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Introduction 


This page contains:

1)  The conditions for using my poems.
2)  Notes regarding both my poems and website.
3)  A little bit about my poems.
4)  My own quotes.


1)  The Conditions For Using My Poems:


Though I'm happy for anyone to use my poems (and to print or publish them), such doesn’t necessarily mean that I'm endorsing how they’re being used, where they’re being used, those who're using them, or even possibly promoting my website.
All my poems are copyrighted and therefore must not be altered in any way, missing anything, and nor are they to be presented in part without my permission — in other words, no verses are to be missing, and every poem that's used must always bear my name. Italicised words must also be respected.
In fact anything at all that's taken to be used (where it's my own work) comes under these very same conditions.
Where something is not my work, I state so.


2)  Notes Regarding Both My Poems And Website:


Note One
Remember that the content of any particular poem may not relate to my life or experience, but having been written as if coming from me, as if it's me. So please don't assume anything. I simply writing from the perspective and experience of someone else, as if I were that very person. Likewise, though it might appear as if so, please don't automatically assume that any particular poem I've penned relates to a member of my family either, or extended family.
Note Two
Many of my poems are old ones that could do with a tidy up, and some might be best replaced. I’ve cut my poetry teeth on these poems, so it's hardly surprising if any are in need of some poetical, grammatical dentistry, and given that I've had no training and that they've often been rushed. If there's a poem you're interested in using, you could let me know and I'll give it a quick tidy up if I think it needs it. I have been trying to upgrade older poems, but it's a slow process.
Note Three
Additions (sometimes in the form of added verses given later thoughts or newfound information), subtractions, tweaks, changes or corrections may occur at any time within the content of a page, article or poem (especially issue related ones), and therefore, revisits from time to time might prove worthwhile.
And as a result of all this, any poem (or article) of mine found outside this website could well be missing those improvements. As far as those poems go that I've tweaked or added later verses to, it won't matter if you've already used them without such enhancements. I've simply made them better.
Note Four
My website is a  personal website and therefore is not affiliated with any group, movement, or organization.
Note Five
Due to my very rudimentary computer knowledge, and my website having been created by a somewhat absent fellow being, you'll often find directions and numbers instead of links.
Note Six
If I have overlooked acknowledging anyone else's work used, please don't hesitate to contact me. Originally, a lot of material I put together (drawn from here and there) was for my very own use and not for public consumption (though people telling me that I should put it out there), and as a result, things can get hazy and lost in time.


3)  A Little Bit About My Poems (if you're interested):

When I first began penning poems, I knew nothing about poetry. In fact, I still don't know much about poetry. And when I first began penning poems, I hadn't even heard of a rhyming dictionary, and remained unaware of such until many poems later (a hundred and fifty or more). When I finally purchased one, what a difference it made, despite the fact that it's not always needed.
The more poems I pen, and the more skilled at poetry I become, the more disappointed I can feel about previously penned poems, hence why I sometimes go back through them and make improvements when I’ve the time or inclination. That’s the trouble with artists, they’re a fussy lot. However, given that I originally knew nothing at all about poetry, I'm sure such is warranted. It will take a long time for me to go back through all my poems, so, if you spot something wrong, or that could be improved, PLEASE let me know.
That my poetry is largely didactic, I attribute to accident rather than design. That's simply how my poems began, and that's the way that they've largely remained. And perhaps it's how they're meant to be given how they seemed to mysteriously begin one day (out of the blue) when I was around the age of 52 (2002).
For some unknown reason (deeply troubled by certain things), I took a pen, sat down, and tried putting something together in poetical form, starting with a Christian poem.
Prior to this occurrence, I had no interest in poetry whatsoever, and to the best of my knowledge had never done or learnt to do poetry, and even today after having penned over 2000 poems, still have no real interest in poetry, no desire to read poetry. Yes, I have immersed myself in such now, and have formed a deeper appreciation of this art, but it has simply become an accidental vehicle in a certain sense.
My poems are mostly designed for the serious thinker, and certainly for the receptive and inquiring mind. I try to pen my poems as simply and succinctly as I can, but given the serious in-depth nature of many of the topics, I’m not sure that I’ve truly succeeded. Due to the sense of urgency that has oft been propelling me (given that this earth is clearly on borrowed time, the worsening state of society, the ills within Christendom, and current threats to freedom of expression, etc), I have not spent as much time on my poems as I should have, having been more concerned about just getting each poem's message out to the world, as it were.
Up to date, I have penned in excess of 2000 poems. So I guess you can see what I mean now.
When I pen my poems, I put a comma where I pause, or where I think it's needed. You may not wish to pause where I do, but if you do pause where I do, you’ll be reading them like I read them. However, I may not always get my pauses right.
When I first started my poems, I often put commas where they shouldn't have been put, and too many at times. I've been trying to go back over these poems (older ones) in order to rectify the situation, but it will take me ages.
Sometimes I've even put a comma before a bracket too, which simply shows my lack of grammatical understanding, which I must say has improved with time. I did leave school when I was fifteen, you know, and I do appear to be a slow learner.
There are some poems (my alternative ones) where I deliberately put a comma wherever it rhymns — for example, "Jeremy Jibber." Such poems are a departure from my usual format though.
My poems are best read slowly, but you can read them any way you wish, of course.
Poetry can be a difficult thing in the sense that people can interpret a word, line, or statement, etc, differently to what was intended by the poet. I try to do my best to minimize such happening, but I don’t know whether such is totally possible. If you think I could have worded something better, etc, PLEASE let me know. Otherwise, I may never know. You may not just be helping me, but also the next person that reads that same poem or poems, so I’ll thank you in advance.
Ironically and intriguingly, I'm still not that into poetry, though having gained a greater appreciation of this art. The truth is, it has simply become the vehicle for the things that I wish to express. Do I enjoy penning poetry? I guess I do. Certain poems more so than others, and some not at all. A completed poem can certainly leave me with a sense of achievement and fulfillment.
So, pluck what you like and leave behind what you mightn't. I thanking you in advance for your graciousness.


