The Quotes (read up from the last +++):
The Fourth Six Months
Heck Is Where People Go Who Don't Believe in Gosh
--T-Shirt Logo quoted at Godlaughs.net
Hell is for other people
81% of Americans believe in some kind of afterlife
76% believe that heaven exists
71% believe hell exists
39% say hell is a "state of eternal separation from God's presence"
32% say hell is "an actual place of torment and suffering"
1% expect to go to hell when they die
64% expect to go to heaven
24% have "no idea" where they will go when they die
--Quoted in SoJoMail 01.29.04
God will never send anybody to hell. If man goes to hell, he goes by his own free choice. Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for man. God never meant that man should go there.
--Billy Graham (1918- )
We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.
--C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Of all the doctrines in Christianity, hell is probably the most difficult to defend, the most burdensome to believe and the first to be abandoned. The critic's case against it seems very strong, and the believer's duty to believe it seems unbearable.
--Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli in Handbook of Christian Apologetics
I hate to go to Hell again so soon, but…
Yes, it’s our theme again here at Carl’s Quote of the Day. We’re only revisiting it because I found a great humorous quote that fits this theme – stay tuned for Friday’s quote!
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I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked God for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn to obey.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power and the praise of men;
I was given weakness to sense my need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for but everything I hoped for;
In spite of myself, my prayers were answered—
I am among all men most richly blessed.
--Unknown (Our Daily Bread 7/30/03)
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers;
pray for powers equal to your tasks.
May God in His wisdom and infinite love
Look down on your always from heaven above.
May He send you good fortune, contentment and peace
And may your blessings forever increase.
--Traditional Irish Blessing
Lord, when I sense Your call to serve,
Help me to follow through;
I must not just stand by and pray
When there is work to do.
--Fasick quoted in Our Daily Bread 1/27/04
Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself.
This week seems like a good week to pray.
[A] diversified team is harder to lead. But then again, training lions is always more exciting than feeding goldfish.
--Dr. Rus D. Jeffrey in Leadership Thots v4i45
Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
--Sam Walton quoted in Leadership Wired v6i15
The leader's unending responsibility must be to remove every detour, every barrier to ensure that vision is first clear, then real.
--Jack Welch [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 7/23/03]
Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.
--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 2/17/04
The only leaders qualified to lead are those who have learned to serve.
Gee, Carl’s Quote of the Day bills itself in the fine print as including quotes that are “leadership-related.” And even though that’s one of my favorite topics, it’s been a while. So, this week our theme is… leadership.
The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
[In baseball, the team's name is on the front; the player's name is on the back.]
No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.
Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything.
--Toby Harrah, 1983
Substitute "Business metrics" for "Baseball statistics" if you want the non-baseball equivalent. [But don't even get me started about the Indians trading their third baseman (Buddy Bell) to the Rangers for their third baseman (Toby Harrah)... and that was in 1978! 1983 was Toby's last year in Cleveland.]
Speaking of statistics:
96.37% of all statistics are made up.
This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.
--in the movie Bull Durham
It's not just baseball we try to make more difficult than it is!
People ask me what I do in winter when there's
no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for
If the God of heaven loves you infinitely and wants you in His presence every moment, and if He knows that heaven is a much better place for you, then why on earth has He left you here?
--Bruce Wilkinson in The Prayer of Jabez
Living only for temporary gain leads to eternal loss.
I have thought, I am a creature of a day, passing through life, as an arrow through the air.... I want to know one thing, the way to Heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from Heaven. He hath written it down in a book! O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me.
Don't drive your stakes too deep—we're moving in the morning.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
--C. S. Lewis
A series of reminders this week that we are but sojourners here on earth. We re-visit the sojourning theme that we covered last April. Once in a while I need to remind myself that I don’t live here; I’m just passing through. For a Biblical reference to sojourners, click here. …and speaking of clicking, if you have a reaction to any quote just click reply and tell me. …or contribute a quote if you’d like.
As a teacher, I've overheard a lot of interesting things from my students. For instance, when Andrew, age 5 and very much into computers, was saying the Lord's Prayer, he did well till near the end when he said, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from e-mail."
Gusty C.—Lampman, Saskatchewan CT.com 12/17/03
We can't change other people. We often can't control circumstances and events. The only thing we have any real control over are our own thoughts and actions.
--John G. Miller in QBQ! The Question Behind the Question
I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.
--Dr. Wayne Dyer
Instead of brainstorming ... We blamestorm. ..." It's a poor sailor who blames the wind." … A poor teenager blames the - world. Who do accountable people blame? No one. Not even themselves.
