"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
"We are all insane. That is what original sin means. Sin is insanity. It is preferring finite joy to infinite joy, creatures to the Creator, an unhappy, Godless self to a happy, God-filled self. Only God can save us from this disease. That is what the name "Jesus" means: 'God saves'." - Peter Kreeft
"A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading."
-"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."
-"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
-"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
-"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
-"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."
-"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. "
- C.S. Lewis
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
"God took the first forty years of Moses' life to prove to him that he was somebody. Then He spent the next forty years showing him that he was nobody. Finally, in Moses' last forty years, God showed the world what He could do with somebody who knew he was nobody."
- "It's Time to be Bold" by Michael W. Smith
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
"Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood."
"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." - Jane Austen
"'My name's Athos,' answered the musketeer.
'That's not a man's name; that's the name of a mountain!' cried the magistrate furiously. He was quite bewildered by now, and began to lose his head.
'And yet I assure you it's my name,' answered Athos calmly.
'But first you said your name was d' Artagnan,' protested the official.
'I never said so.'
'Yes, Sir. You did.'
No, Sir, I did not. Your men came up to me and said, "You're Monsieur d' Artagnan." I replied "That's what you think." The men replied, "We don't think it, we know it." Not wishing to annoy them, I left it at that. Besides there was always a chance they might be right.'"
- Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
"When you live with a woman you learn something every day. So far I have learned that long hair will clog up the shower drain before you can say 'Liquid-Plumr'; that it is not advisable to clip something out of the newspaper before your wife has read it, even if the newspaper in question is a week old; that I am the only person in our two-person household who can eat the same thing for dinner three nights in a row without pouting; and that headphones were invented to preserve spouses from each other's musical excesses."
- Audrey Niffenegger, "The Time Traveler's Wife"
"Much as I admire sand's miraculous ability to be transformed into useful objects like glass and concrete, I am not a great fan of it in its natural state. To me, it is primarily a hostile barrier that stands between a parking lot and water. It blows in your face, gets in your sandwiches, swallows vital objects like car keys and coins. In hot countries, it burns your feet and makes you go 'Ooh! Ah!' and hop to the water in a fashion that people with better bodies find amusing. When you are wet, it adheres to you like stucco, and cannot be shifted with a fireman's hose. But--and here's the strange thing--the moment you step on a beach towel, climb into a car, or walk across a recently vacuumed carpet, it all falls off."
- Bill Bryson, "Notes From a Small Island"