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"Sound Words" -- A Moments Wisdom
 

          A Moments Wisdom is a feature in the local bulletin of the Tomlinson Run church of Christ. It consists of quotes and proverbs designed to provoke spiritual thought and generate Bible conversations. The fact that these wise sayings come from a vast multitude of sources and are heard in every place, time, and situation serves to illustrate the wisdom of Solomon as expressed in Proverbs 1:20-21 -- "Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words"

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"A Moments Wisdom" For This Week

--The reason why some find it hard to think is that they haven’t much experience with it.
--You can never make your dreams come true by oversleeping.
--Those who complain about how the ball bounces are probably the ones who dropped it.
--To err is human; to admit it is not.
--The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee that it is true.
--We are all brothers under the skin, but some brothers get under your skin more than others.
--When you stop thinking about yourself all of the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.
--If you would conquer your weaknesses, you must never gratify them.
--The only fool bigger than the one who thinks he knows it all is the one who tries to argue with him.
--Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
--Smoking kills live men and cures dead hogs.
--No one expresses an opinion with more zeal than an ignorant person.
--You can avoid the truth, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding the truth.
--We should be united by what we love, not by what we fear.
--Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
--It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
--When I hear some people boast, I am reminded of what the flea said to the elephant: “Didn’t we really shake that bridge when we crossed it!”
--Happiness is the result of being too busy to be miserable.
--The problem with doing nothing is that you don’t know when quitting time is.
--Too many people are digging up their roots when they should be cultivating their sprouts.
--Backbone beats wishbone every time.
--People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing; that's why we recommend it daily.
--Why is it that those with something to say have trouble saying it, while those who have nothing to say at all can’t stop saying it constantly?
--One of the greatest mistakes one can make is to do nothing because we believe we can only do a little.
--Swallowing pride will never give you indigestion.
--People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrows know how to swim.
--Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you are scared to death.
--The two most important muscles that seem to operate without the direction of the brain are the heart and the tongue.
--Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses until you know where they are going.
--When arguing with a fool, be certain he isn’t doing the same thing.
--He who rolls up his sleeves seldom loses his shirt.
--No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can begin today and make a new ending.
--Those who pretend to be more than they are raise an expectation they can’t fulfill and so lose their credibility as soon as they are found out.
--Some people will give God anything but themselves.
--Once a Bird asked a Bee, “After a continuous hard work, you prepare the honey. But a man steals the honey. Do you not feel sad?” Then the Bee replied, “Never, because a man can only steal my honey, not the art of making honey.”
--If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, wear work boots.
--Knowing without doing is like plowing without sowing.
--Conceit is what makes a little squirt think he is a fountain of knowledge.
--If you would not be forgotten as so as you have passed, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
--Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.
--Never part from another without kind words; they may be your last.
--The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that aren’t true.
--No one ever climbed a mountain just by looking at it.
--This world would be much nicer if antique people were valued as highly as antique furniture.
--He who would tell you what he would do in your place, often does not know what to do in his own place.
--God’s wrath comes by measure; God’s mercy comes without measure.
--The first screw that gets loose in a person’s head is often the one attached to his tongue.
--We are only young once, but some folks are immature all of their lives.
--We commend others to the mercy of God, but often show them none ourselves.
--Doing nothing must be the most tiring job in the world, because how does one stop to rest?
--He who cannot obey must not command.
--What people fail to learn from sermons, they later learn from experience.
--A reprobate is someone who loses God and does not miss Him.
--Indifference, not hate, is the strongest enemy of love.
--God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us.
--Faults are thick where love is thin.
--Many people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy trying to put the blame on someone else.
--He who makes a mistake, makes a second mistake when he refuses to correct the first one.
--No man ever becomes very good or very bad suddenly.
--If you won’t learn from your mistakes, there isn’t much sense in making them.
--Many want to live a long time, but few want to grow old.
--Our character is put to the test when we suddenly acquire or quickly lose a considerable sum of money.
--There few pain medications as effective as a mother’s kiss.
--Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
--There were four million people living in the colonies, and we had Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin. Now we have three hundred million people living in the US and just look at the statesmen we now have. Obviously, Darwin was wrong.
--There is nothing wrong with good men possessing riches; the wrong comes when riches possess good men.
--The only exercise some people seem to get is jumping to conclusions, running down their brethren, sidestepping their responsibilities, and pushing their luck.
--It is not good to have all of our wishes come true: it is through sickness we recognize the value of health, it is through hunger the value of food, and it is through labor the value of rest.
--Commit the golden rule to life, not just to memory.
--No one ever drowned in sweat.
--We are told to let our lights shine; and if it does, we will not need to tell anyone. Lighthouses don’t need to fire cannons to call attention to the light; it just shines.
--When a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.
--Only the mediocre are at their best all of the time.
--A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
--It isn’t the mountains we must climb that wear us down; it is the bit of gravel in our shoe.
--We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is nature’s way of warning us to get busy. (Dr. Henry Link)
--Do everything with a good heart and expect nothing in return and you will never be disappointed. (Barbara Lowe)
