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Friday, 22 September 2017

Quotes 22 Sep 17

"It's striking to think that, in Christianity, the great act isn't martyrdom, but loving your neighbour." ~ @andymason73

The world has no room for cowards.  We must all be
ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die.  And yours
is not the less noble because no drum beats before
you when you go out into your daily battlefields,
and no crowds shout about(In William Safire and Leonard Safir's _Words of Wisdom_ [1989], "Courage")

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women
of no note do great deeds, speak great words and
suffer noble sorrows. -Charles Reade (1814-1884) _The Cloister and the Hearth_ [1861]

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” ― Epictetus  c. AD 50 – 135) Greek Stoic philosopher.

Islam is not a religion founded by an inspired prophet; it is a political ideology fabricated by a crushing power over the Course of two centuries. The fabricators gave it the apparent form of a religion to harness the power religions possess over the human mind.- - Jean-Jacyues Wulfer, APPLYING CODE THEORY T0 THE KORAN

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quotes 21 Sep17

Here lies our sovereign lord, the king,
Whose word no man relies on,
Who never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.-Rochester. To Charles II.

"That is very true, for my words are my own. My actions are my minister's." Answer of Charles II, according to the account in Hume's History of England, VIII, p. 312.

Here lies our mutton-looking king,
Whose word no man relied on,
Who never said a foolish thing,
Nor ever did a wise one.-Another version of Rochester's Epitaph on Charles II, included in works of Quarles.

Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel. -Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) _Smoke_ [1867]

“True love for God comes from being stunned by being loved by God.” - @desiringGod - John Piper

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Quotes 20 Sep 17

Every monarch is subject to a mightier one.-Seneca the Younger, Hercules Furens, DCXIV.

Lloyd-Jones spent a lifetime teaching there are only two classes of people until he.came to Eph, 1 and found a third.- Dick Lucas

". . . Now in the Muslim religion, which is all-inclusive in its appeal and seeks to convert all, by persuasion or by force, the Jihad against infidels is obligatory. Hence, in Islam, Caliphate and Kingship are conjoined, in order to unite all effort towards a common end. The appeal of religions other than Islam, on the contrary, is not all-inclusive, nor is Holy War permissible for their adherents except in self-defense. Hence their religious leaders do not concern themselves with political affairs, but leave the temporal power in the hands of men who have seized it by chance or for some reason with which religion has nothing to do. Sovereignty exists among such peoples owing to social solidarity, as we said before; their religion as such, however, does not impose any sovereignty on them seeing that it does not demand of them dominion over other peoples, as is the case with Islam, but merely the establishing of their faith among themselves . . . - Ibn Khaldun, 1332-1406 A.D.(An Arab Philosopher of History, translated by Charles Issawi)

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.” ― Epictetus  c. AD 50 – 135) Greek Stoic philosopher.

Snake-handlers aside, most of Western Christianity is an utter bore compared with the wild eccentricities of the Eastern church. Orthodox monks and nuns have lived up trees, in barrels, in bricked-up chapels or out in the fields grazing like sheep. St Simeon the Stylite started a craze among Syrian monks by balancing on top of a 50-foot pillar, drawing huge crowds and practising a kind of divine vertigo. He was so revered that even his blessed number twos, as they plopped off the pillar, were piously collected and turned into medallions for the faithful. Which only goes to show that you can polish a turd.- Simon Jenkins, Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse.


Quotes 19 Sep 17

Some live for God, die to self, and live forever. Others live for self, enjoy the world for a time, and die forever.- Desiring God‏Verified account @desiringGod

" God never works needless miracles; if his purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, he will not use miraculous agency. - Spurgeon

The first art to be learned by a ruler is to endure envy.-Seneca the Younger, Hercules Furens, CCCLIII

The writer most widely read in England while Shakespeare wrote was the French theologian John Calvin. This is a fact of such obvious significance that its eclipse amounts effectively to another proscription. It is no accident, after all, that the revolutionary side in the cvil war were and are called Calvinists.- The Givenness Of Things,p59, by Marilynne Robinson

“For the time being most politicians will continue to find the short-term benefits of taking the ‘compassionate’, ‘generous’ and ‘open’ course of action to be personally preferable even if it leads to long-term national problems. They will continue to believe, as they have done for decades, that it is better to put these difficult matters of so that their successors have to deal with the consequences instead. So they will continue to ensure that Europe is the only place in the world that belongs to the world. It is already clear what type of society will result. By the middle of this century, while China will properly still look like China, India will probably still look like India, Russia like Russia, and Eastern Europe like Eastern Europe, Western Europe will at best resemble a large scale version of the United Nations. Many people will welcome this, and it will have its pleasures of course. Certainly not everything about it would be a catastrophe. Many people enjoy living in such Europe. It will continue to enjoy cheap services, at least for a time, as incomers compete with those already here to do work for less and less money. There will be an endless influx of new neighbours and staff, and there will be many interesting conversations to be had. This place were international cities develop into something resembling international countries will be many things. But it will not be Europe any more.Perhaps the European lifestyle, culture and outlook will survive in small pockets. A pattern that is already underway will mean that there will be some rural areas where immigrant communities choose not to live and towards which non-immigrants retreat. Those who have the resources will – as is already the case – be able to sustain a recognisably similar lifestyle for a while longer. The less well off will have to accept they do not live in a place that is their home but in one that is a home for the world. And whilst incomers will be encouraged to pursue their traditions and lifestyles, Europeans whose families have been here for generations will most likely continue to be told that there is an oppressive, outdated tradition, even as they constitute a smaller and smaller minority of the population. This is not science fiction. It is simply what the current situation looks like in much of Western Europe and what the demographic projections show the conscience future to be.”  Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Quotes 18 Sep 17

What is a king? a man condemn'd to bear
The public burthen of the nation's care.-Matthew Prior, Solomon, Book III, line 275.