4)  My Own Quotes:


When we create a quote of our own, we naturally draw from not just our own experience, but also from all that we have accumulated over time. Thus, there's always the possibility that what we create may be very close to an already existing quote. I have noticed this amongst the quotes of the ages, for often I've found someone of note being credited with a certain quote that's virtually the same, (or very similar to), someone else's. It's also clear that some quotes are credited to the wrong person — therefore, it pays to do some sort of check before using them. 
Well, I hope you find value in my effort. Please feel free to use them, but on the condition that their origin is attributed to me — in other words, bears my name, and without any error in reproduction. I hope I haven't repeated any quotes by mistake.
And here they are:




With rights comes thought and responsibility.

Tomorrow's joy is today's preparation.

Foresight is a tree top view.

The cost of folly is usually in proportion to how bigger a fool we’ve been.

Life responds to the way we treat it, and so it is with people.

If love's not your driving force, you've a compass that's off course.

Too many pits are dug by borrowed spades.

Just one life mistreated or wrongly taken, the wrath of everyone should awaken.

Though the heart should always rule, it errs where it's not connected to the brain.

What evil men can’t get by consent, they take by stealth or force.

We’re living in a time where most prefer fables to truth, and where truth is indeed being exchanged for fables.

It's not the shortness of life that's so tragic, but the irresponsible and/or pathetic use of it.

The goodness of one’s heart is determined by the nobleness of one’s mind.

Our life should not consist of what we take but what we give.

He who takes a life depreciates his own.

It's better to die for what's right than to live for what's wrong.

Take no part in any ill, thus giving no one cause to accuse you.

The greatest poverty is that which is found in too many hearts and minds.

The man that a woman marries can make or break her life, and hence why a woman should do her
homework before she becomes a wife.

Selling the assets of one’s country is a short term fix that ensures long term repercussions and
a possible demise.

Tomorrow's pain is too often the result of today's folly.

Sow love wherever you go, that its seeds may root and grow.

If love was silent, evil would have it all its own way.

Sleight of hand and smoke and mirrors seem the order of the day.

Truth throws a light that exposes what many don’t want seen.

If love could claim damages for misrepresentation, the world would go broke.

Best we practice what we preach, 'cause that's the greatest way to teach.

Where there's little love there's little growth.

Ignorance is more often an excuse than a reason.

There's a good chance that what we don't like to be told we need to be told.

There's nothing wrong with laughter, but much about what we laugh at.

A palace is grand, but a humble cottage is where it's at.

The ones who tell us what we don’t like to hear are usually the ones who truly care.

It’s in the heat of the moment that a match is struck.

All our tomorrows are built on today.

Truth bows to no one’s displeasure, but may choose its time and place.

The acceptance of something that’s not good or right is usually preceded by incremental steps.

Good governing spurs no whistleblowers.

Better things come from better thoughts.

Flawed desires usually seek advice that supports them.

We should always give others another chance, because chances are that sometime, somewhere, we will
want another chance.

You know you're on the right side of things when you don't have to justify what you're doing.

To be defensive of any cherished belief when confronted with evidence to the contrary, is to simply deceive ourselves and continue to propagate error.

Love is light, hate is heavy.

Our life is shallow and empty until it’s filled with loving words and deeds that quench the thirst in others.

Though plainness may not turn heads, beauty can only but eventually disappoint.

We only care as much as we try.


Bad governments always look for scapegoats.

It’s better to live in peace than to end up in pieces.

The more women dress sexy, the more men become lusty.

“No (they, he, her) wouldn’t do that" — oh dear, naivety, naivety.

It’s not wealth that’s the problem, but the thoughtless and irresponsible misuse of it.

If it’s not acceptable to lie, why is it considered acceptable to pretend?

Love seeks what's best, does what's right, and says what's true.

Scapegoats are always the victims of something that they’ve had nothing to do with.

It could be said that the two greatest offences are the violating of the innocent and the neglecting of the needy.

Good health is determined more by one’s mouth and mind.