--I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about “that”. Then I realized I am somebody! (unknown)
--Nothing changes if nothing changes. (unknown)
--“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” ― Abraham Lincoln
--“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.” ― C.S. Lewis
--“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” ― Albert Einstein
--“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
--“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
--No one so thoroughly appreciates the value of constructive criticism than the one who gives it.
--When one takes things for granted, he often gets taken for plenty.
--You will remain in darkness if you shut your eyes.
--It seems that people who know the least often know it the loudest.
--If you are too busy to feel miserable, you will soon feel happy.
--Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
--Most people will agree with you if you keep silent.
--Better is a little kindness done every day than an extravagant display at the grave.
--There is no such thing as a little white lie; every lie is as black as a coal pit and as foul as a cesspool.
--When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
--It is difficult to realize that the person who does not take your advice may not be stubborn.
--Sowing seeds of kindness produces a perpetual harvest.
--Some people would rather be wrong than be quiet.
--The kindness we resolve to do tomorrow relieves no hardship today.
--Kind words do not wear out the tongue.
--In youth it seems that the days are short and the years long; in old age it seems that the years are short and the days are long.
--Prosperity makes friends: adversity tries them.
--He is the greatest conqueror who has first conquered himself.
--A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit by them, and strong enough to correct them.
--We experience two kinds of gratitude: the sudden kind we feel for what we receive and the larger kind we feel for what we give.
--We are inclined to call things by the wrong names. We call prosperity “happiness” and adversity “misery,” even though adversity is the school of wisdom and often the path to eternal happiness.
--People who refuse to admit they were wrong love themselves more than they love the truth.
--Increased earnings tend to increase yearnings.
--Many people spend Monday through Saturday sowing wild oats and Sunday praying for a crop failure.
--To many people use religion as a bus; they ride it only when it is going their way.
--There is a difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that just sound good.
--The best way to compliment your wife is frequently.
--You can judge a man by whether, when given a choice, he would ask for a lighter burden or a stronger back.
--When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
--The real measure of a man's wealth is what he has invested in eternity.
--Everyone has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
--Thank God for what you have, trust God for what you need.
--We often take for granted the things that we always should be giving thanks for.
--Going to church regularly is like making a path in the forest -- the more often you use it, the less obstructions you'll find in the way.
--There are some whose faith is not strong enough to bring them to services, but they foolishly expect it to take them to heaven.
--The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
--If you don't live it, you don't really believe it.
--Good luck often has the odor of perspiration around it.
--Do not grieve because you feel you will never do anything great. There are people in your little corner of the world, and you can be kind to them. That is true greatness.
--If you would be obeyed as a parent, be obedient as a child.
--The true test of character is not how much we know, but how we act when we don’t know.
--Much of our unhappiness results from a failure to remember the good things that have happened to us.
--The bad news is that time flies; the good news is that you are the pilot.
--Manhood is not measured by the size of the chest, but by the quality of the heart.
--Worry will not help tomorrow’s troubles, but it can ruin today’s happiness.
--The hardest lesson for us to learn is the one we thought we had already learned.
--Often when we criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our need to be critical.
--Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
--God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
--Of all of our troubles, great and small, the greatest are those that don’t happen at all.
--Few people are as tired as the man who does nothing.
--First, give yourself to God; you can be sure He will look after what is His.
--Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.
--Many a man thinks he has a clear conscience when what he really has is a poor memory.
--No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity.
--It is easy to make a buck; it is a lot harder to make a difference.
--Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.
--Luck is a lazy man’s assessment of a hard working man’s success.
--We should be completely clear about two matters: first, God is not obligated to heal our diseases, and second, healing our diseases is not God’s greatest gift to humankind.
--Love is grand; divorce is about a hundred grand.
--The fellow who gets on his high horse is riding for a fall.
--Truth sometimes suffers more from the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its attackers.
--It isn’t enough that something is accepted, if it isn’t fitting. Even if something is permitted, if it isn’t prudent, then it isn’t advisable.
--Some carve out the future while other just whittle away at time.
--In times like these, it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.
--Amen is the same in more languages of the world than any other word.
--Crime’s story would be shorter if the sentences were longer.
--The most effective answer to an insult is silence.
--The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
--“Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.” (Wendell Berry)
--“The Lord's mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.” (C. H. Spurgeon)
--“With time and perspective we recognize that such problems in life do come for a purpose, if only to allow the one who faces such despair to be convinced that he really does need Divine strength beyond himself, that she really does need the offer of heaven’s hand. Those who feel no need for mercy usually never seek it and almost never bestow it. Those who have never had a heartache or a weakness or felt lonely or forsaken never have had to cry unto heaven for relief of such personal pain. Surely it is better to find the goodness of God and the grace of Christ, even at the price of despair, than to risk living our lives in a moral or material complacency that has never felt any need for faith or forgiveness, any need for redemption or relief.” (Jeffery R. Holland)
--“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (Abraham Lincoln, Great Speeches)
--It is discouraging to make a mistake, but it is quite humbling to discover that no one even noticed it.