North Korea's continued nuclear testing calls for a much stronger response. . . .I'll be adding extra exclamation points to all of my tweets! -"U.S. President Donald Trump" (1946-    ) (In Bob Gorrell's comic strip; September 4, 2017) 

[Peter Piper's parents reviewing his report card filled with "F" grades:] 
Father: You didn't pass pepper picking?  Probably preoccupied with partying! 
Mother: Or perhaps pot-puffing peer pressure put you in this predicament? 
Narration: Peter Piper's poor pupillary performance predictably put his preferred pastimes in peril. -Scott Hilburn _Argyle Sweater_ [September 4, 2017] (comic strip)

“I feel that we in the EU are now committing ritual suicide and were just looking on” – the Left Wing Slovakian Prime Minister, Robert Fico Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe. (Page 228

“A time of trouble is a time of the special exercise of faith in Christ.”John Owen, The Glory of Christ (P114)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Quotes 16 Sep 17

We must be clear about this: it does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state. I make no apology for repeating it. It means the end of a thousand years of history. - Hugh Gaitskell on the Common Market, 2 Oct 1962 quoted in Peter Hitchens, The Broken Compass, p 122

"The Sun will burn your eyes out from 92 million miles, and you expected to casually stroll into the presence of its creator" - Jolene Valeu.

“ It were easy also to demonstrate that Mohammedanism, which has been so sore a stroke unto the Christian profession, is nothing but a concurrence and combination of these two ways, of force and fraud, in opposition to the person of Christ.” John Owen, The Glory of Christ (On Islam( (p.41)

A crown! what is it?
It is to bear the miseries of a people!
To hear their murmurs, feel their discontents,
And sink beneath a load of splendid care!- Hannah More, Daniel, Part VI

For the time being most politicians will continue to find the short-term benefits of taking the ‘compassionate’, ‘generous’ and ‘open’ course of action to be personally preferable even if it leads to long-term national problems. They will continue to believe, as they have done for decades, that it is better to put these difficult matters of so that their successors have to deal with the consequences instead. So they will continue to ensure that Europe is the only place in the world that belongs to the world. It is already clear what type of society will result. By the middle of this century, while China will properly still look like China, India will probably still look like India, Russia like Russia, and Eastern Europe like Eastern Europe, Western Europe will at best resemble a large scale version of the United Nations. Many people will welcome this, and it will have its pleasures of course. Certainly not everything about it would be a catastrophe. Many people enjoy living in such Europe. It will continue to enjoy cheap services, at least for a time, as incomers compete with those already here to do work for less and less money. There will be an endless influx of new neighbours and staff, and there will be many interesting conversations to be had. This place were international cities develop into something resembling international countries will be many things. But it will not be Europe any more.Perhaps the European lifestyle, culture and outlook will survive in small pockets. A pattern that is already underway will mean that there will be some rural areas where immigrant communities choose not to live and towards which non-immigrants retreat. Those who have the resources will – as is already the case – be able to sustain a recognisably similar lifestyle for a while longer. The less well off will have to accept they do not live in a place that is their home but in one that is a home for the world. And whilst incomers will be encouraged to pursue their traditions and lifestyles, Europeans whose families have been here for generations will most likely continue to be told that there is an oppressive, outdated tradition, even as they constitute a smaller and smaller minority of the population. This is not science fiction. It is simply what the current situation looks like in much of Western Europe and what the demographic projections show the conscience future to be.Douglas Murray, The Strange Death of Europe, p 212”https://theweeflea.com/2017/08/11/the-strange-death-of-europe-part-2-immigration

Quotes 15 Sep 17

“And this is the principal design of the gospel. It is the declaration, as of the grace of God the Father, so of the love, grace, goodness, and compassion of the Son, in undertaking from everlasting the accomplishment of God’s counsels, in the salvation of the church.”John Owen, The Glory of Christ (P 56)

“The idea that she might subordinate her feelings for the good of some higher purpose did not sit easily with Diana. Because according to this new mantra, there is no higher purpose than simply what one feels”- Rod Liddle 

He who knows not how to dissimulate, cannot reign.
Louis XI. See Roche et Chasles, Hist. de France, Volume II, p. 3

He who knows how to dissimulate knows how to reign.- Vicentius Lupanus,De Magistrat. Franc. Lib. I. See Lipsius, Politica sive Civilis Doctrina. Lib. IV. Cap. 14. Conrad Lycosthenes—Apopothegmata. De Simulatione & Dissimulatione. Burton—Anatomy of Melancholy, Part I. Sect. II. Mem. III. Subsec. 15. Palingenius—Zodiacus Vitæ. Lib. IV. 684. Also given as a saying of Emperor Frederick I., (Barbarossa), Louis XI, and Philip II. of Spain. Tacitus—Annales. IV. 71.

To know how to dissemble is the knowledge of kings.-Richelieu, Miranne.