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Note: This is my third A.S. Everything and this book is so filled with potential euphorisms that I could easily do twenty, if I wanted to, which I don’t.  One interesting thing about this book, however, is that the author has included so many wrong-minded Truth Statements from the foolish characters – more so than other authors I have read. I note that I disagree with all of these, too – which shows that her bad guys are a little straw-mannish, given that I disagree with many of Rand’s premises.


Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged – The Parts That She Disagrees With

Words are relative. Words are only symbols. If we don’t use ugly symbols we won’t have any ugliness. *** Surely you realize that the government’s plan cannot be held up by the matter of your consent. *** Nothing lasts forever. ***Any man can be stopped. *** The idea that it matters who’s right or wrong. It’s the most insufferable form of vanity, this insistence on always doing right. How do you know what’s right? How can anyone ever know it? It’s nothing but a delusion to flatter your own ego and to hurt other people by flaunting your superiority over them. *** What is the point of fighting a battle you can’t win? *** The day of the hero is past. This is the day of humanity, in a much deeper sense than you imagine. Human beings are no longer expected to be saints nor to be punished for their sins.  Nobody is right or wrong, we’re all in it together  *** All business is just dirty politics and all politics is just dirty business. *** You can’t be hard on a man who needs you. *** Whatever type of men we’re count on and planning for, there’s a certain old-fashioned quotation which we may safely forget: the one about counting on the wise and the honest. We don’t have to consider them. They’re out of date. *** There’s no such thing as the intellect. A man’s brain is a social product. *** Nobody should be allowed to waste money on the old until everybody has plenty of the old. *** Freedom? Do let’s stop talking about freedom. Freedom is impossible. Man can never be free of hunger, of cold, of disease. . . So why should he object to the tyranny of a political dictatorship. *** Genius is a superstition.


Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Last Battle (Part 2 of 2)


There goes one who has called on gods he does not believe in. How will it be with him if they have really come? *** If you must weep, turn your face aside and see you do not wet your bowstring. ***  No warrior scolds. Courteous words or else hard knocks are his only language. *** Very few troops can keep on looking steadily to the front if they are getting arrows in their faces from one side and being pecked by an eagle on the other. ***

The dwarfs are for the dwarfs. *** Whatever else you may say about dwarfs, no one can say they aren’t brave. *** When you are using every muscle to the full – ducking under a spear-point here, leaping over it there, lunging forward, drawing back, wheeling round – you haven’t much time to feel either frightened or sad. *** A man who is fighting a dozen enemies at once must take his chances wherever he can. *** Begone monster, and take your lawful prey to your own place. *** Come further up! Come further in! *** Dogs always behave as if they thought whatever they are doing at the moment, immensely important. *** A noble friend is the best gift, and a noble enemy the next best. *** Beloved, said the Glorious One, unless thy desire had been for me, thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. *** It’s all in Plato! *** There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. *** If one could run without getting tired, I don’t think one would often want to do anything else. *** Welcome, in the Lion’s name  *** You’ve no idea how good an old joke sounds when you take it out again after a rest of five or six hundred years. *** The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside. *** Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Last Battle (Part 1 of 1)


I know that there are liars on earth; there are none among the stars. *** HE is not a slave of the stars, but their maker. *** He is not a tame lion. *** It is often little things that are hardest to stand. *** I love disguises! *** An experienced warrior can wake up at the time he wants. *** False valor has spoiled many notable plans in the wars. *** The hissing letter S is the part of a whisper most likely to be overheard. *** When you have been whispering for hours the mere sound of anyone talking out loud has a wonderfully stirring effect. *** The Light is dawning, the lie broken. *** A fat full-grown donkey indoors always makes a room feel rather crowded. *** A cat can look ever so prim and proper when it pleases. *** People shouldn’t call for demons unless they really mean what they say. *** One always feels better when one has made up one’s mind. *** All worlds draw to an end, except Aslan’s own country. *** A noble death is a treasure that no one is too poor to buy. *** I’d rather be killed fighting than grow old and stupid at home and perhaps go about in a bathchair and then die in the end just the same. *** The worst part is the waiting. *** Courage child; we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.



Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Pastor John’s Advent Poem: Ruth (Parts 3 and 4)

How few there are who wait for God to act! How few who trust the solid pact that God has made, that he will work for those who wait for him, nor shirk one moment in a ten-year plan, or more. Perhaps he wills to span a thousand years before the space of time is full for him to place His final king upon the throne. And when he does, it shall be known that here in Bethlehem we played a part. *** Waiting is a holy work of faith in God. *** Nor does there lurk beneath the timing of his ways some secret malice that displays itself in holding back the flow of future grace.  *** God does not go from here to there by shortest routes; He makes a place for faith and doubts. Nor does he hasten on his way, but comes when it is best, today, or maybe twenty years from now, or more. *** We will bow to God, and there embrace the truth: Some serve like Mara, others Ruth. *** Don’t you believe, My son, that Moses meant to weave together with his law that we leave something for the poor? *** It seems to me the holy Torah ought to be interpreted to see as much compassion as we can.  *** The Torah says that I should love my neighbor just the way I love myself. Would you not say that if you labored for a boss, it would be good to see him toss the barley every now and then? *** We ought to read the Torah, to see as much compassion as we can. Go read, and find it has more mercy than you think. *** I would not touch a woman, be she good or great, outside a covenant. *** I think the Lord has fought today, and with his sword has stuck a sin up on the gate. *** As for the badge of shame, you tell: The line of Judah bears it well, and will for generations yet to come.  *** The book of Moses set me free.  *** There is a mercy in the law of God beyond my skin: By faith God makes a person right, be she a Jew or Moabite. *** Ignite in us the faith of Ruth.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From

Pastor Piper’s Advent Poem – Ruth (Part 2 and 3)


Just grief? It seems to me that God was doing more. *** Sometimes creed can’t keep up with the speed of pain, and has to make the meaning plain when suffering slows down. *** The day would come when tortoise faith would catch the bounding hare of pain and match his power, not his pace, and win. Judge not from how the two begin. *** A servant in the loft and two old men can manage with a fox’s den  *** Should the sin of Lot destroy the good for every generation, then there is no good in any men. *** Think with care, Lest you forget. *** Incest is not unique to Moabites. *** Pick your people, tongue, or tribe, for none is pure from disrepute, not one. *** Meanwhile in the darkness here, where tribes and races hate and fear, O Lord, let Bethlehem ignite a flame of truth, and let us fight with love and joy to make it plain that fam’ly links are not a chain, and origins do not control. *** Half images are not the whole, nor true, and take a rending toll. *** Beneath the skin there is a soul. And may we lift this light and truth for Boaz and for every Ruth. *** There is a debt to parentage that one can feel. *** It is not love to trade for grain your God.  *** I will not suck with these the breast of foreign deities. I’d rather starve beneath the wings of God, than live with foreign kings. *** Our God is on your side. *** This very hour God makes the sin of man, with power, to serve your faithfulness. *** I’d rather live beneath the wing of God, or die there, if I must, than try to save my life by trust in my own plans.

Every year, Pastor John reads, during each of the four Sundays of Advent, an advent poem that he has written as a gift for our congregation. They are quite good. This year, the story is about Ruth.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From John Piper’s Ruth Advent Poem


My daddy’s always making rhymes but they’re not very good — sometimes. *** It better satisfies the ear to close the eye.  *** It blunts the beauty of a thing to feel a rival pleasure make appeal  *** The story starts with God, as all true stories do. *** None could stay his hand, or make undone the deed of God. He had his aims. *** God names whom he will have, and moves the earth to bring them to himself. *** No price paid to her gods of wood and stone could ever cleanse her heart, atone for sin, or satisfy the just and holy claims of God. Sheer dust upon the scales, all this, to weigh against idolatry each day. *** The hand of God is very roundabout, and there is time and room to doubt at every turn.  *** Clean and upright boys will never sleep with girls until the day they keep one woman for a wife. Beware, young man, no commoners should dare, nor even kings, to break this law. *** The broken saint just took them in without complaint, and from her lips and from her way they met her God and learned to pray. *** Could be, my good grandson,that you will sing, and put the truth on wing with harp and psalm and song. *** I pray that bitter providence today, tomorrow will taste very sweet, and every famine that we meet and every broken staff of bread in death, will bring us life instead.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Thanksgiving Hymns


For the joy of human love (Brother, sister, parent, child), friends on earth and friends above, pleasures pure and undefiled – Lord of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise. *** Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices who wondrous things hath done in whom his world rejoices; who from our mother’s arms hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours to-day. *** Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to God the creator triumphantly raise. Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us, Who still guides us on to the end of our days. *** The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own. *** This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought. *** Thanks to God for my Redeemer, Thanks for all Thou dost provide. *** We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant and pray that Thou still our Defender will be. *** Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be. *** Sing to the Lord of harvest, sing songs of love and praise; With joyful hearts and voices your alleluias raise. By Him the rolling seasons in fruitful order move. Sing to the Lord of harvest a joyous song of love. *** O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. *** For the love which from our birth over and around us lies, Lord of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.


Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From A Horse An His Boy By C S Lewis (Part 2 of 2)

All that galloping for a day and a night, like in stories, can’t really be done. It must be walk and trot: but brisk trots and short walks. *** One of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no-one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself. *** If you do one good deed, your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one. *** I have now lived a hundred and nine winters in this world and have never yet met any such thing as Luck. *** There is something about this that I do not understand: but if ever we need to know it, you may be sure that we shall. *** It would be better to stay and say we’re sorry than to go back. *** You’re not quite the great horse you had come to think, from living among poor dumb horses. Of course you were braver and cleverer than them. You could hardly help being that. It doesn’t follow that you’ll be anyone very special here. But as long as you know you’re nobody very special, you’ll be a very decent sort of horse, on the whole, and taking one thing with another. *** Goat’s milk is rather a shock when you’re not used to it. *** I tell no-one any story but his own. *** There are some things that take a lot of getting used to. *** If you would not be taken for a traitor, try not to hear what’s meant for other ears. *** A boy in battle is a danger only to his own side. ***  He would not be your son if he did not inherit your conditions. *** Happy the horse that knows he’s a fool while he is still young. *** No-one is told any story but their own. *** Even a traitor may mend. *** I have no stomach for killing men in cold blood. *** Never taunt a man save when he is stronger than you: then as you please. *** Your doom is very near, but you may still avoid it. Forget your pride (what have you to be proud of?) and your anger (who has done you wrong?) and accept the mercy of these good kings. *** The king’s under the law, for it’s the law makes him a king. *** It’s princes have all the fun. *** This is what it means to be King: to be first in every desperate attack, and last in every desperate retreat, and when there’s hunger in the land (as must be now and then in bad years) to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your land.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Summa Elvetica By Theo Beale (Part 3)

It would be difficult for you to do anything at all if you are dead. ***  I have many deeds for which to repent, much pride for which to atone. *** There are few, man or orc, who cannot be purchased by one means or another. *** We are all fallen short of the glory of God, my brother, even if some of us fall shorter than others. *** The mighty are ever proud. *** Peace, child. We must have the courage to trust in the Immaculate One and pray that His will be done. *** One day we shall walk the streets of gold together and complete our conversation at our leisure. *** Fare you well, And may the Immaculate Incarnate drive all darkness from you and shield you with blessing and light! *** It is an intrinsic error to conclude that animation without anima was the result of a demonic heritage. The sparrow was equally unworthy of the Gospel, and yet it was loved by its Creator all the same.  *** It is an outrage, an abomination, that such a brilliant mind should be forever silenced by stupid and greedy men so that other stupid and greedy men could hope to increase their wealth. *** Trust in your sword or trust in your God, but don’t put your faith in Lady Fortune. *** Try trusting in God for once, instead of your sword and I shall pray that one day the Immaculate One will wash that blackened soul of yours as white as a Sanctiff’s beard. *** I have decided to serve God. *** Do not ever confuse the Church with the God is serves, nor God’s voice on Earth with the still small voice that speaks after the wind, the earthquake, and the fire. *** Not all knowledge can be gleaned from texts. *** Our desire for talent must never be used to overshadow an absence of calling. That way lie madness and material empire. *** Purity is a virtue of the soul. *** To blush is to be impassioned by an offense against that which is immaculate. Only a creature with a soul could possible be cognizant of offending such virtue. *** Have you never perused the list of true saints? Have you never seen how very few of them happened to be men of the cloth? *** THE IMMACULATE GOD so loved man that He created him in such wise that he might participate, not only in the good that other creatures enjoy, but endowed him with capacity to attain to the inaccessible and invisible Supreme Good and behold it face to face

Taking a short break from Summa, but what would be more appropriate for breaking away from Vox aphorisms to showing aphorisms from his favorite Narnia book (which I just finished reading to my kids)?

