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Wise stuff I’ve Heard … pt 3 March 30, 2009

RuPaul's

RuPaul's

Woo Hoo! It’s the next round of quotes. Strangely, no Bono this go around. I’ve got some interesting people here. At the bottom are down loadable PDF files of  a 45 page eBook of quotes I put together. Feel free to add your own fav quotes in the comments!

previous editions of Wise Stuff are here:

Wise Stuff I’ve Heard pt 1

and here:

Wise Stuff I’ve Heard pt 2

What other people think of me is none of my business. –RuPaul

You want to know how big God’s love is?  The answer is: It’s very big. It’s bigger than you’re comfortable with.” –Anne Lamott

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.— Dom Helder Camara, former Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil.

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. –Timothy Leary, philosopher and psychologist

The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one’s neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell.–Aleister Crowley Author and occultist

The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.–Albert Einstein,

Einstein and his tongue.

Einstein and his tongue.theoretical physicist

The wiser you are, the more you believe in equality, because the difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to all that is unknown.–Albert Einstein

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.–Unknown

I screamed at God for all the starving children, and then I realized that all of the starving children were God screaming at me.–Unknown

I think it’s about time we gave up religion and got back to God.–Lenny Bruce, Stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist

If it weren’t for Christians, I’d be a Christian. –Mahatma Gandhi

Religious tolerance is not religious indifference. Tolerance means to value the right of another person to hold beliefs that you know are absolutely wrong.–Unknown

I have a dream…that some day my children will be judged not by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character.–Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I did not speak up, for I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, for I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, for I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, for I was a Protestant. And then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up.–Martin Niemoller

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.–Helen Keller

What I am looking for is not out there; it is in me.–Helen Keller

The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.–Pierre Abelard

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.–Bertrand Russell


Wise Man

Wise Man

Here are a booklet of quotes I did some time ago. Each have 15 pages of quotes. Download them!

Wise Stuff I’ve Heard  pt 1 (pages 1-15)

Wise Stuff I’ve Heard pt 2 (pages 16-30)

Wise Stuff I’ve Heard pt 3 (pages 31-45)

Wise Stuff I’ve Heard pt 4 (pages 46-60

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Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own March 26, 2009

U2 - HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB

U2 - HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB

I’ve been listening to a lot of U2 lately, and if you’ve been following this blog you’ve seen me quote Bono quite a few times. It’s funny because a always thought he was kind of  a liberal rockstar jerk, now I think he’s a better Christian than most of us. I can’t find the exact quote but I think he said something like, I don’t trust religion that is not connected to social change. Yep, I know think that we (Christians) should be more worried about people who are starving, have no clean water or are being muderered because of their race than worrying aboutyour personal vices.


So, I’m going to post some U2 songs with lyrics and YouTube video and comment on what I think they mean, you may not agree and even think thats not what they meant but this is MY blog and I can say wahtever I want :). You can get your own blog and say whatever you want too. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below.


This is a tribute to Bono’s father Bob Hewson who died in 2001. Bono sang it for the first time at his father’s funeral; it reflects on their tense relationship until just before his death, when Bono claims they became closer than ever before.

Bono on his father: “His whole thing was, Don’t dream – to dream is to be disappointed. That was really what I think was his advice to me. He didn’t speak it in those words, but that’s what he meant, and of course that’s really a recipe for megalomania isn’t it? I mean I was only ever interested in big ideas, and not so much dreaming but putting dreams into action, doing the things that you have in your head has become an important thing for me. The song was dedicated to him and it’s a portrait of him – he was a great singer, a tenor, a working class Dublin guy who listened to the opera and conducted the stereo with my mother’s knitting needles. He just loved Opera, so in the song, I hit one of those big tenor notes that he would have loved so much. I think he would have loved it, I hope so.”

As a tribute to his father, Bono usually removes his large sunglasses during this song. His dad used to say to him, “Bono, why don’t you ever take off those f–king glasses?”


I don’t have too much to say about it but Bono is a well documented Christian and I think this songs talks a lot about a relationship with God as well. You can plan the video below and read the lyrics or just watch it.

U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own

Tough, you think you’ve got the stuff
You’re telling me and anyone
You’re hard enough

You don’t have to put up a fight
You don’t have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don’t have to go it alone

And it’s you when I look in the mirror
And it’s you when I don’t pick up the phone
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own

We fight all the time
You and I… that’s alright
We’re the same soul
I don’t need… I don’t need to hear you say
That if we weren’t so alike
You’d like me a whole lot more

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don’t have to go it alone

And it’s you when I look in the mirror
And it’s you when I don’t pick up the phone
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own

I know that we don’t talk
I’m sick of it all
Can you hear me when I Sing,
you’re the reason I sing
You’re the reason why the opera is in me

Where are we now?
I’ve got to let you know
A house still doesn’t make a home
Don’t leave me here alone

And it’s you when I look in the mirror
And it’s you that makes it hard to let go
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own
Sometimes you can’t make it
The best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own


 

Blue Like Jazz pt 1 March 21, 2009

bluelikejazz_500x200500wtnHey guys, I’m reading a cool book called Blue Like Jazz – Nonreligious Thoughts On Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller. He really is able to put into words things I’ve thought or experienced as well as things I’ve never even though of in that way. I thought I would add some excerpts and talk a bit about them. Donald’s stuff is in blue (aren’t I clever). Here are 3 PDF files: Chapter 1 of Blue Like Jazz, a press kit and a study guide. COOL! Click them to open the file.


