I have generally found that the man who is good at an excuse is good for nothing else.
Matthew R. Olson:
Self-righteousness is like bad breath: Everyone notices it but you.
I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
Another one from Chesterton:
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
Gerhard Forde on the dangers of a theology of glory:
A theology of glory … operates on the assumption that what we need is optimistic encouragement, some flattery, some positive thinking, some support to build our self-esteem. Theologically speaking it operates on the assumption that we are not seriously addicted to sin, and that our improvement is both necessary and possible. We need a little boost in our desire to do good works…. But the hallmark of a theology of glory is that it will always consider grace as something of a supplement to whatever is left of human will and power.
Adam lost a rib, but he got a better thing out of it, even a help meet for him. Thus God uses [is accustomed] to deal with his children: they lose sometimes some of their creature-comforts; but then perhaps they get more of the Creator’s comforts, and that’s a blessed exchange. This bone was taken out of Adam’s side, fitly noting the woman’s place; not out of his head, to be above him; not out of his feet, to be trampled on by him; nor from before him, as his better; nor from behind him, as his servant;—but out of his side, to be equal with him; near his heart, for he owes her love; under his arm, for he owes her protection. Surely they forget from whence the woman was taken, that carry themselves haughtily and abusively towards their wives.
Dame Edna Everage:
Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.