Freedom’s only as safe as we are free.


Violence and murder are never the way of the enlightened but those who’ve diseased hearts and minds, those who’ve taken leave of their senses, those who’ve been wrongly fed or brainwashed, and all of them misusing
their liberty.

Our true character is revealed by the way we treat everyone.

Love knows nothing of self, contemplates no wrongful act nor injurious word, harbours no grudge, entertains no
evil surmisings, leaves no time for gossip, has no room for jealousy or bias, subtracts no rights and adds no impositions, and seeks neither reward, fanfare, popularity or fame.

Today's parent shapes tomorrow's child.

One wrongly opened door can lead to many more.

A promise not kept was but a lie in disguise.

The world will never be engulfed in love until the hearts of its inhabitants are.

What people refuse to believe, they sometimes call a conspiracy.

Outer attraction is fleeting, but inner attraction is lasting.

If everybody gave there'd be less need to give.

The petty only attracts the petty.

To gain the world, one only needs to fool the masses.

Sadly, and ironically so, those with the best of intentions often create as much conflict and misery as those
whose intent is but evil. Hence why even the purest of motives should pass through the sieve of objectivity
and wisdom, and be placed before the scrutiny of others.

Wealth is a fact of life, stinginess and greed the way of selfish people.

Sorry is said far too often and far too seldom.

There’s nothing more odious than class distinctions.

Cold hearts are the result of frozen minds.

So many could write a book about their lives that they daren't.

Walk a straight path, cleaving neither to the left nor the right, but rather, plucking from either where worthy,
better and sound.

We only see as much as we look, we only know as much as we seek, we only care as much as we try, and we
only love as much as we care.

Politically and generally speaking, it could be said of those on the right, that their head’s not connected to their
heart, and of those on the left, that their heart’s not connected to their head.
Perhaps the same could be said of ultra-conservative and liberal Christians, for it often appears that one
upholds truth at the expense of love, and one upholds love at the expense of truth. Since when should
one be divorced from the other? Oh, may balance gain the ascendancy.

Compromise: Something that’s either positive or negative.

War is a catastrophic fouler of planet Earth.

We all like to think that we’re better than we are, and hence how we hinder and delay our growth.

There can be just as much love in some needed rebuke as there is in a tender expression.

Countries that torture their enemies can’t be trusted not to torture their own.

Open minds are precious things, for such are seldom found and sorely needed.

Given that television has become the new teacher, parent, nanny and pastor, it’s no surprise that society
is heading for disaster.

If truth was counting its supporters, would you be one of them?

Truth will only open like a bud where it's tended by an open mind.

This world's problems require the response of everyone.

Our heart should be like the sun, radiating warmth.

A passion for truth will spare us from lies and deception.

We've gone from talking openly about sex to being obsessed and offensive with it.

Oft subtle is the web that ensnares.

The end justifies the means” is often stated by those to whom the “means” is really their “end” and of whom
the “means” often is their “end.

A world without love would be a world where one merely existed, a world where relationships merely begat, or satisfied lust, a world where one was merely a tool or weapon, a user or abuser, and where one merely killed
time on a mindless merry-go-round that at some time would spin off its axis.

Love knows nothing of wrong; and truth, nothing of accommodation.

If you're going to take sides, wait until you've heard both.

True love — rather, real love — puts wisdom first and feelings last, but the wisdom it applies,
it applies with feeling.

It's never too late to do a good deed, and never too soon to right a wrong.

People can't be elevated by adoring what is no higher than themselves.

Those who rubbish conspiracies are sometimes up to their neck in them.

To push ahead with the unnecessary when it’s going to hurt people, is to not only show no heart, but also a lack of sense.

The thin end of the wedge is sloped accordingly, which is why it’s so often used conveniently.

Despite laws to the contrary (and there should be), torture will always be used by someone somewhere, who either doesn’t care, is zealously deluded, driven by hatred, revenge, or sadism, or who fails to see the evil that’s behind such a means and why it should never be employed.

No man's of God who persecutes and murders.

Those who exchange rights for security are but the biggest of fools, for such security is but an illusion, and such a perilous exchange a gift to any would-be enemy-cum- those whose cunning is well versed in cause and effect.

If it matters to someone, it should matter to you.

It’s better to own up than to be forced to confess, 'cause trouble wise, the latter tends toward more, while the other tends toward less.

The best way to test whether a mind is open or not is to confront it.

Vanity loves to be seen, but what's seen, is simply vanity.

No one’s life was meant to be ruled, and while all should submit to legitimate boundaries, no law should encroach upon freedom of expression and civil/religious liberty, nor violate a conscience thats compass is worthy, honourable, and opposed to injury.

When someone considers them self as either a republican or democrat, say, they reveal their inability to see the flaws in either and the foolishness of such left and right enslavement.

They say money talks. Well, judging by what I've seen, I don't think I'd particularly want to listen.

Deceit is weakness.

Beware any man who's bowed to, worshipped and followed, for what mortal would have the gall to soak in such God-like adoration?

