Harry Truman, quipster

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Harry Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972):

I never give people hell. I just tell them the truth and they think it’s hell.” — As quoted in My Fellow Americans : The Most Important Speeches of America’s Presidents, by Michael Waldman

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”  — Letter to Mary Jane Truman (14 November 1947)

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” — Interview with Edward R. Murrow on CBS Television (May 1955)



Procrastination, disguised as work

must. sharpen. pencils.

must. sharpen. pencils.

Gretchen Rubin, in a short article titled “Working: One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination“:

When I have to do something I don’t want to do, any other task seems irresistibly enticing.”

Or as Robert Benchley put it:

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.”

And John Perry, author of The Art of Procrastination, says:

[To be a procrastinator,] one needs to be able to recognize and commit oneself to tasks with inflated importance and unreal deadlines, while making oneself feel that they are important and urgent. This is not a problem, because virtually all procrastinators have excellent self-deceptive skills also.

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God in the midst of the forgotten, the broken


A good thing to remember in this, the season of Immanuel, God with us…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian/martyr:

God is not ashamed to be with those of humble state. He goes into the midst of it all, chooses one person to be his instrument, and does his miracle there, where one least expects it. He loves the lost, the forgotten, the insignificant, the outcasts, the weak, and the broken. Where men say, ‘lost,’ he says, ‘found;’ where men say, ‘condemned,’ he says ‘redeemed;’ where men say ‘no,’ he says ‘yes.’ Where men look with indifference or superiority, he looks with burning love, such as nowhere else is to be found. Where men say, ‘contemptible!’, God cries, ‘blessed.'”

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Ben Stein on pushing people around because of their religion


I have to say, I get a little (read “a lot”) tired of hearing my fellow Christians making a big deal out of “it’s okay to say Merry Christmas,” but I did find this quote by Ben Stein (not a Christian, and therefore not complaining on his own behalf) rather refreshing:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees….

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.

P.S. Those who are circulating a piece which implies that the above quote was in response to the White House recently using the term “holiday tree” have not done their homework. See Snopes for the full scoop.

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Andrew Murray on humility

Andrew Murray in Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness:
Here is the path to the higher life: down, lower down! Just as water always seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds men abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless.”*
The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller will be the inflow of the divine glory.”*
Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.”
[To be] humble… is to be fully occupied with God….”
*There’s a song by Caedmon’s Call about this: Valleys Fill First.

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