--John G. Miller in QBQ! The Question Behind the Question
"Creativity is thinking outside the box." There's a lot of truth in that, but to me true creativity is this: Succeeding within the box.
--John G. Miller in QBQ! The Question Behind the Question
We are back from our little trip; see the highlights on the web.
Every now and then, go away and have a little time off, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller; more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of proportion and harmony is more readily to be seen.
--Leonardo da Vinci
Today is the Presidents Day holiday in the US, so this quote seems apropos. (Even more so since as you read this, my wife and I will be taking time off and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Sedona, Arizona.) Our theme this week is… ok, I don’t really have a theme this week. We’ll start out with the time-off quote, quote the book QBQ! a few times and end on a humorous note.
It’s okay to pat yourself on the back occasionally. Just don’t let it turn into a massage.
--Dave Anderson quoted in Leadership Wired v7i2
You must get good at one of two things: sowing in the spring or begging in the fall.
Plant, don't chant.
--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 1/13/04
[T]he ideal size for development is a "two-pizza" team—one that can feed all its members with two pizzas.
--Tom Killalea, VP of Infrastructure, Amazon at http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1455159,00.asp?kc=EWMS102049TX1K0100487
In many conversations,
the more words that are exchanged,
the less that is actually said.
Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
It’s eclectic week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day… with just a touch of humor.
A conscience without God is like a court without a judge.
--Alphonse De Lamartine
Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go.
There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.
Developing the mind is important, but developing a conscience is the most precious gift parents can give their children.
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
My conscience wouldn’t let me abandon the conscience theme after only one week! So, our Conscience theme continues here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.
A guilty conscience is a hell on earth and points to one beyond.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
It is not sufficient for a Christian to walk in the light of his conscience; he must walk in a sterner light, in the light of the Lord.
--Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)
Conscience is a three-pointed thing in my heart that turns around when I do something wrong, and the points hurt a lot. But if I keep doing bad, the points eventually wear off, and then it doesn’t hurt any more.
Cowardice asks, Is it safe? Expediency asks, Is it politic? Vanity asks, Is it popular? Conscience asks, Is it right?
--William Morley Punshon (1824–1881)
Last March I found a really good quote from Billy Graham on Conscience. I really wanted to use it this week, so I went hunting for more conscience quotes – I found a year’s worth. But I decided not to use them all in a row. I couldn’t resist using them for two weeks, though. So, our theme this week and next is Conscience.
For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
Adults are obsolete children.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
--Carl Gustav Jung
Thou shalt not carry moderation unto excess.
[If you didn’t think I carried the planning theme to excess, visit this page to see how SMART Goals have evolved along a more Christian path.]
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
This week’s theme: eclectic light.
Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
--Henry Ford quoted in Leadership Wired v6i17
You must never be satisfied with success and
you should never be discouraged by failure.
Failure can be sad. But the greatest sadness
is not to try and fail, but to fail to try.
--Richard Nixon, quoted by Bob Dole at Nixon’s funeral (and quoted by Dr. Mardy in his weekly Quotes of the Week email)
Success is ninety-nine percent failure.
--Soichiro Honda quoted by Dr. Mardy
No matter what you plan, you’ll have some successes and some failures. Hence, our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day: success and failure.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once again toward your coveted goal.
--Napoleon Hill quoted in Leadership Wired v6i17
S.M.A.R.T. Goals. S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive.
Specific: Don't be vague. Exactly what do you want?
Measurable: Quantify your goal. How will you know if you've achieved it or not?
Attainable: Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life - along with taking into consideration your current responsibilities.
Realistic: It's got to be do-able, real and practical.
Time: Associate a timeframe with each goal. When should you complete the goal?
--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 12/30/03
Like me, some of you have learned about SMART goals before, but the T was for Tangible then. I like T for Time better. After all, if it’s specific and measurable it’s probably tangible anyway.
The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.
--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 12/30/03
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.
--Don Marquis quoted by Dr. Mardy 12/28/03
Well, then, let’s figure out what we want – you know, do a little planning. Really, you owe it to yourself to take planning as more then just the theme for Carl’s Quote of the day this week!
Sow a thought, reap an action;
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
The Dash Between The Dates
Copyright Sonny B. Bell
All rights reserved.