Laughter lines are the only kind of wrinkles that one could consider as enhancing.

I've heard folk say, "Silence is golden," but it can also be deafening, or cowardly.

Speech is a blessing, and words are a gift that either lower or lift.

Thoughts are like drops of rain, they either water or drown, cleanse or stain.

Don’t seek more when you’ve enough, lest it’s to share.

If you have a bowl of soup, don't fret if someone takes a spoonful, but rather, be grateful that you have soup, and indeed the larger portion.

Power in the hands of a fool simply makes him a bigger fool and a greater danger.

I’d rather kiss and make-up than quarrel and break-up.

No matter how noble the cause may seem, soldiers are but sanctioned killers, and we implicated via our enlisting their help or our patriotic cheers.

Love knows nothing of self, contemplates no wrongful act nor injurious word, harbours no grudge, entertains no evil surmisings, leaves no time for gossip, has no room for jealousy or bias, subtracts no rights and adds no impositions, and seeks neither reward, fanfare, popularity or fame.

I’d rather be generous to the point of folly, than prudent to the point of miserly.

It's not what you were like yesterday, but what you're like today.

Don’t bolt the door and leave the window open.

I’d rather share a crust with the homeless, than a three course meal with the haughty.

Before you leap, make sure you can make it.

Only the watchful, informed and knowing see those nibbles at liberty that eventually lead to its being devoured entirely.

Freedom of expression must never be negotiable, but rather, always demanded and the bottom-line.

Often what envy envies isn’t worth envying.

Don’t get so caught up with swatting flies that you overlook the wasp.

I’d rather walk a mile in peace than drive a block in anger.

A good result doesn’t necessarily mean that the right method was used, nor that it was right to use it.

It could be said, that generosity is measured more by what you have left than by what you have given.

Pride loves company, 'cause without it, there’s no one to impress

A white lie is simply painted so.

Evolution is man’s attempt to avoid accountability.

Gentleness is strength.

A promise is only a promise if it’s kept — otherwise, it effectively becomes a lie.

The greatest cowardice is to not speak up or do anything when there’s little threat and mere ridicule.

While age adds to our experience, nothing adds more so than our willingness to learn.

One can’t walk tall if one’s stooping to a low level.

It’s funny how many who complain about their lot, seem to have the lot, or somehow confuse or equate their envied standard of living with being on the breadline.

Bad choices, bad consequences.

Commonsense is in short supply due to a growing demand.

Those who don’t learn to stand up may be reduced to crawling.

Smiles are the cheapest facelift.

Beauty is only skin deep, unless it's within the heart, and where it is within the heart, that person is beautiful indeed.

Any politician who’s prepared to sell his or her country’s assets is a politician unworthy of being one.

Shallow thinking results in shallow answers due to shallow reasoning.

Competitive sports: Something that swells or deflates, delights or upsets.

Voices not raised are voices soon silenced.

The reason why tale-bearers flourish is because there are always those who’re foolish enough to waste their time listening to them.

Telling tales about others actually reveals more about ourselves.

Slander is like the sun, it can burn those who bask in it.

Accusations have a way of soiling the accuser.

Jealousy has a habit of giving itself away.

Jealousy is often found where there is an inferiority complex.

One's tongue is either an instrument or weapon.

What a scandal, what a crime, that innocent men and women, soldiers, have died in wars that were deliberately and secretly generated in order to profit financially, or in order to achieve some misguided or unscrupulous end, and of which those innocent men and women, soldiers, had no idea. Yes, there just has to be a day of accountability.

It’s funny how many who complain about their lot seem to have the lot.

Too many seem to want the naked truth covered with a garment of their own choosing.

Truth is truth, whether it's recognised or not.

Truth can stand on its own. Falsehood, however, needs supporters.

It’s the thin-skinned who complain the loudest when some needle of truth pointedly pricks.

Ideals should be seen as goals, not fodder for criticizing those who fall short of them.

Promiscuity is simply a generous form of prostitution with whoever suits.

The words we utter on arising can set the tone of someone's day.

Each and every day of our life is a clean blackboard, and thus those words and actions we choose, a new piece of chalk.

The backbone of many seems to have fallen victim to an insidious form of osteoporosis.

If you're blessed with wealth, and are free of life's financial burdens, don't complain about taxes and the cost of living, unless it's on behalf of those who're less well-off, for complaining when your plate and tummy are full, and when you've no concerns over tomorrow's needs, is to display not only ungratefulness, but greed, shame, ignorance and  selfishness.

Love is proven by its fruitage.

Given that fewer voices are speaking out these days — like they should be, that is — those fewer voices need to be louder and stronger.

"Just following orders" may be one's reason, but it can never be one's excuse.

A soldier is only as good as his character, when all's said and done. It
has very little to do with his uniform, skill or gun. He may be a fighting machine, earn a medal or two, but if he’s not sound within, he’s actually a threat to all, in my view.

