— Samuel Johnson, The Idler
The Idler (1758–1760), Context: It is seldom that we find either men or places such as we expect them.... Yet it is necessary to hope, though hope should always be deluded, for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction. No. 58 (May 26, 1759)
— Samuel Johnson, The Idler
„When we expect transformation to occur through external experiences, we are opting for an inferior model of spiritual formation.“
— Skye Jethani
The Divine Commodity: Discovering A Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity (2009, Zondervan)
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Books, Coningsby (1844), Henrietta Temple (1837), Book 2, chapter 4. Compare: "I say the very things that make the greatest Stir / An' the most interestin' things, are things that did n't occur", Sam Walter Foss, Things that did n't occur.
„In the New Testament our enemies are those who harbor hostility against us, not those against whom we cherish hostility. For Jesus refuses to reckon with such a possibility.“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Discipleship (1937), The Enemy, the "Extraordinary", pp. 147-148.
„I know there are some people in Germany who become sick when they see these black uniforms, we understand the reason for this, and do not expect we shall be loved by all that number of people; those who come to fear us in any way or at any time must have a bad conscience towards the Fuhrer and the nation. For these persons we have established an organisation called the Security Service.“
— Heinrich Himmler Nazi officer, Commander of the SS 1900 - 1945
1930s, From his treatise The Security Squadron as an Anti-Bolshevik Battle Organisation, 1936
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Misattributed, Abigail Adams, his wife, in a letter to John Thaxter (1778-09-29).
— Abigail Adams 2nd First Lady of the United States (1797–1801) 1744 - 1818
Letter to John Thaxter (29 September 1778)
„If we feel less threatened today, if we feel as though we live in a non-violent society, it is only because we have ceded so much power over our daily lives to the state. Some call this reason, but we might just as well call it laziness. A dangerous laziness, it would seem, given how little most people say they trust politicians.“
— Jack Donovan American activist, editor and writer 1974
A Sky Without Eagles (2014), Violence is Golden
„We cannot understand spiritual realities by scholarship alone. Although study is important, the path to spiritual realization is through dedicated, selfless service. As we offer service to others with no expectation of reward, the Lord in the heart becomes more available to us and provides for our needs—because we have removed the veils that hide the truth.“
— Bhakti Tirtha Swami American Hindu writer 1950 - 2005
Books, Spiritual Warrior, Volume III: Solace for the Heart in Difficult Times (Hari-Nama Press, 2000), Chapter 8 - How To Strengthen Ourselves
„It cannot be expected that, for the sake of pleasing even those whom we love in Christ, we should shrink back from carrying out any truth which the Lord may lead us into; and, therefore, if our brethren cannot heartily go along with us, it is better that nothing should be imposed upon them contrary to their convictions.“
— George Müller German-English clergyman 1805 - 1898
Second Part of Narrative, A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, Second Part.
„But we seldom spoke of sex, for starving men dream of food, not women, and our bodies were generally too tired to lust.“
— Wilfred Thesiger, livro Arabian Sands
Arabian Sands (1959), p. 110.
„Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.“
— Gordon B. Hinckley, livro Standing for Something
Why do I say this? Faith in a Divine Being, in the Almighty, is the great moving power that can change our lives. With it comes the only lasting comfort and peace of mind. God is our Eternal Father, and He lives. I don't understand the wonder of His majesty; I can't comprehend His glory. But I know that He is intensely interested in our welfare and involved in our lives, that I can speak with Him in prayer, and that He will hear and listen. Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes.
„We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.“
— Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983
„I think it’s important for anyone who takes cinema seriously not to limit yourself to just optimistic or happy movies. I think that’s a problem. You’ve got to be willing to let the art of cinema take you into some darker places if you’re going to make full use of it. There are some people who shouldn’t watch horror films, and I’m all right with that. It’s not about putting something evil in the world. It’s about reckoning with evil. We don’t need any more evil in the world. We need a lot more reckoning with it.“
— Scott Derrickson American screenwriter and film director 1966
Interview: Filmmaker Scott Derrickson on Horror, Faith, Chesterton and His New Movie http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/interview-scott-derrickson (July 1, 2014)
„We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
1850s, Speech at Bloomington (29 May 1856)