Posted by: Geoffrey Meadows | July 3, 2011

Maxims, #3

How many of us realized that the Jews we grew up with were the first generation after the Holocaust?  And how beautiful they were.

And after all is said and done, and the Earth goes through its calamities, the reason we will have for not doing anything will be, “Some of us thought it was sunspots”?

To be ignorant of others’ religions is to be lacking in your own.

There’s a certain way of trying to be good in which you don’t reap any of the benefits of it.

No matter how much I wish things were easier or better, simpler even, it’s a great blessing to feel I am where I’m supposed to be and doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

Sometimes you are redeemed most by your own choices.

What do you mean you don’t want change?  Change is happening anyway.  It’s up to us to decide what changes we want or need, and what changes we don’t.

It seems America could use a refresher course on propaganda.

I just don’t think it’s good policy, if every time we stand to lose money in order to save a species, that we go for the money.

Truth-telling professions: teachers, ministers, journalists, artists and politicians.

If I do it my way, I go to hell; but if I do it your way, the whole world goes to hell.  Which is more important?

Politicians are the only people who feel it’s their civic duty to lie.  And the public are the only ones to judge their patriotism by how many lies they can believe.

If you don’t hate someone in politics, you probably don’t know much about politics.

If you hate someone in politics, try to learn something more about them.

To cross the mountain you need happiness – to move the mountain you need something else.

I’m open to any reasonable suggestions, but I won’t just sit around any more.  I have to do something now.

I don’t want a list of all the answers.  I want an answer to my question.

I haven’t decided yet whether grace is one of the rarest things in the universe or one of the most common.  It’s just as important either way.

There’s no such thing in America as the Christian party.  There’s the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, and neither one is the party of God.  God gets represented in politics when people do the right thing.

The Republicans are distrustful of government, and the Democrats are distrustful of big business.  These are anti-establishment feelings on both sides.  But we are fortunate to have two parties that differ in this respect.  Otherwise, one or the other of big government or big business would reign supreme at the snap of a finger.  It’s not that big government should be defeated or that big business should be defeated, or even that either the Republicans or the Democrats should rise to become ascendant.  What’s important is the balance, so we can, when appropriate, side with either big government or big business, the Republicans or the Democrats, when legitimately called upon.  It’s the balance we are seeking, really, not winners.  It’s when all the actors in our society are in balance, that we achieve the society we most desire.

Salvation is more than just believing the right things.  It’s about, in spite of everything, being able to believe at all.

The thing about slamming doors is, then all the doors are broke.

You don’t have to be great to be loved.

You have to meet them wherever they threaten.

Sometimes travel deep, not far.

Conservative: “I have absolutely no tolerance for people who are the way I used to be.”

You avoid your fate by taking hold of your destiny.

Nature is too cultured for some people.

Where we fail, God may still succeed.

Hate is anger without limits.

Hate is anger without compassion.

Hate is anger without understanding.

It’s difficult to watch the helplessness of your parents in their old age.

Most discipline is not doing things you don’t want to do.  It’s doing things you want to do well.

It may be cynical, but I suspect the recent state’s rights movement is nothing other than a corporate strategy of divide and conquer.

It’s love of country that makes us want to solve our problems, to make our country even better.

We are obliged as Americans, to treat one another with mutual respect and even brotherly love.  The effort to cut certain Americans out of such an obligation is a sin against America itself.

What can a man do for God anyway, but to do what you believe to be his will, and to be more like him.

If you suffer enough, then you pretty much are ready to go when the time comes.

Beware of people that get good at war.  (And that includes us.)

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