Tuesday, April 12, 2011

From My Commonplace Book

"Knowledge of words comes first in time; knowledge of things is first in importance. But some hasten unwashed to the feast, as they say, who neglect proper care for language in their overeagerness to acquire knowledge of things. For, since we can understand nothing except through words, whoever is unskilled in language, will be blind in judgment, wandering in mind, and crazed when he deals with a knowledge of things."~~Erasmus

"Trouble is often the means whereby God delivers us. God knows that our backsliding will soon end in our destruction, and he in mercy sends the rod. We say, 'Lord, why is this?' not knowing that our trouble has been the means of delivering us from far greater evil. Many have thus been saved from ruin by their sorrows and crosses."~~Charles Spurgeon

"An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones."~~Proverbs 12:4

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."~~Thomas Edison

"The end of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him."~~John Milton

"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty--except, of course, books of information. The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all."~~C.S.Lewis


  1. A nice collection of inspiration. I think I will write a few of these in my commonplace book, which has been neglected as of late. Thanks.

  2. jumped over from Down to Earth. Just love your 2011 reading challenge. Will have to think about that...I love reading and always have at least FIVE books going at once. Maybe your challenge would force me to read one at a time! ;)

  3. Quotidian Life~Mine is sometimes neglected too, but I am slowly filling it up.

    Dmarie~I sometimes will have two books going at once, but more than that confuses me. lol Thanks for visiting!

  4. Oh, I love that quote by Charles Spurgeon! So true. I've never read the Erasmus quote before. I'm copying that one for *my* commonplace book which is very neglected these days.



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