"Wit is educated insolence."
"Do you always need a reason to help someone?"
"Anytime you’re gonna grow, you’re gonna lose something. You’re losing what you’re hanging onto to keep safe. You’re losing habits that you’re comfortable with, you’re losing familiarity."
"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary."
"The church was meant to be a hospital for the hurting and the lost, not for the self-righteous and well-dressed."
Jeremiah van Guilder
"Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it."
"A world containing creatures who are significantly free (and freely perform more good than evil actions) is more valuable, all else being equal, than a world containing no free creatures at all. Now God can create free creatures, but He can’t cause or determine them to do only what is right. For if He does so, then they aren’t significantly free after all; they do not do what is right freely. To create creatures capable of moral good, therefore, He must create creatures capable of moral evil; and He can’t give these creatures the freedom to perform evil and at the same time prevent them from doing so. As it turned out, sadly enough, some of the free creatures God created went wrong in the exercise of their freedom; this is the source of moral evil. The fact that free creatures sometimes go wrong, however, counts neither against God’s omnipotence nor against His goodness; for He could have forestalled the occurrence of moral evil only by removing the possibility of moral good."
"The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
"If you find an egg in your refrigerator, you’re not surprised. You don’t say, ‘Wow, that’s a low-entropy configuration. That’s unusual,’ because you know that the egg is not alone in the universe. It came out of a chicken, which is part of a farm, which is part of the biosphere, etc., etc. But with the universe, we don’t have that appeal to make."
"The axe forgets; the tree remembers."
"I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first."