Category Archives: Al’s Quotes & Quips

Al’s Quotes & Quips for August

  • “There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.” (William Hazlitt)
  • “God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.” (Dr. David Livingstone, quoted in Daily In The Word)
  • “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” (Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Des Moines Register)
  • “The Promised Land always is on the other side of a wilderness.” (Havelock Ellis, quoted in Passport to the Soul)
  • “Anyone can make a mistake. Only a fool insists on repeating it.” (Robertine Mayard, quoted in Reader’s Digest)
  • “The money spent on government today doesn’t make it one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money we spent twenty years ago.” (Will Rogers)

***Here is the final installment of quotes by Chuck Knox, former coach of the Seattle Seahawks from his book Hard Knox

  • “Winners form the habit of concentrating on what they want to have happen. Losers concentrate on what they don’t want to have happen. In pressure situations, winners call up past wins, losers call up past losses, and both are self-fulfilling.”
  • “Nearly as important as experiencing a big win is understanding how you won, why you won, so you can go on to win again.”
  • “I consider the act of playing harder when you are ahead as important as not giving up when you are behind.”
  • “We don’t have to change what we are doing—We just have to do it better.”
  • “Sometimes a guy will want to know what his title will be. Bad question. I tell him, you want a title, join the service, get a job at the bank. Here, we are only looking for guy called workers.”
  • “I never fire a coach… once they are hired, they are with me as long as they want to be. It is easier to develop continuity and vision that way. It’s harder to hire, because I can’t afford to make a mistake, but once they are here, it’s easier to be their boss. If a coach is not doing his job, the bottom line is, I brought him in, he’s my responsibility, I’ve got to make him better.”
  • “It’s not how far you’ve come, but what kind of trail you left for others to follow.”
  • “The thing I’ve discovered is that life’s results won’t always fit neatly into a line score.  Success and failure cannot always be judged by the game films.  All a man can do is walk straight and upright and believe that if behind him things don’t look so good, around the corner they must be eye-popping wonderful.”

Days of Noah and Lot

As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be… —Matthew 24:37

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… —Luke 17:28

Jesus said the days prior to His coming would be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot.  It is true that sin was running rampant during those days as it is today.  But the sin of those days was NOT what Jesus was describing in this text.  He described those days as people “were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage” (Mt. 24:38) … “they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (Luke 17:28). So what is so unusual about these days that they would point to Christ’s coming? There is nothing particularly sinful about eating, drinking, marriage, buying, selling, gardening, or building. Those are all normal activities that happen every day.

That is exactly the point Jesus was warning about—In the days before His coming people would be living their normal lives as if nothing were about to happen.  They’d enjoy their meals… attend weddings… purchase items… grow gardens… and work construction, as they always did, oblivious that judgment was coming.

The context of the days Jesus described was they “knew NOT until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt. 24:39).  They  ignored the warnings and continued to live life as usual. They did nothing to prepare for the Lord’s return. They would be caught unawares!

That is exactly what is happening today!  People live their lives like everything will “continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willingly are ignorant” (2 Pet. 3:4).

If you and I really believe the Lord is coming soon, it should be reflected by an urgency in how we live our lives.  We cannot continue to live like its “business as usual.”  Jesus asked, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Does your life show you expect the Lord to come at any moment? As Jesus said, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching (Luke 12:37).  When Jesus comes will He find you watching? (Titus 2:13)

Al’s Quotes & Quips for March

  • “I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.” (Edward Gibbon, quoted in the Associated Press)
  • “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces.” (Judith Viorst, quoted in The Buffalo News)
  • “The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably.” (Julian Barnes, quoted in the New Indian Express)
  • “Character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse.” (Arthur Miller, quoted in the Nashville Tennessean)

KNOXISMS: For the next few months I’m going to include some great quotes of Chuck Knox.  Chuck Knox was the head coach of three NFL football teams including the Seattle Seahawks.  As head coach he won six NFL division championships and ten appearances in the play-offs.  He has a career 63% winning record.  I’ve gleaned the following quotes, commonly called “Knoxisms,” from his inspiring book “Hard Knox.”  I love these quotes. I hope you will profit by them.

  • “Play the hand you’re dealt.” [Remember, God’s the “Dealer.” A.H.]
  • “I never look at age in anybody. I look only at productivity. There is age, then there is experience, which has nothing to do with age. Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
  • “Ability is not enough. A player must have the burning desire in his gut to make something out of that ability. This world is full of unrewarded geniuses. That’s what I call people with talent who never achieve anything.”
  • “Give me the guy who’s been on his knees enough that he can tell a shoe by its smell.”
  • “The faint heart never won the fair lady.”
  • “Be careful about the press—Don’t be a quick quote, or they will burn you.”
  • “Anybody can coach the big things, but the winner is the guy who doesn’t miss the little things.”

Al’s Quotes & Quips for February

  • “Pride, like humility, is destroyed by one’s insistence that he possesses it.” (Kenneth Bancroft Clark, quoted in The Los Angeles Times)
  • “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”  (Charles Wadsworth, quoted in the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register)
  • “The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.” (Henri-Frederic Amiel, quoted in the Associated Press)
  • “The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)
  • “When you do not respond to bad behavior, you get more of it.” (Carly Fiorina, quoted on Fox News)
  • “Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.”  (A.H. Weiler, quoted in the Daytona Beach, News-Journal)
  • “Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.” (Mignon McLaughlin)
  • “If from infancy you treat children as gods, they are liable as adults to act as devils.” (P.D. James, quoted in the Wall Street Journal)
  • “Money may not immediately kill people in the way terrorism does, but it does change the fabric of daily life in much deeper and more insidious ways.” (Luc Sante, quoted in The Guardian U.K.)
  • “People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.” (Benjamin Franklin, quoted in the United Press International)
  • “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” (Woodrow Wilson, quoted in The Buffalo News)

Al’s Quotes & Quips for January, 2016

  •  “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.” (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, quoted in Forbes)
  •  “Character—The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source form which self-respect springs.” (Joan Didion, quoted inBookreporter.com)
  • “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” (Fredrick Douglass, quoted in USA Today)
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” (Aristotle)
  • “No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.” (Agnes De Mille)
  • “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising.” (William Randolph Hearst, quoted in The Huffington Post)
  • “A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!”
  • “If you ‘taste  and see that the Lord is good’ you won’t want your cake and eat it to.”
  • “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” (Maya Angelou, quoted in HuffintonPost.com)
  • “All of us, we’re links in a chain. And if we do our job right, there will be many, many links to come.” (Pete Seeger, quoted in Brainpickings.org)

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “If serving is below you; leadership is beyond you.”