As I walked up to the headstone
I noticed first his name
Engraved in fancy letters
It stood out bold and plain
He was born in nineteen-sixty-four
And he died in eighty-nine
I swallowed hard when I realized
He was only twenty-five
I stood there for a moment
Sadly staring at the stone
Imagining some far off year
When my time on earth is gone
Then suddenly it came to me
As I turned to walk away
The only thing that matters
Is the dash between the dates
The dash between the dates
It's so easy to ignore
It’s hardly ever noticed
But stands for so much more
It's all the time you get
Before you get to heaven's gates
Every minute of your life
Fits in the dash between the dates
On my way home that evening
I thought of all I'd seen
How some die young and some die old
And some die in between
If there's one thing that I learned that day
It's that time don't ever wait
And the only time to live
Is in the dash between the dates
Don't wait until you're dyin'
To think about your fate
Don’t waste another minute
Of the dash between the dates
If your mind goes blank, don't forget to turn off the sound.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
--Jim Rohn (in his weekly ezine, March 18, 2003)
Spoiled children are given what they want; wise parents give them what they need.
I resolve to have a theme this week… a theme on resolving. Forget resolving to exercise and lose weight, this week’s “resolution fodder” take a higher ground… mostly.
During the Christmas season our large picture window displayed a lighted nativity scene. One day I overheard two small boys discussing it. One tot observed pensively, "I don't think these guys believe in Santa Claus." "No, I guess not," the other conceded, then added generously, "but they're nice people anyway."
--Fran McMahon, Rochester, WA. Christian Reader, "Lite Fare."
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.
--Progress, Dec. 1992/Jan. 1993, p. 27
Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born,
If he’s not born in thee thy soul is still forlorn.
--Angelus Silesius (1624–1677)
The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.
--Stuart Briscoe in “Meet Him at the Manger” Christianity Today, Vol. 41, no. 14.
Luis Palau tells the story of a wealthy European family who decided to have their newborn baby baptized in their enormous mansion. Dozens of guests were invited to the event, and they all arrived in the latest of fashions. After depositing their elegant coats on a bed in an upstairs room, the guests were entertained like royalty. Soon the time came for the main purpose of the evening, the infant's baptism. When they asked for the child, no one seemed to know of his whereabouts. Panic ensued as they desperately searched for the baby. In a few minutes the child was found--buried underneath all of the coats, jackets, and furs. The very object of the day's celebration had been forgotten, neglected, and nearly smothered. May the overcoats of materialism, tradition, and schedules not smother the very reason for the Christmas season.
It’s Christmas! …almost. Close enough for Christmas to be our theme this week.
[Occasionally the technical staff forgets to properly set the timer for sending one of the daily emails. (A week’s worth of emails is usually prepared over the preceding weekend.) So you already have Christmas Day’s Carl’s Quote of the Day. In light of the season, the staff person responsible will be forgiven.]
Merry Christmas to all.
The church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
--Henry Ward Beecher
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
--Dwight L. Moody
Market-driven churches? Whatever happened to gospel-driven churches?
--Walter B. Shurden
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
--L. L. Nash
The church is a workshop, not a dormitory.
We’re going to church all week… at least as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day. When the sermon starts at our church, Cal gets up and dims the lights. That does tend to put me to sleep. The thing is… it’s not Cal’s job to put me to sleep – that’s the minister’s job! [Fortunately, our minister gives good, interesting sermons that keep the dormitory appellation from taking effect.]
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.
I don't believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power and presence of God, so I pray.
--Craig Satterlee quoted in ODB 11/30/03
The summary of this week’s prayer theme is: Prayer is not an event; it’s a relationship.
The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants.
Follow the Our Daily Bread link above to revisit Jabez. By the way, the author of The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson has moved to Africa to help fight the AIDS epidemic there: “Mr. Jabez Goes to Africa.”
In your day of trouble, you'll find that prayer is the shortest route between your heart and God's.
--Joanie Yoder ODB 6/14/03
Be still indebted to somebody or other, that there may be somebody always to pray for you.
--François Rabelais [quoted in Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 1/4/03]
Oh, I wish that God had not given me what I prayed for. It was not so good as I thought.
--Johanna Spyri in Heidi
A return to prayer this week – not just because we’re buried in 2 feet of snow here in Massachusetts.
All the technical gurus here at Carl’s Quote of the Day got together to adapt a new mailing list manager for our use. We were having trouble getting through to those of you with AOL email accounts. That should be solved with the new system. The new system should allow for automatic subscription with confirmation… eventually. Now the entire technical staff is involved in manually maintaining the list. [Translation: Carl has to read your subscription email and copy and paste your email address into the mailing list. Not a daunting task, although we did have two new subscribers in one day recently! Welcome, by the way.] Membership is hovering around 30 – maybe you should forward this to someone who would be interested in joining.