Giving up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety is sheer folly, and more so given that any situation that has folk seeking such an exchange may well be one that has been deliberately and cunningly orchestrated by those with tyranny in mind. Those who don’t learn to stand up may be reduced to crawling.

Ignorance isn't always excusable.

We will never truly see sound government until the day we get truly sound men and women in power.

Experience comes with time, and the longer the length of time, the greater and deeper the experience,
and hence why older heads are usually wiser than younger heads.

When some party builds its policies around a concealed or partly hidden agenda, rather than around the best interests of all, it not only can’t be trusted with the welfare of its citizens, and isn’t fit to govern, but also takes that country down a path that can only lead to injury.

Shame on you, because you can't find the money for those things your citizens are badly in need of, yet have no apparent difficulty in coming up with the money necessary to wage war.

Bigotry is the product and bedfellow of propaganda, misinformation, fear, insecurity, ignorance, arrogance, narrow mindedness, bias, failure to relate and understand, inability to reason and accommodate, and tends to shun the lot of something due to a little.

If you’ve fallen victim to people pleasing, political correctness, remaining silent and not rocking the boat, you’re no longer your own person but the slave and puppet of others, and are caught in the current of a majority flow.

The majority are always seduced by the majority.

When the common man is fainting from the cost of living, and dying is too expensive, yet those in power well-off,  well-fed, well-kept and doing fine, we have an unjust imbalance that has in it the seeds of oppression and tyranny — that is, if such hasn’t already taken place.

The sexy look just fosters lust, not an appreciation of beauty.

Worry is a grinding stone that blunts the richness and fullness of life whilst sharpening the edge of misfortune and misery.

Many who knock those who’re out of work and on a benefit, are in jobs that they don’t need, jobs that they also aren't particularly required for, and thus are one of the reasons why many are out of work and on a benefit.

The welfare system is seldom understood, appreciated, nor wanted by those who have no need of it, and whose lifestyle is supposedly squeezed by it.

It takes far more effort and courage to deal well with the assaults of life than it does to achieve great things that bring us fame and fortune.

What is war but someone’s son killing someone’s son, someone’s brother killing someone’s brother, someone’s father killing someone’s father, someone’s husband killing someone’s husband, someone’s uncle, cousin or nephew killing someone’s uncle, cousin or nephew, and all, killing someone’s sister, daughter, or mother, either intentionally, indirectly, accidentally,
or inevitably.

Though we may not approve of someone’s religion, nor of those things that someone may indulge in, seek or promote, and though we’ve every right to speak up and speak out in order to inform, and every right to appropriately do what we can in order to change things for what we believe is the better, we should never curse, belittle, mistreat, nor injure them, for by so doing, we simply reveal ill and wrong within us, and if we’re a Christian, that we’re no true follower of Jesus Christ, but rather, a hypocritical zealot.

Dignity never stoops, except to aid another, shoulder the blame, and bear any burden.

Our thinking and thoughts are only as deep as we dwell, as wide as we see, and as high as we look.

The worst excuse that you can come up with is that your parents did it.

Many who make hay while the sun shines could do with feeling the pitchfork of justice.

"You should accept me as I am" shouldn't mean what one has become through lack of effort and care.

"I'll be back in a moment" is seldom so.

The remorse of many is more often over the results than their foolish action.

If we can’t express our personal opinion, or differing view (in a reasonable and legitimate way), either privately or publicly without being treated unpleasantly, alias some vitriolic attack, then those responding in such a way are more to be feared and condemned, for they’re a grave threat to freedom of expression, liberty and democracy.

Those who’re militantly unhappy with allowing others to have their controversial say, need to realise that they’re repeating history, which could see the rights of all going astray.

If as much effort, zeal, thought and time went into marriages as generally goes into weddings, I’m sure there would be less couples seeking divorce.

Never pursue a good end via bad means.

Freedom of expression must never be negotiable, but rather, always demanded and the bottom-line.

Religion and politics are the worst of bedfellows.

Despite what some may think, or how things may appear at anytime, we’re headed for another dark age — a final age, I believe — where liberties and freedom as we know them will once again be removed from the masses under the guise of some common good, such no doubt being authenticated by cunning and clever doings. Therefore, and drawing from history, raise your voice and wield your pen like you’ve never done before, for now’s your last chance.

History repeats itself, but this time, midst naive applauding, and midst smoke screens and mirrors, we’ll see it repeated by sleight of hand — the grand finale.

Failure to accept where we've erred is failure indeed.

The stronger the government, the weaker the people.

If you’re not a seeker of truth, chances are you’ll never find out what you need to.

Open minds are precious things, for such are seldom found and sorely needed.

One of the problems today is that kids are raising kids.

An indication of how much regard we have for humans can surely be seen in how much regard we have for creatures.

In an age of supposed enlightenment, why is there so much ignorance and darkness?

It’s interesting how many who’ve never been in prison have the strange idea that prisons are holiday camps.

Being poor gives one no excuse or reason for untidiness and roughness.

The way we talk, and of what we talk, can talk as much as our talking.

