Wednesday, March 14, 2012

From My Commonplace Book


"Perhaps the greatest gift any father can bestow upon his children, apart from the. . . blessings of parish life and a comprehension of the doctrines of grace, is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives a knowledge of the world, and it offers experience of a wide kind. Indeed, it is nothing less than a moral illumination."~~Thomas Chalmers

"There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."~~Mark Twain

"Ponder the difference between the man who was educated to believe himself to be a little lower than the angels and the man whose education permits him to ignore both angels and God, to avoid knowledge not of the five senses, and to presume mastery over nature but not over himself."~~David Hicks

"I believe the majority of the silent majority, young and old, will sustain the loss of liberties without raising their voices as long as their own lifestyles are not threatened. And since personal peace and affluence are so often the only values that count with the majority, politicians know that to be elected they must promise these things. Politics has largely become not a matter of ideals~ increasingly men and women are not stirred by the values of liberty and truth~ but of supplying a constituency with a frosting of personal peace and affluence. They know that voices will not be raised as long as people have these things, or at least an illusion of them."~~Francis Schaeffer

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