In the opening game of the 2001 football season, a mistake by the University of Colorado cost the team a chance to play for the national championship. When coach Gary Barnett was asked about it, he said, "We don't think about it. I learned a long time ago: Don't trip on something behind you."
It is the nature of every man to err, but only the fool perseveres in error.
--Cicero (106–43 B.C.)
You know, by the time you reach my age, you've made plenty of mistakes if you've lived your life properly.
Truth is immortal; error is mortal.
--Mary Baker Eddy
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
This is all a big mistake! Well, really the only mistake is our mistaken theme this week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day. Make that: our theme this week is mistakes.
Anyone who says money can't buy happiness just doesn't know where to shop.
The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free.
--Harry Moyle Tippett
Happy Thanksgiving to the US subscribers, belatedly for the Canadian subscribers, and in Belgium, sorry it’s not a holiday for you.
Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.
--Billy Sunday (1862–1935)
There was a computer salesman, a real smooth black cat, showing a video on the screen, called "The sights and sounds of hell." Well, it showed this handsome man and beautiful woman dancing and drinking and having fun, partying together, havin' a great old time. The man watchin' the video thinks this is pretty cool, and he just goes right on livin' like hell. But then he dies and he ends up going to hell, and it's horrible and miserable, with no relief. And then he asks the devil, "Hey, where's all the fun?" Then the devil gives him this sly smile and says, "Oh, you must have seen our demo."
--Randy Alcorn in Dominion
There are no fans in hell.
We have a mixed bag this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day: a little Hell, some Thanksgiving, some shopping, but no football.
There is not a Quaker or a Baptist, a Presbyterian or an Episcopalian, a Catholic or a Protestant in heaven; on entering the gate, we leave those badges of schism behind.
--Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
I save the best for last – this is the best quote on Heaven that I found:
I’m not going to heaven because I’ve preached to great crowds of people. I’m going to heaven because Christ died on that cross. None of us are going to heaven because we’re good. And we’re not going to heaven because we’ve worked. We’re not going to heaven because we pray and accept Christ. We’re going to heaven because of what he did on the cross. All I have to do is receive him. And it’s so easy to receive Christ that millions stumble over its sheer simplicity.
--Billy Graham (1918– )
(You can click Billy’s name above for more details.)
To believe in heaven is not to run away from life; it is to run toward it.
--Joseph D. Blinco
John Bunyan was once asked a question about heaven which he could not answer because the matter was not revealed in the Scriptures. He advised the inquirer to live a holy life, then go and see.
--John Bunyan (1628–1688)
Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
--C. S. Lewis
Of this blest man, let his just praise be given,
Heaven was in him, before he was in heaven.
--Izaak Walton on the death of his friend, the English clergyman Dr. Richard Sibbes
This week’s Bible Study is on Heaven and Hell, so Heaven is our theme this week. Maybe next week we’ll go to Hell (but only as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day).
God has not called me to be successful; he has called me to be faithful.
--Mother Teresa of Calcutta
You can use most any measure when you're speaking of success. You can measure it in a fancy home, expensive car or dress. But the measure of your real success is one you cannot spend - it's the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.
--Martin Baxbaum quoted in Leadership Wired v6i19
Ask yourself, "How long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?"
I suggest you answer, "As long as it takes.”
--Jim Rohn (in his weekly ezine 5/27/03)
It is always easy to covet another man’s success without envying his labors.
Or, said another way:
Nature gave men two ends—one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he uses most.
--George R. Kirkpatrick
Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.
Gee, we had such a successful week last week, we should do that again… this week.
Since we’ve mixed failure into the first quote, let’s have a few similar “bonus” quotes:
Success consists of getting up more times than you fall.
Failures, repeated failures, are
finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success.
--Charles Kettering quoted by Dr.Mardy Groethe
In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedes all others, is--"I will form good habits and become their slaves."
--Og Mandino (in The Greatest Salesman in the World)
Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
--Dr. Albert Schweitzer quoted by Dr.Mardy Groethe
The man who lives for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success.
- Norman Vincent Peale quoted in Leadership Wired v6i19
Success is a journey, not a destination.
--Ben Sweetland quoted in Leadership Wired v6i19
Success comes when you know the difference between motion and direction.
Here’s looking for a successful week – yes, success is the theme this week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.
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