If you hear a voice in your head saying, “Kill,” it’s not a heavenly one but a Satanic one, the product of delusion, derangement or drugs.

Sense always makes sense because it is sense.

If love were silent, there would only be the sound of darkness.

Marriage is only as happy as the two people make it.

Woman may think that they’ve a right to wear what they like, but one thing's for sure, they can’t escape what certain clothing, or lack of it, will invite.

Each day is a new page for us to write on, but best we remember that what we write on it, can’t be erased.

The only time we should use our fist is when we thump the table in defence of others.

Strong characters are formed by tough circumstances.

One should always display a greater tolerance-cum-generosity, kindness and sensitivity, towards the errors and ways of besieged and hurting strugglers attempting to keep their head above water and swim in the right direction.

Though we often suffer due to others, others often suffer due to us, which is why we need to pause before we point.

When any man mistreats his wife, he brings a curse upon his own life.

Those who sell their country’s assets aren’t thinking of their country, for once gone, they’re no longer assets.

Whatever you may think of your parents, always remember that if it weren’t for them you wouldn’t exist — such being why you should treat them well, for you owe them greatly.

When we get what we want via going about things the wrong way, it not only robs us of inner peace and stains our character, but can come back to bite us.

Mistakes in our youth can set us up for a lifetime of problems, and hence why it pays for young people to listen to experienced voices and apply sound advice.

It oft intrigues me how many who wish to be counsellors are in need of counsellors themselves.

The statement “Do it once, do it right” is how we should live our life.

We can give a reason for our wrong behaviour, but never an excuse.

Remember that we’re growing all the time and that someone’s turning the corner may come tomorrow and thus they no longer like you’re still thinking.

The difference between marriage and living together is that living together only concerns itself with the current day and where the exit is.

When society sanctions both the unacceptable and unnatural, scorns the fact that there may be a God whose wrath is kindled by such, or mistakenly thinks that He’ll accommodate such, trouble and calamity are undoubtedly a possibility.

Don't judge many by a few.

Relish debate lest the time come when only the one side is given the right to speak.

It’s intriguing how some who want to become a psychologist actually need one.

The more sexy a woman dresses, the greater the risk of her being objectified.

That there are more criminals outside of prison than there are within prison is one reason why prisons achieve very little.

Innocent until proven guilty is not only godly but love’s bottom line.

The proof of a man’s goodness is found in his refusal to hurt, maim or kill.

We’re so used to wanting others to understand us that we fail to understand them.

Given how some folk make something out of nothing, one might be forgiven for believing in evolution.

The sky is always blue, and thus it's simply cloudy days that are hiding it from view.

When younger it’s all about sex, when older it’s all about intimacy.

The way a child's raised will soon see it cursed or praised.

Good intentions should be wedded to wisdom.

The biggest hypocrite is someone who condemns you for some wrong that you’ve done to someone else that they then go and do to you.

Oh for that generous heart that neither questions nor counts.

Desire seeks supporters, but wisdom sage counsellors.

What people need to hear is seldom what they want to hear.

When journalists become puppets, or prisoners of their own bias, they no longer aid but injure, no longer protect but betray.

Lateness never sings one’s praises.

Scary times, scary laws.

Why's it becoming more and more once upon a time?

There’s no greater cost than the bearing of truth in a world that's fast forsaking it.

The State's role in the lives of its citizens should be as minimal as possible, and likewise, the Church's role no larger than an individual desires.

Loneliness doesn't necessarily imply that one’s alone.

Kindness never costs a thing but is money in the bank, an investment bearing interest that on life's share market always rises and never sinks.

Sex has now become nothing more than the favourite pastime of a morally bankrupt society.

Never mistake straight talking for coldness, hardness or legalism, 'cause it's simply truth with its working clothes on.

If someone has created their own unfortunate situation, it not only doesn’t pay to rub their nose in it, but speaks volumes of us if we do.

Opinions show a thinking man or woman.

Most people are fooled because of their ignorance or disbelief.

Discontent is folly’s opportunity.

Duty is often nothing more than a poor substitute for willingness.

The scarcity of facts is the lifeblood of armchair critics.

If Robin Hood were alive today, his excuse would no doubt be the same.

It’s better to whistle than grump.

The better things of the past are often exchanged for the worst of the present.

Good people aren't born but are the product of their choosing.

Throwing antidepressants at children is no small crime.

When truth-cum-what’s right-cum-what people need to hear is presented, they either rise up against it
(become worse), or bring their life into line with it (become better). 

Treasure's often not appreciated until it's plundered.

Our responding badly to someone’s personal expressions makes us just as worthy of the same condemnation that’s coming from us.

Love should always be the begining and end.

Life's a gift that many don't unwrap.

Lose it in an argument and you've lost the argument.

The greatest friend in any argument is backed up facts.

Love is genius, hate is idiocy.

Sometimes the way ahead is discovered by returning.

Much that's true and makes sense looses out to much that isn't and doesen't.

To get on with everyone at the expense of truth and right, is to display weakness, selfishness, and a lack of sense.

