„In the university of God, however brilliant you may be, you will not be given double promotion. You must take every course, because each course serves a purpose.“
On his background - "Who Is T.B. Joshua's Mentor?" http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/guest-articles/who-is-t.b.-joshuas-mentor.html Nigeria Village Square (June 29 2009)
„When your thinking is brilliant, you will be brilliant, but if your thinking is not brilliant you will not be brilliant, no matter how brilliant you may think you are.“
— Christian D. Larson Prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books 1874 - 1962
Source: Your Forces and How to Use Them (1912), Chapter 7, p. 114
„Pain serves a purpose. Without it you are in danger. What you cannot feel you cannot take care of.“
Source: The Faraway Nearby
„Take a course of good water and air, and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.“
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
"Mount Shasta" in Picturesque California (1888-1890) page 165; reprinted in Steep Trails (1918), chapter 5
„May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.“
— Teresa of Ávila Roman Catholic saint 1515 - 1582
„God has given to all things their course and decided how high and how far they may go, not higher, not lower.“
— Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541
„Every time you stand at a crossroads of life and death, you have two universes in front of you; one loses all relation to you because you die, the other maintains its relation to you because you survive in it. Just as you would take off your clothes, you abandon the universe in which you are still alive. In other words, various universes emerge around each of us the way tree limbs and leaves branch away from the trunk.“
A Personal Matter (1964)
„It is of course a familiar precept that the teacher must try to arouse the interest of his pupils in all that he teaches. However, this precept is generally meant and understood to denote the idea that learning is the end and interest the means to attain it. I wish to reverse that relationship. Learning must serve the purpose of creating interest. Learning is transient, but interest must be lifelong.“
— Johann Friedrich Herbart German philosopher, psychologist, and founder of pedagogy as an academic discipline 1776 - 1841
Herbart (1982c, p. 97), as cited in: Norbert Hilgenheger, "Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776-1841)." Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny 3-4 (1999): 5-26.
— Joel Osteen American televangelist and author 1963
Source: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
— Johannes Warnardus Bilders painter from the Northern Netherlands 1811 - 1890
version in original Dutch: Ja ja, gij zoudt wel willen dat ieder schot een eendvogel was. (wanneer een schilderij niet bevredigend eindigde)
Quoted by Maria Bilders-van Bosse, in her letter to A.C. Loffelt, 23 June 1895; from an excerpt of this letter https://rkd.nl/nl/explore/excerpts/763 in RKD-Archive, The Hague
his comment, when a painting was not good, at the end
Postscript 1984 : The Case for a Tragic Optimism, based on a lecture at the Third World Congress of Logotherapy, Regensburg University (19 June 1983)
Man's Search for Meaning (1946; 1959; 1984)
Context: You may of course ask whether we really need to refer to "saints." Wouldn't it suffice just to refer to decent people? It is true that they form a minority. More than that, they always will remain a minority. And yet I see therein the very challenge to join the minority. For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.
So, let us be alert — alert in a twofold sense:
Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of.
And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.
„"They'll bloody kill you." "Maybe they'll turn and run. "God save Ireland, and why would they do that?" "Because God wears a green jacket, of course."“
— Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
Sergeant Patrick Harper and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, p. 29
Sharpe (Novel Series), Sharpe's Havoc (2003)
„So do something that would have worked anyway whether God is real or not, and then simply assume that it worked because God is real. Of course. That’s religious logic for you.“
— Aron Ra Aron Ra is an atheist activist and the host of the Ra-Men Podcast 1962
Patheos, The Cow http://www.patheos.com/blogs/reasonadvocates/2016/01/22/the-cow/ (January 22, 2016)
„Of course, however, the living voice and the intimacy of a common life will help you more than the written word. You must go to the scene of action, first, because men put more faith in their eyes than in their ears, and second, because the way is long if one follows precepts, but short and helpful, if one follows patterns.“
— Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 BC
Alternate translation: Teaching by precept is a long road, but short and beneficial is the way by example.
Original: (la) Plus tamen tibi et viva vox et convictus quam oratio proderit; in rem praesentem venias oportet, primum quia homines amplius oculis quam auribus credunt, deinde quia longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla.
Source: Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter VI: On precepts and exemplars, Line 5.
— Billy Wilder American filmmaker 1906 - 2002
„Shut out the evil love of the world, that you may be filled with the love of God. You are a vessel that was already full: you must pour away what you have, that you may take in what you have not.“
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Second Homily, as translated by John Burnaby (1955), p. 274
Ten Homilies on the First Epistle of John (414)
„I don't miss you, still I will take a car to be with you. I don't know you, of course you think you know me.“
— Pete Yorn American musician 1974
Long Way Down
„But of course you can have your cake and eat it, too - if you decide to to bake a second cake. And you may well find that baking two cakes does not take twice the work of baking one.“
— Robert Kuttner American journalist 1943
Source: The Economic Illusion (1984), Chapter 1, Equality and Efficiency, p. 14
„But both courses are to be avoided; you should not copy the bad simply because they are many, nor should you hate the many because they are unlike you.“
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter VII: On crowds
„The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret… but you wont find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.“
Source: The Prestige