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Lewis’ “The Horse And His Boy”

(Part 1 of 2)


It is wrong to listen behind closed doors. *** He who attempts to deceive the judicious is already baring his own back for the scourge.  *** Swords can be kept off with shields but the Eye of Wisdom pierces through every defense. *** A war horse costs too much to be treated badly. *** What silly legs humans have. *** Talking horses always become more horsey when they are angry. *** No one can teach riding so well as a horse. *** If you live you may have good fortune, but all the dead are dead alike. *** People who know a lot of the same things can hardly help talking about them, and if you’re there you can hardly help feeling that you’re out of it. *** One usually gets on better with people when one is making plans than when one is talking about nothing in particular. ***  It is an old saying: See the bear in his own den before you judge of his conditions. *** There is a great distance between a noise heard letting you in with your friends in the morning and a noise heard alone at nightfall, shutting you out. *** I don’t think anyone can be blamed for shouting if something comes up from behind and touches him; not in such a place and at such a time when his frightened already. *** If one is nervous, there’s nothing like having your face towards the danger and having something warm and solid at your back. *** I’ll never do anything nasty to cat again as long as I live. *** The departure of guests makes a wound that is easily healed in the heart of a judicious host. *** Deep draughts from the fountain of reason are desirable in order to extinguish the fire of youthful love. *** One of the drawbacks about adventures is that when you come to the most beautiful places you are often too anxious and hurried to appreciate them.                                     



Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Summa Elvetica, By Theo Beale

An absence of murderous intent is a quality to cherish in a slave. *** There is as little similarity between the eye and the stomach, though a man is wise to value both. In the service of God, who is to say which is the more needful? *** Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord indeed, for do not our brothers the birds greet the new day with a song sweeter than any sung by man?” *** Above man: the angels. Below him: the beasts. Can it be said that there is room between man and angel, or between man and beast? *** Neither good nor bad angels can create anything. ***Immaterial substance can be made only by God, since it has no matter from which to be made. Its creation can be the action of God alone. But as Petrus Lombardus writes, God can communicate to a creature the power of creating, so that the latter can create ministerially, not by its own power. From this it follows that the first separate substance created by God created another after itself, in a process that continues to this day. Thus was the substance of the world created, and thus is it that the substance of the world creates the matter of inferior bodies. *** We are freed from the chains of guilt by the blood of the Immaculate  *** It’s quite common for rulers who wish their rule to continue to take a dim view of unknown visitors being armed in their presence. *** We worship a God who became man. There is nothing less immaterial than that. *** If it was so easy for a man to pick out another man willing to kill him, no king would have ever been murdered by his successor. *** When money and power were at stake, no man’s life could be deemed entirely safe, not even his own. *** Son, there are times when a battle isn’t going well and you begin to think it will be your last. In those times, a man has two choices: curse God or praise Him. It’s in those times that a man discovers who he is. *** I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Summa Elvetica, By Theodore Beale – The First 75 Pages

Go with God, and the grace of our living Lord be upon you. *** Only a philosopher or a fool doubts his own existence. *** Decisions must be made, though the decision makers be fallible. *** Glory to God. *** To be so sure, so secure in one’s faith—surely that was a wonderful thing! And yet, what was a man’s mind for, if not to use it? *** Make the mistake of allowing one snake into the Senate, and I assure you a thousand will soon squirm in behind him! *** No one survives long without learning something, no matter how stupid he might be to start. *** Chance is everywhere. *** It takes more than a scratch from an orc to kill a dwarf. *** Every man has his price. *** Defend us, preserve your humble servants, O most pure and perfect Lord, even as we walk into the shadows of evil. *** Yes, grant us wisdom, almighty God. Grant us knowledge to separate the wheat from the chaff, to cleave the sheep from the goats. Give us Your eyes, Lord God, that we may see the soulless spirits of evil that seek nothing but ruin and distinguish them from the souls that may be saved for Your glory. *** Even generals accorded the signal honor of a Triumph are usually forgotten within a decade. *** Did one simply wait for inspiration to strike? That seemed insensible. After all, a man might wait all his life for inspiration to arrive of its own accord. *** All things serve a purpose; our inability to discern that purpose does not indicate its absence, only our shortcomings.” *** One can’t be sure of what one doesn’t know.  *** It takes a brave lad to admit he’s afraid. *** No one is afraid of goblin infantry, nor should anyone be, unless they happen to outnumber you fifty to one. *** Fear has a specific object—not unlike hope, usually. But the object of hope is a future good. A difficult one, perhaps, but always something that is possible to obtain. The object of fear, on the other hand, is a future evil, an evil that irresistible only because it is desired. *** Wisdom and wine are wasted on the young. *** It’s a terrible sound, an arrow striking a man. *** You see, lad, there’s no promise less likely to be kept than one made by a frightened man. You’ll do well to remember that, should you ever find a frightened man making you one. *** God hates the arrogant and He hates the proud. But not all pride is out of place. There is a pride that would rule and a pride that would serve. The pride that makes a man hold his ground and refuse to be the first to run when his cohort is being pressed hard by the foe, that is a good thing, a needful thing. It is a strength. The pride that causes a commander to despise his enemy counterpart, that is a fatal flaw.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes (Part 11)