When good men try to acheive things via wrong means, they're not good men.

Where love is absent, evil's not.

Where condemnation's due, condemnation's right.

If we can't take criticism, we don't value liberty.

The biggest lies are often the nicest sounding.

When danger is seen, it's often seen too late.

Better to look at how far some have come, rather than concentrating on how far they've yet to go.

When we fail to stand, our strength is lessened, and our weakness is seen.

A fat purse is often connected to a lean heart.

To fight truth because of cherished error, is to perpetuate the lie and deceive yourself.

Never judge a person by what they say in the heat of the moment, nor treat it as gospel.

Too often we're offended by things that weren't intended.

Without a noble purpose and loving intention, our lives are simply but parts in a shallow soap opera.

How we view life depends on the window we're looking through.

Strong words don't necessarily mean an absent heart, but one that's learnt from experience, encountered pain,
or seen otherwise, and thus is seeking to spare.

Rise by day, dream by night.

Don't go the way of fools, don't mar your life via wrong, and when the going gets rough, or clouds engulf, be strong.

If you don't know where you came from, why you're here, and where you're heading, you've no purpose, point and hope, and hence why evolution can't help and belief in God can.

Those whose hearts are dark oft clothe themselves in light.

History only teaches us what we remember.

What’s right has never hurt anyone, but what’s wrong has always hurt someone.

When we engage in attempting good via evil, we prove that we aren’t good given that we’re still acting evilly.

This world will always be worse off for every good man or women who leaves it.

Ladders are for sharing, not for hogging.

An evil act always has a rotten root.

There’s a little bit of everyone in all of us.

Wealth should never be seen apart from an acute conscience and deep sense of duty.

It’s crystal-clear that some things aren’t.

The degree to which we care is measured by the degree of our effort.

To laugh at someone’s misfortune is to invite your own.

Those who willingly tend the throne of he who acts by force, are often the victims of that very same iron fist.

Those who bury their head in the sand miss seeing the incoming tide.





Christian Quotes


Where God’s Word is not the final authority, someone obviously thinks that their word is.

When what we desire clashes with what God wants, we have a problem of our own choosing.

If you want a spiritual high, don’t dwell on what’s below.

Many are very knowledgeable when it comes to God’s Word, but grossly ignorant about what it’s actually saying.

When we’ve dressed down for church, we’ve clearly forgotten to look up.

One cherished little sin can have as detrimental an effect as that little stone that felled the giant Philistine.

Truth is no more popular today than it was in Christ’s day.

Instead of saying a prayer, be an answer to a prayer.

A watered down gospel may stretch further, but it won’t be as filling, nutritious, satisfying, or lasting.

Little faith, little God.

A one size fits all new age spirituality, or generic religion, may appeal universally, but it will never appeal to the God who proclaims specific truths that are not to be added to, subtracted from, nor exchanged for peace or unity.

When preachers mix the Gospel with comedy, guess Who’s not laughing?

I’ve yet to see a faith healer who can replace a missing limb, restore sight to the certified blind, heal a paraplegic, or cure the likes of Down’s syndrome.

When faith healers achieve superstar status, live extravagant lifestyles, and sport the trinkets of their success, you can rest assured that they’re not of heavenly origin; not in harmony with Scripture; that their healings are unable to withstand serious scrutiny; and that their bank deposits are the result of a well orchestrated campaign.

Given that Scripture clearly states that God is the head of the Church, upon whose authority would any man claim that he is?

I find it intriguing how many discard the Old Testament, yet conveniently point to it in order to prove the validity of a certain action they take.

Grace is a non-exchangeable gift.

It's one thing for God to forgive, quite another for Him to excuse.

God’s Word — believe it, trust it, uphold it, defend it, read it, dwell on it, live it, preach it, share it, apply it, and test all and everything by it.

Christians should be carriers of infectious joy.

God's Ten Commandments are commandments, not suggestions.

Self esteem is built on man, (just sinking sand), while self worth is built on God, (the solid Rock).

Too many confuse grace with licence, when it was licence that created our need of grace.

It's interesting to note that the Sabbath commandment is the forth one, and that the commandment not to steal is the eighth one. Thus, could there be some connection, and could that be one reason why God begins the forth commandment with, "Remember...?"

God’s truths are both clear and simple; only men muddy and complicate them.

Christians need to remember that throughout God’s Word the issue has always raged around loyalty to God or man, (Satan), true worship as opposed to false worship, truth as opposed to heresy, obedience as opposed to rebellion, willing adherence as opposed to legalistic adherence, true Christianity as opposed to a form of Christianity, and that the great controversy is all about Satan attempting to get the glory and honour that belongs to God.

Given that Satan is in the business of cunningly presenting counterfeits that closely resemble the truth, each Christian needs to be very in tune with their God, His Word, will and ways.

"I'll pray for you" too often means instead of.

The saddest thing that I've seen in Christianity is bigotry, and this, just because someone walks a different path, and views things differently.

"Thou shalt not kill" — but I'll just keep this gun in case I need to. Did I just miss something?

