with one hand and you will gather well with two."
Irish Proverb, quoted by the Glendale Community Foundation homepage. Ken Brown, webmaster (posted 12/97).

"He who gives while he lives also knows where it goes."
Percy Ross, quoted by the Glendale Community Foundation homepage. Ken Brown, webmaster (posted 12/97).

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."
Albert Einstein, as quoted by The Community Trust website, Credo page (12/11/97).

"Life is a sexually transmitted terminal illness."
Peter McWilliams, in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do.

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts as are only injurious to others."
THOMAS JEFFERSON, as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.

"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement."
THOMAS JEFFERSON, First Inaugural Address, 1801, as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.

"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it."
H. L. MENCKEN, as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."
Adlai Stevenson, as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled . . . lest Rome become bankrupt."
Cicero, 63 B.C., as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.

"Anybody who sees and paints a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized."
Adolph Hitler, as quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams. Taken out of context, this might seem laughable. But considering the source, it is a sobering look at fascism.

"Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down."
Hugh Gallagher, student at NYU. (sent by Ann Hamilton 04/28/97) A very small sample of the hilarious essay reportedly submitted for a college entrance exam. The full text of the essay is located in the Humor Section under "Just For Fun."

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Albert Einstein, as quoted by Frank DeCenso. Thanks Frank!

"'Funny how people who like to blow their own horn seem to always play off-key."
Paraphrased from Ethel Galleher, Easter '97 (A "thought for the day" from a Kiwanis Calendar)

"A recently discovered flaw in the security of the new digital telephone network exposed the worst aspects of the [Clinton] Administration's encryption policy. Because the designers needed to be able to export their products, the system's security was 'dumbed down.' Researchers subsequently discovered that it is quite easy to break the security of the system and intrude on what should be private conversations."
E-mail Alert from "Voters Telecommunications Watch," March 29, 1997, ([] Contact: Shabbir J. Safdar)

"The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop."
Mark Twain

"Pets do not choose us;
We choose them.
The least we can do
Is choose very wisely
And take full responsibility for that choice.

The Petstation™ webpage entitled "PetNot!": a list of animals not recommended as pets. PetStation™ describes itself as the "Internet Home Base for Animal People."

"We cannot expect our children to raise themselves up in schools that are literally falling down"
President Clinton, 1997 State of the Union Address. See "The Partnership to Rebuild America's Schools Act of 1997".

"...Unlike pizza, culture doesn't come in slices and, unlike clothing, it will not carry labels comfortably."
Abouali Farmanfarmaian in From School Room to Shopping Mall -- Students Absorb a Monocultural Version of Multiculturalism (Jinn Magazine, an online zine from Pacific News Service). The article criticizes the tendency for American schools to teach a "Hollywood-and-Coke" version of multiculturalism dominated by the marketplace. PNS commentator Abouali Farmanfarmaian is an educational consultant and a freelance writer.

"I find life an exciting business and most exciting when it is lived for others... True happiness is attained through loyalty to a worthy purpose."
Helen Keller, as quoted online by WiseSkills Resources, a South Pasadena company providing ideas and resources to strengthen the character of young people.

"Civility is the lubricating oil of a free society."
Former Speaker Jim Wright, heard on a 1997 radio interview, on the increasingly harsh political atmosphere in Washington.

"Community sevice is a valuable service and learning experience for the college student. While the student provides a service in the community, she/he will develop valuable i.e., interpersonal, problem solving, and analytical skills. These skills will enhance her/his course work and employability."
Darcel Jarrett-Bowles, Career Counselor, School of Business and Economics, Career Center, CSUN, as quoted by the CSUN Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Volunteer Opportunities page.

"A man who lives by himself and for himself is apt to be corrupted by the company he keeps."
Charles Park, quoted by the L.A. Times' So Cal Excite reference page (Oct. 14, 1996)

"During my life I have seen the defeat of fascism, Nazism and communism. I do not plan to rest until I have also seen the end of discrimination."
Presidential Candidate Bob Dole, Aug. 23, 1996, in a speech to the National Association Of Black Journalists (NABJ), Nashville, Tennessee.

"We should never become so open-minded that our brains fall out."
From "Hollywood Uplink, (October 1, 1996, Dick Rolfe, Editor) the Dove Foundation's monthly movie and video report.

"If you're going to be a protester, this is certainly good weather for it..."
Heard on a local newschannel, as a segue from the Cal State Northridge riots to the weather. This gem came from Steve Harvey's column in the L.A. Times "Only in L.A." (Thursday, September 26, 1996).

"Good words are worth much, and cost little."
George Herbert, 1593-1633, Jacula Prudentum, Number 155, from Zondervan Publishing's "Quotes to Consider"

"It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing ..."
Elbert Hubbard, in "A Message to Garcia" (Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard, The Roycrofters, editors, 1922, New York, William H. Wise & Co., pp 254-258)

There is no doubt that our entire culture is experiencing a moral breakdown. People can get more family-friendly movies on film and television by supporting the Dove Foundation.
Steve Allen, comedian, author, composer and former "Tonight Show" host

Without struggle there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, as quoted by Doug Shuler in "How to Kill a Community Network." Mr. Shuler is the founder and a current board member of the Seattle Community Network.

The test of a vocation is love of the drudgery it involves.
Essayist Logan Pearsall Smith, as quoted in
Michael Novak's Business as a Calling

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
(sent by David Barner)

[Shakespeare] understood men like [Bill Clinton]: "He scorned scars who never felt a wound." Such scorn would no doubt "resonate" with many of the president's fellow boomers, who learned their history and devotion to duty, honor, country from the lyrics of rock noise.
Wesley Pruden, Pruden on Politics, Aug. 23-25, 1996, Washington Times

The goal of yesterday will be the starting point of tomorrow.
(sent by David Barner)

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So near is God to man,
When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
The youth replies, I can!

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Voluntaries" (source)

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