Quote Backlog


I started a quote collection back when I lived in Indianola, probably around 13 or 14 years ago, and have been gradually adding quotes to the book ever since. When I started the “Quote of the Whatever” on the blog, I figured it would be largely drawing from that, with the occasional new quote that I might come across, assuming that I would continue seeing them at about the same rate I had been. The reality has been that I was wrong about that, for a combination of two reasons.

One, posting the sidebar quote has made me more aware of fodder for it; things that I might have read in the past and said, “oh, that’s interesting,” I now make a note of to post on the blog. And, two, I’m probably exposed to more good quotes these days, as the traditional sources have been supplemented by Facebook and Twitter, where people are frequently posting interesting things they hear.

As a result, I noticed that I’d built up a pretty substantial backlog of quotes to use as the Quote of the Whatever, and, rather than just letting that backlog continue to build up, I figured I should do a post to clear it out. And here it is.


“I am in the continual process of transcending fear-based rituals” — Robert Downey Jr.

“Your words are who you want to be. Your actions are who you are.” — Devry France Coghlan (And, as a corollary, someone noted, “When our actions match our words we become people of integrity.”)

“Religion and science are like a two-branched river. They have the same source and flow into the same sea.” — Ahmad Mahmud Soliman

“Love the light, it shows you the way; yet, love darkness, for it shows you the stars.” — Og Mandino

“I exist as I am, that is enough.” — Walt Whitman

“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.” — Sir Arthur Eddington

“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” -– John Green

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — Freidrich Nietzsche

“You cannot grow in grace to any high degree while you’re conformed to the world.” — C.H. Spurgeon

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” — Flannery O’Connor

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” — Barbara De Angelis

“You may have noticed I have a temper, but when I calmed down, I realized that this world, blighted and imperfect as it is, would be better with you in it.” — Jasper Fforde, “Shades of Grey”

“‘He drew me out of deep waters.’ We serve a deep water rescue God. He won’t rescue you from shallows. Go deep.” — Jon Acuff

“God is asking us to let go of the things we love and have given our hearts to, so that we can give our hearts even more fully to him.” — John Eldredge

“There is no substitute for silence. No trick. No shortcut … It isn’t a question of being comfortable with silence. Silence is not about comfort. It is about obedience.” “When we fail to practice silence, God must go to great lengths to get our attention through all the noisiness of our own thoughts, the noisiness of our feelings, the noisiness of the world.” — Ruby Zook

“You think you have to fix yourself first, but God will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” — Jon Acuff

The quotes below are from a devotional I finished not that long ago, “100 Days of Trusting for Men”:

“Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you can’t be successful or happy.” — Normal Vincent Peale

“God would rather have a man on the wrong side of the fence than on the fence. The worst enemies of apostles are not the opposers but the appeasers.” — Vance Havner

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” — Thomas Merton

“I am truly grateful that faith enables me to move past the question of ‘Why?'” — Zig Ziglar

“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” — St. Augustine

“The next time you hear a baby laugh or see an ocean wave, take note. Pause and listen as his Majesty whispers ever so gently, ‘I’m here.'” — Max Lucado

“The pages of your past cannot be rewritten, but the pages of your tomorrows are blank.” — Zig Ziglar

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” — Dennis Swanberg

“I don’t care what a man says he believes with his lips. I want to know with a vengeance what he says with his life and his actions.” — Sam Jones

“He did it with all his heart. So he prospered.” — 2 Chronicles 31:21b

Play It Again


OK, I would say I hate to pick on Taylor Swift again, but, one, the first time is still one of the most-viewed posts on the blog, and, two, she totally brings it on herself.

And this is totally the result of me, as mentioned yesterday, listening to the radio again, I’ve been meaning to post this since at least last fall and maybe longer. I think about it every time I hear the song, but then forget before I get a chance to write it.

This morning, though, I heard “Our Song” on the radio just moments before getting to work, so it’s still fresh on my mind. It’s a cute, sweet song and all, but the part I have an issue with is this:

And he says…
Our song is the slamming screen doors,
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window
When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow
’cause it’s late and your mama don’t know

Wait … what? Why does talking slow help? I’m assuming that the issue is that her mom doesn’t know she’s on the phone that late, and she’s trying to prevent her mom from knowing. I could see that talking quietly would help; or, to fit the rhyme, maybe if she talked real low.

But slow? “Iiiiiiiii mmmmmiiiiiiiiisssssssssssss yyyooooooouuuuuuuuu”? Like her mom’s walking by, and hears something that sounds like Taylor talking, but at a speed that’s clearly wrong for human communication, and keeps going?

Me, I suspect her mom is totally clued in and doesn’t care, and Taylor’s dumb enough to think that her clever slow-talking trick has mama totally thrown off.