Grace shows God’s love for us. Obedience shows our love for Him. Thus, mercy on His behalf, and gratefulness on our behalf — our genuine gratefulness being displayed by our fruits, which are but the workings and empowerings of the Holy Spirit in union with our receptive, willing, and conscious daily application of God’s will, having come to a knowledge of such, and so desiring to become like Him in character, word and deed.

If grace secured salvation without obedience from there on, then sinners could keep on sinning so long as they “believed,” which would be sanctioned hypocrisy — and what point our Lord’s example?

Christ died for sinners, not the rebellious.

Grace is not an immunity pin that frees us from the consequences of continuing in sin.

If grace freed Christians from the consequences of disobedience, obedience would no doubt become a forgotten word, Christians only so in name, and God’s Law nothing but a relic from the past that unfairly penalized pre-Calvary and showed its author to be unjust.

To pursue some Christian good while not being good to some Christian, is hardly Christianity, and more a charade.

It’s biblical to disagree with another Christian, and to challenge and refute their beliefs, but it’s never biblical to mock either them or their beliefs.

Evidence of un-Christ-like prejudice and unbiblical behaviour within Christianity is soon discovered by those who become a member of a minority denomination.

Halloween teaches young children that the macabre and ghoulish are fun, thus paving the way for an interest in the occult where everything from blood sacrifices to sexual initiations come orgies are an integral part of its evil, demonic doings.

The alienation, mistreatment, or persecution of any Christian or Christians, regardless of their denomination, is a crime that God views as being of no mean order, and thus those who indulge in such coming under His judgment of condemnation. Matthew 25:31-46 applies in principle to any neglect or mistreatment, and clearly includes every single person on Earth given that Christ died for all, and that all are His creation.

God’s gift of grace is for the fallen, not the perfect, (not that anyone is perfect) — grace being something that’s extended to the guilty and undeserving who can’t work, buy, bargain, or argue themselves out of their situation.

When Christians turn to the State as their collective saviour, they show their lack of faith in their personal Saviour.

Best we pray like we mean it.

There’s no such thing as Christian rock, unless we’re talking about the Christian’s Rock, who, unlike carnal, earthly beings, would never be seen to rock.

Sin always has its price tag, and is never a bargain.

Grace isn’t a door mat to wipe our sin on.

If we truly love our children, we, as part of the love we have for them, will set boundaries, instruct, advise, warn and discipline them. So tell me, why are most churches only interested in dishing our warm fuzzies and generic sermons — such being somewhat akin to a diet that only consists of sweets, cakes and puddings.

What we do to others, we always do to God’s children.

If we don't like it straight, we're at odds with God and His Word.

It’s not enough for anyone to simply accept Christ as their Saviour and nothing more, (in order to be saved), as all who do accept Christ as their Saviour need to clearly know His will for the Christian via prior teaching. For should such folk later discover that His will doesn't suit, and thus they not falling into line with it, their initial acceptance of Christ as their Saviour will amount to a sham, and as a consequence make a mockery of their profession of faith — they mere hypocrites who desire Heaven but not God’s righteousness, and who thereby void His grace.

If ever there was a generation of followers less prepared for the return of Christ, it’s this one, given their worldliness, compromise and biblical ignorance.

If grace is mercy, then there’s nothing we can do to earn it, for such would cancel it out.

God’s love never runs out of puff.

Eternity with Christ will never be long enough.

That Satan’s still alive is evidence that he misread our Creator.

God’s grace is a temporary shelter made permanent by loyalty.

Our victories are but the Spirit’s triumphs.

A lack of faith in God is often the reason why we pursue what or whom we shouldn’t and end up without or regretful; and this, after having insulted the One who can do the impossible but whose timeframe oft requires patience.

God's grace is a gift that longs for evidence of gratefulness which is shown by obedience.

It’s funny how God’s clarity isn’t clear to many Christians.

Worldliness will cost you your Christian integrity.

If Noah came back to life, I'm sure that he would be called on again.

Satan had his motives and Christ bears the evidence.

Truth is like a jigsaw puzzle. Either you get it all together or you don’t. And if you don’t....

Where people have a problem with the words of God it’s usually because of the words of men.

If you’re not on Satan’s hit list, you’re hardly an asset to God.

Compromise is somewhat like a promise one never kept.

The only thing one misses out on by living a righteous life, is the destructive, degrading and imprisoning.

The further one moves from God, the less one recognises it, and therefore, what one wears, watches, reads, listens to, or does, becomes less and less in line with Christian principles and standards, and thus further from the path of righteousness.

Too many Christians have taken the Christ out of Christianity.

The love of many Christians only goes so far, and this is why they only partly know Christ.

The more men reject God's truth giving light, the more they plunge into Satan's realm of darkness.

To try and do without God is to try and do without nothing.

If your religion can't handle criticism, it's a dangerous one.

As far as "salt" goes, we're either selfishly preserving ourselves or seasoning the lives of others.

If the hearts not pure, God's the only cure.



By Lance Landall