I’m not having enough fun right now. I’m just having a LITTLE bit of fun. I should be having LOTS of fun. It’s Sunday. I’ve just got a few precious hours of freedom left before I have to go to school tomorrow. Between now and bedtime, I have to squeeze all the fun possible out of every minute! I don’t want to waste a second of liberty! Each moment I should be able to say, “I’m having the time of my life right now!” But here I am and I’m NOT having the time of my life! Valuable minutes are disappearing forever, even as we speak! We’ve got to have MORE fun! C’mon!  ***  When you’re SERIOUS about having fun, it’s not much fun at all! *** Considering that my life’s in shambles right now, could you at least take the blame? *** What’s the point of a propeller beanie if you can’t even fly when you wear it? *** Mom sure can make someone want to do something. *** Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around. *** Whenever I need to do some serious thinking, I go for a walk in the woods. There are always a million distractions out here.  *** I don’t believe in ethics any more. As far as I’m concerned, the ends justify the means. Get what you can while the getting’s good – that’s what I say! Might makes right! The winners write the history books! It’s a dog-eat-dog world, so I’ll do whatever I have to, and let others argue about whether it’s “right”or not. I didn’t mean for EVERYONE, you dolt! Just ME! *** I’ve been thinking. Suppose I grow up to be one of the world’s greatest men of all time. Suppose my name will be an inspiration to humanity for eons to come! What will the history books say? They’ll say, “Much of his childhood was spent unwillingly in the bathtub. *** My likely historical significance is a terrible burden.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair (Part 3 of 3)


Friends, when once a man is launched on such and adventure as this, he must bid farewell to hopes and fears, otherwise death and deliverance will both come too late to save his honor and his reason. *** Even a Marshwiggle gets tired of being chewed. *** There’s one good thing about being trapped down here: It’ll save funeral expenses. *** Courage, friends. Whether we live or we die, <God> will be our good lord. *** However happy you are, you can’t talk with your mouth full of snow. *** Those Northern Witches always mean the same thing, but in every age they have a different plan for getting it. *** It is a most special and unheard of honour to be allowed to ride a Centaur. *** A centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omelette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he attends to the hors part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finish up with a hot mash, some oats and a bag of sugar. That’s why it’s such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the week-end. A very serious thing indeed. *** No one thinks a Centaur funny when he sees it. They are solemn, majestic people, full of ancient wisdom which they learn from the stars, not easily made either merry or angry, but their anger is terrible as a tidal wave when it comes. *** People don’t seem to have any particular ages on that mountain. *** It is the stupidest children who are most childish, and the stupidest grown-ups who are most grown-up. *** He has died. Most people have, you know. *** One can’t be a ghost in one’s own country. *** You can’t want any wrong things any more, now that you have died, my son. *** Bright mornings bring on wet afternoons, and you can’t expect good times to last. *** If ever you have the luck to go to Narnia yourself, do not forget to have a look at the caves.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair


However tired you are, it takes some nerve to walk up to a giant’s front door. *** Don’t look frightened, whatever you do. *** Beetles fancy other beetles, they do say. *** Smells alright, but that’s nothing to go by. *** If you can swim, a giant bath is a lovely thing. *** I know nothing so disagreeable as being kissed by a giantess. *** Many fall down, and few return to the sunlit lands. *** Many come down and few return to the sunlit lands. *** Many sink down and few return to the sunlit lands. *** There are no accidents; . . he knew all things that would come of them, including this. *** There is nothing like a good shock of pain for dissolving certain kinds of magic. *** I’m a chap who likes to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. *** Suppose we have dreamed, or made up all those things – tress and grass and sun and moon and stars. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of yours is the only world. Then it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world that can like your world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From The Book Of Jonah

