A.D. 2023 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 1

Don't try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years." — Blaise Pascal

Posted January 8

"The curtain has been lifted" is an idiom that aptly portrays when a hidden truth is revealed. On the public side of a curtain called "biological science," the perception of scientists for decades was that of rational, ideologically neutral researchers who were admirably dead to ambition and were driven to discover biological truths beneficial to all mankind. People trusted them.

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and the curtain was lifted. Many scientists were revealed to be biased, political ideologues in white lab coats given over to group think. They hypocritically admonished others to "follow the science" while they selectively ignored scientific data contrary to their agenda. — Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.

Posted January 15

Steel screams when it is forged, it gasps when it's quenched. It creaks when it goes under load. I think even steel is scared, son. — Jethrah Zerchi, character in Walter M. Miller' Jr.'s novel 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'

Posted January 22

The transformation of charity into legal entitlement has produced donors without love and recipients without gratitude. — Justice Antonin Scalia

Posted January 29

Ignorance is king. Many would not profit by his abdication. Many enrich themselves by means of his dark monarchy. They are his Court, and in his name they defraud and govern, enrich themselves and perpetuate their power. Even literacy they fear, for the written word is another channel of communication that might cause their enemies to become united. Their weapons are keen-honed, and they use them with skill. They will press the battle upon the world when their interests are threatened, and the violence which follows will last until the structure of society as it now exists is leveled to rubble, and a new society emerges. I am sorry. But that is how I see it. — Thon Thaddeo Pfardentrott, character in Walter M. Miller' Jr.'s novel A Canticle for Leibowitz

Posted February 5

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. — Jane Austen

Posted February 12

There are multitudes of men who always quarrel with any kind of ministry that God may send to them. This man's style is much too florid; he has a superabundance of the flowers of oratory. That other man is much too dull; there is nothing interesting about his discourses. This man is too coarse; he is so rough as even to be vulgar. That other man is too refined, and uses language which shoots over people's heads. It is easy to find fault when you want to do so. Any stick will do to beat a dog, and any kind of excuse will do to allow your conscience to escape from the message of an earnest ministry. — Charles Spurgeon

Posted February 19

The accumulation of all powers – legislative, executive, and judiciary – in the same hands whether of one, a few, or many and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. — 'Publius,' in Federalist Paper no. 47

Posted March 7

The literature of the Apocalypse, especially in English, is immense, but mostly impository rather than expository, and hence worthless or even mischievous, because confounding and misleading. — Philip Schaff

Posted March 12

Smiles are the foundation of beauty. — E.R. Burroughs

Posted March 19

Even a band of robbers can only exist if within its own organization it respects the rules. A liar always garbs himself or herself in the guise of truth. A sinner pursues evil under pretense of the good. Satan himself appears as an angel of light. In its operation and appearance, sin is always doomed to borrow, despite itself, from the treasury of virtue. It is subject to the unalterable fate – while striving for the destruction of all good – of working simultaneously on its own demise. It is a parasite of the good. — Herman Bavinck

Posted March 26

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. — Ronald Reagan

Posted April 2

If God has not revealed objective standards of justice for crime and punishment, then magistrates cannot genuinely be avengers of God's wrath against evildoers. They could only avenge their human anger against those who displease them, without any assurance that genuine evildoers are receiving a just recompense. In that case the "sword" would truly be wielded "in vain" (Rom. 13:4) and good people would have a real reason to fear (v. 3). — Greg L. Bahnsen, in his book No Other Standard

Posted April 9

No man is wise at all times, or is without his blind side. — Desiderius Erasmus, concluding his essay, In Praise of Folly

Posted April 16

ChildREN are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 27). ChildHOOD is a fleeting moment. ChildISHNESS is an adult foible. ChildLIKENESS describes the trusting confidence of one who has, through Jesus Christ, become part of the eternal family of God, a partaker of the Spirit of the Father and the Son.

Posted April 23

There is no doctrine revealed in Scripture for a merely speculative knowledge, but all is to exert a powerful influence upon conduct. God's design in all that He has revealed to us is to the purifying of our affections and the transforming of our characters. — Arthur Pink

Posted April 30

I can refute those who say there is no progress with one word. That word is dentistry. — P.J. O'Rourke

Posted May 7

Innovation might make the world a better place or it might not. Innovation is not necessarily concerned with goodness but often with novelty, speed, and profit. — Jill Lepore

Posted May 14

Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community – however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things – whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God... — Pope Pius XI

Posted May 21

Ah Christians, since they have crowned your head [Christ] with thorns, there is no reason why you should expect to be crowned with rosebuds. 'In the world ye shall have tribulation' (John 16:33), 'we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God' (Acts 14:22).

As there was no way to paradise but by the flaming sword, nor no way to Canaan but through a wilderness; so there is no way to heaven but by the gates of hell, there is no way to a glorious exaltation but through a sea of tribulation. They do but dream and deceive their own souls who think to go to heaven upon beds of down, or in a soft and delicate way, or that think to be attended to glory with mirth and music, or with singing or dancing. The way to happiness is not strewed with roses, but full of thorns and briers, as those of whom this world was not worthy have experienced. — Thomas Brooks

Posted May 28

[On the incomparability of several features of God's Word] ...the first is the purity of its precepts. It is the most perfect rule of righteousness that is imaginable. It commands all good and forbids all evil at all times. "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good" (Romans 7:12).

