I collect quotes. I have notebooks full of them. Some are from ordinary people, others from famous personages. I never know when I’ll run across a gem, so I carry a note pad in my purse. Not long ago I happened on a small book of quotes by Winston Churchill. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”
“As long as the job is done, it does not matter much who gets the credit.”
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”
“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look at it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
“What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place to live in after we are gone?”
“No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.”
Anyone who reads the Bible becomes aware of cycles through history. From bondage to spiritual faith, from faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, liberty to abundance, abundance to complacency, complacency to apathy, apathy to dependence, and dependence back into bondage.
When you look at our nation, where are we on that wheel?
We should be careful what we wish for.
The most terrifying words in scripture are: “God gave them over “ to what they wanted.