Blue Like Jazz Chapter 1

Blue Like Jazz Presskit

Blue Like Jazz – Study Guide


I didn’t feel like I knew God, and yet He was making me experience this conviction (guilt over wrong done etc.) I felt that the least He could have done was to come down and introduce Himself and explain these feelings of conviction in person. If you don’t love somebody, it gets annoying when they tell you what to do or what to feel. When you love them you get pleasure form their pleasure, and it makes it easy to serve. I didn’t love God because I didn’t know Him. Still, I knew, because of my own feelings, there was something wrong with me, and I knew it wasn’t only me. I knew it was everybody. It was like a bacteria or a cancer or a trance. It wasn’t on the skin; it was in the soul. It showed up in loneliness, lust, anger, jealousy, and depression. It had people screwed up bad everywhere you went—at the store, at home, at church; it was ugly and deep. Lots of singers on the radio were singing about it, and cops had jobs because of it. It was as if we were broken, I thought, as if we were never supposed to feel these sticky emotions. It was as if we were cracked, couldn’t love right, couldn’t feel good things for very long without screwing it all up. We were like gasoline engines running on diesel. It is hard for us to admit we have a sin nature because we live in this system of checks and balances. If we get caught, we will be punished. But that doesn’t make us good people; it only makes us subdued. Just think about the Congress and Senate and even the President. The genius of the American system is not freedom; the genius of the American system is checks and balances. Nobody gets all the power. Everybody is watching everybody else. It is as if the founding fathers knew, intrinsically, that the soul of man, unwatched, is perverse. The goofy thing about Christian faith…is that you believe it and don’t believe at the same time. It isn’t unlike having an imaginary friend. I believe in Jesus; I believe he is the Son of God, but every time I sit down to explain this to somebody I feel like a palm reader, like somebody who works at a circus or a kid who is always making things up or somebody at a Star Trek convention who hasn’t figured out the show isn’t real.


Yep, It’s hard not to feel like a cult member when we talk about God and faith in general. Even though it is hard or uncomfortable, I believe it and care enough for you that I will look like a dork or a fanatic to share it with you. It’s almost like having the cure for cancer or something. I would be evil and wrong if you had cancer to not try and share it with you. I believe Jesus to be the cure for life’s problems.


The greatest trick of the devil…is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious. If he can sink a man’s mind into habit, he will prevent his heart from engaging God.”


I recently heard a Pastor say that the devil doesn’t want a Christian to be rebellious but wants us to be religious. The people Jesus had a problem with weren’t the thief or the prostitute. It was with the religious people. and a warm fuzzy poem by C.S. Lewis All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you I never had a selfless thought since I was born I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through I want GOD, you, all friends to merely serve my turn Peace, reassurance, pleasure are the good I seek I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin I talk of love, a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek But self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

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Wise stuff I’ve Heard … pt 1 February 27, 2009

Filed under: Bono,Christian,ONE-online.org,Quotes,U2 — Mike Adams @ 10:43 pm
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bono_quoteI really dig quotes and I’m hoping you’ll like these too. This is the first of what I imagine will be many. I also dig having multiple parts to blog entries. Don’t be afraid to comment or add your own favorite quote in a comment.

It starts out as a bit of a Bono-palooza but moves on …

some of my favs are at the bottom.

I often wonder if religion is the enemy of God. It’s almost like religion is what happens when the Spirit has left the building.— Bono

“I am a friend to God, a sworn enemy of the saccharine and a believer in grace over karma.” –Bono

“All the best songs are co-written by God, y’know!” –Bono

“At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.” –Bono

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” –Bono

“It’s not enough to rage against the lie…you’ve got to replace it with the truth.” –Bono

“But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.” –Bono

“But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep s—. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace.” — Bono 🙂

“I’m not doubting. I don’t doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God. It’s religion I’m doubting.” — Bono

Bono, Singer & Philanthropist

Bono, Singer & Philanthropist

“I will admit that we are attracted to issues that unify people rather than divide them.” — Bono

“As an artist, I see the poetry of it. It’s so brilliant. That this scale of creation, and the unfathomable universe, should describe itself in such vulnerability, as a child. That is mind-blowing to me. I guess that would make me a Christian. Although I don’t use the label, because it is so very hard to live up to. I feel like I’m the worst example of it, so I just kinda keep my mouth shut.” — Bono

“I love the bit when Christ asked for his greatest hits and he says, ‘OK, love God, and love your neighbours as yourself.’ Christianity is not complicated, that’s what it is.” — Bono

“But the one thing we can all agree, all faiths, all ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and the poor. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house… God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives… God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war… God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.” — Bono

alright that’s enough Bono for a bit.

“There’s none to poor, too dirty, too broken. Too naked, too stupid, too drunken, to be thrown outside His love!”—Aaron Strumpel, from his song, “Give Me Your Hand” about the Love of God

“I want to know a person like you. Who’s not afraid to love the wicked and the poor.
I want to know a person like you
Who’s not afraid to touch the crooked and the whore” —Aaron Strumpel, in his song “Dove” and he’s talkin’ bout Jesus

C.S. Lewis, Theological Rockstar!

C.S. Lewis, Theological Rockstar!

An “impersonal God”– well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads — better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap — best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps, approaching an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband — that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God!”) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? —C. S. Lewis

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.C. S. Lewis

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.C. S. Lewis Think “Awesome”.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may just never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it’s all between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway. –Mother Teresa

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