It is holy because it is a copy of the divine will, it is just because it corresponds to the highest the reason, and it is good because it is most beneficial to us. It is holy as it relates to our duty to God, it is just as it respects our duty to our neighbor, and it is good as it concerns our duty to ourselves.

It is holy as consecrated to the service of God, it is just as a transcript of the law of nature, and it is good as it is measure of all goodness in us. It is holy in what it requires us to do, it is just in what it forbids us to do, and it is good in both.

What law in the world is in any degree comparable to God's law? — George Swinnock

Posted June 4

Many of today's problems are a result of yesterday's solutions. — Thomas Sowell

Posted June 11

There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method, the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority. It is this point of view – academic minds clinging like oysters to disproved theories – that has blocked every advance of knowledge in history. — Robert A. Heinlein

Posted June 18

...there are no genuine 'heretics' in the thinking of modern theologians – for the same reason there are no citations for indecent exposure in a nudist colony: viz., the preconditions for making those charges simply do not hold. — Greg L. Bahnsen

Posted June 25

Reports are multiplying around the world: dead whales are washing up onto beaches in rapidly growing numbers.

Whales navigate by their God-given sonar systems. Other sonar signals, likely including those used by offshore wind developers to map the sea floor, mess with those systems, and whales flee from them, "sometimes to their deaths." So do loud noises to which whales aren't accustomed, like those from ocean-floor blasting and pile driving necessary to build offshore wind turbines. So also do confusing vibrations, like those from operating offshore wind turbines.

You'd think Green activists, for whom "save the whales" was one of the first rallying cries, would be up in arms. Think again. They brush off the problem, if they're forced to mention it at all. — Dr. E. Calvin Beisner

Posted July 2

Why wish upon a star when you can pray to the One Who created them? — Anonymous blogger

Posted July 9

REAL science (including historiology, the science of history) debunks deep time/evolution and its derivatives such as eugenics and climate alarmism.

Follow the REAL science, which always submits to the higher revelation, God's infallible word. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of both knowledge AND wisdom (how to apply knowledge). Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7, 2:1-5, 9:10, 15:33

False science proudly and foolishly says, 'NO! We must not allow God into our laboratories and think tanks!

Posted July 16

The extreme progressive fringe gets it wrong when it depicts America as a land of irredeemable prejudice and division that must be denounced, instead of an imperfect but striving nation that's offered true progress and real happiness to billions of people. America's future isn't its past – thinking otherwise is an insult to the meaning of our creeds. — Isaac Willour

Posted July 23

Once again, we see the 'fact checkers' are nothing more than pharma shills wearing cheap Halloween reporter costumes. — Jeff Childers

Posted July 30

Conservative Christendom insists upon the plenary inspiration of Scripture; a logical (albeit overlooked) corollary to plenary inspiration is the 'plenary significance' of Scripture. That is, since all of the books of Scripture are inspired of God, all are profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17). — Ken Gentry

Posted August 6

The kind of submission or resignation that he showed was that of a man who was tired out. I sometimes derived an impression, from his manner or from a whispered word or two which escaped him, that he pondered over the question whether he might have been a better man under better circumstances. But he never justified himself by a hint tending that way, or tried to bend the past out of its eternal shape. — Dickens' character "Pip," in Great Expectations

Posted August 13

He was a white-haired old man, somewhat stooped, somewhat slowed in his movements. He spoke with greater caution and was prone to reflect on his defeats rather than his triumphs. He had seen much of the world's folly, and although he had been forgiving, he did wish that he'd had more time to combat those aspects of life which were wrong. He was, to put it simply, closer to God than he had ever been before, and he believed that he was prepared because he had learned to do God's work in whatever position he finally found himself. — from James Michener's novel 'Alaska'

Posted August 20

Marriage is like a deck of cards…at the beginning all you need are two hearts and a diamond, but after a few years, you'll wish you had a club and a spade. — as seen on a greeting card

Posted August 27

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. — T.S. Eliot

Posted September 3

Some people wouldn't know tyranny if it: covered their faces, locked them in their homes, enacted the biggest wealth transfer in history, censored them, made them show papers, and force medicated them. — billybobblog

Posted September 10

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.

Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack not fission bombs, not anything – you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. — Robert A. Heinlein

Posted September 17

We see all this stuff, and we see they are not following the science. They are trying to follow a narrative. They are trying to follow an agenda. Here in Florida, we did not – and we will not – allow the dystopian visions of paranoid, hypochondriacs control our health policies, let alone our state. — Florida Governor Ron De Santis

Posted September 24

If "religious" means a slavish devotion to man made rules, if it means mindlessly keeping traditions the significance of which the keeper himself is ignorant, if it means adherence to foolish superstititons, if it means oppressive austerity for austerity's sake, if it means having a stinking conceit about one's own imagined righteousness which leads him to despise others…dear Lord, deliver me!

But if "religious" means that one has been transformed by the power of the living God, if it refers to the pursuit of genuine holiness, if it means that one manifests a humble confidence in the justifying grace and sustaining mercy of God, if one's life demonstrates God's love shed abroad in his heart, thankfully worshiping Him and doing good to others…well then! Hallelujah and amen!"

Posted October 1

To hate, mock, belittle, despise, resent, and harbor ill will toward others, or anything that God created, is to participate in Satan's kingdom. Satan loves when Christians hate liberals. Satan doesn't care who is in political power, as long as both sides are filled with fear, hate and contempt for each other. — Jered McKenna

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