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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

    Topics: Christianity

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

    Topics: Christmas, Children

The coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church.

    Topics: Church, Politics

We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.

    Topics: Church
    Source: Issues and G.K.'s Answers, Christianity Today, 07-01-02.

True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue - not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.

    Topics: Contentment

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

    Topics: Contentment

Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.

    Topics: Contentment

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.

    Topics: Contentment

True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.

    Topics: Contentment

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live, taking the form of a readiness to die.

    Topics: Courage

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

    Topics: Courage

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

    Topics: Crime

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