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* PRAISE has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant ... One good rejoinder to an atheist is to give a good dinner and ask him if he believes there is a cook. - Nizer ... God will not look at you for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for SCARS... SECRECY: I will govern my life and my thoughts as if all the world were to see the one and to read the other; for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God all our privacies are open. -- Seneca.
ABOVE THE LAW. Congress exempts itself from hundreds of laws it passes for the rest of us to obey, including:
Despised and torn in pieces,
By infidels decried,
The thunderbolts of hatred,
The haughty cynic's pride
All these have railed against it
In this and other lands;
Yet dynasties have fallen,
And the Bible still stands!
- James M. Gray
He who knows not, and knows not
that he knows not, is a fool -- shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that
he knows not, is a child -- teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that
he knows, is asleep -- wake him.
He who knows, and knows
that he knows is wise -- follow him.
-- Persian Proverb
NOT BAD FOR A PAGAN
Confucius, the wise old pagan, said:
"Wise is the man, and bound to grow,
Who knows he knows a thing or so;
But who is not afraid to show
The many things he does not know."
WHEN ALL SPEAK WELL OF YOU
"Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets." (Luke 6:26}
"This is the converse to the beatitudes pronounced upon those who are reviled, etc. A righteous life rebukes an evil one and the general tendency of evil is to deride that which rebukes it. This tendency caused the wicked of Christ's time to say that he had a demon and that he cast out demons by the power of Beelzebub. If our lives draw to themselves no reproach, they cannot be right in the sight of God. A good name is mere to be desired than great riches but we must not sacrifice our fidelity to Christ in order to attain it. If we adhere strictly to the virtues which Christ enjoined, we shall find that the world has an evil name for every one of them. Earnest contention for his truth is called bigotry; loyalty to his ordinances is dubbed narrowness; strict conformity is looked upon as an effort to court favor; piety is scorned as hypocrisy; and faith is regarded as fanaticism." -- J. W. McGarvey
In the United States, only seven percent of robbers are arrested and only one in a hundred gets punished. And those punished are in jail for an average of only 54 days. - Paul Harvey
In the ten years since the AIDS epidemic began, about 120,000 Americans have died of the disease. During the same period, 40 times that have succumbed to cancer. That disparity is worth pausing over, because It illuminates the degree to which we have been propagandized about AIDS. - Mona Charen
Washington D.C. ended a year as the leading contender for the title of America's murder capital, with 487 homicides recorded in 1991. This was four more than the 483 reported in 1990, when our national capital also led the nation. The year 1992 started off with four killings in the first four hours.