What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish. *** I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land *** You, O Lord, have done as it pleased you. *** I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,and he answered me; *** For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. *** I shall again look upon your holy temple. *** Lord my God, when my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. *** Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you. *** Salvation belongs to the Lord! *** By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; Let them call out mightily to God. *** Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish. *** When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster. *** You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Calvin


You should be glad we’re alive. *** When I grow up, I’m going to live a million miles away from everyone! *** I haven’t had any adventures! My life has been a big bore from the beginning! Have I ever been abducted by pirates? Have I ever faced down a charging rhino? Have I ever been in a shoot-out, or on a bombing raid? No! I never get to have adventures!  *** These television programs sure are rotten. There isn’t an ounce of imagination in the whole bunch. What bilge. Who do they think is stupid enough to sit and watch this trash? If there was anything BETTER on, I’d watch THAT. *** I’m not her valentine just because I got this in the mail, am I? Does the post-master general know about this? *** Dad says the anticipation of having something is often more fun than actually having it. I think he’s crazy.  I hate waiting for things. I like to have everything immediately. I can’t think of ANYthing I’d rather anticipate than have right away. *** I wish snow was dry, so that you didn’t get all cold and wet when you played in it. …then again, if snow was dry, you couldn’t pack it into snowballs. That wouldn’t be good. I wish it snowed in summer. Wouldn’t that be fun? … Well no, actually that would make it hard to run when you play baseball. Heck, it’s OK just the way it is. *** I can never enjoy Sundays, because in the back of my mind, I always know I’ve got to go to school the next day. It’s like trying to enjoy your last meal before the execution. *** I can’t believe this. Every day I get all my hopes up, thinking my beanie will come… and then it doesn’t. And for each day that goes by, I figure the odds are better that it will come the NEXT day, so my hopes get higher and higher before they fall. It’s awful. But I’ve been disappointed so often now, I’m finally getting numb to it. *** The longer you wait for the mail, the less there is in it.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From 2 Timothy (Part 2 of 2)

In the last days there will come times of difficulty. *** People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. ***  Avoid such people. *** They will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. *** All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. *** All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. *** Be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. *** The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. *** Always be sober-minded *** Endure suffering *** Do the work of an evangelist *** Fulfill your ministry. *** The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. *** To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. *** The Lord be with your spirit. *** Grace be with you.

Still working through it. . . . and I don’t agree with much of it.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From “Atlas Shrugged” (Part 2)

Happiness is the agent of purification. *** When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind. *** It is not advisable to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener. *** There’s nothing of any importance in life except how well you do your work.  Nothing. Only that.  Whatever else you are, will come from that.  It’s the only measure of human value. All the codes of ethics they’ll try to ram down your throat are just so much paper money put out by swindlers to fleece people of their virtues. The code of competence is the only system of morality that’s on a gold standard. *** By the standard of our time, the man who has the last to offer is the man who wins. *** That’s how great projects are born – over a drink with friends. *** What is man? He is just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur. *** If one’s actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perceptions. The person who craves a moral blank check of that kind, has dishonest intentions, whether he admits it to himself or not. *** Intelligence? It is such a rare precarious spark that flashes for a moment somewhere among men, and vanishes. One cannot tell its nature or its future or its death. *** There are still a few men in existence. *** Thought is a tool by which one makes a choice. *** No, not an assurance of victory – who can ever have that, only the chance to act, which is all one needs.  *** Everyman learns in his own way and time. *** Celebrations should be only for those who have reason to celebrate. *** Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth. *** People don’t want to think. And the more they get into trouble, the less they want to think. *** Do you know the hallmark of a second rater? Its resentment of another man’s achievement. *** There’s nothing as wasted as an object in a public window. ***Desire presuppose the possibility of an action to achieve it. *** The worst guilt is to accept an undeserved guilt.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Second Timothy

Fan into flame the gift of God.  *** God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. *** Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord  *** Share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began *** I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. *** Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus  *** Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. *** An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. *** It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. *** The Lord will give you understanding in everything. *** Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David.

*** If we have died with him, we will also live with him

if we endure, we will also reign with him;

if we deny him, he also will deny us;

if we are faithless, he remains faithful ***

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. *** Avoid irreverent babble *** God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” *** If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. *** Flee youthful passions *** Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. *** Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. *** The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.

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