"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst . . . a spark that creates extraordinary results." I'm still trying to track down the source of this one.
"Critical thinking is the ability to analyze a wide range of options, including one's own preferences, with dispassionate objectivity. Critical thinkers seek to avoid gullibility, self-protection games, and political influence peddling. Critical thinkers don't think things are so because they have always thought so, nor do they do something "this way" because they have always done it that way. Critical thinkers fear stagnations more than they fear change." Jon Paulien, Present Truth in the Real World, p. 240.
"We do not cease to play as we grow old, we grow old because we cease to play." Drew Lachey
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out that there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out that there is." Albert Camus (1913-1960), French novelist, essayist and playwright, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is kind of interesting, because he was somewhat of an existentialist - existentialists are usually atheists, but apparently not all of them.
“Into the experience of all there come times of keen disappointment and utter discouragement--days when sorrow is the portion, and it is hard to believe that God is still the kind benefactor of His earthborn children; days when troubles harass the soul, till death seems preferable to life. It is then that many lose their hold on God and are brought into the slavery of doubt, the bondage of unbelief. Could we at such times discern with spiritual insight the meaning of God's providences we should see angels seeking to save us from ourselves, striving to plant our feet upon a foundation more firm than the everlasting hills, and new faith, new life, would spring into being.” ---Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 162
“All who consecrate soul, body, and spirit to God will be constantly receiving a new endowment of physical and mental power. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at their command. Christ gives them the breath of His own spirit, the life of His own life. The Holy Spirit puts forth its energies to work in heart and mind. The grace of God enlarges and multiplies their faculties, and every perfection of the divine nature comes to their assistance in the work of saving souls. Through co-operation with Christ they are complete in Him, and in their human weakness they are enabled to do the deeds of Omnipotence.”---Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 827.
"The greatest want of the world is the want of men--men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall."---Ellen G. White, Education, p. 57.
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