--Cooperation is doing with a smile what you have to do anyway.
--An opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
--No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet. No skillful arrangement of bad deeds ever produced a godly outcome.
--It is not what we eat that makes us strong, but what we digest; it is not what we gain that makes us rich, but what we save; it is not what we read that makes us learn, but what we remember; and, it is not what we preach, but what we practice that makes us Christians.
--Honesty pays, but not enough to suit some people.
--Hatred is a great destructive force in this world, and it does the most damage to those who harbor it.
--Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you results.
--Most of us spend a lot of time dreaming about the future without realizing that a little of it arrives every day.
--Satan has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.
--We are most likely to love praise when we are least likely to deserve it.
--Let us live so that when we die, even the undertaker will be sorry.
--When God permits His children to pass through the fiery furnace, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. His loving heart knows how much and how long.
--There is no education like the second kick of a mule.
--Remember that amateurs built Noah’s ark; professionals built the unsinkable Titanic.
--The only good thing you can say about an egotist is that they don’t talk about others.
--Life is a continual process of getting used to the unexpected.
--Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; and, every possession, a duty.
--Is it possible that the reason why talk is cheap is that the supply is greater than the demand?
--When Christ is at the center of your focus, all other matters will come into proper perspective.
--Laughter is to life what a shock absorber is to a car; it won’t take the potholes out of the road, but it will make the ride much smoother.
--Pity weeps and runs away; compassion comes to help and stay.
--A wise may thinks all he says; a fool says all he thinks.
--Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.
--A man who wishes to be delivered from his earthly troubles, should first desire to be delivered from the cause of many of them: his own disobedience to God.
--Our strength is shown in the things we stand for; our weakness is shown in the things we fall for.
--It is the little things that often annoy us the most; we can sit on a mountain, but not on a tack.
--Some folks are so busy at being good that they forget to do good.
--A liar needs a good memory.
--The two best times to thank the Lord are when you feel like it and when you don’t feel like it.
--It is easy to be optimistic when things are going your way.
--A fool is known by seven things: denying God, anger without cause, talking without profit, change without progress, questions without a purpose, putting trust in strangers, and mistaking foes for friends.
--Good leaders never set themselves above their followers, excepting carrying out responsibilities.
--A gem cannot be polished without friction, and a man cannot be perfected without trials.
--The dictionary is the only place where reward comes before work.
--The world is full of willing people: those who are willing to work and the rest who are willing to let them.
--You can measure the health and progress of a society based on to whom they give their applause: the clown or the thinker.
--Triumph is just “umph” added to “try.”
--Ideas and opinions are like children; we think ours are wonderful.
--Open your Bible prayerfully, read it carefully, and obey it joyfully.
--When you speak, be sure to speak the truth, for misleading is halfway to lying, and lying is all the way to hell.
--The less a fellow knows, the more eager he seems to prove it to anyone who will listen to him.
--“There is a fountain of youth. It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love” When you learn to tap into this source, you will truly have defeated age.” (Sophia Loren)
--Honesty is an expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.
--Don’t carry your mistakes around. Instead place them under your feet to use as stepping stones.
--Only your real friends tell you your face is dirty.
--A mind unemployed is a mind un-enjoyed.
--An education seldom hurts a man as long as he is willing to continue learning after he graduates.
--It is always easy the night before to get up early the next morning.
--Faith enables us to stand what we cannot understand.
--If you ask enough people, you will eventually find someone who will advise you to do what you were going to do anyway.
--The bitterest cup with Christ is better than the sweetest cup without Him.
--Nothing cooks your goose quicker than a boiling temper.
--No matter how much we may dread the future, we certainly want to be around to see it.
--Charity sees the need, not the cause.
--It is not the promise that makes us believe the man, but the man that makes us believe the promise.
--Definition of an opinion: a definite conclusion reached after examining one’s own preconceived ideas.
--You can judge a man, not only by the company he keeps, but also by the jokes he tells.
--There is a vast difference between attraction and attachment; many are attracted to Christ, but few are attached to Him.
--Instead of moaning over the fact that we haven’t gotten everything we want, we should rejoice over the fact that we haven’t gotten all we deserve.
--The trouble with many of us is that we like to be near enough to bask in Christ’s glory, but not close enough to help carry the cross.
--A duty is a task we look forward to with distaste, perform with reluctance, and boast about it afterward.
--Small minds are easily wounded by small things.
--Troubles, like babies, grow larger by nursing them.
--The best way to get a person’s head out of the clouds and his feet on the ground is to put a heavy responsibility on his shoulders.

Quotes About Quotes

-- Proverbs 4:10, 20 - “Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many… My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.”
-- "It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more." (Sir Winston Churchill)
-- 1Samuel 24:13 - “As the proverb of the ancients says…”
-- Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life's most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders.
-- Psalm 49:4 - “I will incline my ear to a proverb”
-- I pick my favorite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
-- One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Proverbs 26:7 - “Like the legs of the lame that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of fools.”
-- A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
-- The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved in perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.
-- 2Peter 2:22 - “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb…”
-- I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized as wiser than oneself.
-- A quote can change the way you think about challenges you face.

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